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Welcome to the ODFW Recreation Report - July 26, 2016

Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Viewing

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Bear season opens Aug. 1

Some districts are reporting an early berry crop so it might be good year to get out early. Hunters have until September 30 to purchase a fall bear tag.

Gray whale sightings

Gray whales are migrating and we are hearing reports of many sightings in Depoe Bay. The Oregon State Parks Whale Watching Center is a good place to check out.

Wildlife pre-scouting

Now is the time for archers and rifle hunters to begin their annual pre-scouting trips to the woods, August 27 is not far away. Hunters should be spending this next two months locating the elk and deer herds. Besides, it’s a great time to be in the woods to avoid most of the heat found in the valleys.

Check odfwcalendar.com for new classes

Pheasant hunting workshops and a number of other classes have been added to www.odfwcalendar.com Most classes have a size limit so sign up now!

Razor clamming closed from Columbia River to Tillamook Head

Just are minder that razor clamming is closed from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head July 15-September 30. This is an annual closure to reduce disturbance of young razor clams.

Consider using a rockfish descender

These handy little gizmos are an effective release tool anglers can use to help rebuild and extend bottom-fishing opportunities on the coast. Available at tackle shops up and down the coast, descenders help bottom fish get back to depths of 100 ft. or more--which keeps them from dying from “the bends” at the surface. Here is a short video showing how to use them.

Also just a reminder that bottom fishing closed July 15 beyond the 20-fathom line to protect yelloweye rockfish populations.

Oregon’s 23 Wildlife Areas are great destinations for bird-lovers

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

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NORTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Summer Steelhead fishing is good in the Siletz, Nestucca and Trask.
  • Sea run cutthroat fishing is fair to good in tidewaters of the Kilchis, Nehalem, Nestucca, Trask, Wilson, 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 as fish move to the shallows for spawning. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunity.

ALSEA RIVER: cutthroat

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

KILCHIS RIVER: cutthroat

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

LOWER COLUMBIA TRIBUTARIES: Chinook

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

NEHALEM RIVER AND BAY: Chinook, cutthroat

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

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

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Spring Chinook angling has slowed down. Summer Steelhead are in the river with more coming in on the tides, and angling is good; with the best action being in the lower River between 1st Bridge and Cloverdale. 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 closed to Spring Chinook angling on July 15th, and is closed to all angling from the mouth to the hatchery weir July 16 – Sep 30. Gear restrictions are also in effect. Check regulations. Angling for cutthroat should be fair to good, with sea-runs primarily available in tidewater, and the lower river. Try casting spinners or streamer flies in areas with cover.

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat

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

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat

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

SIUSLAW RIVER: cutthroat

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

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook

Fishing on the bay is slow. There are probably still a few Spring Chinook, but the run is mostly over and fall runs have yet to begin.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Summer steelhead fishing is picking up with fair numbers of fish entering the River. 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.

Sea run cutthroat fishing is fair to good with the best fishing being in tidewater and the lower river.

Spring Chinook is slowing down. Bobber and bait is the best bet. Anglers are reminded that the Trask River from 200 feet upstream and 900 feet downstream of Gold Creek at Trask Hatchery, which includes the Hatchery Hole, is closed to angling July 16 – Oct 15. Steelhead fishing is fair, and should start to pick up with the recent rains and cooler temps.

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

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Fishing for steelhead should be picking up as we are seeing good numbers of summers entering other basins. and spring Chinook is slow. The water is low and clear, so use lighter gear and target the deeper holding areas. Trout angling should be fair to good. Concentrate on the tidewater and lower river for Sea Run Cutthroat.

YAQUINA RIVER: cutthroat

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

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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Black Bear season begins August 1st on the north coast. With wild berry crops being early this summer, bears should be actively foraging on them now. 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

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

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.

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

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

Three Arch Rocks NWR, located just west of Oceanside, has historically been home to thousands of nesting common murres and other colonial seabirds, and it is still possible to see large numbers of them staging below the rocks in the water. However, few birds nest there anymore due to the near constant presence of bald eagle that has severely disrupted nesting on the larger rocks in recent years.

