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Welcome to the ODFW Recreation Report - August 23, 2016

Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Viewing

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General archery seasons open Saturday, Aug. 27 – Regulation changes

There are bag limit changes for elk bowhunters in several units this year. Bowhunters in the early general bow season can no longer take an antlerless elk in Saddle Mt, Wilson and Scappoose. For 2016, the bag limit is one bull in Scappoose and Wilson and one 3 pt+ bull only in Saddle Mt. In the Minam and Desolation units, general season bow elk hunters have a bag limit of one elk this year (formerly bull only). Finally, lighted arrow nocks are now allowed for bowhunters. Lighted nocks increase visibility of an arrow and make it easier to follow an arrow’s flight and retrieve it.

Know before you go – Check fire restrictions

Hunting seasons are open but there are use restrictions and some private lands may be closed to access during fire season. Check See ODF’s Fire Restrictions Page for more information and the latest Corporate Closure List for private land information. Check with the land manager (US Forest Service, BLM, ODF) for public lands information.

Buoy 10 salmon season ramping up at mouth of the Columbia

The world famous Buoy 10 salmon fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River is under way, with an estimated 960,200 fall Chinook and 322,600 coho expected to return to the Columbia River this fall. Anglers are already out in force, with hundreds of boats taking to the water out of Astoria every day in pursuit of these prized Northwest fish. If past years are any indication, the fishing should only get better and better as the season progresses into September.

Double your fun with a second fishing rod

If you’re planning to get in on one of Oregon’s famous fall salmon seasons on the Oregon coast you might want to consider doubling your fun by adding a second rod to your equipment list this year. ODFW fishery managers approved most coastal streams and bays along the coast for the use of a second rod through Oct. 31. Some coastal bays are already fishing well and reporting larger fall Chinook this year. (Note: The two-rod validation does not include the Columbia River.)

Sign up now for free youth pheasant hunts or family pheasant hunts

ODFW will host a variety of pheasant hunts this year, including 11 free youth hunts at locations around the state in September and three hunts for families at locations in Portland and Corvallis. See www.odfwcalendar.com for more information and to register.

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NORTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Anglers can now fish with a second rod in many NW Zone streams through Oct. 31 if they purchase a two-rod endorsement for $21.50. News release.
  • Summer Steelhead fishing is fair in the Siletz, Nestucca and Trask.
  • Sea run cutthroat fishing is fair to good in tidewaters of the Kilchis, Nehalem, Nestucca, Trask, Wilson, Alsea and Siuslaw.

Send us your fishing report

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

2016 trout stocking schedule

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

NORTH COAST LAKES

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

The water level at Cape Meares Lake has been lowered to facilitate repairs to the outlet structure. The lake will be held at the current level until the repairs can be completed later this summer.

Warmwater fish are active. Look for some largemouth bass action in Lake Lytle, Coffenbury Lake, Cullaby Lake, Sunset Lake, and Cape Meares Lake, and Vernonia Pond. Aquatic vegetation is increasing with the summer weather so expect to deal with weeds.

MID COAST LAKES

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

ALSEA RIVER: cutthroat, Chinook

The Alsea River and bay is open for Chinook salmon Aug. 1 – Dec. 31. Fishing is slow but will pick up over the next several weeks. Trolling herring in the lower bay is an effective technique. Eggs and bobber or drifting eggs can be productive in the upper bay and river as the season progresses.

KILCHIS RIVER: cutthroat

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

LOWER COLUMBIA TRIBUTARIES: Chinook

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

NEHALEM RIVER AND BAY: Chinook, cutthroat

Chinook fishing is fair in the bay, and some nice sized Chinook are being caught. Anglers are reminded that of the two Chinook salmon per day bag limit, only one may be a wild Chinook through Sept. 15. In addition, only 5 wild adult Chinook may be harvested from the Nehalem River and Bay and/or the North Fork Nehalem River April 1 – Sept. 15.

Trolling herring near the mouth of the bay will still be the most productive, but fish are being caught farther into the estuary. Sea-run cutthroat are available in tidewater and will begin moving upstream over the next few weeks. Casting spinners or streamer flies along banks or to cover should get some bites. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed above tidewater through Aug. 31.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, cutthroat

Summer steelhead angling is fair. The best action is in the lower River between 1st Bridge and Cloverdale, but there should be fish throughout the system. Water is low and clear, so concentrate effort in the early morning and late evening, and use lighter gear and small presentations to entice more bites.

Anglers are reminded that Three Rivers is closed to all angling from the mouth to the hatchery weir July 16 – Sept. 30, and the Nestucca closed to Spring Chinook angling on July 31.

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

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat, Chinook

The Salmon River and bay is open for Chinook salmon Aug. 1 – Dec. 31. Fishing is slow but will pick up over the next several weeks Trolling herring in the lower bay is an effective technique. Eggs and bobber or drifting eggs can be productive in the upper bay and river as the season progresses. Parking can be limited at Knight Park during the fall salmon return.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat, Chinook

The Siletz River and bay is open for Chinook salmon Aug. 1 – Dec. 31. Fishing is slow but will pick up over the next several weeks. Trolling herring in the lower bay is an effective technique. Eggs and bobber or drifting eggs can be productive in the upper bay and river as the season progresses. Consult the regulations for changes in deadline locations through the season.

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

SIUSLAW RIVER: cutthroat, Chinook

The Siuslaw River and bay is open for Chinook salmon Aug. 1 – Dec. 31. Fishing is slow but will pick up over the next several weeks. Trolling herring in the lower bay is an effective technique. Eggs and bobber or drifting eggs can be productive in the upper bay and river as the season progresses.

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

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook

Fishing on the bay is slow. The bay closed to Spring Chinook fishing on July 31. Fall Chinook season is open, but the run hasn’t really started yet.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat

Summer steelhead fishing is fair. Water is low and clear, so concentrate effort in the early morning and late evening, and use lighter gear and small presentations to entice more bites. The best fishing will be in the estuary and lower river, but there are fish throughout the system.

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

Spring Chinook angling closed July 31st in the Trask River.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat

Fishing for steelhead is fair. The water is low and clear, so use lighter gear and target the deeper holding areas. Angling for cutthroat should be fair to good, sea-runs should be throughout the system. Try casting spinners or streamer flies in areas with cover, or dead drifting small presentations.

Anglers are reminded that Spring Chinook season closed July 31 on the Wilson. Fall Chinook season does not open until Sept. 16, and the river is closed to salmon angling upstream of Jordan Creek (RM 21.9) Aug. 1 to Dec. 31.

YAQUINA RIVER: cutthroat, Chinook

The Yaquina River and bay is open for Chinook salmon. Fishing is slow but will pick up over the next several weeks. Trolling herring in the lower bay is an effective technique. Eggs and bobber or drifting eggs can be productive in the upper bay and river as the season progresses.

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

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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK (opens Aug. 27)

Archery deer and elk hunting opens on August 27 on the north coast. Deer and elk populations are moderate with decent buck and bull escapement from last year’s hunting seasons. Elk hunters are reminded that the bag limit for archery elk does not include antlerless animals this year in the Wilson and Saddle Mtn. units. Access for archery hunters will likely be limited on industrial forest lands during the early part of the season due to higher fire danger. The warm and dry conditions will also influence where deer and elk area likely to be found: most likely in cool areas such as north-facing slopes and riparian areas.

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

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

See regulations for details (pdf).


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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST WILDLIFE VIEWING

When out in the forests of the north coast, you might be startled by the flapping of wings overhead in the trees. These are likely band-tailed pigeons that are feeding on cascara berries. Cascara or chitum, is a native broadleaf species of tree that looks like a red alder, but has dark berries that the native pigeons love to forage on. Another favorite of these birds are red elderberries shrubs that have small red berries in grape-like clusters.

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

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

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

CLATSOP COUNTY

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. Best viewing has been in the evenings until dark on warm sunny days. Elk tend to be in the open areas a little longer in the mornings and evenings on cool cloudy days. Most of the meadows have been mowed so elk should be easier to spot. Good places to look are the Fishhawk Tract along Hwy 202 and the Beneke Tract along the first 1.5 miles of Beneke Creek Road.

The elk breeding season or “rut” should start at the end of August and continue until the first part of October with the peak about mid-September. This is a good time to visit the wildlife area to see breeding activity including bulls bugling and battling for dominance. Tree and violate green swallows can still be seen gliding over fields and resting on fence lines near viewing areas. Band-tailed pigeons have been observed near area bird feeders and frequenting the many cascara trees throughout the wildlife area. Many other song bird species can be seen in and around viewing areas. (8/19/16)

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

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Fall Chinook fishing in the lower Umpqua is beginning to pick up.
  • Anglers can now fish for salmon with a second rod in most SW Zone streams through Oct. 31 if they purchase a two-rod endorsement for $21.50. News release.
  • Anglers trolling the Rogue Bay have been picking up Chinook on a regular basis, and the Chinook have been big this year, with a lot of fish in the upper 20s.
  • Summer steelhead fishing has been good on the middle and upper Rogue. Fall and Spring Chinook are also available, and trout fishing should be good.
  • Surf perch fishing continues to be good off the sand spit at the mouth of the Rogue River.
  • The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir provides an excellent escape from the valley heat and offers excellent fishing and camping opportunities, with 2,375 trout stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Though spring Chinook angling has ended on the North Umpqua, summer steelhead angling has been decent.
  • Fishing for trout continues to be good at Lost Creek Reservoir for trollers, but fish are now deeper. Bank anglers will want to fish near the spillway as this is the best access to fish in deeper water. Fish should be moving above the Hwy 62 Bridge with warming lake surface temperatures.
  • Diamond Lake trout fishing has been good.
  • Warmwater fishing should be good in many of the reservoirs surrounding the Rogue Valley.
  • Bottom-fishing as well as surf perch fishing has been good at Winchester Bay.
  • Bass fishing in Tenmile Lakes and on the Coquille River have been heating up the past couple of weeks.

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

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

2016 trout stocking schedules

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

Send us your fishing report

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

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

Fishing for warmwater gamefish should be good, with the best fishing occurring early and late in the day for bass. Night crawlers and crappie jigs should work well throughout the day. The lake is 44 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Fishing is slow for trout with dropping reservoir levels and warming summer surface temps. Trout anglers will want to try trolling, with a good bet being a wedding ring/bait combination early in the morning. Fishing with bait from shore in the upper reservoir should also produce. Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing should be good on small and regular Senkos fished off the points and boulder areas. The lake is 45 percent full. The Hart-Tish, Copper, and French Gulch boat ramps are available. Hart-Tish is probably the most accessible boat ramp at this point with the lowering reservoir level, however all three are still operable.

