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Welcome to the ODFW Recreation Report - September 27, 2016

Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Viewing

Northwest | Southwest | Willamette | Central | Southeast | Northeast | Snake | Columbia | Marine


Rifle deer seasons opens Oct. 1

Oregon’s most popular hunting season opens statewide Oct. 1. Don’t forget to pick up your tag by Sept. 30. Forecast rain could make it a good opener in some areas; see the reports below for more information. Don’t forget to check Fire Restrictions Page as it’s still dry out there.

Practice waterfowl hunting Oct. 1 and 2 in Gervais

Run through a few common hunting scenarios and shoot at clays at this event co-hosted by ODFW, Mid-Valley Clays and Cabela’s. More info

Bear, cougar tag sale deadline Friday Sept. 30

Don’t forget to pick up your bear or cougar tag by the deadline.

Fall Chinook salmon season is now in full swing

Fall Chinook salmon season is in full swing in many parts of the state. The Columbia is open from the mouth to the Oregon/Washington border, with a strong run projection of 860,300 Chinook salmon bound for the upper reaches. Check the Columbia River Zone section of the Weekly Recreation Report to track where the fish are being caught from week to week. Other places reporting good Chinook fishing lately include the lower Chetco, lower Rogue, and Tillamook Bay.

Western Oregon fee pheasant hunts at Fern Ridge, Sauvie Island, Denman

ODFW stocks pheasants for these hunts, which run Sept. 19-Oct. 7 at Denman, Sept. 12-Oct. 9 at Fern Ridge, Sept. 19-Oct. 2 at Sauvie Island in the Eastside Unit, and Oct. 1-31 at EE Wilson.

2016 Big Game and Bird Hunting Forecasts

Find out what to expect as district wildlife biologists weigh in from around the state on the status of game populations and good locations for hunters.

Turkey tags on sale now

Remember all eastern Oregon hunting besides the White River controlled hunt changes to first-come, first-serve this year with 500 tags available in the Blue Mountain hunt and 450 for the Northeast hunt. Season dates are Oct. 8-Nov. 30 and on private lands only from Dec. 1-31. Western Oregon has 4,000 fall turkey tags available, season open Oct. 15-Dec. 31. Hunters can get up to two fall turkey tags, but only one of those for the eastern Oregon hunts. Bag limit is either sex.

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NORTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Trophy trout were released recently at the following lakes: Cape Meares (300), Coffenbury (500), Lost/Clatsop Co. (300), Sunset (150), and Town (300).
  •  Chinook salmon fishing is open and fish are being caught in fair to good numbers in Alsea, Nestucca, Nehalem Siletz, Siuslaw, Tillamook and Yaquina bays.
  • Yaquina Bay and Tillamook Bay anglers are experiencing an overall increase in catch rates of black rockfish.
  • Anglers can now fish with a second rod in many NW Zone streams through Oct. 31 if they purchase a two-rod endorsement for $21.50. News release.
  • Summer steelhead fishing is fair in the Siletz, Nestucca, Wilson, and Trask and should continue to improve as temperatures cool.
  • Sea run cutthroat fishing is fair to good the Kilchis, Nehalem, Nestucca, Trask, Wilson, Alsea and Siuslaw.
  • Reminder: there will be no wild coho fisheries in the NW Zone with the exception of Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes.

Send us your fishing report

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

2016 trout stocking schedule

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

NORTH COAST LAKES

Several North Coast lakes were stocked last week with trophy trout. (See stocking schedule link above for details), and cooler temperatures should be improving fishing for hold over trout from the spring. This is a great time of year to fish the lakes, cool nights and rain should be getting trout active again, and what fish are left should be good sized.

MID COAST LAKES

Rainbow trout stocking is complete along the mid coast. Holdover trout will be available in most lakes through the summer. Fishing for the various warm water fish species is good this time of year. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunity.

ALSEA RIVER: cutthroat, Chinook

The Alsea River and bay is open for Chinook salmon. Fishing is fair. There are fish that have migrated to the upper bay. Trolling herring in the lower bay is an effective technique. Eggs and bobber can be productive in the upper bay and river as the season progresses.

KILCHIS RIVER: cutthroat

Trout fishing should be fair to good. Sea-run cutthroat should be throughout the system.

LOWER COLUMBIA TRIBUTARIES: Chinook

Lower Columbia Tributaries opened to fall Chinook fishing Aug. 1. These are mark selective fisheries this year, meaning only hatchery fall Chinook may be retained in these waters. Hatchery Chinook are those having a healed adipose or ventral fin clip. See the ODFW Regulation Update Page for details. See Press Release.

NEHALEM RIVER AND BAY: Chinook, cutthroat

Chinook fishing is fair throughout the bay. Best fishing has been near the head of tide this past week.

Sea-run cutthroat are present throughout the system. Casting spinners or streamer flies along banks or to cover should get some bites.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, cutthroat

Fall Chinook fishing was slow in the Nestucca Bay last week. There are plenty of fish showing and a few were caught, but the majority seemed to be off the bite. The lower bay near Pacific City has been fishing best, but there should be fish throughout the estuary and moving with the tides.

Summer steelhead angling is fair to good. There are excellent numbers of fish throughout the system, with the highest concentrations now in the upper river. The river is still very low, but last weekend’s rains and cooler water temperatures should have these fish getting active.

Anglers are reminded that Three Rivers is closed to all angling from the mouth to the hatchery weir July 16 – Sept. 30.

Angling for cutthroat should be fair to good, sea-runs should be throughout the system. Try casting spinners or streamer flies in areas with cover, or dead drifting small presentations.

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat, Chinook

The Salmon River and bay is open for Chinook salmon. Fishing is. Trolling herring in the lower bay is an effective technique. Eggs and bobber can be productive in the upper bay and river as the season progresses. Parking can be limited at Knight Park during the fall salmon return. Anglers are reminded that from Knight Park boat ramp to Sulphur Creek from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, angling is restricted to single point hook metal lures, fly angling, or salmon bobber angling.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat, Chinook

The Siletz River and bay is open for Chinook salmon. Fishing is fair. Trolling herring in the lower bay is an effective technique. Eggs and bobber or drifting eggs can be productive in the upper bay and river as the season progresses. Consult the regulations for changes in deadline locations through the season.

Steelhead fishing is slow. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective. Cover water and fish small and simple as the river conditions are low and clear. For cutthroat trout, casting small spinners, spoons or fly fishing streamers or dry flies can be very effective.

SIUSLAW RIVER: cutthroat, Chinook

The Siuslaw River and bay is open for Chinook salmon. Fishing is fair. Trolling herring in the lower bay is an effective technique. Eggs and bobber can be productive in the upper bay and river as the season progresses.

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

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook

Fishing on the bay is fair. Fall Chinook are being caught throughout the bay. Success rates are varying greatly from day to day but there are definitely some fish around. There are also decent reports of hatchery coho being caught. Anglers are reminded that there is no retention of wild coho in the bay this year, so all coho kept must be adipose fin clipped.

Due to a wetland restoration project between the tidewaters of the Trask and Wilson Rivers, public access to the Wilson River tidewater from the end of Goodspeed road, and to the Hospital Hole on Trask tidewater, are currently unavailable.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat

No reports of fall Chinook being caught in the lower Trask yet, but with fish present at Memaloose for the past several weeks they should be sneaking in anytime. It’ll will probably take a good freshet to move them above the head of tide.

Summer steelhead fishing is slow. Water is low and clear, so concentrate effort in the early morning and late evening, and use lighter gear and small presentations to entice more bites. There are fish throughout the system.

Angling for cutthroat should be fair to good, sea-runs should be throughout the system. Try casting spinners or streamer flies in areas with cover, or dead drifting small presentations.

Due to a wetland restoration project between the tidewaters of the Trask and Wilson Rivers, public to the Hospital Hole on Trask tidewater is currently unavailable.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat

No reports of fall Chinook being caught in the lower Wilson yet, but with fish present at Memaloose for the past several weeks they should be sneaking in anytime. It’ll will probably take a good freshet to move them above the head of tide.

Fishing for steelhead is fair to good. There are excellent numbers of fish throughout the system, with the highest concentrations now in the upper river. The river is still very low, but last weekend’s rains and cooler water temperatures should have these fish getting active.

Angling for cutthroat should be fair to good, sea-runs should be throughout the system. Try casting spinners or streamer flies in areas with cover, or dead drifting small presentations.

Due to a wetland restoration project between the tidewaters of the Trask and Wilson Rivers, public access to the Wilson River tidewater from the end of Goodspeed road is currently closed.

YAQUINA RIVER: cutthroat, Chinook

The Yaquina River and bay is open for Chinook salmon. Fishing is fair. Trolling herring in the lower bay is an effective technique. Eggs and bobber can be productive in the upper bay and river as the season progresses.

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

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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, GENERAL DEER RIFLE (opens Oct. 1), MOURNING DOVE, FOREST GROUSE, MOUNTAIN AND CALIFORNIA QUAIL, CROW

General deer rifle season opens Oct. 1 and hunting conditions should be good with wet weather predicted for the opener. Deer populations on the north coast are moderate to abundant, depending on where you hunt, with higher deer populations generally being in the eastern portion of the Saddle Mtn., Wilson and Trask units. The earlier part of the season is slower, but hunting improves as October progresses and deer enter the breeding period (rut).

Black Bear season continues through December on the north coast. With wild berry crops being early this summer, bears should be actively foraging on them earlier in the season. The best time to spot foraging bears is in the very early morning and late evening hours. Like with cougar, predator calling can be very effective, and is a good option for doing in the middle of the day when the bears are not likely to be seen in open areas.

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.

Mourning dove season goes through Oct. 30, but they are rare along the north coast. Rather, the larger but similar looking Eurasian collared dove are more plentiful and exist almost anywhere around human habitation. As they are an invasive species, there is no closed season or bag limit restriction on the collared doves.

California quail season opened September 1, but are also rare along the north coast. The best prospects are along agricultural areas on the eastern flanks of the coast range.

Mountain quail appear to have had a good hatch this spring as they seem plentiful this summer. The season opened September 1, and the eastern slope of the coast range is generally better than areas closer to the coast for finding birds. Look for these forest-dwelling quail on south and west-facing slopes around brushy clearcuts. ODFW is looking for hunters willing to collect and mail in wings and tails from harvested birds. You can obtain some collection envelopes from the Tillamook office of ODFW by stopping by during regular business hours or calling 503-842-2741.

Forest grouse (ruffed and blue varieties) hunting season opened on September 1. There appears to have been a good hatch of young this year, so hunting prospects are looking very good. Blue grouse are found on higher elevation ridges, along with a few ruffed grouse. Ruffed grouse are usually found on mid-slopes and riparian areas. ODFW is looking for hunters willing to collect and mail in wings and tails from harvested birds. You can obtain some collection envelopes from the Tillamook office of ODFW during regular business hours or by calling 503-842-2741.

Crow season opens October 1 and goes through January 31, 2017. These birds are plentiful, especially in agricultural settings, but can also be found almost anywhere people live or along forest stand edges.


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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST WILDLIFE VIEWING

If you’re walking the beaches along the north coast near rocky outcroppings or nearshore rocks, you may be surprised by an outburst of calls from the black oystercatcher. With its black feathers and bright orange bill and feet, it’s easy to distinguish from other birds. However, its name is a true misnomer as it does not feed on oysters at all. Rather, it feeds primarily on mussels that cling to the tidally-influenced rocks.

Brown pelicans have returned to the north coast shorelines in good numbers, now that fall is almost upon us. Most of them will stay here well into the fall to feed on forage fish species before they move south for the winter.

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

In estuaries and pastures it’s not too difficult to find the large white wading bird that spends the fall, winter and spring in Tillamook County. It’s the great egret, and it has been in the county in seemingly increasing numbers in recent years. The only known roost site for these birds in the county is Hathaway Slough, located along Hwy 101 between Tillamook and Bay City. The birds typically start flying into roost site near dusk, and create a stark contrast to the dark green spruce trees they occupy.

CLATSOP COUNTY

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. Best viewing has been in the evenings until dark. Elk may be out longer in the mornings and come out earlier in the evenings on cool cloudy days. Good places to look are the Fishhawk Tract along Hwy 202 and the Beneke Tract along the first 1.5 miles of Beneke Creek Road.

The elk breeding season or “rut” is in full swing and should continue through the first week or so of October. This is a good time to visit the wildlife area to see breeding activity including bulls bugling and battling for dominance. Tree and violate green swallows can still be seen gliding over fields and resting on fence lines near viewing areas. Band-tailed pigeons have been observed near area bird feeders and frequenting the many cascara trees throughout the wildlife area. Many other song bird species can be seen in and around viewing areas. (9/19/16)

Visitors are reminded that areas posted as Wildlife Refuge are closed to public access. Additionally, posted portions of the Beneke Tract are closed to public entry during any Saddle Mt. unit elk season including Archery season. Closure dates are August 1 through March 15 (see big game regulations for exceptions).

Wildlife Area Parking Permits are required on the Wildlife Area.


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • 900 trophy trout were recently released in Fish Lake.
  • Crabbing has been excellent in Coos Bay.
  • Chinook salmon are being caught by anglers trolling from the chip pile to the Coos River.
  • Anglers can now fish for salmon with a second rod in most SW Zone streams through Oct. 31 if they purchase a two-rod endorsement for $21.50. News release.
  • Fishing for trout has been improving at Howard Prairie Reservoir as temperatures have cooled down a bit. Reports of trout in the 14-19 inch size range are being caught by both bank anglers and trollers.
  • The upper Rogue has been fishing fairly well for summer steelhead with low pressure.
  • Chinook fishing has been spotty in the tidewater portions of the mainstem Umpqua River
  • Coho are being caught in decent numbers in the lower Umpqua but only hatchery coho may be harvested.
  • Bottom-fishing as well as surf perch fishing has been good at Winchester Bay.
  • Bass fishing in Tenmile Lakes and on the Coquille River has been good.

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

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

2016 trout stocking schedules

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

Send us your fishing report

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

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

Fishing for warmwater gamefish should be good, with the best fishing occurring early and late in the day for bass. Night crawlers and crappie jigs should work well throughout the day. The lake is 20 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Fishing for trout should start picking back up with the decreasing reservoir temperatures. Trout anglers will want to try trolling, with a good bet being a wedding ring/bait combination early in the morning. Fishing with bait from shore in the upper reservoir should also produce.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing should be good on small and regular Senkos fished off the points and boulder areas. The lake is 26 percent full. The Hart-Tish, Copper, and French Gulch boat ramps are available. The concessionaire at Hart-tish Park has closed camping for the season but the boat ramp should still be available.

APPLEGATE RIVER: steelhead, trout

The Applegate River is open for trout angling but closed to Chinook and steelhead angling. Two hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed. Rainbow trout over 16 inches are considered steelhead and must be released through Dec. 31. Flow out of Applegate Reservoir on Sept. 26 was 203 cfs and 58°F.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been lowered to help control aquatic vegetation. This pond is managed by Oregon State Parks for youth-only fishing. It is located at Arizona Beach State Recreation Area, approximately half way between Gold Beach and Port Orford.

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

Ben Irving has been stocked with 5,000 trout this year, and there are still opportunities to catch rainbows from previous year stockings. Warmwater fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill should be productive. Try using soft-plastics and swimbaits around structure for positive results.

CHETCO RIVER: Chinook, Cutthroat

The Chetco River Bubble fishery runs October 1, 2, 3 and October 8, 9 this year. This is an ocean fishery, so anglers need to check regulations and weather prior to heading out. The estuary fishery has been good this year and should continue to improve into October. A few Chinook have move into some higher tidewater holes.

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Cooper Creek has been stocked with over 10,000 rainbow trout in 2016. Additional rainbow trout will be stocked this week for the 2nd annual Trout 4 Treven fishing event on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. All proceeds from the event will go to the Treven Anspach Memorial Scholarship. Fishing for bass and bluegill should be productive. Dropping soft plastics in clear areas among weeds should yield positive results.

COOS COUNTY LAKES/PONDS: warmwater fish, trout

As water temperatures drop this fall warmwater fish will become more active all day long. Bass will be found in deeper water associated with cover, like weed lines or other structure. Plastic worms, shallow crankbaits, top water lures, and spinner baits are good to use for bass. The fall is typically a good time of the year to catch yellow perch using worms or small jigs fished near the bottom.

Rainbow trout are scheduled to be stocked in several Coos County lakes in early to mid-October. Due to extremely low water levels, Lower Empire Lake will not be stocked. Trout that were destined for Lower Empire Lake will be reallocated to Upper Empire and Butterfield lakes. Currently fishing for trout has been decent in the deeper lakes like Eel Lake. Anglers are having success slowly trolling wedding rings.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, rockfish, salmon

Trout fishing in streams is open until Oct. 31. Fishing with bait is now allowed in streams above tidewater.

Chinook salmon are being caught by anglers trolling near the chip pile all the way up to SOMAR on the Coos River. The bite has been spotty for the past two weeks but can be very good if you are in the right place. Trolling cut plug herring behind a flasher near the bottom is a good way to catch salmon.

A few hatchery coho have been caught in the lower Coos Bay this past week. There is no season this year for wild coho in Coos Bay but anglers may harvest hatchery coho.

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

Crabbing continues to be very good for people crabbing from boats. A few legal size crab have been caught off the docks in Charleston.

Recreational harvest of bay clams remains open along the entire Oregon coast. Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay.

Recreational harvest of razor clams and mussels is closed from the entire Oregon coast 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, salmon

Trout fishing in streams is open until Oct. 31. Fishing with bait is now allowed in streams above tidewater.

Anglers have been trolling for Chinook salmon on the Coquille River from Bandon up to Arago Boat Ramp. Fishing for salmon has been very sporadic this past week. A few hatchery coho have been caught in the lower Coquille. There is no season this year for wild coho in the Coquille but anglers may harvest hatchery coho.

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

Crabbing has been decent for boat crabbers across from Bandon in the lower Coquille.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

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

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

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

Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at Diamond Lake on the Diamond Lake Resort website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 5 for updates. Water quality has diminished on the south end of the lake. There are no current water quality warnings for the lake. Please contact Oregon DEQ with questions at 541-686-7838.

ELK RIVER: Cutthroat

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

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

Fishing for bass, crappie, and other warmwater fish should be good. With the low reservoir levels fish will be away from shore in 20-30 feet of water. Look for humps and structures on the bottom. There’s not much in the way for flooded vegetation until the reservoir fills again. Emigrant Reservoir is currently at 21 percent of capacity. Currently the West boat ramp is closed, but boats can be launched at the North boat ramp which has a dock.

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

Fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and black crappie should be good in the morning and evening. Trout fishing has been slow.

