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Welcome to the ODFW Recreation Report - June 28, 2016

Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Viewing

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Oregon’s 23 Wildlife Areas are great destinations for bird-lovers
If you’re into bird-watching, check out one of Oregon’s 23 state-owned Wildlife Areas which are teaming with bird species this time of year. Wildlife staff are seeing pelicans, cormorants, sandhill cranes, sandpipers and other shorebirds, raptors, osprey, turkey vultures, and you name it – a long and colorful list. So pick your area, get out the binoculars and a picnic lunch and head to a Wildlife Area and prepare to be amazed. Don’t forget to buy a Wildlife Area parking pass, and thank you for observing wildlife from a distance and not trampling or driving over habitat.

Controlled hunt results are now available, surplus tags go on sale Friday
Controlled hunt results are in! If you applied for a controlled hunt, you can now check to see if you got your hunt. Hunters should go to www.odfw.com and click on "My Hunter Info" in top left corner. Make sure and have your Hunter/Angler ID# ready. If you did not draw a controlled hunt tag, take heart: surplus tags will be sold at ODFW license outlets starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 1.

Tuna fishing off to a good start along the south coast
Lots of albacore tuna are being caught 20 to 30 miles west of Coos Bay. If that isn’t enough ocean fun, orcas were recently spotted out of Charleston and in Yaquina Bay. Last week people were seeing gray whales; this week it’s humpbacks. It’s always a good time to visit the Oregon coast but summer is the best.

Warm weather means it’s time for bass and panfish
With elevated temperatures around come reports from around the state from fish biologists who’ve made note of some improvement in warmwater fisheries largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and perch, in every corner of the state. These fish are known for becoming more active during warmer weather making them excellent fare this time of year.

Leave young wildlife in the wild
Deer fawns and other young animals are being born in the wild. Remember to not pick them up or disturb them, even if they are alone. More info

36 Family Fishing Events happening this year
These popular events take place in some great places and are typically stocked in advance with a lot of fish. On top of that, ODFW provides loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait, along with helpful tips from experienced angling instructors. List of events

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NORTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Spring Chinook fishing is fair in Tillamook Bay and the Trask River.
  • Steelhead fishing is fair in the Siletz, Nestucca and Three Rivers.
  • Sea run cutthroat fishing is fair in tidewaters of the Kilchis, Nehalem, Nestucca, and Siuslaw.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experiences. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports ― the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.

2016 trout stocking schedule

The 2016 trout stocking schedules for the North Coast Watershed (pdf) are on the ODFW Trout Stocking Page. Take a look to find out when and where Oregon’s hatchery trout are being released around the state.

NORTH COAST LAKES

Spring trout stocking is complete. Holdover trout are available in most lakes. The best opportunity will be in higher elevation lakes that remain cooler longer, such as Hebo Lake, South Lake, and Lost Lake. Battle Lake offers some hike in fishing opportunity also.

The water level at Cape Meares Lake is being lowered to facilitate repairs to the outlet structure. The lake will gradually be drawn down over the summer until the work area can be isolated. Repairs will be done in late summer.

Warmwater fish are active. Look for some largemouth bass action in Lake Lytle, Coffenbury Lake, Cullaby Lake, Sunset Lake, and Cape Meares Lake, and Vernonia Pond.

MID COAST LAKES

Rainbow trout stocking is complete along the mid coast. Holdover trout will be available in most lakes through the summer.

Fishing for the various warm water fish species is good this time of year as fish move to the shallows for spawning. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunity.

ALSEA RIVER: cutthroat

The Alsea River is open for cutthroat trout, casting small spinners, spoons or fly fishing streamers or dry flies can be very effective. Bait is not allowed above the head of tide until Sept. 1.

KILCHIS RIVER: cutthroat

Trout fishing should be fair to good. Sea-run cutthroat should be in tidal areas, and will begin moving upstream soon. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed above tidewater May 22 - Aug. 31.

LOWER COLUMBIA TRIBUTARIES: Chinook

A few spring Chinook are available in Big Creek, Gnat Creek, and the Klaskanine River.

NEHALEM RIVER AND BAY: Chinook, cutthroat

Chinook should begin entering the bay in small numbers by early July. Trolling herring near the mouth of the bay will be the most productive early in the season. Sea-run cutthroat are available in tidewater and will begin moving upstream over the next few weeks. Casting spinners or streamer flies along banks or to cover should get some bites. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed above tidewater through August 31.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Spring Chinook angling is fair. Angling for summer steelhead is improving. Use lighter gear to entice more bites. On Three Rivers, from the hatchery deadline downstream to markers below Gauldy Bridge, new angling regulations allow youth angling only (17 and under) from June 1 to July 15. Gear restrictions are also in effect. Check regulations. Angling for cutthroat should be fair to good, with sea-runs primarily available in tidewater right now. Try casting spinners or streamer flies in areas with cover.

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat

The Salmon River is open for cutthroat trout, and casting small spinners, spoons or fly fishing streamers or dry flies can be very effective. Bait is not allowed above the head of tide until Sept. 1.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat

Steelhead fishing is fair. This run typically peaks by early July but fish can be found throughout the mainstem. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective. Cover water and fish small and simple as the river conditions are low and clear. For cutthroat trout, casting small spinners, spoons or fly fishing streamers or dry flies can be very effective.

SIUSLAW RIVER: cutthroat

For cutthroat trout, casting small spinners, spoons or fly fishing streamers or dry flies can be very effective. Angling for all species in streams above tidewater is restricted to artificial flies and lures until Sept. 1. Casting small spinners, spoons or fly fishing streamers or dry flies can be very effective.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook

Spring Chinook are present in decent numbers. Catches have been fair at best for the most part, and catches are dropping off as it gets later in the season. Water temperatures in the upper bay are warm. Trolling herring or large bladed spinners are the most productive techniques. Keep your gear near the bottom while trolling slowly.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Spring Chinook angling is fair. More fish continue to move in and fish are spread out from tidewater up to the hatchery area. Bobber and bait is the best bet. Steelhead fishing is slow to fair.

Anglers are reminded that gear restrictions took effect May 1 from the Cedar Creek wooden boat slide to the marker at the Lorens Drift wooden boat slide site. Trout angling should be fair.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Fishing for steelhead and spring Chinook is slow. The water is low and clear, so use lighter gear and target the deeper holding areas. Trout angling should be fair.

YAQUINA RIVER: cutthroat

For cutthroat trout casting small spinners, spoons or fly fishing streamers or dry flies can be very effective. Angling for all species in streams above tidewater is restricted to artificial flies and lures until Sept. 1.

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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Cougar are most effectively taken by using predator calls. However, cougar densities are relatively low on the north coast. Successful hunters, remember you must check in cougar (hide and skull) at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest and bring them in unfrozen. It’s also a good idea to prop their mouths open with a stick after harvest for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging.

See regulations for details (pdf).


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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST WILDLIFE VIEWING

The forests in the north coast area are filled with the sounds of songbirds declaring their nesting territories. The types of birds you encounter generally depends on what type of forest stands you area surrounded by. For areas of highest songbird diversity, look for mixed stands of hardwoods and conifers in forests with different seral classes.

Even in July, newborn wildlife are appearing throughout the forest and sometimes in peoples’ yards. You may still encounter young deer fawns and elk calves, many of which appear abandoned at first glance. In actuality, the mother has left them temporarily to feed, and will be back soon to attend their young. Young wildlife are best left alone, as human intervention almost always has a negative outcome for the animal, and is usually illegal to do.

Waterfowl that nest in the north coast area should be visible with their broods of ducklings or goslings now. Most of the goslings will be almost the size of the parents, but still distinguishable from them. Ducklings tend to hatch later in the spring and will generally be much smaller than their parents now. Look for them anywhere there are larger bodies of still or slow moving water.

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

Three Arch Rocks NWR, located just west of Oceanside, has historically been home to thousands of nesting common murres and other colonial seabirds, and it is still possible to see large numbers of them staging below the rocks in the water. However, few birds nest there anymore due to the near constant presence of bald eagle that has severely disrupted nesting on the larger rocks in recent years. Instead, the Steller sea lions are a very reliable denizen on the lower rock in front, Seal Rock. They can be seen loafing on the rock, often with young pups in the mix. These are the larger and lighter-colored cousin to the more common California sea lion.

CLATSOP COUNTY

The Twilight Eagle Sanctuary, located east of Astoria, just off of Hwy 30, is a great place to observe not only bald eagles, but a host of other birds. This time of year, the area is typically alive with calls of marsh wrens and Brewer’s blackbirds. Resident waterfowl, such as western Canada geese and mallards, should have broods of young in tow. Optics are always helpful when viewing wildlife in this area.

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. On warm sunny days, the best viewing has been early mornings or late evenings. Elk have been staying out a little longer on cool cloudy days. Good places to look are the Fishhawk Tract along Hwy 202 and the Beneke Tract along the first 1.5 miles of Beneke Creek Road. New antler growth is readily visible on bull elk, especially the larger males. Calving and fawning season is here, and visitors are cautioned to not disturb elk calves, deer fawns, and other young wildlife. Often, mothers leave their newborn young alone for extended periods of time. Remember, “If you care, leave them there.” Elk calves are starting to become more visible in the open areas. Viewing for elk calves may be difficult due to the tall grass in most meadows. Watch for vegetation movement behind adults as calves try to follow their mothers through the tall grass. Tree and violate green swallows can be seen gliding over fields and nesting in boxes along view area fence lines. Band-tailed pigeons have been observed near area bird feeders. Many other song bird species can be seen in and around viewing areas. (6/27/16)

Visitors are reminded that areas posted as Wildlife Refuge are closed to public access and that Wildlife Area Parking Permits are required on the Wildlife Area.

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Summer steelhead fishing picked up over the weekend on the upper Rogue. Spring Chinook are also available and trout fishing should be good. Some hatchery spring Chinook and summer steelhead were recycled back into the fishery in Grants Pass last Friday.
  • Spring Chinook and Summer Steelhead are available on the North Umpqua.
  • Fishing for trout is very good at Lost Creek Reservoir for trollers and bank anglers.
  • Spring Chinook fishing has been decent around Rock Creek on the North Umpqua and spotty on the mainstem Umpqua.
  • Diamond Lake trout fishing has been good.
  • Warmwater fishing is showing improvement at many areas.
  • Bottom-fishing as well as surf perch fishing has been good at Winchester Bay.
  • Bass fishing in Tenmile Lakes and on the Coquille River have been heating up the past couple of weeks.

Please check online regulations for the most up-to-date information.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It could be the area is closed, inaccessible due or currently offers limited fishing opportunities. These water bodies will return to the recreation report when conditions change. If you believe something is missing, contact us and we’ll find out why.

2016 trout stocking schedules

For detailed information about when and where hatchery trout are going to be released, please refer to the 2016 ODFW Trout Stocking Schedules page.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports - the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.

AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, bullheads

Fishing for warmwater gamefish should be good, with the best fishing occurring early and late in the day. The lake is 81 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Fishing is good for rainbow trout, spring Chinook salmon, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Trout anglers will want to try trolling, with a good bet being a wedding ring/bait combination. Fishing with bait from shore in the upper reservoir should also produce. Smallmouth bass fishing is good on small and regular Senkos fished off the points and boulder areas. The lake is 92 percent full. The Hart-Tish, Copper, and French Gulch boat ramps are available.

APPLEGATE RIVER: steelhead, trout

The Applegate River is open for trout angling. Two hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Fishing has been good, but aquatic vegetation is starting to make things a little tougher. Best time to fish is when the sun is off the water and trout move out of the vegetation and into the open water. Some of the best techniques for catching these trout are bobber and worm, spinners, or flies. The pond is managed by Oregon State Parks for youth-only fishing and is located at Arizona Beach State Recreation Area; approximately halfway between Gold Beach and Port Orford.

BEN IRVING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie

Ben Irving has been stocked with 4,500 legal trout this year, and there are still opportunities to catch rainbow trout from previous year’s stockings. Warmwater fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill has begun to pick up as water temperatures increase and fish move into shallower areas to spawn. The use of soft-plastics and swimbaits around structure should warrant positive results.

CHETCO RIVER: Cutthroat

Cutthroat are spread throughout the river, but anglers have been doing best in the estuary or tributaries.

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Cooper Creek has been stocked with approximately 7,500 legal and 100 “pounder” size rainbow trout in 2016. Fishing for bass and bluegill has been improving as water temperatures increase and fish move into shallower areas.

COOS COUNTY LAKES/PONDS: trout, warmwater fish

Fishing for trout has been decent in Upper Empire Lake using Powerbait fished near the bottom. Empire and Tenmile lakes were stocked with trout earlier this month. This was the last trout stocking until fall. With the warmer water temperatures, trout will be in deeper, cooler water.

Anglers that catch a tagged trout in Empire Lakes can report the tag number to ODFW by stopping by the Charleston Office, calling 541-888-5515, or report tags online. A few of these tags are worth a $50 gift card. Fishing in the area lakes for trout has been ok with anglers having the best success using small spinners, spoons, or garlic flavored Powerbait. The daily trout bag limit in these lakes is five trout per day with only one trout over 20 inches.

There are trout available for kids in the Millicoma Pond at the Millicoma Interpretive Center and fishing is excellent. Millicoma Pond is set aside for kids fishing only and is a great chance for them to hook into fish. Please call before traveling to Millicoma Pond to make sure the gates are open. The phone number is (541)267-2557.

Largemouth bass is best in mornings and late evenings. Bass will be found in a little deeper water associated with cover, like weedlines or other structure. Bluegill fishing is picking up with many fish found in or near shallow water. Plastic worms, shallow crankbaits, and spinner baits are good to use for bass. Bluegills will bite on worms, small jigs, or flies.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, rockfish

Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater.

Anglers have been catching a few rockfish along the jetties and submerged rock piles. The marine fish daily bag limit for bottom fish (rockfish) is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers can only keep 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback, or copper rockfish. Retention of cabezon is prohibited from January 1 through June 30.

Crabbing has been decent for those crabbing from a boat with the best crabbing near high tide. There has been a mixture of hard shell and soft shell crab in the catch. It is still recommended you discard the crab viscera (guts/butter) before cooking.

Recreational harvest of bay clams remains open along the entire Oregon coast. Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay. Recreational harvest of razor clams is closed from Tillamook Head to Cascade Head and from Yachats River south to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays.

Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: crab, smallmouth bass, shad

Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater, except the use of bait is allowed on the South Fork Coquille.

Fishing for smallmouth bass has been good in the mainstem and South Fork Coquille. Jigs, crawdad crankbaits, and nightcrawlers will all work to catch smallmouth bass.

Crabbing is starting to pick up in the lower Coquille near the town of Bandon. Crabbing will improve in the next few months. It is still recommended you discard the crab viscera (guts/butter) before cooking.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

As part of the new regulation simplification process, Diamond Lake is now back to the Southwest Zone regulation of 5 trout/day.

Anglers that are planning on taking a trip to Diamond Lake should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) or Diamond Lake Resort for information on seasonal camp and ramp closures.

Fishing has been good. Most anglers have had success using Powerbait or trolling small lures. Diamond Lake is expected to be stocked with around 300,000 fingerling rainbow trout in early June, and there are plenty of legal-sized holdover trout currently in the lake. Diamond Lake was stocked with Tiger Trout in early June. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced Tui Chub. Tiger Trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately unharmed.

Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at Diamond Lake on the Diamond Lake Resort website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 5 for updates.

ELK RIVER: Cutthroat

Cutthroat are spread throughout the river but access is very limited in the lower river.

EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie

Fishing for bass, crappie, and other warmwater fish should be good. Look for these species around the flooded willows and other structure along the shore early and late in the day. Emigrant Reservoir is currently at 82 percent of capacity.

EXPO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie

Due to construction, public fishing access has been switched to the southern-most pond at the Jackson County Expo, which can be accessed from gate 1.5. Fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie has been good.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fishing conditions have been good at Fish Lake with good water clarity. Trout fishing is good with limits being reported. With its higher elevation and cooler temperatures, Fish Lake would be a good destination for those looking to go fishing over the holiday weekend.

The lake is 69 percent full. Anglers are encouraged to report catches and send photos of larger spring Chinook or tiger trout to the local ODFW district office at 541-826-8774. Tiger trout must be released unharmed.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

Warmer water and increased vegetation growth has slowed trout fishing. Best times to fish is early morning or late evening. The best method for catching trout is slow trolling flies or wedding ring spinners from a boat. Bank access is limited. This lake can be very windy. Anglers should check the weather before heading out.

Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

In addition to trout, the reservoir has also been stocked with coho smolts for the last few years and there have been reports of them being caught in good numbers on the lake. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. The coho smolts should be adipose fin-clipped, and please remember to release the ones less than 8-inches long.

In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest. Galesville has been stocked with about 8,000 legal size trout and 50 trophy trout over five pounds each this year.

Bass fishing should improve as we move forward into warmer early-summer temperatures. Fishing for bass and other panfish with the use of bait and artificial lures such as swimbaits around structure should give positive results. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

Increased vegetation growth this time of year makes fishing a little tougher, but anglers are reporting good success. Anglers with boats that can fish the deeper weed lines are doing the best. This is the time of year to keep an eye on the weather and fish when conditions are good.

HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS & Umpqua High Lakes: trout

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions.

Hemlock Lake has been stocked with approximately 4,000 rainbow trout that are all roughly 12” in size so far in 2016, and Lake in the Woods has been stocked with approximately 1,000 rainbow trout that are all roughly 12” in size as well. In addition, there are still opportunities to catch holdover rainbow trout that were stocked in previous years. Remember only trout over 8-inches may be harvested, and only one trout over 20-inches may be kept per day.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR:

Fishing for trout has been good at Howard Prairie. Legal-sized trout have been stocked to complement trout stocked last year and a good number of 15-20 inch holdovers. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass should also be good. The lake is now 64 percent full.

HYATT LAKE:

Hyatt Lake has been stocked with legal-sized and trophy-sized rainbow trout, and fishing for these stocked trout has been good. Trolling, casting lures and still fishing with bait should all produce trout. Fishing for largemouth bass has been slow. The reservoir is 66 percent full.

 

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois River is open for trout angling. Since only hatchery trout may be retained, and hatchery trout are not likely to be to be found in the Illinois River at this time of year, fishing will be primarily catch-and-release for the native cutthroat trout.

LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout, yellow perch

Lake Marie has been stocked with 4,500 legal trout this year. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms. Perch fishing should continue to be productive for those using worms on the bottom.

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Fishing for black crappie has been very good at Selmac this year, with some good-sized crappie being caught. Good techniques include crappie jigs, worms, and flies retrieved slowly behind a casting bubble (fished a couple of feet below the surface). Bass fishing is also good. Only one bass may be harvested per day at Lake Selmac.

Remember that many warmwater species can be found close to shore near structure, and it is possible to cast out too far to catch fish.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

This reservoir is stocked several times a year with rainbow trout of various sizes, and the lake has been stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout so far in 2016. There are also excellent opportunities to catch large brown trout in Lemolo with many anglers having luck trolling in deeper areas of the reservoir or casting spinners from shore. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of 5 per day and 1 over 20 inches. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Loon Lake has been stocked with 7,500 legal size rainbow trout this year. The lake should offer decent fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass. Anglers should use slow presentations with lures or bait for best results as water temperatures increase.

Visit the BLM and Loon Lake Resort websites for information on opening dates and camping this summer.

LOST CREEK: rainbow trout, bass

Trout fishing is terrific at Lost Creek. Trollers have caught fish along the dam, along the shoreline to the right of the marina, and upstream of the Highway 62 bridge. Bank anglers are catching fish as well fishing with bait from shore near the Takelma ramp and near the marina. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass should be good as well. The lake is 79 percent full, and the lake surface temperature was 69oF on Monday.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond has been stocked with rainbow trout, which should still offer good fishing. Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill should be good as well.