APPLEGATE RIVER: steelhead, trout

The Applegate River is open for trout angling. Two hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed. Trout over 16 inches are considered steelhead in streams and must be tagged. Flow out of Applegate Reservoir on Aug. 23 was 334 cfs and 56°F.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

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

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

Ben Irving has been stocked with 4,000 legal trout this year, and there are still opportunities to catch rainbows from previous year stockings. Warmwater fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill should be productive. Try using soft-plastics and swimbaits around structure for positive results.

CHETCO RIVER: Cutthroat

Anglers willing to venture into some of the bigger tributaries are finding some nice cutthroat. Before heading out, be sure to pick up a Forest Service map, either in Gold Beach or Brookings.

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Cooper Creek has been stocked with approximately 8,500 legals and 100 “pounder” size rainbow trout in 2016. Fishing for bass and bluegill should be productive. Dropping soft plastics in clear areas among weeds should yield positive results.

COOS COUNTY LAKES/PONDS: warmwater fish

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

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

Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater until Aug. 31.

A few Chinook salmon have been caught by anglers trolling near the chip pile all the way up to SOMAR on the Coos River. Trolling cut plug herring behind a flasher near the bottom is a good way to catch salmon. This is the beginning of the Chinook salmon run in Coos Bay.

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

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

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

Recreational harvest of razor clams is closed from the north jetty of the Siuslaw River south to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: crab, smallmouth bass, salmon

Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater until Aug. 31, except the use of bait is currently allowed on the South Fork Coquille.

Anglers have been trolling for Chinook salmon on the lower Coquille River from the Highway 101 Bridge to Rocky Point. A few salmon have been caught but overall fishing has been slow.

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

Crabbing has been decent for boat crabbers across from Bandon in the lower Coquille. Crabbing will continue to improve in the next few months. It is still recommended you discard the crab viscera (guts/butter) before cooking.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

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

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

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

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

ELK RIVER: Cutthroat

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

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

Fishing for bass, crappie, and other warmwater fish should be good. Look for these species around the flooded willows and other structure along the shore early and late in the day. With dropping reservoir levels and warming surface temperatures, trout fishing should be slow. Emigrant Reservoir is currently at 42 percent of capacity.

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

Fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, black and crappie should be good in the morning and evening. Trout fishing has been slow. Some carp are being caught by anglers using corn as bait. Water temperatures have been in the mid-70’s by 10 a.m.

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

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Water clarity at Fish Lake has been improving, but algae is still present. The reservoir is now at 41 percent full and submerged stumps are beginning to show. Anglers are encouraged to report catches and send photos of larger spring Chinook or tiger trout to the local ODFW district office at 541-826-8774. Tiger trout must be released unharmed.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

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

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

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

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

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

Fishing for bass and other panfish with the use of bait and artificial lures such as swimbaits around structure should give positive results. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

Fishing is slow.

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

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

Hemlock Lake has been stocked with approximately 6,000 legal size plus rainbow trout so far in 2016, and Lake in the Woods has been stocked with approximately 1,000 legal size plus rainbow trout as well. In addition, there are still opportunities to catch holdover rainbow trout that were stocked in previous years. Remember only trout over 8-inches may be harvested, and only one trout over 20-inches may be kept per day.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR:

Fishing for trout has been fair and should improve as temperatures cool down a bit. The lake is now 54 percent full. Visibility in the lake is down due to algae in the lake but not thick enough to significantly affect fishing. With dropping lake elevation, boaters should be aware of submerged stumps and islands posing a hazard particularly around Buck Island. Not all water hazards can be marked with dropping reservoir levels. For best results under these conditions, get an early start when the fish are more active. Try using a threaded nightcrawler under a bobber or powerbait fished off the bottom. When water clarity is good, trolling with a wedding ring/bait combination and sliding sinker is a tried and true method on this lake. Legal-sized trout have been stocked to complement trout stocked last year and a good number of 15-20 inch holdovers. Boat access at the Marina and Willow Point ramps are still in good condition, but the floating dock at Klum only has probably another week or two left.

This past weekend anglers caught mostly smallmouth bass, however some trout were caught. A local fly angler, Tanya Haight of Gold Hill, caught a doozey of a largemouth bass on a recent joint Rogue Flyfishers/Southern Oregon Flyfishers social outing.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout

During this time of year, fishing for trout is best in the morning, and in water 25-35 feet deep. Stocked legals and some trophy trout are still being caught. Anglers fishing from shore will want to concentrate on the deeper water near the dam if they are targeting trout. Fishing for largemouth bass has been good. The reservoir is 48 percent full. The Cascade boat ramp is still operational, but the dock is completely out of the water. Users are advised to launch at their own risk.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

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

LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout, yellow perch

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

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Trout fishing should be very slow with warm water this time of year. Under these conditions, good techniques include crappie jigs, worms under a bobber, and flies retrieved slowly behind a casting bubble (fished a couple of feet below the surface).

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

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

This reservoir is stocked several times a year with rainbow trout of various sizes, and the lake has been stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout so far in 2016.

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

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

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

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

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

LOST CREEK: rainbow trout, bass

Trout fishing is slowing, but still relatively good at Lost Creek. Water temperatures heated up this past week but trout are still being caught. Trollers have caught fish along the dam, along the shoreline to the right of the marina, and upstream of the Hwy. 62 Bridge trolling with a wedding ring. Bank anglers are catching fish near the Takelma ramp and near the marina and spillway using Powerbait or threading a nightcrawler below a bobber. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass should also be good. The lake is 65 percent full, and the lake surface temperature was 73oF on Aug. 23.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill should be good. Small night crawlers fished under a bobber from shore should produce bluegill throughout the day. Plastics actively fished close to submerged vegetation is not a bad method for bass. Early evenings should have a good bass bite.

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

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

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

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

Recreational ocean salmon fishing from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. is open for Chinook salmon. Anglers are allowed two salmon per day with a minimum size for Chinook at 24 inches or larger. The non-selective coho season does not open until Sept. 3.

The Nearshore Halibut season is open seven days a week from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. As of Aug. 14, 18 percent of the nearshore quota remains. The Summer All-Depth Halibut season is nearing the quota. Please monitor the marine zone updates for season information.

Fishing for bottom fish is now closed outside of a line approximating the 20-fathom curve.

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

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

PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

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

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

REINHART POND: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Angling for bass and other warmwater gamefish should be fair. It will be a warm weekend, so best advice is to fish early or late.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: steelhead, half pounders, fall Chinook, surf perch

Salmon fishing has been excellent in the Rogue Bay. The majority of fish are being caught below the Hwy 101 Bridge, but as river temperatures cool anglers will find fish spread throughout the bay. The Chinook have been big this year, with a lot of fish in the upper 20s.

Half Pounder steelhead started showing up this week. Half pounders are immature steelhead that return to the Rogue this time of year and run 12 to 15 inches. These fish will return back to the ocean in the spring. Anglers can do well fishing spinners or casting flies in the riffles.

Rogue River, middle: Chinook salmon, steelhead, trout

Summer steelhead are available and fishing has been good on nightcrawlers, spinners, and side drifted roe. Additional fall Chinook have been starting to move upstream. The past week’s pulse of water from Lost Creek Lake has dropped the temperature of the mainstem Rogue to give the Chinook that have been moving through the canyon below Grants Pass relief from high water temperatures. Anglers are able to keep both hatchery and wild Chinook per zone regulations from Hog Creek to Fishers Ferry through Sept. 30. Sardine wrapped kwickfish/flatfish or plugs should pick up moving fish. Anglers can continue angling for hatchery and wild Chinook between the Fishers Ferry and Dodge Bridge reach through Aug. 31.

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

The flow at Grants Pass as of Tuesday at noon, Aug. 23, was 2210 cfs., The water temperature was fluctuating between 62oF and 66oF. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.

Rogue River, upper: Chinook salmon, steelhead, trout

As of August 1, all Chinook angling is closed from Cole Rivers Hatchery downstream to Dodge Bridge, as per zone regulations. Anglers are still able to retain wild and hatchery Chinook downstream of Dodge Bridge through the month of August. Anglers are catching Chinook by drifting or back-bouncing bait or drift-bobbers, or backtrolling quickfish.

Anglers have been doing well on summer steelhead, but with the warmer stream temperatures experienced lower in the system, not as many new fish have been moving upriver, as evidence by the drop in new hatchery fish entering Cole Rivers Hatchery. However, there are still fish in the upper river, and the fishery should continue to improve over the next few weeks. Anglers can keep two hatchery steelhead per day.

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

As of Aug. 17, a total of 2,242 spring Chinook have been collected at Cole Rivers, with 75 new arrivals for the week. A total of 1,312 early run summer steelhead have also entered the hatchery, with 61 new fish entering for the week. The flow at Gold Ray was 2,310 cfs at noon on Aug. 23, and the water temperature was fluctuating between 58 and 64 degrees daily. The average release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2204 cfs at 56oF on Aug. 23.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

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

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

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

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

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: closed

TENMILE BASIN: trout, bass, yellow perch

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

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

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

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

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

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

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

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

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, trout

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

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

Chinook fishing has been picking up in the tidewater portions of the mainstem.

Smallmouth bass angling should offer excellent harvest opportunities with warmer water temperatures.

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

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

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout

Chinook fishing on the North Umpqua closed on June 30. Summer steelhead angling has slowed down. Please remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed.

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

North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: bass

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

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

Fishing for warm water species should be good early and late in the day. Trout fishing should be slow with the warm water. With the lake warming up, fishing will likely be best early and late in the day with active techniques such as crank baits. Fishing with a nightcrawler under a bobber should be produce throughout the day, and is a great way and easy way to get youngsters in on the action. Anglers are encouraged to keep small stunted yellow perch with no limits on this species. As of Aug. 23, all boat ramps at Willow Lake are still accessible.

WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch

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

WINCHUCK RIVER: cutthroat

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


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK (opens Aug. 27)

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

COOS COUNTY

Deer/Elk- Bow seasons for deer and elk open Aug. 27. Populations of both are such that hunting should be good. Weather conditions have not been particularly favorable, however. Considering the lack of rain recently and windy conditions fire concerns are rising for timber land owners. Also, in recent months ownership transfers between timber companies have resulted it new companies owning properties in Coos County. Hunters need to research lands they want to hunt and determine who owns the land. There is a good chance hunters will be dealing with companies they have not dealt with before. These companies will likely have different access policies than prior landowners.

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

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Elk - A few controlled elk hunts opened Aug. 1. Bow season opens up Aug. 27. Elk populations are similar to last year so this hunting year will be average. During the early part of the archery season, hunters should find elk on the northerly slopes and in dense conifer stands. Elk numbers are highest in the Tioga with lower levels in the Dixon, S. Indigo and Melrose units.

