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Welcome to the ODFW Recreation Report - May 24, 2016

Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Viewing

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Free Fishing Weekend June 4-5

Tell your friends who don’t fish: Fishing licenses, tags and endorsements are not required anywhere in Oregon the weekend of June 4-5. Besides stocking more than 185K trout at 80 locations around the state for the weekend, ODFW and partners will also host a variety of Family Fishing Events where we bring the gear and help newcomers get started. See list of events

Another chance to reel in a Columbia River springer

The latest Columbia River salmon update is good news for anglers who are looking for another chance to reel in one of these prized fish. Enough spring Chinook have now safely moved upstream that fishery managers have decided to reopen the lower river through June 15, which is when the 2016 summer Chinook salmon fishing season begins.

More Spring Chinook opportunities!

Oregon’s famous Spring Chinook are here and ready to be caught in many of Oregon’s waters right now! Reports from fish biologists from around the state show Chinook available in Tillamook Bay, the Trask, Nestucca, North Umpqua, Santiam, John Day, Umatilla Rogue, and Snake River. So you want to catch a “Springer,” you’ve got plenty of opportunity right now … but don’t procrastinate, it won’t last forever.

Here come the whales!

May and June are great times to view migrating gray whales off the Oregon coast. Some gray whales make their way up to summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, while others are part-time residents and stay off the Oregon coast from June until November. Quite a few gray whales were spotted last week in the nearshore waters off of Brookings and Port Orford. The best time to view whales is on calm days – as stormy weather tends to make viewing challenging. Look for whales as they surface to blow air, and occasionally flip their talks above the water. Don’t forget to bring binoculars!

Spring bear and turkey hunting ends May 31

Just a few days left to bear and turkey hunt! The last part of the season can be the best times to bear hunt.

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

FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Trout season opened Sunday, May 22 in many Oregon ponds, lakes and streams, including the Kilchis, Nestucca, Three Rivers, Salmon, Siletz, Siuslaw, Trask, and Wilson.

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.

Trout season in coastal river systems will re-open May 22, 2016.

2016 trout stocking schedule

The 2016 trout stocking schedules for the North Coast Watershed (pdf) 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

Town, Hebo, and Cape Meares lakes, and Vernonia Pond were stocked the week of May 2. This was the last scheduled stocking prior to free fishing weekend in June.
Warmwater fish are active with waters warming up. Look for some largemouth bass action in Lake Lytle, Coffenbury Lake, Cullaby Lake, Sunset Lake, and Cape Meares Lake, and Vernonia Pond.

Cape Meares Lake will be lowered this summer in order to repair the outlet structure. Water will be released from the lake beginning in early June.

MID COAST LAKES

Rainbow trout stocking is underway in many locations along the mid coast. Look at the stocking report to see the full stocking season.

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 and have both boat and bank access.

ALSEA RIVER:

The river is closed to all fishing above the head of tide effective May 1 and will reopen with the cutthroat trout fishery this Sunday, May 22. For the cutthroat trout opener, 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

Opened for trout May 22. Fishing should be fair to good in the early season. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed above tidewater May 22 - Aug. 31.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Spring Chinook angling is showing some signs of improvement. The best opportunity is in the lower bay and tidewater, but a few fish should be moving into upstream areas also. A few summer steelhead are showing up too. Gear restrictions took effect in Three Rivers May 1. Check regulations. The river is closed upstream of Moon Creek until May 22. Trout season opened May 22.

SALMON RIVER:

The river basin is closed to all fishing above the head of tide and will reopen for cutthroat trout fishing this Sunday, May 22. For the cutthroat trout opener, 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

Steelhead fishing is slow but the summer steelhead run is underway. This run typically peaks by early July but fish can be found throughout the mainstem at any time now. 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. Cutthroat trout season opened Sunday, May 22 and can offer anglers of all experience levels good opportunity. Casting small spinners, spoons or fly fishing streamers or dry flies can be very effective.

SIUSLAW RIVER:

The river basin is closed to all fishing above the head of tide and will reopen for cutthroat trout fishing this Sunday, May 22. This fishery can offer anglers of all experience levels good opportunity. Casting small spinners, spoons or fly fishing streamers or dry flies can be very effective.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook

Spring Chinook are available in decent numbers. Catches have been fair for the most part though. 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 are moving in and fish are spread out from tidewater up to the hatchery area. Bobber and bait is the best bet. Steelhead fishing is slow. 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 season opened May 22 in the main river and the north, south, and east forks.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Fishing for steelhead and spring Chinook is slow. More fish should be moving into the river. The water is low and clear, so use lighter gear and target the deeper holding areas. Trout season opened May 22.

YAQUINA RIVER: steelhead

The river basin is closed to all fishing above the head of tide and will reopen for cutthroat trout fishing on May 22.


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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR (closes May 31), SPRING TURKEY (closes May 31)

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.

Spring bear hunting on the north coast is done by controlled hunting and ends on May 31. Numbers of bears should be fairly high, especially in western portions of the coast range, and the weather has been favorable in recent weeks for hunting. Glassing of open areas, such as clear cuts and open slopes, can be productive during the first and last hours of daylight. During the day, predator calling is a good bet, and consider a fawn or calf in distress call now that we are approaching the deer and elk birthing periods.

See regulations for details (pdf).

 


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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST WILDLIFE VIEWING

May is the peak month for the spring migration of shorebirds on their way north to Arctic breeding grounds. Many of the birds use the beaches as their navigation route, and can often be seen resting and feeding on north coast beaches during the daylight hours. Binoculars, along with a good field guide, are great aids in viewing and distinguishing the various species that may be encountered.

Lately, whimbrels, large brown non-descript shorebirds have been seen on the north coast, as they often are during May. They can be seen on the beaches or foraging in pastures in Clatsop and Tillamook counties. By June, they are typically gone on their way to the northern nesting grounds.

The forests in the north coast area are starting to come alive with sounds of songbirds declaring their nesting territories. As of now, most of the birds are those species found here year-round, but soon the songs of many neo-tropical migrants will also fill the forest. For areas of highest songbird diversity, look for mixed stands of hardwoods and conifers.

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 wintering waterfowl. The viewing platform is complete with interpretive panels and provides a great overview of Wolf Bay on the lower Columbia River. Tundra swans are occasional seen there off in the distance near the main river channel. As always, optics are very helpful here.

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. With the recent warm weather elk have been visible in the mornings and evenings. 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. Bull elk have shed their old antlers and new growth is already visible. Many returning visitors have arrived at the wildlife area. Tree and violate green swallows can be seen gliding over fields and checking out nest 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.

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:

  • Trout fishing opened in rivers and streams on Sunday, May 22.
  • Spring Chinook fishing has been decent around Rock Creek on the North Umpqua and spotty on the mainstem Umpqua.
  • Diamond Lake is clear of ice and trout fishing has been solid.
  • Warmwater fishing is showing improvement at many areas.
  • Surplus hatchery steelhead were recently released in Garrison Lake, which also has a fair number of trout and offers viable alternative to streams.
  • Bottom-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’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

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 has been good. Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and other warmwater species can be found around structure along the shore. Bass are hitting a variety of lures. Bluegill and crappie can be caught with small jigs or bait. The lake is 98 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Applegate Reservoir has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout, and larger trout from last year’s stockings are available as well. Still fishing with bait or trolling a fly, lure, or wedding ring/bait combination should produce trout. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass should be good as the bass move into shallow water. The lake is 99 percent full. The Hart-Tish, Copper, and French Gulch boat ramps are available.

APPLEGATE RIVER: steelhead, trout

The Applegate River will reopen to trout angling on Sunday, May 22. Two hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

This is a small pond and provides for some great fishing. 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 Iriving has been stocked with 4,500 legal trout so far 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.

BURMA POND: rainbow trout

Burma Pond, located on BLM land east of the town of Wolf Creek, was stocked last week with legal-sized rainbow trout. Largemouth bass are also available.

CHETCO RIVER:

Closed to angling until May 22.

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

Legal size trout were stocked this month into Powers Pond, Empire Lakes, Bradley Lake, Butterfield Lake, Saunders Lake, Sru Lake, and Tenmile Lakes.

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 and bluegill fishing is picking up with the warmer days. This time of the year bass and bluegills will be found in shallow water typically near a weedline or structure. Plastic worms, shallow crankbaits, and spinner baits are good to use for bass. Bluegills will bit on worms, small jigs, or flies.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, rockfish

Trout season opened in rivers and streams this Sunday, May 22. Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater.

Anglers have been catching rockfish along the jetties and submerged rock piles. An occasional ling cod is also being caught in the bay. 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 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. Due to low tide exchanges this week, the next good opportunity to dig bay clams will be in a week. Recreational harvest of razor clams is closed for 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

Trout season opened in rivers and streams this Sunday, May 22. Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater.

Fishing for smallmouth bass is starting to pick up in the mainstem. Jigs, crawdad crankbaits, and nightcrawlers will all work to catch smallmouth bass. This is a good time of the year to catch bigger smallmouth bass.

A few striped bass have been caught fishing crankbaits on the mainstem Coquille River from the town of Coquille and Arago Boat Ramp.

Crabbing has been slow in the lower Coquille. 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.

The ice has melted off of Diamond Lake and fishing has been solid. Most anglers have had success using Powerbait. 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.

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.

DUTCH HERMAN POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Dutch Herman Pond, located on BLM land east of the town of Wolf Creek, was stocked last week with legal-sized rainbow trout.

ELK RIVER:

Closed to angling until May 22.

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

Emigrant has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Still fishing with bait or using lures that will put off vibrations in the water will be most effective. Warmwater fishing should be good. Look for these species around the flooded willows and other structure along the shore. Emigrant Reservoir is currently at 98 percent of capacity.

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

Due to construction, trout stocking has been switched to the southern-most pond at the Jackson County Expo. Access to this pond is available at gate 1.5. Fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie has been good.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake was stocked last week with legal- and pounder-sized rainbow trout. Brook trout, landlocked spring Chinook salmon, and tiger trout are also available. This should make for good trout fishing for both bank and boat anglers. The lake is 71 percent full. The Forest Service boat ramp is open. The Fish Lake Resort restaurant, boat launch, and campground are also open. Anglers are encouraged to report catches 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

The best method for catching trout is slow trolling flies or wedding ring spinners from a boat. Bank access is limited. This time of year anglers will want to keep an eye on 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 7,000 legal size trout and 50 trophy trout over five pounds each this year.