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, Dungeness crab, surf perch, salmon, halibut

Recreational harvest of crab is open along the entire Oregon Coast. It is still recommended you discard the crab viscera (guts/butter) before cooking.

Anglers fishing the beaches from Coos Bay to Bandon have been catching redtail surf perch. Sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp sand worms have been working the best for bait. Surf perch fishing is usually best on the incoming tide.

Recreational ocean salmon fishing from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. is open for all salmon except coho salmon. Anglers are allowed two salmon per day with a minimum size for Chinook at 24 inches or larger. The selective coho (fin-clipped) season opened on June 25 with a quota of 26,000 coho. Fishing for salmon in the ocean has been very slow.

Anglers have been catching tuna about 20-30 miles out from Coos Bay.
The Nearshore Halibut season is open seven days a week from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. As of June 19, 85 percent of the nearshore quota remains.

Fishing for bottom fish is now closed outside of a line approximating the 30-fathom curve.

Fishing for black rockfish has been good from Coos Bay south to Bandon. Fishing for ling cod has been decent. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers can only keep 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback, or copper rockfish. Anglers may harvest one cabezon per day starting on July 1.

To help anglers identify common species and comply with the regulations, ODFW has produced several sheets of ID Tips for blue vs. black rockfish and for China, copper and quillback rockfish, as well as a handout titled “What Can I Keep, and How Many?”

PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Plat I has been stocked with 4,500 legal size trout this year. In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bass fishing.

Anglers may have success catching trout and bass with bait such as PowerBait and nightcrawlers where access is available.

Some of the trout may have copepods which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked.

REINHART POND: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Angling for bass and other warmwater gamefish should be good.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: steelhead, spring Chinook, surf perch

Spring Chinook fishing continues to be good in the Lower Rogue. Most fish are being caught on anchovies or spinners. Anglers can expect the bite to continue as long as water temperatures stay in the 60’s.

Perch have been starting to show in good numbers at the mouth of the Rogue. One of the best spots to try is the sand spit extending from the south jetty into the mouth of the river. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out and fish when ocean swells are small and light winds are forecasted.

Rogue River, middle: Chinook salmon, steelhead, trout

Summer steelhead and spring Chinook are available. On June 17 some excess hatchery fish were recycled back into the fishery in Baker Park in Grants Pass. A total of 19 hatchery spring Chinook and 63 hatchery summer steelhead were released.

The Rogue River is open to trout angling. Only hatchery trout can be retained. Wild trout must be released unharmed.

The flow at Grants Pass as of Monday morning was 2,460 cfs, the water temperature averaged 63oF. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.

Rogue River, upper: Chinook salmon, steelhead, trout

Anglers are catching a few spring Chinook by drifting or back-bouncing bait or drift-bobbers. Beginning on July 1, anglers will be able to keep both hatchery and wild Chinook per zone regulations downstream from Dodge Bridge. Upstream from that point, only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained.

Anglers are starting to catch summer steelhead more frequently as additional fish move into the upper Rogue. This fishery should improve significantly over the next few weeks. Anglers can keep two hatchery steelhead per day.

Trout fishing has been good. Anglers can keep five hatchery rainbow trout per day. Non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.

As of June 21 a total of 1,172 spring Chinook had been collected at Cole Rivers, with 153 new for the week. A total of 136 early run summer steelhead have also entered the hatchery. The flow at Gold Ray was 2,520 cfs and the water temperature was 60o F on Tuesday morning. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,408 cfs at 52oF.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking legal-sized rainbow trout each week in the Rogue River upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir. Trout are stocked at most of the campgrounds and bridge crossings between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek. This area offers good trout fishing, easy access, beautiful scenery, numerous Forest Service campgrounds, and cooler temperatures making this a great destination for the holiday weekend.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: striped bass, trout

Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures above tidewater. Retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed in tidewater. Sturgeon fishing is catch-and-release only. The daily limit for striped bass is 2 per 24 hour period. Trout is catch-and-release up to Sisters Creek.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: closed

TENMILE BASIN: trout, steelhead, bass

Anglers have been catching rainbow trout trolling wedding ring spinners. Trout anglers should fish in the deep water and fishing is usually best in the mornings.

Largemouth bass fishing has been good over the past month. Anglers are catching bass near structure or on the deep end of the weed lines using spinner baits, jigs, or rubber worms. Top water lures have been effective in the early mornings or evenings. The water level in the lakes is very low, so boat anglers should use caution.

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

Fishing is open in Toketee year-round. For more information call the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531.

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Contact the Forest Service at 541-957-3200 for road and trail conditions. Red Top Pond, which offers excellent bank fishing opportunities, was stocked with an additional 500 rainbow trout last week for a total of 1,000 so far in 2016. In addition, there should be plenty of holdover legal-sized trout from previous stockings in those waterbodies. Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, spring Chinook, shad, trout

The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead.

Spring Chinook are being caught in the Scottsburg to Elkton area but angling has been pretty slow. Please note the changes in regulations this year on page 33 of the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. On the Main, anglers can harvest 2 wild spring Chinook per day and up to 5 wild springers from Feb. 1 – June 30. From July 1– Dec. 31, you can harvest 2 wild Chinook per day, and in combination with the other salmon/ steelhead recorded on your salmon tag, up to 20 fish total. Fin-clipped hatchery fish can be recorded on a separate hatchery harvest tag that is available. There is no limit on the number of hatchery tags that can be purchased. Daily limits still apply.

Shad fishing is slowing with the typical season stretching from May-July, and smallmouth bass angling should offer excellent harvest opportunities as water temperatures warm up.

The 50 Places to go fishing within 60 minutes of Roseburg,” handout which is available online or at the office, identifies several good places for salmon and steelhead fishing.

Trout fishing is catch-and-release only in the mainstem; open for retention in the tributaries.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring Chinook, trout

Chinook fishing will close on June 30.

Summer steelhead angling will be picking up as we move further into the summer months. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Spring Chinook fishing has been decent.

Note that from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 through June 30, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to fly angling only with a single barbless fly. Per the new regulation on page 31, 32 of the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet, from Feb. 1 – June 30, two wild Chinook per day can be harvested. Ten wild Chinook may be harvested in the North during this time frame in aggregate with wild Chinook harvested in the Main.

Remember that from March 1 through July 31 the anti-snagging gear restrictions apply on the North from the Lone Rock boat ramp upstream to the fly area boundary above Rock Creek. The Mainstem from Soda Springs Dam, including Soda Springs Reservoir, up to Slide Creek Dam is closed year-round to fishing.

North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: bass

Trout fishing is catch-and-release only in the South Umpqua and tributaries. Bass fishing should be good with warming water temperatures.

WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead

An additional 1,000 rainbow trout averaging one pound each were stocked recently, so trout fishing should be good. Fishing for bass and pan fish should also be good. With the lake warming up, fishing will likely be best early and late in the day. Anglers are encouraged to keep small stunted yellow perch.

WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch

Fishing for bottom fish in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful.

WINCHUCK RIVER: cutthroat

Cutthroat are spread throughout the river, but the best access is the Oregon State Park property located on the North side of the estuary, or upriver off of Forest Service property.

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

COOS COUNTY

Coyote - Numbers are strong throughout Coos County. Using predator calls to lure them in can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Be sure to ask permission before hunting on private land.

Cougar - Hunters can expect an average year. Cougars are abundant throughout with indicators pointing to stable or increasing numbers. Hunting cougar is a challenge because these animals are very secretive, but harvest success is greatest adjacent to private land with high deer populations using a predator call.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Cougar – The cougar season is currently open. Hunters can expect an average year. Cougars are abundant throughout with indicators pointing to stable or increasing numbers. Hunting cougar is a challenge because these animals are very secretive, but harvest success is greatest adjacent to private land with high deer populations using a predator call. Check with landowners about access before going hunting.

Coyote - Numbers are strong throughout Douglas County. Using predator calls to lure them in can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Be sure to ask permission before hunting on private land.

JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES

Denman Wildlife Area: Remember to get your parking permit. Hunters get the permit free with their purchase of an annual hunting license. Reminder, starting April 1 bird dog training will be restricted to within the “dog training area” along Touvelle road except for organized permitted events.

Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met. Most cougar hunters’ success comes from predator calls. Cougars travel many miles a day and often use major ridge lines to find prey, these ridge lines are location for predator calls.

Western Gray Squirrel is currently open for the part of the Rogue Unit south of Rogue River and S. Fork Rogue River and North of Hwy 140 where the season remains open year round with no bag limit. Squirrels can be found in oak or mixed conifer stands. This is a great animal to hunt for first time hunters.

Coyotes are abundant in our area. Remember to ask for permission to hunt on private lands. Hunter can find coyotes around meadows and brush piles where mice and rabbits are found. Predator calls are very useful when used in conjunction to known prey base.

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

COOS COUNTY

Marine Mammals

Seal and sea lion abundance in coastal waters around Coos County is high at this time of year, especially south of Coos Bay. At Simpson Reef, a heavily used haul out exists. From the lookout, viewers can see California sea lions, Steller sea lions, harbor seals and elephant seals. Do not approach seals and sea lions you may find on Oregon beaches. If you think an animal you find is in trouble, contact your local ODFW office to report the animal or contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Network an (800) 452-7888.

Shorebirds

May is the month where we see the greatest number of shorebirds in Coos County. Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge reports the highest concentrations of shorebirds on the west coast at times. Bandon Marsh Unit of the refuge is the place where these high concentrations are visible. Those interested in seeing these birds should visit the viewing platform located along Riverside Dr. on the outskirts on the city of Bandon.

Seabirds

A black-footed albatross was spotted off of the Charleston docks recently by the western-most jetty. They are the most common albatross off the Oregon Coast, foraging off the coast year-round, but are only occasionally seen so close to shore. Their primary breeding grounds are in the along the Hawaiian island chain. The black-footed albatross can have a wingspan up to 7 ft. and are known for their ability to soar long distances across the ocean. The oldest known bird was over 40 years old.

Many sea birds like pigeon guillemots and common murres can be found close to shore along the Oregon coast, right now, because they nest in this area. Since surf tends to be smaller this time of year now is a good time to look for them. Just in case, check surf conditions before you get into places where large waves can be hazardous. Also, even if surf conditions are forecasted to be small always keep an eye on the waves when you are near the ocean and know where your escape route will be if large waves come.

Another interesting bird species to see when you are near the rocky intertidal zone is the black oyster-catcher. These birds are dark brown or black with bright red bills and pink feet. They live their entire lives in or around the splash zone on rocks along the coast. They are non-migratory, so while they are here at any time during the year they are easiest to observe when surf conditions are small. Since they even nest near the splash zone and are extremely protective of their nests they are often seen chasing other birds that get too close to their territory.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Gamebirds – The young chicks of California quail, blue and ruffed grouse, wild turkey and pheasants are now being seen throughout the county. Coveys of California quail are common on the Umpqua Valley floor usually associated with blackberry cover and water. Many blue and ruffed grouse and their young are found in mid to high elevation forested areas in our local mountains. Wild turkeys and their poults are very common throughout the Umpqua Valley usually on private lands in oak savannah habitat. Most pheasants are found in central Douglas County associated with pastures and ranches.

Amphibians - The frogs and salamanders are out. Start to watch for frog and salamander egg masses and tadpoles to show up in ponds, puddles and ditches. This can be a fun experience for kids and their parents to watch the development and metamorphosis processes of these critters.

Reptiles – As we get warmer, longer days, watch for local lizard, snake and turtle populations to become more active. Lizards and snakes will be taking advantage of morning and evening sun and southern exposed rock formations (and roads) to warm themselves. Turtles will be seen basking on logs and banks of local ponds, streams and reservoirs.

Osprey - Ospreys are also known as fish hawks and can be seen flying above rivers or lakes looking for fish in the water. This time of the year look for male ospreys diving into the water capturing fish, and taking the captured fish back to the female on the nest.

Turkey Vultures - Vultures can be seen soaring high in the sky looking for food or on the ground utilizing expired animals. Also, look for them early mornings perched in a tree sunning themselves with their wings spread warming up.

Purple Martin – Purple Martins have arrived so look for them around Plat I Reservoir, Cooper Creek Reservoir and Ten Mile Lake. Purple Martin is our largest swallow in North America and is uncommon & mainly found in Western Oregon communally nesting usually near a large water body.

Waterfowl – Watch local water bodies for all of the new ducklings and goslings following their mothers around as they learn to feed and avoid predators.

Young Wildlife – As spring births occur, the occasion to notice and watch young wildlife makes for a great learning experience for children and families. Be careful not to get too close however, and don’t take any wildlife from their habitat. If orphans are noticed, if safe or unharmed, leave animal where it is found and contact ODFW or Umpqua Wildlife Rescue (541-440-1196) in Douglas County. Most baby wildlife that is found, believed to be abandoned or orphaned, are simply waiting for mothers to return from foraging. If baby birds are found outside of nests, either return to nest if possible or leave on ground or limb below nest. Mother birds will likely be watching and waiting from a distance for people or predators to leave the area.

Hummingbirds – It time to hang up your feeders for our summer hummers. Avoid the commercial hummingbird mixture you can buy in the store since the red dye can produce digestive problems for these small birds. Remember that you can make your own hummingbird food utilizing 4 parts water to 1 part sugar ratio but always make sure the sugar goes completely into solution before hanging up for use.

Deer – Fawns are starting to be seen on the valley floor. Fawns found hiding in the grass are not abandoned by their mothers or orphaned. Please don’t remove them, as their mothers will return after foraging, usually under the cover of darkness. Please control domestic dogs around deer this time of year. Many fawns are injured or killed each year when found by dogs.

Common Nighthawk – The first nighthawk’s should be arriving from their wintering areas in South America. The nighthawk is a darkish colored bird 9.5 inch long with long pointed wings and white wing patches. Nighthawks are commonly observed flying high in the evening sky catching insects on the wing emitting a nasal peent call. This migratory bird is one of the last birds to migrate to North America for nesting. It can be seen and heard in Western Oregon from cities and towns to woodlands and forests.

Killdeer – Most of the local shorebirds are nesting at this time. Shorebirds include oystercatchers, plovers, turnstones, sandpipers and phalaropes. One of the most common shorebirds and plovers in our area is the killdeer. The killdeer is a brown, white and black medium sized shore bird 10.5 inch long with two black neck bands and orange on the upper tail and lower back plus a long tail. Killdeer are commonly seen in pastures, fields, meadows, airports and soccer fields often far from water emitting a killdeer call when startled. This migratory bird has variable nests but commonly makes an unlined depression nest in the gravel. Killdeer are famous for feigning injury near its nest to distract intruders.

JACKSON and JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

Shed Antlers

Now is a good time to get out in the woods and look for shed deer and elk antlers.

Upper and Lower Table Rocks rise 800 feet above the valley floor. Habitat types range from oak savanna and chaparral to woodland. On the summit a diversity of wildflowers and wildlife can be found along the trails. Spring can provide some of the best viewing times.

Crows

Crows and Raven are similar to each other. Crows are smaller in size (17.5 inches) with smaller beaks with fan shape tail in flight and they make a caw sound. Whereas ravens are larger (24 inches) with long heavy bills, wedge shaped tail, with a low, drawn-out croak call and are protected.

Denman Wildlife Area

Take one of two trails off Touvelle Road and enjoy birdwatching and sightseeing. This is the time of year when the wildlife area greens up with variety of flowers and wildlife. Below the fourth pond and to the north, you will find the newly built horse trail (2.5 mile) that provides great views of the Upper Table Rock and opportunities to see birds that live in oak trees, wedge leaf ceanothus and areas of riparian vegetation along the Little Butte Creek. The trail to the south that runs along the forth pond dike is our interpretive trail, come in to the office and pick up and interpretive trail guide. You will learn of some of the history of the wildlife area and the different environment unique to our area. A wide variety of wildlife can be found along this 1 ½ mile trail.

Song Birds

Several types of swallows are beginning to nest in our bird boxes around the Denman Wildlife area office. Also the ospreys are back and are currently building their nest.

A covered viewing station on the Denman Wildlife Area provides a good opportunity to view waterfowl, egrets, raptors and songbirds. The structure was built by the Oregon Hunters Association and is accessed by a paved, ADA-accessible pathway. It is on Whetstone Pond, just north of the ODFW Rogue Watershed Field Office in Central Point. For more information about the wildlife area, visit ODFW’s Web site.

Many people are visiting the area for fishing opportunities where bass, blue gills and bull head cat fish are caught. School and scout groups are scheduling appointments where Area staff has provided presentations and tours of the area.

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WILLAMETTE ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • With the arrival of hot weather, it’s not too early to consider hiking in to one of the area’s high mountain lakes, many of which are stocked with trout.
  • Now is peak season for Chinook salmon and summer steelhead fishing on the Santiam River, which is experiencing some excellent returns this year.
  • A couple hundred hatchery steelhead and a few spring Chinook have made it all the way up into the PGE trap below North Fork Reservoir; these fish are then being recycled back downstream to provide additional fishing opportunities.
  • Trout stocking continues this week with releases planned for Alton Baker Canal, the Blue River, Breitenbush River, Carmen Reservoir, Detroit Reservoir, Leaburg Lake, Quartzville Creek, Salmon Creek, North Fork of the Santiam, Estacada Lake, Faraday Lake, Horseshoe Lake, North Fork Reservoir, Olallie Lake, and Trillium Lake.
  • Timothy Lake near Mount Hood has received a several batches of trophy trout over the past two months, and some of those fish should still be available.
  • A few spring Chinook are still being caught in the lower Willamette River, mostly around the head of the Multnomah Channel.
  • Eugene-Springfield area anglers are reminded to track Willamette Falls counts for spring Chinook. Allow 10-14 days for the fish to arrive in local rivers (McKenzie, Middle Fork Willamette and Coast Fork Willamette rivers) from the time they are counted at Willamette Falls.

 

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It could be the area is closed, inaccessible due or currently offers limited fishing opportunities. These water bodies will return to the recreation report when conditions change. If you believe something is missing, contact us and we’ll find out why.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports – the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.

2016 trout stocking

The 2016 trout stocking schedules for the North Willamette Watershed (pdf) District and the South Willamette Watershed (pdf) District are posted on the ODFW Trout Stocking Page. Take a look to find out when and where Oregon’s hatchery trout are being released around the state.

High Lakes stocking

ODFW takes very small fish to Oregon’s high lakes by helicopter, mule and river boats. Take a look at where these fish were released in the past and where you might even encounter some of them on your next backpacking trek. It typically takes only a year after stocking for fish to reach catchable size.

North Willamette High Lakes Stocking |Mid-Willamette High Lakes Stocking |South Willamette High Lakes Stocking

Check out the new interactive trout stocking map

Find the location and details about the many lakes ponds and streams that receive hatchery trout from ODFW’s fish hatcheries on our Google-based stocking map. Click on the fish icons to bring up all the pertinent information about the state’s trout fishing locations.

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

The Alton Baker Canoe Canal will be stocked this week with a total of 965 trout, including 150 larger trout. Fish are released at multiple locations along the canal. The canal will be stocked approximately every other week through mid-November.

The canal is located within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of Club Road in Eugene. A 4-acre pond at the midpoint of the canal is a good spot but it can be fished all along its two-mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield. The canal is open to fishing all year.

BENSON LAKE: rainbow trout, white crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Stocked in May with rainbow trout. This is a 40-acre lake located in Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. From Portland, head east on I-84; the park is located on the south side of the freeway about 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

BETHANY POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead

Stocked this spring with rainbow trout.

This is a 10-acre pond located at Bethany west of Portland. The pond is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, and a paved, ADA accessible trail.

BLUE LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, black crappie, bluegill

Stocked in May with 8-inch “legal” rainbow trout.