Instead, the Steller sea lions are a very reliable denizen on the lower rock in front, Seal Rock. They can be seen loafing on the rock, often with young pups in the mix. These are the larger and lighter-colored cousin to the more common California sea lion.

CLATSOP COUNTY

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

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. On warm sunny days, the best viewing has been early mornings or late evenings. Elk have been staying out a little longer on cool cloudy days. Good places to look are the Fishhawk Tract along Hwy 202 and the Beneke Tract along the first 1.5 miles of Beneke Creek Road.

New antler growth is readily visible on bull elk, especially the larger males. Calving and fawning season is here, and visitors are cautioned to not disturb elk calves, deer fawns, and other young wildlife. Often, mothers leave their newborn young alone for extended periods of time. Remember, “If you care, leave them there.” Elk calves are starting to become more visible in the open areas. Viewing for elk calves may be difficult due to the tall grass in most meadows. Watch for vegetation movement behind adults as calves try to follow their mothers through the tall grass. Tree and violate green swallows can be seen gliding over fields and nesting in boxes along view area fence lines. Band-tailed pigeons have been observed near area bird feeders. Many other song bird species can be seen in and around viewing areas. (6/27/16)

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

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Surf perch fishing continues to be good off the sand spit at the mouth of the Rogue River.
  • Summer steelhead fishing has been good on the upper Rogue. Spring Chinook are also available and trout fishing should be good. Angling for all Chinook above Dodge Bridge will be closed beginning Aug 1.
  • 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 fantastic, particularly around Rock Creek.
  • Fishing for trout is very good at Lost Creek Reservoir for trollers and bank anglers.
  • Diamond Lake trout fishing has been good.
  • Warmwater fishing is showing improvement at many areas.
  • Bottom-fishing as well as surf perch fishing has been good at Winchester Bay.
  • Bass fishing in Tenmile Lakes and on the Coquille River have been heating up the past couple of weeks.

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

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

2016 trout stocking schedules

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

Send us your fishing report

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

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

Fishing for warmwater gamefish should be good, with the best fishing occurring early and late in the day. The lake is 59 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Fishing is good for rainbow trout, spring Chinook salmon, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Trout anglers will want to try trolling, with a good bet being a wedding ring/bait combination. Fishing with bait from shore in the upper reservoir should also produce. Smallmouth bass fishing is good on small and regular Senkos fished off the points and boulder areas. The lake is 68 percent full. The Hart-Tish, Copper, and French Gulch boat ramps are available.

APPLEGATE RIVER: steelhead, trout

The Applegate River is open for trout angling. Two hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed. Trout over 16 inches are considered steelhead in streams and must be tagged. Flow out of Applegate Reservoir was 326 cfs and 56 degrees Fahrenheit on July 26.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Trout fishing is slow. Vegetation growth is making it tough to find a good spot to fish the pond. The pond is managed by Oregon State Parks for youth-only fishing and is located at Arizona Beach State Recreation Area; approximately halfway between Gold Beach and Port Orford.

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

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

CHETCO RIVER: Cutthroat

Anglers willing to venture into some of the bigger tributaries are finding some nice cutthroat. Before heading out, anglers should 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 legal plus 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: trout, warmwater fish

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

Fishing for largemouth bass is best in mornings and late evenings. Bass will be found in a little deeper water associated with cover, like weedlines or other structure. Bluegill fishing is picking up with many fish found in or near shallow water. Plastic worms, shallow crankbaits, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ELK RIVER: Cutthroat

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

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

Fishing for bass, crappie, and other warmwater fish should be good. Look for these species around the flooded willows and other structure along the shore early and late in the day. Emigrant Reservoir is currently at 64 percent of capacity.

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

Due to construction, public fishing access has been switched to the southern-most pond at the Jackson County Expo, which can be accessed from gate 1.5. Fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie should be fair, but trout should be pretty slow.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake was last stocked on July 8. Fishing conditions have been good at Fish Lake with good water clarity of 8-10 feet, however there may be an algae bloom starting Reports from the past weekend indicated trout fishing was still good. With its higher elevation and cooler temperatures, Fish Lake is a good destination.