Bass fishing should improve as we move forward into warmer spring/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. 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 weather 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 1,000 rainbow trout that are all roughly 12” in size so far in 2016, and Lake in the Woods has been stocked with approximately 600 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:

Howard Prairie has been stocked with legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout, and trout fishing has been fair to good for anglers fishing bait from the shore and for those trolling. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass has been fair. All the boat ramps are open. The marina at the Howard Prairie Resort is open and boat rentals are available. The lake is now 71 percent full.

HYATT LAKE:

Hyatt Lake has been stocked with legal-sized and trophy-sized rainbow trout, so trout fishing should be good. Fishing for largemouth bass should be improving. The reservoir is now 75 percent full. The BLM campgrounds and boat ramps are now open.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois River will reopen to trout angling on Sunday, May 22. 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 3,000 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

Selmac was stocked last week with legal-sized rainbow trout, which should make for good trout fishing this week. Fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and other warmwater species has been good. Look for these species to be near structure along the shore.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout

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. 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 5,500 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 RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, spring Chinook, bass

Lost Creek Reservoir will be stocked this week with 25,000 legal-sized and 1,075 trophy-sized rainbow trout. Trout fishing should be good for anglers fishing bait from the shore in the vicinity of the Takelma Ramp and for those trolling bait or lures. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass should be good as the bass move into shallow water. The lake is full, and the surface temperature is currently 62o F.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond was stocked last week with another 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout, which should make for excellent trout fishing. Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill should be improving.

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 will open on June 25 with a quota of 26,000 coho.

The next All-Depth Halibut fishing days from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will be May 19-21. The Nearshore Halibut season will not open until June 1.

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. Retention of cabezon is prohibited from January 1 through June 30.

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 3,000 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

Reinhart Pond has been stocked with legal and pounder-sized rainbow trout, so trout fishing should be good. Angling for bass and other warmwater gamefish should be good as well.

ROGUE RIVER

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

Spring Chinook fishing continues to be hit and miss depending on river and weather conditions. With the warmer water conditions, anglers are picking up the majority of fish early in the morning. Most salmon are being caught by boat anglers as the river clears and drops.

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: steelhead, trout

The Rogue River will reopen to trout angling on Sunday, May 22. Only hatchery trout can be retained. Wild trout must be released unharmed.

Fishing for steelhead is slow now that most of the winter steelhead are gone and the summer steelhead have yet to arrive. Fishing for spring Chinook salmon is improving as more fish move through the area. Anglers are reminded that only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained.

The flow at Grants Pass as of Monday morning was 3,060 cfs and the water temperature averaged 56o F. Turbidity was 2 NTUs. 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: steelhead, trout

The Rogue River will reopen to trout angling on Sunday, May 22. Only hatchery trout can be retained. Wild trout must be released unharmed.

Fishing for steelhead is slow now that most of the winter steelhead are gone and the summer steelhead have yet to arrive. Fishing for spring Chinook is picking up. Anglers are reminded that only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained. As of May 11, 1,465 winter steelhead and 238 spring Chinook had been collected at Cole Rivers. The flow at Gold Ray was 3,100 cfs and the water temperature was 55o F on Monday morning. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,586 cfs with a temperature of 51o F.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

Rainbow and brook trout are available.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: sturgeon, striped bass, steelhead

The Smith River mainstem is closed to angling above Spencer Creek through May 21, but angling for steelhead and striped bass is still open in tidewater below Spencer Creek. The North Fork Smith River is also closed above Johnson Creek through May 21. Retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed in tidewater. Sturgeon fishing is catch-and-release only, and striped bass fishing should improve in May. The daily limit for striped bass is 2 per 24 hour period.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: closed

SPALDING POND: rainbow trout

Spalding Pond has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout.

TENMILE BASIN: trout, steelhead, bass

Trout season opened in rivers and streams Saturday, May 22. Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams and rivers above tidewater. Tenmile Lakes is open all year for trout but trout fishing has been slow but the lake was recently stocked with legal size rainbows.

Largemouth bass fishing has been good over the past month. Anglers are catching bass in shallow water on spinner baits, jigs, and rubber worms.

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. Rainbow trout have been stocked in Clearwater Forebay 2 in 2016. 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

The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The mainstem Umpqua is closed for trout fishing until May 22.

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 should start improving with the typical season stretching from May-July, and smallmouth bass angling should offer excellent harves 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.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring Chinook

Winter steelhead angling is about over, but summer steelhead angling will be picking up as we move towards the summer months. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Spring Chinook fishing has been improving and should continue to do so as water temperatures warm. There have been reports of Spring Chinook being caught below Winchester Dam and around Rock Creek.

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 – July 31, 2 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: closed

The South Umpqua is currently closed to all angling through May 21.

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

Willow Lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. The lake is full, and trout fishing should be good. Still fishing with bait or trolling a fly, lure, or wedding ring/bait combination should produce trout. Fishing for bass and panfish should also be good as these fish concentrate around structure along the shore.

WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch

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


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING BEAR (closes May 31), SPRING TURKEY (closes May 31)

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

Spring Turkey – Season closes May 31. Numbers across the county are strong. We have received many reports of harvested birds throughout the area. Hunters should focus their efforts on the agricultural lands and valleys where males are beginning to strut. Recently opened, lower elevation clear-cuts adjacent to private lowlands can also be productive. The vast majority of hunting opportunities will be concentrated on private lands so hunters should expect to have to knock on doors to obtain permission and access. If permission is granted, likelihood of success is high.

Bear – Season closes May 31. Prospects for spring bear hunters remain good. While late May is expected to bring more activity here on the coast, ODFW biologists have already checked in several bears during the first few weeks of hunting. Hunters should focus themselves on south facing hillsides in the early mornings and evenings and work to identify grassing openings where bears may be attracted. An understanding of what bears are eating will help hunters focus their efforts.

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

Controlled Spring Bear – Season closes May 31st. Bears are active!!! Hunt south sloped green-up areas to find the bear you want to tag. Bear numbers are good with the highest numbers at lower elevations in the coast range with lower numbers elsewhere in the coast range and Cascades. Hunters can focus on open meadows early in the morning or late in the afternoon, with highest success late in the afternoon until dark. Hunters have been seeing active bears from day one of this hunt season this year. Successful bear hunters are required to check in the skull within 10 days of the kill.

Spring Turkey – Season closes May 31st. In general, most turkeys are found on or adjacent to low-mid elevation private lands associated with oak savannah habitat. ODFW has also supplemented prime habitat within the Umpqua National Forest with turkeys over the last several years. Healthy turkey production around the Toketee, Tiller and Upper Cow Creek areas of the Umpqua National Forest can give hunters a different experience and opportunity to test their turkey calling skills. Hunters are reminded to obtain permission before hunting on private lands.

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.

TURKEY season ends May 31. Reports from hunters show much success. Most of the hens are now sitting on their nest. Toms are still actively looking for remaining hens. At this time of the season toms found on public lands will be reluctant to calls. Calling should be few and subtle. Being patient will be key to success, toms often come to calls quietly. Turkey flocks continue to be found in a wide variety of places in our counties. Plenty of public lands have turkey, often found in grassy/oak savannas on BLM lands and lower elevation timber\meadow lands of the Rogue National Forest, although most will be found on private land where permission will need to be acquired before hunting. Turkeys will be feeding on green grasses and insects.

BEAR season will close May 31. We are seeing very little hunting pressure by hunters and only a few bear have been checked in. Typically spring bear hunting improves as the season goes along. Boars are usually first to show and sows show later. This is what usually occurs when we have a normal winter season. Season is expected to be average for the spring. When bears are out they will be feeding in grassy openings. Focus on south facing hill sides in the early mornings and evenings. Good spots to check are skid roads and side roads that are untraveled with lots of grassy margins and bear sign. Remember successful bear hunters need to checking-in an unfrozen skull; otherwise tooth collection, measurement and tagging is difficult. Biologists recommend propping the bear’s mouth open with a stick after harvest; it makes for easier tooth collection and measuring.

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.

Waterfowl

One of the best places on the Oregon coast to see large congregations of waterfowl is the Coquille Valley. The Audubon Society estimates as many as 50 percent of the migratory dabbling ducks that migrate along the coast winter in the Coquille Valley.

Inundation here has created a situation that is very attractive to waterfowl. Those interested in seeing large concentrations of birds are encouraged to visit Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and Coquille Valley Wildlife Area. Bandon Marsh is located near where Hwy 101 crosses the Coquille River, just upstream from the city of Bandon. Coquille Valley Wildlife Area is located near the junction of North Bank Road and Hwy. 42. There are also large congregations of birds in other places along North Bank Road, Hwy. 42S and Hwy. 42 between Myrtle Point and Coquille.

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.

CURRY COUNTY

Whale watching is good along the coast through the end of May. The northern migration occurs March through May and whales will be cruising closer to shore than they do on the southern migration. Viewing points within Curry County from north to south are Battle Rock, Cape Sebastian, Cape Ferrelo and Harris Beach State Park.

Shorebirds are currently migrating north and can be observed on area beaches and the Rogue Bay. Ospreys are actively fishing in the Rogue estuary and also nesting on the Lower Rogue. Several nests are observable from the Jerry Flat Road along the Rogue River.

Migrant waterfowl are showing up in all the bays. Elegant terns are now seen in the Rogue bay. They are a mid-sized tern with long reddish bill that has a turned down appearance. The tail is forked and short. Their head has a black band along the top and wings are tipped with black other than that they are white.

Try waterfowl viewing at Storm Ranch near Langlois. You could find coots, bufflehead, wigeon, mallards, pintail and ringneck ducks. (3/21/2016)

DOUGLAS COUNTY

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 – Don’t feed the deer in your area. This is the time of year when we start receiving reports from the public of sick looking deer with little to no hair or patches of hair missing. This condition referred to as “Deer Hair Loss Syndrome” or DHLS has been affecting local deer populations for the last 19 years. Many of the affected deer are does or fawns. This condition is believed to be caused by exotic biting lice in high numbers on affected deer, and can result in death for some while others overcome this condition. An infected deer can pass lice easily to other deer when they congregate in areas where fed so ODFW recommends to not feed the deer to minimize lice transfer and increasing the DHLS in our area.

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 

  • Trout season opened Sunday, May 22 in many Oregon rivers and streams, including Estacada Lake, Faraday Lake, North Fork Reservoir, the Stantiam River, Small Fry Lake, the Tualatin River and tributaries, and the Yamhill River and tributaries. Check the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for details.
  • Timothy Lake near Mount Hood has received a couple batches of trophy trout over the past several weeks – and will get another 625 of the two-pound fish this week. The fun will continue through June, as Timothy is one of five venues across the state receiving extra trophy trout this year – 5,000 of them in all – to generate a little excitement over bigger trout.
  • Eugene-Springfield area anglers are reminded to track Willamette Falls counts for spring Chinook. As counts begin to surge, allow 10-14 days for the fish to arrive in local rivers (McKenzie, Middle Fork Willamette and Coast Fork Willamette rivers).

