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Welcome to the ODFW Recreation Report - July 15, 2014

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Dog training workshop – July 26-27 near Scio

ODFW is hosting this family friendly workshop to show you how to start training your hunting dog or get the most out of the dog you currently have. More information

Cutthroat trout fishing in coastal rivers/streams

Fishing for cutthroat trout in Oregon’s coastal rivers and streams can be a great family activity – especially this time of year. Look for searun cutthroat to move into rivers later this month. Check the NW and SW zone reports to find a river near you.

Warmwater fishing heats up

The hot summer days are starting to heat up water temperatures in many low-elevation lakes and reservoirs. While the trout are pouting, target bass, bluegill, crappie and other warmwater fish that can be much more active in warmer waters.

Point savers available July 1-Nov. 30

If you didn’t get a chance to get a point saver before the controlled hunt deadline on May 15, you can still get one by mail or fax order thru Nov. 30. Late point saver application

It’s fire season – Check for restrictions

Some fire restrictions are in effect. See ODF’s webpage or check with the land manager where you are headed.

New access policy and permit fees on portions of Weyerhaeuser property

Weyerhauser will be making changes to its access policy this year, with new rules taking effect Aug. 1. Hunters and other recreational users will be required to purchase a permit to access some Weyerhauser properties.

ODFW has posted a list of controlled hunts affected (pdf) by the new policy. See the Weyerhaeuser Oregon Recreation Access page for more information.


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NORTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

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.

2014 trout stocking

The 2014 trout stocking schedule for the North Coast Watershed District is now posted on-line on along with other districts on the ODFW trout stocking page.

NORTH COAST LAKES

South Lake and Hebo Lake received a few more trout this past week. Each lake was stocked with about 250-300 larger trout.

Planned construction work at Town Lake may affect fishing later this summer. Construction activities should begin in August. Preparations are underway, including lowering the lake level and setting up a temporary dam to de-water the work area. The angling dock has been moved and is not accessible until further notice.

Fishing for warm water species should be good in some areas. Cape Meares, Lytle, Coffenbury, Cullaby, and Sunset lakes, and Vernonia Pond should provide reasonable opportunity, especially for largemouth bass.

MID COAST LAKES

Trout fishing tends to be slow during the summer months as warm water temperatures can put trout off the bite. Look to fish early in the morning or near cool water zones until water temperatures start to cool off in the fall.

This time of year can offer anglers a variety of warm water species to go after. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that have warm water fish species such as bass, blue gill, perch and brown bullhead. Areas to consider are Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, Sutton, Mercer, Munsel and Woahink lakes. Angling out of a boat is typically the most productive in these lakes but there is some bank / dock access to consider.

ALSEA RIVER: cutthroat trout, crayfish

Cutthroat trout fishing is fair to good in the mainstem. Sea run cutthroat trout typically start to show this time of year and can be most abundant in the lower river. The Alsea has many opportunities for bank fishing along Hwy 34 as well as some good river side camping options. Use of bait is not allowed above the head of tide until Sept. 1. However, using small lures such as spinners, spoons, jigs or crank baits can be very effective. Fly fishing dry flies, nymphs, or streamers can also produce well. Crayfish are also abundant in the Alsea and can provide added adventure and a tasty treat during the summer months.

KILCHIS RIVER: cutthroat

Fishing for cutthroat should be fair. A few sea-run cutthroat are making there way through tidal areas and into the river. Use light gear in the clear water. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed above tidewater through August 31.

NEHALEM RIVER: Chinook, cutthroat

Chinook fishing is improving as the month progresses. Best fishing will be in the lower bay. Troll herring near the bottom. Fishing for cutthroat is fair to good, with fresh sea-run cutthroat increasing in numbers this month. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed above tidewater through Aug. 31.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Spring Chinook fishing is slow to fair. Good numbers of fish are in the system, but low, warm water has created marginal fishing conditions and reduced the willingness fo the fish to bite. Best fishing will be early morning or late evening hours. Several hundred spring Chinook and a small number of summer steelhead have been recycled downstream from Cedar Creek Hatchery over the last couple of weeks.

The season for spring Chinook and summer steelhead below the hatchery is closed after July 15.

More summer steelhead are in the river, and fishing has been improving. Spinners or small baits like crawdad tails are good options. Cutthroat trout fishing should be fair to good. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed above Blaine, and the angling deadline is Elk Creek.

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat trout, salmon, steelhead

The Salmon River is open for the cutthroat trout with anglers having fair to good success from tidewater through the mainstem. Use of bait is not allow above the head of tide but small spinners, spoons or fly fishing can be very productive. The river is also open to Chinook salmon and steelhead trout, although this time of year typically would only yield an occasional stray spring Chinook or summer steelhead from a nearby river basin.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat trout, crayfish

Steelhead fishing has picked up recently with best success in the mid to upper river. The month of July tends to be the peak of the migration. The best bank access is from Moonshine Park up to the deadline.

The cutthroat trout fishery is fair to good throughout the mainstem and in many of the large tributaries. Sea run cutthroat trout are starting to show up in the lower river. Using small presentations such as spinners, jigs under a bobber, or fly fishing can produce good results.

Crayfish are abundant in the Siletz River and can offer anglers, kids or the entire family a great added adventure on the river and a tasty treat.

SIUSLAW RIVER: cutthroat trout

Cutthroat trout fishing can be fair to good in many sections on the mainstem river. This is can be a productive fishery and a great chance to introduce a beginner to river fishing. Sea run cutthroat trout are now showing up in tidewater and likely up into the lower river reaches. Use of bait is restricted above the head of tide through August but small lures such as spinners, spoons, jigs, crank baits or fly fishing can all be very productive.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook

Spring Chinook fishing is slow. Few fish are still available in the bay.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Chinook fishing is mostly slow, with some decent catches on occasion. Fish are concentrated in the deeper holes. Bobber and bait is the most popular technique. Anglers are reminded that gear restrictions are in effect from the Cedar Creek boat slide down to the wooden boat slide at Lorens Drift. The hatchery hole at Trask Hatchery is closed after July 15. An occasional summer steelhead may be caught. Fishing for cutthroat trout should be fair to good.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Summer steelhead are entering the river in better numbers. Fishing is improving as fish make their way to upriver holes. Spring Chinook angling is slow. Concentrate on the deeper holes where fish hold over the summer. Cutthroat angling should be fair.

YAQUINA RIVER: cutthroat trout

The Yaquina River Basin, including the Big Elk and many tributaries can produce good cutthroat trout fishing. Sea run cutthroat trout can be found in tidewater and up into the lower reached on the river. Using small lures or fly fishing can be very productive. Use of bait is not allowed above the head of tide until Sept. 1.


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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

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


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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST VIEWING

The website for the Oregon Coast Birding Trail (pdf) for the north coast area offers over 40 different trails to find birds on the north coast. The trails include coastal, river and interior routes, so the variety of birds you can see on them is nearly endless. The website also has directions to the trails, tips on birding and lists facilities available along or near the trail.

Songbirds are vocal in forested habitats on the north coast as males are typically calling to advertise nesting territories. Both resident and neotropical songbirds are active now in the forests, especially where hardwood trees are common. Most sounds come from high up in the canopies of trees, so finding the birds generally requires good quality optics.

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

Steller sea lions are present in good numbers (as usual) at the Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge near Oceanside with some larger bulls being seen prominently displaying their bulk. This larger cousin to the common California sea lion has been recently delisted along the Pacific Coast, and is locally abundant in some areas of the Oregon coast. Although more numerous on the southern Oregon coast, this haul-out is the most easily viewed one for these sea lions on the north coast.

Black oystercatchers are a large, black shorebird with bright orange-red bills and feet that spend a lot of time foraging for mussels on nearshore rocks and rocky shorelines at lower tides. They do not forage on oysters as their name implies. Now, many are nesting, and their simple, open nests are generally located on rocky, coastal shores, just above the high tide line.

CLATSOP COUNTY

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. Elk have been visible along Hwy 202 and Beneke Road. With the warmer weather, best viewing times are early morning and late evening hours. Bull elk are growing new antlers and some are more than two feet long. Elk calves should be visible as many have already been born, but viewing for elk calves may be difficult due to the tall grass in most meadows. Watch for vegetation movement behind adults as calves try to follow their mothers through the tall grass. Migrant song birds have started nesting in the wildlife area, and males should be vocal in declaring their nesting territories. Look for violate-green and tree swallows near view area fence lines and gliding over open meadows. Band-tailed pigeons have been seen near bird feeders. Please remember that areas posted as wildlife refuge are closed to public access. Wildlife Area Parking Permits are now required on the wildlife area (as of Jan. 1, 2014).

Pelicans

Both brown and white pelicans can be seen this time of year on the lower Columbia River. The more common brown pelican is seen most frequently at the mouth of the river, up to Astoria. A great place to view them is from the South Jetty viewing platform at Ft. Stevens State Park. The larger white pelicans are a relative newcomer, and spend most of their time above Tongue Point on Miller Sands Island and other nearby ones. The white pelicans have traditionally been associated with far inland areas, but drought, particularly southeastern Oregon, may have encouraged them to nest on the river in recent years.


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • July is when cutthroat trout start to move into the estuaries and lower sections of many area rivers.
  • Fin-clipped coho fishing has been good in the Coos Bay and Winchester Bay areas.
  • Trout fishing continues to be good in some higher elevation waters like Fish Lake and Lost Creek Reservoir, where the fish have moved into deeper, colder water.
  • The first fall Chinook of the season are showing up in Winchester Bay, and anglers have started picking up fall Chinook at the mouth of the Rogue River .
  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass are biting at Howard Prairie Reservoir and Hyatt Lake.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
  • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.

2014 trout stocking

The 2014 trout stocking schedule for the SW Zone is available on-line.

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, bluegill, crappie, bullhead

Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, and other warmwater species has been good. Anglers will have the best success early and late in the day, but should be aware that the gate to the boat ramp closes at 9 p.m. Agate Lake is 50 percent full.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Applegate Reservoir has been stocked with legal-sized and larger-sized rainbow trout. Fishing has been fair for these stocked trout. An angler fishing for trout recently did well when fishing at depths of 40-60 feet deep. Numerous trout were harvested with wedding rings tipped with worms and scent and spinners. Most of the action was along the bank opposite the Copper boat ramp. Surface temperatures were reported to be 74F at the time. Fishing for smallmouth bass has also been fair. Applegate Reservoir is 70 percent full.

The Oregon Health Authority issued an advisory recommending that people limit their consumption of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, and crappie taken from Applegate Reservoir due to elevated levels of mercury. Trout are not included in the advisory and remain a healthy choice for those wanting to retain fish for the table.

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, winter steelhead

The Applegate River is open for trout fishing with a bag limit of two adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released. The river is currently closed to fishing for steelhead and salmon.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Early mornings or evenings when the sun is off the water is usually the best time to fish the lake. Bobber fishing with worms or casting flies or spinners all work well. The pond is managed by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and is open only to youth 17 and under.

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

The reservoir was stocked with about 3,500 trout during March and another 500 trout were stocked in April. Warmwater fishing for bass and crappie will be best around the edges where there is some structure. Jigging with crappie tubes in the electric motor section has been successful recently.

CHETCO RIVER: cutthroat trout

Anglers interested in cutthroat trout can either fish the estuary or upper river. Before fishing the upper river anglers should pick up a map from the Forest Service for best access, and road and trail conditions.

Chetco River flows near Brookings

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, bullhead

Cooper Creek has been stocked with about 9,000 trout so far this spring. Trout fishing has slowed with the warmer temperatures. Early morning is the best time to try for trout. Some of the trout do 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.

COOS COUNTY Lakes/Ponds: warmwater fish

Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegills will be best during the mornings and late evenings. Look to find bass and bluegills near cover like weedlines or submerged logs. Summer time is a good time to catch largemouth bass on topwater lures. Small jigs or a worm fished under a bobber are good ways to catch bluegills.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, trout, sturgeon, salmon

Trout season is open in the Coos Basin rivers. Anglers should fish the smaller streams which should have cooler water temperatures. Small spinners, small jigs, and flies all work well to catch trout. In streams and rivers above the head of tide, anglers are restricted to use artificial flies and lures until Sept. 1. The daily limit of trout in streams is 2 fish over 8 inches.

Salmon anglers have been occasionally picking up a few Chinook salmon on the Coos Bay bar. The fishing has not been consistent yet but should be getting better in the next month.

Sturgeon fishing is open in the Coos Basin for catch and release only on any size sturgeon.

Crabbing in Coos Bay has improved with some boat crabbers picking up limits. The best crabbing has been near the jetties but crabbers are getting legal size crab all the way up to the BLM Boat Ramp.

In a cooperative effort including ODFW and OSU researchers, hundreds of red rock crabs have been tagged with a small blue “floy tag” in Charleston to gain an understanding of their growth, age, movement, population size, and fishery. Red rock crabs are native to Oregon and are found in only a few Oregon estuaries. If you catch a tagged red rock crab please contact the ODFW Charleston office at 541-888-5515.

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. For more information on shellfish in Coos Bay click on the following link: Shellfish Assessment of Coastal Oregon. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: trout, smallmouth bass, crabbing

Trout season is open in the Coquille Basin rivers. Anglers are having good success fishing the large to medium-size streams for cutthroat trout. Small spinners, small jigs, and flies all work well to catch trout. In streams and rivers above the head of tide, anglers are restricted to use artificial flies and lures until Sept. 1. The daily limit of trout in streams is 2 fish over 8 inches.

Anglers are catching a few smallmouth bass in the mainstem and South Fork Coquille rivers. Small spinners or jigs have been working well to catch smallmouth bass. There is no size limit or bag limit on the number of smallmouth bass you can keep in the Coquille River Basin.

Crabbing has picked up in the lower Coquille estuary. Dock crabbers are picking up a few legal-sized Dungeness crab at Weber’s Pier along the waterfront in Bandon.

Sturgeon fishing is open in the Coquille Basin for catch-and-release only on any size sturgeon.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

ODFW will be stocking 23,500 legal and trophy-sized trout over the next few weeks to improve the summer fishery. In 2013, Diamond Lake was stocked with about 206,000 trout -- 170,000 fingerlings in spring, 16,000 legals in July and 20,000 sub-legals in the fall -- compared to 166,000 in 2012. For 2014, ODFW has moved to a stabilized stocking of 275,000 fingerlings that were stocked in June. These fish will start reaching legal-size in late August, early September and should have a really positive impact on fishing in 2015. Anglers should be aware that algae is currently blooming at both Diamond Lake and Lemolo. Testing done last week by the U.S. Forest Service was benign, however caution signs with general information on algae blooms are posted.

Diamond Lake still produces some nice large fish. In the past month a 25-inch fish was caught during Free Fishing Day, a 21-inch fish was caught at the Blackbird Derby, and ODFW captured and released 6 trout between 18 – 25 inches while monitoring the lake.

For campground information call the Forest Service at 541-498-2531.

Anglers can check fishing conditions at Diamond Lake on their website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext 236 or 238 for updates.
toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext 236 or 238 for updates.

ELK RIVER: cutthroat trout

Cutthroat fishing can be good in June. While access to the river is limited in the lower river, the whole upper river runs through Forest Service land.

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

Fishing for bass, crappie, and other warmwater fish has been good, with the best catch rates coming early and late in the day. A variety of lures and soft-plastic baits have been effective for the bass. Crappie have been hitting crappie jigs and small soft-plastic baits. Suspending a worm below a bobber is an effective technique for many of the warmwater species. The reservoir is currently 47 percent full.

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

Angling for largemouth bass, crappie, and other warmwater fish should be good, especially early and late in the day.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake will be stocked again this week with 3,000 legal-sized rainbows. Success has been mixed. In addition to stocked rainbow trout, anglers can catch land-locked chinook salmon, brook trout and tiger trout. One angler reports he caught and released a 15-inch tiger trout.

The Fish Lake Resort restaurant, boat launch, and campground are open, and the resort has cabins for rent. The Forest Service boat ramp and campground are also open. Fish Lake is 50 percent full and water clarity is very good. The surface temperature is 72 F at Fish Lake.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

Trout fishing is hit or miss depending on the wind. The best method for catching trout is slow trolling flies or wedding ring spinners from a boat. Bank access is limited. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. The lake can be very windy, so anglers will want to check the weather prior to heading out.

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 RESERVIOR: rainbow trout, bass

Galesville Reservoir is open to fishing year-round. In addition to trout, the reservoir has also been stocked with coho smolts for the last couple of years. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. All of the coho smolts are adipose fin-clipped, 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 trout this spring. The lake also received some smolts so a few fish may be just shy of legal size for harvest.