Deer - Bow season opens up Aug. 27. Deer populations are similar to last year, with low levels at upper elevations and high population levels on the Umpqua Valley floor. Most low elevation lands are privately owned so hunters are reminded to obtain permission before hunting on those lands. During the early part of the archery season, hunters should find deer on the northerly slopes and near water and green up areas.

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

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

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

Western Gray Squirrel – Squirrel season opens Aug. 27. Hunters can expect an average year. Squirrels are widely distributed throughout the county with good numbers in areas of oaks and conifers. Many areas of high squirrel populations are on private lands so hunters are reminded to ask for permission on these lands before hunting.

Grouse & Quail - Hunters can expect an average hunt year with the season opening Sept. 1. Hunting availability and success for forest grouse should be good this year. Blue grouse success is best in mid to high elevations of the Cascades in partly open conifer stands. Ruffed grouse can be found near creeks mostly at mid elevations of both the Cascades and Coast Range. For quail, success is best in the lower elevation agricultural lands for California quail and mid-elevations of the Cascades and Coast Range near brushy clear cuts on secondary forest roads for Mountain quail.

Hunters that kill grouse and Mountain quail are asked to drop off in a paper bag the frozen wing and tail of each grouse at the local ODFW office. Please use one bird per bag with each frozen bag of grouse parts including the species, sex, age, unit and general area of harvest for proper analysis.

Mourning Doves - Hunters can expect an average year. The dove season opens up on Sept. 1. In addition, keep in mind the non-migratory Eurasian collared doves numbers are on the increase throughout the state and our county, and they are NOT part of the mourning dove bag limit.

JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES

Deer: Archery deer season begins on Aug. 27. There was a slight increase in the hunter success rate last year compared to 2014. This upcoming 2016 season should be good as well. Remember that deer in the Dixon, Rogue, and Evans Creek unit typically are at high elevations during the summer and as fall approaches they migrate down to lower elevations; however there are resident deer on the valley floor year round. In the Applegate and Chetco units deer that are present at higher elevations usually only move when pushed out by severe weather. Remember when heading out this archery season that many areas here in Southwest Oregon are at a fire danger level of Extreme which imposes restrictions based on the land you are hunting on. Visit the US Forest Service or Oregon Department of Forestry websites for more information.

Elk: General Archery Elk season opens Aug. 27 for any elk in the Applegate unit and lands outside of the US Forest Service’s National Forest boundaries in the Rogue, Dixon, and Evans Creek units. Within the National Forest boundaries in the Rogue, Dixon, and Evans Creek unit as well as the entire Chetco and Sixes units hunting is restricted to bull elk only. Always refer to the 2016 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulation before heading out to hunt. This is expected to be an average harvest year with a slight increase in hunter success in 2015 compared to previous years. During the first part of the season when the weather is warmer look for elk in the cooler drainages as well as on north facing slopes. Finding and sitting on active wallows and other water sources can be very productive in hot weather. Remember when heading out this archery season that many areas here in Southwest Oregon are at a fire danger level of Extreme which imposes restrictions based on the land you are hunting on. Visit the US Forest Service or Oregon Department of Forestry websites for more information.

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

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

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

The Denman Wildlife Area youth pheasant hunt is the weekend of September 17-18 and this is an excellent opportunity for youth 17 years and younger to have a memorable hunt. Registration is now open, there will only be 90 spots available each day so don’t wait to reserve the day of your choice.

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

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

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

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

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


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

COOS COUNTY

Mammals

Many buck black-tailed deer and bull elk can be seen growing antlers at this time of year. Antler are covered in “velvet” which is simply an extension of the skin from the head. It is presumed that growth-stimulating hormones act on the antlers during this period and the growth is initiated by changes in day length. During this time the antlers are sensitive and males can be seen in open country, avoiding thick forests and other vegetation. Many opportunities exist along the backroads of Coos County (e.g. pasture land in the evenings) and at the Dean Creek Wildlife Area to view deer and elk.

Marine Mammals

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

Seabirds

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY

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

Reptiles –Lizards and snakes will be taking advantage of morning and evening sun and southern exposed rock formations (and roads) to warm themselves. Turtles will be seen basking on logs and banks of local ponds, streams and reservoirs.

Osprey - Ospreys are also known as fish hawks and can be seen flying above rivers or lakes looking for fish in the water. 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.

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

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

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

Gamebirds – 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.

Bats – With the current hot weather, gather around the air conditioner during the day. When it starts to cool down in the evening, get outside and enjoy the acrobatic flying of bats as they hunt the night skies for insects. Look for bats at dawn and dusk. Watch street lights and water bodies, where insects concentrate, bats may show up to eat up to 1000 insects per hour.

JACKSON and JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

Baby Season

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

Denman Wildlife Area

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

A covered viewing station on the Denman Wildlife Area provides a good opportunity to view waterfowl, egrets, raptors and songbirds. The structure was built by the Oregon Hunters Association and is accessed by a paved, ADA-accessible pathway. Two additional fishing dikes have been created to provide more fishing access. It is on Whetstone Pond, just north of the ODFW Rogue Watershed Field Office in Central Point.

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

On the Coast

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

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

For a great birding trail along the southern coast, visit Oregon Birding Trails.

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WILLAMETTE ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake will be boat-stocked this week with more than 3,000 trout. The McKenzie River below Leaburg Dam was stocked last week and many fish should be available.
  • Clear Lake is open to fishing all year and will be stocked this week with 2,500 rainbow trout, including 500 larger trout.
  • Rainbow trout will be released this week in Estacada Lake, Faraday Reservoir and North Fork Reservoir.
  • Looking to escape the heat? Consider hiking in to one of the area’s high mountain lakes, many of which are stocked with trout. Be sure to check for fire restrictions before you go.
  • Now is peak season for Chinook salmon and summer steelhead fishing on the Santiam River, which is experiencing some excellent returns this year.
  • Timothy Lake, a picturesque lake near Mount Hood, has received a several batches of trophy trout since spring and also produced some nice catches of kokanee.
  • If fishing the rivers for trout or salmon, avoid angling during the hottest part of the day when these cold-water fish are already stressed. Plus, they’re more likely to bite during the cool parts of the day – early morning and late evening.

Use caution when boating in low water conditions

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

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Send us your fishing report

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

2016 trout stocking

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

High Lakes stocking

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

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

Check out our interactive trout stocking map

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

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stocked in the spring with 8-inch “legal” rainbow trout. It is also a good warmwater fishing venue. This 64-acre lake is located in Blue Lake Park three miles west of Troutdale. Amenities include picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Multnomah County.

BLUE RIVER: trout

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

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Hwy. 126 and is open to year-round fishing. The reservoir was stocked in late June for the last time this season.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

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

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

CANBY POND: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill

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

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Carmen Reservoir was stocked in early August for the last time this season with 2,250 rainbow trout, including 250 larger trout. Carmen Reservoir is accessed via USFS Road 750 off Hwy. 126, about two miles south of Clear Lake. It is open to fishing all year. Motor boats are prohibited

CLACKAMAS RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

It was another week of very low flows on the river accompanied by record heat and leading to poor angling conditions. The river will continue to be a drift or pontoon boat fishery with conditions too low to try and navigate in a sled safely, so boaters beware of partially submerged boulders, gravel bars, and logs. Experienced low water anglers have been able to pick up a few summer steelhead in the morning hours from Gladstone upriver to McIver Park while spring Chinook fishing has been poor at best.

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

Over 570 hatchery springers have made it up into the PGE trap below North Fork Reservoir; these fish were previously being recycled back downstream to provide additional fishing opportunities but are now transported to Clackamas Hatchery for broodstock and future spawning. A good number of wild spring Chinook have also made it to the trap with that number approaching 2,550 fish passed upstream.

A great summer steelhead run is continuing with over 2,200 hatchery summers reaching the North Fork Trap. A number of these fish were getting recycled downstream but recently they’ve been stocked into Faraday Lake for anglers to enjoy. Clackamas Hatchery at McIver Park has their water system back online and has had a large number of summer steelhead and over 700 Chinook swim in this summer.

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

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

USGS hydrological data for August 22 shows river flows nearly unchanged at 656 cfs, with a gauge reading of 10.35 feet and the water temperature steady near 65° F. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park.

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year and will be stocked this week with 2,500 rainbow trout, including 500 larger trout. Clear Lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Boat rentals are available from Linn County’s Clear Lake Resort.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork Willamette River is open to angling and bait use is allowed through Oct. 31. Trout are released into the river at several locations near town. In addition to five hatchery trout, two wild trout may be kept daily. The Coast Fork Willamette River was stocked for the last time this season in early August with 900 rainbow trout.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

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

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

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

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

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

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

Reservoir elevation is about 33 feet below full pool, but State Park G and Mongold boat ramps are currently usable. It was last stocked mid-July with 4,500 legal-sized hatchery rainbow trout. Many of these fish will be holding over in the cooler, deeper water making a late-summer visit to Detroit Reservoir worthwhile. Anglers are reporting kokanee between 12-14 inches.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

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

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Dorena Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open to fishing all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available. Dorena will be stocked with trout again in October.

DORMAN POND: trout

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

EAGLE CREEK: spring Chinook

It’s a repeat report from last week for Eagle Creek with flows low and clear with very little fishing effort taking place for late season spring Chinook that will be returning smolt releases from the Eagle Fern acclimation pond and the hatchery. A small number of springers had been caught earlier this summer, while a fair number of fish were also seen pooling up just below the hatchery. The low flows make it difficult for fish entering the creek from the Clackamas River but anglers have found a few managed to sneak in despite the conditions.

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

EE WILSON POND: warmwater, trout

This pond is located at EE Wilson Wildlife Area, about a ¼ mile hike from the main parking lot. Recent changes to the fishing regulations now make this a year-round fishery. The pond received a final trout stocking on May 31. Species that may be caught at the pond now are bass, bluegill, and redear sunfish. With the high summer temperatures and pending reconstruction on an adjacent pond, the pond level is particularly low at this time. Please be cautious as you approach the water’s edge. A valid wildlife area parking permit is required.

ESTACADA LAKE: trout

Stocked again the week of Aug. 22 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Estacada Lake has been stocked almost weekly since spring, with releases ranging from 1,800 to 2,000 fish per release. It is also stocked with “recycled” hatchery steelhead and Chinook salmon captured at the PGE trap.

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

FALL CREEK: trout

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

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked in mid-late April and will not be stocked again this season.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Aug. 22 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Faraday is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant. No boats, walk-in only.