This is a 64-acre lake located in Blue Lake Park three miles west of Troutdale. This family-friendly park with picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Multnomah County.

BLUE RIVER: trout, steelhead

Blue River above Blue River Reservoir will be stocked this week with 750 fish, including 100 larger fish. This is the last stocking of the season. Fish are released at multiple locations from the reservoir upstream to Quentin Creek. Bait use is allowed through Oct. 31. Two wild trout may be harvested per day above Blue River Reservoir only. Otherwise, anglers may keep 5 hatchery trout per day.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Hwy. 126 and is open to year-round fishing. The reservoir will be stocked this week with 2,130 hatchery trout. This is the last stocking of the season.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

Regulation changes for 2016 year allow fishing on this river year-round. Trout stocking will continue this week with the release of another 1,800 hatchery trout. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day.

Note that the river is closed to salmon fishing year-round.

CANBY POND: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill

Canby Pond will not be stocked again until fall due to warm water temperatures and thick aquatic vegetation. However, warmwater fishing for bass, crappie, and bluegill with jigs and surface lures is still a viable option.

Canby Pond is a one-acre pond located on the south end of Canby, in Canby City Park. This pond is open only to youth 17 years old and under, as well as persons who possess ODFW's Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permits.

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Carmen Reservoir will be stocked this week with 2,375 rainbow trout, including 375 larger trout. The reservoir is accessed via USFS Road 750 off Hwy. 126, about two miles south of Clear Lake. It is open to fishing all year. Motor boats are prohibited on Carmen Reservoir.

CLACKAMAS RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Now that the area has settled into a summertime weather pattern the Clackamas is dropping and likely staying low for several days. These low flows mean the river is a drift or pontoon boat fishery with conditions too low to try and navigate in a sled safely, so boaters beware of partially submerged boulders and logs. Despite the low water, anglers have had success for summer steelhead with fish landed from Gladstone upriver to McIver Park this past week. Both boat and bank anglers have been able to get in on the action with a handful of spring Chinook mixed into the catch, although the numbers of springers in the river are still low. There have been a few Chinook landed from the bank at the old “bowling alley” hole above the 99E Bridge in Gladstone.

The boat fishery above Rivermill Dam continues to produce fish with anglers finding good action on summer steelhead and an occasional spring Chinook when working the water just above the log boom or trolling a bit further upstream from the dam. Boat anglers can access the lake from a relatively new boat ramp in McIver Park.

A couple hundred hatchery springers have made it all the way up into the PGE trap below North Fork Reservoir; these fish are then being recycled back downstream to provide additional fishing opportunities. A very good summer steelhead run is continuing with over 1,100 hatchery summers reaching the North Fork Trap and getting recycled downstream so far this spring. Clackamas Hatchery at McIver Park has their water system back online and has had a fair number of summer steelhead swim in, but Chinook counts are still low.

Anglers should note that the summer float season is now going strong, as evidenced this past sunny weekend, so they’ll be sharing the river with rafters and tubers during the warm weather. On the busy days it becomes an early morning fishery just to avoid the recreational user crowds.

Good bank access for can be found in many locations along the river from Gladstone, Cross Park, Riverside Park, along Clackamas River Road, Carver, Barton, and McIver parks. Clackamas River Drive closely follows the river below Carver Park, but be sure to not trespass on private property. If you have a drift boat, you can put in at Riverside Park, Carver Park, Barton Park, Feldheimer’s off Springwater Road, and at both lower and upper McIver Park ramps.

USGS hydrological data for June 27 shows river flows down at 1,090 cfs, with a gauge reading of 11.02 feet and the water temperature bumping up to near 60° F. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park.

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year and was recently stocked with 3,625 rainbow trout, including 1,125 larger trout. Clear Lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Boat rentals are available from Linn County’s Clear Lake Resort.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork Willamette River is open to angling and bait use is allowed through Oct. 31. The river was recently stocked with 1,000 fish. Trout are released into the river at several locations near town. In addition to 5 hatchery trout, two wild trout may be kept daily.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Warmwater fish should be active.

This is a three-acre lake within the Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, the park is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include ADA accessible trail, picnic tables, playground and restrooms.

COTTAGE GROVE POND (ROW RIVER NATURE PARK POND): trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Ponds are open to year round angling and are accessed via an asphalt pathway behind the truck scales on Row River Road. These ponds also offers wildlife viewing opportunities. The pond with the dock was stocked for the last time this season in early April. Warmwater fish continue to be available.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to fishing all year. The reservoir was last stocked in mid-late April. It will be stocked again in October. Warmwater fish are also available.

CRESWELL POND (GARDEN LAKE): trout, warmwater species

Stocked for the last time this year at the end of March. Warmwater fish will continue to be available. Garden Lake (Creswell Pond) is located in Garden Lake Park on the east side of I-5 in Creswell and is open to fishing all year. The pond and park offer additional wildlife viewing opportunities.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

Reservoir elevation is about 14 feet below full pool and most boat ramps, including Mongold and Kane’s Marina, are currently usable. It will be stocked this week with 10,000 legal-sized hatchery rainbow trout. Anglers are reporting kokanee between 12-14 inches.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Dexter Reservoir near Lowell is visible from Hwy. 58. Boat and bank access is available from state and county parks. Parking and bank access are also available from the causeway near Lowell. Dexter Reservoir was last stocked in late April and will be stocked again in September. Largemouth bass and some smallmouth are also available to anglers in this reservoir.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Dorena Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open to fishing all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available. Dorena was last stocked in mid-late April and will be stocked again in October.

DORMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of April 25 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is an eight-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6.

EAGLE CREEK: spring Chinook

The creek is looking low and clear but there’s still been a small amount of effort by anglers out and about searching around for some early spring Chinook that will be returning smolt releases from the Eagle Fern acclimation pond and the hatchery. Reliable sources indicate a handful of springers have been caught, and fish have also been seen just below the hatchery. The low flows will make it tough for fish entering the creek from the Clackamas River but anglers can expect a few to sneak in when any kind of wet weather comes through.

Keep in mind that long stretches of Eagle Creek run through private property, particularly up near the hatchery and from an area below the lower ladder on down past Bonnie Lure to the mouth. Anglers are advised to pay close attention to where you fish and we encourage you to ask permission prior to accessing or crossing private lands on your way to your favorite fishing hole. See Page 15 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation pamphlet for more information on “Your Rights to Use the Surface, Bed, and Banks of Oregon’s Rivers and Lakes.”

EE WILSON POND: warmwater, trout

This pond is located at EE Wilson Wildlife Area, about a ¼ mile hike from the main parking lot. Recent changes to the fishing regulations now make this a year-round fishery. The pond received a final trout stocking on May 31. Species that may be caught at the pond now are bass, bluegill, and redear sunfish. A valid wildlife area parking permit is required.

ESTACADA LAKE: trout

Stocked this week with another 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. The lake was stocked with trout last week and is frequently stocked with “recycled” hatchery steelhead and Chinook salmon captured at the PGE trap.

Estacada Lake is a 150-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam. There is a boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at the lower end of the reservoir. A fishing dock next to the boat ramp provides non-boating access to the lake.

FALL CREEK: trout

Open all year for trout, with bait allowed April 22 – Oct. 31. Open all year for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and wild steelhead greater than 24 inches below Fall Creek Dam. Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir was recently stocked with a total of 1,750 hatchery trout. Fish are released from the reservoir upstream to Gold Creek. This was the last time Fall Creek was stocked this season. Five hatchery trout and an additional two wild trout may be harvested daily.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked in mid-late April and will not be stocked again this season. Upstream hatchery trout releases will continue to populate the reservoir.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

Stocked again this week with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. The lake was also stocked last week, and some of those fish should still be available. Faraday is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant. No boats, walk-in only.

FERN RIDGE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead

This 9,000-acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000.

The reservoir produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years. Best time of year for crappie is April to June, after the water temperature reaches the mid-50s, but fish can still be found in deeper water year round. July and August are peak months for largemouth bass. Fish the shoreline along the southern part of the reservoir, especially the sloughs and inlets where there is underwater structure. Currently, all boat ramps are available.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. The reservoir has finally been filled and all three boat ramps are currently available. Look for smallmouth bass and yellow perch near underwater structure and drop-offs.

Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept and there are no limits on size or number of bass. Retention of warmwater fish species such as bluegill, catfish, crappie, and yellow perch is also allowed; no limit on size or number.

From I-5 take US 20 east from Albany to the town of Sweet Home. The reservoir is 3 miles past the town on the left.

FREEWAY LAKE, EAST: bass bluegill crappie

This water-body actually consists of three interconnected ponds and features some good size bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available at East Freeway Lake, and there is good bank access around Middle Freeway Lake. Fishing for warmwater gamefish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish can be very good, especially early and late in the day.

GOLD LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Gold Lake is a 100-acre lake located north of the Willamette Pass summit off Hwy. 58 approximately 23 miles southeast of Oakridge. Fishing is restricted to fly angling with barbless hooks. All rainbow trout must be released unharmed, but unlimited brook trout harvest is allowed.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

This large reservoir east of Sweet Home is a premier kokanee fishery with a bag limit of 25 fish per day. It also supports stocked rainbow trout and a good population of smallmouth bass. Holdover trout and smallmouth bass can be found near tree stumps and near drop-offs in all parts of the reservoir. Kokanee are running smaller than average this year (8-10 inches), mainly due to high population numbers.

Reservoir elevation is currently about 30 feet below full pool. At the moment, both Whitcomb Creek and Thistle Creek boat ramps are available to launch boats.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

The release of 2,000 rainbow trout scheduled for the week of May 9 has been cancelled.

This is a stocked 2-acre pond on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area that offers good bank access. Ideal for kids. A parking permit is required while on the wildlife area. Permits are available from all ODFW license vendors.

HARRIET LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of May 30 with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 125 trophy-sized trout. Harriet is a 23-acre reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River in the Mount Hood National Forest. Boat ramp is just past campground.

HARTMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of May 30 with 1.500 legal-sized rainbow trout and 200 trophy-sized trout. This is a year-round warmwater and spring trout fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge. Excellent for non-boating anglers. From I-84, take the Benson State Park exit. The pond is adjacent to the Columbia River adjoining Benson State Recreation Area.

HENRY HAGG LAKE: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, native cutthroat trout

Stocked the week of June 20 with 3,500 legal-sized rainbow trout, bringing to more than 43,000 the number of trout released at this location in 2016.

Henry Hagg Lake is now open year-round and is stocked regularly throughout the spring and fall. This is a 1,110-acre lake and premier fishery located seven miles southwest of Forest Grove. Maintained and operated by Washington County, the park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.

HIGH MOUNTAIN LAKES: trout (rainbow, brook, cutthroat)

There are several mountain lakes available in the area for day use or overnight camping that require only a short hike to reach. Many are easy day hikes, perfect for packing in a lunch and doing some fishing then heading home in early evening. Others require a bit more planning and prep as the distance and terrain dictates so a good topographical map should be considered. When hiking into any of the high lakes be prepared for the unexpected from weather, to mosquitos, to accidents. And please pack out what you pack in!

Some of these high lakes get very little use, and anglers will often find the solitude incredible. If you plan to camp keep in mind that overnight temperatures at the higher elevations can be quite chilly, even in mid-summer. And as the fire season gets in full swing you should check on restrictions regarding open campfires.

Maps should be available from the local U.S. Forest Service office. Lists of stocked Willamette basin high cascade lakes are available on-line – see Willamette Zone, North and South Willamette High Lakes.

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

This reservoir is located about four miles southeast of Oakridge and is open to year round fishing. Hills Creek Reservoir is stocked with 60,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings and 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon fingerlings annually to provide a harvest fishery the following year. Fingerlings are in addition to spring catchable trout releases. Trout and salmon must be adipose-fin clipped to be harvested. Large native trout are available for catch-and-release fishing.

HILLS CREEK and Hills Creek Tributaries above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Hills Creek and its tributaries above Hills Creek Reservoir are open all year. Bait is allowed April 22 through October 31. Two wild trout 8” or longer may be kept per day. Hills Creek is not stocked.

HORSESHOE LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 27 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout.

This is a 14-acre lake located in the Olallie Lake Basin on the Mt. Hood National Forest. There are a few campsites available at Horseshoe Lake Campground.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked the week of May 30 with 1,500 rainbow trout ranging from 8-inch “legals” to 2-pound “trophies.”

Huddleston is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, it contains good habitat for bass and bluegill. It gets stocked with trout in the spring.

The pond reaches a maximum depth of about 10 feet, with shallow "kid-friendly" edges. It is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby. There is paved parking lot and small ramp for people who want to launch small, non-motorized boats.

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

Junction City is a popular stocked trout fishing pond located about two miles south of Junction City on Hwy. 99W on the west side of the highway. There is excellent access around the entire 5-acre pond. Trout stocking is over for the season but the pond still offers warmwater fishing.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake is open to angling all year. Bait use is allowed April 22-Oct. 31. Only hatchery fish may be kept. All wild trout must be released. The lake will be stocked with 1,700 trout this week. The lake will be stocked almost weekly through the summer. Leaburg Dam is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic weekdays from 8am-noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. through September. Check EWEB’s website for updates.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from the Leaburg Town Landing downstream to Hendricks Bridge from late April through early September. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. Bait use is allowed April 22 through Oct. 31. The lower McKenzie River was recently stocked with 5,900 trout from Leaburg Town Landing to Hendricks Bridge.

This river reach is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie.

Leaburg Dam is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic weekdays from 8am-noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. through September. Check EWEB’s website for updates.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from Finn Rock to Goodpasture Landing, with some summer releases beginning at Forest Glen boat landing, from late April through mid-September. The upper McKenzie River was recently boat stocked from Forest Glen Boat Landing near the town of Blue River to Goodpasture Bridge with a total of 8,450 fish. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. Bait use is allowed April 22 through October 31.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout, salmon, steelhead

The Middle Fork Willamette River is open to bait below Dexter Dam only. This river reach is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the Middle Fork Willamette below Dexter Dam.

The Middle Fork Willamette above Lookout Point and Hills Creek reservoirs is open to angling using lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released upstream of Lookout Point Reservoir. The Middle Fork Willamette River is not stocked with hatchery trout.

MOLALLA RIVER: spring Chinook

The Molalla River water levels are on the decline as early summer flows set in, creating some challenging conditions for anglers seeking spring Chinook. The winter steelhead passage counts came to an end on May 31 while spring Chinook passage continues to plod along steadily. The count numbers are an indicator of how many fish could be available to catch as a few turn into the Molalla instead of heading further up the Willamette.

With the counts at the falls for winter steelhead coming to a close the final passage number reached 5,778 fish through May 31, while partial spring Chinook passage numbers have exceeded 22,000 through June 25. At this date of the season there should be springer fishing available from the Trout Creek acclimation pond returns.

USGS hydrological data for the Molalla River on June 27 shows flows at 301 cfs with a gauge reading of 10.62 feet, as measured in Canby.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

Stocked the week of April 18 with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Angling is restricted to youths age 17 and under and holders of ODFW's Disabled Anglers permits from April 1 - Aug. 31. Mt. Hood Pond is located on the Mt. Hood Community College campus in Gresham, at 26000 SE Stark St.

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout

The boat ramp and access to Promontory Park at the south end of the reservoir have been reopened. The lake reservoir has been stocked the past five weeks with more than 35,000 trout, including 2,500 more released the week of June 27.

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Olallie Lake will be stocked again this week with another 2,800 legal-sized rainbow trout and 125 trophies. This is the fifth week in a row that hatchery trout – including trophy-sized fish – have been released into this lake.

Olallie Lake is also a popular jumping off point for backpackers who want to fish the surrounding high lakes or access the Pacific Crest Trail.

There are three campgrounds and a rustic cabin resort on this lake as well as a hiking trail that encircles the perimeter. Yurts, cabins, and boat rentals are available at Olallie Lake Resort. A boat ramp is available at Peninsula Campground on the southwest shore of the lake. Camping are available at Olallie Meadows Campground and Paul Dennis Campground.

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

Stocked with rainbow trout in April and May.

For truly urban fishing, this is a 4-acre pond next to the Progress Ridge Town Center in Beaverton, Oregon. The pond is an old rock pit and has a maximum depth of 54 feet. There is a sidewalk, fishing platform and viewing platform on one side of the lake. Boating and swimming are not allowed.

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

This stream above Green Peter Reservoir provides excellent opportunities to fish for trout, with good bank access along most of its length. Regulation changes for 2016 makes this a year-round fishery with a bag limit of 5 trout per day. It will be stocked this week with 2,000 additional legal size hatchery rainbow trout. Light gear works best and fly fishing can be very good, but bait is also allowed.

There are two BLM campgrounds as well as numerous designated campsites along the road. To get there, follow the directions to Green Peter Reservoir and continue around the lake until the river begins.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek near Oakridge is open to angling all year. Bait use is allowed April 22 through October 31. The river will be stocked this week with a total of 850 hatchery trout. Trout are released at multiple locations upstream to Black Creek. Two wild trout per day, 8 inch minimum length, may be kept in addition to 5 hatchery trout. Stockings will continue approximately every other week through mid-August.

SALT CREEK: trout

Salt Creek is an unstocked tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge. Salt Creek and its tributaries are open to angling all year. Bait use is allowed April 22-October 31. Two wild trout may be kept per day, 8 inch minimum length.

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Conditions on the Sandy are likely to deteriorate some this week with the onset of warmer weather aiding in the glacial melt and the appearance of milky colored silty water. There’s been a slight decrease in effort at Cedar Creek as evidenced by fewer cars in the hatchery parking lot but a number of summer steelhead are still coming out every day. Reliable reports are also indicating an increase in the spring Chinook catch down in the lower river. The springer fishing should improve as the weeks move along with fish moving further up into the system.

USGS hydrological data for the Sandy River on June 27 shows flows slightly increasing, likely due to snow melt, with the flows sitting at 947 cfs, a gauge reading of 8.63 feet, and the water temperature creeping up to around 57°.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

Returns of adult steelhead and Chinook are in full swing at Willamette Falls and many of them have shown up in the Santiam basin. Over 2,600 Chinook have passed the Bennett dams in Stayton, along with 3,050 summer steelhead as of June 25. As of June 17, they have counted more than 13,000 summer steelhead and over 21,000 spring Chinook at the Willamette Falls fish ladder. Flows on the N. Santiam have been fairly consistent lately and are not expected to change much over the next few weeks.

When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below Packsaddle Park (near the Minto Fish Facility) is open year-round to hatchery steelhead. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (the Mehama gauge was at 1,740 cfs as of June 27). Current conditions

Anglers may keep up to 5 hatchery trout from the mouth to Big Cliff dam through Oct. 31.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

Regulation changes for 2016 makes this section a year-round fishery. The river will be stocked this week with 3,000 hatchery rainbow trout. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day. This section of river is closed to salmon fishing.

SANTIAM RIVER (SOUTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook, bass

Flows are settling in to normal summer conditions. Current flows (as of June 27) are a little below 1,200 cfs as measured at Waterloo and are likely to drop to 800 cfs in early July. Current conditions

Peak season for summer steelhead and spring Chinook is now. Anglers can target these fish throughout the river, with heaviest concentrations from Waterloo up to Wiley Creek.

As of June 21st, 256 spring Chinook and 1,318 summer steelhead have been reported at Foster dam fish ladder. Most of these summer steelhead are being recycled downstream to give anglers a second chance at catching them.

Anglers may keep up to 5 hatchery trout below Foster dam through Oct. 31.

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of May 30 with 1,100 legal-sized rainbow trout, 300 13-inchers, and 125 trophy-sized trout weighing 1-2 pounds apiece.

Sheridan Pond is a 2 1/2-acre pond located on the edge of town. It provides excellent access for families and kids. Good parking. There is an outhouse provided. It is stocked throughout the year with hatchery trout.