Anglers are reminded all bass between 12 and 15 inches must be released, and only one bass over 15 inches may be taken per day. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat

The lake is pretty weedy, but anglers fishing the deeper parts of the lake are finding some good trout. Early morning or late afternoon is the most productive. Boat anglers will want to keep an eye on the weather and fish the lake when there is no wind. Access for bank anglers is best at the 12th Street boat ramp, Arizona Street, or along the foredune accessed through Tseriadun State Park. Garrison Lake is located in the middle of Port Orford.

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.

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

Hemlock has received over 6,000 trout. PowerBait has been effective. Lake in the Woods also has been stocked. The campground and restrooms are open at both areas.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports to greg.f.huchko@state.or.us.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Howard Prairie has provided fair fishing for rainbow trout in the 10 to 14-inch range for anglers trolling with flasher and worm combinations and garlic flavored PowerBait. Trout anglers will probably want to fish as deep as possible in the heat of summer, while still staying above the weeds on the lake bottom. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass has been very good recently. Howard Prairie is only 43 percent full. Due to low water levels boat anglers must launch at the ramp at the resort.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The lake is only 28 percent full, and there is now no ramp available for trailered boats. Anglers will probably have the best success fishing from inflatable watercraft or kayaks for the remainder of the season. Fishing for largemouth bass has been good for fish in the 10 to 12-inch range. One angler reports that they would hit anything he threw at them. Anglers have had success trout fishing in the deeper waters near the dam.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois River is open to fishing for trout and steelhead. Anglers are restricted to artificial flies and lures only, and only adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout may be retained. Since anglers are unlikely to catch steelhead or fin-clipped trout this time of year, the Illinois currently offers catch-and-release fishing for cutthroat trout.

Illinois River flows at Kerby

LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout

The lake has been stocked with about 5,000 trout. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms.

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and other warmwater species has been good, especially early and late in the day. Anglers can catch many of the warmwater species by suspending a worm below a bobber. Crappie can be targeted with crappie jigs or small soft-plastic baits. Lake Selmac has a good population of good-sized largemouth bass, which can be targeted with a variety of lures and soft-plastic baits. The lake is getting a lot of aquatic vegetation, so anglers will want to use techniques that reduce the potential for getting hung up in the vegetation.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

The daily trout limit is 5 per day. Brown trout can now be retained as part of the daily trout limit through Oct. 31. In addition to brown trout, Lemolo has rainbow trout and kokanee. People targeting kokanee have been successful recently. Lemolo was stocked with 5,000 trout this year.

The Forest Service campgrounds are now open. Lemolo Lake Resort is also open and can provide information on the latest conditions and fish tips. View their Web site or call 541-957-8354.

Anglers should be aware that algae is currently blooming at both Diamond Lake and Lemolo. Testing done last week by the U.S. Forest Service was benign, however caution signs with general information on algae blooms are posted.

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Loon Lake was stocked with about 7,500 trout this spring. The lake can also provide good fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass as the water warms up.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, spring Chinook, bass

Legal-sized and larger-sized rainbow trout are available, and fishing should be good. Spring Chinook that reach 16-17 inches long are also available. With the early arrival of hot weather, the area upstream of the Highway 62 bridge should provide excellent success. Try fishing deep in this area at this time of year. In the past trout have been found between 20 and 30 feet deep.

Fishing for smallmouth bass should be good. Fishing for largemouth bass has improved in recent years due to habitat projects and fish transfers conducted cooperatively by the Oregon Black Bass Action Committee, local bass clubs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Lost Creek Reservoir is 70 percent full and the surface temperature was 76oF on July 15.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Fishing for bluegill and bass has been good, and a few stocked rainbow trout may still be available. Fishing is best early and late in the day.

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, Dungeness crab, salmon, halibut, tuna

Crabbing has been good in the ocean from Bandon to Winchester Bay.

Fishing for bottom fish including rockfish, and lingcod is now closed outside of the 30-fathom curve until the end of September. Fishing for bottom fish continues to be a little slow near Coos Bay. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Retention of cabezon is now allowed but only one cabezon per day per angler.

Fin-clipped coho fishing has been good in the Coos Bay and Winchester Bay areas. Anglers have been catching about a 50/50 mixture of fin clipped and non-fin clipped coho. Remember only fin clipped coho can be harvested for the next month. The selective coho (fin-clipped) season from Cape Falcon to OR/CA Border is open until August 10 or attaining the 80,000 fish quota. Salmon anglers have also picked up a few chinook salmon.

The spring central coast all-depth halibut fishery is closed. The summer all-depth halibut fishery opens up on Aug. 1. The nearshore halibut season started on July 1 and will be open 7 days a week inside the 40 fathom line through the earlier of the quota being met or Oct. 31.

Tuna anglers did very well over the weekend catching albacore tuna from 20-30 miles off shore.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, warmwater fish

In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bullhead fishing. Bass can be harvested from March 1 to Oct. 31 and are catch-and-release only from Nov. 1-Feb. 29. The reservoir received about 4,500 trout this year. Some of the trout do 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 PARK POND: trout

Fishing for bluegill and largemouth bass should be good. Suspending a worm below a bobber is an effective technique. The fishing will be best early and late in the day.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch

Anglers have started picking up fall chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

Anglers are catching summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. A decrease in the release from Lost Creek Reservoir will mean much lower river flows for the next several weeks. The flow at Grants Pass was 1560 cfs and the water temperature was 67°F on July 15.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

Anglers are catching spring Chinook and summer steelhead in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

Beginning July 1, anglers can keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released.

The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1512 cfs and the water temperature was 53°F the morning of July 14. The flow at Gold Ray was 1530 cfs and water temperature was 62°F. As of July 9, 6624 spring Chinook and 321 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with over 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout each week. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

SIXES RIVER: cutthroat trout

July is when cutthroat start moving into the estuary and lower river. Best access is at Cape Blanco State Park, but it can be very windy so anglers should check the weather and try to fish early morning.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: steelhead, sturgeon, striped bass, trout

The mainstem Smith from the mouth to Spencer Creek and the North Fork to Johnson Creek opens for Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead and trout on May 24. Check regulations for harvest and gear restrictions.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR:

Closed to fishing.

TENMILE BASIN: yellow perch, largemouth bass, trout

Yellow perch are biting on nightcrawlers or jigs tipped with a worm in Tenmile Lakes. The best fishing will be in over 10 feet of water and along weedlines. Sometimes anglers need to try several spots before finding the bigger fish. There are lots of smaller yellow perch that anglers have to sort through to catch enough keepers for a meal. Some of the keeper yellow perch are over 12 inches long.

Largemouth bass fishing has been good. Most of the bass are being caught in deep water associated with cover like submerged logs or vegetation. Crankbaits and plastics like senkos or brushhogs have been working to catch bass. Early mornings and late evenings are a good time to throw topwater lures for bass.

Trout fishing in Tenmile Lakes has slowed down but anglers can still catch trout in the deeper water. Fishing is typically best in the early mornings and evenings. Trout anglers are having the best success trolling wedding rings or other types of spinners tipped with bait. One hundred hatchery rainbow trout were tagged next to the dorsal fin with a 2 inch blue numbered tag. These fish were tagged as part of a tagged fish contest sponsored by Ringo’s Lakeside Marina. If you catch a tagged trout stop by or contact the marina at 541-759-3312.

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

Fishing is open in Toketee year-round. Fishing for brown trout has been good with the recent warmer tempertures. Water levels are currently too low to allow launching boats at the boat ramp. This condition may persist for several weeks. Contact the Forest Service at 541-498-2531 for additional information.

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Clearwater Forebay #2 was recently stocked with 3,000 rainbow so far this year.

For brook trout anglers should try Cliff, Buckeye, Skookum (North Umpqua), Maidu, Twin and Wolf lakes. Linda, Pitt Lake, and Calamut have been stocked with a native rainbow stock for the last couple of years. Bullpup and Fuller still have brook trout, but were also recently stocked with some fingerling native rainbows. Contact the Forest Service at 541-957-3200 for road and trail conditions.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, smallmouth bass, trout

The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. This fishery is primarily catch-and-release since the number of hatchery fish is relatively low compared to the number of wild fish. People interested in harvesting a steelhead should fish the North Umpqua for summer steelhead.

Smallmouth bass fishing is good, but the river level is low. Boaters will want to check flows or consider using rubber crafts. River Forks boat ramp will be closed for repairs until about Aug. 14. The mainstem Umpqua opens for catch and release trout on May 24. Tributaries also open. Check regulations for harvest and gear restrictions.

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

Umpqua River flows near Elkton

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring Chinook

Rock Creek Hatchery is once again open for visitors. The hatchery is open to visitors from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The new RockEd facility is lacking displays, but can be opened on request by calling the hatchery at 541-496-3484.

Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Anglers are getting some summer steelhead as the chinook season winds down. The Chinook season closes Aug. 1. Steelhead are also up in the fly waters and anglers are fishing the area more.

Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30, angling in the fly water area is restricted to a single barbless artificial fly which can be dressed with conventional fly tying material. Remember that from March 1 through July 31 the anti-snag gear restrictions apply on the north from the Lone Rock boat ramp upstream to the fly area boundary above Rock Creek. The Mainstem from Soda Springs Dam, including Soda Springs Reservoir, up to Slide Creek Dam is closed year-round to fishing.

North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: trout, smallmouth bass

The South Umpqua opens for trout and smallmouth bass fishing May 24. Check the regulations for gear and harvest restrictions.

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

Trolling or casting spoons or spinners has been productive for rainbow trout, as has still fishing with worms or PowerBait. Fishing for bass and other warmwater species has been good. Crappie and yellow perch can be target by working small jigs around structure along the shore. Fishing for all species will be best early and late in the day. The lake is currently 96 percent full.

WINCHESTER BAY: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch

Fishing the Triangle and South Jetty has been good for rockfish. Ocean fishing out of Winchester Bay has improved as more salmon have moved inshore. The ocean is now open for chinook and fin-clipped coho. Some Chinook have already entered Winchester Bay and fishing will continue to improve in the bay area. This will provide some bank fishing opportunity from Halfmoon Bay through Osprey Point. Crabbing is also improving in Winchester Bay.

WINCHUCK RIVER: cutthroat trout

July is when cutthroat start moving into the estuary and lower river. The estuary can be accessed through Oregon State Park property, but most of the rest of the lower river is private and anglers should ask for permission prior to fishing the river.


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. ODFW appreciates hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; 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

Cougar hunting is 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.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

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

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

JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES

Wildlife pre-scouting

Now is the time for archers to begin there annual pre-scouting trips to the woods. August 30 is not far away, hunters should be spending this next month locating the elk and deer herds. Much of the animals found now will be in that general locations come opening season. High elevations are the place to look. Besides, it’s a great time to be in the woods to avoid most of the heat found in the valleys.

Denman Wildlife Area: Remember to get your parking permit. Hunters get the permit free with their purchase of an annual hunting license. Display on car dash.

Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met. Hunters are encouraged to carry a cougar tag while hunting other animals; you never know when an opportunity will come available. Most cougar hunters’ success comes from predator calls.

Western Gray Squirrel season remains open year round with no bag limit in that part of the Rogue Unit south of Rogue River and S. Fork Rogue River and North of Hwy 140. 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. This is the time of years rancher will welcome hunters to come onto their property to take coyotes that are cause problems with live stock.

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: VIEWING

Sea Birds

Sea bird numbers are high along the Oregon coast this time of year. Many of these birds are here to nest and brood young, others are here to feed on fish and other forage that moves close to shore in the summer months. Examples of birds that are here for nesting are common murres and cormorants (3 species). The best place to see the birds that are here for nesting would be near rocky headlands and off-shore islands. Coquille Point in Bandon is a great place to find both of these habitats. The number of common murres, pigeon guillemots, cormorants and other nesting sea birds is impressive.

Birds that are here for foraging include California brown pelicans, cormorants (the same 3 species) and Western greebes, as well as others. Great places to watch these birds and their activities are Coos Bay, near Charleston and the Coquille Bay near the harbor in Bandon. Feeding birds can be seen diving on bait fish in the bay and sometimes working in unison to corral fish near shore. Occasionally other animals get in on the action when foraging birds have located bait fish. Seals, sealions, porpoise, and even whales will go after these fish as birds are mounting attacks from above.

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 fact, in trouble, contact your local ODFW office to report the animal or contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Network an (800) 452-7888.

Shore Birds

Early migrating shore birds are already beginning to show up on local beaches and mud flats in the bays. Numbers will increase as fall approaches and species composition of flocks will change. For the birder who wants to maximize the number of species seen in a season now is a good time to start checking areas where shore birds congregate to see the species involved with the early migration. Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is probably the best place in Coos County to see these birds. The Bandon Marsh Unit is located immediately north of Bandon and is probably the best part of the refuge to visit for shore bird observation. Otherwise mud flats in Coos Bay, Winchester Bay (Douglas County) and the Coquille Bay are great places to check.

Baby Birds

Many species of song birds are beginning to fledge now, which means they are learning to fly and will soon be leaving the nest. When these birds are starting to fly they often fly out of the nest and are not able to fly back in. When you couple this fact with the strong north winds that are common this time of year young birds are commonly encountered on the ground or in vegetation apparently stranded. The fact is, this is a normal situation for them and the parent birds continue to feed them while they work out the details of fledging. If you find birds like this in your yard of on a nature hike the best thing to do is leave them alone so they do not become stressed by human attention. If the birds are in your yard keeping cats and dogs away from them is really important. 7/14/14.

CURRY, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

Upper and Lower Table Rocks

Two great hikes take you through habitats that range from oak savanna and chaparral to woodland. On the summit, a diversity of wildflowers and wildlife can be found along the trails. Spring can provide some of the best viewing times. More information

Lost Creek Lake provides 30 miles of trails which includes portions of the Rogue River National Recreation Trail. Along the lake and river banks a wide variety of wildlife and wild flowers can be observed. During spring and early summer months deer with their young may be seen early in the mornings and late evenings along water ways. A brochure of the trail system can be picked up at federal land agency and visitor centers in the area.

Baby Season

Spring is the season for most wildlife to have young. Now is a great time to visit the outdoors to look for wildlife with there young. You may see a cow elk and her calf, a doe deer and her fawn, a mother raccoon and her young, a pair of geese and their goslings or a mother kill deer and her chicks. It is very important to keep your distances and not to disturb mothers with their young. Check out our web page about young wildlife.

Turkeys and grouse

Young turkeys and grouse are now being seen throughout the area. Hens are often seen near roadways in low elevation for turkeys and higher timber areas for grouse. Look carefully when around the adults for movement or grass moving which indicates young.

Denman Wildlife area

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

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. 6/24/14.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Bullock’s Oriole

The Bullock’s (Northern) oriole has now arrived, and is commonly seen and heard around the Umpqua Valley. Look for their colorful orange and black bodies that are 8” long. The Bullock’s oriole is our only oriole in Western Oregon found nesting in woodlands, orchards, riparian areas and farmland in tall shade trees like cottonwood. Their diet is insects (spiders), snails and nectar. Remember if you have an oriole feeder that you can make your own oriole food, similar to hummingbirds, 4 parts water to 1 part sugar ratio but always make sure the sugar goes completely into solution before hanging up for use.

Killdeer

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

Common Nighthawk

The nighthawk is a darkish colored bird 9.5 inches 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

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

Osprey

Osprey chicks are starting to fledge (leave nests) in Douglas County with an estimated 250 nesting pairs. You can locate the osprey’s classic large stick nest usually on a dead tree or electric pole near a river, creek or lake. Then, look for the nestlings standing on the edge of the nest practicing their lift by flapping their wings just before they take flight.

Fish Passage

Now is a good time to see Summer Steelhead migrating upstream passing through Winchester dam fish ladder on the N. Umpqua River which is open to the public. To view the migrating Steelhead go to exit 129 on I-5, proceed southeast on 99 to the fish ladder on the north side of the river.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing opportunities:

  • The bag limit on trout has increased to five adipose fin-clipped fish in the Santiam River basin, and there is no restriction on the size of fish kept.
  • The bag limit on fin-clipped steelhead has increased by one fish on the lower Santiam.
  • Spring Chinook have moved into the Clackamas River and are being caught from the mouth up to McIver Park. Surplus fish returned to the Clackamas hatchery are being recycled every week at Barton and Carver parks.
  • Some spring Chinook fishing continues on Eagle Creek, Sandy River and Santiam system.
  • Steelhead are available in the Sandy and Santiam.
  • If you can stand the mosquitoes, trout are available in Oregon’s cascade lakes. See a list of Willamette Zone stocked mountain lakes for possible destinations.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
  • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.

 New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries are now required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

 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.

2014 trout stocking

The 2014 trout stocking schedules for the North Willamette Watershed (pdf) District and the South Willamette Watershed (pdf) District are now posted on-line on the ODFW trout stocking page.