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

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

July and August are peak months for largemouth bass. Fish the shoreline along the southern part of the reservoir, especially the sloughs and inlets where there is underwater structure. Currently, the reservoir is only a few feet below full pool and all boat ramps are available. The reservoir also produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. The reservoir has been filled and all three boat ramps are currently available. Look for smallmouth bass and yellow perch near underwater structure and drop-offs. Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept as part of the trout bag limit, but there are no limits on size or number of bass. Retention of warmwater fish species such as bluegill, catfish, crappie, and yellow perch is also allowed; no limit on size or number.

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

FREEWAY LAKE, EAST: bass bluegill crappie

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

GOLD LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

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

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

This large reservoir east of Sweet Home is a premier kokanee fishery with a bag limit of 25 fish per day. It also supports stocked rainbow trout and a good population of smallmouth bass. Holdover trout and smallmouth bass can be found near tree stumps and near drop-offs in all parts of the reservoir.

Kokanee are running smaller than average this year (8-10 inches), mainly due to high population numbers. Reservoir elevation is currently about 51 feet below full pool and dropping. As of Aug.1, Whitcomb Creek boat ramp is out of the water and no longer available for launching boats. However, Thistle Creek boat ramp should be available for boaters throughout the summer.

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

HALDEMAN POND: trout

The release of 2,000 rainbow trout scheduled for the week of May 9 has been cancelled.
This is a stocked 2-acre pond on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area that offers good bank access. Ideal for kids. A parking permit is required while on the wildlife area. Permits are available from all ODFW license vendors.

HARRIET LAKE: trout

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

HARTMAN POND: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

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

From I-84, take the Benson State Park exit. The pond is adjacent to the Columbia River adjoining Benson State Recreation Area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

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

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

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

HORSESHOE LAKE: trout

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

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

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

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

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

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

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

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake is open to angling all year. Bait use is allowed April 22-Oct. 31. The lake was stocked last week with 1,400 trout. Only hatchery fish may be kept. All wild trout must be released. Leaburg Dam is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic weekdays from 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. through September. Check EWEB’s website for updates.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from the Leaburg Town Landing downstream to Hendricks Bridge from late April through early September. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. Bait use is allowed April 22 through Oct. 31. The lower McKenzie River was boat-stocked last week with 3,000 trout from Leaburg Town Landing to Hendricks Bridge.

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

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

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from Finn Rock to Goodpasture Landing, with some summer releases beginning at Forest Glen boat landing, from late April through mid-September. The upper McKenzie River will be boat-stocked this week from Forest Glen boat landing near the town of Blue River downstream to Goodpasture Landing A total of 3,850 rainbow trout were released. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. Bait use is allowed April 22 through Oct. 31.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout, salmon, steelhead

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

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

MOLALLA RIVER: spring Chinook

The Molalla River water levels have declined even further as mid-summer flows set in and challenging conditions await anglers seeking spring Chinook. Chinook passage has slowed down considerably at Willamette Falls; these count numbers are an indicator of how many fish could be available to catch as a few turn into the Molalla instead of heading further up the Willamette.

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

USGS hydrological data for the Molalla River on August 22 was unavailable due to ongoing maintenance being performed on the river data collection site.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

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

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout

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

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

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

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

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

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

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

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

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

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek near Oakridge is open to angling all year. Bait use is allowed April 22 - October 31. Salmon Creek will be stocked with week for the last time this season with a total of 850 hatchery trout. Trout are released at multiple locations upstream to Black Creek. Two wild trout per day, 8 inch minimum length, may be kept in addition to 5 hatchery trout.

SALT CREEK: trout

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

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Aided by some record heat last week the Sandy River has taken on its usual glacial-melt effects and hot weather again in the forecast for later this week will surely reinforce the milky, silty conditions while the very low summertime flows have become firmly established. Sandy Hatchery personnel report that fishing effort has fallen off considerably at Cedar Creek as evidenced by the decreased volume of cars in the hatchery parking lot, likely due to the warm water and glacier conditions. A handful of summer steelhead are still being hooked while a few more late running spring Chinook have been landed down in the lower river, along with reports of fish being caught further up in the system.

Of note, ODFW fish sorting traps are now in place on the Bull Run River, Zig Zag River, and Salmon River as a means of collecting broodstock hatchery fish while passing wild fish upstream. These traps get worked 7 days a week by ODFW personnel and there have been hatchery and wild Chinook moving into the traps so the springers are working their way up into the system.

USGS hydrological data for the Sandy River on August 22 shows flows have dropped at 323 cfs, a gauge reading of 7.73 feet, and the water temperature near 59°F.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

Returns of adult steelhead and Chinook have all but ceased this late in the season at Willamette Falls but the overall numbers show a huge improvement from last year, especially with summer steelhead. Many of these fish are destined for the Santiam basin. Over 3,700 hatchery Chinook have passed the Bennett dams in Stayton, along with 5,052 summer steelhead as of Aug. 13. Flows on the N. Santiam have been fairly consistent lately and are not expected to change much over the next few weeks. Best times to fish are early and late in the day.

When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below Packsaddle Park (near the Minto Fish Facility) is open year-round to hatchery steelhead. Hatchery Chinook and coho fishing runs through Aug. 31, after which it will be closed until mid-October. Wild steelhead season closes for the remainder of the year on Aug. 31. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge; the river flow is at 1,130 cfs as of Aug. 22. Current conditions

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

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

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

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

Flows are settling in to normal summer conditions. Current flows (as of Aug. 22) are approximately 852 cfs as measured at Waterloo and are likely to drop further as the summer progresses. Current conditions

Peak season for summer steelhead and spring Chinook is now and anglers are reportedly doing very well. Anglers can target these fish throughout the river, with heaviest concentrations from Waterloo up to Wiley Creek. As a reminder, Chinook retention closes from Sept. 1 through Oct. 15.

As of Aug. 16, 1,795 spring Chinook and 2,845 summer steelhead have been reported at Foster dam fish ladder. Recycling of fish downstream has ended for the season. Best times to catch these fish are early and late in the day.

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

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked several times in the spring with trout of various sizes. Sheridan Pond is a 2 1/2-acre pond located on the edge of town. It provides excellent access for families and kids. Good parking. There is an outhouse provided. It is stocked throughout the year with hatchery trout. To get there take Hwy. 18 to Exit 33 onto Balston Rd. Go south on Balston Rd. approximately half a mile and turn left onto a gravel road leading about a quarter mile to the pond.

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

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

SMALL FRY LAKE: trout

Trout stocking cancelled for the week of Aug. 22 due to elevated water temperatures. This is a youth-only fishing pond that was stocked earlier this season, and some of those fish may still be available, although anglers can expect heavy aquatic vegetation this time of year. Small Fry is located next to Promontory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Estacada. Fishing restricted to youths 17 and under. Cleaning station, restroom nearby.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy. 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following USFS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around bait fishing. Smith Reservoir was stocked in late June for the last time this season with 5,000 rainbow trout. Smith River and its tributaries above Smith Reservoir is open to angling all year. Two wild fish (8-inch minimum length) may be harvested per day and bait use is allowed through Oct. 31. Smith River and its tributaries above Smith Reservoir are open to angling all year. Two wild fish (8-inch minimum length) may be harvested per day and bait use is allowed through Oct. 31.

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

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

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

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. The stocking season at Sunnyside Pond has ended for the summer but there may still be a few trout left. The pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is also boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir. To get there from I-5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.

TIMOTHY LAKE: rainbow trout

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

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

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

TRILLIUM LAKE: trout

Stocked with 4,500 legal-sized rainbow trout this season.

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

TROJAN POND: trout, panfish

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

TUALATIN RIVER and tribs: trout

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

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

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

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

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

WAVERLY POND: trout, bluegill, catfish

Waverly Pond is located in Albany and is regularly stocked in fall, winter and spring. For summer fishing it has bluegill and catfish available. Good angling opportunities remain for these warm water species and that occasional hold-over trout. From I-5 take exit 234 west towards Albany. The pond is located a quarter mile down Pacific Boulevard on the right. A paved ADA-accessible path runs all the way around the pond.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: sturgeon, summer steelhead, spring Chinook, warm water species

Late season spring Chinook fishing in the lower Willamette near St Johns has come to a close as the river reaches temperatures into the upper 70’s and the fish have moved upstream. There is a slight possibility of hooking into summer steelhead near the mouth of the Clackamas River where the cooler water is coming into the Willamette.

Anglers will also find there are plenty of warm water fishing opportunities on the Willamette for bass and small pan fish, working the rocky shorelines and around areas with structure, particularly near Cedar Island and Milwaukie.

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

As of Aug. 15 the passage count of spring Chinook adults at Willamette Falls stood at 30,317 fish, which is the unofficial final passage number for 2016 as springer counts come to an end. The summer steelhead counts continue at Willamette Falls with the August 19 cumulative passage showing 21,158.
USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on Aug. 22 shows flows hitting near summer lows at 5,700 cfs, the water temperature bumped up to 78°F, and visibility extremely clear at 10.0 ft.

YAMHILL RIVER and tributaries: trout

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


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, CONTROLLED YOUTH ANTLERLESS ELK, GENERAL ARCHERY DEER AND ELK (Opens Aug. 27)

UPCOMING: FOREST GROUSE/QUAIL (Opens Sept. 1), SEPTEMBER CANADA GOOSE (NW PERMIT ZONE Opens Sept. 10)

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

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

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

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

BIG GAME

COUGAR season is open. A productive hunting technique is to use predator calls to mimic a distressed prey species. Approaching cougars can be difficult to see when you are predator calling so hunting with a partner is advised. Most deer and elk have moved out of their wintering areas and cougars will spend more time moving around their territories looking for prey so hunters need to be mobile.

Successful cougar hunters will need to check-in any cougar taken at an ODFW office within 10 days of the kill. Hunters are reminded that biologists located in field offices may be out in the field handling other issues so call ahead to make arrangements to have your cougar checked-in. The hide and skull must be unfrozen and the skull and proof of sex must be attached to the hide. Cougar hunters are reminded that it is required to submit the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken.The reproductive tract provides valuable information on the number and frequency of kittens born annually in Oregon and is a critical part of ODFW’s cougar population models. Please review the 2016 Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

See 2016 Cougar Regulations for details

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING

GENERAL ARCHERY DEER AND ELK season opens Aug. 27

 As usual for this time of year, temperature plays a major factor in deer and elk activity levels. Hunters are reminded that weather conditions early in the archery season can be very hot and dry so planning ahead to properly handle harvested animals is essential to avoid spoiling meat. The animals can be expected to spend most of their time feeding in the late evenings and early mornings. During the heat of the day, they will typically bed in shady, cool locations such as North slope timber stands. Hunters should use binoculars to glass for animals in the early morning hours and hunt bedding areas during the heat of the day. As the temperatures begin to cool, animal activity during the day will begin to increase. In the fall, Elk become increasingly vocal as they enter their rut. Hunters may have success with cow and bugle calls if they don’t over call. Hunters can expect to find bulls with or near the cow-calf groups, but most bulls are still being fairly quiet and in bachelor groups. Please remember to check with landowners for current access restriction before hunting on private lands. Many private timberland owners have closed access to their lands due to fire danger.