Access from Gate 1.5 will get you to the southernmost pond, which was stocked earlier this year with rainbow trout. Gate 5, which leads to the RV park is open as well. A day use fee to park here is now $4. An annual parking permit can be purchased from Jackson County Parks Department for $30.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Water clarity at Fish Lake has been improving, but algae is still present. 900 trophy trout were released the week of Sept. 19-23. The reservoir is now at 19 percent full and submerged stumps are showing. The USFS boat ramp is barely usable. The Resort ramp should still be fine for boat launching. Smaller flat bottomed boats should not be a problem.

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

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

As waters cool this fall, anglers can expect trout fishing to improve. Look for trout to move from deeper waters and start feeding along weed lines. This lake is best fished by boat. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

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

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

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

Cooler temperatures should improve trout fishing, as fish move from deeper water and start feeding near weed lines.

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 was stocked with approximately 6,000 legal size plus rainbow trout in 2016, and Lake in the Woods was stocked with approximately 1,000 legal size plus rainbow trout as well. In addition, there are opportunities to catch holdover rainbow trout that were stocked in previous years.

Remember only trout over 8-inches may be harvested, and only one trout over 20-inches may be kept per day.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR:

Fishing for trout has been improving again for trout as temperatures have cooled down a bit. Surface temps were in the 63 degree range this weekend. Reports of trout in the 14-19 inch size range are being caught by both bank anglers and trollers.

Fishing for smallmouth bass should be good.

The lake is now 48 percent full. Visibility in the lake is improving and shouldn’t significantly affect fishing. With dropping lake elevation, boaters should be aware of submerged stumps and islands posing a hazard particularly around Buck Island. Not all water hazards can be marked with dropping reservoir levels. For best results under these conditions, get an early start when the fish are more active. Try using a threaded nightcrawler under a bobber or powerbait fished off the bottom. When water clarity is good, trolling with a wedding ring/bait combination and sliding sinker is a tried and true method on this lake. Legal-sized trout have been stocked to complement trout stocked last year and a good number of 15-20 inch holdovers.

Boat access at the Marina ramp is still in good condition. Klum Landing boat ramp is still usable but the campground is now closed. Willow Point ramp and campground is now closed for the season. This past weekend anglers caught mostly smallmouth bass, however some trout were caught.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout

During this time of year, fishing for trout is best in the morning, and in water 25-35 feet deep. Stocked legals and some trophy trout are still being caught. Anglers fishing from shore will want to concentrate on the deeper water near the dam if they are targeting trout. Fishing for largemouth bass has been good.

The reservoir is 41 percent full. The Cascade boat ramp is still operational, but the dock is completely out of the water. Wildcat boat ramp is a gravel unimproved boat ramp. Users are advised to launch at their own risk.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

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

LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout, yellow perch

Lake Marie was stocked with 5,000 legal trout this year. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms. Perch fishing has been somewhat slow, but should continue to be productive for those using worms on the bottom.

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Trout fishing should be improving with decreasing water temperatures however there is a lot of aquatic weeds. Warm water fishing should still be good. Under these conditions, good techniques include crappie jigs, worms under a bobber, or power bait fished off the bottom.

Bass fishing is also good right now with crank baits or top water lures in the morning, and tube jigs and plastics fished near submerged vegetation as the day goes on. Only one bass may be harvested per day at Lake Selmac.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

This reservoir is stocked several times a year with rainbow trout of various sizes, and the lake was stocked with 4,500 rainbow trout in 2016.

There are also excellent opportunities to catch large brown trout in Lemolo with many anglers having luck trolling in deeper areas of the reservoir or casting spinners from shore.

Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of 5 per day and 1 over 20 inches. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

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

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

LOST CREEK: rainbow trout, bass

Trout fishing is still good at Lost Creek.

Surface water temperatures have dropped to 64 degrees and the fall months are shaping up to continue the good trout fishing here. Trollers have caught fish along the dam, along the shoreline to the right of the marina, and upstream of the Hwy. 62 Bridge trolling with a wedding ring. Bank anglers are catching fish near the Takelma ramp and near the marina and spillway using Powerbait or threading a nightcrawler below a bobber.

Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass should also be good. The lake is 42 percent full.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill should be good. Small night crawlers fished under a bobber from shore should produce bluegill throughout the day. Senkos actively fished close to submerged vegetation/logs is not a bad method for bass. Early evenings should have a good bass bite. Boat anglers are reminded that gas engines are not allowed on Medco Pond.

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

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

Recreational harvest of crab is open along the entire Oregon Coast.

Razor clamming is closed south of the north jetty of the Siuslaw River.

Recreational ocean salmon fishing from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. is open for Chinook salmon. Anglers are allowed two salmon per day with a minimum size for Chinook at 24 inches or larger. The non-selective coho season is open until Sept. 30. As of Sept. 18, 55 percent of the quota remains.

The Nearshore Halibut season is open seven days a week from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. As of Sept. 18, six percent of the nearshore quota remains. The Summer All-Depth Halibut season had 12 percent of the quota remaining as of Sept. 17. Please monitor the marine zone updates for season information.

Fishing for bottom fish is now closed outside of a line approximating the 20-fathom curve. On Oct. 1, fishing for bottom fish will open back up to all-depths.

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

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 was stocked with 4,500 legal size trout this year. In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bass fishing. Anglers may have success catching trout and bass with bait such as PowerBait and nightcrawlers where access is available.

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

REINHART POND: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Angling for bass and other warmwater gamefish should be getting better with temperatures cooling. Temperatures here are in the mid 60’s.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: steelhead, half pounders, fall Chinook, coho

Salmon fishing has picked up in the bay as flows in the river have dropped. Most of the fish being caught are Chinook, but a few coho have started to show up in the catch. Anglers can expect larger numbers of coho to move into the bay in early October. Boat and bank anglers fishing the lower river have been picking up salmon side drifting eggs or anchoring up and back bouncing.

Half pounder steelhead are spread throughout the lower river. Half pounders are immature steelhead that return to the Rogue this time of year and run 12 to 15 inches. These fish will return back to the ocean in the spring. Anglers can do well fishing spinners or casting flies in the riffles.

As per zone regulations: Anglers are reminded that angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures from Foster Creek upstream to Whiskey Creek from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.

Rogue River, middle: Chinook salmon, steelhead, trout

Per zone regulations: Beginning October 1, angling for Chinook is closed upstream of Hog Creek boat ramp to Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam. Summer steelhead are available and fishing has been dependent on when a fresh pod of fish move through the area. Try fishing with nightcrawlers, spinners, and side drifted roe. Fall Chinook Are being caught on sardine wrapped kwickfish/flatfish spoons, roe, and roe/sandshrimp back bounced into holes. This is also a good stretch of river to side drift roe.

The Rogue River is open to trout angling. Only hatchery trout can be retained. Wild trout must be released unharmed. Rainbow trout over 16 inches are considered steelhead in streams and must be tagged as part of the daily salmon/steelhead catch as per zone regulations.

The flow at Grants Pass as of the morning of Sept. 27 was 1260 cfs. The water temperature was fluctuating between 56oF and 63oF. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.

Rogue River, upper: Chinook salmon, steelhead, trout

As per zone regulations: Anglers are reminded that beginning Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, all Chinook angling is closed from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam. Angling is also restricted to artificial flies (no bait) from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31 from Fishers Ferry to Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery. Additionally, no added weights or attachments except a bubble or similar floating device attached to the line can be used during the Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 period from Fishers Ferry upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam. Anglers will be allowed to use artificial lures beginning Oct. 1, but angling for Chinook will remain closed.

Angling pressure has been very light in the upper Rogue. Swinging flies on the margins are a good technique when reservoir releases are at the current levels. Anglers can keep two hatchery steelhead per day.

Anglers can keep five hatchery rainbow trout per day. Non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed. Track the fish returns to Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery by the collection pond tally.

As of Sept 20, a total of 2,651 spring Chinook have been collected at Cole Rivers, with 65 new arrivals for the week. A total of 1,655 summer Steelhead have also entered the hatchery, with 49 new fish entering for the week. The flow at Gold Ray was 1,390 cfs on Tuesday morning, and the water temperature was fluctuating between 56 oF and 60 oF daily. The average release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1,151 cfs at 49oF on Sept. 27.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

The premier summer trout fishery in the Rogue watershed is the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking legal-sized rainbow trout each week in the Rogue River upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir. Trout are stocked at most of the campgrounds and bridge crossings between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek.

This area offers good trout fishing, easy access, beautiful scenery, numerous Forest Service campgrounds, and cooler temperatures making this a great destination throughout the week and weekends. Spinners tipped with nightcrawler, or fished by themselves work great up here. It is also a good place for the novice fly angler to try their luck at nymph fishing under an indicator.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: striped bass, trout, Chinook salmon

Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures above tidewater. Retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed in tidewater. Sturgeon fishing is catch-and-release only. The daily limit for striped bass is 2 per 24 hour period. Trout is catch-and-release up to Sisters Creek. Chinook opened Aug. 1 in the North Fork up to Johnson Creek and in the mainstem up to Spencer Creek. There have been reports of decent catches of fall Chinook below Spencer Creek in the mainstem Smith.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: closed

TENMILE BASIN: trout, bass, yellow perch

Trout fishing has been slow in Tenmile Lakes due to warm water. Trout anglers should fish in the deep water and fishing is usually best in the mornings.

Largemouth bass fishing has been good over the past month. Anglers are catching bass near structure or on the deep end of the weed lines using spinner baits, jigs, or rubber worms. Top water lures have been effective in the early mornings or evenings.

Fishing for yellow perch has been slow in Tenmile Lakes. Anglers fishing along the edge of the weedlines are having the best success. Worms fished near the lake bottom work very well for catching yellow perch.

The water level in the lakes is very low so boat anglers should use caution.

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

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

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

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

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, trout, Chinook

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

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.

Chinook fishing has been pretty slow in the tidewater portions of the mainstem and will hopefully pick-up in the next couple of weeks. There have been reports of good numbers of coho being caught in the lower Umpqua and please remember that only hatchery coho may be harvested.

Smallmouth bass angling should offer excellent harvest opportunities into the fall months.

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

Trout fishing is catch-and-release only in the mainstem and closed in the tributaries.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout

Chinook fishing on the North Umpqua closed on June 30. Summer steelhead angling has slowed down but there are still hatchery summer steelhead harvest opportunities around Rock Creek and in the fly water. Please remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed.

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

North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: CLOSED

The South Umpqua closes from Sept. 16 through Nov. 30 to protect spawning fall Chinook salmon.

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

Fishing for warm water species should be good early and late in the day. Trout fishing should be picking back up with the cooling temperatures. Fishing will likely be best early and late in the day with active techniques such as crank baits. Fishing with a nightcrawler under a bobber should be produce throughout the day, and is a great way and easy way to get youngsters in on the action.

Anglers are encouraged to keep illegally introduced, small, stunted yellow perch, with no limits on this species. As of Sept. 27, all boat ramps at Willow Lake are still accessible with the reservoir at 53 percent full.

WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch

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

WINCHUCK RIVER: cutthroat

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


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, RIFLE DEER (opens Oct. 1), BIRD (Forest Grouse, Quail, Mourning Dove open see regs)

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

Deer – General rifle season opens Oct. 1. In recent months ownership transfers between timber companies have resulted it new companies owning properties in Coos County. Hunters need to research lands they want to hunt and determine who owns the land. There is a good chance hunters will be dealing with companies they have not dealt with before. These companies will likely have different access policies than prior landowners.

Grouse & Quail – Several upland game bird seasons are now open. Both ruffed and “blue” grouse can be found on the coast but in low densities. Hunters chasing blue grouse should concentrate their efforts at higher elevations, along ridgelines, with open understories; hunting tends to be more productive in older growth forested land. Ruffed grouse can be found at lower elevations, along creek and valley bottoms. These birds can also be seen foraging along forest roads in the early morning and evening. Quail production has been down but above our 10-year average. Both California and mountain quail can be found on the coast. Hunters should target older clear-cuts, young forest stands, closed forest roads, and areas with open thickets and mixed timber.

Mourning Doves - The dove season is currently open. Hunters can expect an average year. In addition, keep in mind the non-migratory Eurasian collared doves numbers are on the increase throughout the state and Coos county, and can be taken in addition to the mourning dove bag limit.

Black Bear – The fall hunting season began Aug. 1 and will run through Dec. 31. Early season hunters should target berries patches and riparian areas where bears may concentrate foraging efforts. Early mornings and late evenings will see the majority of bear activity but individual animals can be found throughout the day. A word of caution to hunters, with large changes in private timber ownership throughout the county users need to be aware that access to many areas may have changed. Please contact the appropriate landowners for more information.

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

Elk - A few controlled elk hunts are currently open. The General Cascade Bull Elk season starts Oct. 15. Elk populations are similar to last year so this hunting year will be average. Elk numbers are highest in the Tioga with lower levels in the Dixon, S. Indigo and Melrose units. Check with landowners about access and local fire restrictions for current fire danger before going hunting.

Deer - The General Western Deer Rifle season begins Oct. 1. Forecasters are predicting rain in the Umpqua Valley later this week as we approach the season opener on Saturday. The local fire season is still in effect, potentially limiting access to industrial timber lands. With significant rain, industrial timber land owners generally open access to deer hunters once the threat of wildfire is past.

Healthy deer populations on BLM and National Forest lands in Douglas County are available to hunters unable to access private lands. On BLM and National Forest lands, look for deer within or near recent major land disturbance areas such as fire and logging/thinning activity. These early seral areas have the best food sources available for deer on public lands. Deer populations are similar to last year, with lower population levels at upper elevations and higher population levels on the Umpqua Valley floor. Most low elevation lands are privately owned so hunters are reminded to obtain permission before hunting on those lands. During the early part of the season, hunters should find deer on the northerly slopes and near water and green up areas. Check with landowners about access and local fire restrictions for current fire danger before going hunting.

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.

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.

Black Bear – General bear season is open. Hunters can expect an average year. The dry weather conditions will concentrate bears near streams where foraging will be better. Glass clear cuts and meadows early mornings and late evenings to find bears taking advantage of food sources. Bear numbers are good with the highest numbers in the coast range, and with smaller populations in the Cascades.

Western Gray Squirrel – Squirrel season is currently open. Hunters can expect an average year. Squirrels are widely distributed throughout the county with good numbers in areas of oaks and conifers. Many areas of high squirrel populations are on private lands so hunters are reminded to ask for permission on these lands before hunting.

Grouse & Quail - Upland Gamebird season is currently open. Hunting availability and success for forest grouse should be good this year. Blue grouse success is best in mid to high elevations of the Cascades in partly open conifer stands. Ruffed grouse can be found near creeks mostly at mid elevations of both the Cascades and Coast Range. For quail, success is best in the lower elevation agricultural lands for California quail and mid-elevations of the Cascades and Coast Range near brushy clear cuts on secondary forest roads for Mountain quail. Hunters that kill grouse and Mountain quail are asked to drop off in a paper bag the frozen wing and tail of each grouse at the local ODFW office. Please use one bird per bag with each frozen bag of grouse parts including the species, sex, age, unit and general area of harvest for proper analysis.

Mourning Doves - The dove season is currently open. Hunters can expect an average year. In addition, keep in mind the non-migratory Eurasian collared doves numbers are on the increase throughout the state and Douglas county, and can be taken in addition to the mourning dove bag limit.

Waterfowl - The regular duck and goose season opens Oct. 15.

Furbearers – Harvest season for most furbearers is currently closed, but pursuit season is currently open for bobcat, fox and raccoon.

JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES

The Denman Wildlife Area’s annual fee pheasant hunt will continue through Oct. 7. In order to participate hunters must have a valid hunting license and upland game bird validation as well as a $17.00 pheasant tag which allows for the harvest of two rooster pheasants. The shooting hours table in the Oregon Game Bird Regulations apply, for more information refer to page 16 of the Oregon Game Bird Regulations. In addition to the released birds remaining from the youth pheasant hunt there will be almost 500 additional birds released for the fee hunt. Generally 20 birds will be released nightly during the work week and 40 birds released each on Friday and Saturday night until the end of the season.

Deer: Archery deer season has closed. Western General Deer Rifle season begins Oct. 1 and continues through Nov. 4. Remember that during the Cascade Rifle Bull Elk season (Oct. 15-21) deer season is suspended in the Rogue, Evans Creek, and Dixon units. Consult the Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations for more information. This upcoming 2016 season should be comparable to the 2015 season. Forecasted low temperatures and isolated showers this opening weekend should make for a successful hunt.

Remember that deer in the Dixon, Rogue, and Evans Creek unit typically are at high elevations during the early part of the season and migrate down to lower elevations as we get deeper into fall; however there are resident deer on the valley floor year round. As of mid-September the deer in these units have not started to migrate, so this hunting season focus your efforts on heavily used trails to intercept them as they move. In the Applegate and Chetco units deer that are present at higher elevations usually only move when pushed out by severe weather. Remember when heading out this season that many areas here in Southwest Oregon are at a fire danger level of High which imposes restrictions based on the land you are hunting on. Visit the US Forest Service or Oregon Department of Forestry websites for more information.

Elk: Cascade elk season begins Oct. 15.

Bear: Fall black bear season started Aug. 1. Hunters can expect another good year. The Applegate unit has historically had some of the highest harvest in the state so focus your efforts there, however the Rogue and Evans Creek can also be very productive. Huckleberry patches at high elevations are doing very good this year and still have many berries; look for bears feeding in these areas in early morning and late evening. Find out where bears are most likely going to appear by glassing in early mornings and late evenings to spot bears in openings around Southern Oregon. Fawn calls and other predator distress calls can also be a useful tool when trying to harvest a bear. Keep in mind that bears may respond to elk hunters using cow calls. Remember that there is a mandatory check in of your bear skull at an ODFW office or designated collection site within 10 days of harvest, the skull must be unfrozen. See page 29 in the 2016 Oregon Big Game hunting regulations for more information.

Youth Elk season is currently open for units in our area. This is a great opportunity for the youth to harvest an elk. These hunts are designed to provide young hunters with a safe, well supervised, low-stress setting where they can enjoy the hunt while building fundamental skills. A reminder that youth are required to wear hunter orange.

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. Remember to place your parking permit on the dash of your vehicle.

Mourning Doves: Dove season opened Sept. 1, hunters can expect a season very similar to that of 2015. Remember the daily bag limit for Mourning Doves is 15; refer to the 2016 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information.

Upland Game Birds: Grouse season is open, the daily bag limit is 3 of each of the two species. Both California Quail and Mountain Quail season opens Sept. 1, the daily bag limit is 10 Quail total. General pheasant season starts Oct. 8 with a daily bag limit of 2 birds. Hunters can expect a below average year as survey numbers of upland game birds have been low. Refer to the 2016 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information.

Fall Turkey: Fall Turkey season opens Oct. 15 and continues through Dec 31. There are a maximum of 4000 tags issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Consult page 18 of the Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information.

Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met. Most cougar hunters’ success comes from predator calls, however this time of year archery elk hunters may have cougars responding to their cow calls. Cougars travel many miles a day and often use major ridge lines to find prey, these ridge lines are location for predator calls. Unlike other predators, cougars will usually take longer to come in to predators calls so be prepared to sit for 1 hour or more.

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.

Seabirds

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

Another interesting bird species to see when you are near the rocky intertidal zone is the black oyster-catcher. These birds are dark brown or black with bright red bills and pink feet. They live their entire lives in or around the splash zone on rocks along the coast. They are non-migratory, so while they are here at anytime during the year they are easiest to observe when surf conditions are small. Since they even nest near the splash zone and are extremely protective of their nests they are often seen chasing other birds that get too close to their territory. 7/5/2016

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Acorn Woodpecker – Is a colorful medium-sized black and white clown faced woodpecker with a red crown sought after by birders for their lifetime bird list. This highly social woodpecker is commonly seen with young this time of the year in the lower elevations of Douglas County in pine-oak woodlands where oak trees are abundant. Look for this loud and vocal woodpecker in Roseburg at River Forks Park, N. Bank Mgt. area and Whistlers Park. Since this woodpecker is a hoarder, look for signs of a granary in the bark of large pine trees that are used to store insects and acorns in cracks and crevices.

Reptiles –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.

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. Starting around the last week in September turkey vultures will start migrating south for the winter to Mexico and Central America. Watch for turkey vulture migration roosts where many vultures congregate in groups in anticipation of the coming migration. Over a three week period and by mid-October all vultures will have migrated south. The vultures migrate in large groups (called a “kettle” of vultures) from 12 to 500 with the average being around 40 by riding hot air updrafts and southern thermals late in the afternoons. You can observe the beginning of the migration by looking very high in the sky in the afternoon to see a kettle of vultures soaring on the thermals heading south.

Migrating Birds - Many species of birds are starting their southward migration so look for species congregating at roosts and feeders or in the air just before or during migration. Some migratory species to watch are: ospreys, turkey vultures, swifts, swallows, cedar waxwings, and some species of flycatchers, warblers, finches and shorebirds.

Hummingbirds –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.

Common Nighthawk –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.

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

Bats –Look for bats at dawn and dusk. Watch street lights and water bodies, where insects concentrate, bats may show up to eat up to 1000 insects per hour.

JACKSON and JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

Mourning doves are found throughout the valley where ever there are open grain fields. They are a fast flying, graceful, wing whistling birds. They feed on small seeds of weeds and various grains. A species that is similar but larger and is not a native of our area is the Eurasian collared dove. They are seen around residential areas and have known to visit bird feeders. They have similar behavior habits however unlike the pointed tail of the Mourning dove their tail will be square shaped.

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.

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. Two additional fishing dikes have been created on Whetstone pond to provide more fishing access, it is possible to catch bass, bluegill, bullhead catfish, and carp. The pond is located just north of the ODFW Rogue Watershed Field Office in Central Point.

There have been recent sightings of the Common Nighthawk and American Kestrel on the wildlife area and to the west near Table Rock and Kirtland Ponds.

On the Coast

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.

Harbor seals can be observed in estuaries throughout the South Coast. Look for sandy haul out sites. Remember, spring is when seals have their pups they are often left on their own most of the day so please observe these animals from a distance. If you find pups on the beach, leave them where you found them—mother knows where they are.

For a great birding trail along the southern coast, visit Oregon Birding Trails. (8/30/2016)

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WILLAMETTE ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Trout stocking continues this week with planned releases at Henry Hagg Lake, Small Fry Lake, Estacada Lake, Faraday Lake, Alton Baker Canal, , and Foster Reservoir. A release at North Fork Reservoir has been cancelled due to low water levels.
  • Coho are moving into the lower Clackamas and Sandy rivers, with some reports of catches in the lower reaches.
  • Steelhead fishing has been fair to good on the South Santiam River.
  • Summer steelhead have been “recycled” into Faraday Lake.
  • Rainbow trout will be released this week at Alton Baker Canal, and St. Louis Ponds.
  • More than 600 trophy trout (2 lbs. and larger) were recently released in Harriet Lake on the Mt. Hood National Forest.
  • Check the Army Corps reservoir elevations before heading out to make sure your favorite boat ramp still reaches the water

Use caution when boating in low water conditions

Anglers fishing from boats are reminded that warm water conditions this time of year can be challenging and to take appropriate precautions. Inaccessible boat ramps, gravel bars, log jams, and other hazards are more prevalent during warm water conditions and lead to acccidents, many of which are avoidable. The Oregon State Marine Board has issued some tips for boaters to consider during the summer months for a safe and enjoyable outing.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Send us your fishing report

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

2016 trout stocking

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

High Lakes stocking

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

Check out our interactive trout stocking map

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

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

The Alton Baker Canoe Canal will be stocked this week with a total of 965 trout. Fish are released at multiple locations along the canal. The canal will be stocked approximately every other week through mid-November and is a great place to take the kids fishing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEALTH ADVISORY: The lake has been closed to swimming, wading and fishing due to a suspected blue green algae bloom. The Oregon Health Authority has issued a public health advisory that will be in place until further notice. For more information, visit Metro.

This 64-acre lake is located in Blue Lake Regional Park three miles west of Troutdale. Amenities include picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Metro.

BLUE RIVER: trout

Blue River above Blue River Reservoir was stocked for last time this season in late June. Bait use is allowed through Oct. 31. Two wild trout may be harvested per day above Blue River Reservoir only. Otherwise, anglers may keep 5 hatchery trout per day.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Hwy. 126 and is open to year-round fishing. The reservoir was stocked in late June for the last time this season. The boat ramps are not accessible at current reservoir elevations.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

Regulation changes for 2016 year allow fishing on this river year-round. Trout stocking finished up in early August with a final release of 1,800 hatchery trout. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day. Note that the river is closed to salmon fishing year-round.

As the fall season approaches, NF-46 paved road along the Breitenbush River and Clackamas River from Detroit to Clackamas via Estacada is a beautiful drive for a two-hour family outing.

CANBY POND: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill

Canby Pond will not be stocked again until fall due to warm water temperatures and thick aquatic vegetation. However, warmwater fishing for bass, crappie, and bluegill with jigs and surface lures is still a viable option. Canby Pond is a one-acre pond located on the south end of Canby, in Canby City Park. This pond is open only to youth 17 years old and under, as well as persons who possess ODFW's Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permits.

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Carmen Reservoir was stocked in early August for the last time this season. Carmen 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

CLACKAMAS RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Some pretty decent rain again this past weekend once helped to move a few coho further up into the river with reliable reports of fish now holding above Carver. In spite of the rainfall the river is dropping quickly and still running low and clear, with this trend continuing for the next several days. The river will remain a drift or pontoon boat fishery with conditions too low to try and navigate in a sled safely, so boaters beware of partially submerged boulders, gravel bars, and logs.

The boat fishery above Rivermill Dam is still producing an occasional fish with anglers finding some action on summer steelhead and a rare spring Chinook when working the water just above the log boom or trolling a bit further upstream from the dam. Boat anglers can access the lake from a boat ramp in McIver Park.

Over 620 hatchery springers have made it up into the PGE trap below North Fork Reservoir; these fish were previously being recycled back downstream to provide additional fishing opportunities but are now transported to Clackamas Hatchery for broodstock and future spawning. Wild spring Chinook have also made it to the trap with that number now exceeding 2,825 fish passed upstream.

A great summer steelhead run is continuing with over 2,250 hatchery summers reaching the North Fork Trap. A number of these fish were getting recycled downstream but recently they’ve been stocked into Faraday Lake for anglers to enjoy. Clackamas Hatchery at McIver Park has their water system back online and has had a large number of summer steelhead and over 900 Chinook worked this summer.

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 Sept. 26 shows river flows dropping to 749 cfs, with a gauge reading of 10.52 feet and the water temperature falling to near 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 in late August for the last time this season. Clear Lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Boat rentals are available from Linn County’s Clear Lake Resort.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork Willamette River is open to angling and bait use is allowed through Oct. 31. In addition to five hatchery trout, two wild trout may be kept daily. The Coast Fork Willamette River was stocked at several locations near downtown Cottage Grove for the last time this season in early August.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

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

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

Cottage Grove Ponds are open to year round angling and are accessed via an asphalt pathway behind the truck scales on Row River Road. These ponds also offer wildlife viewing opportunities. The pond with the dock is stocked with trout during the late winter and early spring months. Warmwater fish continue to be available during the summer months.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

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

Warmwater fish are also available. Only Lakeside boat ramp is accessible at the current reservoir elevation.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

Reservoir elevation is about 26 feet below normal, and only Mongold boat ramp is currently usable. It will be stocked this week with 5,000 legal-sized hatchery rainbow trout. Many of these fish will be holding over in the cooler, deeper water or near drop-offs and other structure, making a late-summer visit to Detroit Reservoir worthwhile. Most kokanee have adopted spawning colors in preparation for their annual spawning run.

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 recently stocked with 4,600 rainbow trout. This was the last stocking this season. 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 will be stocked with trout again in October. Only Baker Bay boat ramp is accessible at the current reservoir elevation.

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: coho

The creek came up slightly after a weekend of pretty good rainfall in the Cascade foothills but it’s quickly dropping once again. There was some increased fishing effort on Sunday as anglers turned out in hopes of coho making it up into the creek from the Clackamas River. Reports on catch were not available but with a showery week ahead there’s a good chance a few fish will be moving in and up towards 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 fishery. The pond received a final trout stocking on May 31. Species that may be caught at the pond now are bass, bluegill, and redear sunfish. Be aware that hunting season has started on the wildlife area. A valid wildlife area parking permit is required.

 ESTACADA LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Sept. 19 with 1,750 legal-sized rainbow trout. Estacada Lake has been stocked almost weekly since spring, with releases ranging from 1,800 to 2,000 fish per release. It is also stocked with “recycled” hatchery steelhead and Chinook salmon captured at the PGE trap.

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

FALL CREEK: trout

Open all year for trout, with bait allowed April 22 – Oct. 31. Open all year for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and wild steelhead greater than 24 inches below Fall Creek Dam. Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir was stocked for the last time this season in late June. Five hatchery trout and an additional two wild trout may be harvested daily.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked in mid-late April and will not be stocked again this season. Only North Shore boat ramp is accessible at the current reservoir elevation.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Sept. 19 with 1,750 legal-sized rainbow trout. The lake was also stocked recently with “recycled” summer steelhead from Clackamas hatchery,

Faraday is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant. No boats, walk-in only.

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

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

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, the reservoir is only a few feet below full pool and all boat ramps are available. The reservoir also produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years.

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 is still close to full and all three boat ramps are currently available. Look for smallmouth bass and yellow perch near underwater structure and drop-offs. Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept as part of the trout bag limit, but there are no limits on size or number of bass. Retention of warmwater fish species such as bluegill, catfish, crappie, and yellow perch is also allowed; no limit on size or number. A final stocking of 5,000 hatchery trout will be released this week. Starting next week the reservoir will be drawn down to provide winter storage.

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

FREEWAY LAKE, EAST: bass bluegill crappie

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

GOLD LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

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

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

Kokanee are still available but some are developing their pinkish colors in preparation for their spawning run. Trout as well as bass are another option for anglers. Look for them near ledges and drop-offs as well as near underwater structure. Reservoir elevation is currently about 62 feet below normal and dropping. Thistle Creek boat ramp is currently available for boaters.

Please be cautious driving along Quartzville Creek Road due to ongoing construction adding wider shoulders, major patching, and three new rest stops. Speed limits have been reduced to 30 m.p.h. in several sections.

Please be cautious driving along Quartzville Creek Road due to ongoing construction adding wider shoulders, major patching, and three new rest stops. Speed limits have been reduced to 30 m.p.h. in several sections.

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 Aug. 29 with 2,000 legal-sized trout and 666 trophy trout. Harriet is a 23-acre reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River in the Mount Hood National Forest. Boat ramp is just past campground.

HARTMAN POND: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

This is a year-round warmwater and spring trout fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge, with easy access for non-boating anglers just off Interstate 84. It was stocked with legal- and trophy-sized trout in the spring and also supports year-round populations of crappie, bass and catfish.

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 Sept. 26 with 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This large lake near Forest Grove is one of Oregon’s premier warmwater fishing locations, with populations of record-class largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, and bullhead. It also supports a resident population of native cutthroat trout and is frequently stocked with hatchery rainbow trout, including trophy and brood stock.

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

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

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

Some of these high lakes get very little use, and anglers will often find the solitude incredible. If you plan to camp keep in mind that overnight temperatures at the higher elevations can be quite chilly, particularly now that more fall-like weather has moved in. Snow levels last week were approaching 7,000 feet so be prepared and watch the local forecast before heading out. Meanwhile the fire season is still in effect so you should check on restrictions regarding open campfires.

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

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

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

Trout and salmon must be adipose-fin clipped to be harvested. Large native trout are available for catch-and-release fishing. Hills Creek Reservoir is scheduled to be stocked this week with 4,600 rainbow trout, including 100 larger trout. Only Packard boat launch is accessible at the current reservoir elevation.

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

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

HORSESHOE LAKE: trout

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

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked in the spring with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout.

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

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

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

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

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake is open to angling all year. Bait use is allowed April 22-Oct. 31. The lake was stocked in late August for the last time this season with 1,500 trout. Only hatchery fish may be kept. All wild trout must be released. Leaburg Dam is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic weekdays from 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. through September. Check EWEB’s website for updates.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake is stocked with trout from Leaburg Town Landing downstream to Hendricks Bridge from late April through early September. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. Bait use is allowed April 22 through Oct. 31. The lower McKenzie River was boat-stocked the first week of September with 3,000 catchable trout and an additional 200 “pounders.” This is the last stocking of the season.

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

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

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from Finn Rock to Goodpasture Landing, with some summer releases beginning at Forest Glen boat landing, from late April through mid-September. The upper McKenzie River was boat-stocked in mid-September from Finn Rock downstream to Goodpasture Landing with a total of 2,750 larger rainbow trout, including 185 “pounders”. This was the last stocking of the season. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. Bait use is allowed April 22 through Oct. 31.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout, salmon, steelhead

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

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

MOLALLA RIVER: spring Chinook

The Molalla River water levels came up slightly but have once again begun dropping, presenting tough conditions for anglers seeking late spring Chinook. Chinook passage has ended at Willamette Falls with springer counting over for the season; these count numbers were 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.

Late hatchery springers should still be pooled up in the Molalla along with some hatchery summer steelhead that slip into the lower river seeking cooler water, but quality of these fish at this late date will be highly questionable. Spring Chinook passage numbers at the Willamette Falls ladder reached 30,317 through Aug. 15, the final day for springer counts in 2016. At this date of the season there could be some late springer fishing available from the Trout Creek acclimation pond returns.

USGS hydrological data for the Molalla River on September 19 was still unavailable due to ongoing maintenance being performed on the river data collection site.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

Stocked the week of Sept. 19 with 450 rainbow trout. Pond also supports populations of crappie and bluegill. 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

Due to low water levels, the release of 3,500 trout scheduled for the week of Sept. 19 was redirected to Estacada and Faraday lakes.

The Promontory Marina boat ramp and lower boat ramp are now closed due to low water. The reservoir has been lowered below the ramps to allow PGE to conduct a salmon habitat restoration project. Both boat ramps are expected to reopen Oct. 24.

This is a 350-acre reservoir of the Clackamas River behind North Fork Dam approximately 5.2 miles east of Estacada, Ore.

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Olallie Lake has been stocked with trout numerous times this season. Olallie Lake is also a popular jumping off point for backpackers who want to fish the surrounding high lakes or access the Pacific Crest Trail. There are three campgrounds and a rustic cabin resort on this lake as well as a hiking trail that encircles the perimeter. Yurts, cabins, and boat rentals are available at Olallie Lake Resort. A boat ramp is available at Peninsula Campground on the southwest shore of the lake. Camping are available at Olallie Meadows Campground and Paul Dennis Campground.

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

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

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

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

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. Please be cautious driving along Quartzville Creek Road due to ongoing construction adding wider shoulders, major patching, and three new rest stops. Speed limits have been reduced to 30 m.p.h. in several sections.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek near Oakridge is open to angling all year. Bait use is allowed April 22 - October 31. Salmon Creek was stocked in mid-August for the last time this season. Trout are released at multiple locations upstream to Black Creek. Two wild trout per day, 8-inch minimum length, may be kept in addition to five hatchery trout.

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-Oct. 31. Two wild trout may be kept per day, 8-inch minimum length.

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Sandy River water conditions took a turn for the worse recently after heavy rainfall in the Cascade foothills turned the river silty and muddy once again, while moving the flows up a fair amount also. Sandy Hatchery personnel report that fishing effort remains light at Cedar Creek as evidenced by the volume of cars in the hatchery parking lot, although there was an uptick in angler numbers after the rains. A handful of summer steelhead are still being hooked while coho have finally hit the river with reliable reports of some decent catches from the Dabney Park area down to the mouth.

Of note, ODFW fish sorting traps have been in place all summer on the Bull Run River, Zig Zag River, and Salmon River as a means of collecting broodstock hatchery fish while passing wild fish upstream. These traps get worked 7 days a week by ODFW personnel and there have been hatchery and wild Chinook moving into the traps for several weeks now.

USGS hydrological data for the Sandy River on Sept. 26 shows flows dropping to 391 cfs, a gauge reading of 7.83 feet, and the morning water temperature down near 50°F.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

Returns of adult steelhead have all but ceased this late in the season at Willamette Falls but the overall numbers show a huge improvement from last year, especially with summer steelhead. Many of these fish are destined for the Santiam basin. About 5,200 summer steelhead have passed the Bennett dams in Stayton. A few coho salmon have also arrived and are available to anglers below Stayton. As a reminder, angling for coho above the Stayton-Scio highway bridge is closed until Oct. 15. Chinook season is closed until Oct. 15 on the entire river.

When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below Packsaddle Park (near the Minto Fish Facility) is open year-round to hatchery steelhead. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge; the river flow is at 1,740 cfs as of Sept. 26. Current conditions

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

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

Regulation changes for 2016 makes this section a year-round fishery. The river was stocked one final time in early August with 3,000 hatchery rainbow trout. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day. This section of river is closed to salmon fishing.

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

A little bit of extra water is being spilled out of Foster dam to facilitate salmon spawning. Current flows (as of Sept. 26) are approximately 1,220 cfs as measured at Waterloo and are likely to stay that way through September. Current conditions

 Chinook season is now closed until Oct. 15. There are still plenty of summer steelhead in the river, however, with most fish found above Waterloo. Further downstream below Lebanon there is solitude, smallmouth bass and perhaps the occasional coho salmon waiting for the intrepid angler. Recycling of fish downstream has ended for the season. Best times to catch these fish are early and late in the day. Anglers may keep up to five hatchery trout below Foster dam through Oct. 31.