Check out the new trout stocking map

Find the location and details about the many lakes ponds and streams that receive hatchery trout from ODFW’s fish hatcheries on the new Google-based stocking map.

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

The Alton Baker Canoe Canal will be stocked at weekly intervals through the summer and will be stocked at multiple locations with a total of 965 fish this week, including 150 larger fish. Summer steelhead are occasionally caught in this system and anglers are reminded they will need a combined angling tag and a Columbia River Basin Endorsement to legally target or harvest a steelhead. It is legal to fish with two rods in the Alton Baker Canoe Canal, provided the Two-Rod Validation has been purchased.

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 2-mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield.

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

Stocked the week of June 2 with 4,000 legal-sized 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, park is located on the south side of the freeway approx. 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

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

Stocked the week of May 5 with 2,000 legal sized rainbow trout. This is a 10-acre pond located at Bethany west of Portland. The pond is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, and a paved, ADA accessible trail.

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

Stocked the week of April 14 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 64-acre lake located in Blue Lake Park 3 miles west of Troutdale. This family-friendly park as picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Multnomah County. The lake was also stock with approximately 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout raised by Mount Hood Community College Fisheries program students. Please be aware that some of the fish may be smaller than 8” due to challenges growing the fish this year in very cold water. Angling regulations require that any trout under 8-inches be released unharmed.

BLUE RIVER: trout, steelhead

Blue River above Blue River Reservoir was stocked for the last time this season the week of June 30 with a total of 1,050 rainbow trout. Fish are released at several locations from the bridge above Mona Campground to the mouth of Quentin Creek. Steelhead are only available below the reservoir.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir was stocked for the last time this season the week of June 30 with 3,000 legal sized rainbow trout. Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Highway 126 and is open to year-round fishing.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

This scenic river flows for approximately 30 miles into Detroit Reservoir. It is open from April 26 to October 31. Along with cutthroat trout this river gets stocked fairly regularly, including another 1,800 legal size rainbow trout to be released this the week. Because the water runs cold throughout the year there are usually good numbers of fish throughout the summer. Forest Road 46 runs along most of its length so access is very good despite some steep and brushy sections. With the recent rains and ongoing snowmelt, the river is running higher than usual at the moment. Daily limit is five trout over 8 inches, no limit on brook trout and the use of bait is allowed. The river is closed to salmon fishing.

CANBY POND: rainbow trout

Stocked the week of April 28 with 1,400 legal-sized and 250 larger rainbow trout.

Canby Pond is a 1-acre pond located on the south end of Canby in Canby City Park. The park is south of Hwy 99E and adjacent to the Molalla River. Angling restricted to youth age 17 and under or holders of one of the Disabled Anglers permits.

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

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

CLACKAMAS RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Summer river conditions have a firm hold on the Clackamas as the flows dropped a bit more this past week while water temperatures rose. The river is mainly a drift boat fishery with very limited options for experienced sled owners to move up and down within close proximity to boat ramps. With summer in full swing the recreational rafters have been out in big numbers so fishing should be done early morning or late evening.

Summer steelhead and spring Chinook are the main target in July; summers can be found throughout the river, particularly in the reach from Carver up to McIver Park where acclimation ponds are found and recycled fish are available. Folks fishing up around McIver Park have been hooking both summers and springers, and the small number of boat anglers out have had some success drifting from McIver to Barton. It’s become a hardware fishery of late with spoons or spinners producing results. Bank anglers working above Faraday are also landing a few fish. Anglers should make note that an angling deadline is clearly marked up near Rivermill Dam and the fishway; it is illegal to fish or even cast above this deadline.

The spring Chinook fishery will continue to be the main focus of most anglers’ attention with summer steelhead also attracting effort. Of particular note, recycled fish are captured at the Norh Fork fish trap or Clackamas Hatchery and taken downstream and released at Riverside and Carver parks, typically, every week through roughly mid-July. There have been several reports come in of these recycled summers being caught since these fish are typically marked with “floy” tags near their dorsal fin and have an ODFW phone number and the point of origin of the fish. Anglers who catch these fish are asked to call the information in; though it is not required, it is appreciated.

Monday hydrological data shows flows down a bit at 1,130 cfs, a gauge reading in Estacada of 11.18 ft., and the water temperature now around 63°.

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year and was stocked the week of July 7 with 3,625 rainbow trout, including 1,125 larger sized trout. Naturally reproducing brook trout are also available. The lake is accessed from Highway 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Cabins and row boats are available for rent from Clear Lake Resort.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork of the Willamette River was last stocked for the season in mid-May at several locations within Cottage Grove.

Coast Fork basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a three-acre stocked lake within the Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, Oregon. Commonwealth Park is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include ADA accessible trail, picnic tables, playground, restrooms.

COTTAGE GROVE POND: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Pond was last stocked for the season in early-April. Warmwater fish continue to be available.

To access the pond, travel east from Cottage Grove on Row River Road. Cottage Grove Pond is located behind the truck scales and may be accessed via an asphalt pathway. Only the pond with the dock is stocked with hatchery trout. This pond also offers terrific bird-watching opportunities, with bald eagles, various ducks, red-winged blackbirds, and other migratory songbirds frequently observed in spring.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Reservoir was last stocked for the season in mid-April. The Reservoir will be stocked again in mid-October. Holdover trout are also available to anglers. The reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to angling all year.

NOTICE: The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory updating information about eating fish caught in Cottage Grove Reservoir. Under the advisory issued June 5, 2012 people can safely consume up to nine meals per month of hatchery-grown rainbow trout month that are 12 inches in length or less. People can distinguish hatchery-grown rainbow trout by the absence of the adipose fin, which is clipped before hatchery fish are released into streams and reservoirs. Despite the new exception for rainbow trout, mercury contamination for resident warm-water fish, including bass, bluegill, crappie and bullhead continues to be a concern. Women of childbearing age, particularly pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under six years of age and persons having liver or kidney ailments should avoid eating any fish from this reservoir other than rainbow trout. Healthy women beyond childbearing age, other healthy adults and healthy children six years of age and older should eat no more than one 8-ounce meal of fish other than rainbow trout per month.

CRESWELL POND (GARDEN LAKE): trout, warmwater species

Garden Lake was last stocked for the season in early April. The pond is located in Garden Lake Park on the east side of I-5 in Creswell and is open to fishing all year, although vegetation can become a problem as the weather warms up. The pond and park offer additional wildlife viewing opportunities.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

Located 50 miles east of Salem, this large lake (approximately 3,600 acres at full pool) receives over 100,000 trout throughout the year. It will be stocked again this week with 4,500 egal size rainbow trout. Anglers report good catches of kokanee below 35 feet as well as trout in the top 30 feet or so. Currently the reservoir is 8 feet below full pool. All boat ramps including Mongold boat ramp are available. Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit for fishing conditions.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Dexter Reservoir was last stocked in late April and will next be stocked in late September. In addition to trout, some warmwater fish are also available. The reservoir is adjacent to Highway 58 near Lowell and is open all year.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

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

DORMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is an 8-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6.

EAGLE CREEK: spring Chinook

Eagle Creek has settled into a typical July flow with the water low, clear, and warming. A scattering of spring Chinook can be found in several deep, shaded pools from below Eagle Fern Park on up to the canyon below the hatchery. A few Eagle Creek springers have also been caught below the mouth of the creek in the Clackamas River. Anglers can identify an Eagle Creek acclimation released springer from it’s unique fin-clips; not only are they adipose fin-clipped but they are also missing a right maxillary fin.

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.”

ESTACADA LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of July 14 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. 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 above FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked for the season the week of June 16 with 1,750 rainbow trout at multiple locations up to Gold Creek. Wild trout continue to be available. Fall Creek and Reservoir are northeast of Lowell.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek Reservoir north of Lowell was last stocked for the season in late April.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of July 14 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant.

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. This reservoir is completely full at this time, and all boat ramps should be available. For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000.

This lake is mostly shallow with a band of deep water from the original channel of the Long Tom River. The reservoir produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years. Best time of year for crappie is in spring after the water temperature reaches the mid-50s, but fish can still be found in deeper water year round. July and August are peak months for largemouth bass. Fish the shoreline along the southern part of the reservoir, especially the sloughs and inlets where there is underwater structure.

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 water level is approximately 5 feet below full pool at the moment, with all three boat ramps available at this time. It was stocked on May 20 with 4,000 rainbow trout. Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept and there are no limits on size or number of bass. From I-5 take US 20 east from Albany to the town of Sweet Home. The reservoir is 3 miles past the town on the left.

FREEWAY LAKES: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

This water body actually consists of three interconnected ponds and features some good size bass and a few very large crappie. A boat ramp is available at East Freeway Lake, and there is good bank access around Middle Freeway Lake. Now that it is summer, the bass, crappie and other warmwater fish are the prize for most anglers. To get there, take the State Police exit in Albany and follow the frontage road south (3 Lakes Road) for several miles.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

This large reservoir east of Sweet Home is a premier kokanee fishery with a bag limit of 25 fish per day. It also supports stocked rainbow trout and a good population of smallmouth bass. It was stocked in early May with 6,000 legal size rainbow trout. The kokanee fishery is heating up as fish become more active with the warming temperatures. Most kokanee are being caught between 40-60 feet down. The reservoir level is currently 15 feet below full pool. Both Thistle Creek and Whitcomb boat ramps are open.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of May 5 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 2-acre pond located within the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. From the Sauvie Island bridge, take Sauvie Island Rd. to NW Reeder Rd, then Oak Island Rd.

HARRIET LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 14 with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 250 one-pounders.

Harriet Lake is located on Forest Road 56 up the Clackamas River drainage. Forest Road 56 is a left turn approximately 2 miles past the Ripplebrook Ranger Station. The lake scheduled to be stocked the week of May 12 with 500 one-pounders and 25 “trophy” trout which should provide for some exciting angling action.

HARTMAN POND: trout, bass, crappie, perch

Stocked the week of June 2 with 2,350 legal-sized rainbow trout. This pond is adjacent to the Columbia River adjoining Benson State Recreation Area.

HENRY HAGG LAKE: trout, bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill and brown bullhead

Stocked the week of June 2 with 6,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This popular fishery has been stocked several times this spring and there should be plenty of fish for anglers who are willing to get out and work for them. Hagg Lake is located within Scoggins Valley Park. The park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

Hills Creek Reservoir is open to fishing all year and was stocked in mid-April with legal-sized rainbow trout. This release is in addition to annual fingerling releases into the reservoir. Additional legal-sized trout will be released in late September. This reservoir is also stocked annually with 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook fingerlings and 200,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings. These fish grow to catchable size within a year. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout and salmon must be released unharmed.

HILLS CREEK above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Native trout are available for harvest and bait may be used through Oct. 31 in Hills Creek. Hatchery fish released into Hills Creek in previous years will now be released into Hills Creek Reservoir.

HORSESHOE LAKE: trout

The planned release of 2,000 trout the week of June 30 has been cancelled due to a wash-out in the access road to the lake. Horseshoe is a 14-acre lake located in the Olallie Lake Basin on the Mt. Hood National Forest. There are a few campsites available at Horseshoe Lake Campground

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked the week of June 2 with with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is in addition to 750 legal-sized rainbow trout and 200 one-pounders released the week of April 21. Huddleston is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, it contains woody debris that provides habitat for bass and bluegill. It 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.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake will be stocked weekly through July. This week Leaburg Lake will receive 1,500 rainbow trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. The use of bait is allowed.

The trout and sturgeon show pond at Leaburg Hatchery will be closed for renovations beginning July 14 until further notice. The goal of the project is to increase ADA accessibility and upgrade existing facilities. The renovations should take 4 to 6 weeks and during that time the show pond will be off limits to the public. However, the rest of the hatchery will be open as usual during daylight hours, as will the boat launch area below Leaburg Dam.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

Stocked the week of July 7 with 3,750 rainbow trout. Fish were released from Leaburg Town Landing down to Hendricks Bridge. Gear use is restricted to flies and lures below Hendricks Bridge. Use of bait is allowed from Hendricks Bridge upstream to Leaburg Dam through the end of the year. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie. Anglers should check salmon and steelhead counts over Willamette Falls and allow 10-14 days for fish to arrive in the Eugene-Springfield area.

See the EWEB website for for possible Leaburg Dam closures. Currently, no closures are expected through Aug. 3.

McKenzie basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River from Blue River to above Leaburg Lake will be boat stocked the week of July 14 with a total of 8,250 rainbow trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed.

McKenzie basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir is open to catch-and-release fishing. Angling is restricted to flies and lures. The Middle Fork above Hills Creek Reservoir will not be stocked this year. Those fish will instead be released into Hills Creek Reservoir for anglers.

Middle Fork basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MOLALLA RIVER: spring Chinook, summer steelhead

The Molalla is low yet fishable by drift boat or from the bank and with passage of spring Chinook continuing at the falls there should be some springers to be found in the Molalla. These Chinook are returning from direct releases of 100,000 smolts done every year above Feyrer Park; it’s also not unheard of for a few hatchery summer steelhead to poke their way into the lower river escaping the warmer waters of the Willamette.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, blugill

Stocked the week of May 26 with 1,625 trout, including 125 two-pounders. The pond also offers angling for several different species of warm water fish including crappie, bluegill, and catfish. Anglers are reminded that from April 1 through Aug. 31 fishing at Mt. Hood Pond is restricted to youths 17 and under as well as individuals who possess a valid Oregon Disabilities Fishing Permit.

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout

Stocked the week of July 14 with 3,500 rainbow trout.

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

Fishermen are reminded that the boat ramp and marina at Promitory Park will be closed to all public access until the summer of 2016 while PGE constructs a surface collector to improve the downstream passage of native salmon and steelhead juveniles at North Fork Dam. All other access points to North Fork Reservoir are open, and ODFW will stock the lake with hatchery trout as in the past. For more information about the closure, visit PGE’s website (pdf).

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of July 7 with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout.

This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. 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. The lake is owned by Tualatin Hills Parks and Rec. Boating and swimming are prohibited on this lake.

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

This beautiful stream is located above Green Peter Reservoir and provides excellent opportunities to fish for trout. There is good bank access along most of its length. Trout season opened April 28 and ends Oct.31. The river was stocked several times in the last few weeks with over 5,000 rainbow trout. There are opportunities to catch some nice wild cutthroat trout as well. Light gear works best and fly fishing can be very good, but bait is also allowed. There are two BLM campgrounds as well as numerous designated campsites along the road. To get there, follow the directions to Green Peter Reservoir and continue around the lake until the river begins.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge. It will be stocked the week of July 14 with a total of 850 rainbow trout. Fish are released at several locations up to the Black Creek Road bridge. Bait use and both native and hatchery trout harvest are allowed through Oct. 31.

SALMONBERRY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This lake is located approximately 9 miles northwest of St. Helens on Pittsburg Rd.

SALT CREEK: trout

Salt Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge and is open to harvest of native trout through October 31. Bait use is allowed during trout season. Salt Creek will not be stocked in 2014. Instead, these hatchery fished will be released into Hills Creek Reservoir.

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Sandy River flows have dipped a bit more in the past week with summer conditions definitely in place to stay for a few weeks. Anglers who go out will find that there are summer steelhead and spring Chinook in the river with fish being landed, despite the low angler effort and tough fishing conditions. Due to warm weather, even at higher elevations on Mt. Hood, the river has taken on the glacial melt milky-blue color which some experienced Sandy anglers actually find isn’t a deterrent to hooking fish.

The overall catch reports have been fair , with morning and evening fishing offering the best opportunity to hook a fish. The Oxbow to Dabney trip is a good choice by drift boat and if you’re bank angling try Oxbow Park, Dodge Park, the Cedar Creek area at the hatchery, Revenue Bridge, up around the old Marmot dam site, or near the mouth of the Salmon River. This should be a decent year for spring Chinook on the Sandy with fish already returning to the hatchery, and several showing up in ODFW traps working throughout the basin.

Please be aware the Lower Sandy River has changed recently with a new channel mouth flowing to the north/northwest about 0.75 miles downstream of I-84. The new channel is shallow and flows are irregular and controlled by the tide along with Columbia and Sandy river flows. Angling is currently allowed in this channel which is also accessible by foot from the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area parking lot on the Sandy Delta (downstream and east side of the I-84 bridge crossing of the Sandy River).