RETURN BLACK-TAILED DEER TEETH!

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

PLEASE REPORT OBSERVATIONS OF ELK WITH HOOF DISEASE

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

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

LEAVE YOUNG WILDLIFE IN THE WILD

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

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

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

FIELD CARE OF HARVESTED WILDLIFE

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

BE PREPARED

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

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

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

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

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WILLAMETTE ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

The pileated woodpecker, a spectacular sight

Where to see the bird

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

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

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

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

About the bird

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

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

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

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

Valleywide Wildlife Viewing

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

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

Corvallis Area

EE Wilson Wildlife Area

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

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

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

Directions to EE Wilson Wildlife Area.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

Bird watching is in full swing as summer residents have arrived and are initiating a lot of activity. Young osprey’s are visible in nests this time of year and may be viewed from various observation points. Shorebirds have started migrating south and may be seen moving through. Pied-billed grebe broods are present along with other waterfowl. Northern harriers, red-tailed hawks, and American kestrel may still be seen other points on the island. The best opportunities for viewing are Coon Point, Eastside Viewing Platform and Rentenaar Road.

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

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

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CENTRAL ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

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

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Send us your fishing report

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

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

BEND PINE NURSERY: rainbow trout, bluegill, bass

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

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

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

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

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

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

Anglers report fair fishing for kokanee.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout, mountain whitefish

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

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

Flows below Bowman Dam

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

No recent reports.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

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

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

Summer steelhead are beginning to arrive in the lower river, with anglers reporting success in the lower river. Best success will be found downstream from Macks Canyon, while a few fish are being reported between Macks Canyon and Sherars Falls. Best fishing will be found in the early morning, and late evening, when water temperatures are the coolest.

Anglers who catch a tagged hatchery steelhead with an orange anchor tag, are encouraged to report catch information to ODFW at 541-296-4628. Anglers catching a tagged wild fish should release it immediately without recording any information. Fishing for spring Chinook at Sherars Falls has been slowed, and is nearly finished for the season. Trout fishing remains good in the river mostly upstream from Sherars Falls. Fly anglers should focus on caddis hatches in the morning and evening.

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

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

Open for trout all year. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures. No size or limits on brown trout and no harvest of bull trout.

Benham Falls upstream to Little Lava Lake:

No recent reports. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Wild rainbow trout must be released

DEVILS LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

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

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

No recent reports.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

River will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout near the hatchery and below the falls. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

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

Fishing has been good for warmwater fish.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead

Anglers are reminded that the spring Chinook season on the Hood River closed on June 30. Anglers are catching a few summer steelhead, high glacial flow may limit success.

HOSMER LAKE: brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout

Anglers report fair fishing for trout in the morning and evening. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Catch-and-release for all species.

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

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

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

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

LAURANCE LAKE: Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

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

LAVA LAKE (BIG): rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout.

LAVA LAVE (SMALL): rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent reports.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

Conditions should be excellent for angler success at Lost Lake.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

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

NORTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

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

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

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

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

Fishing has been fair for trout and excellent for bass.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

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

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

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

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The reservoir has remained near full this year, but will start dropping as irrigation demand increases. Recent cool temperatures have prolonged the trout fishery.

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

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

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Fishing for trout has been good.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

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

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing for trout.

SPARKS LAKE: cutthroat trout

No recent reports.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

No recent reports.

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

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

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

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

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

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

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

No recent reports.


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CENTRAL ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK (opens Aug. 27)

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

PRINEVILLE/OCHOCO WILDLIFE DISTRICT

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

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

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

THE DALLES DISTRICT

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

Archery Deer and ELK: Archery season begins on Aug. 27. Hunters should expect good deer and elk numbers similar to last season. The White River and Hood Units have the most public lands available, some Weyerhaeuser lands are available by permit only.

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

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

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

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

WHITE RIVER WILDLIFE AREA

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

Elk/Deer: Archery season for deer and elk opens Aug. 27 and goes through Sept. 25. Most bucks migrate to their summering areas in higher elevations but can be found throughout the unit. Elk can be found scattered throughout the wildlife area as well as higher elevations on Mt Hood National Forest.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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CENTRAL ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

CROOK COUNTY

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

Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Area

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

Deschutes County

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

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

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

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

Bird watching is not just limited to wild places, as residents and visitors to Bend can watch an osprey pair nesting adjacent to the Parkway that runs through the city.

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

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

Many different raptor species can be seen in the Deschutes River Canyon this time of year including Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, American Kestrels, Prairie Falcons, Peregrine Falcons, Golden Eagles, and Osprey. Most raptor species are finishing up their nesting season and fledglings have taken their first flight. Young hatch year birds can now be seen learning to fly and hunt for themselves.

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

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

White River Wildlife Area

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

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

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

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


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Fourmile Lake has been stocked heavily with legals and trophy rainbow trout and fishing should be good.
  • Yellow perch angling around Rocky Point Resort in Upper Klamath Lake is typically excellent this time of year.
  • Deadhorse and Campbell lakes have been fishing well.

 If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

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

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports, but Ana Reservoir was stocked on 4th of July weekend and should be good fishing. Hybrid bass are traditionally targeted using crank baits; however they can be caught in the reservoir using various methods including bait. Hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon. A new state record hybrid bass (white and striped bass cross) was caught in Ana Reservoir on Dec. 10, 2014. The fish was caught using a Rapala crankbait on 10 lb. test line and measured 31½ inches with a girth of 24 inches. The fish weighed 19 lbs. 12 oz. The potential new state record is 1 ½ inches longer and 1 lb. heavier than the previous record of 18 lbs. 9 oz. caught in 2009.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout, brown trout

Ana River was stocked with trophy rainbow trout in October 2015. The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a float tube or by walking the banks.

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

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

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

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

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

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

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

Balm Creek Reservoir was stocked with both legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout the first week of May. The reservoir is now quite low. Fishing for trout should improve with the cooler temperatures of fall.

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

No recent fishing reports. There are hold-over trout available. The reservoir is currently at 20 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is not currently useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website but it may still be possible to launch small boats.

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

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been fair around the Page Springs Campground and up to and above the weir. No recent reports on the upper portions of the Blitzen but fishing should be good. The Blitzen is flowing around 34 cfs and water temperatures have been fluctuating around 67oF. These are near summer low flow conditions so look for trout in shaded and deep areas.

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

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

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

BLUE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing should still be good at this high alpine lake. Fly fishing from a float tube is very productive casting or trolling flies. Fish are oriented towards the surface in the morning and evening during aquatic insect or flying ant hatches, but sometimes jump throughout the day. Blue Lake is a fantastic high elevation lake located in the Gearhart Wilderness between Bly and Lakeview. A three-mile trail leads to the lake and it’s a 1-2 hour hike. Rainbow trout sampled in 2015 and 2016 ranged from 6 to 16-inches and were in healthy condition. The trout at this lake see little pressure and are easy to catch using flies, lures or bait.

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

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry last year. The reservoir is 1/3 full and will hopefully retain water throughout the year. The reservoir was stocked with fingerling rainbow trout this spring.

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

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is at 37 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website. Bully Creek Reservoir was stocked this spring with trophy sized rainbow trout so these and hold-overs from last year should be available for fishermen.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good for legal-sized rainbow trout and some have reported catching bass and green sunfish. The pond has already been stocked with legal sized rainbow trout and anglers have been catching these and holdovers from last year in consistent numbers this spring/summer. The pond is experiencing an algal bloom around the edges and fish appear to be using these for shade/cover so fishing along the algae rim has been productive.

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

Access is available but two hours from Klamath Falls. Bait allowed. The creek is very kid friendly with mosquitoes less abundant than other areas. The most productive fishing area is near the lower 400-00 road crossing. Fishing should be excellent for small brook trout mostly under 8 inches. All of Calahan Creek is on Green Diamond Property so please respect this private property and their rules.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked the week of July 18 with legal and larger rainbow trout. Fishermen have been reported doing well in boats and on shore. Fly fishing has proved very successful recently.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is full at this time. Crappie and bass are in their post-spawning locations and should be caught offshore typically associated with structure. The best way to fish this reservoir is in a small john boat. The redband trout population in the reservoir is sparse. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please respect this area.

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

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

Bait is allowed downstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley, however the use of bait is prohibited upstream of highway 31. Largemouth bass and brown bullhead are available to anglers at the first Hwy. 31 crossing just north of Valley Falls. Small boats can be launched at this site. Although there have been no fishing reports from this area there have been people fishing from this boat ramp weekly.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

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

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

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

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

Fishing has been slow. Successful anglers need to target trout by fishing the top of the water column with flies, lures and bait. Tall vegetation in the lake makes it difficult for bait fishermen to catch fish on the bottom.

COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR (Lake County): redband trout

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

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

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

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

The lake was stocked the week of July 18th with legal and larger rainbow trout. Fishermen have been reported doing well in boats and on shore. Fly fishing has proved very successful recently.

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

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

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

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

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

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

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

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

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

No recent report.

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

Fishing for perch has been slow. Fishing for brown bullhead and largemouth bass is unknown. Only one rainbow trout per day, 15” minimum length may be harvested.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir was stocked with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout in June. There have been recent reports of 16” and 17” trout being caught. More fingerlings have been released this spring.

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

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

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

The North Loop Steens Road is open, and Fish Lake has been stocked with legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout. Fisherman have reported good catches of rainbow and brook trout this summer with some rainbow trout in the 18-20 inch range being caught.

During the evening, fish can be observed rising for insects and reports indicate that this is the best time to fish. Fly-fishing from a float tube or other watercraft has been the best method at Fish Lake. This is also a great place to escape the mosquitoes that are plaguing the Page Springs area.

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

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

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

The lake was stocked three weeks ago with trophy and 12-inch rainbow trout and will be stocked again before Labor Day weekend. Access is available but bring mosquito spray.

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

Fourmile Lake is currently 16 percent full based on water used for irrigation. The lake has a large amount of dead pool storage. The fuller the lake the easier launching boats. As the lake recedes to dead pool storage launching boats becomes very difficult. Access is also available by trail to the high lakes that are stocked by helicopter. Badger Lake is the most productive. Woodpecker, Squaw and Long Lake are all stocked but fishing is typically very slow on these waterbodies.

Grande Ronde Lake: rainbow trout, brook trout

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

HAINES POND: rainbow

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

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown bullhead catfish

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but the lake was stocked with legal rainbow trout and kokanee at the end of June. An illegal introduction of brown bullhead catfish will likely affect survival of trout and kokanee. Expect fewer fish to overwinter due to competition for available food resources.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

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

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

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

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

Fishing is slow as water temperature is high and dissolved oxygen in places is low. Water temperature is currently peaking at 77 degrees.