NOTICE: Due to unsafe conditions, Linn County Parks has temporarily closed the boat ramp at the Stayton-Scio bridge. No time frame has been provided as to its re-opening. More information at 541-967-3917. Serious navigation hazards also have been reported between Shelburn and Green’s Bridge boat ramps on the North Santiam. Boaters are advised not to use that stretch of river.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

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 the new 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 canal will be stocked this week with a total of 965 trout. The trout 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 the week of May 9 with 4,000 8-inch “legal” 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 the week of April 25 with 2,000 legal-sized 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 the week of May 16 with 3,000 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 was stocked the week of May 9th at multiple locations with a total of 750 fish. Fish are released from the reservoir upstream to Quentin Creek. Bait use is allowed through October 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 was stocked the week of May 9th with 2,000 hatchery trout.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

Regulation changes for 2016 year will allow fishing on this river year-round. Trout stocking will remain the same, with the first release scheduled for some time in May. 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.

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 was stocked the week of May 2 with 3,000 rainbow trout, including 500 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: winter steelhead, summer steelhead

Mostly sunny days and cooler temper, coupled with improved runs of summer steelhead and even some Chinook make for good angling opportunity on the Clackamas. Summer steelhead are moving into the system in good numbers, and even a few spring Chinook are showing up in the creel.

During the past week boat anglers picked up 55 steelhead while bank anglers landed and kept an additional 11 fish. These fish are predominantly summers which will continue to move into the Clackamas for the next several months.

The first of the spring Chinook were also caught during the past week – four of them by boat anglers in the lower river. It’s still early for Clackamas Springers but not too early to get out and see if there are any around.

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 May 17 shows river flows down at 1,630 cfs, with a gauge reading of 11.78 feet and the water temperature at 54° 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 stocked the week of May 2nd with 3,625 rainbow trout, including 1,125 larger trout. The lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork Willamette River is open to angling. Bait use is allowed through Oct. 31. The river was stocked the week of May 2nd with 1,000 hatchery trout. 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

ODFW will host a free family fishing event at Commonwealth Lake in Beaverton on Saturday, May 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The ponds will be stocked with 1,600 rainbow trout, including 100 trophy-sized trout. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide rods, reels, tackle, bait, and assistance to anyone who wants to come join in the fun. The event is free, although anglers 12 and older require a fishing license.

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 the week of April 4th with 2,000 fish (listed as Row River Nature Park on stocking schedule). 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 stocked the week of April 18th with 4,250 rainbow trout. 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 the week of March 28. 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

This reservoir receives over 100,000 trout throughout the year. There are plenty of trout available, especially near submerged tree stumps and ledges. Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit for fishing conditions.

Water storage season has begun which means we are starting to see reservoir levels increase. Reservoir elevation is about 13 feet below full pool and rising. All 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.

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 stocked the week of April 25th with 3,000 catchable rainbow trout. It 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 stocked the week of April 18th with 6,000 hatchery trout. It 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: winter steelhead

The winter steelhead run on Eagle Creek is about over after a very good season was enjoyed by local anglers. Fishing effort has been nearly non-existent, a good indication that things have slowed quite a bit, although rain late last week improved fishing conditions temporarily.

Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery had a great return this winter with over 2,800 steehead coming back, a big improvement over what’s been experienced in the past couple of years. If flows exist in May or June the creek could see a return of spring Chinook from smolt releases at the acclimation pond and the hatchery.

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 open fishery. It will be stocked this week with 1,000 legal-size hatchery trout. A valid wildlife area parking permit is required.

ESTACADA LAKE: trout

The reservoir will be stocked this week with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout in preparation for the May 22 opening of trout season.

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 was stocked above Fall Creek Reservoir with a total of 1,750 hatchery trout the week of May 2. Fish are released from the reservoir upstream to Gold Creek. Five hatchery trout and an additional 2 wild trout may be harvested daily.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek Reservoir was stocked the week of April 18 with 3,400 larger trout, including 400 one-pounders. The reservoir will not be stocked again this season.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

The lake will be stocked this week with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout in preparation for the May 22 opening of trout season.

This 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. It will be stocked this week with another 4,000 legal-size hatchery rainbow trout. 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.

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

About 700 legal and 50 larger size hatchery rainbow trout were released into the pond last week. 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.

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. It was stocked again last week with 6,000 legal size hatchery trout.

Reservoir elevation is currently about 18 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 April 18 with more than 4,000 trout, including several dozen trophy-sized fish.

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 9 with 1,750 legal-sized rainbow 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 May 9 with 5,500 rainbow trout, bringing to 30,500 the total number of trout released so far this year.

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.

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 catchable trout releases, including 3,000 trout released the week of May 2. 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.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked the week of May 16 with 1,200+ rainbow trout, including 25 trophy-sized fish.

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. It was stocked again last week with 800 legal-size, and 275 larger-size hatchery rainbow trout. As a reminder, zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20-inches.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake is open to angling all year. Bait use is allowed April 22-October 31. Only hatchery fish may be kept. All wild trout must be released. The lake will be stocked with 1,450 trout this week, and will be stocked almost weekly through the summer. Leaburg Dam is scheduled to remain open without restrictions to vehicular and pedestrian traffic until construction work on the dam resumes in early June.

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. The lower McKenzie River was stocked the week of May 2 with 6,000 trout from Leaburg Town Landing to Hendricks Bridge. Bait use is allowed April 22 through Oct. 31.

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 scheduled to remain open without restrictions to vehicular and pedestrian traffic until construction work on the dam resumes in June 2016.

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 from Forest Glen boat landing, from late April through mid-September. The upper McKenzie River will be boat stocked from Finn Rock to Goodpasture Bridge this week with a total of 9,100 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: winter steelhead, spring Chinook

The Molalla River water levels have dropped considerably with the warmer spring weather upon us, making for some challenging angling conditions on late winter steelhead. The steelhead numbers moving upriver at Willamette Falls have fallen, as would be expected in early May, with fish moving through at a rate between 3 and 16 fish per day; this number is 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 beginning to wind down passage at the falls for winter steelhead has reached 5,201 fish through April 30, while cumulative spring Chinook passage totaled 4,210 for the same date. As the spring Chinook counts improve there should be springer fishing available from the Trout Creek acclimation pond returns.

USGS hydrological data for the Molalla River on May 17 shows flows falling to 651 cfs with a gauge reading of 11.23 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. Trout fishing season on the reservoir will begin on May 22 following the release of 10,000 legal-sized rainbow trout.

Fishermen are reminded that the boat ramp and marina at Promontory Park is closed to all public access until the summer of 2016 while PGE constructs a surface collector to improve the downstream passage of native salmon and steelhead juveniles at North Fork Dam. For more information about the closure, visit PGE’s website (pdf)

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Stocking has been completed for the season. This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area. Located on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest it is a popular summer recreational destination for people from Portland and Salem, Ore.

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. There is a boat ramp at Peninsula Campground on the southwest shore of the lake. Camping is also available at Olallie Meadows Campground and Paul Dennis Campground.

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.

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

Stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout the week of April 18. The pond was also stocked with trout two weeks ago and some of those should still be available.

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 again this week with 3,000 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.

ROARING RIVER PARK POND: trout

This is a small one acre pond in Roaring River County Park near ODFW’s Roaring River fish hatchery. To get there, drive highway 226 east out of Albany and turn right onto Fish Hatchery Road and continue for about seven miles. Park is on the right. It was stocked in late April with 160 legal and 20 larger size rainbow trout. Due to excessive weed growth the pond will no longer be stocked this year.

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 stocked at multiple locations this week with a total of 1,750 hatchery trout. Trout are released 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: winter steelhead, summer steelhead

The winter steelhead fishery on the Sandy River should be considered over for spring 2016 as virtually no effort can be found up near Cedar Creek and the hatchery. There could be a very small number of fish left to be found but for the most part the excellent winter steelhead run is about done. A few summer steelhead have been landed however, so as the winter steelhead fishery comes to a close anglers now have the opportunity to get in on the start of a summer steelhead run. We’re still early to begin chasing spring Chinook in earnest.

The Sandy Hatchery at Cedar Creek had excellent winter return numbers and began recycling fish back down to the Lewis and Clark boat ramp several weeks ago. They’ve had over 3,800 steelhead return to the hatchery total for the season and earlier had recycled over 2,200 of these winters back downstream to give anglers another shot at hooking them. Interested anglers can identify a recycled steelhead by a simple hole punch found in the right side gill plate cover of the fish.

A typical rule of thumb for the Sandy River is if snow levels are above 4,000 feet it could be a bit off but when below 4,000 feet angling conditions get good. With snow levels moving up some this week we should see conditions looking more typical of springtime runoff.

USGS hydrological data for the Sandy River on May 17 shows flows down at 1,180 cfs, a gauge reading of 8.87 feet, and the water temperature holding at about 50°.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

Returns of adult steelhead and Chinook are in full swing at Willamette Falls and some of them have started to show up in the Santiam basin. Over 240 Chinook have arrived last week at Upper Bennett dam in Stayton, along with 316 summer steelhead. As of May 13, they have counted 3,527 summer steelhead and 11,460 spring Chinook at the Willamette Falls fish ladder. Flows are coming down making for improved fishing conditions.

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. Trout harvest season begins May 22. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (the Mehama gauge was at 2,140 cfs as of May 16). Current conditions

Starting Sunday May 22 and continuing through October 31, anglers may keep up to 5 hatchery trout from the mouth to Big Cliff dam.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

Regulation changes for 2016 makes this section a year-round fishery. The river will be stocked as in previous years starting in May. 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 have moderated lately and will continue to decrease throughout the week as nicer weather moves in. This will make for improved fishing conditions – just in time, as more steelhead are moving into the basin. Current flows (as of May 16) are around 1,520 cfs as measured at Waterloo. Current conditions

Anglers can target winter and summer steelhead, which can be found in fair numbers in the upper sections. Best sections to fish are from Wiley Creek to Pleasant Valley boat ramps, around Waterloo County Park, and from Lebanon down to the confluence with the North Santiam.

So far as of May 10, 11 spring Chinook and 85 summer steelhead have been reported at Foster dam fish ladder.