Monday hydrological data shows the river flows below Bull Run down to 843 cfs, a gauge reading of 8.51 ft. and the water temperature up slightly at 59°.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook, trout

Fish can be found throughout the river, but are more concentrated in the upper sections (Mehama to Packsaddle), where summer steelhead and spring Chinook can find cooler water. But plenty of new arrivals are on their way. Counts at Willamette Falls as of June 30 show over 28,000 spring Chinook and about 17,238 summer steelhead have entered the upper basin. Of those, over 6,200 spring Chinook and 3,042 summer steelhead have made it above Stayton on the North Santiam through July 12. Warming water temperatures should make fish more active. 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 the Minto Fish Facility is open to salmon and steelhead fishing.

River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (currently the gauge is around 1,580 cfs). Current conditions

CAUTION: The section between Shelburn and Green’s Bridge remains hazardous for boaters because of downed trees and multiple side channels. Better bets are the floats below Green’s Bridge and above Stayton.

UPDATE: The new boat slide at Upper Bennett Dam will be closed starting June 20 in order to perform routine maintenance on the dam. It is scheduled to re-open around Labor Day. Boaters can use the boat slide at Lower Bennett dam on the north channel around Geren Island in order to reach the Sayton boat ramp.

UPDATE: The new gate at the Green’s Bridge boat launch site is now closed for the summer through Labor Day. Boat anglers wishing to use the site will need to obtain a key from the ODFW district office in Adair Village. For further information, call 541-757-4183.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT: (trout)

This gorgeous section of the river is open to fishing April 26 to Oct. 31. It will be stocked again this week with 3,000 legal size rainbow trout. Up to five trout of 8 inches or larger are allowed per day, but please be aware that this section of river is closed to salmon fishing.

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

Flows in the South Santiam below Foster dam have dropped to around 1,040 are cfs and should remain fairly stable for the next few weeks. These are excellent conditions coinciding with a large influx of new fish into the basin. Spring Chinook and summer steelhead numbers at Willamette Falls indicate an improved run this year, and so far fish have showed up in good numbers to the base of Foster dam. Best sections to fish are from Wiley Creek to Pleasant Valley boat ramps, around Waterloo County Park, and from Lebanon down to the confluence with the North Santiam. So far, 1,670 spring Chinook and 2,176 summer steelhead have entered the fish ladder, as of July 14.

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of June 9 with 1,000 rainbow trout. Sheridan Pond is a 2 ½-acre pond located on the edge of town. An old mill pond, it has plenty of bank access, parking, and a restroom. To get there take Hwy. 18 to Exit 33 onto Balston Rd. Go south on Balston Rd. approximately half a mile and turn left onto a gravel road leading about a quarter mile to the pond.

SHORTY’S POND: trout

Stocked the week of April 7 with 1,000 rainbow trout ranging in size from 10 inches to over two pounds each. A family fishing event was held April 12 but some holdover fish should still be available.

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

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

Stocked the week of June 23 with 2,600 legal-sized rainbow trout and 250 half-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 June 16 with 300 rainbow trout. This is a small pond located next to Promontory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Estacada.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

Stocked for the last time this season in late June with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following FS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around fishing.

SOUTH FORK YAMHILL RIVER: trout

Stocked the week of June 9 with 2,000 rainbow trout. The South Fork Yamhill from its confluence with the North Yamhill near McMinnville, upstream about 20 miles to Rock Creek near Grand Ronde is stocked with rainbow trout. Trout are released in multiple locations between Gold Creek Road Bridge and Willamina.Yamhill River Road runs parallel to much of this section and provides adequate turnouts and parking at several locations near the river. The remaining 15 miles of river open to trout fishing has some public access but also meanders across private lands. ODFW reminds anglers to be aware of and respectful toward private property rights along the river.

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

Stocked the week of June 16 with 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. St. Louis Ponds is a 260-acre open space owned by ODFW and Marion County Parks. The central portion of this site is a fishing park that boasts seven ponds stocked with a variety of warm water.

The fishing park has a number of ADA-accessible fishing platforms and a paved trail that meanders around some of the ponds. Parking is very limited, so carpooling is encouraged, and when parking lots fill up participants may need to walk in a mile from the gate at the entrance of the complex.

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. More information: Jeff Fulop, (971) 673-6034.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: trout, bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. It was stocked in early June with 334 legal-sized rainbow trout. Sunnyside Pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is also boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir. To get there from I5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.

TIMBER LINN POND: rainbow trout

This beautiful, family-friendly fishing pond is located within the 90-acre Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. It was stocked several times this year, including June 13 when it received another 1,000 legal and 270 larger size rainbow trout. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20 inches may be taken per day. Timber-Linn Lake can be reached by turning east off I-5 onto the Santiam Highway (Hwy. 20), then immediately turning north onto Price Road and proceeding to the park entrance.

TIMOTHY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee

Stocked the week of June 30 with with 2,000 legals-sized rainbow trout and 50 trophies (3-pounders).

Timothy is a 1,400-acre lake about 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. Timothy is one of the most popular family camping and fishing destinations in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The lake's south shore features four developed campgrounds and boat ramps. Three smaller, less developed campgrounds are found in the north. A trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians circles the lake. Motorboats are allowed on Timothy Lake, although a 10 m.p.h. speed limit is in place. The lake is currently accessible via Highway 26 as well as Forest Road 56 up the Clackamas River.

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

Trail Bridge Reservoir is open to year-round angling will be stocked the week of July 7 with 3,000 rainbow trout. 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. Flies and lures only may be used.

TRILLIUM LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 30 with with 2,000 legals-sized rainbow trout and 50 trophies (3-pounders).

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. A large campground at the lake features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.

TROJAN PONDS: trout, warmwater species

The pond was stocked with 8,000 trout during the month of April, so there should be lots of fish available. Trojan Pond is a 15-acre lake about 4.5 miles southeast of Rainier on the north side of Hwy 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

This popular Salem lake in Cascade Gateway Park receives thousands of hatchery trout annually. It was was stocked in early June with 2,000 legal and 250 larger size rainbow trout. As a reminder, only one fish over 20 inches may be kept. This wheelchair accessible lake is located just east of Salem within Cascade Gateway Park, west of I-5 at Hwy. 22. Take Airport Rd. or Turner Rd. to reach the lake.

WEST SALISH POND: panfish, trout

The Salish Ponds Wetlands Park restoration project is far enough along that anglers are able to go in and fish both the east and west ponds. A variety of resident warm water species can be found in both ponds, with the east offering the greatest opportunity.

The City of Fairview would like to give young plantings in the park another season to establish themselves before large numbers of anglers begin fishing there again; as a result ODFW likely won’t resume stocking West Salish Pond with trout until late 2014.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: sturgeon, Chinook salmon, summer steelhead

Fishing effort has dropped off in the lower Willamette as would be expected in the middle of a warm July. There’s been very little fishing effort in recent days while the warm weather brings out large numbers of recreational users, as is usual moving into the summer months. On any given summer day the Willamette River is a popular spot for boaters and jet skiers, so early morning fishing is the best bet.

There’s still a very small contingent of boats working the river for salmon and anglers are picking up an occasional springer, mostly down in the St Johns area near the head of Multnomah Channel. Anglers will also find there are warm water fishing opportunities on the Willamette for bass and small pan fish, working the rocky shorelines and around areas with structure.

Spring Chinook passage at Willamette Falls has held steady over the week with 100-200 fish per day moving in early July. The summer steelhead passage has been extremely steady, with counts still running ahead of last year for the same date. As of July 1, a total of 27,302 adult spring Chinook have passed while the summer steelhead have reached 17,514 counted up through the July 1 date. Look for summer steelhead in the shallower runs of the Willamette River downstream of the Clackamas. Use small plugs, side drift eggs, or bobber and jig for summers as the water temperature picks up through May and early June.

Monday hydrological data shows the Willamette flows falling some at 7,900 cfs, the water temperature moving up to a very warm 77°, and visibility still great at 7.0 feet.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: HUNTING

EVENT

Family Introduction to Hunting Dog Training Workshop, Saturday, July 27, 4:30 p.m., Queener Ridge Pheasant Farm, Scio, Ore.

This is a family friendly workshop open to adults, couples and families with children who are at least nine years old. Participants will learn strategies to get the most out of your hunting dog. Training includes obedience, water work, field work, tracking, retrieving and other topics. Cost $62 adults, $22 youths. For more information, contact Mark Newell, ODFW outdoor skills coordinator, 503-947-6018, mark.newell@state.or.us or visit the workshop webpage.

OPEN: COUGAR

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

Cougar season is open in all zones beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. Hunters will need to purchase a 2014 hunting license and a 2014 cougar tag to hunt cougars.

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. Hunters are required to submit the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken.

Pick up the Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: VIEWING

Valleywide

Western Painted and Western Pond Turtles

On warm, sunny days Oregon’s two native species of turtles can be seen on basking on logs in ponds, lakes, and side channels of rivers and large streams. Basking is critical to a turtle’s shell health and aids in food digestion.

This is also the time of the year when turtles are often spotted on land, searching for places to lay their eggs. If you see a native turtle that seems to be headed somewhere, remove any hazards in its way and let it continue.

Unfortunately, it is also the time of the year when two non-native turtles can be by observed. Red-eared sliders with characteristic red markings “ears” can be seen basking on logs and coming to land to nest. If you see a very large turtle with a big head, long tail and alligator-like appearance, you’ve found a snapping turtle. Both of these turtles are considered invasive and should not be released into the wild. Please report sightings of non-native turtles to ODFW.

Report a turtle sighting and see turtle photos.

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

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

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

Ruffed grouse courting

Listen for a rhythmic drumming as you hike the forests this spring ― male ruffed grouse are out courting females and their rhythmic wing beating (drumming) is used to advertise their presence and draw females into their territories. Drumming starts with a slow but powerful wing beat every second, rapidly speeding up, and ending 8 to 11 seconds later. This acoustic “calling card” is repeated every 3 to 5 minutes in the early morning and late afternoon during the breeding season. Ruffed grouse are native to Oregon and can be easily identified by their relatively long, fan-shaped and distinctively banded tail in addition to their neck ruffs. Look and listen for these 16-19 inch long, brown or gray-brown, chicken sized birds in deciduous and mixed forest communities in western Oregon.

Turkeys strutting

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

Snakes bask when the sun shines

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

Delta Ponds

Delta Ponds offers a great opportunity for wildlife viewing near the heart of Eugene. This time of year viewers can observe native western pond turtles as they soak up the sun basking on logs. The best time to observe turtles is mid-mornings on sunny days. The turtles will retreat back into the water if the temperature is too hot. Please try to observe the turtles from a distance to avoid disturbing them. Unfortunately, viewers will likely see Red-eared Sliders in addition to the Western Pond Turtles. The sliders are a non-native invasive species that compete with our native turtles for habitat and food.

Numerous bird species utilize the area and provide viewing opportunities including a variety of warblers, western tanagers, Bullock’s orioles, green herons, great blue herons, osprey, and others.

Viewers can observe broods of ducks and geese. These can be a joy to watch but please resist the temptation to feed since unnatural food sources can cause serious health problems for the young birds.

Delta Ponds is a unique natural area owned by the City of Eugene that borders a stretch of the Willamette River, just downstream from Valley River Center. For many, it is a favorite spot for birdwatching, fishing, and hiking. Location: Goodpasture Island Rd. to Valley River Ctr.

EE Wilson Wildlife Area

Waterfowl and shorebirds numbers are building. A waterfowl blind is available to photographers. Call the office at 541-745-5334 to reserve the blind.

From Albany, take Highway 20 toward Corvallis and after 5 miles turn right on Independence Highway. Go 3 miles and turn left on Camp Adair Road, then proceed 2 miles to the wildlife area.

Directions to EE Wilson Wildlife Area

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area and Reservoir

Fern Ridge Reservoir has extensive wildlife habitat that can be accessed from many access points including Royal Avenue which extends from west Eugene to the reservoir and ends at a gated access point. This is an excellent place to observe wildlife. Berms were built in this area during 2000 and 2001 to retain water along the edge of the reservoir during the winter months when the reservoir is drawn down for flood control. These ponded areas are very attractive to wildlife at this time of year. Also accessible from this access point are natural prairie habitats (to the north and south) that are very rare in the Willamette Valley. In addition to the abundance of waterfowl, many raptors can be seen in this area. Look for short eared owls and peregrine falcons. Also visible from this area are wading birds, such as egrets and herons and various shorebirds.

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

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

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

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

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

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

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

Directions to Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

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CENTRAL ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Trout fishing on Mt. Hood’s Lost Lake should continue to be good throughout the summer.
  • The first summer steelhead of the season have been caught at the mouth of the Deschutes River.
  • The Deschutes River from Wickiup Dam to Sunriver was stocked with rainbow trout last week.
  • Bass fishing has been excellent in Haystack Reservoir and Lake Billy Chinook.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
  • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

2014 trout stocking for the Central Zone

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

No recent reports but the water is probably pretty warm, which will limit success.

Anglers will have the best luck fishing early in the morning when water temperatures will be the coolest.

BEND PINE NURSERY POND: trout

Current regulations allow for a limit of 2 fish per day, 8-inch minimum length for trout.

BIG LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

No recent reports, but fishing might be slowing down due to warmer water temperatures.

CLEAR LAKE: rainbow trout

Clear Lake has been stocked and should be a great place to catch recently stocked legals, trophies, and hold overs.

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

Anglers report fair fishing with reports of large rainbow and kokanee being caught. Closed from 1 hour after sunset until 1 hour before sunrise.

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

No recent reports.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout and mountain whitefish

Recent sampling showed abundant populations of redband trout and whitefish. There were excellent numbers of 12 to 14-inch trout with several over 18-inches captured. Anglers are reminded that trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.

Flows below Bowman Dam

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

No recent reports.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

No recent reports. Restricted to fly fishing only with barbless hooks.

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

Spring Chinook fishing has slowed considerably, but persistent anglers are still picking up a few in the Sherars Falls area. Catch is consisting mostly of jacks, indicating the latter part of the run.

Steelhead are beginning to return to the Deschutes. Early numbers of fish ascending Columbia River Dam’s indicate good numbers fish should arrive at the river soon. There have been recent reports of a few fish being caught in the lowest reaches of the river.

No recent reports on trout fishing, but fishing should still be good for anglers fishing the early morning and evenings.

The Deschutes remains open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook through July 31, 2014 from the mouth of the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls. The catch limit is two adult adipose fin-clipped salmon per day.

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.

Check the trap the seasons catch at Sherars Falls as an indicator of fish movement in the Middle Deschutes. The trap is only in operation from July to the end of October.

Lake Billy Chinook to Bend: rainbow trout, brown trout

No recent reports. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures.

Bend to Wickiup Dam: rainbow trout, brown trout

Deschutes River from Wickiup Dam to Sunriver will be stocked with rainbow trout this week.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, Atlantic salmon, kokanee

Anglers report good fishing with reports of large rainbow being caught. Catch-and-release for all rainbow trout that DO NOT have an adipose-fin clip.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing. Restricted to fly fishing only with barbless hooks.

FROG LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake has been stocked and fishing should be good.

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

Fishing has been excellent for bass. Trout fishing has been slow.

HOOD RIVER: winter steelhead, trout

The Hood River closed for fin-clipped Chinook on June 30, 2014

The mainstem and most tributaries are open to catch-and-release trout fishing.

A few hatchery origin stray, along with wild summer steelhead are entering the river, and should provide anglers with some opportunity. Anglers are reminded that all non fin-clipped steelhead must be released.

HOSMER LAKE: Atlantic salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat

Angers report fair fishing.

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

Fishing has been excellent for bass.

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

Fishing for rainbow trout has been fair in the upper part of the reservoir. Anglers report catching many pikeminnow.

LITTLE LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Anglers report fair fishing for rainbows and brook trout.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

No recent report, but anglers should find good success throughout the summer.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Anglers report fair fishing with improved insect hatches throughout the day.

NORTH TWIN: rainbow trout

No recent reports

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 over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

Trout fishing has been fair but will become more difficult as summer progresses. Bass fishing has been excellent.

ODELL LAKE: kokanee, lake trout, rainbow trout

No recent reports. Twenty-five kokanee per day (no size limits) in addition to other trout species catch limit. Trout daily catch limit may include only 1 lake trout, 30 inch minimum length.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Anglers report fair fishing. Catch-and-release for all rainbow trout that DO NOT have an adipose-fin clip.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The reservoir is warming up and has been stocked.

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

Fishing has been slow for trout but the fish that have been caught have been large. Bass and crappie fishing has been good.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Anglers are reminded that fishing is limited to kids 17 years old and younger. There is also a 2 fish bag limit.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir has been stocked and should be a great place to go this spring and catch some rainbow trout. Irrigation withdrawls will be lowering water levels as summer approaches, which might shut off the fishing.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

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

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing has been fair with reports of decent-size rainbow trout being caught.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

No recent reports.