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

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

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

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

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

The lake is 3 feet below full pool. Angling is very challenging due to clearer water and highly pressured fish. Redband trout have moved to better water quality areas such as Pelican Bay, Odessa Creek, Williamson River and Wood River Deltas. Pelican Bay is currently fishing very slow. Redband trout have moved to the mouth of the Wood River in Agency Lake and fishing has improved. Most anglers are trolling but some are casting with success. Water temperature has increased to a peak of 77 degrees.

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

Yellow perch angling in lower Crystal Creek and Fourmile Canal should be excellent. Finding the perch is the biggest challenge. Fourmile Canal is full of aquatic vegetation so proceed with caution. Once you find them fishing can be excellent. Small hooks and bait are recommended as the perch typically do not exceed 14 inches.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

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

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

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

Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately 1 mile below J.C. Boyle Dam. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Fishing is excellent for small redband for those willing to hike. Attractor dry flies and nymphs work well in this section. Black spinners cast upstream into the pools is also a great technique.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed 16 inches. Most fish are in the 6 to 8-inch range. Flows will be high during all daylight hours. Fishing will be poor. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Flow release estimates are now available. Check the USGS real time website for flow information. Klamath River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

Fishing at Krumbo Reservoir has been fair to good this year with bank and boat anglers reporting rainbow trout over 20 inches being caught. Bass fishing in Krumbo has been getting better as we move into the warmer months and the water temperatures warm up. Krumbo was stocked with over 11,000 legal-sized rainbow trout in April, and anglers have reported catching these fish in consistent numbers, especially from the rocky areas near the inlet. Krumbo Reservoir can be a spectacular spring/summer fishery and regularly produces rainbow trout over 18 inches.

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

Angling should be fair for most species in the lake. Best fishing for stocked trout is from a boat as most trout move off shore to find colder water. Trolling at 15 feet appears to be the best method for trout in the lake. Best success from shore is fishing small baits for small yellow perch especially near dusk. The lake will be stocked again just before Labor Day weekend. Angling for largemouth and smallmouth bass should continue to be good.

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

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

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing has slowed down a little, but people are still catching legal- and trophy-sized fish from the bank and in boats. This reservoir was stocked three times in the month of June. As vegetation rises throughout the summer successful fishermen will need to increase their leaders from the bottom and fish closer to the surface to consistently catch fish.

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

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

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

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

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

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. Water temperatures have been around 70oF or greater along the banks, which is quite warm so look for fish in deeper areas or areas where there might be cooler water.

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

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

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

No recent fishing reports.

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir have been around 478 cfs according to the USGS stream data. Fishing is expected to be slow. Large streamers and nymphs can be productive in the spring on the Malheur, as the water tends to be a little murky and fish can see the larger presentations. As the flows decrease, look for fish in and around any available structures like submerged wood, large boulders, or overhanging vegetation.

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

No recent fishing reports.

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

No recent fishing reports.

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

No recent fishing reports.

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

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

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

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

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

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

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

The lake was last stocked with rainbow trout on July 20. The lake will be stocked again right before Labor Day. Miller Lake has campground facilities and an excellent boat ramp. The 12-mile dirt road into the lake can be very rough.

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

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

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

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was stocked with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout in April.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

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

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

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

There is a lot of algae present in the upper portions of the lake and this is making fishing a little more difficult.

Reports have indicated that there are a lot of dead carp in the reservoir but there have been no reports of other fish species. ODFW recently took water samples and found areas that contain lethal dissolved oxygen levels so this is likely the cause of dying carp. Since carp are currently spawning, they are moving into the shallower areas where there is more algae and less oxygen and getting trapped while other species are moving into areas that contain adequate oxygen. The reservoir is currently at 37 percent of capacity.

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

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

No recent fishing reports but the river has been getting fished heavily so fishing should be productive. Water releases below the dam have been around 184 cfs. Water clarity can fluctuate throughout the day so having a ride range of flies or lures can increase success in spring fishing on the Owyhee River. As the summer progresses and the water temperatures increase, it is important to avoid over playing a fish that is caught. By using larger leaders and landing/releasing the fish quickly, you can minimize any harm to the fish.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

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

Piute Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout and Lahontan cutthroat

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

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

Reservoir storage is at 17 percent of capacity. Launching boats at the Union Creek launch is not possible. Boats can be launched at the Mason Dam launch at very low reservoir levels, but the ramp surface is in disrepair and launching of large boats is not advisable.

The last stocking for the summer of legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout occurred the week of June 1. Holdover rainbow trout are available in modest numbers and are in better condition than they have been in many years. Fishing for trout has slowed but anglers are still returning tags from the marked trophy trout.

A total of 4,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout have been released. To measure the catch rate of these fish, ODFW will mark approximately 400 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

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

PILCHER RESERVOIR:

Due to a rule change for 2016, the reservoir is open to fishing year-round. Fishing for rainbow trout up to 16 inches has slowed. The reservoir is receding, but the high water launch is still functional, but will soon be out of the water.

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

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

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

No recent fishing reports. Winter fishing at Pole Creek was very productive and a large population of crappie was discovered.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

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

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Priday Reservoir is a reservoir on mostly BLM property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property on the reservoir. The reservoir was dry in 2015. This is great news as several illegally introduced species, crappie and brown bullhead catfish, occurred in the reservoir and have now perished.

This very productive reservoir was stocked again with legals and trophy rainbow trout during spring break. The reservoir is turbid but visibility is better than most reservoirs in the area. Fishing with bait from shore is the best method. Fly and lure fisherman should fish from shore as most fish cruise the shoreline looking for food.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout is good during the spring and summer at this old borrow pit located along the Twin springs road in the South Warner mountains. Fly fishing for trout has been good recently. A small float tube would be very beneficial. This is a very scenic location and a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

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

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Flows are fishable. Angling is best above the large irrigation canal upstream of Nicholson Road. Angling can be excellent for brook trout and can be an excellent kid friendly fishery with the exception of the mosquitoes.

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

All access is only available by hiking. The easiest hike is into Isherwood Lake via the Cold Spring Trailhead. Mosquitoes are plentiful. Fishing is best using small panther martin spinners. The most productive lakes are Badger Lake (near Fourmile Lake), Isherwood, Sonya and Margurette in the Sky Lakes Wilderness or Como, Harriette, Echo, Weston and South Pass in the Mountain Lake Wilderness. Rainbow trout in Isherwood and Sonya can reach 16 inches. Large trout have also been observed swimming around in Margurette Lake recently. Look for traveling sedge hatches in these lakes as well as damsel and dragonflies. Weston Lake is fishing excellent and is a great side trip from Lake of the Woods.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

Sid LUCE ReSERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

Spaulding Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and surprisingly remains dry.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

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

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

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

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

Fishing is slow as redband density is low and most redband have moved to spring fed areas of the river. Best fishing is upstream of Beatty in the area fed by numerous springs. River flows are 117 cfs at the mouth. Water temperature is peaking at 74 to 76 degrees at the mouth. Yellow perch angling should be excellent if you can find them.

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

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

Angling through the canyon is very good. Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Caddisflies and golden stoneflies are common in the canyon area. Flow has dropped through the canyon (48 cfs). Larger brown trout and redband trout occur in this section.

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

The South Fork Sprague River is open to angling. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Fishing is best near Camp Creek and Corral Creek campground. Flow is very low and fishable (12 cfs).

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

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

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

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

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

The Sycan River is open to angling. Access is very challenging to the lower river. Angling is very slow below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows are very low at 6.7 cfs Above the Sycan Marsh angling can be excellent for brook trout and redband trout near the Rock Creek campground.

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

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Fishing reports have been fair for trolling. This reservoir was stocked again for the 4th of July weekend. Angling for largemouth bass should be fair but there have been no recent reports. The best fishing for bass and trout are along the shorelines near the dam at the rocky northeast side.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

Reservoir storage is at 10 percent of capacity and is expected to empty the week of Aug. 15. The boat launch is not functional. The reservoir was stocked with both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout in the spring.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir storage is at 37 percent of capacity and receding. Fishing has been fair to good for 10”-19” rainbow trout.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing has been fair the past couple of weeks. Legal and fingerling rainbow trout were stocked in June. The lake was very low last year due to drought, but is currently at 75 percent pool level. There is a primitive boat ramp available and electric motors can be used.

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

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow. The reservoir is currently at 17 percent of capacity.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

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

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

There is no size or bag limit on brook trout. No bait is allowed. Catch and release only for rainbow (redband) trout. The giant Hex mayfly hatch or spinner fall is very sporadic. Hot, humid days have the best hatch and they hatch around 9:15 p.m.

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

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

The Williamson River is now catch and release for redband (rainbow) trout for the entire river and season. A bag limit of two brown trout per day is be allowed. No bait is allowed. Fishing has improved as many redband have entered the river. Most radio-tagged redband trout, 27 out of 40, have entered the Williamson River. Please release radio-tagged redband trout and do not remove them from the water. Radio-tagged redband trout can be identified by antennae extruding from abdomen.

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

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

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

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

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

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

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

WOOD RIVER: redband, brown, brook and bull trout

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

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

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

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Fishermen have reported consistent catches of rainbow trout in the 12-15 inch range with an occasional bigger fish being caught. The lake is full and spilled water down the spillway earlier this spring. Yellowjacket Lake was stocked with trophy sized rainbow trout during the last week in May. There is quite a bit of algae present in upper portions of the lake so fishing around the dam has been more productive from the bank. Boat anglers have had success throughout the lake.

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


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK (opens Aug. 27)

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

HARNEY COUNTY

ANTELOPE season opened Aug. 13. There is plenty of water on the landscape and this in turn has antelope widely scattered.

SAGE GROUSE seasons were approved by the Commission. The deadline for applications is Aug. 22. Season dates are Sept. 10 – 18.

BIGHORN SHEEP first season opens Aug 20th. Sheep hunters should contact district biologist for specifics about their hunt areas.

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

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

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

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

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

KLAMATH COUNTY

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

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

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

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on July 18, 2016.

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

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

LAKE COUNTY

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

The first rifle ANTELOPE season opened Aug 13 and will run through the 21st. Second season opens Aug. 24. All of the hunt areas in the district have abundant water available and most antelope are scattered in small groups.

The first BIGHORN SHEEP season opens Aug. 20 and the second opens Sept. 3. Most hunters have already contacted district staff for assistance and are well into hunt planning.

Fall BEAR season opened August 1. Compared to the rest of the state bear populations are generally low. There is a strong berry crop this summer which should persist through mid-September. Hunters are reminded that bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.