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked several times in the spring with trout of various sizes. 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.

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

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

SMALL FRY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Sept. 5 with 200 trout. This is a youth-only fishing pond that was stocked earlier this season, and some of those fish may still be available, although anglers can expect heavy aquatic vegetation this time of year. Small Fry is located next to Promontory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Estacada. Fishing restricted to youths 17 and under. Cleaning station, restroom nearby.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy. 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following USFS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around bait fishing. Smith Reservoir was stocked in late June for the last time this season. Smith River and its tributaries above Smith Reservoir are open to angling all year. Two wild fish (8-inch minimum length) may be harvested per day and bait use is allowed through Oct. 31.

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

Stocked the week of Sept. 12 with 500 trout. St. Louis Ponds is a 240-acre fishing complex of seven ponds owned and managed jointly by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Marion County Parks Department. The site has a 2,300-foot paved ADA footpath with turnouts, fishing platforms, restrooms and picnic tables. It is stocked throughout the year with hatchery trout and has many other species of warmwater fish.

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

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. The stocking season at Sunnyside Pond has ended for the summer but there may still be a few trout left. The pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is also boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir. To get there from I-5, 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.

TIMOTHY LAKE: rainbow trout

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

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

Trail Bridge Reservoir is open to year-round fishing. This waterbody is adjacent to Hwy. 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Only flies and lures may be used. Trail Bridge Reservoir was stocked in late July for the last time this season.

TRILLIUM LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Sept. 26 with 3,000 rainbow trout. Trillium is a 60-acre lake located approximately three miles east of Government Camp off of Hwy. 26. This lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood. Adjacent Trillium Lake Campground is administered by the Zigzag Ranger District of the Mount Hood National Forest. The large campground features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.

TROJAN POND: trout, panfish

Trout stocking is finished for the season. This is a 15-acre pond just east of Rainier on the north side of Hwy. 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility. The pond is located on the right side of the road as soon as you turn onto the Trojan Access Road.

TUALATIN RIVER and tribs: trout

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

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

Trout stocking is finished for the season. This is an 8-acre privately-owned pond located in Salem at the northeast corner of McGilchrist and 16th Streets, S.E. Good angling opportunities remain for warm water species and that occasional hold-over trout.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

Trout stocking is finished for the season. Walter Wirth is a 20-acre lake located within the City of Salem’s Cascades Gateway Park. Good angling opportunities remain for warm water species and that occasional hold-over trout.

WAVERLY POND: trout, bluegill, catfish

Waverly Pond is located in Albany and is regularly stocked in fall, winter and spring. For summer fishing it has bluegill and catfish available. Good angling opportunities remain for these warm water species and that occasional hold-over trout. 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, warm water species

It remains somewhat of an in-between time for fishing on the lower Willamette as spring Chinook and summer steelhead angling come to a close, although a few coho have begun to show around the mouth of the Clackamas River. Anglers will find there are plenty of warm water fishing opportunities on the Willamette for bass and small pan fish, working the rocky shorelines and around areas with structure, particularly near Cedar Island and Milwaukie. Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon remains as another option for Willamette River anglers.

As of Aug. 15 the passage count of spring Chinook adults at Willamette Falls stood at 30,317 fish, which is the unofficial final passage number for 2016 as springer counts come to an end. The summer steelhead counts continue at Willamette Falls with the Sept. 23 cumulative passage showing 21,574 while adult coho passage was at 360 and adult fall Chinook passage was 571.

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on Sept. 26 has flows holding steady around 6,500 cfs, the water temperature near 62°F, and visibility very clear at about 8.8 ft.

NOTICE TO LOWER WILLAMETTE RIVER BOATERS: The boat ramp at Willamette Park will be closed Sept. 12 – Oct. 31 for dredging and boat ramp improvements. For for alternate launches and more information visit City of Portland Parks & Recreation/ Willamette Park.

YAMHILL RIVER and tributaries: trout

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


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: GENERAL WESTERN OREGON DEER SEASON (Open Oct. 1), COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, CONTROLLED ANTLERLESS DEER, CONTROLLED YOUTH ANTLERLESS ELK, FOREST GROUSE, QUAIL, AND MOURNING DOVE.

UPCOMING: CHUKAR AND PHEASANT (Open Oct. 8), FALL Turkey (Open Oct. 8), CASCADE BULL ELK (Open Oct. 15-21), DUCK ZONE 1 (Open Oct. 15), AND GOOSE NW PERMIT ZONE (Open Oct. 22).

Please remember to check with the landowner for access restrictions prior to entering private lands. Private timberlands access policy. Hunters are reminded to have permission to hunt or make sure hunting is allowed before accessing private lands.

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.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Fire danger is High to Extreme in the Willamette Zone and much of Oregon. Hunters are asked to follow all Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire restrictions while hunting or scouting. ODF requires each vehicle to be equipped one axe at least 26 inches in length, with a head weighing at least 2 pounds; one shovel at least 26 inches in length, with a blade at least 8 inches wide; and one gallon of water or one fully charged and an operational 2.5 lb. or larger fire extinguisher. Hunters will face fire restrictions and some closures and they need to know what those are before they go. More info. Some good resources for fire information: InciWeb, National Forest webpages, Oregon Dept Forestry

BIG GAME

WESTERN OREGON GENERAL RIFLE DEER season opens Oct. 1. Recent dry weather will make deer hunting challenging in the Willamette Zone. Deer can be found early in the morning and late in the afternoon feeding along mid-elevation clearcuts or thinned areas that have varied densities of young shrubs and trees, which provide forage and hiding cover. During the heat of the day, they will typically bed in shady, cool locations such as North Slope timber stands. Hunters should use binoculars to glass for animals in the early morning hours and hunt bedding areas during the heat of the day. As the temperatures begin to cool, animal activity during the day will begin to increase.

Private timber company lands can be productive places to hunt if the landowner is allowing hunting access. Please be advised that the Cascade Buck season closes on October 14th and will reopen on October 22th. Coast Buck will remain open until the season closes on November 4th. Please review the 2016 Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

CONTROLLED ANTLERLESS DEER is currently open for those hunters that have drawn tags. Hunters that did not purchase their tag before the hunt began can still purchase a tag from some ODFW offices provided they sign an avadavat and pay the after-the-deadline fee. Please review the 2016 Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

CONTROLLED YOUTH ANTLERLESS ELK (limited entry) hunt open on August 1st as part of a program to encourage youth participation in big game hunting. Youths must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age. Youth hunters are required to wear a hunter (fluorescent) orange exterior garment or hat when hunting game mammals or upland game birds (except turkey) with any firearm. Hunters that did not purchase their tag before the hunt began can still purchase a tag from some ODFW offices provided they sign an avadavat and pay the after-the-deadline fee. Please review the 2016 Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

RETURN BLACK-TAILED DEER TEETH!

Successful black-tailed deer hunters are asked to return a tooth from their deer. See how to properly remove black-tailed deer teeth. Postage-paid envelopes are available at license sales agents or ODFW offices. If you can’t pick up an envelope, send the tooth to ODFW, Wildlife Population Laboratory, 7118 NE Vandenberg Ave, Adair Village, OR 97330. Include the following information with the tooth: Your name and address, sex and species of animal (e.g. buck deer), antler points, hunter ID#, date harvested, Wildlife Management Unit or Hunt where harvested, drainage or landmark. ODFW staff use the teeth to determine the age of the animals, which is needed for population modeling and management efforts. Hunters will receive an age card in the mail telling them how old the harvested animal was. Age cards may take up to 12 months to receive.

Voluntary Hunter CWD Samples Wanted!

Hunters are encouraged to voluntarily bring the heads from any harvested deer or elk into the ODFW offices in Clackamas or Sauvie Island so that samples can be taken for ongoing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) monitoring. Call ahead to ensure someone will be around to collect the sample or to make an appointment for another day.

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 all four hooves in a plastic bag and place in a cool area (i.e Cooler with ice) 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.
  • Report your observation by filling out online form

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. As other big game seasons are starting this fall be sure to have a cougar tag with you while in the field to avoid missed opportunities. Please review the 2016 Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

See 2016 Cougar Regulations for details

GENERAL FALL BLACK BEAR season is open. To be successful, hunters will want to become familiar with a variety of berry producing plants such as black cap raspberry, Armenian blackberry, trailing blackberry, cascara, blue huckleberry, and elderberry. Hunters that note the location of a variety of berry patches will be able to move throughout the season to stay on the best available food source. Experienced bear hunters may find that the berries in their favorite hunting spots are ripening about three to four weeks earlier than in a typical year. The early season berries, such as black cap raspberry, are already dried out and bears are starting to feed on Armenian blackberries and even blue huckleberries.

Early in the hunting season bears will be spending the majority of their time in cool and shaded areas trying to avoid the heat. Although bears are most active in the mornings and evenings, on relatively cooler days bears may be active all day. They will be feeding on the abundant berry crops primarily in the early morning hours so hunters will need to be up and on stands before daylight. When out scouting, hunters should be looking for bear sign close to streams, lakes and adjacent to cool north slopes of timber.

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) 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. As other big game seasons are starting this fall be sure to have a fall bear tag with you while in the field to avoid missed opportunities. Please review the 2016 Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

COYOTES 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. Use predator calls to lure coyotes in close can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cool. Hunters need a valid hunting license to hunt coyotes on public property.

GAME BIRD

FEE PHEASANT HUNTING runs Sept. 12-Oct. 9 at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area and Sept. 19-Oct. 2 at Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. ODFW releases pheasants during this season; hunters need the $17 Western Oregon Fee Pheasant tag to hunt.

FOREST GROUSE and QUAIL seasons opened on Sept. 1 in Western Oregon. The forest grouse group collectively includes the Ruffed and Blue (dusky/sooty) grouse species. Look for grouse along the edges of timber patches during morning and evening times. Hunters will want to target hardwood riparian areas for ruffed grouse and mature timber areas or ridge tops for blue grouse. Remember that the head or one fully feathered wing must be left attached to all game birds in the field or while in transit to the place of permanent residence of the possessor. Review the information provided in the 2016-17 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more details.

YOUR PARTICIPATION IS GREATLY NEEDED!

ODFW would appreciate your help in obtaining important information about the health of grouse and mountain quail populations. Hunters can help by donating a wing and tail from harvested grouse and mountain quail. Grouse and mountain quail wings and tails provide ODFW biologist important information about the health of populations. What to do; remove one entire wing and whole tail including small feathers, place in paper collecting bag provided at ODFW officers or use your own (1 bird per bag), mark the bag with species, date harvested, county of harvest and general location, and drop it off at local ODFW offices or at designated collection sites in wing collection barrels. Be on the lookout for these statewide wing collection barrels this fall. If there is a delay in dropping off your specimen, please freeze it.

YOUTH UPLAND BIRD HUNTS are coming up soon. E.E. Wilson hunt is Sept. 24-25. These hunts are a great opportunity to introduce young hunters to upland bird hunting.

MOURNING DOVE– Open statewide from Sept. 1 - Oct. 30. Scout for habitat with plenty of perch locations near open areas. Many doves leave Oregon once fall weather starts approaching so hunting is best early in the season.

Remember that the head or one fully feathered wing must be left attached to all game birds in the field or while in transit to the place of permanent residence of the possessor. Review the information provided in the 2016-17 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more details. A larger and similar looking dove – the Eurasian collared dove is an invasive species and can be hunted year-round with just a hunting license.

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 who drew a controlled tag in the controlled draw applications are reminded to purchase it no later than the day before the hunt begins.

Don’t forget to report your hunt results. Anyone who purchases a big game or turkey tag must report hunt results online or by phone. Reporting is required even if you did not fill your tag or go hunting. More information

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.

Hunters should be preparing now for upcoming rifle big game hunting seasons this fall. Sight-in and practice with your firearms to ensure that when you do get the chance to harvest an animal you are confident in your shooting skills. Many of the local gun ranges will have public sight-in days where you can practice your shooting. Local sight-in day

Be safe, be responsible and be legal.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

The pileated woodpecker, a spectacular sight

Where to see the bird

In the Willamette Zone, look, first, for habitat. There are many places to see pileated woodpeckers. Remember, they prefer the forest, which doesn’t necessarily mean the wilderness. Visit the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, which in only ten minutes from downtown Portland or the running trail in Forest Park—last weekend, there was a pileated woodpecker on the trail; access the trail from NW Thurman Street.

East of Salem, Silver Falls State Park provides good habitat for this woodpecker and several others. Hikers on the Bruno Meadows Trail in the Willamette National Forest out of Detroit will enjoy many mountain forest birds and may see or hear a pileated.

At EE Wilson Wildlife Area in Monmouth, focus on the hardwood-conifer forest east of the angling pond where it borders on Forest Service property.

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, five miles west of Eugene, is another great place. In the Zuwalt Park area you will find several parking areas along Jeans Road. A variety of habitats are available here. Pileated woodpeckers use the older stands of firs towards the north end of this unit. Viewing sites at Fern Ridge.

About the bird

The pileated, or crested, woodpecker was the model for the cartoon character, Woody Woodpecker. It is a large black-and-white bird with a bold red feathered crest and distinctive call. You may hear its powerful drumming before you see it.
In Oregon, look for it in older forests in the Blue Mountains, East and West Cascades, Klamath Mountains, Willamette Valley and Coast Range ecoregion. They prefer mature forests and younger forests with large snags and logs, requiring large diameter snags for nesting and foraging.

The pileated woodpecker eats the carpenter ants, beetles and termites it uncovers while excavating large diameter dead or fallen trees and logs. Once the woodpecker has moved on, its rectangular excavations serve as home to other birds and mammals.

To hear its call, see a photo and more about the pileated woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, visit Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds Web site.

To find out where else to see one in Oregon, see the Northwest, Southwest, Northeast and Central Zone viewing reports. 

Valleywide Wildlife Viewing

Oregon has 15 species of bats most of which occur in the Willamette Valley. Look for bats foraging for insects at dusk. Anywhere close to water is a good place to see bats and they may even fly over your back yard. These little creatures are good to have around as they can eat up to 600 mosquitoes in an hour! Wildlife refuges, ponds, streams and under bridges are all good places to see these fascinating animals. For more information about bats, visit ODFW’s online Living with Wildlife section under Bats.

Beaver, river otter, mink, muskrats and the introduced non-native nutria are common residents along waterways in the Willamette Valley. They can be seen by quietly floating the Willamette River in a canoe or other non-motorized boat and watching the shoreline. They are most visible early in the morning or in the evening when other boat traffic is minimal. Occasionally these animals are seen in the Delta ponds or from the river bike path in Eugene and Springfield or in many of the farm ponds on the valley floor. The non-native nutria has displaced the muskrat from much of the Willamette Valley.

Corvallis Area

EE Wilson Wildlife Area

There are lots of deer, shorebirds and waterfowl to see on the Wildlife Area — look for goose, mallard, hooded merganser and wood duck broods. Wildlife viewing remains good for waterfowl and shorebirds. Neotropical migrants in the area include yellow-breasted chat, American goldfinch, various swallows, warblers, thrush, kinglet and common yellowthroat.

Spring and summer are great times for birdwatching migrants as well as waterfowl including mallards, wood duck, hooded merganser, western Canada goose. Snipe and other shorebirds are periodically seen.

Note: Dogs are required to be on a leash inside the wildlife area boundary. Rifles and pistols are prohibited year round.

Directions to EE Wilson Wildlife Area.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

The Sauvie Island Wildlife Area Eastside units and Westside, Oak Island and North units are scheduled to close Oct 1 and will remain closed through April 15, 2017. Rentenaar Road, Eastside Viewing Platform and Coon Point will remain open for viewing. The trail to Warrior Rock Lighthouse remains open and offers a great hike along with bird viewing. All open areas are on Reeder Road and require a parking permit.

When planning your trip to the island please see the current Game Bird Regulations for the hunt schedule and plan accordingly.

Viewing opportunities are plentiful as the fall migration is upon us with a variety of waterfowl and migratory birds currently returning to the island, including geese, pelicans and peak numbers of sandhill cranes. Be sure to bring your binoculars.

Sauvie Island is a main stopping point for migratory birds as they travel along the Pacific Flyway, and ODFW actively manages the Wildlife Area to provide food and cover for these creatures.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area is located on Sauvie Island, only 10 miles north of Portland off Hwy. 30. A parking permit is required for the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area and can be purchased at ODFW license vendors or any ODFW field office.



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CENTRAL ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Anglers report fishing is fair for kokanee at Crescent Lake
  • Fall River will be stocked with rainbow trout this week

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Send us your fishing report

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

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

BEND PINE NURSERY: rainbow trout, bluegill, bass

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

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

Warm temperatures will limit angler success, trout fishing will resume this fall. Great spot for kids!

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

Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout. All wild rainbow trout must be released. Closed to angling after Oct. 31.

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

Open all year.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout, mountain whitefish

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

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

Flows below Bowman Dam

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

Open all year.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

Open all year. 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, fall Chinook, redband trout, whitefish

Summer steelhead are in the lower river from the mouth upstream to Maupin. Steelhead fishing has been better lately than earlier in the run, as fish counts are up at The Dalles Dam. Good numbers of larger than average (2-salt) fish are making up the bulk of the catch. Best fishing will be found in the early morning, and late evening, when water temperatures are the coolest.

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.

Fishing for fall Chinook is improving throughout the river downstream from Sherars Falls. A strong fall Chinook run is expected for the Deschutes, anglers targeting these fish will find good success.

Trout fishing remains good in the river mostly upstream from Sherars Falls. Fly anglers should focus on caddis hatches in the morning and evening.

Counts at the Sherars Falls salmon and steelhead trap. Check the trap catch to see when fish begin migrating upstream of Sherars Falls.

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.

Benham Falls upstream to Little Lava Lake:

Closed to angling after Sept. 30. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Wild rainbow trout must be released

DEVILS LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Open to fishing all year. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

Open to fishing all year.

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

Fishing has been good for warmwater fish.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead

Anglers are reminded that the Chinook season on the Hood River closed on June 30. Anglers may target steelhead but not Chinook. Anglers are catching a few summer steelhead, high glacial flow may limit success.

HOSMER LAKE: brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout

Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Catch-and-release for all species.

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

Fishing has been fair for kokanee, bass and bull trout.

Anglers are reminded there are small numbers of spring Chinook and summer steelhead in Lake Billy Chinook as part of the reintroduction effort. Please release these fish unharmed.

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

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

LAURANCE LAKE: Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Fishing has been good for hatchery rainbow trout in the lake for both fly and spinner anglers.

LAVA LAKE (BIG): rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year. Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout.