The lake is 63 percent full. Anglers are encouraged to report catches and send photos of larger spring Chinook or tiger trout to the local ODFW district office at 541-826-8774. Tiger trout must be released unharmed.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

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

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

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

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

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

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

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

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

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

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

Hemlock Lake has been stocked with approximately 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 the last week has been fair at Howard Prairie. Legal-sized trout have been stocked to complement trout stocked last year and a good number of 15-20 inch holdovers.

Visibility in the lake is down due to increased algae in the lake and trollers reported very slow fishing. Fishing from shore was more productive with anglers using A threaded nightcrawler under a bobber and powerbait fished off the bottom from shore. With better visibility, trolling with a wedding ring/bait combination and sliding sinker are a tried and true method on this lake.

A fairly heavy insect hatch was observed this past Sunday morning according to a few anglers. The Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass should also be good in the mornings and evenings. The lake is now 59 percent full. The surface temperature has been 67-68 degrees by noon.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout

Hyatt Lake has been stocked with legal-sized and trophy-sized rainbow trout, and fishing for these stocked trout has been good. Trolling, casting lures and still fishing with bait should all produce trout. Fishing for largemouth bass has been slow. The reservoir is 57 percent full.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

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

LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout, yellow perch

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

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Fishing for black crappie has been very good at Selmac this year, with some good-sized crappie being caught. Good techniques include crappie jigs, worms, and flies retrieved slowly behind a casting bubble (fished a couple of feet below the surface). Bass fishing is also good. Only one bass may be harvested per day at Lake Selmac. Remember that many warmwater species can be found close to shore near structure, and it is possible to cast out too far to catch fish.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

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

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

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

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

LOST CREEK: rainbow trout, bass

Trout fishing has been great 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 rolling 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 be good. The lake is 74 percent full, and the lake surface temperature was 70oF on Monday, July 11.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

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

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

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

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 all salmon except wild coho salmon. Anglers are allowed two salmon per day with a minimum size for Chinook at 24 inches or larger. The selective coho (fin-clipped) season opened on June 25 with a quota of 26,000 coho. Fishing for salmon in the ocean has been very slow. As of July 17, 96 percent of the selective coho quota remains.

Tuna fishing continues to be good when the winds calm enough to allow the boats to get out. Anglers have been catching tuna about 20-30 miles west of Coos Bay.

The Nearshore Halibut season is open seven days a week from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. As of July 10, 64 percent of the nearshore quota remains.

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 good.

ROGUE RIVER

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

Anglers trolling the Rogue Bay have been picking up Chinook on a regular basis. Chinook numbers in the bay will continue to rise all month as this is the beginning of the fall Chinook run. Rain last weekend greatly improved water conditions in the lower river.

Anglers should do fairly well on summer steelhead and even some chinook until river temperatures get back into the 70’s. Surf perch fishing continues to be good. The easiest place to catch a few is off the sand spit at the mouth of the Rogue River.

Rogue River, middle: Chinook salmon, steelhead, trout

Summer steelhead are available. Some late spring Chinook are still trickling through the area, and early fall Chinook should be moving right behind them through the Grants Pass area. Between Fishers Ferry and Dodge Bridge spring Chinook have been being caught. As of July 1, anglers are able to keep both hatchery and wild Chinook per zone regulations downstream from Dodge Bridge.

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 morning was 1560 cfs, the water temperature was fluctuating between 64 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 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

This weekend will be the last weekend that anglers can fish for Chinook above Dodge Bridge. Beginning 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.

On July 14, excess hatchery fish were recycled back into the fishery at Dodge Bridge boat access. A total of 12 spring Chinook were released. This brings the season total to 232 hatchery fish recycled back into the fishery for another chance to be caught by anglers. Anglers are catching spring Chinook by drifting or back-bouncing bait or drift-bobbers, or backtrolling quickfish.

Anglers have been doing well on early run summer Steelhead. This fishery should improve significantly over the next few weeks. Anglers can keep two hatchery steelhead per day.

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

As of July 20 a total of 1838 spring Chinook have been collected at Cole Rivers, with 106 new arrivals for the week. A total of 786 early run summer Steelhead have also entered the hatchery, with 146 new fish entering for that week. The flow at Gold Ray was 1710 cfs and the water temperature was fluctuating between 60 and 66 degrees daily. The average release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1,609 cfs at 54oF on July 26.