Youth antlerless ELK hunts opened August 1.

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

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

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on Aug. 16, 2016

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

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

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

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

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


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SOUTHEAST ZONE WILDLIFE 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.
Local breeding species include killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebes species. 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 golden eagles, bald eagles and a variety of hawks perching on telephone poles and fence posts throughout the district. Resident raptors such as northern harriers and red-tailed hawks are very easily observed in open agricultural areas along with rough-legged hawks and an occasional ferruginous. (7/25/16)

KLAMATH COUNTY

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

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

Canada goose broods are now abundant in the Basin and are now capable of flight. Goslings have the markings of adults and are only distinguishable by size and the dull grey colors of their first adult colored feathers. Look to ponds and wetland areas or in pasture areas in the Basin for large groups of geese representing several broods.

Greater sandhill cranes are now actively nesting and the first colts are starting to appear after hatching.

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

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

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

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on August 16, 2016.

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

Water levels in most wetlands are remaining stable or slowly receding, except areas that will be dried up this summer for habitat work.

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

Waterfowl

Canada geese can be found scattered across the area. Most Canada goose broods are now capable of flight and are starting to disperse to surrounding areas.

Mallards, northern shoveler, cinnamon teal, blue-winged teal,gadwall and the occasional American wigeon and green-winged teal can be observed on the area. Many different diver species have been observed using Miller Island. Canvasback, redhead, ruddy duck, and common and hooded mergansers all can be seen around the area. Most young of early nesting species such as mallards and cinnamon teal are now flighted and can found in large flocks around the area. Broods of ruddy duck and gadwall can still be seen on the area.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

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

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

There are still a few Sandhill crane pairs scattered throughout the area. Most colts are now flighted, but can still be seen hanging out with the adults. Killdeer and snipe can be observed all across the area now. Black-necked stilt, yellowlegs, spotted sandpipers, long-billed dowitchers, white-faced ibis and American avocet are common sightings.

Pied-billed, eared and western grebes are becoming a common site in wetland areas and along the Klamath River.
American coot can be found scattered across the area. Virginia rails and soras can be heard throughout the area, but can be hard to spot.

Raptors

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

Bald can still occasionally be found. The red-shouldered hawk is another that has been recently seen.

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

Upland Game Birds

California quail and ring-necked pheasant can be found scattered around the old homesteads and the headquarters area. Broods of quail have been observed across the area.

Passerines

Mourning and Eurasian collared dove can be found scattered over the area. American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, mountain chickadees, American robins, white crowned sparrows, yellow warblers and yellow-rumped warblers, western meadowlark, spotted towhee, black-billed magpies and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area.

Tree, cliff and barn swallows are very common birds. Western king birds have been observed across the area. Several bullock’s orioles were observed over the past week. Common nighthawks continue to be seen, but continue to decline in numbers.

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

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

Reptiles

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

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

LAKE COUNTY

Young of the year are starting to show up for all species. Young raptors are flighted and common throughout the county. The fall shore bird migration has started and there are good numbers of all the common species on Lake Abert. Hart and Crump lakes have water this year and also will provide viewing opportunities. 7/26/16

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on August 16, 2016.

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

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) opened August 15th, however the Work Road remains closed. Lateral or spur dikes off the major dike roads remain closed to motor vehicle travel. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open into early fall. A detour is in place, access around the loop is now on the North side of Link Canal from Bullgate Campground to Link Corner. The traditional loop road on the south side of Link Canal is closed to motor vehicle travel. Please be aware of other vehicles along the Loop road. It is too narrow to permit passing, but turnouts are spaced about ½ to ¾ of a mile apart. Viewers please be aware, occasionally the Viewing Loop may be temporarily closed due to habitat management activities.

Wildlife viewing remains good. Breeding season for nearly all nesting species is nearly over, but a few late or renesters continue to incubate clutches and attend broods. . Fall migration continues with increasing numbers and the arrival and staging of several northerly species heading south.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are increasing as staging flocks of many species are beginning to form. Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the area; nearly all are flighted at this time. The molt is underway for some and they remain flightless as well as few late hatched broods and their parents.

A few resident and non-breeding trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area. Many have completed the molt, attained flight and are moving around with greater frequency. Most of these birds a part of restoration efforts and will be neck-banded with green collars and white alphanumeric symbols. Viewers are encouraged to “read” the collars and report them to wildlife area personnel. Collars will have the Greek letter Theta (Ѳ) or the symbol “@” and two numerals that are read from the body toward the head. The brood of 4 cygnets at Work Road Pond continue to be closely attended by the adults.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

A variety of shorebirds continues to be found and nesting is nearly over, most young of the year are fledged at this time and are beginning to form staging flocks in preparation for migration. Early breeding species such as long-billed curlew and western willet have completed nesting and nearly all have already begun their migration south. Both species are hard to find at this time of the year. Pre-migration flocks of American avocets and black-necked stilts can be readily observed in large numbers in the Bypass and E. Link units, Link Marsh and North Levee Impoundment near Windbreak Campground. Other species are beginning to form pre-migration flocks and “Fall” migrants continue to appear with increasing numbers of lesser and greater yellowlegs, least, western and other sandpipers and semi-palmated plovers. Flocks of several hundred peeps, long-billed dowitchers and red-necked and Wilson’s phalaropes have been observed recently. Now is a good time to look for vagrants passing through the area.

American coot breeding is nearly over, some pairs attending chicks and recently fledged young are widely scattered across the entire wildlife area at this time. Large post-breeding flocks are beginning to form. Virginia rails and soras continue to be found and heard in good number.

Sandhill crane breeding season is largely over and post breeding flocks are beginning to form, especially at the Foster Place grain fields where 50-75 birds can be observed.

Grebe numbers remain very good; eared, pied-billed, Clark’s and Western are commonly found. Eared grebe breeding is winding down. A large number chicks being closely attended by their parents be observed at Dutchy Lake, Gold Dike and North Levee Impoundments.

Gull (predominantly ring-billed) breeding activity on the nesting island in E. Link Unit is nearly over; fledged young have dispersed from the island and can be found across the entire wildlife area. Caspian and Forster’s tern and Franklin’s gull numbers remain fairly good at this time. Dispersing black terns are frequently found at this time of the year.
Resident double-crested cormorants and American white pelicans are found in good numbers at this time and can be found scattered across the larger open water ponds and features.

A small number of American bitterns continue to be observed and over the past week. Black-crowned night-herons, great egret and great blue herons are present in fair numbers. A snowy egret was observed recently. White-faced ibis, dispersing from nearby breeding colonies are increasing in number and commonly seen in nearly all wetland areas. Turkey vultures are common now and readily observed throughout the day.

Raptors and others

Northern harriers and red-tailed and Swainson’s hawks are common this time of the year. Most raptors have finished nesting and a few pairs continue to rear chicks, nearly all chicks have fledged at this time. Bald and golden eagles, ferruginous hawk, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons can occasionally be found. Several peregrines have been observed recently hunting the large flocks of staging shorebirds.
Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds. At least 2 broods of common barn owls successfully nested in boxes at Headquarters this year and can occasionally be observed near dusk.

Upland game birds

Good numbers of California quail can be found and a few pheasants can sometimes be observed, especially around old homesteads on the north end of the wildlife area. Recently hatched broods of both species continue to be observed on a regular basis.

Passerines

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex. Mourning doves are fairly numerous.

American and lesser goldfinches are being observed at Headquarters on a regular basis. American robins, cedar waxwing, yellow warbler and western wood pewee remain fairly common around Headquarters.

Red-breasted and sometimes red-naped sapsuckers can be found in the trees around Headquarters.

Hummingbird numbers are fairly strong at the Headquarters Feeders. Black-chinned, calliope and rufous have all been observed recently. As many as 10-15 individuals can be observed around the feeders at one time.

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

Marsh wrens, common yellowthroats and song sparrows can still be found in good numbers in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail along dikes and levees throughout the wetlands. Blackbirds (Brewer’s, yellow-headed and red-winged) are very numerous in tall emergent vegetation throughout the marsh, and are beginning to form large flocks. All three species are visiting the feeder at Headquarters.

Facilities and Access

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

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) opened August 15th; however the Work Road remains closed. Lateral or spur dikes off the major dike roads remain closed to motor vehicle travel. The Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open, but please be aware, a detour is in place. The detour is well signed. However, On occasion, the Viewing Loop may be temporarily closed due to habitat management activities. Please be aware of other vehicles along the Loop road. It is too narrow to permit passing, but turnouts are spaced about ½ to ¾ of a mile apart. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open into early fall.

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

Habitat

The Area’s wetland units remain fairly well flooded. Irrigation season diversions have resumed, haying of meadows in the valley has finished and flooding is occurring again. Ana River flows are decreasing and water in some wetland units will recede, creating ideal foraging conditions for migrant waterbirds.

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

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

Summer Lake is nearly dry at this time due to increased evapotranspiration and declining inflow because of irrigation season diversions. Ana River water and runoff from wetland units has created a substantial delta at the head of Summer Lake that is supporting a very large number of migrant waterbirds.

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

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


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NORTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Crappie fishing continues to be good at McKay Reservoir, with best fishing late in the evening and at night. Fish are suspended and fairly deep but move up in the water column late in the evening.
  • Walleye fishing is good in the Columbia from McNary Dam to Boardman. Troll deep diving plugs or drift downstream with bottom bouncers and spinner/worm combos.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

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Aldrich Ponds (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

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

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass

The lower Grande Ronde fishes very well for smallmouth bass during the summer months. Fish in the deep pools near rocky shelves for the best success. Some trout can be found during the summer months but warm water can make trout fishing difficult.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

Pond has been stocked with legal-sized and trophy trout. Water is warm and fishing has slowed, it’s best to avoid fishing during the heat of the day. An ADA fishing dock for anglers with disabilities is available.

HUNTER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

This pond was last stocked with rainbow trout in mid-May. The next stocking is planned for late September. From I-84 take Hwy. 244 towards Ukiah. At the Blue Mountains summit, turn left onto USFS Rd 5160. Proceed for approximately 3 miles to the Jct. of roads 5160 and 5155. Stay on 5160. Just past this Jct. on the right will be spur 710. Take this spur. The pond is just off 5160.

IMNAHA RIVER: trout, bass

Trout and smallmouth bass, should be active and can provide the opportunity for some excellent catch rates well into the summer. In the upper river mountain whitefish are abundant and can be caught readily on bead-head nymphs. Remember, Chinook salmon and bull trout are present and should be released immediately and unharmed.

JOHN DAY RIVER: smallmouth bass

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

JUBILEE LAKE: trout

Jubilee Lake was stocked recently with legal and trophy size rainbow trout and should provide good angling. As water temperatures warm fish move to the deeper areas of the lake near the dam.