LAVA LAVE (SMALL): rainbow trout, brook trout

Open to fishing all year.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

Conditions should be excellent for angler success at Lost Lake.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Anglers report fair fishing for trout. Fly fishing only upstream of Bridge 99. Closes to angling Oct. 31 above Allingham Bridge.

NORTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year. Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

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

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

Fishing has been fair for trout and excellent for bass.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year. All tributaries to Odell Lake are closed to fishing.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Open to fishing all year. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Irrigation demand has reduced the reservoir level. Anglers should focus on fishing early morning, or late evening when temperatures cool.

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

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

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Fishing for trout has been good.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports. Water levels are likely getting low and water temperature warming.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Open all year. Limit is two trout per day, 8-inch minimum length. Fishing restricted to juvenile anglers 17-years-old and younger.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing for trout. Open to fishing all year.

SPARKS LAKE: cutthroat trout

Open to fishing all year. Fly fishing only, barbless hooks required.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

Open to fishing all year.

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

Trout fishing will resume in the fall, as the lake has warmed for the summer. Anglers can find some excellent largemouth bass fishing in the lake during the summer.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Open to fishing all year.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

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

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

Anglers report fair fishing for trout in the Deschutes arm of the reservoir.

Stream regulations apply in the free-flowing portion which extends further downstream as the reservoir continues to drain. River portion of Wickiup Reservoir closes to fishing after Sept. 30. Consult the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for additional information.


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CENTRAL ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, CONTROLLED RIFLE DEER (opens Oct. 1), BIRD (Forest Grouse, Mourning Dove and Mtn Quail in Hood Rvr and Wasco open see regs)

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

Rifle Mule Deer season opens on Oct. 1. Conditions remain very dry on the forest, but cooler weather is forecast for opening weekend, which should help hunters. Two green-dot cooperative travel management areas (Rager and South Boundary) will be in effect in the Ochoco unit. Maps will be available at entry portal signs and at ODFW and Ochoco National Forest offices in Prineville. Hunters are advised to check with the Ochoco National Forest and/or Prineville BLM for latest fire restrictions.

Bear season opened Aug. 1 in all units. Bear are present throughout the district, but at higher densities on forest lands at higher elevations on the Ochoco National Forest. The better locations to scout would be on the more densely forested north slopes of the Lookout Mountain and Paulina Ranger Districts in the Ochoco Unit. Remember, check in of harvested bears is mandatory within 10 days of harvest, please check the synopsis for required parts and make an appointment.

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.

Mourning Dove season opened Sept. 1. Hunters are reminded that Eurasian-collared doves are unprotected and can be taken year round.

Grouse Season opened September 1 and includes both Blue and Ruffed Grouse w/ a daily baq limit of 3 of each species. Blue Grouse are typically found on semi-forested ridge lines, while ruffed grouse can be found along creek drainages.

THE DALLES DISTRICT

Black Bear: Bear season is Aug. 1-Nov. 30. Bears can be found by glassing open areas. Look for areas with recent bear activity and berries or wild cherries to increase your chance of success. Remember that all harvested bears must be checked in to an ODFW office, unfrozen within 10 days of harvest. Placing a stick in the mouth of harvested bear is encouraged for easier tooth extraction.

DEER: Rifle season opens Oct. 1 for hunters with a controlled tag. Hunters should expect good deer and elk numbers similar to last season. The White River and Hood Units have the most public lands available, some Weyerhaeuser lands are available by permit only.

Upland birds: Early bird surveys indicate bird numbers appear to be higher than last bird hunting season. Dove, Forest Grouse, and Quail began Sept. 1. Forest Grouse and Mountain Quail hunters are encouraged to put a wing and tail feathers in one of several “grouse wing barrels” located throughout the white river and hood unit. Hunters looking for areas to hunt can explore the UCAP properties and public properties in the Deschutes and John Day river canyons.

Coyotes: Try calling for them from open fields, meadows, and pastures. 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 close attention to wind direction.

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.

Deer: Archery season for deer and elk has ended, but the controlled deer hunt for modern firearm starts Oct. 1, and ends Oct. 12. This tag is for one buck with visible antler only. Most bucks are still in their summering areas in higher elevations but deer can be found throughout the unit.

Upland Bird: Forest Grouse and Mountain Quail opened Sept. 1 and run through Jan. 31. Forest grouse and mountain quail numbers are poor within the White River Wildlife Area but can be found in other parts of the White River Unit. Pay close attention to the 2016 game bird regulations for all bird hunting.

Mourning Dove: Season opened Sept. 1 and goes through Oct. 30. The daily bag limit is 15. Mourning doves seem to be more spread out this year than in past years, but can be found in most areas near water and grain fields.

Black Bear season open Aug. 1-Nov. 30. Black Bears can be found on the wildlife area in the oaks looking for dropped acorns, but the best chances of finding bears will be at higher elevations above the wildlife area. Focus hunts near natural food sources such as berries, nuts and insects, as well as near water.

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

At this time of year hot weather conditions in the high desert can make viewing wildlife challenging. Birds are more active in the early morning hours and many mammals will find a shady bush, hollow tree, burrow, or safe rocky area to escape the heat of the day. Even reptiles that require the sun to bring their bodies up to “working temperature” have to seek shade during the hottest hours as they are unable to sweat or pant to shed heat. That said, if you are out and about during the heat of the day, the best places to see wildlife are wetlands, lakes, and rivers with robust riparian and emergent vegetation. This is generally true at any time of the year, but especially so when the thermometer rises and wildlife change their activity patterns to avoid temperature extremes. Like us, many wildlife species look for a shady spot to gain refuge from the heat, and being flushed from their shelter to avoid contact with curious humans can cause unnecessary stress. To avoid this, it is best to provide wildlife space and enjoy them from a distance with the aid of binoculars or a spotting scope.

Excellent places to visit and increase your chance of seeing wildlife include any of the Cascade lakes and reservoirs, such as Wickiup, Davis, Elk, and Crane Prairie. Lower elevation sites include Smith Rock State Park at Terrebonne where peregrine falcons, bald eagles, and golden eagles can all be found. In addition, riparian habitat and wetlands along the Deschutes River offer premier birding opportunities and the promise of other wildlife viewing.

Ponds and lakes are great places to find treefrogs, western toads, and long-toed salamanders. Late summer is the time when most amphibian species metamorphose from tadpoles and larvae into mini frogs and salamanders. One good site to find newly changed tree frogs and western toads is Sparks Lake on the Cascade Lakes Highway, but be careful where you step as they can sometimes be found crossing nearby trails in the hundreds or thousands.

Western fence lizards and sagebrush lizards can be seen through most of the day, but as previously mentioned, they will seek shade during the hottest hours. They can be found in many areas of Deschutes County, but the best places to find them include sagebrush habitats with rocky outcrops. If you find yourself in open areas with volcanic soils or in pine woodlands, look for the diminutive short-horned lizards as they sit motionless near active ant mounts ready to enjoy a meal of their favorite six legged food.

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.

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 08/08/16

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, Golden Eagles, and Osprey. Most raptor species are finishing up their nesting season and fledglings have taken their first flight. Young hatch year birds can now be seen learning to fly and hunt for themselves.

Migrating American White Pelicans can be observed this time of the year along the Columbia River from the confluence of the Deschutes River upstream to The Dalles Dam.

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

This time of year bull elk will be showing signs of rutting behavior by rounding up cows into harems. Listen for elk bugles and cow chirps early in the morning or late in the evening. The majority of White River Wildlife Areas deer are in their summering areas in higher elevations but can still be found throughout the wildlife area. Most deer fawns have lost their spots and have become more mobile following their mothers around. If traveling on or near the wildlife area, be alert for does and their fawns darting across the road. The wildlife area is home to many other game and nongame species. Look for wild turkeys foraging for acorns or the occasional bear or cougar as they move throughout the wildlife area.

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, northern harriers, and the occasional prairie falcon can also be 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, Western Bluebirds and robins are all at home on the Wildlife Area. There have also been lots of magpies spotted flying around this year. (8/30/2016)


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Yellow perch angling around Rocky Point Resort in Upper Klamath Lake has been excellent.
  • Lake of the Woods, Fourmile Lake, and Miller Lake were stocked, three weeks ago, with 8-16” rainbow trout.
  • Fishing for brook trout can be excellent this time of year in the Upper Sprague, Upper Sycan and Upper Williamson areas.
  • Deadhorse and Campbell lakes were stocked on Labor Day weekend with 10-13” rainbow trout.
  • Forest Service road 28, commonly known as the Thomas Creek Road, is open to traffic. This road connects Lakeview to the Chewaucan River, Dairy Creek, Deadhorse and Campbell lakes.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

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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

There have been no recent fishing reports but Ana Reservoir was stocked in July and should be good fishing. 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.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout, brown trout

Ana River was stocked with fingerlings in May of 2016 and trophy rainbow trout in October 2015. 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. Bait is allowed.

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 is slow due to very cold and low productivity water. Access available off Highway 62 at the USFS snow park. There is plenty of public property on USFS, State Forest and Crater Lake National Park (Angling is regulated by the National Park (541-594-3000).

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Anthony Lake has now been stocked with a total of approximately 3,400 trophy-sized rainbow trout with the last and final stocking for the summer on July 7. A fall stocking of one pound rainbow trout is planned for late September. Fishing should be good through the remainder of summer.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

Balm Creek Reservoir was stocked with both legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout the first week of May. The reservoir level is fair for this time of year. Fishing for trout should improve with the cooler temperatures of fall.

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

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is currently at four percent of capacity and the boat ramp is not currently useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website.

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

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been fair around the Page Springs Campground and up to and above the weir. No recent reports on the upper portions of the Blitzen but fishing should be good. The Blitzen is flowing around 34 cfs and water temperatures have been fluctuating around 60oF. These are near summer low flow conditions so look for trout in shaded and deep areas.

The best times to fish when conditions are like this are in the morning and in the evening. With the warmer water temperatures, it is recommended that fisherman use heavier line and avoid over-playing the fish. The less time the fish spends fighting on the line the less stress it experiences. If you over-play a fish and spend a lot of time taking photos and handling it, you greatly increase the chances that the fish will not recover and it may result in the fish dying from the experience.

The loop road is completely open so this opens up a lot of great fishing in the upper sections of the Blitzen. The Little Blitzen and Big Indian Rivers are a great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy great fishing in the heart of the Steens.

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

Fishing should still be good at this high alpine lake. Fly fishing from a float tube is very productive casting or trolling flies. Fish are oriented towards the surface in the morning and evening during aquatic insect or flying ant hatches, but quite frequently jump throughout the day.

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.

Rainbow trout sampled in 2015 and 2016 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 was excellent in June and July with rainbow trout targeting blue damselfly adults. Caddis flies were also observed hatching during the evening hours. Stomach contents in trout were composed of dragonfly adults, chironomids, caddis fly larvae, water boatman and damsel nymphs. The lake was stocked again with fingerlings, which will grow to catchable size in 2017.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry last year, but was stocked with fingerling rainbow trout this spring. Fishing for 6-8 inch fish was excellent recently using flies. There is quite a bit of algae along the margins making casting challenging, but a small john boat or float tube would work well. These fish are healthy and will hopefully survive throughout the winter to provide a great fishery for next year.

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

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is at 19 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website. Bully Creek Reservoir was stocked this spring with trophy sized rainbow trout so these and hold-overs from last year should be available for fishermen.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good for legal-sized rainbow trout and some have reported catching bass and green sunfish. 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 summer/fall. The pond is experiencing an algal bloom around the edges and fish appear to be using these for shade/cover so fishing along the algae rim has been productive. The cooler temperatures in the region should help to thin out the algae in the pond and fall fishing should be productive.

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

Access is available but two hours from Klamath Falls. Bait allowed. Mosquitoes are gone and has good access area for camping near the meadows. The most productive fishing area is near the lower 400-00 road crossing. Fishing is excellent for small brook trout mostly under 8 inches. Flow is extremely low. All of Calahan Creek is on Green Diamond Property so please respect this private property and their rules.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked the week of Aug. 29 with 10”-13” rainbow trout. Fishermen have been reported doing well in boats and on shore. Fly fishing has proved very successful recently.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The best way to fish this reservoir is in a small john boat. The redband trout population in the reservoir is sparse. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please respect this area. Water levels in the reservoir is good. Bass fishing should be good.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: native redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

The entire river is open all year and flyfishing for redband trout 6-12 inches has been good. Dry flies and nymphs are very productive. Redband trout and brook trout are in the headwaters (Dairy and Elder Creeks) and are readily available using flies and lures as well.

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. Although there have been no fishing reports from this area there have been people fishing from this boat ramp weekly.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow to fair. Chickahominy was stocked with 2044 legal-sized trout during the week of May 16. The reservoir was not stocked last year due to poor habitat conditions resulting from the prolonged drought conditions in the region.

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

No recent fishing reports. One rainbow trout per day, 15” minimum length may be harvested. Large fish have been reported chasing minnows along the shoreline near the boat ramp.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: hatchery rainbow trout, redband trout, brook trout

No recent fishing reports, but fishing should start picking up with the cooler weather. Successful anglers need to target trout by fishing the top of the water column with flies, lures and bait. Tall vegetation in the lake makes it difficult for bait fishermen to catch fish on the bottom.

COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR (Lake County): redband trout

No recent fishing reports. One rainbow trout per day, 15” minimum length may be harvested.

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

A recent fishing report indicates that fishing is poor in the Cow Lakes this year. As of 2013, the lakes will no longer be stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality. When habitat conditions improve, the trout stocking program will be reinstated.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

The lake was stocked the week of August 29th with 10”-13” rainbow trout. Fishermen have been reported doing well in boats and on shore. Fly fishing has proved very successful recently.

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

Fly fishing for trout upstream of Big Valley has been very good for native redband trout. There have not been any fishing reports downstream of the falls, but several nice trout have been observed near Adel. With warmer stream temperatures please handle fish responsibly.

Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow for current flow information.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

Delintment Lake was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in the spring and anglers have reported catching these fish and holdovers from last year in consistent numbers, although fishing has appeared to be slowing down as the fall season arrives. Fishing around the dock has been productive and fly-fisherman have reported good fishing from float tubes and other small watercraft.

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, redband trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports. Only one rainbow trout per day, 15” minimum length may be harvested.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fly fishing has been productive recently and will continue to get better. This reservoir was stocked with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout in June. There have been reports of 16” and 17” trout being caught this summer. More fingerlings have been released this spring.

FISH LAKE (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked with approximately 250 trophy-sized rainbow trout in early August. Fishing should be good for both legal and trophy-sized rainbows.

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

The North Loop Steens Road is open, and Fish Lake has been stocked with legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout. Fisherman have reported good catches of rainbow and brook trout this summer with some rainbow trout in the 18-20 inch range being caught. Reports indicate that fishing has slowed down some this fall but that anglers are still catching fish.

During the evening, fish can be observed rising for insects and reports indicate that this is the best time to fish. Fly-fishing from a float tube or other non-motorized watercraft has been the best method at Fish Lake.

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

The lake was stocked three weeks ago with 12-14” rainbow trout. Fishing should be good from bank and boat. Look for brook trout and lake trout cruising the shoreline looking for places to spawn.

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

The lake was stocked two weeks ago with 12-14” rainbow trout. Fishing should be good from bank and boat.

The boat ramp is unimproved and involves launching on a sandy beach with no boat docks. Launching a boat might become more difficult as water levels drop. Campground facilities exist on the lake. Angling from shore is typically best near the deeper water along the campground site or near the north end of the lake.

Fourmile Lake is currently 0 percent full based on water used for irrigation. The lake has a large amount of dead pool storage. The fuller the lake the easier launching boats. As the lake recedes to dead pool storage launching boats becomes very difficult. Access is also available by trail to the high lakes that are stocked by helicopter. Badger Lake is the most productive. Woodpecker, Squaw and Long Lake are all stocked but fishing is typically very slow on these waterbodies.

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

Fishing is very slow. Best fishing is for brown bullhead. The lake is 16 percent full.

Grande Ronde Lake: rainbow trout, brook trout

Grande Ronde Lake received its final stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout for the summer the week of July 18. Fishing should be good through the remainder of the summer.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the second week of April. The next stocking is planned for mid-October. 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, brown bullhead catfish

No recent fishing reports. The lake was stocked with legal rainbow trout and kokanee at the end of June. An illegal introduction of brown bullhead catfish will likely affect survival of trout and kokanee. Expect fewer fish to overwinter due to competition for available food resources.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is currently dewatered to complete construction of the head gate on the dam. The reservoir should fill by next spring and will continue to be stocked with rainbow trout in 2017.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

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

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

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

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

Fishing is slow. Water temperature is currently peaking at 62 degrees.

Fishing for largemouth bass is slow. 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 Highway 66 Bridge. Goldfish dominate the fish assemblage in the reservoir. Anglers should mimic the goldfish with bronze or copper lures or plugs to catch largemouth bass in the reservoir.
UPPER KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: native redband trout and yellow perch

A public health advisory has been listed for blue-green algae Microcystis in Upper Klamath Lake. More information.

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

The lake is 5.1 feet below full pool. Boaters should proceed with caution and larger boats will have challenges launching at certain boat ramps in particular Henzel boat ramp on Agency Lake. The lake is very shallow around the mouth of the Williamson River and Odessa Creek. Angling is slow due to fish scattered through Upper Klamath Lake and the Williamson and Wood Rivers. Redband trout have moved back into the lake. Water temperature is peaking at 66 degrees.

Redband that are going to be released should not be removed from the water. Also, water temperatures where the trout are holding and the surface can vary 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduce handling time of trout near the surface of the lake. Angling from shore is not recommended at this time unless angling from the Rocky Point Area.

Yellow perch angling in lower Crystal Creek and Pelican Bay is excellent. Finding the perch is the biggest challenge. Once you find them fishing can be excellent. Small hooks and bait are recommended as the perch typically do not exceed 14 inches.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

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

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

Fishing on the Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse continues to be good at this time. Most fish in this section are very small and average 10-inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow and water temperatures are cooler in this section in the summer.

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. Fishing will be poor. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Flow release estimates are now available. Flows for this week will be low and fishable late in the day. Best fishing looks to all week when flows will be low around 4 p.m. 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 year with bank and boat anglers reporting rainbow trout over 20 inches being caught. Bass fishing in Krumbo was productive this past summer but there have been no recent reports so it is possible that bass fishing is slowing down with the cooler weather in the region.

Krumbo was stocked with over 11,000 legal-sized rainbow trout in April, and anglers have reported catching these fish in consistent numbers, especially from the rocky areas near the inlet. Krumbo Reservoir can be a spectacular summer and fall fishery and regularly produces rainbow trout over 18 inches.