To get there take Hwy. 18 to Exit 33 onto Balston Rd. Go south on Balston Rd. approximately half a mile and turn left onto a gravel road leading about a quarter mile to the pond.

SHORTY’S POND: trout

Last stocked with trout in April. This is a 4-acre pond located within Ivor Davies Nature Park in the city of Molalla. It can be accessed by the Fifth St. Trailhead across from Heckard Football Stadium.

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

Stocked the week of June 13 with 2,600 legals and 200 “pounders.” This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.

SMALL FRY LAKE: trout

This youth-only fishing pond has been stocked with 1,800 legal-sized rainbow trout since releases began in mid-May, including 300 fish the week of June 13. This is small pond next to Promontory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Estacada. Fishing restricted to youths 17 and under. Cleaning station, restroom nearby.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy. 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following USFS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around bait fishing. Smith Reservoir was recently stocked with 5,000 rainbow trout.

ST. LOUIS PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish

Stocked the week of May 30 with 700 trout, including some half-pounders. St. Louis Ponds is a 240-acre fishing complex of seven ponds owned and managed jointly by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Marion County Parks Department. The site has a 2,300-foot paved ADA footpath with turnouts, fishing platforms, restrooms and picnic tables. It is stocked throughout the year with hatchery trout and has many other species of warmwater fish.

St. Louis Ponds is located 13 miles north of Salem and west of I-5. To get to there from the north, take the Woodburn exit off I-5. Then go east to Hwy. 99E. At Hwy. 99E, head south to the town of Gervais. At the light, go west on Gervais Rd. through Gervais. Gervais Rd. changes to St Louis Rd. Continue west on St Louis Rd. as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Lane, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Lane and follow the signs to the ponds, about a mile to the main parking lot.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. The stocking season at Sunnyside Pond has ended for the summer, but there may still be a few trout left. The pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round.

The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is also boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir. To get there from I5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.

TIMBER LINN LAKE: rainbow trout

This beautiful, family-friendly fishing pond is located within the 8-acre Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. Stocking is finished for the season.

Timber-Linn Lake can be reached by turning east off I-5 onto the Santiam Highway (Hwy. 20), then immediately turning north onto Price Road and proceeding to the park entrance.

TIMOTHY LAKE: rainbow trout

Timothy Lake is one of five Oregon fishing venues around the state selected this year for a pilot “trophy trout” program. As such, it has received a total of 5,000 trophy trout since mid-May. Timothy reportedly has been producing some nice catches of kokanee this year, too. Timothy is one of Oregon’s most beautiful lakes, spanning 1,400-acre acres within the Mount Hood National Forest, 80 miles east of Portland past Mt. Hood. From Hwy 26 turn onto Forest Rd 42 (Skyline Rd), and then west to Forest Rd 57. It is a good destination to consider anytime mountain roads are clear but especially during the summer when looking for a place to escape the heat.

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

Trail Bridge Reservoir is open to year-round fishing. This waterbody is adjacent to Hwy. 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Only flies and lures may be used. Trail Bridge Reservoir was recently stocked with 3,000 hatchery trout.

TRILLIUM LAKE:

Stocked this week with 4,500 legal-sized roundbow trout.

Trillium is a 60-acre lake located approximately three miles east of Government Camp off of Hwy. 26. This lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood. Adjacent Trillium Lake Campground is administered by the Zigzag Ranger District of the Mount Hood National Forest. The large campground features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.

TROJAN POND: trout, panfish

Trojan will get another 500 trophy-sized rainbow trout this week. It is one of five venues selected for the 2016 “trophy trout” program, and as as such has received more than 1,500 of the 1-2 pound hatchery trout so far this spring. Trojan Pond is a 15-acre pond just east of Rainier on the north side of Hwy. 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility. The pond is located on the right side of the road as soon as you turn onto the Trojan Access Road.

TUALATIN RIVER and tribs: trout

These are now year-round fishing streams under the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Open all year for catch-and-release trout fishing. Harvest allowed May 22-Oct. 31.

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

Trout stocking is finished for the season. This is an 8-acre privately owned pond located in Salem at the northeast corner of McGilchrist and 16th Streets, S.E.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

Trout stocking is finished for the season. Walter Wirth is a 20-acre lake located within the City of Salem’s Cascades Gateway Park.

WAVERLY POND: trout, bluegill, catfish

Waverly Pond is located in Albany and is regularly stocked in fall, winter and spring. For summer fishing it has bluegill and catfish available. From I-5 take exit 234 west towards Albany. The pond is located a quarter mile down Pacific Boulevard on the right. A paved ADA-accessible path runs all the way around the pond.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: sturgeon, summer steelhead, spring Chinook

A very small number of spring Chinook boat anglers continue to work the Willamette for fish and are finding some limited success, mainly down near the head of Multnomah Channel. If you’re seeking that late season fishing opportunity in hopes of one last springer, the area across from the head of the channel or upstream in Oregon City are your best bets. There’s also the possibility of hooking into summer steelhead, mainly near the mouth of the Clackamas River where the cooler water is coming into the Willamette.

Anglers wanting to experience a fast action fishery using light tackle should try some late season shad fishing in the Willamette. The catch and effort for shad this past week by boat and bank anglers had begun to decline some but shad were still being hooked, mainly in Oregon City and Gladstone.

Anglers will also find there are plenty of warm water fishing opportunities on the Willamette for bass and small pan fish, working the rocky shorelines and around areas with structure, particularly near Cedar Island and Milwaukie. Reports indicate the small mouth bass fishing has been very good this spring.

Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon remains as another option for Willamette River anglers.

Spring Chinook crossings at the falls have continued into June at a steady rate with partial numbers through June 25th showing over 22,000 adult springers passing. The final winter steelhead counts for spring 2016 sit at 5,778 through May 31, while summer steelhead show partial counts of over 13,000 fish through that June 25th date.

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on June 27 shows flows moving into summer levels at 8,160 cfs, the water temperature approaching 70°F , and visibility amazingly clear at 8.8 ft.

YAMHILL RIVER and tributaries: trout

The South Fork Yamhill was recently stocked with 1,900 rainbow trout. The Yamhill and its tributaries are now year-round fishing streams under the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. They are open all year for catch-and-release trout fishing, with harvest limited to May 22-Oct. 31.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Please remember to check with the landowner for access restrictions prior to entering private lands. Private timberlands access policy

In addition industrial forestland owners will usually have information regarding access to their property posted on their gates and usually have a “hotline” devoted to providing up-to-date access for hunters.

Hunters are reminded to have permission to hunt or make sure hunting is allowed before accessing private lands.

BIG GAME

COUGAR season is open. A productive hunting technique is to use predator calls to mimic a distressed prey species. Approaching cougars can be difficult to see when you are predator calling so hunting with a partner is advised. Most deer and elk have moved out of their wintering areas and cougars will spend more time moving around their territories looking for prey so hunters need to be mobile. Successful cougar hunters will need to check-in any cougar taken at an ODFW office within 10 days of the kill. Hunters are reminded that biologists located in field offices may be out in the field handling other issues so call ahead to make arrangements to have your cougar checked-in. The hide and skull must be unfrozen and the skull and proof of sex must be attached to the hide. Cougar hunters are reminded that it is required to submit the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken.The reproductive tract provides valuable information on the number and frequency of kittens born annually in Oregon and is a critical part of ODFW’s cougar population models. Pick up the Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

See 2016 Cougar Regulations for details

PLEASE REPORT OBSERVATIONS OF ELK WITH HOOF DISEASE

Please use the online form below to report observations of live elk, hunter-harvested or dead elk showing signs of elk hoof disease that may include lame or limping elk or elk with damaged, injured, missing or deformed hooves. If you harvest an elk or locate a dead animal with suspected hoof disease, please take the following steps:

 

  • Remove and save the affected hoof/hooves in a plastic bag and place in a cool area for further evaluation by ODFW
  • Collect GPS locations
  • Take digital photos of affected hooves
  • Contact ODFW at the toll-free wildlife health lab at 866-968-2600 or email Veterinarians at Wildlife.Health@state.or.us.
  • Fill out this online form

LEAVE YOUNG WILDLIFE IN THE WILD
 
May and June are the months when newborn animals are getting their start in the wild. Help them out by giving them space and leaving them alone. ODFW and Oregon State Police remind Oregonians that taking young animals out of the wild isn’t just against the law—it’s also bad for the animal. These animals miss the chance to learn important survival skills from their parents like where to feed, what to eat, how to behave as part of a group and how to escape from predators.

Unfortunately, every year about this time, ODFW offices across Oregon get calls from people concerned about “orphaned” deer fawns, elk calves, seal pups and other animals they find alone. But the mother animal is usually just off feeding not far away. She will return soon, so don’t interfere. People often pick up animals they find alone out of good intentions, without realizing they may be sentencing the animal to an early death by removing it from its natural environment and its parents.

Never assume a young animal is orphaned unless you saw its parent killed. In almost all cases, the parent will return once it is safe to do so, like when people and dogs aren’t around. Removing or “capturing” an animal from the wild and keeping it in captivity without a permit is against state law (OAR 635-044-0015), as is transporting many animals. Last year, seven people were cited for doing so (No wildlife holding permit/Take-hold young game mammal).

FIELD CARE OF HARVESTED WILDLIFE

The proper handling of harvested wildlife is the most important criteria to ensure its value as table fare. After properly tagging the animal, the hunter should remove the entrails and get the hide off to start the cool-down process. Wipe down the carcass with a dry cloth to remove any foreign material and keep the carcass sanitary by placing it into a clean dry cloth game bag.

BE PREPARED

Except for cougar, big game hunting is closed during the summer months. This is a good time for hunters to scout for the upcoming fall hunting seasons. The antlers of buck deer and bull elk are in velvet and sensitive to being bumped. This contributes to bucks and bulls spending more time out in the open and visible. Hunters that spend some time hiking and scouting will not only stay in better hunting shape but may find an animal to target this fall. Try to avoid disturbing females with young when viewing animals. Hunters who drew a controlled tag in the controlled draw applications are reminded to purchase it no later than the day before the hunt begins.

Hunters are reminded to be prepared for emergencies by keeping survival equipment such as food, water, signal mirror, whistle, sleeping bag and first aid kit with you and in your vehicle during your outdoor adventures. Don’t forget to wear the proper clothing; it is your first defense against the elements. Let someone know where you will be and when you expect to return just in case your vehicle becomes stuck or breaks down.

Be safe, be responsible and be legal.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

Valleywide

The WESTERN MEADOWLARK was voted Oregon’s state bird by school children in 1927. Meadowlarks are found in grassland-type habitats where they sing from perches such as fence posts, shrubs, trees, or powerlines. Remnant grassland prairie habitats, pastures and even young Christmas tree plantations along the edge of the Willamette Valley are good places to find these birds. Listen for their liquid, melodious song. Western meadowlarks can be seen in fair numbers just north of the east end of Diamond Hill Rd. (Diamond hill road crosses I-5 at the Harrisburg exit). There are untilled pasture lands that still support the native Willamette Valley sunflower and our state bird that has such a beautiful and distinctive call. Although meadowlark populations are abundant in Eastern Oregon, they are declining in the valley because of loss of native prairie to farming and development. s their habitat shrinks nest predators like fox, skunk, raccoon and non-native opossum and house cats have an increasing impact on these grassland birds.

HARLEQUIN DUCKS are Oregon’s only “anadromous” duck. This seaduck winters in the churning rocky intertidal zone at the coast and then moves inland to breed on turbulent mountain streams that mimic the crashing waters of their coastal environment. This bird has adapted to a unique way of life geared to taking advantage of the abundance of food that occurs where water flows fast and frothy. Harlequin ducks can be viewed in the spring and early summer along the middle and upper McKenzie River at Cooks Rapid or Bear Creek Rapid and the Middle Fork Willamette River around the town of Oakridge. They can also be found on the North Santiam River from Mill City upstream to above Marion Forks.

NEWTS, a type of salamander common in the Pacific Northwest, may be observed in their migration from terrestrial environs such as rotten logs and moist soil to their breeding grounds in ponds, small lakes and the edges of streams. These small amphibians may be found if you are hiking in forests during or just after it rains.

GREAT BLUE HERONS have young in their nests at this time of year. The young are very vocal when the adults arrive with food. One of the most visible colonies in the area is in a large cottonwood tree along the bike path at the east end of Alton Baker Park in Springfield (east side of I-5, north side of the millrace). Herons are usually very sensitive to disturbance and in other areas several instances of nest abandonment are known to have occurred due to human disturbance. This colony is especially acclimated to and tolerant of people. To minimize disturbance to the birds, do not approach the base of the tree from the north side of the millrace. Another very visible colony is in a stand of large cottonwood trees next to a pond on the east side of Delta Hwy, just north of the Valley River Shopping Mall in Eugene.

Many animals have young in the nest or den at this time of year. Typically the adult is foraging for food nearby and will return. Please do not pick up young birds or mammals, as this can decrease their chance of survival.

Snakes bask when the sun shines

THREE SPECIES OF GARTER SNAKE occur in the Willamette Valley. They are the most commonly seen snakes. Much variability in coloration exists in garter snakes but the best identifying characteristic is a stripe down the middle of the snake's back. No other snake species in western Oregon has a stripe down the middle. A good place to see these harmless snakes is on gravel roads and trails through wetland areas. Wildlife areas in the Willamette Valley such as Fern Ridge, Finley, EE Wilson, Baskett Slough and Ankeny are all good areas to see these beautiful animals. Best viewing conditions are on warm sunny days.

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

All units of Fern Ridge Wildlife Area are open to public access for the summer months. There are many access points available and viewing opportunities are excellent for a wide variety of wildlife, particularly birds. Wildlife viewing platforms are available in the Fisher Butte unit located a short walk from parking lots on Royal Avenue and Hwy 126. The viewing platform located north of the Hwy 126 parking lot provides a great overlook of the adjacent wet low prairie. Many varieties of wild flowers are now in bloom and the colors of the landscape are remarkable.

Visitors are reminded that dogs must be kept on leash at all times.

Parking areas are located along Highway 126, Nielson Road, Cantrell Road, Territorial Highway, and Clear Lake Road. Visitors are cautioned that there have been recent vehicle break-ins at area parking lots. Please secure your valuables before leaving your vehicle unattended. Contact the wildlife area headquarters, (541) 935-2591 if you have any questions.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

The Sauvie Island Wildlife Area eastside units and Westside, Oak Island and North units are open. All areas require a Sauvie Island Wildlife Area Parking Permit.

Sauvie Island is a main stopping point for migratory birds as they travel along the Pacific Flyway, and ODFW actively manages the Wildlife Area to provide food and cover for them. An abundance of ducks and geese can be seen from many points around the island, as can raptors, including bald eagles, northern harriers, sandhill cranes, red-tailed hawks and American kestrel. Spring migrants are arriving such as orange-crowned warbler, pacific-slope flycatcher and purple martins.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area is located on Sauvie Island, only 10 miles north of Portland off Highway 30. A parking permit is required for the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area and can be purchased at ODFW License vendors, at the Sauvie Island ODFW office, Monday through Friday during office hours or online. For more information, call (503) 621-3488. Directions to Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

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CENTRAL ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Fishing has been fair at Ochoco Reservoir, with anglers reeling in trout averaging 16 inches
  • Kokanee fishing has been good lately in Lake Billy Chinook, particularly in the Metolius arm
  • Trout fishing on the Fall River has been fair. Sleep in because the best fishing will be during the warmest part of the day, usually mid-afternoon.
  • Anglers have been catching a good number of lake trout on Crescent Lake.
  • Nymphs and streamer have been taking trout on the Metolius, where fishing has been fair.

 

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It could be the area is closed, inaccessible due or currently offers limited fishing opportunities. These water bodies will return to the recreation report when conditions change. If you believe something is missing, contact us and we’ll find out why.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports -- the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the weekly Recreation Report.

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Anglers have been having fair success. The water is still dirty but recent sampling indicates many 12 inch trout are available in addition to the brood size fish that were recently stocked.

BEND PINE NURSERY: rainbow trout, bluegill, bass

Pine Nursery Pond is located in northeast Bend between Purcell, Deschutes Market and Yeoman Road. From Hwy 97, take Empire Blvd exit, head east on Empire Blvd 1.5 miles, turn left on Purcell 1900 feet, turn right on Rock Creek Park Drive at sign to Pine Nursery Community Park.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

Bikini Pond has been stocked and should be good fishing. Great spot for kids!

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, kokanee

Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout. All wild rainbow trout must be released.

CRESCENT LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee

Anglers report fair fishing for kokanee and lake trout.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout, mountain whitefish

Fishing has been fair. Anglers are finding more whitefish than trout.

As a reminder, bait is no longer allowed on the river and all trout over 20-inches are considered steelhead and must be immediately released unharmed. Please report any tagged fish to the Prineville Office (541) 447-5111.

Flows below Bowman Dam

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

No recent reports.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Catch and release for trout. No limits on warmwater fish.

DESCHUTES RIVER, Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam: summer steelhead, redband trout, whitefish

Fishing for Spring Chinook at Sherars Falls has been good. Early morning and late evenings are best. Anglers who catch a tagged hatchery steelhead with an orange anchor tag, are encouraged to report catch information to ODFW at 541-296-4628. Anglers catching a tagged wild fish should release it immediately without recording any information.

Counts at the Sherars Falls salmon and steelhead trap. Trap operation has ended for the season, but will resume again next summer.

Lake Billy Chinook to Benham Falls: rainbow trout, brown trout

Open for trout all year. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures. No size or limits on brown trout and no harvest of bull trout. The salmon fly hatch is ongoing and opportunities for both rainbow and brown trout are good.

Benham Falls upstream to Wickiup Reservoir:

No recent reports. Artificial flies and lures only. Wild rainbow trout must be released

DEVILS LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Anglers report fair fishing to trout. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

No recent reports.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

River will be stocked this week with rainbow trout. Angers report fair fishing for rainbow trout. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill

Fishing has been good for warmwater fish.

HOOD RIVER: winter steelhead

Spring Chinook season opened on April 15 and will end on June 30, with a limit of 2 adult hatchery and 5 jack hatchery fish. Fishing should pick up in the latter half of May.

HOSMER LAKE: brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout

Anglers report fair fjshing for trout in the morning and evening. Fly fishing only, barbless hooks required. Catch-and-release for all species.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: bull, brown and rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass

Fishing has been fair for kokanee, bass and bull trout. Anglers are reminded there are small numbers of spring Chinook and summer steelhead in Lake Billy Chinook as part of the reintroduction effort. Please release these fish unharmed.

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

Open year-round. Has been recently stocked with rainbow trout.

LAURANCE LAKE: Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

The lake is open, has been stocked and should be good fishing, no recent reports.

LAVA LAKE (BIG): rainbow trout

Lake will be stocked this week with rainbow trout. Anglers report fair to good fishing for 14-16” rainbow trout.

LAVA LAVE (SMALL): rainbow trout, brook trout

 No recent reports.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

Snow will likely block access to Lost Lake until late spring.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Anglers report fair fishing for trout. Fly fishing only upstream of Bridge 99.

NORTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake is still fishless and will be stocked with rainbow trout once levels of rotenone, used to remove illegally introduced brown bullhead, dissipates to lower levels.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures only; two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Trout 20 inches and greater must be released unharmed.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

Fishing has been fair for trout and excellent for bass.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing for kokanee and lake trout. All tributaries to Odell Lake are closed to fishing.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Anglers report fair fishing for trout and kokanee. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Pine Hollow should offer excellent spring fishing, as the lake has received its spring stocking.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie

Trout fishing has been fair near the dam. Fishing for warmwater fish has been good, especially for smallmouth bass.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Fishing for trout has been good.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Lake levels are currently good and Rock Creek Reservoir has received it’s spring allocation of rainbow trout, should be great fishing.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Pond will be stocked this week with rainbow trout. Limit is 2 trout per day, 8-inch minimum length. Fishing restricted to juvenile anglers 17-years-old and younger.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake will be stocked this week with rainbow trout. Anglers report fair fishing.