Starting Sunday May 22 and continuing through October 31, anglers may keep up to 5 hatchery trout below Foster dam.

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of May 16 with 700+ rainbow trout ranging in size from 8 to 13 inches. 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

Stocked the week of April 4 for a free family fishing event. Holdover trout should still be available.

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 April 25 with 3,500 legal-sized rainbow trout and 200 half-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 will be wtocked this week with 300 rainbow trout in preparation for the opening of trout season on May 22.

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 will be stocked this week with 5,000 rainbow trout.

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

Stocked the week of April 25 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. It will be stocked this week with 333 legal size hatchery rainbow trout. 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

Stocked the week of April 25 with 2,000 trout of various sizes.

This beautiful, family-friendly fishing pond is located within the 8-acre Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. It will be stocked again this week with 250 legal and 25 larger size hatchery rainbow trout. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20-inches may be taken per day. 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

The lake will receive another stocking of legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout this week. Timothy Lake is one of five Oregon Lakes selected this year for a pilot “trophy trout” program. As such, it is scheduled to receive a total of 5,000 trophy trout during the months of May and June.

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.

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 will be stocked the week of May 9th with 3,085 hatchery trout.

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

This pond was stocked last week with 300 legal size hatchery rainbow trout. As a reminder, only one trout over 20-inches can be kept per day.

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

This pond was stocked last week with 1,700 legal-size and 150 larger hatchery rainbow trout. As a reminder, only one trout over 20-inches can be kept per day. 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. It will be stocked again this week with 160 legal and 20 larger size hatchery rainbow trout. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20-inches may be taken per day. 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, winter steelhead, spring Chinook

For the week of May 9-15, anglers retained a total of 304 Chinook in the Willamette River below the falls. Best fishing continues to be from the mouth upstream to the St. Johns Bridge, which produced 212 Springers for a total of 1,908 angler trips.

Lower Willamette Spring Chinook Fishery Results
Week of May 9-15:

  • Mouth to St. Johns Bridge: 212 Chinook Kept/1908 angler trips
  • St. Johns Bridge to Oak Grove Railroad Bridge: 25 Chinook Kept/446 anger trips
  • Oak Grove Railroad Bridge to Willamette Falls: 67 Chinook Kept/809 angler trips

Spring Chinook crossings at Willamette Falls have been increasing the past week, with numbers in triple digets since the beginning of the month. As of May 13, adult crossings stood at 11,121.

Summer steelhead are also moving into the system, with 3,527 crossings to date, and anglers are picking up a few, again mostly closer to the mouth.

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

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on May 16 shows flows at 15,400 cfs, the water temperature holding at 62° F and visibility still very good at 7.4 ft.

YAMHILL RIVER and tributaries: trout

The South Fork Yamhill will be stocked with 1,900 rainbow trout for the May 22 opening of trout retention season. These 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: CONTROLLED Spring Bear (closes May 31), COUGAR, AND SPRING TURKEY (closes May 31)

EVENT: How to Hunt Big Game Workshop June 12 at Albany Rifle and Pistol Club

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.

SPRING TURKEY – closes May 31

Finding a place to hunt is challenging in Northwest Oregon. Most turkey hunting in the Willamette Zone occurs on private lands. Turkeys are primarily found on private lands in Yamhill County and are not readily available to the public. Those hunters without local contacts should be out talking to landowners to acquire access to the few and widely scattered flocks. Some hunters knock on landowners’ doors where they see turkeys and ask permission to hunt. To find public land opportunities, consult Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U.S. Forest Service maps and look for pockets of public land off the main roads, but adjacent to agricultural land and mixed hardwood forests since turkeys key in on acorns, but also feed in meadows on grubs and other insects. Pay special attention to river bottoms in these areas too. At this time of year, turkeys are found at lower elevations in areas with mixed hardwoods (such as oak savannah) and pasture—the type of habitat found mostly on private lands, although some BLM and Forest Service lands feature this habitat. Hone your turkey calling skills by listening to the sounds of live wild turkeys.

BIG GAME

CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR season is open until May 31 for those hunters who drew a controlled spring bear tag. Hunters are reminded to check the 2016 Big Game Regulations for their exact hunt boundaries, season dates and requirements for checking in their bear. Spring bear hunting improves later in the season as the bear activity increases. With warm weather dominating the forecast for early May access to high Cascade meadows, lakes and riparian areas should be excellent. Skunk cabbage and green grasses are preferred forage items for bears in spring. Freshly torn up stumps also indicates a bear is in the area.

Successful bear hunters will need to check-in any bear taken at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. 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 bear checked-in.Be sure to bring in the skull (The skull must be unfrozen and without the hide), the spring bear tag, and harvest location information. Biologists recommend propping the bear’s mouth open with a stick after harvest; it makes for easier tooth collection. Bear hunters are reminded that it is helpful to submit the reproductive tract of any female bear taken. The reproductive tract provides valuable information on the number and frequency of cubs born annually in Oregon and is a critical part of ODFW’s black bear population models. Please review the 2016 Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

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.

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

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

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

Bats are voracious eaters of mosquitoes and can be seen this time of year feasting on insects as they hatch in the spring. Look to the sky under trees and near old buildings about dusk to see a bat ballet.

Ospreys are one of the regions’ most impressive fishermen, diving at more than 100 m.p.h. to snatch fish out of the water. Ospreys mate for life and are building nests, which can be observed on the tops of communication towers, power poles, and broken off trees. 

Wild turkeys are actively strutting and courting during this time of year. These birds were introduced into Oregon from other parts of the US where they are native. These birds are widely established in the foothills around the edge of the Willamette Valley. Look for them where there is a mix of wooded areas and pastures. Mixed hardwoods, especially oaks, are preferred over conifers. Tall pines or fir trees are often used for night roosts. Fortunately, turkeys are most active and easiest to see on warm sunny days! Landowners beware! While turkeys are fun to watch and have around, if you feed them you may create a serious problem for yourself and your neighbors. Turkeys will often become a serious nuisance when they concentrate in an area because they are being fed. Turkeys that are not fed will range widely and rarely cause such problems.

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.

Turkey vultures are also on the move this time of year. Turkey vultures are migrating northward to their breeding grounds. Watch for these large birds on drier days riding the thermals and imagine what our world would look like (and smell like) if there were no turkey vultures to clean up all the dead critters!

Many of the migratory songbirds will begin returning to the area in the next few weeks. Good places to see these birds include Skinners Butte Park, Spencer Butte, Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Howard Buford Park, Elijah Bristow Park, Brown and Minto Island Park, and Ankeny, Finley and Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuges.

Listen closely for the musical call of sand hill cranes as they pass through the valley on their way north. Large flocks can be seen flying very high. They occasionally land in fields east and north of Salem for a few days of rest. 

Continue to look for signs of spring―blooms on trees and the arrival of sparrows, tree swallows, robins and hummingbirds.

Corvallis Area

EE Wilson Wildlife Area

Many wintering waterfowl are taking advantage of the full ponds at EE Wilson Wildlife area. Waterfowl viewing is good as birds are preparing for breeding season and hunting season is over. Find directions to EE Wilson Wildlife Area.

Bald Hill Park

This park, west of the Benton County Fairgrounds, is home to sharp-shinned and cooper’s hawks that hunt as well as nest in this area. Barn owls have roosted in the sturdy old barn and could nest in the large oaks. Great horned owls and smaller owls are often seen. This is also a good spot for acorn woodpeckers and red-breasted sapsuckers. The willow flycatcher, whose numbers may be declining, has been observed in the riparian areas. The white oak savannas attract white-breasted nuthatches as well as western bluebirds, which can be seen near mistletoe berries in the treetops during winter. Visit the Audubon Society of Corvallis website for parking information and an area map.

Eugene Area

Delta Ponds

Many types of waterfowl and raptors currently use the area. With the higher water and earlier dusk, now is a good time to see beaver. Best viewing time is around sunset and sunrise. When viewing wildlife, please remember to be respectful and try not to disturb the animals’ natural behaviors. Sometimes, the best way to view animals is from inside your vehicle as to not frighten the birds/animals away. For more information on Delta Ponds on the Oregon Solutions website.

Salem Area

Walling Pond

Walling Pond in Salem is a fishing pond created by Walling Sand and Gravel near 16th St. and McGilchrist St. It is west of Interstate 5 off the U.S. 22 exit. In addition to good fishing, visitors to the pond can enjoy seeing a good selection of sparrows, swallows and wintering waterfowl.

Portland area

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

A record number of eagles were observed during the mid-winter eagle survey. Staff counted 205 eagles this year. The old record was 99 eagles. Out of the 205 recorded approximately 75 percent are juvenile eagles.

A huge amount of Snow geese, Tundra swans, and Sandhill cranes as well as other bird species are plentiful on Sauvie Island this time of year. While much of the Wildlife Area is closed, as not to disturb the birds, there are viewing opportunities at Coon Point, Eastside Viewing Platform and Rentenaar Road. All three require a Sauvie Island Parking Permit.

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 or at the Sauvie Island ODFW office, Monday through Friday during office hours. For more information, call (503) 621-3488. Directions to Sauvie Island Wildlife Area



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CENTRAL ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Trout fishing opened in most rivers and streams on Sunday, May 22. The bag limit is two per day. Check the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for details.
  • 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’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

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

The road leading to the reservoir is passable. Anglers are having fair success in the dirty water. Anglers using gear that has lots of scent, flash or vibration will have the most success.

BEND PINE NURSERY: rainbow trout

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

Angers report fair fishing for rainbow trout with some large kokanee being caught All wild rainbow trout must be released.

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

No recent reports.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout, mountain whitefish

Flows will increase up to 800 cfs by mid-week to assist steelhead smolt out migration. By Friday expect flows to return to 265 cfs. Angling will be challenging mid-week.

As a reminder, 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

ODFW will be electrofishing at night in Davis Lake from May 16 through May 19 to remove illegally introduced largemouth bass. Bass will be transferred to other waters throughout the state. 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:

Opened to fishing on May 22

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Open to fishing all year. Check road closure information prior to driving to lake.

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

Open to fishing all year. Elk Lake is accessible from the south. Cascade Lakes Highway past Mt. Bachelor continues to be closed.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

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

The reservoir been recently stocked with rainbow trout. Fishing for warmwater species has been picking up.

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, Atlantic salmon

Hosmer Lake is accessible from the south. Fly fishing only, barbless hooks required. Catch and release for all species. Opportunities for large rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout are excellent.

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

Trout limit may include one bull trout with a 24 inch minimum length limit. Rainbow trout over 20 inches and kokanee over 16 inches must be released unharmed. There are no limits on bass or brown trout.