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

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

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: closed

TENMILE BASIN: trout, 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, spring Chinook, 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.

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, spring Chinook, trout

Chinook fishing closed on June 30.

Summer steelhead angling has been excellent, especially in the Swiftwater area. Hatchery steelhead are being harvested in good numbers, but 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.

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

North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: bass

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

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

Reports from anglers indicate that fishing was good this past weekend. Fishing for bass and panfish should also be good. Fishing for trout should be good. With the lake warming up, fishing will likely be best early and late in the day. Anglers are encouraged to keep small stunted yellow perch.

WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch

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

WINCHUCK RIVER: cutthroat

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

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

COOS COUNTY

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Elk - A few controlled elk hunts are set to open August 1st.

Black Bear – General bear season opens August 1st. Hunters can expect an average year. The dry weather conditions will concentrate bears near streams where foraging will be better. Berry crops are coming in earlier this year. Glass clear cuts and meadows early mornings and late evenings to find bears taking advantage of these food sources. Bear numbers are good with the highest numbers in the coast range, and with smaller populations in the Cascades.

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

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

JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES

Wildlife pre-scouting

Now is the time for archers and rifle hunters to begin their annual pre-scouting trips to the woods, August 27 is not far away. Hunters should be spending this the next two months locating the elk and deer herds. Much of the animals found now will be in that general locations come opening season. Game cameras have become a vital tool for hunters. High elevations are the place to look. Besides, it’s a great time to be in the woods to avoid most of the heat found in the valleys.

Bears: Fall black bear season is right around the corner starting August 1st, now is a great time to start some preseason scouting as well as practice your calling skills. 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. Huckleberry patches at high elevations seem to be off to a slow start, however once they do come in look for bears feeding in early morning and late evening. Find out where bears are most likely going to be come hunting season by glassing in early mornings and late evenings to spot bears in openings around Southern Oregon. Fawn calls can also be a useful tool when trying to harvest a bear.

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 opening soon, there will only be 90 spots available each day so don’t wait to reserve the day of your choice.

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

Marine Mammals

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

Shorebirds

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

Seabirds

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

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY

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.

Turtles – It’s the time of year for female turtles to leave their water body and head to their upland nesting areas to lay their eggs, usually within 1 mile of the water. When driving on roads next to rivers and streams keep an eye out for turtles crossing the road to avoid injuring the turtles. If you do find turtles crossing the road, safely remove them to the side they were moving towards.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Spring is the season for most wildlife to have young. 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.

Purple Martin

There have been sightings of Purple Martins the past few weeks west of the Denman Wildlife area near Kirtland Ponds. There also has been a recent sighting on the east shore of Emigrant Lake.

For more information about the wildlife area, visit ODFW’s Web site.

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

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

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Send us your fishing report

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

2016 trout stocking

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

High Lakes stocking

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

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

Check out the new interactive trout stocking map

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

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

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

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

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

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

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

Stocked this spring with rainbow trout.

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

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

Stocked in May with 8-inch “legal” rainbow trout. This is a 64-acre lake located in Blue Lake Park three miles west of Troutdale. This family-friendly park with picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Multnomah County.

BLUE RIVER: trout, steelhead

Blue River above Blue River Reservoir 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 will finish up continue this week with a final the 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.

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 last stocked in mid-July with 2,375 rainbow trout, including 375 larger trout. The reservoir will be stocked again in early August. 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

Although the cool “summer” weather continues, the river flows have dropped slightly more in recent days and conditions should remain this way for several weeks. The low flows translate into the river continuing 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 and logs. Despite the low water anglers are still finding summer steelhead with fish landed from Gladstone upriver to McIver Park this past week. Both boat and bank anglers have been able to get in on the action with very few spring Chinook mixed into the catch as the number of springers in the river appears to be low. There had been a few Chinook landed from the bank at the old “bowling alley” hole above the 99E Bridge in Gladstone, but that fishery has dropped off.