SPARKS LAKE: cutthroat trout

No recent reports.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

No recent reports.

TAYLOR LAKE (Wasco County): rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Taylor Lake should offer excellent winter trout fishing opportunity, as the lake has received its spring stocking allocation.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Lake was stocked with rainbow trout last week. Anglers report good fishing for brook trout. Open to fishing all year.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing for 14-16 inch holdover trout has been excellent. The lake was recently stocked with catchable sized trout and will be continually stocked throughout the summer.

WICKIUP RESERVOIR: kokanee, brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass

No recent reports.


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CENTRAL ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

PRINEVILLE/OCHOCO WILDLIFE DISTRICT

Cougar are present throughout the Maury, Ochoco, and Grizzly units. The Maury and Ochoco units are recommended because of their greater amounts of public lands and better accessibility. Cougars must be checked in at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. Please consult the synopsis for all required parts and be sure to call first to make an appointment.

Coyotes can offer an exciting challenge. Both the Maury and Ochoco have sizeable areas of public lands that provide hunting opportunities. Hunters should use caution, be properly equipped and prepared for whatever the weather might bring.

THE DALLES DISTRICT

Cougar: Cougars can be found in the same areas as deer and elk as they follow them through their migration routes. Calling with fawn in distress can be effective this time of year. Cougars have large home ranges so remember to be patient and persistent. Remember you need 2016 tag to hunt as of Jan. 1. Hunters are required to check-in the unfrozen hide and skull, with proof of sex attached to an ODFW office within 10 days. Hunters are also required to provide the reproductive tract of harvested female cougars. See pg. 42 of the regulations for details.

Coyotes: There are good numbers of coyotes in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties. Those wishing to pursue will find the best success near agricultural lands. Be sure to ask permission to hunt private lands.

Cougar: Cougars can be found in the same areas as deer and elk as they follow them through their migration routes. Calling with fawn in distress can be effective this time of year. Cougars have large home ranges so remember to be patient and persistent.

Hunters are required to check-in the unfrozen hide and skull, with proof of sex attached to an ODFW office within 10 days. Hunters are also required to provide the reproductive tract of harvested female cougars. See pg. 42 of the regulations for details.

WHITE RIVER WILDLIFE AREA

A parking permit is now required to use/park on the White River Wildlife Area along with other ODFW wildlife areas. Camping is allowed only in designated areas.

Eurasian Collared Doves are UNPROTECTED with no season or bag limit restrictions. Hunters only need a hunting license to harvest these birds. Often found in urban areas, make sure you are outside city limits when discharging a weapon.

Cougar is open all year or until zone mortality quotas have been met. Calling with distress calls or cougar vocalizations can be effective. However, locating a fresh, naturally made kill has the best chance of success.

Coyotes: Try calling for them from open fields, meadows, and pastures. Using distress calls can be quite productive throughout the winter. The best areas to find them will be near farm grounds on the eastern boundary. Look for them in early morning or evening and pay attention to wind direction.


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CENTRAL ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

CROOK COUNTY

Red-tailed, rough-legged and ferruginous hawks, northern harriers, American kestrels, prairie falcons and golden eagles can be found throughout Crook County and are usually associated more closely with open/agricultural areas. Bald eagles and osprey can be found associated with water bodies. Northern goshawks can be located throughout the Ochoco National Forest.

Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Area

The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Area offers access to view a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office, at Prineville Reservoir State Park office and the ODFW website.

Deschutes County

Wickiup and Crane Prairie Reservoirs are good areas to see bald eagles, common loon, horned grebe, and tree swallows. The bald and golden eagles nests at Smith Rock State Park are both active again this year and can be viewed from the parks hiking trails. Other good birding locations include Camp Polk Meadows, located a few miles north east of Sisters on Camp Polk Road, where a wide variety of birds can be seen this time of year. Visitors to the meadows are likely to see American kestrel, great horned owl, multiple warbler species, kingfisher, Virginia rail, Wilson’s snipe, California quail, hairy and downy woodpeckers, pygmy nuthatches, mourning doves and western bluebirds to name just a few.

Bird watching is not just limited to wild places, as residents and visitors to Bend can watch an osprey pair nesting adjacent to the Parkway that runs through the city. Other opportunities to view a diversity of wildlife without leaving Bend can be found along the trails that follow the Deschutes River.

Whether you’re interested in song birds, waterfowl, or raptors and prefer remote birding locations, or those closer to urban areas, directions to a long list of great birding locations can be found at East Cascades Audubon Society. Birding locations

In addition to excellent birding opportunities, wetlands offer the promise of other wildlife viewing. Long toed salamander’s larvae are active now, as are Cascade frog tadpoles. Western toads continue to lay their eggs which hatch in a few days, and choruses of Pacific tree frogs can be seen and heard in wetlands and ponds throughout the county.

Recent warmer weather has seen reptiles emerge from their winter slumber. Western fence lizards are commonly found in the mornings on rocky outcroppings soaking up the sun’s rays, and several snake species are active in a variety of habitats usually associated with water. 06/02/16

WASCO AND SHERMAN COUNTIES

The Lower Deschutes River provides ample wildlife viewing opportunities. California bighorn sheep are frequently observed in the canyon and can provide fantastic viewing all times of the year. The best spot to view sheep is from the BLM access road just downstream and across the river from Sherar’s Falls (along Hwy 216).Focus your efforts near large cliff complexes for best viewing.

Many different raptor species can be seen in the Deschutes River Canyon this time of year including Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, American Kestrels, Prairie Falcons, Peregrine Falcons and Golden Eagles. Bald eagles have returned and can be seen congregating at The Dalles Dam.

One of the earliest species to begin nesting, the great horned owl can begin breeding as early as January. Pay close attention to nests made of large twigs, often made by other birds, as you may start to see young owlet heads peering over the edge.

A large variety of songbird species can be viewed in riparian areas along the river. It is best to go birding in the early morning hours before it gets too hot for birds to be very active. Some common species seen include Bullock’s Oriole, Lazuli Bunting, Mourning Dove, Violet-green Swallow, and Cliff Swallow.

White River Wildlife Area

There are many different animals on White River Wildlife Area ranging from deer and elk to coyotes, bears, and the occasional cougar. Bucks are starting to grow back their antlers and can be seen with short velvet antlers this time of year. Does will soon be having their fawns. It is common practice for deer to leave their fawns behind while feeding or when disturbed by people so please leave young animals alone as the mothers will come back to feed their young. Remember, watch carefully for deer along the edge of roads. There are many deer mortalities every year from vehicle collisions.

It is also possible to see bald and golden eagles on the Wildlife Area. Other raptors such as red-tailed hawks and rough-legged hawks are common sights. American kestrels and northern harriers are also easily seen hunting their prey.

Lewis’s woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, flickers, western meadowlarks, Steller’s jays, scrub jays, gray jays, Townsend’s solitaire, horned larks, golden-crowed kinglets, and robins are all at home on the Wildlife Area. There have also been lots of magpies spotted flying around this year.

Look on ponds, lakes and streams to see a variety of ducks and geese, as well as western grebes, coots, and mergansers. 5/31/16


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Fourmile and Miller Lake will be stocked this week with legals and trophies.
  • The giant Hex mayfly hatch has started on both the Lower and Upper Williamson.
  • Krumbo Reservoir in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has reopened and fishing for trout is fair to good.
  • Fishing at Blue Lake in the Gearhart Wilderness has been exceptional.

 

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It could be the area is closed, inaccessible due or currently offers limited fishing opportunities. These water bodies will return to the recreation report when conditions change. If you believe something is missing, contact us and we’ll find out why.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports -- the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent angling reports from boat and shore have been very productive. Ana Reservoir will be stocked again the week of June 27.

Hybrid bass are traditionally targeted using crank baits; however they can be caught in the reservoir using various methods including bait. Hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon. A new state record hybrid bass (white and striped bass cross) was caught in Ana Reservoir on Dec. 10, 2014. The fish was caught using a Rapala crankbait on 10 lb. test line and measured 31½ inches with a girth of 24 inches. The fish weighed 19 lbs. 12 oz. The potential new state record is 1 ½ inches longer and 1 lb. heavier than the previous record of 18 lbs. 9 oz. caught in 2009. Angling is allowed 24 hours for hybrid bass.

ANA RIVER: trout

Ana River was stocked with trophy rainbow trout in late October. The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a float tube or by walking the banks.

Caddis flies are the dominant invertebrate. Small blue winged olive (size 18) mayflies should be hatching. Ana River is a great match the hatch fly fishing river with good hatches throughout the winter. Hatches typically occur during the afternoon from 12-3 p.m. the best time. Small mayfly hatches are typically best on overcast days with light rain or snow. Tui chub and pit roach are abundant in the river therefore casting large flies or lures can be effective for catching larger fish.

Ana River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Open to fishing with bait allowed. Fishing will be slow due to cold water temperatures as snow continues to melt. Access available off Highway 62 at the USFS snow park. There is plenty of public property on USFS, State Forest and Crater Lake National Park (Angling is regulated by the National Park (541-594-3000).

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Anthony Lake was stocked with approximately 1,100 trophy-sized rainbow trout the week of June 13 and will be stocked again with the same number prior to the 4th of July weekend.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

Balm Creek Reservoir was stocked with both legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout the first week of May. The reservoir remains close to full.

BEULAH RESERVOIR: redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been slow to fair in Beulah Reservoir this spring/summer with one angler catching some 14 inch rainbow trout near the inlet. There are hold-over trout available. The reservoir is currently at 69 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is currently useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website.

USBR crews completed a tagging program in Beulah in 2011 and there may still be tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch a tagged trout, please report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been slow on the Blitzen due to warmer weather resulting in high flows and murky water but the water has cleared up considerably and fishing should improve. Currently, the Blitzen is flowing around 119 cfs and water temperatures have been around 57oF. Prior to the increased flows, the Blitzen was fishing great and fishermen were catching consistent numbers of redband trout in and around the Page Springs Campground and up to the weir. Redband trout are currently migrating to spawning areas above Page Springs and may become more aggressive as they reach the spawning grounds. This is a good time to find them in riffles and other non-typical holding areas as they move throughout the system. With the higher flows and murky water, fishing will be tough but some fish may be caught using high profile streamers and other patterns that are visible in murky water.

The South Steens Loop Road is currently open to the gate just past the South Steens Campground and the North Loop Road is still closed completely. The North Loop Road is scheduled to open around the 4th of July so please check with the Burns District BLM before planning on using the North Loop Road.

The Blitzen and Little Blitzen Rivers are open year round for catch and release only starting in 2016. Retention is still allowed in other tributaries. Please check the 2016 fishing regulations for changes in the Blitzen River system. It should also be noted that there has been some confusion over the fishing regulations for the Blitzen River as it pertains to rainbow versus redband trout. The regulations for the Blitzen River treat redband trout and rainbow trout as the same species. The confusion comes up because the new regulation states catch-and-release for rainbow trout and says nothing about redband trout.

BLUE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent fishing reports have been excellent. Fish were seen jumping throughout the day for insects. Blue Lake is a fantastic high elevation lake located in the Gearhart Wilderness between Bly and Lakeview. A three-mile trail leads to the lake and it’s a 1-2 hour hike.

Fish were sampled by net and hook and line sampling the summer of 2015. Rainbow trout ranged from 6 to 16-inches and were in healthy condition.

The trout at this lake see little pressure and are easy to catch using flies, lures or bait. Fishing is excellent in June with rainbow trout targeting blue damselfly adults.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry last year. The reservoir is 1/3 full and there is no snow pack above the reservoir. The reservoir will likely not fill. The reservoir was stocked with fingerling rainbow trout this spring.

BULLY CREEK RESERVOIR: bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish, trout

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is at 74 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website. Bully Creek Reservoir was stocked this spring with trophy sized rainbow trout so these and hold-overs from last year should be available for fishermen.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good for legal-sized rainbow trout. The pond has already been stocked with legal sized rainbow trout and anglers have been catching these and holdovers from last year in consistent numbers this spring. Spring conditions have filled the ponds up completely and the canal connecting them is also full. Spring is generally the best time to fish the Burns Pond for trout. There are bass in the pond and we have had a few reports of these starting to be caught this spring.

CALAHAN CREEK (LONG CREEK-SYCAN AREA): brook trout and redband trout

Access is available. Bait allowed. Fishing should be excellent for small brook trout mostly under 8 inches. All of Calahan Creek is on Green Diamond Property so please respect this private property and their rules.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Access is open and fishing has been good using flies behind a bobber.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

Access is open and fishing has been good using flies under a bobber. The lake will be stocked the week of June 27.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

The entire river is open all year and flyfishing for redband trout 6-12 inches has been excellent. Bait is allowed downstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley, however the use of bait is prohibited upstream of highway 31. Largemouth bass and brown bullhead are available to anglers at the first Hwy. 31 crossing just north of Valley Falls. Small boats can be launched at this site.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow to fair. The boat ramp is currently useable but recent high winds have resulted in rough and murky water.
Chickahominy was stocked with 2044 legal-sized trout during the week of May 16. The reservoir was not stocked last year due to poor habitat conditions resulting from the prolonged drought conditions in the region.

CORRAL CREEK (SF Sprague): brook trout and brown trout

Open to fishing, and use of bait is allowed. There is a campground at the confluence of Corral Creek with SF Sprague called the Corral Creek campground. Bring mosquito spray.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Fishing was fair this weekend, and warmer weather should increase insect hatches and trout feeding. Successful anglers have been targeting trout by fishing the top of the water column with flies, lures and bait. Tall vegetation in the lake makes it difficult for bait fishermen to catch fish on the bottom.

COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR (Lake County): native redband trout

No fishing reports. The reservoir is accessible.

COW LAKES: largemouth bass, white crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. As of 2013, the lakes will no longer be stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing should be good at this high mountain lake. The lake will be stocked the week of June 27.

DEEP CREEK (Lake County): redband trout and brook trout

There have been no recent fishing reports, but this weekend should be a great opportunity to catch large redband trout. Check the Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow website for current flow information.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

Delintment Lake was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout last month and anglers have reported catching these fish and holdovers from last year in consistent numbers. Fishing around the dock has been productive and fly-fisherman have reported good fishing from float tubes and other small watercraft.

Delintment Lake is a great family fishing destination and may also be a great place to escape the warm weather that is occurring in the region.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Open to fishing but closed to angling for bull trout. Any bull trout captured should not be removed from the water.

DEVILS LAKE (FISHHOLE CREEK): largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead

No recent report.

DOG LAKE: largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead

There have not been any current fishing reports. Fishing is likely good with warmer weather for brown bullhead, yellow perch and largemouth bass.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir was recently stocked with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout. There have been recent reports of 17” trout being caught. More fingerlings have been released this spring.

FISH LAKE (Steens Mountain): rainbow trout, brook trout

The North Loop Steens Road is still closed making access to Fish Lake almost impossible. The Burns District BLM usually opens the lower gate on the North Loop around the 4th of July. Please contact the Burns District BLM office for updates on the North Loop Road to Fish Lake.

FOURMILE CREEK (tributary to Agency Lake): brook, brown, and redband trout.

Access is available off Westside Road at Fourmile Springs. A small car topper boat or canoe can improve fishing access at this area. Anglers should be aware of private property around this area and can check Klamath County Land Ownership for information.

FOURMILE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout

The lake will be stocked this week with 1,000 trophies and 2,000 12-inch rainbow trout. Access is available but bring mosquito spray. The boat ramp is unimproved and involves launching on a sandy beach with no boat docks. Campground facilities exist on the lake. Fishing is very slow potentially due to the dense hatch of flying carpenter ants on the water last week.

Fourmile Lake is currently 55 percent full. The lake is scheduled to be stocked with trophy rainbow trout the week of June 27. Access is also available by trail to the high lakes lakes that are stocked by helicopter. Badger Lake is the most productive. Woodpecker, Squaw and Long Lake are all stocked but fishing is typically very slow on these waterbodies.

Grande Ronde Lake: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked with rainbow trout the week of June 13.

GERBER RESERVOIR: crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead and largemouth bass

No recent report. Conditions at the lake are unknown. The lake is 51 percent full.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the second week of April. ODFW is currently conducting an angler opinion survey regarding fishing ponds in the Baker Valley. Please take a moment to let us know what you would like for fishing opportunities at these ponds. Survey forms are available at each pond (Hwy 203, Haines and North Powder) or on the ODFW website.

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

Fishing has been excellent using flies and worms under a bobber. Trolling has also been very productive. An illegal introduction of brown bullhead catfish will likely affect survival of trout and kokanee. Expect fewer fish to overwinter due to competition for available food resources.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Currently there are no more trout being stocked into the reservoir due to low water levels. This lake was stocked for Memorial weekend and should continue to produce some fish. The reservoir is partially draining due to a small “leak” near the headgate along the dam and future stocking will be determined based on water levels within the reservoir and what the Forest Service needs to do to repair the problem.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

The pond was last stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the first week of June. ODFW is currently conducting an angler opinion survey regarding fishing ponds in the Baker Valley. Please take a moment to let us know what you would like for fishing opportunities at these ponds. Survey forms are available at each pond (Hwy 203, Haines and North Powder) or on the ODFW website.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Fishing is open and bait allowed. This stream is very small with a large brook trout being 8 inches.

J.C. BOYLE RESERVOIR (Topsy Reservoir): Largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, crappie, goldfish

Crappie are being captured. Most range from 10-12 inches. Use brightly colored lures and bait. Fishing success should improve with improving clarity and increasing water temperatures. Water temperature is currently peaking at 64 degrees but should increase with warmer weather this week.

Fishing for largemouth bass is fair. Best bass fishing is from boat. The reservoir is turbidtherefore anglers should try lures with high visibility and scent. Boats can be launched in several locations in the reservoir. Unimproved ramps occur just north and south of the Highway 66 bridge crossing. No fees are required to launch at these locations.

Fishing should be excellent for pumpkinseed if you can find them. Very small baits are recommended on small bobbers.

Try the bay just south of the BLM campground for crappie and pumpkinseed. Also try the rocky areas near and under the Highway 66 bridge. Goldfish dominate the fish assemblage in the reservoir. Anglers should mimic the goldfish with bronze or copper lures or plugs to catch largemouth bass in the reservoir.

UPPER KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: native redband trout and yellow perch

ODFW and Oregon State University have radio tagged 40 redband trout in Upper Klamath Lake. Any redband trout captured with a radio tag needs to be released immediately unharmed without removing from the water. There will be a long antennae sticking out of the side of the fish. The antennae looks like heavy 50 lb. test fishing line. Please report the catch of these radio tagged redband trout. Page 11 of the Sportfishing Regulation states it is unlawful to retain radio tagged fish.

The lake is 1.5 foot below full pool. Redband trout have mostly moved to better water quality areas such as Pelican Bay, Odessa Creek, Williamson River and Wood River Delta. Pelican Bay is currently fishing very slow but should be improving as redband trout continue to move. Redband trout have moved to the mouth of the Wood River in Agency Lake and fishing has improved. Most anglers are trolling but some are casting with success. Water temperature has decreased to a peak of 68 degrees and should continue to increase this week. Redband that are going to be released should not be removed from the water. Also, water temperatures where the trout are holding and the surface can vary 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduce handling time of trout near the surface of the lake. Angling from shore is not recommended at this time unless angling from the Rocky Point Area.

Algal blooms are heavy near Eagle Ridge and Howard Bay and although trout are still present in these areas they are not aesthetically pleasing to fish.