Fishing has been good to fair for kokanee with the best fishing on the Metolius arm. Recent sampling indicates the kokanee are averaging just under 11 inches. Bull trout fishing was fair and bass fishing has been picking up. 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

Anglers are starting to catch rainbow trout. Fishing has been fair to good for 14-16 inch rainbow trout when weather permits.

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

Open all year below Allingham Bridge. 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 averaging 16 inches in length. Fishing for warmwater fish should start to pick up with the warming water.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

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

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

The access road through Newberry National Monument is scheduled to open May 20. Check with Deschutes National Forest for current information. Opportunities for rainbow and brown trout and kokanee are excellent. Anglers are reminded catch and release only for “wild” or unmarked rainbow trout.

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 is picking up with the warming water.

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 with rainbow trout this week. 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

Angling for 12-15 inch rainbow trout is fair to good depending on the day.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

Opportunities for spring brown trout angling are good. Trolling along the shoreline is generally effective.

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

Open to fishing all year. Check road closure information before driving to lake.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Gate continues to be closed, but lake is open to walk in anglers. Opportunities for 14-16 holdover rainbow trout are good.

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

 Angers report fair fishing with some larger kokanee being caught.


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CENTRAL ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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

Turkey season continues until May 31. Hunters appear to be having mixed success throughout the district. There are still reports of turkeys gobbling and responding to calls, especially later in the morning after the hens are on the nests. Turkeys can be found on forestland in the Ochoco, Grizzly, and Maury WMU’s. Turkey numbers and distribution in the district are gradually increasing, with groups scattered throughout the national forest. This winter was more severe than the mild, open winters of recent years. Hunters should contact both the Ochoco National Forest and Prineville BLM offices for road conditions and motorized access restrictions. Motorized restrictions remain in effect year-around in the South Boundary Cooperative Travel Management Area (TMA) along the southern boundary of the Ochoco National Forest. Maps of the area are available at entry portal signs, and at ODFW and Ochoco National Forest offices in Prineville.

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

Spring Bear – Closes May 31st. With spring weather arriving, bears activity should increase giving hunters an opportunity for some pre-season scouting. Hunters should focus on clear-cuts, meadows and grassy slopes where bears are feeding on fresh tender shoots of grasses and forbs. Good optics and patience glassing these areas are key to a successful hunt.

White River Unit- Bear numbers are good in the White River unit. Despite healthy bear numbers, success rates have been fairly low in the spring and hunters tend to have a tough time finding bears for this hunt. The edges of the major drainages, such as the White River, Badger and Tygh Creeks, should be good places to find bears in the eastern edge of the unit. Areas south of Mosier provide plenty of open areas in the northwestern portion of the unit.

Hood Unit- Bear densities are good in the Hood Unit. Focus on higher elevation areas with grassy slopes and good vantage points.

Turkey- General Spring Turkey closing May 31st. Turkeys can be found throughout the White River Unit with many public land hunting opportunities. The dispersed turkeys can be difficult to locate during the season especially after pressured by other hunters. The key to a successful turkey hunt is good preseason scouting. Identify where they roost, travel and feed and you will be more likely to bag one of these wary birds. The White River unit came in third overall in terms of turkey harvest last year, but remains a heavily-hunted unit with lower success rates per hunter. Harvest in the White River Unit has continued to increase likely due to an increase in hunters. Be aware of other hunters in the area and take necessary safety precautions. This year, the season bag limit increased from 2 to 3 turkeys. Be sure to report on your turkey tags.

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.

Controlled Spring Bear: April 1 – May 31 Bag Limit: One black bear except that it is unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old. Scan open areas in canyons and grassy hillsides to try to locate a bear. Bears will be actively feeding this time of year so be sure to look for bear sign near food sources.

Don’t forget there is a mandatory check in for all harvested bears. You can find more information on mandatory check in on page 29 of the Big Game Hunting Regulations.

General Spring Turkey: April 15 – May 31 Daily Bag Limit: One male turkey or a turkey with a visible beard. Season Limit: Three legal turkeys. Turkeys can be found throughout the Wildlife Area and in the Mt Hood National Forest. Turkey hunting on the Wildlife Area is a popular sport making it very important to be sure of your target. Be careful when using decoys and make sure that you are shooting in a safe direction; other hunters could be after the same bird as you. Recent field reports indicate below average success this year. Due largely to hunting pressure and weather, turkeys have been difficult to locate.

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

This winter saw higher than average snowfall in the mountainous regions of Deschutes County, which is good news for fish and wildlife, but wildlife watchers wishing to drive into the mountains should check conditions at ODOT’s Trip Check site before heading out. ODOT closed the Cascade Lakes Highway west of Mount Bachelor and highway 242 west of Sisters. Neither highway is ploughed and both will remain closed until the snow has melted.

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 temperatures climb into the 70’s and reptiles have emerged 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. 05/02/16

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.A pair of loons has recently been spotted on Rock Creek Reservoir. 5/3/16


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Trout fishing opened in most rivers and streams on Sunday, May 22. The bag limit is two per day. Check the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for details.
  • Angling at Lake of the Woods for trophy rainbow trout should be excellent as 700 trophies and 1,000 legals were stocked last week.
  • The Klamath River below Keno Dam fishes best in May. These are some of the best conditioned and biggest trout in the state.
  • Fishing success at Upper Klamath Lake is improving. Please be on the lookout for radio tagged redband-rainbow trout as these redband trout are required to be released.
  • Krumbo Reservoir in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has reopened and fishing for trout is fair to good.
  • Some lakes are blocked by snow. Check for access before heading out.
  • Trout fishing on the Blitzen River near Page Springs has been good.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

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

The boat ramp is usable for small boats 12-14 feet. The reservoir was stocked with legal rainbow trout for spring break. Recent angling reports from shore have been very productive. Ana Reservoir will be stocked again the week of May 16.

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.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

Balm Creek Reservoir was treated last fall with the chemical fish toxicant, rotenone, killing all fish in the reservoir. The reservoir will be restocked with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout the first week of May,

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 with one angler catching some 14inch rainbow trout near the inlet. There are hold-over trout available and the reservoir will be stocked with legal sized trout this week. The reservoir is currently at 91 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

The Blitzen River has been flowing around 300-400 cfs with water temperatures fluctuating around 8oC. Flows can be checked on the USGS website. These are high flows for the Blitzen and will make fishing difficult in some areas.

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been fair to good on the Blitzen River around Page Springs and upstream to the weir. Fishermen have reported success swinging weighted streamers or other nymphs that are visible in non-clear water and some have been having good luck with small dry flies fished mid-day when a hatch is present. Fishing around the campground has been productive but higher flows make this a tough area to fish. Early spring can be a great time to fish the Blitzen if the conditions are right. Redband trout will be starting to migrate to upper spawning locations and will become aggressive. This is a good time to find them in riffles and other non-typical holding areas as they move throughout the system.

The South Steens Loop Road is currently closed at the first gate and the North Loop Road is closed at Page Springs. The Burns BLM usually opens the lower gates on the North and South Loop Steens Roads around May 15.

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

Access is limited due to snow. 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 97 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website.

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 but the water needs to warm up before they become more active.

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

Access is blocked by snow.

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Access blocked by snow

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is just outside of Bly on the road to Dairy Creek. Deming Creek irrigation ditch feeds the reservoir. Angling should be picking up for crappie and bass.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Fishing is slow above Paisley and flows are dropping from high water last week. The entire Chewaucan River is now open all year. 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. The boat ramp is currently useable but recent high winds have resulted in rough and murky water. Chickahominy will be stocked this spring with both legal sized and juvenile rainbow trout to augment the fishery following multiple drought years.

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

Open to fishing, and use of bait is allowed.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Access is open to all vehicles. No recent fishing reports, but fishing is usually good once access is available in the spring.

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

Access to the lake blocked by snow.

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

Flows are dropping. Check the Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow website for current flow information.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

Fishermen have reported catching holdover trout this spring at Delintment and the lake has already been stocked for the year. Fishing from the dock has been productive and fish have also been caught around the campground. The USFS 41 road is passable but there are some downed trees as a result of recent high winds. Most of these trees have been cleared but use caution when driving in the forest during high winds. Delintment Lake is a great place to fish in the spring and is also a great place to take the family.

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

Duncan Reservoir is full and has been spilling. There have been reports of 16” trout being caught recently. More fingerlings will be released this spring. Access is available to the reservoir.

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

The North Loop Steens Road is still closed for the winter making access to Fish Lake almost impossible. The Burns District BLM usually opens the lower gate on the North Loop around May 15.

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

Access is blocked due to snow. The lake can be reached by snowmobile. Fourmile Lake is currently 43 percent full. The lake should fill this year.

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

Access is blocked due to snow. The lake can be reached by snowmobile and ice fishing should be good. Fourmile Lake is currently 55 percent full. The lake should fill this year.

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. Crappie should be biting very soon but the population abundance is low.

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

No recent fishing reports, but access is available. An illegal introduction of brown bullhead catfish will likely affect survival of trout and kokanee. Expect very slow fishing on this lake in the future.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available to all vehicles, but fishing has been slow. All fish likely died the summer of 2015 due to drought. Holbrook will be stocked again in 2016 with fingerling, legal and trophy rainbow trout.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

The first spring stocking of rainbow trout took place in late 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.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Access is blocked by snow. Fishing is open and bait allowed.

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

The reservoir is very turbid. Use brightly colored lures and bait. Fishing success should improve with improving clarity and increasing water temperatures. . Water temperature is currently peaking at 53 degrees.

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.

Try the bay just south of the BLM campground for crappie and pumpkinseed. Also try the rocky areas near and under the 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. There will be a long antennae sticking out of the side of the fish. The antennae looks like heavy 50 lb test fishing line (See attached picture). 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 at full pool.. Unsettled weather has reduced angler success. Redband trout are still scattered throughout the lake but some are beginning to move into better water quality areas such as Pelican Bay and Odessa Creek. Most anglers are trolling but some are casting with success. Water temperature remains around 61 degrees after peaking at 65 earlier this week. Success angling from shore is very slow (average of over 20 hours of effort per fish). Most anglers fish with dead minnows from shore.

Visibility has improved slightly with approximately 12 inches in most locations. The outlet of Upper Klamath Lake is a location to try from shore at Putnams Point or near Link River Dam. Angling should continue to improve.