TAYLOR LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Fishing for rainbows will be slow due to hot temperatues, but anglers can shift their efforts to largemouth bass.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent reports
WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing has been good. The lake will be stocked the week of July 15.

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

No recent reports. Twenty-five kokanee (no size limits) in addition to other trout species catch limit. Closed from 1 hour after sunset until 1 hour before sunrise.

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CENTRAL ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

PRINEVILLE/OCHOCO WILDLIFE DISTRICT

Cougar are present throughout the Maury, Ochoco, and Grizzly units. The Maury and Ochoco units are recommended because of their greater amounts of public lands and better accessibility. Remember 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.

Ground squirrels are active in agricultural fields throughout Crook and Jefferson counties. Higher numbers are in Crook County on private lands along the Crooked River between Prineville and Paulina. Permission from landowners is necessary to access and hunt these lands.

Coyotes can offer an exciting challenge and will be closely associated with deer and antelope during the fawning time of year. Both the Maury and Ochoco have sizeable areas of public lands that provide hunting opportunities. Hunters should use caution, be properly equipped and prepared for whatever the weather might bring.

THE DALLES DISTRICT

Cougar – Hunters wishing to pursue cougar will find best success near areas of deer and elk concentrations, or in canyons near bighorn sheep. Using predator calls in early summer is also highly effective 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.

Coyote – Recent reports have indicated high numbers of coyotes in Wasco and Hood River Counties. Those wishing to pursue will find the best success near agricultural lands. Be sure to ask permission to hunt private lands. Limited opportunities may also be found at White River Wildlife area, and on lower elevation forest service lands.

WHITE RIVER WILDLIFE AREA

Vehicle Access: Last year, new rules took affect that prohibit all recreational ATV use on the Wildlife Area, also camping is only allowed in designated camping areas. A parking permit is now required to use/park on the White River Wildlife Area along with other ODFW wildlife areas.

Cougar – Open all year or until zone mortality quotas have been met. Cougar can be found on White River Wildlife Area but are seldom seen. The annual migration of deer from higher in the Cascades will entice cougars to follow. Use weather to your advantage; look for tracks in snow, mud, and dirt.

Coyote – There are many coyotes prowling about this year. 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.

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CENTRAL ZONE: VIEWING

CROOK COUNTY

The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) north shore road opened to motorized traffic on April 15. The WMA offers camping, shoreline angling and opportunities to see 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 and at Prineville Reservoir State Park office.

Spring waterfowl migration is nearing its end. Resident nesting species such as mallards, gadwall and cinnamon teal are still numerous, but will be harder to locate as nesting begins. American wigeon, shoveler, green-winged teal and wood duck can still be seen, but are less common as most have migrated through. Numerous Canada Goose broods have been seen and can be found throughout Crook County.

Shorebird migration is in full swing a few that have been seen include American avocets, black-necked stilts and killdeer. Common loons, pied-billed, eared and western grebe, American white pelicans, Caspian terns and a variety of gull species can also be seen around Prineville and Ochoco reservoirs.

Spring passerine migrants continue to increase in diversity and numbers as the season progresses. Common bird species that can be seen this time of year include American robin, common flicker, red-winged and brewers blackbirds, western kingbirds, American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, mountain bluebirds, spotted towhees and tree, cliff and rough-winged swallows.

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.

Deer, elk, and antelope become harder to find this time of year as they become more secretive as fawning/calving nears. (5/20/14)

Deschutes County

At this time of year, warmer weather conditions in the high desert can make viewing wildlife challenging during the day. Birds are much more active in the early morning hours. Many mammals will find a shady bush, hollow tree, burrow, or safe rocky area to escape the heat of the day, becoming most active in the mornings and evenings. Even reptiles that require the sun to bring their bodies up to “working temperature” to hunt and digest prey will keep out of the sun for much of the day, again being most active in the early morning and evenings. Some species, such as rattlesnakes, may remain active all night during the hottest periods of the year. However, if you are out and about when it’s hot, the best places to see the greatest variety of 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 temperatures heat up and wildlife in drier habitats change their activity patterns to avoid extreme temperatures. Excellent places to visit and increase your chance of seeing wildlife during the day 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, and the Deschutes River, especially in areas that have off river ponds such as those found on the west side of the river near Slough Camp Ground.

Both bald and golden eagles can be seen at Smith Rock State where potential eagle food sources, yellow-bellied marmots and ground squirrels can also be seen. 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 Bend and Vaux’s swifts can be seen flying over the former Bend library at 507 NW Wall St., and disappearing into the chimney at dusk.

Scan the skies for a glimpse of large birds with a “V” shaped wing pattern and you are likely to be looking at turkey vultures. Northern pintails, mallards, common mergansers, great blue herons and many other wetland bird species can be found throughout the counties y water bodies, and Steller's jays, white-headed woodpeckers, junco’s, sparrows, ravens, spotted towhees, hairy woodpeckers, cedar waxwings and red-cross bills are just a few of the species that can be found in the Deschutes National Forest and BLM-managed lands.

Good sites to look for birds include forest edges surrounding meadows and wetland areas. Those with patience and stealth may be rewarded by the call and possible sighting of a Virginia rail moving through thickets of cattails. Specific birding destinations to consider include Tumalo Reservoir (west of Highway 20 between Sister and Bend), Pelton Dam wildlife overlook and Lake Simstustus (Deschutes River northwest of Madras), and Hatfield Lakes (just north of the Bend airport). 7/07/14

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). Lambs are up and active with ewe groups. Focus your efforts near large cliff complexes for best viewing.

Spring and early summer is a great time of year to observe nesting raptors. Some raptor species known to nest in the Deschutes River Canyon include Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, American Kestrels, Prairie Falcons, Peregrine Falcons, and Golden Eagles. Raptors can be very exciting to watch as they defend their nesting territories from intruding birds and as they hunt and feed their young.

The shrub-steppe and grassland habitats of the Deschutes River Canyon are a great place to view blooming wildflowers. Some rocky slopes look yellow from afar due to large amounts of blooming balsamroot (Balsamoriza sp). Other common wildflowers in the area include lupines (Lupinus sp), phlox (Phlox sp), and shooting star (Dodecatheon sp).

As summer progresses, remember to be cautious in the areas arid environments. Outdoor enthusiasts should always be aware of current fire restrictions and take extra precautions. 6/17/14.

White River Wildlife Area

It is best to look for deer early in the morning or in the evening hours grazing in fields and pastures. They can also be found in clear cuts in the mountains at this time. Bucks are well on their way to growing new antlers. Some can be seen with 3 and 4 points on them already. The does are being a little secretive right now because they are getting ready or already have had fawns. In a few weeks the fawns will be following mom around fairly often. Remember: If you see a fawn or other wildlife baby leave them alone and don’t move them, the mother is out looking for food or water and will be coming back to get the baby soon.

Most of the elk have moved up to their summer grounds except for the local herd that roams the Wildlife Area. They can still be seen occasionally crossing a road or feeding out in a field or meadow. Like the deer the bull elk have lost their antlers and growing their new ones fast. The cow elk will be having calves soon. They usually are born a little later than the deer fawns.

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

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

Look on ponds, lakes and streams to see a variety of ducks and geese. 6/3/14


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Campbell and Deadhorse lakes were stocked just before the July 4 holiday and anglers have reported good fishing.
  • On Dog Lake, bass anglers have reported some of the best fishing in years.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
  • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.

2014 trout stocking for the Southeast Zone

Send us your fishing report

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

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

The reservoir was recently stocked with 11 to 12-inch rainbow trout. The boat ramp is useable and boats can be launched. Fish can be caught using bait, lures, and flies from shore or boats. Anglers are catching hybrid bass trolling crank baits and, as a bonus, anglers are catching rainbow trout as well.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

Rainbow trout are active throughout the year in the river and anglers have been catching fish with bait, flies or lures.

The river was sampled on June 5 to evaluate the current stocking strategy and size of trout in the river. We found smaller trout (8 to 10-inches) were dominant from the dam for about 2 miles downstream. Larger trout up to 14-inches are more common in areas were access is more difficult. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a pontoon or float tube.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Fishing is slow due to the small population size of brook trout. Public access is available on USFS and Oregon Department of Forestry land at the winter snow park area off highway 62 on your way to Crater Lake.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked with one pound-sized rainbow trout on July 3. However, anglers have reported fishing to be slow.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is presently quite low for this time of year, but was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the last week of May. Fishing should be good.

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

No recent fishing report. The reservoir water level is declining with irrigation use. In-flows are 44 cfs and it is now 17 percent full on July 15. The boat ramp is usable again.

USBR crews have been tagging fish populations in the reservoir over the last several years. If you catch a tagged trout report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: trout

No recent fishing report. Flows in the Blitzen River averaged 38 cfs on July 15. Water temperatures at Page Springs gauge ranged from 65˚F to 79˚F. The Little Blitzen River is catch-and-release for trout all year.

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

The reservoir water level continues to decline with irrigation withdrawl; it was 27 percent full on July 15. Boat ramp is still usable. No recent fishing report but anglers had been catching lots of crappie around 4-inches. The reservoir has been stocked with trout this spring but trout fishing will begin to fade as water levels decline and temperatures increase.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Anglers have recently caught largemouth bass and a large channel catfish in addition to stocked trout. Twenty tagged fish are in the pond, and one was recently caught. If you capture a tagged fish return the tag to the Hines office (237 Hwy 20 S) for a prize.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

The South Fork of the Burnt River was stocked in late May.

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Fish were stocked prior to the July 4 holiday and anglers are reporting good catches of rainbow trout from 8 to 14-inches.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, crappie, largemouth bass

Campbell Reservoir is located off the FS 34 road heading toward Dairy Creek and Campbell Lake. Deming Creek irrigation ditch feeds the reservoir. Fishing is slow for largemouth bass, crappie and redband trout. Most of the reservoir is on private land. A small watercraft can be launched on BLM property to fish the reservoir. Large crappie up to 14-inches are available. Redband trout in the reservoir can exceed 20 inches. Fishing is best near the dam under the shade of the willows.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout

The river downstream of Paisley opens to trout fishing on May 24.

The river upstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley is open and the use of bait in this section of the river is PROHIBITED! The river is flowing around 135 cfs with water temperatures in the low 60s. Access across property owned by the J-Spear Ranch will be closed to anglers beginning after July 7, 2014. The ranch is taking this action as a fish conservation measure to protect fish during months when the water becomes warmer.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

No recent report on water conditions or fishing. Trout fishing will slow with increasing temperature and decling water levels. Look for fishing to pick in the fall when tempeartures cool.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout

Recently stocked rainbow trout and hold-over fish up to 16-inches have been caught by anglers, but no recent reports have been received.

COW LAKES: largemouth bass, white crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout
The upper lake is full and the lower one is dry.

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

Ice fisherman reported poor success for warm water species and trout.

DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout

Fish were stocked prior to the July 4 holiday and anglers are reporting good catches of rainbow trout from 8 to 14-inches.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent reports, but fishing for holdover trout and recently stocked, legal-size trout should continue to be good.

DEMING CREEK: trout

Most redband trout in the stream are less than eight-inches long. Angling is closed for bull trout.

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

Fishing at Devils Lake is likely good for warmwater fish. Sampling in 2012 showed good numbers of 10 to 11-inch crappie. There also should be a good age class of 4 year old largemouth bass that average 10-inches.

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

Sampling in June confirmed that brown bullheads are dominating the fishery this year. The bullheads range in size from 8 to 14-inches and are a great fish for kids.
Bass anglers have reported the best bass fishing at the reservoir in years with fish of various sizes caught.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Water temperatures are warm. Anglers might consider fishing this reservoir early in the day when water temperatures are cooler and fish are likely to be the most active.

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout, brook trout

Eagle Creek was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in the vicinity of the USFS Campgrounds and West Eagle Meadows the week of June 23. Many of these fish likely moved downstream due to high flows the last week of June.

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

Was stocked with 6,000 trout two weeks ago. Anglers have recently reported great fishing for both brook and rainbow trout. Contact Burns BLM for updates on road access this summer (541 573-4400).

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

Stocked with rainbows the last week of June. Fishing should be good.

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

Fourmile Creek off Westside road just north of Cherry Creek is open all year with bait allowed. Fishing should be good for brook trout. A few large brown trout occur in the stream. Currently, this area is very wet thus fishing from a canoe or float tube is recommended.

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

Fourmile Lake was stocked recently with trophy and legal-size rainbow trout. Fishing should be excellent from the bank and boat for hatchery rainbow trout. Fishing should be fair for brook and lake trout as both species move to colder, deeper water. Brook trout and lake trout are more numerous near the deeper water along the west shoreline and at the north end of the lake. The boat ramp at Fourmile Lake is unimproved and launching boats might be challenging due to low water levels. The boat ramp is accessible. The lake is currently only 12 percent full.

Fourmile Lake levels

Fourmile Lake is very windy in the afternoon therefore angling is best in early morning and evenings. The wind also blows towards the boat ramp making it difficult to place the boat on a trailer. There is an improved campground and numerous trails nearby that lead to other lakes that are stocked. Lakes within a mile of Fourmile Lake that are stocked by helicopter are Squaw, Woodpecker and Badger. Badger Lake is the most productive. Bring your mosquito repellant.

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

Fishing is very slow. The lake is very low and only 4 percent full, which makes launching boats challenging if impossible. Crappie and warmwater fish should be biting with warming weather.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing will slow down with the hot temperatures.

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

Heart Lake was stocked prior to Memorial Day weekend. No recent reports.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is low this year and fishing is poor. Anglers should try fishing Lofton Reservoir or Heart Lake.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

The pond has been stocked several times this spring with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Trout fishing should remain good until the heat of summer sets in.

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

Fishing is fair to good for warmwater fish such as crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish and brown bullhead catfish. The reservoir is turbid therefore anglers should try lures with high visibility and scent.

Access is great here with a BLM campground with fishing pier and boat launch. Boats can be launched in several locations in the reservoir. Unimproved ramps occur just north and south of the bridge crossing. No fees are required to launch at these locations.

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

JUNIPER LAKE: cutthroat trout

The lake is very low (reduced to two small pools). The lake can be accessed on public land off the East Steens Loop Rd. on the SE side. A large portion of the lake is privately owned, as indicated by the fence lines; however, bank access is permitted. Please be respectful of private property.

KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: redband trout and yellow perch

Redband trout have moved into colder water areas of the Williamson River, Pelican Bay and Wood River delta area.

Fishing is generally slow with catch rates averaging 7 hours per redband from boat and 30 hours per redband from the shore. Most fishing takes place from a boat this time of year. The best bet is to fish near areas of colder water.

Water temperatures increased last week to 76 degrees. Water temperatures around 58-60 degrees are ideal for redband trout activity. The lake is 3.2 feet below full pool. All boat ramps are accessible.

ODFW encourages catch and release as this fishery is managed for trophy trout. Redband trout captured should not be removed from the water, resuscitated by cradling and pumping gills by moving fish back and forth through the water. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir (Topsy Reservoir) is closed to fishing until Oct. 1.

The Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse offers excellent spinner fishing as well as good dry fly fishing with small flies. Most fish in this section are small and average 10 inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The most effective method this time of year it to cast black spinners upstream into the pools. Fishing with dry flies is also very good. Most attractor dry flies will work well. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Salmonflies and golden stoneflies have hatched therefore small stimulators in gold or orange are working well.

Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed sixteen inches. River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day. Fishing trips should be planned when flows are lower.

If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns and/or bead head pheasant tails can be good. Blue winged olive mayflies are hatching around 1 p.m. and can continue to hatch sporadically until dusk. Look for rising trout in the slow backwater areas near tailouts of pools or in back eddies along foam lines. A few trout can be caught using small dry flies (size 16-18) that match blue winged olive mayflies. Most fish are in the 6-8 inch range but numerous 12 inch fish can be caught with 16 inches the maximum. Salmonflies and golden stoneflies have hatched therefore small stimulators in gold or orange are working well.

Currently, operation at the hydro system below the powerhouse has fishable flows in the very early morning till 7-8 am. Flow release estimates are now available by PacifiCorp.

Fishing will be slow most daylight hours during high flows.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

No recent reports on water levels or fishing success.

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

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

Lake of the Woods was stocked last week with trophies and legal rainbow trout. Most trout have moved to deeper water and occur around 15 feet due to the shoreline and surface temperatures approaching 70 degrees. Trolling with lead core line, downriggers or other gear to get down to the fish will be most effective. Fishing should be very good this week.