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

Over 400 hatchery springers have made it up into the PGE trap below North Fork Reservoir; these fish were being recycled back downstream to provide additional fishing opportunities but are now being transported to Clackamas Hatchery for broodstock and future spawning. A great summer steelhead run is continuing with over 1,900 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 fair number of summer steelhead swim in, but Chinook counts are still very low.

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 July 18 shows river flows down more at 915 cfs, with a gauge reading of 10.78 feet and the water temperature near 61° 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 3,625 rainbow trout, including 1,125 larger trout. Clear Lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Boat rentals are available from Linn County’s Clear Lake Resort.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork Willamette River is open to angling and bait use is allowed through Oct. 31. Trout are released into the river at several locations near town. In addition to 5 hatchery trout, two wild trout may be kept daily. The next scheduled stocking is in early August.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

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

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

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

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

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

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

Reservoir elevation is about 21 feet below full pool, but several and most boat ramps, including Mongold, are currently usable. It was stocked last week with 4,500 legal-sized hatchery rainbow trout. Anglers are reporting kokanee between 12-14 inches.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

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

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Dorena Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open to fishing all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available. Dorena 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

The creek is still flowing low and clear but a small amount of fishing effort continues with anglers out and about seeking spring Chinook that will be returning smolt releases from the Eagle Fern acclimation pond and the hatchery. A few springers have been caught, while a fair number of fish have also been seen pooling up just below the hatchery. The low flows make it difficult for fish entering the creek from the Clackamas River but anglers can expect a few to sneak in when any kind of unsettled weather comes through.

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

EE WILSON POND: warmwater, trout

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

ESTACADA LAKE: trout

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

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

FALL CREEK: trout

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

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

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

FARADAY LAKE: trout

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

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

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

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

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. The reservoir has 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 41 feet below full pool and dropping. As of July 25, 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.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

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

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

HARRIET LAKE: trout

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

HARTMAN POND: trout

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

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

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

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

HORSESHOE LAKE: trout

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

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

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

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

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

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

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

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

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake is open to angling all year. Bait use is allowed April 22-Oct. 31. Only hatchery fish may be kept. All wild trout must be released. The lake was recently stocked with 1,400 trout. The lake will be stocked almost weekly through the summer. Leaburg Dam is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic most weekdays from 8 am-noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. through September, although will be open without restrictions through August 7. 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 will be boat-stocked this 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 most weekdays from 8 am-noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. through September, although will be open without restrictions through August 7. 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 truck-stocked this week at boat landings from Finn Rock to Ben & Kay with a total of 1,250 fish. 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. Spring Chinook passage continues to plod along steadily at Willamette Falls and 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. Partial spring Chinook passage numbers have exceeded 28,000 through July 13. At this date of the season there should be springer fishing available from the Trout Creek acclimation pond returns.

USGS hydrological data for the Molalla River on July 18 was unavailable.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

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

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout

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

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Olallie Lake will be stocked again the week of June 27 with another 2,800 legal-sized rainbow trout and 125 trophies. This is the fifth week in a row that hatchery trout – including trophy-sized fish – have been released into this lake.

Olallie Lake is also a popular jumping off point for backpackers who want to fish the surrounding high lakes or access the Pacific Crest Trail. There are three campgrounds and a rustic cabin resort on this lake as well as a hiking trail that encircles the perimeter. Yurts, cabins, and boat rentals are available at Olallie Lake Resort.

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

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

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

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

This stream above Green Peter Reservoir provides excellent opportunities to fish for trout, with good bank access along most of its length. Regulation changes for 2016 makes this a year-round fishery with a bag limit of 5 trout per day. It will be stocked one last time this week 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.

SALMON CREEK: trout

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

SALT CREEK: trout

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

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

The ongoing cool weather appears to be keeping some of the glacial effects to a minimum but the river is very low as summertime flows become firmly established. Steady fishing effort continues at Cedar Creek as evidenced by the volume of cars in the hatchery parking lot and good catch numbers of summer steelhead are still coming out every day. A few more spring Chinook have been landed down in the lower river, along with reports of fish being caught up further near the hatchery. The springer fishing should improve as the weeks move along with fish moving further up into the system.

Of note, ODFW fish sorting traps are now in place on the lower 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 although it’s very early there have been hatchery and wild Chinook show up in a couple of the traps so the springers are working their way well into the system.