Anglers are also fishing at areas where water is being pumped into lake. 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 opened to fishing on Oct. 1. Flows are near optimum fishable level at 900 cfs and fishing should be good. Anlging this reach of river is extremely challenging. Most areas require a strenuous hike to reach the river. If you are wading ODFW highly recommends studded wading boots, wading belt and definitely a wading staff. There are bedrock ledges and numerous very slippery boulders. Typically you can’t see where you are wading as the water is turbid. Polarized glasses also help with wading as you can see boulders.

Redband are typically feeding on caddisflies, leeches, mayfly, and minnows this time of year. Mayflies and caddisflies hatches are near blizzard proportions right now. Water temperature is currently peaking at 61 degrees.

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 and likely your best bet for catching trout in the Klamath Basin.

Most fish in this section are 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. 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. 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 no longer available and will be posted again midJune 2016. Check the USGS real time website for flow information. 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 will pick up when the water starts to warm up. Krumbo was stocked with legal sized rainbow trout last month 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 was stocked with 1,000 legals and 700 trophies last week. The lake will be stocked again next week. Angling for largemouth and smallmouth bass should be good this week.

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.

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

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available to all vehicles. Fishing should be picking up with warmer water temperatures. Lake will be stocked with legal and trophy trout the third week of May.

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

Some roads are blocked by snow but some logging is occurring in the area with the 27 road plowed.

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

Angling for largemouth bass is very 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. The reservoir dam was repaired and starting 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. Malheur Reservoir is filling up and there is a portion of the boat ramp that is submerged so it may be possible to launch boats this spring. The reservoir will be stocked with legal sized rainbow trout this spring to get the fishery started again following multiple drought years.

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 315 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

Recent high winds in the area have caused the water at Mann Lake to become muddy and fishing is expected to be slow. 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 a few weeks ago 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 past month so anglers should start to see these fish in the lake.

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

Access is blocked by snow. Access is available by snowmobile. The lake will be stocked in late June.

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: rainbow trout

Access is available to all vehicles. No recent fishing reports.

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

The reservoir is at 63 percent of capacity. The county boat ramp will be closed indefinitely due to low water levels creating unsafe conditions. The Indian Creek boat ramp has 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 fishing reports indicate that fishing has been slow with water temps around 50-60oF. Some bass have been found close to shore but they are still very lazy this early in the season.

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

No recent fishing reports. Water releases below the dam have been around 150 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 45 percent of capacity. Legal-sized rainbow trout were stocked again the week of May 2. Holdover rainbow trout are available in modest numbers and are in better condition than they have been in many years. Yellow perch are post-spawn.

2,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout will be released into the reservoir the week of May 2nd. 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 high water boat launch is functional.

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

No recent fishing reports. Ice fishing this past winter on Pole Creek Reservoir was productive and large fish were caught so spring fishing should also be productive with holdover trout available.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

Effective January 1, the Powder River is open to trout fishing year-round, with a 5 trout bag limit. This is a new regulation for 2016.

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. Fishing should be good with warming temperatures.

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

Fishing is open. 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 the wilderness lakes is blocked by snow.

ODFW District staff sampled Como, Harriette, Echo and South Pass Lakes in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness this summer. Como Lake is the first lake encountered from the Varney Creek Trail and is a 5.5 mile hike up a moderate incline.

Best fishing appeared to be using spinners particularly size two panther martins in black with gold blades. Six to 10-inch brook trout seemed common along the shoreline and are easily accessible by fly fisherman. Fish in all lakes were feeding on water boatmen/ back swimmers. Brook trout in Echo Lake were very common and schools of four to five could be observed feeding. Some large rainbow trout mortalities were observed on the shoreline of Como and Harriette. Como Lake appeared to have had a minor fish die off during the summer.

District staff also sampled Badger, Woodpecker and Long lakes off the Fourmile Lake trailhead. No fish were observed in Long Lake. Numerous brook trout were observed in the spring fed pond feeding Badger Lake. Fishing was good in this pond. A large school of 14-inch brook trout were observed in Badger Lake under a large tree that had fallen in the lake. Fishing was very slow in Badger and Woodpecker lakes.

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. Access should be available to 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Fishing should be good this spring.

Spaulding Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and surprisingly remains dry.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Spencer Creek opened Sunday, May 22. This stream provides excellent angling for small redband trout generally eight inches or less.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Closed to fishing until May 22, 2016. Large redband trout can be observed spawning.

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

Fishing is slow but should improve this week as water clarity improves. River flows are 573 cfs at the mouth and water is turbid due to recent thunderstorm activity. ODFW encourages the release of spawning redband trout. Water temperature is peaking at 63 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. Access on public property blocked by snow. Flow is high (200 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. Access on public property blocked by snow. Flow is high (108 cfs).

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 123 cfs.

Above the Sycan Marsh angling can be excellent for brook trout and redband trout near the Rock Creek campground if accessible.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Access to Thompson Reservoir is unknown but likely. Angling for trout will be very slow as most likely perished due to low water levels last year. The Reservoir will be stocked the week of May 16. Angling for largemouth bass should be fair as most should be moving into the shallows to feed.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir has now been stocked with both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. The reservoir was drained over the summer of 2015 so holdover trout are not available.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir storage is at 99 percent of capacity. Fishing has been fair to good for 10”-19” rainbow trout.

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Access is available to all vehicles. The lake was very low last year due to drought. Fingerlings will be stocked this spring.

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 62 percent of capacity. The roads to Warm Springs Reservoir can be treacherous during the winter and spring months with snow and mud making it difficult to reach the reservoir.

WARNER POND: rainbow trout

Fishing has been excellent the past three weeks. The easiest way to effectively fish this small pond are with flies, but can be caught with bait as well. Fishing is better earlier in the year before vegetation takes over mid-summer.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

Angling should be fair on opening day, this Sunday, May 22. There is no size or bag limit on brook trout. No bait is allowed.

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. The River opened Sunday, May 22, 2016. A bag limit of two brown trout per day will be allowed. No bait is allowed. Redband trout are feeding actively on sucker eggs and have been feeding on them for months. Effective fly imitations of small, yellowish eggs can be effective. The best areas for fishing is from the Sprague River confluence to the mouth.

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.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is nearing full capacity. The boat launch is functional but the dock is not installed.

WOOD RIVER: redband, brown, brook and bull trout

The Wood River opened April 22. Fishing is improving with warmer water temperatures and a reduction in flow. Brown trout are gorging themselves on worms below Weed Road but can be actively feeding on numerous insect hatches from Fort Klamath to Weed Road . Lures and flies that mimic worms should be successful but remember soft plastics are considered bait and are unlawful. Bag limit is catch and release for redband trout, two brown trout per day and no limit on brook trout.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

The road to Yellowjacket Lake is clear of snow and is passable by cars. 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 is spilling water down the overflow. It will be stocked with legal sized rainbow trout in early 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, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR (closes May 31), SPRING TURKEY (closes May 31)

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

Spring TURKEY season is on thru May 31. Turkeys can be found in the northern portion of the county on or near national forestland.

Coyote populations are good throughout Harney County. They will be widely scattered on breeding territories this time of year. Barking can be very effective for locating coyotes during the breeding season. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

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

BEAR hunting closes May 31. Best prospects will be in the Cascade Mountains or in the Interstate Wildlife Management Unit. Some higher elevation areas will not be accessible until later in the season due to snow.

Spring Turkey season continues thru May 31 statewide. Prospects for hunting in the south Keno Unit should be good this year.

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. With recent snowfall, hunters can find tracks much easier and do some calling when they find fresh sign. 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 – Ground squirrels and marmots are emerging now with the nice weather. Best prospects are on private lands although good opportunities exist on some public lands as well.

MULE DEER bucks have shed their antlers and the interest in hunting sheds is increasing. Due to extremely variable road conditions and the effect of increased harassment on mule deer survival, shed hunters are urged to keep ATV’s on existing roads or trails and minimize disturbance to wintering big game herds. Many wintering areas in Klamath County are closed to motor vehicle access during the winter months to protect vulnerable big game herds from harassment. Please respect these efforts on both public and private lands.

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

Coyote are defending territories and coyote vocalization calls will be effective through late winter and spring. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

Ground Squirrels are active. Almost all hunting opportunities occur on private land and permission is required.

Spring Bear season continues until May 31. All spring bear seasons in the county are limited entry. There is still a substantial amount of snow at higher elevations and road conditions get muddy the closer you get to the snow line. Access during the early part of the season will be restricted due to snow or mud. To reduce damage to road surface please keep vehicles on all weather roads at elevations above 5500 feet.

Turkey season continues until May 31. There are very few wild turkeys in the Lake District and hunter success is extremely low. That said there are a few birds on public land on the western edge of the Goose Lake Valley. Access during the early part of the season will be restricted due to snow or mud. To reduce damage to road surface please keep vehicles on all weather roads at elevations above 5500 feet.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on May 23, 2016

ALL GENERAL HUNTING SEASONS ARE NOW OVER, 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

Spring TURKEY season is on thru May 31. Turkeys can be found in the northwest portion of the county on or near national forestland. There are increasing numbers of turkeys associated with the river corridors in the Treasure Valley. Hunting in this area will require some work to obtain private land access.

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 have moved up into the steeper country to begin lambing. Sheep can be viewed with a good pair of binoculars or spotting scope along rocky outcroppings south of Frenchglen and along the east side of the Steens. 5/2/16

KLAMATH COUNTY

Shorebird migration is mostly complete and many species are now on breeding territories. Excellent viewing opportunities exist for American avocets and black-necked stilts near very shallow waterbodies where they can be found foraging for aquatic insects and small crustaceans. Nests are generally found in open grassy areas adjacent to shallow waterbodies.

A number of grebes can be found in area lakes and rivers including pied-billed grebes, eared grebes, western grebes and clark’s grebes. One red-necked grebe colony exists at Pelican Bay near Rocky Point. This colony only numbers approximately 30 birds. They have also been known to nest at Howard Prairie and over at Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge.

Canada geese are well into their nesting season and many goose broods are beginning to appear. Many duck species are just initiating their nesting season.

Greater sandhill cranes have returned from southern wintering areas. Best viewing opportunities are at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Cranes are just beginning their nesting season. Cranes build nests made of dead aquatic vegetation on the ground.

The Link River offers great viewing for common merganser, bufflehead, common goldeneye, lesser scaup, and great blue heron. The Link River trail provides great viewing opportunities. The Wingwatcher’s Trail along Lake Ewuana is another great opportunity to view many species of aquatic wildlife.

Bald eagles well into their nesting season with most pairs back on their breeding territories and beginning incubation. Bald eagles generally nest in large live pine trees usually in the top 1/3 of the tree. Nests are usually located in close proximity to waterways.                        