Fishing for brown bullhead and yellow perch is a good backup plan if the trout are not cooperating. Small lures and bait will catch the numerous stunted yellow perch in the lake. Smallmouth bass should be active but most will be less than 14 inches as bass grow very slowly in the lake. Fishing for largemouth bass is very good around the many docks and large wood in the lake. Fishing is best in very early mornings and very late evenings. The lake is very busy with other recreational watercraft. The emergent vegetation north of the Sunset boat ramp is also productive.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Lofton Reservoir was stocked prior to the July 4 holiday. Fishing should remain good throughout the rest of the summer, but anglers will need to focus efforts early and late in the day to have success. Anglers were catching trout from 8 to 13-inches prior to the holiday weekend.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch

Fishing is fair for warmwater fish. Public access is available at Crystal Springs day use area. Anglers can fish from the specifically designed bridge for fishing at this location. Boats can be launched from an improved boat ramp at Crystal Springs. Sacramento perch had been reported captured below Horseshoe Dam. This is one of the only locations in the state to capture this fish.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is declining with irrigation withdrawl. No recent fishing reports. Please handle smaller fish with care when releasing them; they are next year’s holdover trout.

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

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir are 369 cfs June 24). Fishing the upper river area is expected to be fair for a few holdover trout, mostly near the outlet of South Fork Malheur River. This area has several parcels of private ownership, please be respectful of property boundaries.

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

Discharge at Juntura averaged 303 cfs on June 24. Fishing has been fair for holdover hatchery trout.

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

No recent reports. Trout fishing will be slower as water levels decline and temperatures increase.

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

No recent reports. Trout fishing will be slower as water levels decline and temperatures increase.

MANN LAKE: trout

No recent fishing reports, but anglers had been catching good numbers of large cutthroat trout this spring. Most fish are 14 to 16-inches long, with several over 20-inches being caught. Expect water levels to be low.

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Miller Lake is accessible as is the boat ramp. Fishing is fair for brown trout. Miller Lake will be stocked this week with trophy and legal rainbow trout. Fishing should be excellent. Please report any circular wounds on trout that might be caused by lamprey to the Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732.

MOON RESERVOIR: bass, trout

The reservoir is currently near full pool. Carp were plentiful in the reservoir but numbers likely declined due to low water over winter. The lake has recently been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout.

MUD LAKE: trout

Water is low and local anglers reported slow fishing for trout in April.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

Stocked with legal-sized rainbows the week of April 28. Fishing will slow down as the heat of summer sets in.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing will slow down as the heat of summer sets in.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Anglers can access the reservoir, but duck weed is beginning to present problems for bank anglers. It is best to take a boat, float tube, or pontoon boat this time of year so you can fish the open water. Trout up to 14-inches are available.

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

The water level in the reservoir is 5 percent of full (July 15) and inflows averaged 70 cfs (July 15). Anglers are catching a lot of smaller crappie. As of July 15, he Lake Owyhee Resort boat ramp appears to be the only usable ramp based on the Bureau of Reclamation webpage.

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

Fishing has been good for brown trout this spring. Water releases below Owyhee Dam have increased for irrigation season. Please use ethical angling practices; be respectful of other fisherman, use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep fish in the water at all times.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

Fishing for smallmouth is improving and still slow for channel catfish. The river is low but remains turbid, watch for debris.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

The reservoir is at 43 percent of capacity.

Tiger muskie were released into the reservoir in the spring of 2013. Anglers are reminded that tiger muskie are restricted to catch-and-release only. No harvest or removal from the reservoir is allowed. The last stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout occurred late June.Fishing for legal-sized rainbows should be fair to good until the water heats up. In early May, 7,500 tiger trout were released. These fish will be 8 to 10-inches when released and should be much larger by fall. As with the tiger muskie, fishing for tiger trout is restricted to catch and release only.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is full. And the high water boat launch/dock is operational, but access to the dock is flooded. Rubber boots are suggested for launching boats. Fishing has reportedly been slow.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Trout fishing has been good for fish 16 to 18-inches. The limit is 2 per day, please be respectful of the angling regulations for the reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is less than half-full. Catch rates remain fair for holdover trout; however, several fish up to 17-inches have been caught recently using bait. The reservoir was stocked with legal-sized trout earlier this spring.

POWDER RIVER: trout, spring Chinook

The Powder River below Mason Dam will be stocked again the week of June 16. The river immediately below Thief Valley dam can be very productive for rainbow trout. Anglers are reminded that only the 1000 feet of river immediately below the dam is open to public access.

Approximately 200 spring Chinook were stocked in the river below Mason Dam on June 11. The open area for Chinook fishing is from Mason Dam downstream to Hughes Lane in Baker City. The season will remain open through Sept. 1.

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

Flows will be low and ideal for a successful fishing outing. Access is available to the public upstream of Nicholson Road. Fishing above Nicholson Road is fair. ODFW encourages the harvest of brook trout in the stream.

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

Thirty-five lakes are stocked with fingerling rainbow or brook trout in the Sky Lakes and Mountain Lakes Wilderness. Several other lakes are not stocked and have natural reproduction of brook trout. Access to most lakes in the Sky Lakes and Mountain Lakes wilderness should be good. Concentrate fishing efforts on the larger lakes such as Como, South Pass, Harriette and Isherwood. Bring mosquito repellant. Contact the ODFW Klamath Falls office for a list of lakes with fish.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fish should have been able to over-winter. Anglers can expect to catch trout from 8 to 12-inches.

SPRING CREEK: Redband trout, brown trout and brook trout

Fishing is always slow on Spring Creek as the creek is a spring fed system that is cold and clear with low catchable fish density. ODFW encourages the release of large, spawning redband trout. All the large redband trout at Collier State Park are currently spawning. Anglers should concentrate on fishing areas where redband trout are not spawning.

SPRAGUE RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

Fishing is slow on the Sprague River. Most trout have moved to better water quality areas of the Sprague. The river is low and visibility will be good. Public access is available at numerous USFS properties along Sprague River highway, near the town of Sprague River, two county parks off Drews Road and just upstream of Beatty. Small boats can be launched at all these locations. A boat is recommended for fishing most of the Sprague River as angling from shore is difficult. Best fishing is near the town of Beatty where numerous cold water springs enter the river. Most fish caught are redband trout that range from 10 to 14-inches. The Hex hatch occurs in numerous sections of the Sprague River.

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

Fishing is good throughout the North Fork Sprague. Fishing with dry flies can be good around the Sandhill Crossing campground and wading this stretch is relatively easy. The river from Sandhill Crossing campground to near the headwaters is a low gradient, meadow type stream. Brook and brown trout dominate the catch above Lee Thomas Crossing while redband trout dominate the catch above the first 3411 crossing. Large brown trout are available near the first 3411 crossing. Look for good hatches of Hex mayflies (Hexagenia limbata) in the lower North Fork Sprague. Bring your mosquito repellant.

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

Angling will be slow due to low fish numbers from drought in the years 2009-2010 and 2012-2013. Access to the South Fork Sprague occurs at a very nice picnic area off highway 140 and near Corral Creek campground. Flows will be ideal for fishing. Best fishing will be near the Corral Creek campground. Bring your mosquito repellant.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Opened to fishing April 26. The road into Sun Creek is closed to all motor vehicles until June 30. Anglers need to concentrate efforts below the bridge crossing on Sun Creek as the area above the road was treated in 2012 and 2013 to remove brook trout to benefit native redband trout and bull trout. The section of Sun Creek above the barriers upstream of the road crossing had bull trout only. Angling for bull trout is closed in the Klamath Basin.

Anglers should be able to identify brook, brown and bull trout. Various signs and trout identification cards are available around the Wood River and Sun Creek access points.

SYCAN RIVER: brook trout, redband trout

Fishing was slow to fair for redband trout below the marsh due to low fish density caused by the 2013 drought. The Sycan River above Pikes crossing should be fair for brook trout and redband trout. Expect flows to be low and ideal.

THOMPSON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Water levels at the reservoir are lower than normal, but trout and bass are still available for anglers. No recent reports.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir currently is at 83 percent of capacity. The reservoir was restocked with sub-legal sized rainbow trout the first week of November 2013 and these fish should now be 12 to 16 inches long. Fishing is reportedly slow.

TWIN LAKES: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake at the campground was stocked with legal-sized rainbows the last week of June. Fishing should be good.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at 56 percent of capacity. Anglers are reminded that a new regulation restricts the harvest of bass to those under 15-inches long.

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Anglers can access the reservoir, but vegetation is beginning to present problems for bank anglers. It is best to take a boat, float tube, or pontoon boat this time of year so you can fish the open water. The reservoir was stocked last week (June 11).

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

The reservoir is 7 percent full and inflows averaged 20 cfs (July 15). The river and the reservoir are very turbid. The boat ramp is out of the water by a significant distance.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

Fishing was good below Chiloquin but much more challenging above town. Most fish captured so far this year have been small (less than 20 inches). Many larger fish caught are spawned out fish and should be handled carefully and quickly.

Flows are extremely low and water clarity is very good for this time of year as currently no flow of dark, tannin colored water is coming from the Klamath Marsh.

ODFW encourages catch and release in this fishery to promote trophy sized fish as the Williamson River is managed for trophy redband trout. Hexagenia limbata (aka Hex or Big Yellow Mayflies) are hatching on the Williamson River. The hatch typically occurs at dark around 9:15 p.m.; however, during dark, rainy days the hatch can occur during the day. Using flies that mimic the nymph can also work well.

Fishing for redband trout is best from the confluence of the Sprague River to slack water above Modoc Point Bridge. Most effective fishing occurs from a drift boat as little public access occurs. Most anglers hire a guide to fish this river due to the challenge of catching fish. Most anglers fly fish this section of river. Numerous insect hatches are occurring including stoneflies, various mayflies and caddis. Leech and wooly bugger patterns work well in early season before fish get educated. Large brown trout can be stalked in the small pools above Spring Creek.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

Fishing will be good as the large black drake mayflies (Siphlonurus sp.) are hatching but the hatch is waning. Dry fly fishing can be exceptional during the spinner fall of these mayflies. Upper Williamson is a slow, meandering spring fed river. The best time to fish is when fish are rising steadily to insect hatches. Hexagenia limbata (aka Hex or Big Yellow Mayflies) are hatching on the Williamson River. The hatch typically occurs at dark around 9:15 p.m.; however, during dark, rainy days the hatch can occur during the day. Using flies that mimic the nymph can also work well. The hatch on the Upper Williamson is much better than the lower Williamson. Numerous other small mayflies are hatching on the Williamson River with 6-8 inch brook and redband trout rising. Anglers can pay to fish Yamsi or Sand Creek Ranches and the fishing is exceptional especially for abundant brook trout. A few large redband trout exceeding 20-inches are also available. River flows are low.

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

Fishing is fair for largemouth bass. Try the Antelope Creek channel for best success. Bass will also be in the shallow flats next to the dam. The reservoir is turbid. Bluegill are abundant but small in size. Crappie are scarce but can be abundant at the many habitat structures placed in the reservoir by Klamath Bassmasters, BLM and ODFW. A good fish finder can locate these structures. Some structures can be observed protruding from the water’s surface. There is a concrete boat ramp and the outhouse has been repaired. Water levels are low; therefore, launching boats might be challenging.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is full and the boat launch/dock is functional. Fishing should be fair to good for 10-12 inch rainbows.

WOOD RIVER and all tributaries: redband, brown, brook, and bull trout

Wood River is one of the best brown trout fisheries in the state. Fishing remains good on the Wood River with low flows and good insect hatches. Numerous mayflies, stoneflies and caddis flies are hatching especially on warmer overcast days.

The highest density of brown trout in the river occurs below Weed Road in the early season. Anglers should also have success fishing spoons and plugs in the deep pools for brown trout. If brown trout are not rising to insects they are typically holding in deep water or under cover. Flies and lures should be fished deep when no surface activity is observed. Sculpins are also a favorite food for brown trout. Sculpins live on the bottom of the river which is another reason anglers need to present flies and lures near the bottom. Anglers should concentrate their efforts from Fort Klamath to the mouth.

A boat is recommended to fish the Wood River as little public land occurs on the river. Most anglers use a low profile boat to float under and portage around the many obstacles on the river. A typical drift boat can be used from Weed Road to mouth but can’t be used upstream due to low bridges.

Bank access is limited but public property is available on BLM property at the BLM wetland and the USFS Day use area above Fort Klamath. Small boats can be launched at Kimball State Park (breathtaking headwaters), USFS day use area, Highway 62 bridge crossing and Weed Road. Weed Road has the only semi-improved boat launch for larger boats such and drift boats.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Anglers have had good success recently catching holdover trout as well as the legal-size trout stocked in early May.


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. ODFW appreciates hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; 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

Hunting maps for Harney County

Ground Squirrels are in the lower elevation agriculture areas around the county. Because almost all of the hunting opportunity occurs on private land, hunters are reminded to get permission prior to hunting.

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 populations are fairly low 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. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Ground squirrels and marmots are not as active now with the high temperatures and will soon be going back into hibernation. While some opportunities exist on public lands, best prospects are on private lands, and many landowners do allow access for those willing to ask permission.

Cougar hunting is open year round. Best prospects are in areas with concentrations of big game.

Coyote populations are fairly low throughout Klamath County. Pups have now left their 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. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Seasons are now closed.

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 Unit are both open for hunting daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

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 2013-14 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information) on a first-come, first-served basis by permit.

Waterfowl Hunting

Waterfowl hunting is now closed. Klamath Basin waterfowl numbers are available on the US Fish and Wildlife website.

Upland Game Bird Hunting is now closed.

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is now required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $7 daily or $22 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 or thomas.r.collom@state.or.us

LAKE COUNTY

Ground Squirrels are above ground and active. All of the opportunity for squirrel shooting is on private land, hunters must get permission from the landowner.

Cougar hunting is open. Populations are healthy due to good habitat and prey base. If hunters can find a fresh cougar kill, calling within a ½ mile of that kill can be very effective. Mule deer herds are still using spring green up, but are starting to move toward summer ranges. Cougar hunting near big game herds increases the chance for success.

Coyote pairs have pups and are very territorial. From now through June the most effective calls will be coyote vocalizations. Prey distress calls will still work but are less effective.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on March 10, 2014

All game bird hunting seasons have ended and discharging of firearms is prohibited.

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

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. Coyotes are very call shy this time of year but may respond to territorial challenges.


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: VIEWING

HARNEY COUNTY

Resident breeding waterfowl with broods are abundant around Malheur Lake.
Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebes species are a few of what can be seen. Forester’s terns, black terns, franklins, ring-billed and California gulls can also be found.

A large number of breeding passerine species and woodpeckers can be found in National Forest land throughout the county. Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is the summer home to some unique passerines and is an excellent place for birding.

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.

Bighorn sheep viewing will be very difficult at this time as sheep are having their lambs and will stay near steep rugged terrain. Viewers are urged not to disturb sheep during this sensitive time period.

Mule deer, antelope and elk young can be seen traveling with mothers. Fawns are rarely abandoned by their parents so if you see young hiding in the brush, leave it alone! 7/7/14.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Klamath Falls Area

White-faced ibis

These aquatic birds are colonial nesting birds; they nest in the emergent vegetation at Lower Klamath Refuge. They are readily observed foraging in flooded pastures south of Klamath Falls.

Canada goose broods are mostly fully feathered now and will begin flying soon. Duck nesting is well underway and best areas to observe broods are at Klamath Wildlife Area and Lower Klamath Refuge or other wetland areas.

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.

Many raptors are well into nesting season with fledging occurring at this time. Many times, young raptors may jump out of their nest just prior to being capable of flight, yet the adults will continue feeding and protecting their young until they are capable of flight. 7/1/14.

Klamath Wildlife Area

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $7 daily or $22 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license. Buy online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent. Learn more.

Klamath Basin waterfowl numbers are available on the US Fish and Wildlife website.

Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit. If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734. 2/3/13.

LAKE COUNTY

All migrations are over and birds present in the county are summer residents. The Chewaucan and Summer Lake basins have shallow flooded hay fields and wetlands and will provide the best viewing opportunities for shore and water birds. Goose Lake is dry and most of the Warner Valley lakes are dry or very low.

Lake Abert is very low and there wasn’t enough snow pack to substantially increase water levels. The low water will result in reduced invertebrate production so there will not be large concentrations of shore birds and water birds as is usual for this time of year. Most of the common species will be present but in substantially reduced numbers.

Mule deer and elk have had their fawns or calves. Fawns and calves will hide between nursing until they are old enough to travel with their mother. If you find a fawn or calf leave it alone, the mother is nearby and will come pick it up after you leave the area. 6/17/14.

Summer Lake Wildlife Area

This section was updated on July 14, 2014.

Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a new calendar year 2014 $7 daily parking permit or a $22 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any ODFW license agent or through the ODFW website. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Vehicle access to the Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open, but major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) are now closed to reduce disturbance to nesting and brood rearing waterbirds. Non-motorized access is permitted, and the Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open to motor vehicle travel until early fall.