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

Lake of the Woods was stocked three weeks ago with 12-14” rainbow trout. Angling should be fair for most species in the lake but can be excellent for yellow perch. Best fishing for stocked trout is from a boat. Best success from shore is fishing small baits for small yellow perch especially near dusk. Angling for largemouth and smallmouth bass should continue to be good as they prepare for winter. Kokanee should be spawning soon and can be observed or captured near shore next to the Lodge.

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

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

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing was good for bait fishermen this past week, and several were reported jumping towards the evening. This reservoir was stocked three times in the month of June. As vegetation rises throughout the summer successful fishermen will need to increase their leaders from the bottom and fish closer to the surface to consistently catch fish.

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

Fishing has improved for brook trout as they are starting to spawn and are easy to catch. Small spinners can be very productive. Access is available just upstream of the 27 road crossing on Green Diamond property. Fly fishing can be excellent this time of year using terrestrial dry fly patterns such as grasshoppers, ants, beetles, and yellow jacket patterns. Please report any bull trout captured to ODFW office at 541-891-4625.

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

Angling for largemouth bass can be good if you can find where they are concentrated. Lost River is open to fishing all year. Public access is available at Crystal Springs day use area. Boats can be launched from an improved boat ramp at Crystal Springs. Angling for brown bullhead is fair.

Bait fished just off the bottom is the best method to catch fish at this point.
Sacramento perch have been captured below Horseshoe Dam. This is one of the only locations in the state to capture this fish.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports.

The reservoir dam was repaired and started holding water again in November of 2015 but very few fish were expected to survive in the reservoir from last year. This is because the reservoir completely dried up this past summer. There is a portion of the boat ramp that is submerged so it may be possible to launch boats this spring but it will probably not be useable soon when the reservoir levels drop.

The reservoir was stocked with legal-sized and fingerling rainbow trout this past spring to jump start the fishery following prolonged drought conditions in the region.

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

No recent reports.

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir have been around 250 cfs according to the USGS stream data. Fishing is expected to be slow. Large streamers and nymphs can be productive in the fallon the Malheur, as the water tends to be a little murky and fish can see the larger presentations. Look for fish in and around boulders and other available cover.

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

No recent fishing reports.

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

No recent fishing reports.

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

No recent fishing reports.

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

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

Fathead minnows were also found in Mann Lake and have been giving fisherman concern. At the moment, it does not appear that the population of fathead minnows is negatively affecting the fishery but ODFW will continue to monitor the lake.

The Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife stocked Mann Lake with cutthroat trout this spring so anglers should start to see these fish in the lake.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

This reservoir is located northwest of Lakeview on the Fremont National Forest. Largemouth bass have been sampled recently weighing up to 6 lbs. and measuring over 19 inches long! Crayfish were found to be the preferred diet of large bass in this pond. There were also hatchery trout collected in the 10- to 12-inch range, but very few. Bass have been illegally introduced and are negatively impacting the hatchery rainbow trout.

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

The lake was stocked three weeks ago with rainbow trout. Fishing should be good. Miller Lake has campground facilities and an excellent boat ramp. The 12-mile dirt road into the lake can be very rough.

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

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

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

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was stocked with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout in April. The water level is fair for this time of fair. Opportunities to catch hold-over rainbow trout should improve as water temps decrease.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

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

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports, but there should be holdovers from previous fingerling stockings. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked again this spring.

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

There is a lot of algae present in the upper portions of the lake and this is making fishing a little more difficult. The cooler weather in the region should help to reduce or stop the spread of algae in the reservoir and fishing should improve as the fall months proceed.

Reports have indicated that there are/were a lot of dead carp in the reservoir but there have been no reports of other fish species. ODFW investigated and took water samples and found areas that contain lethal dissolved oxygen levels so this is likely the cause of dying carp. Since carp are currently spawning, they are moving into the shallower areas where there is more algae and less oxygen and getting trapped while other species are moving into areas that contain adequate oxygen. The reservoir is currently at 26 percent of capacity.

The Owyhee Dam boat ramp is permanently closed due to safety concerns so users are asked to launch at the Gordon Gulch boat ramp in the state park and the newly constructed launch at Indian Creek.

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

No recent fishing reports but the river has been getting fished heavily so fishing should be productive. Water releases below the dam have been around 131 cfs according to the USGS stream data. Water clarity can fluctuate throughout the day so having a ride range of flies or lures can increase success in summer/fall fishing on the Owyhee River. As the fall months progress, brown trout will start to spawn throughout the lower Owyhee River so avoid wading in gravely areas with brown trout present.

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. Expect reservoir levels to be low and fishing poor. Most fish likely perished last year due to drought. Fingerlings were released again this spring.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

Reservoir storage is at 5 percent of capacity. Launching boats at the Union Creek launch is not possible. Boats can be launched at the Mason Dam launch at very low reservoir levels, but the ramp surface is in disrepair and launching of large boats is not advisable.

The last stocking for the summer of legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout occurred the week of June 1. Fishing for trout has slowed but should improve as fall temperatures moderate. A total of 4,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout were released this spring and some should remain to provide some good fall fishing when water temperatures cool. To measure the catch rate of these fish, ODFW will marked approximately 400 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 slowed, but should improve with cooler fall temperatures. The reservoir is receding, and only the low water launch is functional.

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

Pine Creek and tributaries are open to trout fishing year-round, with a five-rainbow trout bag limit. This is a new regulation for 2016.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been slow at Poison Creek Reservoir. Fishing can be slow but those fishermen that are willing to put in the time often catch trout over 20 inches. The reservoir has an abundant macroinvertebrate community and a population of especially large freshwater shrimp. If you can find out what the fish are feeding on and then match your flies or lures to that, it will greatly increase your chances of catching fish at Poison Creek Reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

No recent fishing reports. Winter fishing this past year at Pole Creek was very productive and a large population of crappie was discovered. The reservoir was stocked this past spring so these fish should still be available to anglers.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

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

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Priday Reservoir is a reservoir on mostly BLM property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property on the reservoir. The reservoir was dry in 2015. This is great news as several illegally introduced species, crappie and brown bullhead catfish, occurred in the reservoir and have now perished. This very productive reservoir was stocked again with legals and trophy rainbow trout during spring break.

The reservoir is turbid but visibility is better than most reservoirs in the area. Fishing with bait from shore is the best method. Fly and lure fisherman should fish from shore as most fish cruise the shoreline looking for food.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout should be picking up this fall at this old borrow pit located along the Twin springs road in the South Warner mountains. Fly fishing out of a small float tube would be very beneficial. Fingerlings planted this spring should be eight inches by now. This is a very scenic location and a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

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

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Flows are fishable. Angling is best in the beaver dam pools above Nicholson Road. The bridge crossing Sevenmile Creek at Nicholoson Road is closed. Angling can be good for 6- to 8-inch brook trout.

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

All access is only available by hiking. The easiest hike is into Isherwood Lake via the Cold Spring Trailhead. Mosquitoes are gone. Fishing is best using small panther martin spinners. The most productive lakes are Badger Lake (near Fourmile Lake), Isherwood, Sonya and Margurette in the Sky Lakes Wilderness or Como, Harriette, Echo, Weston and South Pass in the Mountain Lake Wilderness.

Rainbow trout in Isherwood and Sonya can reach 16 inches. Large trout have also been observed swimming around in Margurette Lake recently. Look for traveling sedge hatches in these lakes as well as damsel and dragonflies. Weston Lake is fishing excellent and is a great side trip from Lake of the Woods.

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

Fishing was reported to be slow this past weekend. Large fingerlings were stocked in May and fish from previous stockings in 2015 were seen jumping. Lures or flies that mimic crayfish work well.

Spaulding Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and surprisingly remains dry.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Spencer Creek provides excellent angling for small redband trout generally eight inches or less. Best fishing is near three lower road crossings on Green Diamond and BLM property. A campground exists on Upper Spencer Creek on the USFS but fishing is slower at this site.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Spring Creek is very slow angling due to very cold and clear water. Brown trout are beginning to enter the creek to prepare to spawn. Best areas to fish are in Collier State Park near the bridge crossing and the riffle above the mouth.

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

Fishing is slow as redband density is low and most redband have moved to spring fed areas of the river. Best fishing is upstream of Beatty in the area fed by numerous springs. River flows are 172 cfs at the mouth. Water temperature is peaking at 66 degrees at the mouth. Yellow perch angling should be excellent if you can find them.

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

Fishing is excellent above and below Sandhill crossing for small brook trout and a few redband trout. Grasshopper and attractor patterns can be excellent in this stretch. Bait is allowed above the lowermost 3372 road crossing. Campground facilities exist at Lee Thomas and Sandhill.

Angling through the canyon is excellent. Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Caddisflies and golden stoneflies are common in the canyon area. Flow has dropped through the canyon (32 cfs). Larger brown trout and redband trout occur in this section. Large brown trout are beginning to move in to spawn and will move past the lowermost 3411 road.

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

The South Fork Sprague River is open to angling. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Fishing is best near Camp Creek and Corral Creek campground. Flow is very low and fishable (11 cfs).

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout should be picking up this fall at this old borrow pit located along the Twin Springs road in the South Warner Mountains. Fingerlings planted this spring should be eight inches by now. This is a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Sun Creek is closed to fishing for bull trout. Only bull trout occur in upper Sun Creek just above the Sun Pass Forest bridge crossing. Angling not recommended at this time. Redband trout were reintroduced to Sun Creek. These redband trout were small, most less than four inches, and salvaged from the Wood River irrigation system. The Sun Creek channel will be rerouted into the historic channel next spring.

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

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 very low at 9.1cfs. Above the Sycan Marsh angling can be excellent for brook trout and redband trout near the Rock Creek campground and Hanan Trailhead.

Above Rock Creek campground is dominated by small brook trout. Excellent brook trout fishing continues to near the headwaters. Near Pikes Crossing redband trout begin to dominate but fishing is typically slow in this area due to low redband trout densities at this time.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

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

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir has been drained completely by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District. ODFW will not restock the reservoir with rainbow trout until spring 2017.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir storage is at 17 percent of capacity and receding. Fishing has been fair for rainbow trout, with the average size being 14-15 inches. Small boats can still be launched at the boat ramp, but this will become more difficult as the water level recedes.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing has been slow, but fingerlings should be getting big enough to start biting. Legal and fingerling rainbow trout were stocked in June. The lake was very low last year due to drought, but is currently at 75 percent pool level. There is a primitive boat ramp available and electric motors can be used.

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 1 percent of capacity.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing is good, although vegetation in the lake is reaching the surface and is difficult to fish. The easiest way to effectively fish this small pond is with a float tube and flies, but fish can be caught with lures and bait as well. Fishing is better earlier in the year before vegetation takes over mid-summer.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

There is no size or bag limit on brook trout. No bait is allowed. Catch and release only for rainbow (redband) trout.

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

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

The Williamson River is now catch and release for redband (rainbow) trout for the entire river and season. A bag limit of two brown trout per day is be allowed. No bait is allowed. Fishing is quite challenging on the river right now. Fish are beginning to move both upstream to stage for spawning and some have returned to Upper Klamath Lake. Most radio-tagged redband trout, 27 out of 40, entered the Williamson River. It is required that radio-tagged redband trout are released and do not remove them from the water. Radio-tagged redband trout can be identified by antennae extruding from abdomen.

Mayfly hatches are excellent this time of year as Mahogany duns (Paraleptophlebia), Tricos (Tricorythodes) and BWO (Baetis) are hatching in good numbers. Tricos typically hatch very early morning with the spinner fall in the late morning. Mahogany dun and BWO typically hatch in the afternoon. All these mayflies are small ranging in fly size from 16-22. Small pheasant tail nymphs in yellow or brown will match these hatches nicely.

Nymphing with large stoneflies with very small bead head pheasant tails can be good. The best area for fishing is from the Sprague River confluence to the mouth. Please do not remove redband trout from the water as many have just completed spawning and are easily caught due to poor energy reserves.

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

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

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

There have been no recent fishing reports. Fishing is best for largemouth bass. The reservoir is very turbid and not a good shoreline fishery. Bluegill, crappie and yellow perch are rare in the catch. The crappie that are caught are typically large.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is less than half capacity. The boat launch is out of the water and not functional.

WOOD RIVER: redband, brown, brook and bull trout

Fly fishing is slow in the river from Fort Klamath to Weed Road using grasshopper patterns. Brown trout also actively feed on mice and voles so those patterns fished late evening can work. Best fishing is from Fort Klamath to Weed Road with the best float from Loosley to Weed. A small craft with low bow is recommended due to bridges and numerous portages required. Swinging and nymphing is the best technique below Weed Road.

Brown trout feed actively very late and very early or on cloudy days. Brown trout feed near the bottom and sculpins are often preyed upon. Fishing with imitations mimicking sculpins on the bottom can work well. Various caddisflies are hatching. Bag limit is catch and release for redband trout, two brown trout per day and no limit on brook trout.

Fishing in the lower Wood River near the mouth has been fair for large redband trout. Anglers can launch small boats at the Petric Ramp and personal flotation devices at the dock at the BLM Wetland. The Petric channel is very challenging to get through in a boat with the extensive aquatic vegetation.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Fishermen have reported consistent catches of rainbow trout in the 12-15 inch range with an occasional bigger fish being caught. Yellowjacket Lake was stocked with trophy sized rainbow trout in the spring. There is quite a bit of algae present in upper portions of the lake so fishing around the dam has been more productive from the bank. Recent cooler weather in the region should help to thin out the algae and open up more bank access this fall. Boat anglers have had success throughout the lake all summer and into the fall.

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, BEAR, CONTROLLED RIFLE DEER (opens Oct. 1), BIRD (Forest Grouse, Mourning Dove open see regs)

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

DEER rifle season opens on Saturday Oct. 1. Deer populations are stable, however there may not be many yearling buck available due to poor fawn survival last winter. Deer season is expected to be fair to good depending upon weather conditions. There are several prescribed fires planned to be conducted this fall in the Silvies and Malheur River Wildlife Management Units. Fires may be conducted during hunting seasons if favorable burning conditions exist. Areas where prescribed fires may occur will be posted.

ELK populations remain at or above management objectives and bull ratios are similar to previous years with good numbers of adult bulls available. Both the Silvies and Malheur River units offer good hunting for elk.

Hunters are reminded of four Travel Management Areas in the Harney district. Two in the Silvies Unit (Dairy Creek and Burnt Cabin) and two in the Malheur River Unit (Conroy Cliff and Devine-Rattlesnake). Maps are available at each major entry point of the travel management area as well as online and at the Hines office. Period of restrictions are Sep. 28th through Oct. 12th and Oct. 23th through Nov. 13th. ODFW biologist will be posting and stocking map boxes this week.

Youth antlerless ELK hunts also opened Aug. 1. Elk populations are stable in Harney County. Additional antlerless ELK hunts opened Aug. 15. Elk populations are stable in Harney County.

MOURNING DOVE season continues and best prospects will be around agricultural areas or near water sources. Hunters are reminded that Eurasian-collared doves are now unprotected and can be taken year round. As a reminder Mourning Dove season has been extended until Oct. 30 statewide.

Forest GROUSE season opened Sept. 1 Grouse can be found in the forested portions of the Silvies and Malheur Units, but population numbers are low.

Fall BEAR season opened Aug. 1. Bear populations in Harney County are generally low. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations appear to be stable. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.

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

Cougar hunting is open year around. The deadline to purchase a general season tag for the 2016 calendar year is Sept. 30. If you have already purchased the general season tag you may purchase an additional cougar tag at any time. 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. 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

Eastern Oregon Buck Deer – Many controlled hunt seasons for eastern Oregon buck deer will open Oct. 1. All units in the Klamath Wildlife District are at or above management objective for bucks. Survey efforts in the past several years indicate a good number of older age class bucks in the population, however, low fawn survival last year may mean fewer yearling bucks in the population this fall. For most of the units in the Klamath District, yearling bucks typically make up a substantial portion of the harvest, so hunter success may be impacted this year with fewer yearlings on the landscape.

Conditions have been cooling and some limited precipitation has dampened the dry grass and forbs making the woods a bit less noisy than they had been. While no large wildfires are currently active in Klamath County, fire restrictions remain in effect and the landscape is still parched from the summer months, but forecasts indicate the cooling trend will continue through the early part of deer season. Hunters are encouraged to check with local BLM, USFS, or Department of Forestry offices for up to date fire restrictions and closures to access due to active wildfire.

Mourning Dove season opened Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 30. Best prospects are near agricultural areas and water, though a cold snap on the first few days of September have sent most dove to more southerly locations. Hunters should expect low numbers of dove remaining in the Basin.

Forest Grouse season opened Sept. 1 and continues through Jan. 31. Best prospects are in the Cascade Mountains for both blue and ruffed grouse, although fair numbers of blue grouse can be found in forested habitat in eastern Klamath County.

BEAR – General Fall Bear Season opened on Aug. 1. Hunters have until Sept. 30 to purchase a fall bear tag. Best bear prospects are in the Cascades or in the Interstate Unit. Hunters are reminded to check-in any harvested bears at an ODFW office. Be sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment.

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

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

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on September 27, 2016.

Youth waterfowl hunt occurred this past weekend. A total of 23 hunters checked in for the weekend and harvested a total of 54 birds for an average of 2.57 birds per hunter.

Dove season continues through the end of October however very few doves remain on the Miller Island Unit.
Hunters must obtain a self-serve permit available at the check station on Miller Island Road if hunting on the Miller Island Unit. The “B” half of the permit must be filled out completely and returned when done hunting for the day.

Deer season is closed on Klamath Wildlife Area Miller Island Unit.
No permit is required if hunting on Shoalwater Bay, Sesti Tgawaals, or Gorr Island. Non-toxic shot is required for hunting on all units of the Klamath Wildlife Area.

Posted safety zones are closed to all hunting.

Miller Island Unit

The Miller Island Unit is located 6 miles south and west of Klamath Falls. The Miller Island Unit is open to hunting on authorized hunt days (please see the 2016-17 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information) on a first-come, first-served basis by permit.

Gorr Island Unit

Gorr Island is located four miles south of the Miller Island Unit in the Klamath River, accessible only by boat. Gorr Island is open daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

Shoalwater Bay Unit and Sesti Tgawaals Unit

Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawaals are both located on the west side of Upper Klamath Lake approximately 10 miles to the north and west of Klamath Falls. Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawaals Units are both open for hunting daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

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

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

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

LAKE COUNTY

Did you know there are some rules for using a hunting blind on BLM land? Here’s more info

Rifle Deer season opens on Oct. 1. All units in the district are at or above post season buck ratios so there should be good numbers of mature bucks available. Fawn survival was below average last spring, therefore the number of yearling bucks available will be lower than years past. Because yearling bucks make up the majority of the harvest we expect lower hunter success this year. There are no major fires in the county at this time and fire precaution levels have been dropped to Level II. It’s still pretty dry out there so hunters are urged to be very careful with anything flammable. The current 7 day forecast has a slight chance of rain later in the week.