Please watch for game and use caution while traveling on area highways and county roads. Recent research indicates that highway collisions are a significant source of mortality for migrating deer. Traffic volumes on Highway 97 are increasing over time with corresponding effects on big game populations. PLEASE USE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING. 4/25/16

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Running or training of dogs is prohibited from Feb. 1-July 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

Waterfowl spring migration is nearly complete, resident populations make up the majority of the waterfowl on the area.

Canada geese can be found scattered across the area. Canada goose broods can be observed across the entire wildlife area. Most resident ducks have initiated nesting and mallard broods have been observed on the area.

Mallards, northern shoveler, cinnamon teal, blue-winged teal, wood duck and gadwall can be observed on the area. Many different diver species can been observed using the Klamath River along the Miller Island Unit stretch. Lesser scaup, ring-necked duck, canvasback, redhead, ruddy duck, and common and hooded mergansers all can be seen around 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, they can be observed across the area. Ring-billed gulls continue to increase in number, other gull species are also being observed on the area. Caspian and forster’s tern are very numerous, with large numbers using the Klamath River.

There are still a few Sandhill cranes scattered throughout the area and have initiated nesting. 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 becoming more common as spring progresses. Willets were observed over this past week.

Pied-billed, eared and western grebes are becoming a common site in wetland areas and along the Klamath River. Several horned grebes were observed over the previous week.

American coot numbers continue to increase and Virginia rails 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, golden-crowned sparrows, 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.

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.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on May 23, 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 continues to improve. Spring migration continues with increasing numbers of some species and departure of others. Breeding season is well underway for nearly all nesting species.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are beginning to stabilize at breeding population levels. A few late migrants remain, but the major portion of spring migrants have already moved through the area. Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the area, a few late nesting pairs continue to incubate clutches and most are rearing broods at this time. Lesser snow and greater white-fronted geese have largely departed the area, but a few individuals can sometimes be found.

A few resident and non-breeding trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area. 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, although spring migration is winding down. All nine (9) of the wildlife area’s breeding species have returned and nesting is underway for several species and should intensify in the upcoming weeks. Over the past weekend, the wildlife area’s annual breeding shorebird/waterbird survey was conducted and over 4,500 were counted. In addition to breeding species, 9 migrant species were found with red knots, sanderlings and a wandering tattler being noteworthy.

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 over 30 and 40, respectively were counted during the survey.

Sandhill crane breeding pairs are on territories and nesting is underway for most pairs. Newly hatched colts are expected to be observed at any time now. Non-breeders continue to stage along the westside of the valley, especially at the Foster Place grainfields.

Grebes numbers are good; eared, pied-billed and Western are commonly found. Several Clark’s grebes were observed during the survey and newly hatched chicks have been report. Eared grebes are in nuptial plumage and breeding should be underway soon. Pied-billed grebes have become very vocal and western grebes have been observed performing their courtship “dance”.

Gulls (predominantly ring-billed) continue to increase in number and many have occupied the nesting island in E. Link Unit; nest initiation is underway. Caspian and Forster’s tern and Franklin’s gull numbers remain fairly good at this time Black terns and Bonaparte’s gulls were reported last weekend.
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 good numbers. 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 many pairs are rearing chicks 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. Nearly all nests have chicks 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. The season’s first pheasant brood was observed over the past week and other should be occurring soon. California quail pairs can be found scattered across the area and nesting is underway at this time.

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. Over the past week migrant passerines continued tomake strong showing, at least 5 species of warblers, lazuli bunting, black-headed grosbeaks, western tanager and several species of flycatchers were observed. American robins, Bullock’s orioles and evening grosbeak remain fairly common and occasionally cedar waxwings are sometimes observed around Headquarters.

Hummingbird numbers increased dramatically over the past week at feeders, providing excellent viewing opportunities for black-chinned, calliope and rufous.
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. 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.

Spring migrants are expected to continue to stage and some will increase in number as mild temperatures and conditions continue. Arctic and more northerly breeding species will continue to depart.

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 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.

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:

  • Trout fishing opened in most rivers and streams on Sunday, May 22. The bag limit is two per day. Check the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for details.
  • Spring Chinook fishing is in full swing on the Umatilla River and should get better each day as more fish arrive.
  • Many district water bodies are currently being stocked with legal-sized trout and that will provide good fishing opportunities.
  • A 50-mile stretch of the John Day River is open for Spring Chinook fishing now through June 5.
  • For the first year, the Wallowa River is open for trout all year. The Wallowa is currently producing trout to 18 inches with good catch rates. For fly fishermen, the Mother’s Day caddis hatch is strong and has been thick in the evenings.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

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.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass

The Grande Ronde is now open for trout all year. Currently fishing will be difficult because of water conditions. As the season progresses 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

For the first year, the Imnaha River is open for trout all year, although no reports have been received. Currently the river is very high and fishing will be difficult. Trout should be active this spring and the Imnaha can put on a nice show with salmon flies. Smallmouth bass will move into the lower river as summer progresses and can provide some great catch rates.

Steelhead season ended on the Imnaha on April 30 though some may still be encountered and should be released unharmed. 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. A public meeting on the salmon season process will be held on May 17 at the ODFW office in Enterprise and May 18 at the Imnaha Store and Tavern. Both meetings will be held at 6 p.m.

JOHN DAY RIVER: spring Chinook

Nearly 50 miles of the Upper John Day River will open for spring Chinook salmon fishing on May 10 and close on June 5.

Anglers can keep two adult Chinook salmon and five jack salmon per day, but have to stop fishing once they’ve caught two adult Chinook salmon. A Columbia River Endorsement and a combined angling tag is required for this fishery which starts at Hwy 207 bridge (located .5 miles downstream of Service Creek, OR) and ends upstream at the mouth of Rattlesnake Creek near the south end of Picture Gorge.

River conditions are currently good and should provide for a good opener.

John Day River flows

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

Long Creek and Cavender Pond have both been stocked with legal-sized and trophy trout. Fish has been good.

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

Lake is accessible and fishing has been fair for carry over trout. Stocking is scheduled to take place the second week of June.

McHALEY POND: rainbow trout

Pond has been stocked with legal-sized trout and fishing is good. A kids fishing derby is scheduled for June 4. Age class prizes and a BBQ lunch will be provided.

McKAY RESERVOIR:

Opened for angling March 1, early season trout fishing is fair, the water is still cold and turbid. Yellow perch, are the first warm water fish to be active and bite in the spring, and McKay has good numbers of perch but they are small.

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

Opened to Fishing Friday, April 22.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, and kokanee

Unsure of lake access at current time. Trout stocking is scheduled for second week of June.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

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

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with rai nbow trout the first week of April.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Remains open all year. Fishing is fair for carryover and stocked trout. Stocking is scheduled for third week of May.

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 RIVER: spring Chinook

Spring Chinook season is open, to date anglers have experienced slow catch rates as few fish have entered the system to date. River flows are extremely low and will warm quickly as air temperatures rise, anglers should plan to fish early and late in the day.

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

WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout

The Wallowa County ponds were stocked last week 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 will be allowed at Kinney Lake. 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. During the spring the fish have keyed in on more natural baits so shy away from the brightly colored baits. Wallowa Lake will be stocked with trout next week with frequent stocking throughout the next few months.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

Steelhead season ended on April 30 though a few may still be present and have to be released. For the first year, the Wallowa River is open for trout all year. However the river is currently very high and will be difficult to fish until flows subside.

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.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

The lake has been stocked with trophy trout and should provide good angling.


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NORTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR (closes May 31), SPRING TURKEY (closes May 31)

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

Black Bear – Season closes May 31. Green up has begun to appear in the lower elevation areas. The mild weather of the past couple of weeks will have bears out and active in the early part of the season. Look for bears close to timber stringers feeding on open ridges. Successful hunters need to remember to check in their bear within ten days of harvest. It cannot be frozen and propping open mouth of bear will help in aiding tooth collection later.

Turkey – Season closes May 31. Look for spring turkeys to be moving from wintering grounds to their nesting areas. Listen for males to be calling early and late in the evenings to help locate gobblers. Over winter survival was good this past year so expect good numbers of birds this season.

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

Turkey hunters are having fairly good success as they usually do in this area. Access is good as the stretch of hot weather in mid-April opened most areas up. Turkey hunting pressure always dies down significantly after the first week. There are still a fair amount of hunters going out but they scale it back and just go out for a morning here or there. Most of the turkeys leave private land this time of year and head for public forest lands. Season closes May 31.

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.

Spring Bear hunters can expect better than anticipated access to mid-elevations for April, due to the warmer weather early in the month. Expect timbered north aspects to have snow above 5000 feet elevation. Bears will be out feeding in early mornings and evenings. Spot and stock techniques remain the most productive for spring hunters with a few bears being taken with fawn distress calls in late May. Season closes May 31.

Turkey hunters can expect better numbers of birds than in previous years. An excellent hatch in 2015 put plenty of chicks on the ground for this season. Look for birds anywhere in the county with the largest numbers still found in the Wenaha and Mount Emily units. Season closes May 31.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

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

Glass Hill Unit is again open to wildlife recreation activities beginning April 1, 2016. This portion will be open and available to both spring bear and turkey hunting. Bears have been seen at the higher elevations of the property in the past but sightings have been very sporadic. The habitat is dense making visibility very limited. Hunters should try to scout for recent activity before spending much effort in bear hunting the property.

Turkeys can be found at the lower elevations but hunting pressure is high.

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

BLACK BEAR: Spring bear season closes May 31. A good density of black bears exists throughout the district. Most of our snow is gone from mid and low elevation areas of the district and bears are searching for early season foods, such as green grass, ground squirrels, and roots and tubers. In spring, black bears are fair weather fellows and really only venture out of their dens on warm, sunny days. The best strategy for finding them this time of year is to sit on a spot with a good view of open canyon sides and use binoculars or a spotting scope to locate them. The animals feed off and on during all daylight hours and patience is the order of the day when spotting spring bears.

TURKEY: Spring turkey season closes May 31. Turkey numbers have increased this year in the district and they over-wintered very well with the warm winter that we had this year. Most of our snow is gone from mid and low elevation areas of the district. Turkeys are spread into nesting areas. The best strategy for finding them this time of year is to travel the forest roads or hike into areas where turkeys might be and call for them or just listen for their calls early in the morning.