Wetland conditions are fair; semi-permanent marshes and sizeable areas of seasonally flooded wetlands are receiving heavy waterbird use. Water levels in most seasonal wetlands and some semi-permanent marsh units are beginning to recede due to reduced flows and increased evapotranspiration due to hot summer temperatures. . Emergent vegetation is growing vigorously and submerged aquatic plants are very prolific.

Breeding season is continues for all nesting species. Incubation is continuing for late and re-nesters and broods are very numerous at this time. If birds are flushed off nests or broods are encountered, please move away to reduce disturbance. Also, area users are reminded that running or training of dogs is prohibited, except by permit.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are stable now and breeding season continues. Birds are widely dispersed across the entire wildlife area due to excellent habitat conditions.

Canada geese are widely scattered across the wildlife area’s wetlands. Incubation is over and brood rearing continues for a few late nesters. The molt is continues and many geese remain flightless. Some family groups have completed the molt and are flighted.

Duck broods are being observed on a regular basis now. Recently hatched, later nesting gadwall are especially abundant. Some early hatching mallards have attained flight at this time. Large flocks of drakes are becoming very apparent as they begin to enter the molt.

Other nesting duck species, especially the later nesting gadwall and re-nesters continue to incubate. Gadwall hens on nests can be readily found along road shoulders and along dikes.

Please keep dogs under close control during this critical time in the life cycle of breeding birds, nests can be encountered nearly anywhere.

Resident trumpeter swans number about 15-20 non-breeders, all part of restoration efforts, can be found scattered across the wildlife area. One pair successfully nested this year and are rearing cygnets at this time. All of these birds will be neck-banded with green collars and white alphanumeric symbols. Viewers are encouraged to “read” the collars and report them to wildlife area personnel. Collars will have the Greek letter Theta (Ѳ) and two side-ways laying numerals that are read from the body toward the head.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Shorebird numbers are increasing at this time as fall migration is now underway and breeding season is winding down. American avocet, black-necked stilt, killdeer, Wilson’s phalaropes and their chicks are beginning to form large post-breeding flocks. A large number of migrants from northerly and adjacent nesting locales are staging in good number at this time. Least sandpipers, lesser and greater yellowlegs, red-necked and Wilson’s phalaropes are especially numerous at this time. Most long-billed curlews and willets have begun their southward migration and have departed the area. Now is the time to look for unusual vagrants passing through the area.

Both California and ring-billed gulls remain in good numbers and a large number of chicks on the island in E. Link Unit are dispersing and fledging. Migrant Franklin’s and sometimes Bonaparte’s gulls are occasionally observed.

Caspian and Forster’s terns are fairly numerous and both species are continuing to nest with about 15 Caspian tern chicks hatched on the E. Link Island. Forster’s terns are widely scattered across semi-permanent wetlands and successfully nested in most areas. Black terns continue to be observed.
American white pelican and double-crested cormorants are fairly numerous. A small number of cormorants (30-40) successfully nested in the Gold Dike Impoundment this year and brood rearing is underway.

Sandhill cranes are widely scattered across the area. Crane chicks or “colts” are being reared at this time.

Non-breeders and other migrants continue to stage as well, especially in the Foster Place grain fields and at the head of Summer Lake.

American coots remain very numerous and a large number of broods can be found at this time.

Grebes (eared, western, pied-billed and Clark’s) are rearing chicks at this time and eared grebes are especially numerous in the North Levee Impoundment. A few late nesting individuals continue to incubate.

A few American bittern, great blue herons, great egrets and good numbers of white-faced ibis continue to be observed.

White-faced ibis along with great egrets have established a breeding colony and small foraging flocks and dispersing chicks can be found scattered across the wildlife area. Black-crowned night-herons and probably Franklin’s gulls are also nesting nearby.

Raptors and others

Resident raptors, especially red-tailed hawks are scattered throughout the Wildlife Area as well as on private lands along Hwy 31. Swainson’s hawks are now present around Headquarters and on the north end of the area.

Northern harriers are commonly observed over marsh and hay meadows and newly fledged chicks are becoming very apparent.

Bald and golden eagle numbers have declined dramatically. A few locally nesting pairs can be found hunting across the area. Adult bald eagles are frequently observed roosting in the River Ranch area.

Prairie falcons are frequently observed and peregrine falcons have been observed recently.

Ospreys (3 pairs) have returned to nesting platforms and are rearing chicks at this time.

Great horned owls can be found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds. Breeding season is over and most chicks have fledged.

Short-eared owls have been observed recently.

Upland game birds

California quail and ring-necked pheasants are widely scattered across the north end of the wildlife area. Pheasant and quail broods are being seen on a regular basis now.

Passerines

Tree swallows are very active around nest boxes scattered across the area. Barn and cliff swallow nests can be found on buildings scattered around the area. Chick rearing for all swallow species is underway and many have already fledged. Swallows are beginning to form large flocks now, in preparation for migration. Vaux’s swift are heard regularly over Headquarters on a daily basis and the occasional white-throated swift can sometimes be observed.

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex and mourning doves continue to be observed. Calling by both species can be heard throughout the day and nesting continues.

American goldfinches continue to be observed in fair numbers at Headquarters. Savannah sparrows are very common along dikes and levees. American robins, cedar waxwings, yellow warblers and Bullock’s orioles are fairly abundant around Headquarters now. Common yellowthroats are very numerous in marsh areas and actively singing. Western wood-pewee is a fairly common flycatcher species at Headquarters.

Hummingbird activity is picking-up at the Headquarters feeders, probably due to wildflowers drying out in surrounding locations. Black-chinned, calliope and rufous have been observed recently. Bullock’s orioles are utilizing the feeders as well.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail and are very numerous.

Brewer’s, red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds are very numerous at this time and nesting is underway.

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2014 parking permits are required!

Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a $7 daily parking permit or a $22 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.

The Wildlife Viewing Loop is open, but major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) are now closed to motor vehicles in order to reduce disturbance to staging waterbirds and breeding waterfowl species. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open until early fall.

All secondary roads and dikes continue to remain closed to motor vehicles and cross-country motor vehicle travel is prohibited.

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.

Also, area users are reminded that running of training of dogs is prohibited, except by permit.

Habitat

Currently nearly all of the wildlife area’s wetlands are fairly well flooded although several units are beginning to recede due to reduced water supply and increase evapotranspiration. Bullgate Refuge remains dry in preparation for wetland enhancement work to take place in spring and early summer. Summer Lake water level is receding at a steady rate now. Exposed muddy shorelines will provide good habitat conditions post-breeding season shorebird staging.

Emergent wetland vegetation is actively growing across all wetland areas. New growth of broad-leaf cattail is progressing rapidly, in some areas it is 5-6 feet tall. Submerged aquatic plants are filling the water columns of nearly all ponds.

Upland habitat remains in excellent condition with considerable residual vegetation and extensive new growth of grasses and forbs that is providing high quality food and cover for many wildlife species.

Planted tree and shrub plots are providing excellent sheltered sites for many wildlife species. Nearly all species are well leafed out and many are flowering and fruit is being set at this time.

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

  • The Imnaha River is open to harvest of jack chinook until further notice – see details below.
  • Jubilee Lake is accessible and has been stocked.
  • The Walla Walla and Umatilla Rivers are at summer time flow levels making for some good trout fishing.
  • Anglers willing to hike off the beaten track will find good warm weather trout fishing at Jump-Off-Joe, Strawberry and Slide lakes.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
  • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement.

See a map of the Basin and get more information.

2014 trout stocking

The 2014 trout stocking schedule for the Northeast Zone is now posted on-line on along with other districts on the ODFW trout stocking page.

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: rainbow trout

Anglers can make either a 2 mile hike to Roosevelt Lake (Lower Lake) or a 2.5 mile hike to Stewart Lake (Upper Lake). Fishing is good for carryover rainbow trout at both ponds.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing for carryover rainbow and brook trout is fair. Trout are now concentrated in the deeper part of the reservoir near the dam. Vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, bass, chinook

The Grand Ronde River flows are beginning to drop and bass fishing will pick up soon. Look for bass near rocky outcrops and shelves. Look for trout in the slow margins and around structure. A variety of methods will be successful including bait, lures and flies. The river often offers up some large trout this time of year.

Remember, only adipose-fin clipped trout may be retained and all bull trout must be released unharmed.

HATROCK POND: trout

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

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: trout

Trout fishing is fair but vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers.

HUNTER POND: trout

Hunter Pond is located about 3 miles south of Hwy 244 off of USFS Rd 5160. The pond is located on the 710 spur just west of 5160. The pond was stocked the last week of May.

IMNAHA RIVER: trout, bass, Chinook

The Imnah River is open for jacks from the mouth to the Summit Creek Bridge (river mile 45) with a daily limit of five fin-clipped fish. All adult Chinook must be released unharmed. The jack fishery will remain open until a closure is announced (jacks are salmon less than 24-inches long).
The Imnaha River is open for trout. Flows are slowly coming into shape but the water clarity is good so fish close to the banks and in back eddies behind large structure. Some stoneflies may be around and fish may be keying in on them; however, many techniques will catch fish. Bass fishing will likely be slow in the lower river until flows drop and water temperatures come up. Remember, below the mouth of Big Sheep Creek only adipose-fin clipped trout may be harvested. All bull trout must be released unharmed.

Bass angling will begin to pick up soon as water temperatures rise. Some anglers find healthy smallmouth during the summer on a variety of gear.

JOHN DAY RIVER: smallmouth bass, trout

Smallmouth bass fishing is good in the lower river but flows have dropped to 250 cfs making boat travel very difficult. Trout fishing is fair on the South Fork and on the Middle Fork but flows will remain very low for the remainder of the summer.

Check John Day River flows

JUBILEE LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake has been stocked and should provide good fishing for rainbow trout.

JUMP-OFF-JOE LAKE: brook trout

This high lake near Desolation Creek fishes well all summer and presently has large brook trout available. It requires a ½ mile hike. Fishing is poor from the bank but packing in a float tube or raft will greatly improve your chances.

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

Bass fishing is fair but trout fishing is poor. Fish activity is limited by high water temperatures and vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers.

LUGER POND: trout

The pond was stocked the last week of May.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

The fishing has slowed for brook trout as the lake temperature is over 65 degrees. Carryover and legal sized rainbows were stocked recently and are available.

McNARY PONDS: trout

A trail system provides access to both pond and stream fishing and the area also has several handicap accessible fishing platforms.

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

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent report..

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow, kokanee

This high lake stays cool all summer and is accessible by vehicle for bank or boat angling. There is a campground with boat launch. Kokanee fishing has slowed down as water temperatures warmed but can still be caught in deeper water. Carryover rainbows are available along with recently planted jumbo trout.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked several times this spring, the last being early June. Catch rates will decline as the season progresses into summer and water temperatures warm.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked several times this spring, the last being early June. Catch rates will decline as the season progresses into summer and water temperatures warm.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fish activity is limited by high water temperatures. Low water and vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers. Fishing is poor.

STRAWBERRY AND SLIDE LAKES: rainbow and brook trout

These high lakes in the Strawberry Mountain wilderness area provide good fishing all summer. Strawberry lake requires a 1.5 mile hike and Slide Lake is another mile further.

Fish can be caught from the bank but packing in a float tube or raft will improve your chances.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

This was a new stocking site in 2013. The pond is located in a gravel pit just off USFS Rd. 7740, approximately ½ mile south of the Jct. with USFS Rd. 7700. The pond was stocked the last week of May. Fishing is good.

TROUT FARM POND: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing for rainbow and brook trout is fair. Carryover and legal sized rainbows are available. Vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers.

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

The following ponds have been stocked to date: Ninemile, Shimmiehorn, skyline, Boundary, Key hole, Pearson Ridge Twin, Goldfish, 5412, Yellow Jacket, Granite Meadows, French Corral, Four Corners and Frog Heaven. The South Umatilla Ponds will be stocked this week (Ellis, Gopher springs, Divide well, Rock pit, Sugarbowl, 5320, Thompson and Stinkwater) All should provide good fishing.

UMATILLA RIVER: trout

The upper Umatilla is open to catch-and-release trout fishing and fishing for rainbow trout has been good. Anglers should consult the synopsis for detailed regulations.

Threemile Dam fish counts

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Anglers reported great success for stocked and holdover rainbow trout over the holiday weekend. The lake was stocked with tagged rainbow trout in an effort by ODFW to better understand the utilization of this fishery. Tagged fish have been caught at very high rates and over $750 in rewards have been paid.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish, chinook

The Wallowa River is currently running high with snowmelt coming from the high country. Anglers are still finding a few trout and whitefish and the bug hatches have been thick. The best dry fly angling is in the late evening. During mid-day fishing large large attractor nymphs under an indicator can be deadly. Most spinner and bait angling techniques will also be very effective. Anglers will find fish by fishing in the slow margins of the river where trout hold up to conserve energy. Remember, below Rock Creek only adipose-fin clipped trout may be harvested. All bull trout must be released unharmed.

The Wallowa River is open for spring Chinook fishing. Anglers have harvested a few fish mostly coming from the hole at Minam State Park. Salmon angling is open from Minam State Park upstream to the mouth of the Lostine River. Anglers may retain two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and five adipose fin-clipped jacks per day, with two daily jack limits in possession. Chinook jacks are salmon between 15 and 24 inches in length. Anglers do not need to record jack catch on their combined angling tags, but it is illegal to continue fishing for jack Chinook once the adult bag limit is met. Unmarked (wild) fish must be released carefully and unharmed. A valid Columbia River endorsement is required for this fishery.

Check the ODFW website regularly for closure information.

WESTON POND: trout

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


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NORTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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. ODFW needs hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; 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

Closure of Wallowa Mountain Loop Road (Forest Road 39)

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

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

GRANT COUNTY

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

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

MORROW, GILLIAM AND WHEELER COUNTIES

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

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

UMATILLA COUNTY

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

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

UNION COUNTY

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

Coyote numbers are good 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

Hunting seasons now closed. Ladd Marsh harvest statistics

Note: all visitors including hunters must have in their possession a free daily permit to access the wildlife area. Permits will be available at several self-check-in stations at entry points and parking lots beginning in late September. Wildlife hunters, viewers and anglers also need a parking permit to park on the wildlife area. Hunters receive a free parking permit with their hunting license. The $7 daily or $22 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. Parking permits are to be displayed on the vehicle dash.

More information

WALLOWA COUNTY

Closure of Wallowa Mountain Loop Road (Forest Road 39)

Closure of Whisky Creek Road: Whisky Creek Road just east of the Troy Road will be closed for construction from now until August 4.

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

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


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NORTHEAST ZONE: VIEWING

BAKER COUNTY

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

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

Elk and deer can be seen with their young. Give them extra space to avoid separating young from the group. Remember to leave any young wildlife where you found them. 7/1/14.

GRANT COUNTY

Quail chicks can be viewed along roads and in riparian areas. For the avid birder, the best place to see the most diversity of songbirds this time of year are in and around riparian areas.

As the snow recedes on the Strawberry Mountains mountain goats can be readily seen. The best places to see mountain goats are High Lake and Little Strawberry Lake. Nannies can be seen with their kids at both locations.

Fawns and calves are becoming more visible this time of year. Deer and elk will be seeking higher elevations as summer heats up and this is a great opportunity to view some of their young as they migrate. Please leave fawns and calves alone; moms may not be visible but are close by. 7/7/14.

MORROW, GILLIAM and WHEELER COUNTIES

Summer is here, and most of our birds are fledged for the Heppner District. House finches, northern oriels, mourning doves, western kingbirds, horned larks, and the ever present American kestrel, can be seen in many of the yards of the area.

Only our common raptors remain―northern harrier, red-tailed hawk and a few golden eagles in areas with habitat for them.

Deer and elk can be seen with their young in the forested areas of the district. The fawns and claves are moving with their mothers now. Watch meadows at dawn and dusk for the best chance so see elk; deer are more hit and miss. Pileated woodpeckers can be seen in the areas of the forest with large snags. Turkeys can be seen with their young moving around and feeding. 6/24/14.

UMATILLA COUNTY

Deer and elk are starting to orient to green-up areas of annual grass in the low and mid slope areas of the Blue Mountains. Large herds of elk will be intermingled in the trees at mid elevation areas. Deer will be more widespread with small groups present from near field edge to upper forest areas.

UNION COUNTY

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Note: New this year: 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 $7 daily or $22 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 Public Access Area and autoroute are open to the public. Please see the note above regarding daily permits. The Glass Hill Unit is open to public entry for foot and horse traffic only.

Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult game bird regulations before entering the wildlife area. Dogs are not permitted within the Wildlife Area, on or off leash except during authorized 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 Canada geese are on nests and many have hatched so watch for goslings as they head for cover with their parents. Numerous species of duck can be seen on almost any open water. These include Mallard, Gadwall, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Redhead, Blue-winged Teal and Northern Shoveler. Some mallard broods have hatched. Eared Grebes, Horned Grebes, Pied-billed Grebes and American Coots are also present. Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets can be seen in shallow flats and at wetland edges. Wilson’s Phalaropes and a few Red-necked Phalaropes are using shallow waters.

Local Greater Sandhill Cranes have hatched and just a few are still on nests. Hatchling cranes, called colts, are very vulnerable so do not approach them or otherwise stress them or their parents. If you see colts, please use a scope to watch from a distance. Please report any sandhill cranes wearing leg bands to the Ladd Marsh staff (541-963-4954). If possible, note the color and order of bands on each of the bird’s legs (e.g., pink above white on left leg; silver above black on right leg). The specific combination and order can identify individual birds.

Raptors are common in the area and include Northern Harriers, Swainson’s Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks and a single Bald Eagle. Red-tails are nesting and the Swainson’s Hawks have arrived and are building nests. Most Great Horned Owls have hatched and many have left the nest area.

Warblers have begun to arrive and so far include Yellow Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler and Common Yellowthroat. Both Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds are nesting and noisy.

For more information on access rules for Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, please consult the Oregon Game Bird Regulations or call the wildlife area (541) 963-4954. 5/13/14.

WALLOWA COUNTY

Most mule and white-tailed deer are back on their summer ranges now. The does have dropped their fawns now. If you find a deer fawn that is not with its mother, leave it alone because its mother is probably nearby and will expect to find it where she left it when she returns.

The elk on the Zumwalt Prairie are back on the open prairie now and also in the mid-elevation forests. Occasional large herds can be seen from the Zumwalt Road or on The Nature Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. Once you find a herd, use binoculars or a spotting scope to observe the animals.

Young mountain goats and bighorn sheep are now venturing out with their nursery herds and now is a good time to view them near Hat Point above Hells Canyon. They often congregate just north of the USFS lookout tower to lick salt along the rim.

Spring migrant birds have mostly passed through our area on their way north. Resident waterfowl can still be seen flying into Wallowa Lake in the evenings from the county park at the north end of the lake. Canada geese can be seen feeding in agricultural fields and along streams around the county, and many broods have already hatched so look for young goslings around ponds and along streams in the valley.

Our three species of forest grouse have finished their mating season and the hens will soon be escorting broods of young grouse around in their respective habitats - ruffed grouse in brushy areas, especially near riparian strips, dusky grouse (the old name was blue grouse) in grassy openings in the forest near steep canyon areas, and spruce grouse a in densely forested areas on the Eagle Cap wilderness, especially along McCully Creek. 7/14/14.


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SNAKE RIVER ZONE: FISHING

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement.

See a map of the Basin and get more information.

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.

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

Anglers are reportedly catching good numbers of crappie averaging 6-inches long.

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

No recent report.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

No recent report.

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

The Snake River from Doug Bar to Hells Canyon Dam is open for spring Chinook. Catch rates and effort has dropped off considerably as the run is reaching its end. The daily bag limit is four adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon (adult and jacks) per day, no more than two can be an adult salmon more than 24-inches long. Anglers must stop fishing for salmon for the day when they have kept four jack salmon (equal to or less than 24-inches long) or two adult salmon, whichever comes first. Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in Hells Canyon. Also remember a Columbia Basin Endorsement is required when fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in the Snake River.

Trout fishing has been good with one angler reporting catching a limit of 15 to 20-inch trout last week. Remember, only adipose fin clipped trout may be retained and all bull trout must be released unharmed.

Fishing for smallmouth bass can be fantastic throughout the summer in Hell’s Canyon. Start the season with jigs and rubber baits and switch to spinners and other hardware later in the summer. Smallmouth are abundant in Hells Canyon and can be found in nearly every spot where the water slows.

Most anglers will access the canyon via jet boat launched at Heller Bar or Hells Canyon Dam. Oregon and Idaho regulations require barbless hooks in the Snake River when fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon. Remember, steelhead season closed on the Snake River on April 30.

Get updated information on flow levels.

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

Catfish on the Snake River has been good, as is bowfishing for carp. Fishing for bass has been slow, most bass appear to be post-spawn and are trickier to catch. Bass fishing will improve gradually over the next few weeks.

Flows at the Nyssa gauge were 9,860 (June 17). Flows at the Weiser gauge were 14,800 cfs. Over the last week water temperatures ranged from 55 to 72˚F at the Weiser gauge and 62° to 74°F at Nyssa.

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COLUMBIA RIVER ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Fishing for sockeye, adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and adipose fin-clipped summer Chinook is open between the Astoria-Megler Bridge and the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam.
  • The Bonneville Pool is open to the retention of white sturgeon Friday July 18 – Saturday July 19.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles Pool through Thursday, July 31.
  • Sturgeon retention is open during February 1 – July 31 from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam and from John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries are in effect (see special regulations for details).

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Angling for summer Chinook is slow on the lower Columbia, but angling for summer steelhead is good. Salmonid anglers in the gorge averaged 0.95 summer steelhead and 0.41 summer Chinook per boat; and bank anglers averaged 0.21 summer steelhead and 0.08 summer Chinook caught per angler. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 2.6 summer steelhead and 0.18 summer Chinook per boat, and bank anglers averaged 0.30 summer steelhead per angler. Anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.13 summer steelhead and 0.04 summer Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.32 summer steehead and 0.03 summer Chinook per boat, and bank anglers averaged 0.11 summer steelhead and 0.04 summer Chinook per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, one sockeye and two adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept, plus two unclipped adult Chinook and six unclipped summer steelhead released for 24 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and two sockeye kept, plus nine unclipped adult Chinook, two sockeye and 16 unclipped steelhead released for 22 boats (62 anglers).

Troutdale Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 23 boats (46 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for 28 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook and five unclipped steelhead released for 31 boats (61 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept and two unclipped summer steelhead released for 10 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed 16 adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook and 13 unclipped steelhead released for 11 boats (23 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept for nine bank anglers and no catch for five boats (16 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm):

No report.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only; no report.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 49 sublegal sturgeon released for 22 bank anglers; and 33 legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, 13 oversize and 618 sublegal sturgeon released for 27 boats (148 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal and 34 sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (six anglers).

John Day Pool:

Catch and release only. No report.

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools: WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary

WALLEYE

Troutdale:

No report.

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one walleye released for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool:

No report.


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MARINE ZONE: FISHING

Correction

There is an error in the 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations book in the waypoint for the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area (YRCA). On page 105, the latitude for waypoints 3, 4 and 5 are incorrect. The map for the YRCA on page 105, however, is correct. The waypoints for the Stonewall bank YRCA are the same as in previous years. The waypoints for the YRCA on the ODFW web site are correct.

Here are the correct coordinates (the bold and underlined minutes are corrected from the 2014 regulations book):

 ID      Latitude         Longitude
1        44o 37.46'      124o 24.92'
2        44o 37.46'      124o 23.63'
3        44o 28.71'     124o 21.80'
4        44o 28.71'     124o 24.10'
5        44o 31.42'     124o 25.47'

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

Marine Reserves

Prohibitions at Oregon’s marine reserves at Cascade Head, Cape Perpetua, Redfish Rocks and Otter Rock are in effect. Fishing, crabbing, clamming, hunting and gathering seaweed are all prohibited. Beach walking, surfing, bird watching, diving and other non-extractive uses continue to be allowed. See complete details and a map of the boundaries of the reserves:

Otter Rock Marine Reserve

Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area

Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area

Cascade Head Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area

TUNA

Catches averaged from a high of almost eight fish per angler out of Charleston to an average of four fish out of Bandon, Garibaldi and Winchester Bay to less than one fish per angler at Newport and Depoe Bay. Most years tuna move to within 20 miles of the coast, but around August they tend to become harder to catch.

PACIFIC HALIBUT

The Nearshore Season (inside the 40-fathom line) opened July 1 seven days a week until the quota is taken or Oct. 31. Catches ranged from about four halibut for every 10 anglers out of Garibaldi to one for every 10 anglers out of Newport. As of July 10, 85 percent of the quota remains for that fishery.

The Summer Pacific halibut all-depth seasons between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain is closed until the opens Aug 1 and 2. The all-depth halibut fishery continues every other Friday and Saturday until quota is attained.

The small percentage of quota left over from the spring season will roll over into other halibut seasons.

A complete map of the sport halibut regulations for 2014 is available on the sport halibut webpage.

Columbia River Subarea (from Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon) is open inside the 40-fathom line on days when the all-depth halibut fishery is closed (Monday through Wednesday).

As of July 10, 5 percent of the all-depth quota and 88 percent of the nearshore quota remains for the Columbia River Subarea.

As of July 10, 47 percent of the quota remains for the Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California border).

BOTTOM FISHING

Fishing for bottomfish remains good coast wide when weather permits with most anglers returning with four or five rockfish. Lingcod catches are about one fish for every two anglers.

The cabezon season opened July 1. The limit is one fish per day as part of the seven marine fish bag.

The ocean outside of the 30-fathom curve (defined by coordinates) is closed to bottom fishing from April 1 to Sept. 30.
The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish. There are separate daily limits for lingcod (two) and flatfish other than Pacific halibut (25).

Remember: yelloweye rockfish and canary rockfish may not be retained.

The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, approximately 15 miles west of Newport, is closed to the take of rockfish, lingcod, flatfish and other species in the groundfish group.

OCEAN SALMON

Ocean salmon fishing is picking up in most Oregon ports. Coho are the predominant fish north of Winchester bay. In Astoria the catch per angler was 1.8 fish with fewer than 10 percent of those being Chinook. Depoe Bay and Newport anglers returned with less than one coho per angler. Nine out of 10 anglers targeting salmon out of Brookings caught a salmon with 80 percent of the catch being Chinook.

Tremendous returns of Chinook are forecast for the Columbia River this summer and should provide great fishing both in the ocean and the Columbia River in August.

Thanks to improved hatchery and naturally-produced coho populations, the 2014 ocean coho seasons should provide the most time on the water for coho fishing since the 2010 season. Fishery managers expect selective fishing for fin-clipped hatchery coho beginning in late June to be very good along the Oregon Coast, especially from Bandon north to the Columbia River. The Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain non-selective coho season will open on Aug. 30 to coincide with Labor Day weekend.

Summary of the Ocean Seasons:

  • North of Cape Falcon to Leadbetter Point, Washington
  • Recreational season for all salmon from June 14-Sept. 30 with a two fish limit, of which only one can be a Chinook and all coho must be fin-clipped. Quota of 92,400 coho with 13,100 Chinook guideline.
  • South of Cape Falcon
  • Sport Chinook from Cape Falcon south to Humbug Mountain open March 15 through Oct. 31, and from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California border open May 10 through Sept. 7.
  • Sport fin-clipped coho open June 21-Aug. 10 (quota of 80,000 coho) from Cape Falcon south to Oregon-California border
  • Sport non-selective coho from Aug. 30 through Sept. 30 with a quota of 20,000. Open from Cape Falcon south to Humbug Mountain.

SHELLFISH

Razor clams

The Clatsop beaches annual conservation closure started July 15. Since 1967 ODFW has closed the 18 miles of beaches north of Tillamook Head to razor clam digging, while young clams establish themselves on the beach during the summer.

There are still opportunities to razor clam along the Oregon coast. Cannon Beaches, Cape Meares, Agate Beach, North Jetty, South beach, Bob’s Creek, Bastendorff, North Spit, Bailey Beach and Myers Creek are some of the most consistent. The beaches with the best opportunity are around Newport.

Harvesters should pay close attention to the surf forecasts and be on the beach one to two hours before low tide. If the forecast calls for combined seas over 8 or 10 feet, razor clam harvesting can be very difficult because the clams tend to show much less in those conditions. When referencing tide tables, Clatsop beach razor clam harvesters should use the tide gauge at the Columbia River entrance.

Recreational shellfish safety status as of July 15:

  • As of June 20 the entire Oregon coast is closed to recreational mussel harvesting due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning. All other recreational shellfish harvesting is open.
  • Due to potential biotoxins, consuming whole scallops is not recommended. However, a scallop’s adductor muscle does not accumulate biotoxins and may be safe for consumption. Scallops are not being sampled for biotoxins at this time.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture's shellfish safety hotline is toll free and provides the most current information regarding shellfish safety closures. Please call the hotline before harvesting: 1-800-448-2474. Press 1 for biotoxin closures and 2 for general safety recommendations.

Check out the recreational shellfish pages on the ODFW website. The pages contain everything you need to know for identifying and harvesting Oregon’s clams, including maps of individual estuaries that show where to crab and clam.

Crabs

Bay crabbing is picking up in most Oregon bays and estuaries. Tillamook and Alsea bays are particularly good. Crabbing is also good in the ocean from Bandon to Winchester Bay. Shellfish biologists say crabbing is much better this year than last. The best months for bay crabbing in Oregon are August through November, although success usually declines after significant rainfall as estuary salinity drops.

The ODFW crabbing report shows average number of legal-sized Dungeness crab per person in various bays by month over the past year through September.

Crabbing in the ocean opened Dec. 1.

Some sport crabbers have difficulty correctly measuring the minimum size for Dungeness crab, which is 5 3⁄4 inches measured in a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but not including, the points. See an illustration showing the correct measurement (jpg).


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MARINE ZONE: VIEWING

Get to know Oregon’s quiet sea lions

Oregon has a healthy population of Steller sea lions; healthy enough that they were delisted from the Threatened and Endangered list. Although larger, they are much less boisterous than their cousin, the California sea lion. California sea lions and harbor seals are also more common and tolerant of people than Stellers.

Steller sea lion haul-outs are offshore, so most people probably don’t see them. You can see some spectacular aerial photos taken by ODFW’s Marine Mammal program at the atlas of Oregon’s Steller sea lion haul-out sites.

Most of the sites in the atlas are off shore and difficult to see, but two sites – Cape Arago and the Sea Lion Caves – are accessible to Steller sea lion watchers.

Seabird nesting in full swing

From mainland areas that overlook coastal rocks and islands you can see bald eagles attack nesting common murres. Around 600,000 common murres return to each spring to Oregon’s wind-blown islands to raise their single chick.

Bald Eagles regularly fly out to these islands to kill a murre to feed their own chicks creating panic in the common murre colony. As the murres flee to avoid the eagles, ravens, crows and gulls often swoop in to make a meal of murre eggs and chicks.

Great places to view this wildlife spectacle are: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area – the deck behind the lighthouse; Heceta Head State Park – the viewing area in front of the lighthouse; Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint – the north deck by the parking lot, and Ecola State Park – the westernmost viewing platform at Ecola Point overlook.

Puffins

April, May, June, July best time to see Puffins. Best Place is Haystack Rock because it’s so close.

Tufted puffins are back on the Oregon Coast to nest for the summer and most of them are found on Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge. This sanctuary about two miles south of Cape Meares and one-half mile offshore west of Oceanside in Tillamook County. The three large rocks and six smaller ones make up the refuge, which is home to 12 species of seabirds breed here totaling 226,093 birds. This includes 30 percent of the Common murres breeding in Oregon and 21 percent of all common murres breeding in the eastern Pacific south of Alaska. This site also harbors 60 percent of the tufted puffin breeding population in Oregon. More than 800 brown pelicans have been seen here roosting and up to 13 bald eagles have been observed preying on seabirds.

Three Arch Rocks NWR can best be viewed from the mainland at Cape Meares and at Oceanside. To prevent disturbance to extremely sensitive seabirds, Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge is closed to public entry year-round and waters within 500 feet of the refuge are closed to all watercraft from May 1 through September 15.

Purple sailors land

Thousands of velella velella, purple sailors or by-the-wind sailor jelly fish washed up on the beach near Beaver Creek in south Lincoln County. Some also washed up on Horsfall Beach north of Coos Bay.

Velella is an offshore resident. Winds blowing gently against its triangular, clear sail move the jellyfish. The sail is set diagonally to the long axis of the animal. On our side of the north Pacific Ocean, their sails are set in a northwest to southeast direction. On the other side of the north Pacific, the sails are set in a northeast to southwest direction. In the southern hemisphere, sails are reversed. As long as the winds blow gently, Velella tacks at about 45˚ away from a following wind. This keeps the animal offshore.

When winds are strong, Velella loses its tacking ability and begins spinning and more directly follows the wind. Strong westerlies, then, are what drive these animals onto our beaches.

All jellyfish have stinging cells in their tentacles. Most people are not bothered by touching one from our beaches with their hands. You should not rub your eyes or put a finger in your mouth after handling them, however.


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