Please remember that angling is prohibited within 200 feet of Link River Dam.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir is closed to fishing until October 1 to protect redband trout in very warm water from higher mortality from fishing pressure.

J.C. Boyle Dam to J.C Boyle Powerhouse

Fishing on the Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse is very good at this time.

Most fish in this section are very small and average 10-inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow and water temperatures are warmer in this section in the fall and winter. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately 1 mile below J.C. Boyle Dam.

This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Fishing is excellent for small redband for those willing to hike. Attractor dry flies and nymphs work well in this section. Salmonflies are hatching in this reach. Black spinners cast upstream into the pools is also a great technique.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12-inches but rarely exceed 16-inches. Most fish are in the 6 to 8-inch range. River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day. Flows are currently peaking all day at 1520 cfs. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Salmon flies and golden stoneflies are hatching. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns and/or bead head pheasant tails can be good.

Flows below the powerhouse will typically be high during all daylight hours. Flow release estimates are now available. Check the USGS real time website for flow information. Best fishing appears to be from 6-8 a.m. and 8-9 p.m. as flows are lower. Klamath River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

Fishing at Krumbo Reservoir has been fair to good this spring with bank and boat anglers reporting rainbow trout over 20 inches being caught. Bass fishing in Krumbo should be getting better as we move into the warmer months and the water temperatures warm up. Krumbo was stocked with over 11,000 legal-sized rainbow trout in April, and anglers have already reported catching these fish in consistent numbers, especially from the rocky areas near the inlet.

Krumbo Reservoir can be a spectacular spring fishery and regularly produces rainbow trout over 18 inches. Warmer weather will help to get both the rainbow trout and bass moving around and actively feeding.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, hatchery brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, tui chub

Angling should be good for most species in the lake. The lake will be stocked with legal and trophy rainbow trout this week. Best fishing for stocked trout is from a boat as most trout move off shore to find colder water. Trolling at 15 feet appears to be the best method for trout in the lake. Best success from shore is fishing small baits for small yellow perch. The lake will be stocked again with trophy trout next week. Angling for largemouth and smallmouth bass should continue to be good.

Take an active role in the management of Oregon fisheries! If you catch a tagged rainbow trout, please report it ODFW. Some tags include rewards of up to $50, and fish can be kept or released. If you release a fish, please write down the tag number and release the fish with the tag intact. If the tag includes a reward, the tag must be removed from the fish and returned to ODFW to receive the reward. Anglers should report and return tags to ODFW Klamath Falls Field Office at 1850 Miller Island Road West Klamath Falls, OR 97603. Phone number is (541) 883-5732. Anglers can also report tagged fish online. Reporting forms will also be available at Lake of the Woods Resort and Store. Fourteen anglers have returned tags worth $50 each. No fish will be tagged this year but a few tags might still be in the lake.

Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing has been excellent with people catching a lot of legal and trophy sized fish from the bank and in boats this past week. This reservoir was stocked the first week of June and will be stocked again towards the middle and end of June.

LONG CREEK (Sycan River): brook trout, redband trout, bull trout

Fishing has slowed but brook trout are easy to catch.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch, Sacramento perch

Angling for largemouth bass can be good if you can find where they are concentrated. Lost River is open to fishing all year. Public access is available at Crystal Springs day use area. Boats can be launched from an improved boat ramp at Crystal Springs. Angling for brown bullhead is fair. Bait fished just off the bottom is the best method to catch fish at this point.
Sacramento perch have been captured below Horseshoe Dam. This is one of the only locations in the state to capture this fish.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Lucky Reservoir is full. Access is available and was stocked again this spring with fingerlings. Lucky was dry in 2015, but fingerlings have been stocked and should be close to legal size come fall.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. Water temperatures have been around 70oF along the banks, which is quite warm so look for fish in deeper areas or areas where there might be cooler water. The reservoir dam was repaired and started holding water again in November of 2015 but very few fish were expected to survive in the reservoir from last year. This is because the reservoir completely dried up this past summer. There is a portion of the boat ramp that is submerged so it may be possible to launch boats this spring. The reservoir has already been stocked with legal-sized and fingerling rainbow trout to jump start the fishery following prolonged drought conditions in the region.

MALHEUR RIVER (Warm Springs Reservoir downstream to South Fork Malheur River): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir have been around 432 cfs according to the USGS stream data. Fishing is expected to be slow. Large streamers and nymphs can be productive in the spring on the Malheur, as the water tends to be a little murky and fish can see the larger presentations.

MALHEUR RIVER (from the South Fork Malheur River near Riverside, downstream to Gold Creek): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout.

No recent fishing reports.

MALHEUR RIVER, NORTH FORK: redband trout, whitefish, and bull trout

No recent fishing reports.

MALHEUR RIVER, MIDDLE FORK: redband trout, brook trout, and bull trout

No recent fishing reports.

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

Some fishermen have reported catching consistent numbers of cutthroat trout recently and that they were all in the 18-24 inch range. Larger fly patters pulled in a jerking motion appear to be working well this spring at Mann Lake. ODFW staff sampled Mann Lake earlier this spring and found plenty of large cutthroat trout available for fisherman.

Fathead minnows were also found in Mann Lake and have been giving fisherman concern. At the moment, it does not appear that the population of fathead minnows is negatively affecting the fishery but ODFW will continue to monitor the lake. The Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife stocked Mann Lake with cutthroat trout this spring so anglers should start to see these fish in the lake.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

This reservoir is located northwest of Lakeview on the Fremont National Forest. Fishing is usually good in the spring and declines with rising water temperatures and an increase in aquatic vegetation. Bass have been illegally introduced and seem to be negatively impacting the hatchery rainbow trout.

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake will be stocked with rainbow trout this week.

Miller Lake has campground facilities and an excellent boat ramp. The 12-mile dirt road into the lake can be very rough.

Fishing should be excellent for brown trout as last year’s sampling showed numerous brown trout in the 18-22 size class. Brown trout of this size begin to feed heavily on kokanee and stocked fingerling rainbow trout so mimicking these baits will provide you with successful results. If fishing is slow, try the outlet of the lake in Miller Creek for small brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout. Bait is allowed in Miller Creek.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

All fish died in the drought last year. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked this spring, but once again water levels are very low.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir has been stocked with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the second week of April. ODFW is currently conducting an angler opinion survey regarding fishing ponds in the Baker Valley. Please take a moment to let us know what you would like for fishing opportunities at these ponds. Survey forms are available at each pond (Hwy 203, Haines and North Powder) or on the ODFW website.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available to all vehicles, but there have been no recent fishing reports. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked again this spring.

OWYHEE RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish

The reservoir is at 58 percent of capacity. The county boat ramp will be closed indefinitely due to low water levels creating unsafe conditions. The Indian Creek boat ramp had been closed for repairs but is currently open. The Gordon Gulch boat launch is also currently open and people have been launching from it. Recent reports indicate that fishing has been slow with most of the bass having already spawned. Currently, there is a lot of algae present in the upper portions of the lake and this is making fishing a little more difficult.

A bass tournament was held on Owyhee Reservoir at the beginning of June and some large bass were caught but the fish appear to be really finicky at the moment. Once you find some bass, it is a good idea to stay put and figure out what they are biting on rather than just moving on to another spot.

OWYHEE RIVER (Lower): brown trout and hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. Water releases below the dam have been around 193 cfs. Water clarity can fluctuate throughout the day so having a ride range of flies or lures can increase success in spring fishing on the Owyhee River.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

No recent fishing reports, but fishing is expected to be slow.

Piute Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout and Lahontan cutthroat

The reservoir is very low and there currently are only approximately 1-2 surface acres of water. Piute Creek is flowing into the reservoir but expect reservoir levels to be low and fishing poor. Most fish likely perished last year due to drought.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

Reservoir storage is at 38 percent of capacity. Legal-sized rainbow trout were stocked again the week of June 1. Holdover rainbow trout are available in modest numbers and are in better condition than they have been in many years.

A second batch of 2,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout was released the week of June 1. To measure the catch rate of these fish, ODFW will mark approximately 200 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

Anglers are reminded that tiger muskie are catch-and-release only.

PILCHER RESERVOIR:

Due to a rule change for 2016, the reservoir is open to fishing year-round. Fishing for rainbow trout up to 16 inches has been good. The reservoir is near full.

Pine Creek and tributaries (Snake River tributary): rainbow trout, brook trout

Beginning January 1, Pine Creek and tributaries will be open to trout fishing year-round, with a 5 rainbow trout bag limit. This is a new regulation for 2016.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but Poison Creek Reservoir can be a great place to fish in the spring. Fishing can be slow but those fishermen that are willing to put in the time often catch trout over 20 inches. The reservoir has an abundant macroinvertebrate community and a population of especially large freshwater shrimp. If you can find out what the fish are feeding on and then match your flies or lures to that, it will greatly increase your chances of catching fish at Poison Creek Reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

No recent fishing reports. Winter fishing at Pole Creek was very productive and a large population of crappie was discovered. Spring is a great time to fish Pole Creek Reservoir before the conditions deteriorate later on in the summer.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

The Powder River opens to Chinook salmon fishing June 8 – Sept. 1. ODFW released 150 spring Chinook salmon into the Powder River to create a unique fishing opportunity for anglers. The open area is from Hughes Lane Bridge near Baker City to Mason Dam. The daily bag limit is four spring Chinook.

The River below Mason Dam was last stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout on June 21st.

 

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Priday Reservoir is a reservoir on mostly BLM property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property on the reservoir. The reservoir was dry in 2015. This is great news as several illegally introduced species, crappie and brown bullhead catfish, occurred in the reservoir and have now perished. This very productive reservoir was stocked again with legals and trophy rainbow trout during spring break. The reservoir is turbid but visibility is better than most reservoirs in the area. Fishing with bait from shore is the best method. Fly and lure fisherman should fish from shore as most fish cruise the shoreline looking for food.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout is good during the spring and summer at this old borrow pit located along the Twin springs road in the South Warner mountains. This is a very scenic location and a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

Sand and Scott creeks are very small spring fed streams west of Hwy 97 near the Silver Lake highway junction. Fishing on these small streams is open year-round with bait allowed. Most fish are less than 8-inches long.

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Flows are fishable. Angling is best above the large irrigation canal upstream of Nicholson Road.

SKY LAKES AND MOUNTAIN LAKE WILDERNESS: brook trout and rainbow trout

Access to most wilderness lakes is possible. All access is only available by hiking. The easiest hike is into Isherwood Lake via the Cold Spring Trailhead. Mosquitoes are plentiful.

Fishing is best using small panther martin spinners. The most productive lakes are Badger Lake (near Fourmile Lake), Isherwood, Sonya and Margurette in the Sky Lakes Wilderness or Como, Harriette, Echo, Weston and South Pass in the Mountain Lake Wilderness. Rainbow trout in Isherwood and Sonya can reach 16 inches. Large trout have also been observed swimming around in Margurette Lake recently. Look for traveling sedge hatches in these lakes as well as damsel and dragonflies.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is full. Due to drought the reservoir went dry last year, but fingerling rainbow trout were stocked this spring.

Sid LUCE ReSERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is full and spilling, but there have been no recent fishing reports. Large fingerlings were stocked in May and fish from previous stockings in 2015 were seen jumping. Lures or flies that mimic crayfish work well.

Spaulding Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and surprisingly remains dry.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Spencer Creek provides excellent angling for small redband trout generally eight inches or less.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Spring Creek is very slow angling due to very cold and clear water.

SPRAGUE RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, largemouth bass and yellow perch

Fishing is slow as redband density is low and most redband have moved to spring fed areas of the river. Best fishing is upstream of Beatty in the area fed by numerous springs. River flows are 227 cfs at the mouth. Water temperature is peaking at 76 degrees.

NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout

The North Fork Sprague River is open to angling. Fishing is fair above Sandhill crossing for small brook trout and a few redband trout. Angling through the canyon is slow due to high velocities due to the high flow. Flow is still a little high through the canyon (73 cfs).

SOUTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout

The South Fork Sprague River is open to angling. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Fishing is best near Camp Creek and Corral Creek campground. Flow is low and fishable (23 cfs).

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout should be good early spring and summer at this old borrow pit located along the Twin Springs road in the South Warner Mountains. This is a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Sun Creek is closed to fishing for bull trout. Only bull trout occur in upper Sun Creek just above the Sun Pass Forest bridge crossing. The road into Sun Creek is closed to protect wildlife until July 1.

SYCAN RIVER: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout (below marsh)

The Sycan River is open to angling. Access is very challenging to the lower river. Angling is very slow below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows are dropping at 39 cfs and the river is very fishable.

Above the Sycan Marsh angling can be excellent for brook trout and redband trout near the Rock Creek campground. Above Rock Creek campground is dominated by small brook trout. Near Pikes Crossing redband trout being to dominate but fishing is typically slow in this area due to low redband densities at this time.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Fishing reports have been fair for trolling. This reservoir will be stocked again the week of June 27. Angling for largemouth bass should be fair but there have been no recent reports. The best fishing for bass and trout are along the shorelines near the dam at the rocky northeast side.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

Reservoir storage is at 75 percent of capacity and has been stocked with both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing has been good for 12-15 inch rainbows. The reservoir was drained over the summer of 2015 so holdover trout are not available.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir storage is at 67 percent of capacity and receding. Fishing has been fair to good for 10”-19” rainbow trout.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available to all vehicles. The lake was very low last year due to drought but is currently at full pool. Legal and fingerling rainbow trout were stocked recently. There is a primitive boat ramp available.

WARM SPRINGS RESERVOIR: smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, perch, rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow. The reservoir is currently at 47 percent of capacity. Spring is a great time to fish Warm Springs Reservoir before the conditions deteriorate later on in the summer.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing should be great, but there haven’t been any recent fishing reports. The easiest way to effectively fish this small pond are with flies, but can be caught with lures and bait as well. Fishing is better earlier in the year before vegetation takes over mid-summer.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

There is no size or bag limit on brook trout. No bait is allowed. Catch and release only for rainbow (redband) trout. Look for the excellent spinner fall of black drake mayflies continuing until the end of June. Fishing is currently excellent. Few black drake mayflies remain but the giant Hex mayfly hatch has started. Hot, humid days have the best hatch and they hatch around 9:15 p.m.

Public access is available near Old Rocky Ford, The Royce Tract area and downstream from Deep Creek. The black drake mayfly spinner fall is best on sunny, warm day. Dry fishing can be excellent for redband trout averaging 12 inches and numerous brook trout from Deep Creek confluence upstream. Flyfishing is excellent on the pay to fish private ranches of Sand Creek and Yamsi Ranches.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

The Williamson River is now catch and release for redband (rainbow) trout for the entire river and season. A bag limit of two brown trout per day is be allowed. No bait is allowed. Fishing has improved as many redband have entered the river. Radio-tagged redband have indicated that many have likely entered the Williamson River. Please release radio-tagged redband trout and do not remove them from the water. Radio-tagged redband trout can be identified by antennae extruding from abdomen.

Numerous mayflies, caddis flies, and stoneflies are hatching. Most salmon flies have already hatched but fish are on the lookout for them. Nymphing with large stoneflies with very small bead head pheasant tails can be good. The best area for fishing is from the Sprague River confluence to the mouth. The river is clearing fast which will make catching redband trout more challenging. Please do not remove redband trout from the water as many of them continue to spawn in the Williamson River and many have just completed spawning and are easily caught due to poor energy reserves.

Please consider using single, barbless hooks as redband trout are required to be released. Small juvenile and subadult redband trout are particularly sensitive to high catch rates using spinners. Please handle and release these fish carefully. If redband trout swallow your lure cut the line or cut the hook and leave the lure or hook in the fish. Ripping the hook out will most likely cause mortality as fish lose too much blood through the gills.

The large yellow mayfly known as the Hex is hatching. Wooly buggers imitating the swimming nymph can work well. The Hex hatches at night. On some cloudy and rainy days Hex can hatch during the day.

WILLOW VALLEY RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, Lahontan cutthroat

Conditions on the reservoir are unknown, but fishing should be picking up due to warmer weather. Fishing is best for largemouth bass. The reservoir is very turbid and not a good shoreline fishery. Bluegill, crappie and yellow perch are rare in the catch. The crappie that are caught are typically large.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is near full capacity. The boat launch is functional and the dock is installed.

WOOD RIVER: redband, brown, brook and bull trout

Match the hatch dry fly fishing has slowed. Most activity is from caddis flies and terrestrials.

Best fishing is from Fort Klamath to Weed Road with the best float from Loosley to Weed. A small craft with low bow is recommended due to bridges and numerous portages required. Swinging and nymphing is the best technique below Weed Road. Lures and flies that mimic worms should be successful but remember soft plastics are considered bait and are unlawful. Anglers are also doing very well casting spoons for brown trout. Brown trout feed actively very late and very early or on cloudy days. Brown trout feed near the bottom and sculpins are often preyed upon. Fishing with imitations mimicking sculpins on the bottom can work well.

Bag limit is catch and release for redband trout, two brown trout per day and no limit on brook trout.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Fishermen have reported consistent catches of rainbow trout in the 12-15 inch range with an occasional bigger fish being caught. The lake is full and spilled water down the spillway earlier this spring. Yellowjacket Lake was stocked with trophy sized rainbow trout during the last week in May.

Yellowjacket Lake is a great place to fish in the spring and throughout the summer and has plenty of bank access for those without a boat. It has a great campground and is a perfect family destination.

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SOUTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

HARNEY COUNTY

Coyote populations are good throughout Harney County. Pups are starting to leave the dens, however adults are still very territorial. Coyote vocalization calls still work best until the pups start to disperse, which will be mid to late August.

Cougar hunting is open year around. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Cougars at this time of year are generally concentrated along with their primary prey of deer and elk on big game winter ranges. Some hunters have reported limited success with calling at this time of year.

Don’t forget successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open so that field staff can quickly process the animal and get you on your way.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Cougar - Hunting is open. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Deer and elk are now occupying higher elevation summer ranges. Deer fawns and elk calves will be born over the next several weeks in these areas and hunters may find success calling cougars using fawn in distress vocalizations. Don’t forget successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open so that field staff can quickly process the animal and get you on your way.

Ground Squirrels – Some opportunities still exist for GROUND SQUIRREL east of Klamath Falls towards Dairy, Bonanza, and Langell Valley, though visibility may be limited due to rapidly growing crops. Best opportunities are located on private agricultural lands, so hunters are reminded to ask permission.

COYOTE populations are increasing as a result of increasing rodent and rabbit populations after several years of being in a low portion of their natural population cycles. Pup vocalizations and prey distress calls can be effective at this time of year when attempting to attract coyotes to a stand. Be sure to ask permission before entering private land to hunt coyotes.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on May 23, 2016.

All Hunting seasons are now over on the Klamath Wildlife Area. Discharging firearms is prohibited, except by special access permit.

If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734.

LAKE COUNTY

Cougar populations are good and most individuals are at higher elevation summer range along with deer, their primary prey item. Finding a fresh kill and then calling in the vicinity is the best option for harvesting a cougar.

Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. As the pups grow and start to travel territorial defense of the area around the den will decrease. The effectiveness of prey distress calls will increase as the summer progresses. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on June 27, 2016

ALL GENERAL HUNTING SEASONS ARE CLOSED, AND DISCHARGING FIREARMS IS PROHIBITED, except by special access permit.

Please contact Summer Lake Wildlife Area at (541) 943-3152 or email martin.j.stlouis@state.or.us for additional information.

MALHEUR COUNTY

Bighorn sheep: There will be no tags for the Owyhee Unit in 2016 due to a disease outbreak. Learn more

Remember not to pick up horns of bighorn sheep. These can only be taken with a valid tag. More info

Cougar hunting is open. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging.

Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. Reproduction this year appears to be good which should enhance calling opportunities. Calls mimicking coyote vocalizations are most effective this time of year. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

Ground squirrels are becoming more active on warmer days. Be sure to obtain permission when before hunting private lands.


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SOUTHEAST ZONE WILDLIFE VIEWING

HARNEY COUNTY

Waterfowl spring migration is nearly over and most white geese and white-fronted geese have headed migrated north. Pintail, shoveler, wigeon, mallard, gadwall, green-winged teal, cinnamon teal and a variety of diver species can still be viewed in good numbers. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

Shorebird migration is well underway Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans and western grebes are some species that have arrived. A large number of franklins, ring-billed and California gulls can also be found.

Raptors continue to be found throughout the area. You should be able to view golden eagles, bald eagles and a variety of hawks perching on telephone poles and fence posts throughout the district. Resident raptors such as northern harriers and red-tailed hawks are very easily observed in open agricultural areas along with rough-legged hawks and an occasional ferruginous.

Viewing opportunities around Burns/Hines and at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will continue to improve as migration continues to develop and more species of passerines and breeding water birds arrive in the area.

Bighorn sheep viewing will be very difficult at this time as sheep are having their lambs and will stay near steep rugged terrain. Viewers are urged not to disturb sheep during this sensitive time period. Mule deer, antelope and elk young can be seen traveling with mothers. Fawns are rarely abandoned by their parents so if you see young hiding in the brush, leave it alone! 6/20/16.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Flooded pastures around the basin offer great viewing for white-faced ibis as they forage on earthworms and other insects. These birds are colony nesters and utilize wetland vegetation to nest.

American white pelicans, killdeer, western grebes, Clark’s grebes and several swallow species continue in their nesting season in the Basin. The courtship rituals of both western and Clark’s grebes are both distinct and visually stunning and should not be missed by those with an appreciation of such things. Upper Klamath Lake is currently home to thousands of grebes, and viewing opportunities exist along the shore as well as from boat.

Canada goose broods are now abundant in the Basin. Though goslings are not yet flighted, they have the markings of adults and are only distinguishable by size and the dull grey colors of their first adult colored feathers. Look to ponds and wetland areas in the Basin for large groups of geese representing several broods.
Greater sandhill cranes are now actively nesting and the first colts are starting to appear after hatching.

Yellow-bellied marmots have emerged from their winter dens as the days become longer and warmer. Look to rock piles and rocky bluffs to find these large, ground dwelling creatures.

For those with a keen eye for migrating songbirds, the Klamath Basin is within the migratory paths of thousands of neotropical migrants and other passerines at this time of year as they journey to nesting areas from here to the arctic north. Binoculars will help greatly in spotting these tiny migrants as they pass through. Many passerine migrants are also identifiable by song for those who listen.

Excellent viewing opportunities exist as close as downtown Klamath Falls at Veteran’s Park. Be sure to check for bald eagles using the perch snag along Lake Ewuana.

Another close viewing opportunity is the Link River Trail where viewers will see many species of passerines as well as a few mammals including deer, gray fox and mink. 06/14/16

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Running or training of dogs is prohibited from Feb. 1-Aug. 31, except on the designated dog training area. Leashes are required on the rest of the wildlife area.

Water levels in most wetlands are high, except areas that will be dried up this summer for habitat work.

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $10 daily or $30 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license. Buy online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.

Waterfowl

Canada geese can be found scattered across the area. Canada goose broods can still be observed across the entire wildlife area but most young are now capable of flight.

Mallards, northern shoveler, cinnamon teal, blue-winged teal, wood duck and gadwall can be observed on the area. Many different diver species have been observed using Miller Island. Canvasback, redhead, ruddy duck, and common and hooded mergansers all can be seen around the area. Most ducks have already initiated nesting and mallard, cinnamon teal, redhead, northern shoveler, canvasback, ruddy duck and gadwall broods have all been seen on the area.
 
Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Great blue herons, great egret, black-crowned night-herons and American bitterns can be observed on the area.

There are good numbers of American white pelican and double-crested cormorant using the area. A number of gull species can be seen across the area with ring-billed and franklin’s gulls continue to be the most numerous. Caspian, forster’s and black terns are abundant.

There are still a few Sandhill crane pairs scattered throughout the area. Pairs with colts can sometimes be seen on the areas pastures. Killdeer and snipe can be observed all across the area now. Black-necked stilt, yellowlegs, spotted sandpipers, long-billed dowitchers, white-faced ibis and American avocet are common sightings.

Pied-billed, eared and western grebes are becoming a common site in wetland areas and along the Klamath River. Several horned grebes have also been observed.

American coot numbers continue to increase and Virginia rails and soras can be heard throughout the area, but can be hard to spot.

Raptors

Great horned and barn owls can be seen at dusk. Red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, cooper hawks, sharp-shinned, American kestrels, prairie falcons can be seen foraging throughout the wildlife area. A peregrine falcon was also seen this past week. Osprey can be observed flying around the area or resting on old power poles.

Bald eagles use on the area has decreased over the past few weeks with the departure of the white geese, but can still occasionally be found. The red-shouldered hawk is another that has been recently seen.

Turkey vultures are commonly seen scavenging throughout Klamath WA Miller Island Unit.

Upland Game Birds

California quail and ring-necked pheasant can be found scattered around the old homesteads and the headquarters area.

Passerines

Mourning and Eurasian collared dove can be found scattered over the area. American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, mountain chickadees, American robins, white crowned sparrows, yellow-rumped warblers, western meadowlark, spotted towhee, black-billed magpies and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area. Tree, cliff and barn swallows can now be observed on the area. Western king birds have been observed across the area. Several bullock’s orioles were observed over the past week. Common nighthawks have started showing up.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hard stem bulrush and broad-leaf cattail and are very numerous. Red-winged, brewers and Yellow-headed blackbirds are now very common and scattered across the area.

Reptiles

Western pond turtles can be found sunning themselves on pond edges, on logs and on small hard stem and cattail tuber islands. Gopher and garter snakes can be found throughout the area.

Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit. If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734.

LAKE COUNTY

Young of the year are starting to show up for all species. Goose broods and Crane colts can be observed in most of the wetland areas around the county. All of the raptor nestlings are getting big enough to be obvious in the nest or on the limbs of nest trees. It won’t be long until duck broods and passerine chicks will be common throughout the county. Deer fawns are arriving and it’s very important that if you find a fawn hiding in the grass you leave the area immediately so the doe can return and tend her young.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on June 25, 2016.

Wildlife Area Parking permits are required for all users of Summer Lake Wildlife Area. Parking permits can be purchased at any ODFW license agent (pdf) or through the ODFW website. The cost is $10.00 daily or $30.00 annually and is valid on all ODFW Wildlife Areas. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) is closed to reduce disturbance to migrating and breeding waterbirds. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open into early fall. A detour is in place, access around the loop is now on the Northside of Link Canal from Bullgate Campground to Link Corner. The traditional loop road on the south side of Link Canal is closed to motor vehicle travel. Please be aware of other vehicles along the Loop road. It is too narrow to permit passing, but turnouts are spaced about ½ to ¾ of a mile apart. Viewers please be aware, occasionally the Viewing Loop may be temporarily closed due to habitat management activities.

Wildlife viewing remains good. Breeding season is well underway for nearly all nesting species and broods are becoming quite apparent. Fall migration is starting with the arrival of several northerly species.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are beginning to stabilize at breeding population levels. Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the area; most are rearing broods at this time. The molt is underway and a majority of Canada geese are flightless now.

A few resident and non-breeding trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area. A brood has recently hatched and the 4 cygnets are closely attended by the adults. Most of these birds a part of restoration efforts and will be neck-banded with green collars and white alphanumeric symbols. Viewers are encouraged to “read” the collars and report them to wildlife area personnel. Collars will have the Greek letter Theta (Ѳ) or the symbol “@” and two numerals that are read from the body toward the head.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

A variety of shorebirds continues to be found and nesting is well underway for all nine (9) of the wildlife area’s breeding species. Over the past week, “fall” have started to appear with the observation of lesser and greater yellowlegs and western sandpiper. Flocks of several hundred peeps have been observed recently.

American coot breeding is well underway with pairs are widely scattered across the entire wildlife area at this time. Virginia rails and soras continue to be found in good number and a few broods have been reported recently.

Sandhill crane breeding pairs are on territories and nesting is underway for most pairs. A few colts have been observed recently. Non-breeders continue to stage along the west side of the valley, especially at the Foster Place grain fields.

Grebes numbers are good; eared, pied-billed and Western are commonly found. Eared grebes are in nuptial plumage and breeding is underway. A large number of nests can be observed in North Levee Impoundment. Newly hatch Clark’s, pied-billed and western grebes have been observed recently.

Gulls (predominantly ring-billed) are well into breeding on the nesting island in E. Link Unit; hatching and brood rearing is underway. Caspian and Forster’s tern and Franklin’s gull numbers remain fairly good at this time and nesting is underway. Resident double-crested cormorants and American white pelicans are found in good numbers at this time and can be found scattered across the larger open water ponds and features.

A small number of American bitterns continue to be observed and over the past week and they can be heard calling, especially during the early morning hours. Black-crowned night-herons, great egret and white-faced ibis are present in fair numbers. A snowy egret was reported over the past week. Turkey vultures are becoming fairly common now and readily observed throughout the day.

Raptors and others

Northern harriers and red-tailed hawks are common this time of the year. All raptors are well into nesting and most pairs are rearing chicks, and some chicks have fledged at this time. Bald and golden eagles, Swainson’s hawk, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons as well as accipiters (Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawk) can occasionally be found. Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds and remain very vocal at night. Chicks are nearly full grown at this time and many fledglings have been observed dispersing.

Upland game birds

Fair numbers of California quail can be found and pheasants can sometimes be observed, especially around old homesteads on the north end of the wildlife area. Broods of both species have been observed recently.

Passerines

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex. Mourning doves are fairly numerous. Calling by both species is very commonplace now and nesting is underway.

American and lesser goldfinches are being observed at Headquarters on a regular basis. Nesting American robins, Bullock’s orioles, yellow warbler, western wood pewee and black-headed grosbeak remain fairly common around Headquarters.

Hummingbird numbers have decline dramatically over the past week at feeders, providing probably in response to blooming wild flowers found at higher nearby elevations. Hummingbirds should return later in summer as blooming wild flowers begin to dry.
Steller’s and sometimes western scrub jays can usually be found around Headquarters. Tree swallows are present in good numbers at scattered locations in the marsh and around Headquarters; most are occupying nest boxes at this time. Cliff swallows are numerous and many are constructing their mud gourd nests on buildings and structures with many chicks hatching at this time.

Marsh wrens, common yellowthroats and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail along dikes and levees throughout the wetlands and are fairly numerous. Blackbirds (Brewer’s, yellow-headed and red-winged) are very numerous and many are initiating nests in tall emergent vegetation throughout the marsh. All three species along with brown-headed cowbirds are visiting the feeder at Headquarters. European starlings are very common across the entire area and are actively singing and exploring nest cavities.

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2016 parking permits are required beginning on January 1, 2016! Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a $10 daily parking permit or a $30 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any Point of Sale Agent or through the ODFW website. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Motor vehicle access to major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) and now closed. The Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open, but please be aware, a detour is in place. The detour is well signed. However, On occasion, the Viewing Loop may be temporarily closed due to habitat management activities. Please be aware of other vehicles along the Loop road. It is too narrow to permit passing, but turnouts are spaced about ½ to ¾ of a mile apart. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open into early fall.

Camping is permitted at four sites on the Wildlife Area. Campgrounds are primitive but each has vault toilets, trash barrels and a few picnic tables.

Habitat

The Area’s wetland units are fairly well flooded. Irrigation season (and declining water supply) is underway, and along with increased evapo-transpiration will result in declining water levels in some areas. This will result in considerable mudflats and shallowly flooded foraging areas for breeding and migrant waterbirds.

Emergent marsh vegetation is actively growing at this time, especially along edges of open water. Muskrat houses remain very prevalent at this time and are receiving heavy use by loafing waterbirds.

Warm, dry conditions couple with abundant water supplies has stimulated insect hatches such as mosquitos and midges, which are very important food sources to a wide variety of waterbirds.

Summer Lake is beginning to decrease in size due to increased evaporation and declining inflow because of irrigation season diversions.

Upland habitat remains in very good condition, forbs and grasses are growing robustly at this time. Planted tree and shrub plots and the orchard are well into blossoming providing excellent sheltered sites and food resources for wildlife.

Please contact Summer Lake Wildlife Area at (541) 943-3152 or e-mail martin.j.stlouis@state.or.us for additional information.

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NORTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Jubilee Lake has been stocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout and should provide good angling.
  • With summer here now, think about warmwater fish – crappie and bass fishing has been good at McKay Reservoir and other warmwater spots.
  • Aldrich Ponds, on the Phillips W. Schneider Wildlife Management Area east of Dayville, were recently stocked with rainbow trout (2 trout/day harvest limit).
  • Trout fishing has been good on the Wallowa River.
  • Many district water have been stocked with legal-sized trout and that will provide good fishing opportunities.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It could be the area is closed, inaccessible due or currently offers limited fishing opportunities. These water bodies will return to the recreation report when conditions change. If you believe something is missing, contact us and we’ll find out why.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports -- the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.

Aldrich Ponds (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

Aldrich Ponds are located on the Phillips W. Schneider Wildlife Management Area, located east of Dayville, OR. A WMA parking permit is required. The ponds are hike in access only (1.3-1.7 mile hike). Bag limit: 2 trout per day; see pg. 53 in the regulations book.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass

Trout fishing on the Grande Ronde can be good but is highly dependent on water clarity. During high runoff visibility will be poor and angling will be difficult. As the season progresses and flows recede smallmouth bass will move into the river and provide good catch rates.

HATROCK POND: trout

The Hat Rock State Park provides a trail system with easy angler access to the pond for the entire family. Fishing for rainbow trout should be good.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

Pond has been stocked with legal-sized and trophy trout. Fishing has been good. An ADA fishing dock for anglers with disabilities is available.

HUNTER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

This pond will be stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 16. From I-84 take Hwy 244 towards Ukiah. At the Blue Mtns summit, turn left onto USFS Rd 5160. Proceed for approximately 3 miles to the Jct. of roads 5160 and 5155. Stay on 5160. Just past this Jct. on the right will be spur 710. Take this spur. The pond is just off 5160.

IMNAHA RIVER: trout, bass

Currently the river is very high and trout fishing will be difficult. Trout should be active this spring. Smallmouth bass will move into the lower river as summer progresses and can provide some great catch rates. The Imnaha will open June 15 for spring Chinook salmon from the confluence with the Snake River to the Summit Creek bridge. Bag limits will be 2 hatchery adults and 5 jacks. Anglers may not continue to fish for jacks once their adult limit is reached. Jacks are salmon under 24 inches. Wild Chinook should be released immediately and unharmed. Check daily for closure updates with creel staff, online, or with the Enterprise ODFW office. Bull trout are available for catch and release and should not be harmed. Biologists will be monitoring the salmon run and a decision on a season will be made in June.

JOHN DAY RIVER: spring Chinook

Smallmouth bass fishing is good with many fish being caught downstream from Kimberly.
River flows are currently dropping, make sure to check the flows before planning your trip.
John Day River flows

JUBILEE LAKE: trout

Jubilee Lake was stocked recently with legal and trophy size rainbow trout and should provide good angling. The main lake entrance remains closed, best access is via the overflow camping area approximately ½ mile north of the main entrance.

This is a 97-acre lake located within the Umatilla Forest about 54 miles northeast of Pendleton. Located near the summit of the Blue Mountains at an elevation of 4,696 ft., Jubilee Lake can be snowbound until mid-June. Bank access is good, and during the spring and early summer, fish can be caught anywhere in the lake. As the water warms in August better fishing can be found in the deeper water near the dam at the southeast side of the lake.

Amenities include a 50-site Forest Service campground on the west side of the lake, an ADA-accessible 2.8 mile paved hiking trail around the lake, and a paved boat ramp. Only electric motors may be used on boats.

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

Long Creek and Cavender Pond have both been stocked with legal-sized and trophy trout. Fishing has been good. With temperatures increasing, largemouth bass fishing should continue to increase.

LUGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Luger Pond was treated with the chemical fish toxicant rotenone in the fall of 2015 and all fish were removed. The pond with be restocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 16, 2016.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

The lake was stocked the second week of June with legal and trophy sized trout and fishing is good.

McHALEY POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with legal-sized trout and fishing is good. There may also be some leftover trophy fish from the kids fishing derby available as well.

McKAY RESERVOIR:

Crappie fishing should be getting good as fish move into the shallows to spawn, bass fishing has been good for both large and smallmouth. The reservoir is near full pool.

McNARY PONDS: trout

The ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good for rainbow trout. A trail system provides access to both pond and stream fishing and the area also has several handicap accessible fishing platforms.

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, and kokanee

Trout stocking occurred the second week of June, no current fishing reports received but fishing should be good.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout the first week of May.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout the first week of May.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Remains open all year. Fishing is fair for carryover and stocked trout.

TATONE POND: trout

The pond has been stocked and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Will be stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 23. From Hwy 203 at Union, turn left staying on Hwy 203 towards Medical Springs. At the summit between Union and Medical Springs, turn left onto USFS Road 7700 (opposite snowpark area). Proceed East on 7700 road for about 9 miles to USFS Road 7740 on the right. Proceed on the 7740 road for about 1/4 mile. The rock pit pond are on the right.

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

The forest ponds have been stocked and should provide good fishing for rainbow trout.

UMATILLA RIVER: spring Chinook

Trout anglers in the upper river can expect fair angling for rainbow trout.

Anglers can access fish counts at Threemile Dam fish counts. Flow data

WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout

The Wallowa County ponds were stocked recently and fishing should be good.

ODFW is currently assessing the management of these ponds and wants to know what is important to the people who fish these ponds. Future plans may involve changes in the number of trout stocked, fish species available, or facility improvements. A survey is available at the ponds and on the ODFW website.

New to Kinney Lake this year, non-motorized watercraft are now allowed. Remember, to be respectful of the private land access that the Triple Creek Ranch and WVID#1 have provided and pack out any trash you bring or find.

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Holdover trout are being caught with a few fish to 18 inches. The lake was also stocked with legal and trophy sized trout last week and fishing should be good. Powerbait and spinners will be the best. Bait should be either hung under a float or set on the bottom.

Kokanee anglers have been reporting catching daily limits of 25 fish. Kokanee size appears to be improving with reports of fish in the 8-9 inch range and some fish as large as 12 inches.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

Trout angling on the Wallowa River has been good this spring. The river has been high and success depends on water clarity. However when conditions are right anglers have reported very good success rates and some large fish. Angling from a boat is the best approach when wading conditions are difficult.

Remember, the Wallowa is a whitefish factory and can produce some large fish. Whitefish are native to Oregon and are a respected sportfish across the west. Whitefish can be great in the smoker and are a great way to keep kids interested while steelhead fishing. To catch them, use beadhead nymphs a size #12-16 hook and fish for them in quick runs that are knee to waist deep.

Walla Walla North & South Forest ponds: rainbow trout

The ponds have been stocked and should provide good angling.

WALLA WALLA RIVER: rainbow trout

The Walla Walla River should provide good angling for rainbow trout in the Harris Park area, anglers are reminded of the lure’s and flies only regulation. Anglers may not target Bull trout and are required to release any Bull trout caught.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, brown bull head, trout

Angling for warm water fish should be taking center stage at Willow Creek Reservoir. The lake has been stocked with trophy trout and should provide good angling.


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NORTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Wolves in Northeast Oregon

Wolves are protected by state law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters in northeastern Oregon need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to La Grande office (541) 963-2138 or online with the Wolf Reporting Form.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

BAKER COUNTY

Cougars can be found throughout Baker County but hunters should target areas with high concentrations of deer and elk. Setting up on a fresh kill or using distress calls can all be productive techniques. Hunters are required to check in the hide of any cougar taken, with skull and proof of sex attached.