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 now open for the season. The Glass Hill unit is open to foot 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. Many Canada Goose broods have hatched. Goslings may be seen in ponds and wetlands throughout the area. Thousands of ducks of many different species are in ponds and flooded fields. Mallards have begun nesting. American White Pelicans have been using Schoolhouse Pond sporadically. Also watch for pelicans in flight above the wildlife area.

Great Horned Owls have hatched and Red-tailed Hawks are sitting on eggs. Northern Harriers And Swainson’s Hawks are beginning to nest

Tree, cliff, northern rough-winged and violet-green swallows are back and may be seen on bridges and power lines throughout the area. Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets and other shorebirds are using shorelines and mud flats, especially in Schoolhouse Pond.

A few Sandhill Cranes have hatched their young. Pairs with young may be seen in meadows from a distance. 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. 4/26/16

WALLOWA COUNTY

Common raptors in the open areas of the county in winter are red-tailed hawks and rough-legged hawks. Look for bald eagles perched in the larger trees along Wallowa Lake shore or on power poles near water in the valley. Migrating bald eagles can also be seen in the Prairie Creek and Elk Mt. Road areas east of Enterprise.

A good place to observe mule deer is along the Wallowa Lake highway between Joseph and the south end of Wallowa Lake. Drive slowly and watch along the moraine on the east side of the lake around dawn and dusk. Be careful to use the turnouts when stopping to watch these animals, as there will be other traffic on the road. 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.

While most of our migrant waterfowl have already headed north with the advent of warmer weather, some can still be seen flying into Wallowa Lake in the evenings from the county park at the north end of the lake. Canada geese and several species of ducks can also be seen feeding in agricultural fields and along streams around the county.

Other migrants have begun to move into the area including, Say’s phoebes, horned larks, and robins. Mountain bluebirds have also arrived back from their southern haunts and can be seen in the lower areas of the Imnaha Canyon. 5/10/16


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SNAKE RIVER ZONE: FISHING

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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. Anglers are finding the crappie at a depth of 25-30 feet.

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. Fishing for crappie and yellow perch has been good as well and bass fishing should pick up with increasing temperatures.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing for trout is good a tributary mouths. Fishing for crappie and yellow perch has been good as well and bass fishing should pick up with increasing temperatures.

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

Spring Chinook season is open on the Snake River from Doug Bar to Hells Canyon Dam. While the fishery has opened, the fish have not made their appearance in catchable numbers. As the season progressed more fish will arrive and fishing will improve. The bag limit is four Chinook salmon of which no more than two can be adults over 24 inches.

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 steelhead and spring Chinook jacks is open between Tongue Point and the I-5 Bridge.
  • Angling for spring Chinook will reopen on Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30, from Tongue Point to Beacon Rock, plus the banks only between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • White sturgeon retention is open in the John Day Pool through this coming Saturday, May 28, 2016. Anglers are catching a few keepers.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the John Day Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing is good for boat anglers fishing in the John Day Pool.

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid angler success for spring Chinook on the lower Columbia ranged from fair to excellent over the weekend. On Saturday’s (5/21) flight, 532 salmonid boats and 214 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam. Boat anglers fishing in the gorge below Beacon Rock averaged 1.4 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.20 spring Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.23 spring Chinook and 0.04 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.31 spring Chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.22 spring Chinook caught per bank angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.03 spring Chinook and 0.06 steelhead caught per angler. Shad bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 1.9 shad per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed six adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jacks kept, plus seven unclipped spring Chinook adults released for 59 bank anglers; and 224 shad kept for 115 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock):

Weekly checking showed six adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jack kept, plus five unclipped spring Chinook adults released for eight boats (18 anglers); and 40 shad kept for one boat (three anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekly checking showed six adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and three adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jacks kept, plus six unclipped spring Chinook adults and one unclipped spring Chinook jack released for 59 boats (128 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adult, one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jack and 10 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped spring Chinook adults and one unclipped spring Chinook jack released for 157 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekly checking showed 12 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults, two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jacks and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 11 unclipped spring Chinook adults released for 101 boats (226 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekly checking showed four adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jack kept for 13 boats (28 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

CLOSED for salmon and steelhead.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

CLOSED for salmon and steelhead.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam and John Day Arm):

CLOSED for salmon and steelhead.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):
Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed nine legal, one oversize and nine sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (nine anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for five bank anglers; and 13 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, nine oversize and 50 sublegal sturgeon released for 19 boats (55 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

No report.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed 262 walleye kept, plus 169 walleye released for 53 boats (118 anglers).


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MARINE ZONE: FISHING

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Saltwater News Bulletins

You can subscribe to receive e-mails and text message alerts for marine topics you are interested in. It’s easy to unsubscribe at any time. Your phone and e-mail information will remain confidential. Six different lists of interest to ocean enthusiasts are available: Bottomfish (recreational), Halibut (recreational), Ocean Salmon (recreational), Ocean Salmon (commercial troll), Commercial Nearshore Groundfish, and Marine Reserves.

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):

More information on marine reserves regulations and downloadable GPS coordinates

Want to know more? Subscribe to marine reserves e-news updates.

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

The Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. Chinook salmon recreational fishing season opened March 15, 2016 and is scheduled to go until October 31, 2016. This season is open for all salmon except coho salmon, with a bag limit of two salmon per day, and minimum sizes for Chinook at 24 inches or larger, and steelhead at 20 inches or larger. Ocean Chinook fishing so far this season has been relatively slow, due to overall low effort levels. Most anglers are concentrating on bottomfish for now.
Just a reminder: Anglers are restricted to no more than two single point barbless hooks when fishing for salmon, and when fishing for any other species if a salmon is on board the vessel.

Anglers fishing in ocean waters adjacent to Tillamook Bay between Twin Rocks and Pyramid Rock and within the 15 fathom depth contour are reminded that only adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon may be retained or on board while fishing prior to Aug. 1.

The 2016 ocean recreational and commercial troll salmon seasons were approved the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on April 22, 2016. Details and more information on ocean salmon seasons are available here.

BOTTOM FISHING

Last week was a great week for fishing along the entire coast. The north coast had great fishing with many limits and near limits. Central coast bottom fishing was also excellent on the central coast. South coast fishing was good with 3-5 fish/angler. Lingcod has been good on the south coast with an average catch of 1 lingcod/angler. Lingcod move closer to shore in spring to lay large egg masses, which are guarded by males. 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 you? 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 open only inside of the 30-fathom management line (April through September). Waypoints (pdf):

Port-specific maps showing various management fathom lines

Cabezon retention is prohibited January-June; this is an annual seasonal closure.

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 very popular Central Oregon Coast (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain) spring all-depth Pacific halibut season opened last Thursday-Saturday (May 12-14) with very good weather. Success was mixed, with some boats limiting out very quickly and others scratching all day. For those who did hook up and land a halibut, there was a decent grade of fish, with at least two fish measuring over 50 inches landed. The next opening is this Thursday-Saturday May 19-21. Additional fixed dates are: May 26-28, and June 2-4. After June 4, back-up dates may be available if quota remains.

The Central Oregon Coast Nearshore season opens June 1 this year, seven days per week.

The Columbia River and Southern Oregon Subareas opened May 1, however there has been little effort so far.

Additional information on the sport halibut fishery is available on the ODFW sport halibut webpage.

SURFPERCH

Anglers fishing from the beaches and rocks near Depoe Bay had someluck catching redtail surfperch. Surfperch are a diverse group of fish that provide a variety of angling opportunities. Spring is traditionally the time when marine perch species like Pile Perch and Walleye Perch are found in numbers in Oregon estuaries; 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.

SHELLFISH

  • Razor clams: Closed north of Cascade Head to Tillamook Head in Clatsop County and from the Yachats River south to the California border due to domic acid. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is continuing to test for shellfish toxins. Razor clamming is Open from Cascade Head in north Lincoln County to the Yachats River. Shellfish safety information
  • Bay clams: Open coastwide
  • Crabs: Open coastwide
  • Mussels: Closed from the Columbia River to Cascade Head (north of Lincoln City) - Open from Cascade Head to the OR/CA border.

The Oregon Dept. of Agriculture (ODA) will continue testing for shellfish toxins as ocean conditions allow. An area cannot reopen until two consecutive tests indicate toxin levels are safe. Commercial shellfish products sold in restaurants and retail markets are safe to eat.

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.

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).

Razor Clams

NOTICE: Razor clams are Closed north of Cascade Head to Tillamook Head in Clatsop County and from the Yachats River south to the California border due to domic acid. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is continuing to test for shellfish toxins. Razor clamming is Open from Cascade Head in north Lincoln County to the Yachats River. Shellfish safety information

For the tide series of May 5th –May 12th, razor clam harvesting along the Clatsop Beaches was very good. Effort over the low tide series was the second largest on record with only the April 6th –April 12th tide series of last month being larger. During this tide series harvest was the best in the area between the Peter Iredale Beach and Gearhart Beach where harvesters had 14.9 clams per person on average.

The Seaside beaches were also quite productive with an average of 14.8 clams per person while the rest of the beach areas averaged over 14 clams per person. Overall, the average clams per person for the tide series was excellent at almost 14.8 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 4 ½ inch clams plus another abundant set of 3 ¾ 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. Spawning of the larger clams has already begun which makes them show less readily. Harvesters should be selective on which shows to dig, choosing only the largest ones. Staff observed discard rates (clams replanted) on the Clatsop beaches this past tide series over 15%. Staff and Oregon State Police troopers have also observed harvesters retaining more than a daily limit when the harvesting is this good. Harvesters are reminded to keep accurate count of the clams they have retained and need to keep the first 15 clams they dig regardless of size or condition as per permanent regulations.

The next set of low tides begins May 20-26. This is a smaller low tide series in both strength and duration. 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. When referencing tide tables, Clatsop beach razor clam harvesters should use the tide gauge at the Columbia River entrance.

Clams

The next low tide series May 20-26 will provide another stretch of good clamming opportunities. 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. Gaper clam digging under the bridge in Yaquina Bay is really good during low tides like we’ll see May 6-10.

Crabs

Ocean crabbing has been slow on the south coast, and good on the central coast. Estuary crab catches have very low along the entire coast.

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

Here come the whales! May and June are great times to view migrating gray whales off the Oregon coast. Some gray whales make their way up to summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, while others are part-time residents and stay off the Oregon coast from June - November. Quite a few gray whales were spotted last week in the nearshore waters off of Brookings and Port Orford. The best time to view whales is on calm days – as stormy weather tends to make viewing challenging. Look for whales as they surface to blow air, and occasionally flip their talks above the water. Don’t forget to bring binoculars!

Birds like scoters and buffleheads winter along the coast. 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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