Mourning Dove season opened Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 30. Best prospects are near agricultural areas and water. Most doves leave the county at the first hard freeze; which has not occurred to date.

Fall BEAR season continues; deadline to purchase a tag is Sept. 30. Compared to the rest of the state bear populations are generally low. There is a strong berry crop this summer which should persist through mid-September. Hunters are reminded that bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.

Youth antlerless ELK hunts opened August 1.

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

Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. Pups are dispersing and pair bonds are breaking down. The effectiveness of prey distress calls will increase through the fall. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

Updated Sept. 27, 2016

The annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt occurred over the past weekend. A total of 98 youth hunter-days were recorded (52 on Saturday and 46 on Sunday) and the harvest of 279 birds (272 ducks, 6 geese and one American coot) was reported. For the weekend, youth hunters averaged 3.09 birds per hunter (3.82 on Saturday and 2.10 on Sunday).

Archery deer season ended on Sunday Sept. 25. One hunter checked in throughout the week and no harvest was reported.

Mourning dove season continues and participation remains very light. No hunters checked in to hunt.

Controlled buck mule deer season will open on Oct. 1. A majority of the wildlife area is within the Wagontire Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) and a small portion is within the Silver Lake WMU (lands east of OR Hwy. 31).

The use of centerfire rifles and pistols for controlled buck mule deer hunting in the Wagontire HMU portion of the wildlife area is prohibited. Muzzleloader and shotguns with slugs or buckshot is permitted.

Buck mule deer can be found scattered across the wildlife area, especially around agricultural areas and homestead sites on the north end.

Doves are found in very low numbers, especially around agricultural areas and homestead sites on the north end of the wildlife area.

Posted Refuges are closed to hunting. And, on Oct. 1 will begin the closure of all entry into that portion of the wildlife area south of Thousand Springs Lane (Lake County Road 4-17), excluding the Foster Place. No entry will be allowed into this area until 4:00 am on Opening Day of waterfowl season on Oct. 8. Access on open roads leading to and including campgrounds is permitted.

All hunters will need to obtain and have a daily hunting permit in their possession while in the field. Free daily hunting permits are available self-serve in the lobby at Headquarters. Check out is mandatory and can be accomplished by filling out and dropping the “B” portion of the permit off in check-out boxes found at major access areas.

Non-toxic shot is required for all Game Bird hunting.

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

Controlled deer seasons open Oct. 1.

Beulah: Hunting season in the Beulah will be similar to past years with buck ratios just above the management objective at 13 bucks per hundred does. While spring fawn ratios were a little below average so there will be a fair number of younger bucks available for hunters. A majority of the deer will be in the forest or along the forest fringes. The Rail Fire burned approximately 40,000 acres around Monument Rock Wilderness. The fire will displace some deer but there is unburned patches of habitat with in the fire boundary that will still hold deer.

Owyhee: Deer numbers are holding steady in the Owyhee. There was one large fire, the Cheery Creek Fire which burned 35,000 acres on the east side of the Owyhee Reservoir. A good strategy for finding deer in the Owyhee is to look in areas that still have some sage and bitter brush or higher elevation habitats and water.

Whitehorse: Deer numbers are holding steady but buck ration is slightly above the management objective of 15. There was a 22,000 acre fire between Rome and Big Grassy Mountain that burned some good sage brush along the rim of the Owyhee River Canyon. Similar to the Owyhee a good strategy for finding deer is to look in areas that still have some sage and bitter brush or higher elevation habitats and water. 

Mourning Dove season opens Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 30. Best prospects are near agricultural areas and water.

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

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

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


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SOUTHEAST ZONE WILDLIFE VIEWING

HARNEY COUNTY

Fall shorebird migration has started to slow. Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebes species are a few of what can be seen.

Fall migrating waterfowl continue to grow in numbers including Northern pintail, Northern shovelers, American wigeon, American green-winged teal, Canvasback and Redhead. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

Fall migrating passerine species continue to show up. White-crowned sparrows, American goldfinches, spotted towhees, Says phoebes and a variety of warbler species are a few that can be found in the basin. A large number of breeding passerine species and woodpeckers can be found in National Forest land throughout the county.

Raptors continue to be found throughout the area. You should be able to view osprey around lakes and reservoirs, golden eagles, a few bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, prairie falcons and ferruginous hawks. 9/6/16.

KLAMATH COUNTY

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

Fall migration is underway for waterfowl, shorebirds and some raptors. Thousands of lesser scaup and northern shovelor are using Howard Bay along Highway 140. White-fronted geese have arrived from Arctic breeding areas and will be staging in the Klamath Basin before moving south to Central Valley California.

Greater sandhill cranes are staging and can be found foraging in agricultural fields in Langell Valley along the Lost River and near Alkali Lake near Dairy, Oregon.

Wood ducks can be found with broods now near Rocky Point, Shoalwater Bay, and Aspen Lake.

Several grebe species including Clark’s, western, and eared grebes can be observed on Upper Klamath Lake and other waterbodies in the Basin. Look for American avocets and black-necked stilts in very shallow water areas.

Shorebird numbers are increasing as fall migration is underway and breeding season is concluded. American avocet, black-necked stilt, killdeer, Wilson’s phalaropes and their chicks are now present in the Basin. A large number of migrants are staging in good number at this time. Least and western sandpipers, lesser and greater yellowlegs, red-necked and Wilson’s phalaropes and long-billed dowitchers are especially numerous. Most long-billed curlews and willets have departed the area.

Now is the time to look for unusual vagrants passing through the area.

Sandhill cranes will begin staging in Yonna and Langell Valley over the next month. Check harvested grain fields near wetland areas for best viewing opportunities.

American white pelicans can be readily observed on Upper Klamath and Agency Lakes. These large piscivorous (fish-eating) aquatic birds are a colonial nesting species that nest in only a few locations in the Klamath Basin including Clear Lake Refuge, Lower Klamath Refuge, and on Upper Klamath Lake.

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

Another close viewing opportunity is the Link River Trail where viewers will see many species of passerines as well as a few mammals including deer, gray fox and mink. 7/19/16

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Updated Sept. 27, 2016

Water levels in most wetlands are remaining stable or slowly filling.

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

Flocks of Western Canada Geese can be found scattered across the area. The occasional white-fronted goose can be found on the area, but most can be heard flying over on their way south. Southern migrating ducks have started to show up on the area and continue to increase in numbers. Northern shovelers, Northern Pintail, Mallards, Gadwall, American Green-winged Teal and Cinnamon Teal are quite common and scattered across the area. Diver species should start showing up in greater numbers in the coming weeks.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Sandhill cranes have started to move out of the area, but may still be found. Killdeer, common snipe, yellow legs, long-billed dowitchers, spotted, least and western sandpipers, American avocets and black-necked stilts can be found on mud flats and around the edges of receding ponds. Shorebird species and numbers should start to decline in the coming weeks with the fall migration.

Great blue herons, great egret, black-crowned night-herons and American bitterns are common on the area.

There are still a few American white pelican and double-crested cormorant using the area, especially along the Klamath River. A number of gull species can be seen across the area with ring-billed and franklin’s gulls continue to be the most numerous.

American coot can be found scattered across the area. Virginia rails and soras can be heard throughout the area, but can be hard to spot.

Pied-billed, eared and western grebes are found in some of the areas deeper ponds and along the Klamath River.

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. Peregrine falcons can also be observed using old power poles overlooking the wetlands. Osprey can be observed flying around the area or resting on old power poles.

Eagle species are a rare sight right now, but observations of them should increase as they follow the fall migrations.

Turkey vultures are commonly seen scavenging throughout Klamath WA Miller Island Unit, but their numbers should decrease as they depart for warmer climates.

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, yellow warblers and yellow-rumped warblers, western meadowlark, black-billed magpies and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area.

Swallow species and numbers have declined over the past few weeks as they have started their winter migrations.

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.

Rufous hummingbirds are frequent visitors to the Klamath Wildlife Area compound.

Reptiles

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

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

LAKE COUNTY

Fall migration has started and there are a lot of different bird species moving through the county. Large flocks of Lesser Sandhill Cranes are common in the hay fields around Valley Falls. Water levels have dropped on Lake Abert and subsequently salinity levels have increased causing most shore birds to leave the lake. All of the common species are still present just not in the numbers observed in early August. Hart and Crump lakes have water this year and also will provide viewing opportunities. 9/27/16

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on Sept. 27, 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 and Windbreak) and the Wildlife Viewing Loop will be open until Saturday Oct. 1, when it will close for the remainder of the year.

Lateral or spur dikes off the major dike roads remain closed to motor vehicle travel. A detour is in place, access around the loop is now on the North side 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.

Beginning on Oct. 1, portions of the wildlife area south of Thousand Spring Lane (Lake County Road 4-17) will be closed to all entry, except for open roads leading to and including campgrounds.

Wildlife viewing remains good. Fall migration continues with increasing numbers of waterfowl, but other waterbird and shorebird numbers are declining as most species have departed to wintering areas to the south..

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are increasing as staging flocks of many species are beginning to form. The weekly count conducted on Sept. 21st found about 38,000 ducks of 13 species.

Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the area, over 600 were counted. Greater white-fronted geese continue to increase in number over the next few months. Nearly 1,000 were found on the weekly count and the season’s first arrival of lesser snow geese found about 125 present.

A few resident and non-breeding trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area. These birds are part of restoration efforts and will be neck-banded with green collars and white alphanumeric symbols. Four (4) pre-flight cygnets were translocated and released into the Bullgate Refuge recently. 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. The brood of 4 cygnets at Work Road Pond continues to be closely attended by one of the adults, has attained flight and have been observed at several location on the wildlife area.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Fall migration is winding down, but a fair wide variety of species present. The weekly count found about 10 species and numbering in the thousands. Now is a good time to look for vagrants passing through the area.

American coots are widely scattered across the entire wildlife area and very numerous at this time, over 17,000 were counted. Virginia rails and soras continue to be found and heard in good numbers.

Sandhill cranes are staging for migration now, especially at the Foster Place grain fields where 75-100 birds can be observed.

Grebe numbers remain good; eared, pied-billed, Clark’s and Western are commonly found at this time. Last week, a horned grebe was observed.

Gulls have largely departed the wildlife area, but a small number of individuals can still be found along with migrant Bonaparte’s and Franklin’s. Nearly all Caspian and Forster’s terns have departed the area but a few can still be found, as well as migrant common and black terns. Last week a Sabine’s gull was found.

Resident double-crested cormorants and American white pelicans continue to be found in good numbers at this time and can be found scattered across the larger open water ponds and features.

Black-crowned night-herons, great egret and great blue herons are present in good numbers. American bittern have been seen on a regular basis. During the weekly count, one snowy egret was found. White-faced ibis remain fairly numerous and commonly seen in nearly all wetland areas. Turkey vultures are common now and readily observed throughout the day.

Raptors and others

Northern harriers and red-tailed and Swainson’s hawks are common this time of the year. Bald and golden eagles, ferruginous hawk, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons can occasionally be found. Several peregrines have been observed recently hunting the large flocks of staging shorebirds and waterfowl. Migrant accipiters are beginning to move through the area now.

Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds. Common barn and sometimes short-eared owls can occasionally be observed near dusk.

Upland game birds

Good numbers of California quail can be found and a few pheasants can sometimes be observed, especially around old homesteads on the north end of the wildlife area. Quail are beginning to form good-sized coveys at this time.

Passerines

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex. Mourning doves are found in low numbers.

American and lesser goldfinches are being observed at Headquarters on a regular basis. Migrant passerines, especially warblers can be found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially around Headquarters and old homestead sites.

Red-breasted and sometimes red-naped sapsuckers as well as other woodpeckers can be found in the trees around Headquarters. Northern flickers remain very common.

Hummingbird numbers remain fairly good at the Headquarters feeders, but are declining as fall progress. Black-chinned, calliope and rufous have all been observed recently

Swallow numbers have declined dramatically as most locally breeding species have migrated south. Some later migrating species, such as barn swallow remain, and can be found staging at and roosting in dense patches of tall emergent vegetation in marsh areas.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can still be found in good numbers in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail along dikes and levees throughout the wetlands.

Migrant white-crowned, golden crowned and Lincoln’s sparrows and spotted towhees have been observed recently.

Blackbirds (Brewer’s, yellow-headed and red-winged) are declining in number, but can still be found in tall emergent vegetation throughout the marsh. Brewer’s blackbirds are fairly common at campgrounds and other upland sites. All three species are visiting the feeder at Headquarters.

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 on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) and the Wildlife Viewing Loop will be open until Saturday October 1st , when it will close for the remainder of the year.

Lateral or spur dikes off the major dike roads remain closed to motor vehicle travel. A detour is in place, access around the loop is now on the North side 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.

Beginning on October 1st portions of the wildlife area south of Thousand Spring Lane (Lake County Road 4-17) will be closed to all entry, except for open roads leading to and including campgrounds.

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 remain fairly well flooded. Irrigation season diversions are over. Ana River flows have increased and water levels in many wetland units is rising, creating ideal foraging conditions for migrant waterbirds, especially waterfowl.

Emergent marsh vegetation remains very robust across the entire wildlife area at this time. Nearly all ponds and canals are filled with an excellent growth of submerged aquatic vegetation, especially sago pondweed.

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

Summer Lake is beginning to increase in size due to increase inflow following the end of irrigation season diversions, shorter day length and decreased evapotranspiration. Increased has created a substantial delta that is increasing in size at the head of Summer Lake and is supporting a very large number of migrant waterfowl.

Upland habitat remains in very good condition, forbs and grasses are growing robustly at this time and nearly all species are well into seed set. Planted tree and shrub species in plots and the orchard have produced a good amount of fruit and are 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:

  • Fall is a great time for some trout fishing in the mountain lakes.
  •  Chinook salmon fishing is open on the Snake River with a bag limit of six hatchery fish.
  • Steelhead is open on the Grande Ronde, Imnaha, and Wallowa rivers.
  • Smallmouth bass fishing is excellent on the John Day River downstream from Kimberly and on the North Fork up to Monument.
  • Crappie fishing continues to be good at McKay Reservoir, with best fishing late in the evening and at night. Fish are suspended and fairly deep but move up in the water column late in the evening.
  • Walleye fishing is fair in the Columbia from McNary Dam to Boardman. Troll deep diving plugs or drift downstream with bottom bouncers and spinner/worm combos.
  • Olive Lake will be drawn down nearly 27 feet this fall due to a mechanical failure at Olive Lake Dam. Umatilla Forest Service closed public access to a small portion of the lake, however all recreation activities will remain open outside of the closed areas. ODFW will continue to monitor the situation. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Umatilla National Forest or ODFW’s John Day District field office.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Send us your fishing report

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

Aldrich Ponds (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

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

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Bull Prairie Reservoir is scheduled to be stocked with trophy sized trout the last week of September, fishing should be good. A campground and a boat launch are available. Bait, lures and flies are all producing.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass, steelhead

Steelhead season is open on the Grande Ronde and anglers are picking up a few fish. However, fishing typically doesn’t pick up until later in the month with the best fishing taking place on through the fall. Similar to other Columbia basin runs, the Grande Ronde stock is tracking below expectations this year. On the upside, a large majority of the returning fish are two-salt meaning larger average size. Harvest is limited to three hatchery steelhead per day and must be recorded on the combined Angling Tag. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is also required.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

Holliday Park Pond is scheduled to be stocked with trophy sized trout the last week of September, fishing should be good. An ADA fishing dock for anglers with disabilities is available.

HUNTER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

This pond was last stocked with rainbow trout in mid-May. The next stocking is planned for late September. From I-84 take Hwy. 244 towards Ukiah. At the Blue Mountains 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

Steelhead season is open, and some of the best fishing days take place in late September and early October. Similar to other Columbia basin runs, the Grande Ronde stock is tracking below expectations this year. On the upside, a large majority of the returning fish are two-salt, meaning they are larger average size. Harvest is limited to three hatchery steelhead per day and must be recorded on the Combined Angling Tag. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is also required.

JOHN DAY RIVER: smallmouth bass

Smallmouth bass fishing is good with many fish being caught downstream from Kimberly and on the North Fork up to Monument. River flows are steady but low, make sure to check the flows before planning your trip.

John Day River flows

JUBILEE LAKE: trout

Angling for rainbow trout should be good as water temperatures have cooled putting the trout back on the feed in shallower water. Lures, flies and bait and bait should all be productive.

This is a 97-acre lake located within the Umatilla Forest about 54 miles northeast of Pendleton. Located near the summit of the Blue Mountains at an elevation of 4,696 ft. Bank access is good. Amenities include a 50-site Forest Service campground on the west side of the lake, an ADA-accessible 2.8 mile paved hiking trail around the lake, and a paved boat ramp. Only electric motors may be used on boats.

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

Cavender Pond is scheduled to be stocked with trophy sized trout the last week of September, fishing should be good.

LUGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

This pond was last stocked with rainbow trout in mid-May. The next stocking is planned for late September.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

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

McHALEY POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with legal-sized trout and fishing is good.

McKAY RESERVOIR:

Crappie fishing should be good once you find schools of them, look for concentrations of crappie along the deeper willow edges and near rock outcroppings. Bass fishing has been good for both large and smallmouth. The reservoir is at 50 percent pool elevation, the boat ramp is still usable but water level is past the concrete ramp.

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, and kokanee

Umatilla Forest Service has closed portions of Olive Lake due to a mechanical failure in the water release gate on Olive Lake Dam. The area closed to public entry is approximately one-half acre and will be signed, fenced and defined by a string of buoys extending from the dam into the water.

The campground and hiking trail around the lake remain open as well as all other water activities outside the restricted area, however the drop in the lake may impact access to the boat ramp and docks. The gate will remain open until the lake drops to a level where it is safe to repair, approximately 27 feet. ODFW will continue to monitor the situation.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout the first week of May. The next stocking is planned for mid-October.

PENDLAND LAKE: rainbow trout

Fall is one of the best times to fish Pendland Lake, a small boat or float tube is essential to getting anglers away from the shoreline weed growth. All angling methods will work but fly fishing is the best method to target rainbow trout in the fall months.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout the first week of May. The next stocking is planned for mid-October.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

TAYLOR GREEN POND: hatchery rainbow trout

This pond was last stocked with rainbow trout in late May. The next stocking is planned for late September. From Hwy. 203 at Union, turn left staying on Hwy. 203 towards Medical Springs. At the summit between Union and Medical Springs, turn left onto USFS Road 7700 (opposite snowpark area). Proceed East on 7700 road for about 9 miles to USFS Road 7740 on the right. Proceed on the 7740 road for about 1/4 mile. The rock pit pond are on the right.

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

The forest ponds provide a good opportunity for a combination trip for hunters, the forest ponds are good camping locations and can provide a break from hunting. All ponds should provide good fishing for rainbow trout.