Coyote numbers are good throughout the district. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Remember to ask for permission before hunting on private properties.

GRANT COUNTY

Cougar hunting remains open. Successful hunters should remember that check-in of the hide with skull and proof of sex attached is mandatory; see the regulations for details.

Coyote numbers are good in most of the district. Coyotes may respond to distress calls. Try calling in the early morning and late evening.

MORROW, GILLIAM AND WHEELER COUNTIES

Cougar hunting is open. Cougar are well distributed in our forested areas. Calling with distress calls or cougar vocalizations can be effective. However, locating a fresh, naturally made kill has the best chance of success.

The Coyote population is healthy with good numbers of coyotes available for those who wish to pursue them. Watch wind direction to help prevent giving away your location. Calling with game distress calls can be very successful.

UMATILLA COUNTY

Cougar are well distributed in forested areas of the Walla Walla, Mt. Emily, and Ukiah units. Hunters will have best success by finding a fresh naturally made kill and sitting on it, or by using predator calls. Some success has come from following tracks until the cougar is located.

Coyote are numerous throughout the County and hunters should have good success calling. Remember to ask permission before hunting on private lands.

UNION COUNTY

Cougars are common in Union County. Focus on game rich areas with long ridgelines or saddles that cats typically travel. Setting up downwind of a deer or elk killed by a cougar can be productive. Nonresident hunters can include a cougar tag with others tags for only $14.50. All cougars taken must be checked in within 10 days of harvest; call for an appointment before check in.

Coyote numbers are high throughout the district. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Remember to ask for permission before hunting on private properties.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

The portion of Ladd Marsh East of Foot Hill road is now closed to all hunting.

Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult the wildlife area administrative rules. Rules that apply to all areas are at the top (at the link), and then scroll down to page 8, #635-008-120, for additional rules specific to Ladd Marsh. Dogs are not permitted within the Wildlife Area, including the Glass Hill Unit, on or off leash except during authorized game bird hunting seasons.

Vehicles, camping and fires are prohibited on the wildlife area at all times.

For more information please call 541 963 4954

WALLOWA COUNTY

Coyote: Good numbers of coyotes can be found throughout Wallowa County. Calling coyotes with rabbit distress type calls has been effective for hunters. It is important to choose areas with abundant coyote sign and little human activity.

Cougar numbers are moderate throughout Wallowa County. Most lions are taken incidental to other hunting; however, calling with fawn bleat, or locating a cougar kill and waiting for a cat to return are often successful techniques.

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NORTHEAST ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

BAKER COUNTY

Bighorn sheep can be seen in the Burnt River Canyon west of Durkee or along the Snake River Road south of Richland. The best viewing is in the early morning and late in the evening.

Bald and golden eagles can be seen along the Snake River. Take the Snake River Road between Richland and Huntington.

Deer can be seen throughout the valley. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon are good times to view wildlife. Driving through the foothills of the Baker valley and through the Keating valley can turn up good numbers of deer. 2/23/16

GRANT COUNTY

For the adventurous person, there is a great opportunity to snowshoe or cross country ski up the trail to Strawberry Lake in the Strawberry Wilderness area to view groups of nanny and kid mountain goats. Or try snowshoeing up Onion Creek trail to view the billies.

Bighorn sheep may be viewed from the South Fork near the Murderers Creek road. Early mornings are your best chances for catching them out on the rocky outcrops.

UNION COUNTY

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Note: All visitors must have in their possession a free daily permit to access the wildlife area. Permits are available at several self-check-in stations at entry points and parking lots. Wildlife viewers and anglers also need a parking permit to park on the wildlife area. The $10 daily or $30 annual permit can be purchased online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent. Learn more about ODFW’s Wildlife Area Parking Permit Program.

The Tule Lake Unit, including the auto route, is open for the season. The Glass Hill unit is open to foot and horse traffic only. Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult the wildlife area administrative rules. Rules that apply to all areas are at the top (at the link), and then scroll down to page 8, #635-008-120, for additional rules specific to Ladd Marsh. Dogs are not permitted within the Wildlife Area, including the Glass Hill Unit, on or off leash except during authorized game bird hunting seasons.

There are numerous quality viewing opportunities from county roads that pass through the area. Binoculars or a spotting scope will help as many animals are best viewed from a distance.

It is baby season on Ladd Marsh. Please use care not to approach or disturb wildlife, especially those with young as this may make them more vulnerable to predators. Canada goose broods are growing fast. Many now look just like the adults. Goslings may be seen in ponds and wetlands throughout the area. Duck broods of all species, ages and numbers can be seen in ponds and wetlands.American White Pelicans have been using Schoolhouse Pond sporadically. Also watch for pelicans in flight above the wildlife area.

Great Horned Owl young are fledged but still dependent upon their parents for food. Red-tailed and Swainson’s hawks are feeding young in the nest.
Tree, cliff, northern rough-winged, bank, barn and violet-green swallows are are all nesting and rearing young. Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets and other shorebirds are using shorelines and mud flats, especially in Schoolhouse Pond.

Most sandhill cranes have hatched their young. Tall grass makes viewing cranes in meadows difficult at this time of year. Please report any sandhill cranes wearing leg bands to the Ladd Marsh staff (541-963-4954). If possible, note the color and order of bands on each of the bird’s legs (e.g., pink above white on left leg; silver above black on right leg). The specific combination and order can identify individual birds. 6/27/16

 

WALLOWA COUNTY

Common raptors in the open areas of the county are red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, and golden eagles. Occasionally ferugenous, Swainson’s hawks and prairie falcons can also be seen. Look for bald eagles and ospreys perched in the larger trees along Wallowa Lake shore or on power poles near water in the valley.

White-tailed deer can be found throughout the Wallowa Valley on or near agricultural lands. Elk are back on the Zumwalt Prairie and can be seen from the Zumwalt Road. These are county roads that run through private property, so please respect the landowner’s privacy and remain on the county road but park out of the traffic lanes while watching the elk. Once you find a herd, use binoculars or a spotting scope to observe the animals.

Canada geese and several species of ducks can also be seen feeding in agricultural fields and along streams around the county. 6/27/16


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SNAKE RIVER ZONE: FISHING

BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout

Fishing for crappie has been good in the Powder River Arm. Average length has been about 9 inches. Smallmouth bass in the 6-9 inch range are very abundant making it hard to find the larger fish.

Call the Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites. | Reservoir level information

OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing for trout is good a tributary mouths. Crappie have moved to deeper water and catch rates are much reduced from what they were in May. Smallmouth bass in the 6-9 inch range are very abundant making it hard to find the larger fish. Fishing for channel cats is beginning to pick up.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing for trout is good at tributary mouths. Crappie have moved to deeper water and catch rates are much reduced from what they were in May. Smallmouth bass in the 6-9 inch range are very abundant making it hard to find the larger fish. Fishing for channel cats is beginning to pick up.

SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, steelhead, salmon, bass

Spring Chinook season has closed on the Snake River.

Bass anglers have reported hot fishing for decent sized small mouth. Carp are also in the shallows and available to bow fishermen.

Only barbless hooks may be used on this stretch of the Snake River while fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, and anglers should consult the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other rules that may apply.

Updated information on flow levels

SNAKE RIVER (above Brownlee Reservoir): channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass

No recent Reports.


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COLUMBIA RIVER ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and steelhead is open from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA Border.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the OR/WA Border.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries are in effect (see special regulations for details).

 

Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (6/25) flight, 599 salmonid boats and 154 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam. Boat anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.57 summer Chinook and 0.09 sockeye caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.11 summer Chinook, 0.02 steelhead and 0.02 sockeye caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.20 summer Chinook, 0.05 steelhead and 0.02 sockeye caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 2.0 summer Chinook and 0.50 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge this past week averaged 0.16 summer Chinook and 0.03 steelhead caught per angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area this past weekend averaged 0.01 steelhead and 0.03 sockeye caught per angler. In the estuary, bank anglers averaged 0.08 summer Chinook, 0.19 steelhead and 0.04 sockeye caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:
Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped Chinook adult, one adipose fin-clipped Chinook jack and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped Chinook adults released for 37 bank anglers; and 815 shad kept for 129 anglers.

Gorge Boats:
Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped Chinook adults and two sockeye kept, plus eight unclipped Chinook adults released for 23 boats (68 anglers); and 127 shad kept for nine boats (27 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:
Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped Chinook adult kept, plus five unclipped Chinook adults, one unclipped steelhead and one sockeye released for 54 boats (107 anglers); and no catch for one shad boat (two anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:
Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead and two sockeye kept for 69 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:
Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped Chinook adults, three adipose fin-clipped Chinook jacks, three adipose fin-clipped steelhead and two sockeye kept, plus 12 unclipped Chinook adults, one unclipped Chinook jack and one unclipped steelhead released for 82 boats (195 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):
Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped Chinook adults, four adipose fin-clipped steelhead and one sockeye kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 26 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):
Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped Chinook adults, two adipose fin-clipped Chinook jacks and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped Chinook adults released for two boats (10 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):
Weekly checking showed one unclipped Chinook adult released for 16 bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):
Weekly checking showed no catch for 36 bank anglers; and one adipose fin-clipped Chinook kept for three boats (four anglers); and 41 shad kept, and five shad released for 24 bank anglers, plus three shad released for two boats (four anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam and John Day Arm):
Weekly checking showed no catch for two boats (eight anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):
Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed 22 sublegal, 167 legal, and 15 oversize sturgeon released for six boats (21 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam):
Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam to Johng Day Dam):
Weekly checking showed eight sublegal sturgeon released for two bank anglers; and 13 sublegal, four legal and seven oversize sturgeon released for two boats (four anglers).

WALLEYE

Troutdale:
Weekend checking showed six walleye kept for three boats (six anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):
No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):
Weekly checking showed 41 walleye kept, plus 30 walleye released for 18 boats (39 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):
No report.


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MARINE ZONE: FISHING

Weekend opportunities:

  • Charter offices along the coast can get anglers out to enjoy albacore, lingcod, salmon or halibut fishing.
  • Ocean coho – fin-clipped only – opens July 1 north of Cape Falcon and is already open south of there.
  • Shore anglers in rocky places can rock their creel with a variety of species including the usual (black rockfish), the prized (lingcod) and the curious (starry flounder, red Irish lord, and jack mackerel).
  • Clammers can rejoice the minus tide series beginning on Friday.

FISHING

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Marine Reserves and Other Management Designations

Fishing, crabbing, clamming, hunting and gathering seaweed are prohibited at Oregon’s five marine reserves, including the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area (new for 2016). Beach walking, surfing, bird watching, diving and other non-extractive uses continue to be allowed at reserves. See complete details and marine reserve maps (listed north to south):

 

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In addition to marine reserves, there are several other management areas to be aware of, such as the Stonewall Bank conservation area (west of Newport) and marine gardens, described in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations (pages 79-83).

OCEAN SALMON

Ocean Chinook fishing (open south of Cape Falcon) continues to be slow.

The selective coho (fin-clipped) season between Cape Falcon and the OR/CA border just opened on June 25. A few fish were landed in Brookings over the weekend.

Beginning on July 1, there is also a selective coho fishery open on the north coast between Cape Falcon and Leadbetter Point, Wash.

Details, including regulations, and more information on ocean salmon seasons are available here.

BOTTOM FISHING

Beginning July 1, cabezon may be retained (with a daily bag limit of one).

Up and down the coast, lingcod and rockfish catches have slowed (at least in part due to windy conditions). For example, while some limits of rockfish were seen on the south coast, anglers on average took home 3 rockfish and less than a half lingcod.

To catch lingcod, try a white plastic grub on a lead jig head in rocky areas when the tide is not running fast.

There’s a new rockfish in town – the Deacon rockfish. Deacon rockfish is a newly identified species that was formerly referred to as the solid version of blue rockfish. What does that mean for anglers? Nothing in 2016. Every rule that refers to blue rockfish (like the daily bag limit of 3) now applies to blue rockfish and deacon rockfish combined.

Just a reminder to anglers: Groundfish (bottomfish) is closed outside of the 30-fathom management line until Oct. 1. The line is defined by waypoints (pdf). For visual reference, see port-specific maps that show various management lines.

If you’re lucky enough to catch a colorful assortment of fish, keep in mind that the following species of rockfish are prohibited: China, copper, quillback and yelloweye. Several handouts, including “What Can I Keep, and How Many?” and species identification tips, are available on the ODFW sport groundfish webpage.

Although anglers may legally retain one canary rockfish, there is an annual management quota that, if exceeded, could restrict angling opportunities for other species, including black rockfish and lingcod. Therefore, anglers are urged to (1) avoid canary rockfish and (2) retain 1 canary rockfish only if it is bleeding from injury.

What about barotrauma? Signs of barotrauma, such as bulging eyes and a gut protruding from the mouth, are reversible when fish are returned to depth with a descending device. ODFW encourages anglers to use a descending device when releasing rockfish with signs of barotrauma. An underwater video recorded by ODFW researchers shows the dramatic results of recompressing a fish; another video demonstrates various types of descending devices.

PACIFIC HALIBUT

The all-depth halibut fishery in the Central Coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt) is closed until Aug. 5-6. The nearshore halibut fishery in the subarea remains open seven days a week; a few fish were landed in Newport over the weekend.

The Southern Oregon subarea is open seven days per week until Oct. 31 or the quota is met. During the week ending June 19, approximately 14 fish, averaging 18 pounds, were landed, or about 1 fish for every 5 anglers who targeted halibut.

The Columbia River all-depth and nearshore fisheries are closed for the remainder of the year because the quota has been reached.

Anglers are reminded to try to avoid high-relief rocky areas where yelloweye rockfish can be encountered. If a yelloweye rockfish is accidentally caught, please descend the fish to at least 100 feet. Descending yelloweye takes a few minutes of your fishing time; however, it is better for the individual fish and fisheries as a whole.

Additional information on the sport halibut fishery, including weekly catch estimates, is available on the ODFW sport halibut webpage.

TUNA

Albacore was hot again in Charleston last week, about 25-30 miles offshore, with catches averaging 7.5 fish per angler. Fish were also seen in Newport. Albacore are typically in areas where sea surface temperatures (SST) are warmer than 58 degrees and in areas where chlorophyll concentrations are close to 0.25 milligrams per cubic meter. Both of these conditions can change very quickly due to weather and upwelling.

SURFPERCH

Surfperch are a diverse group of fish that provide a variety of angling opportunities. Striped seaperch are found year-round in rocky areas like jetties; and ocean surf is the place to find redtail surfperch and silver perch. For details on how to catch these guys, see Surfperch Fishing (pdf).

The bag limit for surfperch is generous at 15 per day. However, a lot remains unknown about the status of surfperch populations off the Oregon Coast, so, as usual, take only what you will use.

HERRING ET AL

Yaquina Bay anglers are catching Pacific herring, American shad, and jack mackerel. When pursuing herring, keep an eye out for schools of fish at high tide over mudflats. Herring are food for osprey, belted kingfisher, and great blue heron.

SHELLFISH

 

Call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures. Additional information is available from ODA’s Food Safety Program at (503) 986-4720 or the ODA shellfish closures website. Openings and closures listed below were accurate on June 27.

For everything you need to know about identifying and harvesting Oregon’s shellfish, including maps of individual estuaries that show where to crab and clam, see the recreational shellfish pages on the ODFW website.

A couple of regulations were inadvertently left out of the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation booklet. (1) The daily bag limit for shrimp (edible) is 20 lb. in the shell; may be taken by traps, pots or rings. (2) Each digger of razor clams (as with all clams) must have his or her own container, must dig his or her own clams, and may not possess more than one limit of clams while in the digging area (except under an Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit).

Mussels

Mussels are open along the entire Oregon coast.

Razor Clams

NOTICE: Razor clams are Closed in oceans and bays from the north jetty of the Siuslaw River (in Florence) to the California border due to domoic acid. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is continuing to test for shellfish toxins. Shellfish safety information.

Razor clamming is Open from the Columbia River to the north jetty of the Siuslaw River.

The next set of low tides begins this week (July 1-7). Harvesters should pay close attention to the surf forecasts and be on the beach one to two hours before low tide. If the forecast calls for combined seas over 8 or 10 feet, razor clam harvesting can be very difficult because the clams tend to show much less in those conditions.

Clammers on Clatsop beaches, when referencing tide tables, should use the tide gauge at the Columbia River entrance.

During a previous low tide series (June 2-10), razor clamming was the best in the area between the Peter Iredale Beach and the Columbia River South Jetty, where limits were frequent. The Del Rey beaches were also quite productive. Overall, the average number of clams per person for the tide series was excellent at just over 14 clams.

Clams harvested were mainly medium clams (4 ½ inches) during the tide series with few larger clams (>5 inches) taken. The larger clams were found in the Sunset beaches and the Peter Iredale beaches. Currently, the entire Clatsop Beach has a very abundant set of 4½-inch clams plus another abundant set of 3¾-inch clams. Last summer’s stock assessment estimated that there were over 17 million clams on Clatsop Beach.

As encouraging as it is to see this robust population of clams, it can also lead to increased discard issues, as some harvesters will be looking for the very large clams that were harvested previous years. Harvesters should be selective on which shows to dig, choosing only the largest ones. Oregon State Police troopers have been addressing harvesters who retain more than a daily limit or who discard razor clams. Harvesters are reminded to keep accurate count of their clams and to keep the first 15 razor clams they dig regardless of size or condition – it’s the law.

Bay Clams

Bay clamming has been excellent all along the coast. This trend should continue during the low tides this coming week. Check the ODFW Shellfish website for where and when to harvest your favorite bivalves. Updated maps on where to clam. Some recommended areas to go are the Charleston Triangle in Coos Bay for gaper clams and Netarts Bay for butter clams.

Crabs

Crabbing is open coastwide in bays and the ocean. Ocean crabbing has been fair up and down the coast.

Many crab have molted recently, making them temporarily soft on the outside and watery on the inside. Until the shells harden, the amount of meat extracted from a soft crab can be as little as half that of a crab in good condition, and the quality of the meat is usually stringy and less tasty. The best practice is to carefully return soft crab to the water.

Red rock crab are caught using the same gear as Dungeness crab but have a larger daily limit (24), and, unlike Dungeness crab, any size or sex of red rock crab may be retained (although most crabbers keep only the largest crabs, which have a lot more meat than small ones). Red rock crab are not present in all Oregon bays; good places to harvest them include the docks in Tillamook, Yaquina and Coos bays.

For Dungeness crab, the correct way to check for minimum size (5 3⁄4 inches) is to measure a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but not including, the points. See an illustration (jpg).

ODA recommends always eviscerating crab before cooking and avoiding consumption of crab guts.

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MARINE WILDLIFE VIEWING

Orcas were spotted off of Charleston and also in Yaquina Bay in recent weeks, and an offshore commercial boat reported seeing humpback whales.

Grey whales are always a treat to see and have been spotted recently off the central and south coasts. While it is common for gray whales to migrate to summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, many remain along the Oregon coast through the summer. The best time to view whales is on calm days when whale sports cannot be confused with whitecaps. Look for whales as they surface to blow air and occasionally flip their tails above the water. Don’t forget to bring binoculars!

Bird viewing tips are available from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Another great source for birders is the Oregon Coast Birding Trail website, which includes self-guided itineraries for any area of the Oregon Coast and a species checklist.

All kinds of wonderful creatures – gumboot chitons and ribbed limpets, for example – can be viewed along the shoreline. The Oregon State Parks tidepools website has information on where and when to explore, what you can expect to see, and safety tips.

Additional coastal viewing ideas for marine wildlife are found on the ODFW wildlife viewing map.


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