This is a 97-acre lake located within the Umatilla Forest about 54 miles northeast of Pendleton. Located near the summit of the Blue Mountains at an elevation of 4,696 ft.
Bank access is good. As the water warms in August better fishing can be found in the deeper water near the dam at the southeast side of the lake.

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

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

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

LUGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

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

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

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

McHALEY POND: rainbow trout

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

McKAY RESERVOIR:

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

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, and kokanee

Trout stocking occurred the second week of June, fishing is good.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

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

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

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

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

TAYLOR GREEN POND: hatchery rainbow trout

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

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

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

UMATILLA RIVER: trout

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

WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout

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

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

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Wallowa Lake has fished very well for trout this summer. Regular trout stockings have ended but 7,000 surplus trout will be stocked this week and fishing should continue to be very good. Powerbait and spinners will be the best. Bait should be either hung under a float or set just off bottom. Kokanee anglers have been reporting catching daily limits of 25 fish. Kokanee size appears to be improving with reports of fish in the 8-9 inch range and some fish as large as 12 inches.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

The Wallowa River is now closed to spring Chinook angling however; Chinook may still be encountered and must be released immediately and unharmed. Trout fishing has been good on the Wallowa this summer and some large fish are being caught. The river is currently running low and temperatures are high during the day. Focus efforts in the early morning or late evening for the best success. Mountain whitefish are also very abundant in the Wallowa and are readily caught on small bead-head nymphs.

WALLA WALLA NORTH & SOUTH FOREST PONDS: rainbow trout

The ponds have been stocked and should provide good angling.

WALLA WALLA RIVER: rainbow trout

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

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

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


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NORTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK (opens Aug. 27)

Wolves in Northeast Oregon

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

BAKER COUNTY

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

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

GRANT COUNTY

Elk and Deer archery season is just around the corner. The Murderers Creek-Flagtail TMA is starts three days prior to archery season so hunter need to be aware that the green dot road closures are in effect. The Rail Creek Fire west of Unity is continuing to grow and may impact access for hunts in the West Beulah unit. Hunters are encouraged to check inciweb.nwcg.gov for updated fire information.

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

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

Bear population are doing well and hunters should look around huckleberry patches or forest opening early in the morning for the best chance of success.

MORROW, GILLIAM AND WHEELER COUNTIES

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

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

UMATILLA COUNTY

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

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

UNION COUNTY

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

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

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

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

The portion of Ladd Marsh East of Foot Hill road is now closed to all hunting. Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult the wildlife area administrative rules. Rules that apply to all areas are at the top (at the link), and then scroll down to page 8, #635-008-120, for additional rules specific to Ladd Marsh. Dogs are not permitted within the Wildlife Area, including the Glass Hill Unit, on or off leash except during authorized game bird hunting seasons. Vehicles, camping and fires are prohibited on the wildlife area at all times. more information please call 541 963 4954

WALLOWA COUNTY

Notice: Hancock Timber lands in the Minam and Sled Springs units are currently closed to camping due to fire precaution measures.

Archery: Bull elk hunting is expected to be good for the opening this weekend in most units. Hunters will have to deal with dry hunting conditions. Buck hunters can expect only fair success as mule deer numbers are still below management objective and dry conditions will make stalking difficult. Hunters are reminded to check USFS regulations on camp/cook fires.

Black Bear: Bear hunting has been good early in the morning and late in the evening in draw bottoms and along streams where bears are feeding on hawthorn, service berry, elder berries, and other fruits. Huckleberries are ripe and bears will also be moving up slope to take advantage of this favorite food.

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

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

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NORTHEAST ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

BAKER COUNTY

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

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

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

Grant County

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

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

UNION COUNTY

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

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

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

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

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

Broods of young pheasants and quail can be seen sunning on roads in the early morning.

Most sandhill crane young have fledged. Cranes are beginning to be seen in larger groups for feeding or roosting. 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). 7/26/16

WALLOWA COUNTY

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

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

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

Canada geese and several species of ducks can also be seen feeding in agricultural fields and along streams around the county. 6/26/16


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SNAKE RIVER ZONE: FISHING

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

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

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

OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

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

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

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

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

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

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

Updated information on flow levels

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

No recent Reports.


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COLUMBIA RIVER ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details). An estimated 960,200 fall Chinook and 322,600 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye angling is good in Troutdale.

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (8/20) flight, there were 683 salmonid boats and 49 Oregon bank anglers counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 825 Oregon boats at Buoy 10. Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.88 Chinook and 0.29 coho caught per boat. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.67 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.21 Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.23 Chinook and 0.03 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.11 steelhead caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed two steelhead kept, plus two steelhead released for 36 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 10 Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for six boats (16 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 12 Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for 57 boats (135 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for five bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed 30 Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and three steelhead kept, plus four Chinook adults and one steelhead released for 149 boats (356 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 229 Chinook and 94 coho kept, plus 170 Chinook and 35 coho released for 451 boats (1,543 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for 14 bank anglers; and no catch for three boats (six anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and two Chinook kept for two boats (nine anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers); and one sublegal sturgeon released for one bank angler.

Bonneville Pool:

Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

WALLEYE

Gorge: Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed 14 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for two boats (eight anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for two boats (five anglers).


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MARINE ZONE: FISHING

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

Marine Reserves and Other Management Designations

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

More information on marine reserves regulations and downloadable GPS coordinates

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

OCEAN SALMON

This past week saw generally low effort and poor fishing conditions at most locations.
In the area north of Cape Falcon, ocean salmon fishing for Chinook was slow. However, the catch rate for fin-clipped coho was approximately one fish per angler. The season from Leadbetter Pt. to Cape Falcon will run through the earlier of Aug. 31, or the attainment of the 18,900 marked coho quota. This season is open to all salmon with all coho required to have a healed adipose fin clip.

From Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt., Chinook fishing remained slow. In this area, fishing for Chinook will remain open through October, and there will be additional coho fishing allowed beginning Sept. 3.

All salmon fishing from Humbug Mt. to the Oregon / California Border closed Aug. 7, but will reopen for Chinook for the three day Labor Day weekend Sept. 3-5.

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

BOTTOM FISHING

Bottomfish anglers last week did well. Charter boats averaged 4 to 7 rockfish per angler and private boats averaged 2 to 6 rockfish per angler. Kelp greenling and cabezon filled out some bags. A smattering of anglers brought in 1 or 2 lingcod in some ports. Sanddabs were landed in Brookings; additional species up and down the coast included petrale sole, sand sole and surfperch species.

The recreational groundfish fishery on the Oregon coast is closed outside the 20-fathom management line in order to protect yelloweye rockfish, which are more common in deeper waters. The 20-fathom line (pdf) is defined by waypoints. For visual reference, see port-specific maps that show various management lines. Sport halibut fisheries remain unchanged. ODFW encourages anglers to release all prohibited rockfish by using a descending device to safely return fish to a depth of 60 feet or more. Even fish that are severely bloated can survive after being released at depth. For more information, please see the rockfish recompression webpage.

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

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

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

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

SHORE AND ESTUARY ANGLING

There are many fishing opportunities from shore and inside the bays and estuaries of the Oregon coast. Public piers provide opportunities to catch anything from Pacific herring to Chinook salmon as they begin to enter coastal bays in anticipation of the fall rains. Rocky ocean coastline and jetties provide the ideal habitat for greenling, rockfish, Cabezon, and Lingcod. These areas are often fished by boat and from shore, and can be targeted with rod and reel or spear gun.

Redtail and Silver Surfperch are still coming close enough to shore to be caught just past the first few breaking waves in the surf and along rocky ocean shorelines, but catch rates are starting to decline. Other surfperch species can be caught year round inside bays and estuaries. Last week, Striped Seaperch and Pile Perch were spotted inside the Yaquina Bay in Newport. See the surfperch section below for more information on surfperch commonly found on the coast.

When fishing from shore or inside estuaries and bays, it is important to check the tide. Many fish that swim into estuaries and bays, including salmon, surfperch, and Pacific herring, tend to come in with the tide. Additionally, the accessibility of some areas can be completely dependent on the tide. Do not allow the incoming tide to become a safety hazard.

PACIFIC HALIBUT

The nearshore halibut fishery in the Central Coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt) saw a rise in effort last week, and one in three halibut anglers landed a fish averaging 24 lbs. This fishery remains open seven days a week, inside the 40-fathom line, and has approximately 18 percent of the quota remaining. Halibut anglers wanting to fish further offshore in this subarea can look for an announcement to be made no later than Friday, Aug. 26, as to whether or not sufficient quota remains in the all-depth halibut fishery to open again.

In the Southern Oregon subarea, one in five halibut anglers landed a fish, averaging 23 lbs, in the week ending Aug. 14. This fishery is open seven days per week with plenty of quota remaining (75 percent).

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

Anglers are reminded to try to avoid high-relief rocky areas where yelloweye rockfish can be encountered. To aid anglers with this, ODFW staff have developed maps, using a variety of data sources, to show soft bottom areas where halibut have been encountered with low bycatch of yelloweye rockfish. Maps are available for the Newport area and the Coos Bay/Charleston area. If a yelloweye rockfish is accidentally caught, please descend the fish to 100 feet or more. Descending yelloweye takes a few minutes of your fishing time; however, it is better for the individual fish and fisheries as a whole. Barotrauma and descending devices

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

TUNA

The 2016 season for albacore tuna started earlier than average, and it is already looking to be a very good season. This last week, fishing effort for tuna was very low. This fishery is almost exclusively outside of 20 miles of shore with most recreational boats fishing between 30 and 50 miles away from port.

SURFPERCH

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

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

HERRING

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

SHELLFISH

Call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures. Additional information is available from ODA’s Food Safety Program at (503) 986-4720 or the ODA shellfish closures website. Openings and closures listed below were accurate on August 23.

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

Mussels

Mussels are Open along the entire Oregon coast.

Razor Clams

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

Razor clamming is Closed from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head July 15-Sept. 30. This is an annual closure to reduce disturbance of young razor clams.

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

Bay Clams

Bay clamming is Open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Check the ODFW Shellfish website for where and when to harvest your favorite bivalves. Updated maps on where to clam. This week there will not be great tides to dig bay clams but the afternoon low tides should be low enough to go after purple varnish clams in places like Siletz Bay.

Crabs

Crabbing is open coast-wide in bays and the ocean. Ocean crabbing has improved in the last couple of weeks. Crabbers in Coos Bay have had some very good crabbing lately. In Bandon, the crabbing usually picks up in the fall but the latest reports are the crabbing has not picked up yet. Crabbing in Yaquina Bay is also very good.

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

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

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

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


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MARINE WILDLIFE VIEWING

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

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

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

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


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