UMATILLA RIVER: trout

Trout anglers in the upper river can expect fair angling for rainbow trout. Anglers can access fish counts at Threemile Dam fish counts. Flow data

WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout

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

New to Kinney Lake this year, non-motorized watercraft are now allowed. Kinney Lake is currently very low and may be difficult to fish however the reservoir is slowly filling.

Salt Creek Summit still has fish available and were actively rising during a recent visit by the local biologist.

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Wallowa Lake has fished very well for trout this summer. As the fall progresses the remaining stocked fish will begin switching to more natural food. Try natural baits and natural imitations to attract these fish. Bait should be either hung under a float or set just off bottom. Kokanee anglers have been reporting catching daily limits of 25 fish. Kokanee size appears to be improving with reports of fish in the 8-9 inch range and some fish as large as 12 inches.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

Trout fishing has been good on the Wallowa this summer and some large fish are being caught. Focus efforts in the early morning or late evening for the best success. Mountain whitefish are also very abundant in the Wallowa and are readily caught on small bead-head nymphs.

Steelhead season opens Sept. 1. A few steelhead are available in the fall however the best fishing is in late winter and early spring. Harvest is limited to three hatchery steelhead per day and must be recorded on the Combined Angling Tag. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is also required.

WALLA WALLA NORTH & SOUTH FOREST PONDS: rainbow trout

The ponds have been stocked and should provide good angling.

WALLA WALLA RIVER: rainbow trout

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

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

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


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NORTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, CONTROLLED RIFLE DEER (opens Oct. 1), BIRD (Forest Grouse, Mourning Dove open see regs)

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

Deer season opens Oct 1. The dry summer means water availability in some areas will play an important role in animal distribution. Hunters should concentrate on areas with available green forage for best results. Dark Canyon, Patrick Creek and Pine-Keating TMA’s go into effect Sept 28. For fire updates and area closures please check with the Wallow-Whitman National forest.

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

Elk and Deer – Controlled rifle deer season opens Oct. 1. Fawn ratios were fair and buck ratios were near MO this year so hunting should be similar to last year. The Murderers Creek-Flagtail and Camp Creek TMA’s are in effect so hunter need to be aware that the green dot road closures are in effect. The Rail Creek Fire west of Unity is contained but area closure do to the fire may limit access for hunts in portions the West Beulah unit. Hunters are encouraged to check inciweb.nwcg.gov for updated fire information. The USFS is conducting some controlled burns throughout the forest so hunter should pay attention to signed areas where burns are planned and avoid those areas.

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.

Bear population are doing well and archery hunters reported seeing bear frequently, so rifle deer hunters may want to purchase their fall bear tag before deer season. Fall bear tag sale dead line is September 30th.

MORROW, GILLIAM AND WHEELER COUNTIES

Deer hunting opens Oct. 1 for those with the controlled rifle tag. Cooler conditions and some moisture is expected for the opening weekend of buck season. This should help with hunter success. However will low fawn survival from last year hunters will find fewer yearling bucks which may make hunting a little more difficult. Hunters will find deer scattered throughout the Heppner, Fossil and Columbia Basin units. Hunters can hunt on the national forest and BLM lands or they can also hunt the Heppner Regulated Hunt Area.

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

Controlled rifle deer season opens Oct. 1.

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

Forest Grouse should be plentiful this season. Look for ruffs in moist canyon bottoms choked with Alder and Hawthorn trees. Blues can be found above 5000 feet elevation on ridge tops.

Fall turkey season opens Oct. 8. Hunters can purchase tags on a first come first serve basis until the quota is filled. Birds are plentiful everywhere in Union County. Hunt around water sources and in areas with wild fruit trees.

Rifle Deer hunters can expect to find bucks near water sources. Look for springs near dense cover. Warm days will keep deer from moving during daylight hours, precipitation will increase deer activity. Staying in the field all day will increase chances of encountering deer.

Black bears will be focused on fruit and berries in the early fall. Look for bears in riparian areas with Hawthorn trees or on slopes with Huckle or elder berries. Hunters should concentrate hunting during the early morning and evening hours. All bears taken must be checked in within 10 days of harvest; call for an appointment before check in.

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

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

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Glass Hill is open for Big game hunting. Elk, Mule Deer, and Whitetail deer utilize this area year around. Whitetail are usually found on the lower elevation portion amongst the thick shrub vegetation while Mule deer and elk inhabit primarily the upper timber habitat.

The Ladd Marsh Whitetail deer population have suffered from blue tongue disease in the last few years the same as the rest of Union County.

Mule deer and elk populations are still holding solid on Glass Hill. Increased pressure usually moves these animals onto private property early but they may return later in the seasons.

Slow stalking or stand hunting should be effective on Glass hill as the property is still very dry and the vegetation is noisy to walk through.

WALLOWA COUNTY

Notice: Hancock Timber lands in the Minam and Sled Springs units have now re-opened to camping after the recent fire precaution measures.

Forest Grouse: Forest grouse in Wallowa County did not fare as well as grouse in other parts of the state this year because cold, wet weather in June when the eggs were hatching caused high chick mortality early on. Some ruffed grouse can still be found in draw bottoms with dense brush. Blue grouse are found higher on the slopes and on ridgetops near the edge of timber stands.

Rifle Buck: Buck hunters can expect average success as deer numbers are still below management objective, but recent rains have alleviated dry conditions and stalking should be easier. Hunters are reminded to check USFS regulations on camp/cook fires.

Mountain Goat: Most of the early season goat hunters have completed their hunts now and several nice goats were checked in.

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep: All our bighorn sheep hunters are done now with their hunts. All 4 hunters harvested very nice rams with the largest scoring 183 B&C points.

Black Bear: Bear hunting has been good early in the morning and late in the evening in draw bottoms and along streams where bears are feeding on hawthorn, service berry, elder berries, and other fruits.

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.

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.


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NORTHEAST ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

Grant County

There is a good chance to see mountain goats from Roads End above High Lake in the Strawberry Wilderness. Best chance is early in the morning but goats can be visible all day. There has also been a pair of Peregrine Falcons seen in the same area, a chance for a rare viewing opportunity.

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

UNION COUNTY

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

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

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

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

Many summer species have left the area for their wintering grounds and few winter species have arrived. Most Swainson’s hawks have gone, headed for South America but rough-legged hawks have not arrived.

Deer and elk can be seen from county roads using fields and meadows, especially in early morning.

Sandhill cranes are gathering in larger groups for feeding or roosting. Soon they will begin their southward migration 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). 9/27/16

WALLOWA COUNTY

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

Many elk have returned to the Zumwalt Prairie now. Try driving the Zumwalt and Pine Creek Roads and looking carefully at ridge tops. Elk can also be observed regularly along the Powwatka Ridge Road between 18 and 27 miles north of the town of Wallowa. These areas are county roads that run through private property, so please respect the landowner’s privacy and remain on the county road and park out of the traffic lanes while watching the elk. Once you find a herd, use binoculars or a spotting scope to observe the animals.

Canada geese and several species of ducks can also be seen feeding in agricultural fields and along streams around the county or flying into the north end of Wallowa Lake in the evenings to roost.

Kokanee salmon are now spawning in the Wallowa River just upstream from Wallowa Lake. The best viewing opportunities are from the bridge over the road entering Wallowa Lake State Park and from the river bank between there and the lake. 9/20/16


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SNAKE RIVER ZONE: FISHING

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

Fishing for crappie has been good in the Powder River Arm. Average length has been about 9 inches. Smallmouth bass in the 6-9 inch range are very abundant making it hard to find the larger fish. Call the Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites. | Reservoir level information

OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

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

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing for trout is good at tributary mouths. Crappie have moved to deeper water. Smallmouth bass in the 6-9 inch range are very abundant making it hard to find the larger fish. Fishing for channel cats should be good.

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

The Snake River will open to hatchery fall Chinook fishing on Thursday, Sept. 1. The river will be open from the OR/WA border to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam and will remain open until Oct. 30, or until a closure is announced. In addition, the reach from Cliff Mountain Rapid (at river mile 246.7) upstream to the deadline at Hells Canyon Dam will be open from Nov. 1-17. The daily bag limit is six hatchery Chinook salmon.

Anglers can also keep an unlimited number of hatchery jack Chinook. Chinook jacks are salmon between 15 and 24-inches long. Anglers cannot continue to angle for jacks once a limit of adults is retained. Wild Chinook salmon and must be released immediately and unharmed. 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:

  • The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details). The current estimated fall Chinook return to the Columbia River is 729,200 adult fish.
  • Salmonid angling is good in The Dalles Pool, the Bonneville Pool, and in the gorge.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye angling is good 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 catch rates ranged from fair to good on the Columbia River this past weekend. In The Dalles Pool, boat anglers averaged 1.16 Chinook, 0.04 coho and 0.08 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the Bonneville Pool averaged 1.61 Chinook and 0.02 coho caught per boat. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.22 Chinook and 0.06 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.2 Chinook and 0.03 coho caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.41 Chinook and 0.02 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing Buoy 10 averaged 0.08 Chinook and 0.50 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area had no observed catch.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed two hatchery summery steelhead kept and three wild steelhead released for 27 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 60 Chinook adults, seven Chinook jacks and three hatchery steelhead kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 50 boats (155 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 29 Chinook adults, three hatchery steelhead, five Chinook jacks and three coho adults kept, plus two coho adults released for 144 boats (343 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for 10 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 55 Chinook adults, nine Chinook jacks, two hatchery steelhead, two coho adults and two coho jacks kept, plus eight Chinook adults, one coho adult and one wild steelhead released for 155 boats (371 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed one Chinook and four coho kept, plus two coho released for 12 boats (33 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for 20 bank anglers; and 280 Chinook adults, 39 Chinook jacks, three coho adults, two coho jacks and one steelhead kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 175 boats (507 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed two Chinook jacks and two steelhead kept, plus one steelhead released for 17 bank anglers; and 56 Chinook adults, 12 Chinook jacks, two coho adults and three steelhead kept, plus two Chinook adults and one steelhead released for 50 boats (122 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and one steelhead released for five boats (10 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed eightublegal and two legal white sturgeon released for one boats (three anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 10 sublegal, two legal and one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and 15 sublegal, 10 legal and seven oversize white sturgeon released for one boat (four anglers).

John Day Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 14 sublegal and two legal white sturgeon released for four boats (seven anglers).

WALLEYE

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

Portland: No report.

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

John Day Pool (John Day Dam to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed 22 walleye released for four boats (seven anglers).

  • The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details). The current estimated fall Chinook return to the Columbia River is 729,200 adult fish.
  • Salmonid angling is good in the Bonneville Pool and gorge.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye angling is good 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 catch rates ranged from fair to good on the Columbia River this past weekend. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.22 Chinook and 0.06 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.2 Chinook and 0.03 coho caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.41 Chinook and 0.02 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing Buoy 10 averaged 0.08 Chinook and 0.50 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area had no observed catch.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed two hatchery summery steelhead kept and three wild steelhead released for 27 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 60 Chinook adults, seven Chinook jacks and three hatchery steelhead kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 50 boats (155 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 29 Chinook adults, three hatchery steelhead, five Chinook jacks and three coho adults kept, plus two coho adults released for 144 boats (343 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for 10 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 55 Chinook adults, nine Chinook jacks, two hatchery steelhead, two coho adults and two coho jacks kept, plus eight Chinook adults, one coho adult and one wild steelhead released for 155 boats (371 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed one Chinook and four coho kept, plus two coho released for 12 boats (33 anglers).

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 to McNary Dam): No report.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed eightublegal and two legal white sturgeon released for one boats (three anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

WALLEYE

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

Portland: No report.

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

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


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MARINE ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Opportunities

  • Chinook salmon fishing from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.
  • Crabbing in Nehalem Bay.
  • All-depth halibut open on the Central Oregon Coast (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt) on Friday and Saturday, Sept 30 and Oct 1.
  • The bottomfish fishery will be back open to all-depths beginning on Saturday, Oct 1.

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.

Continuing this week, a subsample of Oregon fishing license holders will be asked to participate in a survey to collect information about their recreational saltwater fishing experiences. Those that are contacted are encouraged to participate. All responses are important, even if you have not been saltwater fishing in the last 12 months. Information from this study will be used to improve the monitoring of Oregon’s fishing activity and improve the stewardship of marine resources. The survey is funded by Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and NOAA’s Marine Recreational Information Program.

OCEAN SALMON

The scheduled last day of the non-selective coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will be Friday, September 30th. Ocean fishing for coho was similar to last week, with catches of about one coho for every two anglers. Chinook fishing remained slow. In this area, fishing for Chinook will remain open through October.

All salmon fishing from Humbug Mt. to the Oregon/California Border is currently closed. However, the Chetco River Fall Chinook State Waters Terminal Area fishery will be open Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-9. More information on this fishery (pdf)
Details, including regulations, and more information on ocean salmon seasons

BOTTOM FISHING

Rockfish landings last week for ocean private boats improved slightly in the north, and remained about the same for the central and southern parts of the coast when compared to the previous week. Charter boats obtained limits or near limits of rockfish again last week. Lingcod fishing appears to be a bit slow right now, with anglers catching on average less than one per day. Kelp greenling and cabezon continue to fill out some bags. Success rates for lingcod were a bit lower last week compared to the previous couple of weeks.

The recreational groundfish fishery on the Oregon coast is closed outside the 20-fathom management line in order to protect yelloweye rockfish, which are more common in deeper waters, through September 30. The 20-fathom line (pdf) is defined by waypoints. For visual reference, see port-specific maps that show various management lines. The recreational groundfish fishery will be able to re-open to all-depths beginning on Saturday Oct. 1.

ODFW encourages anglers to release all prohibited rockfish by using a descending device to safely return fish to a depth of 60 feet or more. Even fish that are severely bloated can survive after being released at depth. For more information and videos, please see the rockfish recompression webpage.

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

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.

PACIFIC HALIBUT

There will be a public meeting at the ODFW Conference Room, 2040 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport on October 4 at 6 pm along with an online survey available next week to get public input on proposed changes to the 2017 halibut seasons.

Look for an update on the Central Oregon Coast Subarea all-depth and nearshore halibut fisheries by noon on Friday, Sept. 30. Updated information can also be found on the ODFW sport halibut webpage.

In the Southern Oregon subarea (Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA Border), one in 10 halibut anglers landed a fish, however effort was very low. This fishery is open seven days a week with plenty of quota remaining, just under 50 percent.

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

Anglers are reminded to try to avoid high-relief rocky areas where yelloweye rockfish can be encountered. To aid anglers with this, ODFW staff have developed maps, using a variety of data sources, to show soft bottom areas where halibut have been encountered with low bycatch of yelloweye rockfish. Maps are available for the Newport area and the Coos Bay/Charleston area. If a yelloweye rockfish is accidentally caught, please descend the fish to 100 feet or more. Descending yelloweye takes a few minutes of your fishing time; however, it is better for the individual fish and fisheries as a whole. Barotrauma and descending devices

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

TUNA

The 2016 season for albacore tuna is starting to wind down, but fish should be available through early October. Weather conditions this season have limited access for a large part of the season. This fishery is almost exclusively outside of 20 miles of shore with most recreational boats fishing between 30 and 50 miles away from port.

SHORE AND ESTUARY ANGLING

There are many fishing opportunities from shore and inside the bays and estuaries of the Oregon coast. Public piers provide opportunities to catch anything from surfperch to Chinook salmon as they begin to enter coastal bays in anticipation of the fall rains. Rocky ocean coastline and jetties provide the ideal habitat for greenling, rockfish, cabezon, and lingcod. These areas are often fished by boat and from shore, and can be targeted with rod and reel or spear gun.

Yaquina Bay and Tillamook Bay anglers are experiencing an overall increase in catch rates of black rockfish. Other species currently being caught in the Yaquina include lingcod, kelp greenling, rock greenling, cabezon, striped seaperch, shiner perch, American shad, and jacksmelt.

When fishing from shore or inside estuaries and bays, it is important to check the tide. Many fish that swim into estuaries and bays, including salmon, surfperch, and Pacific herring, tend to come in with the tide. Rockfish, greenling and cabezon generally take cover during strong incoming and outgoing tides. Catch of these species is more likely to occur closer to slack tide. Additionally, the accessibility of some areas can be completely dependent on the tide. Do not allow the incoming tide to become a safety hazard.

Surfperch

Surfperch are a diverse group of fish that provide a variety of angling opportunities. Striped Seaperch are found year-round in rocky areas like jetties; and ocean surf is the place to find redtail surfperch and silver perch. Surfperch Fishing (pdf).

Last week, striped seaperch and shiner perch were caught inside the Yaquina Bay in Newport. In most areas, catch rates have been low for surfperch species normally caught along open ocean beaches.

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

Herring

Pacific herring have been spotted in the Yaquina bay, although most seen were juveniles/young adults. Anchovy have been spotted just offshore on the central Oregon coast and have not been observed entering the bays yet.

SHELLFISH

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

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

Mussels

Mussels are Closed along the entire Oregon coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid.

Razor Clams

NOTICE: Razor clams are Closed along the entire Oregon coast due to elevated levels domoic acid.

Bay Clams

Bay clamming is Open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Check the ODFW Shellfish website for where and when to harvest your favorite bivalves. Updated maps on where to clam. Unfortunately, there will be not be any good low tides for bay clamming this week.

Crabs

Crabbing is open coast-wide in bays and the ocean. Ocean crabbing has been really good. Crabbers in Coos Bay and Alsea Bay have had some very good crabbing lately. Nehalem Bay and Netarts Bay should continue to be a good crabbing. This is the best time of the year to go crabbing as the legal-sized crabs are abundant and the meat quality is improving.

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

Gray whales are always a treat to see and have been spotted recently off the central and south coasts. There were many whales actively feeding very close to shore (less than 100 feet) at a variety of locations over Labor Day weekend. While it is common for gray whales to migrate to summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, there is a summer resident population in the Depoe Bay area. These resident whales can often be seen from the shore from locations such as Boiler Bay State Wayside, the Rocky Creek State Scenic Waypoint, Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park, and the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area as well as along the waterfront right in Depoe Bay, where they may be as close as 100 feet from shore. Currently, groups of gray whales have been feeding close to the rocks near Otter Crest.

Look for whales as they surface to blow, a spout 6-12 feet high, depending on sex. Gray whales usually surface to breath 3-5 times, then make a deep feeding dive, often with tail flukes visible, lasting 3-5 minutes. Humpback whales have been foraging on schools of anchovies in the mouth of the Columbia River. Look for them near the south jetty. The best time to view whales is on calm days when whale spouts cannot be confused with whitecaps. Look for whales as they surface to blow air and occasionally flip their tails above the water. Don’t forget to bring binoculars!

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

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

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


Questions? Contact odfw.info@state.or.us or 503-947-6000 | ODFW Website

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