USGS hydrological data for the Sandy River on July 18 shows flows have dropped to 504 cfs, a gauge reading of 8.05 feet, and the water temperature hovering around 57°.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

Returns of adult steelhead and Chinook are slowing down a bit 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 3,600 hatchery Chinook have passed the Bennett dams in Stayton, along with 4,756 summer steelhead as of July 22. As of July 17, they have counted more than 19,900 summer steelhead and over 31,000 spring Chinook at the Willamette Falls fish ladder. Flows on the N. Santiam have been fairly consistent lately and are not expected to change much over the next few weeks. 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. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (the Mehama gauge was at 1,230 cfs as of July 25). Current conditions

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

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

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

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

Flows are settling in to normal summer conditions. Current flows (as of July25) are a little below 900 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 of July 22, 1,212 spring Chinook and 2,645 summer steelhead have been reported at Foster dam fish ladder. Most of these summer steelhead are being recycled downstream to give anglers a second chance at catching them

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

SHERIDAN POND: trout

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

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

SHORTY’S POND: trout

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

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

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

SMALL FRY LAKE: trout

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

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

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

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

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

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

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: bass, bluegill

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

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

TIMOTHY LAKE: rainbow trout

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

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

Trail Bridge Reservoir is open to year-round fishing. This waterbody is adjacent to Hwy. 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Only flies and lures may be used. Trail Bridge Reservoir will be stocked this week with 2,000 hatchery trout.

TRILLIUM LAKE: trout

Recently stocked with 4,500 legal-sized rainbow trout.

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

TROJAN POND: trout, panfish

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

TUALATIN RIVER and tribs: trout

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

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

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

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

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

WAVERLY POND: trout, bluegill, catfish

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

WILLAMETTE RIVER: sturgeon, summer steelhead, spring Chinook

A few late season spring Chinook boat anglers are still working the Willamette and landing an occasional bright fish down near the head of Multnomah Channel. Although reliable reports have come back with fish landed in the lower channel, the best spot is along the shipping terminals across from the channel head. Despite the time of year and some folks questioning the existence of such a late springer fishery it is indeed a valid report. ODFW saw this fishery develop several years ago but it’s growth and popularity has been slow to take hold. There’s also the possibility of hooking into summer steelhead, mainly near the mouth of the Clackamas River where the cooler water is coming into the Willamette.

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

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

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

As of Monday, July 13, a partial passage count of spring Chinook adults at Willamette Falls stood at over 28,000 fish while the summer steelhead partial passage count at Willamette Falls was showing over 18,300 fish.
USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on July 18 shows flows down significantly at 6,560 cfs, the water temperature near 71°F , and visibility still very clear at 8.2 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

UPCOMING: GENERAL FALL BLACK BEAR (Opens Aug 1st), CONTROLLED YOUTH ANTLERLESS ELK (Opens Aug 1st)

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 opens August 1st, 2016. 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. In the Cascades, blue huckleberries ripen in September of a typical year but biologist report they are already ripe in many places this year.

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. Make sure to purchase your controlled tag the day before the hunt begins. Please review the 2016 Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

PLEASE REPORT OBSERVATIONS OF ELK WITH HOOF DISEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Valleywide

Black-tail deer: Black-tail deer bucks are now re-growing their antlers. While growing, new antlers are covered in soft velvet. Bucks rub their antlers on trees during late summer to scrape off the velvet. These deer are common throughout the Willamette Valley and can often be seen at ODFW Wildlife Areas EE Wilson, Fern Ridge and Sauvie Island. Morning and evening are best viewing times.

Elk: At this time of year, elk can often be seen at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis. While viewing elk, look into the herds and you will be able to see the young bulls showing their spikes.

Upland birds: While out and about in the Valley, keep your eyes open for upland game birds such as grouse and valley quail traveling with their young. Fledglings are also abundant as young birds like the robin learn to take flight.

Beavers: In 1969, the Legislature recognized the American Beaver by naming it Oregon’s state animal. Oregon’s early economy was built on beaver pelts, feeding European and eastern American demand for hats and coats. Today, beavers are part of Oregon’s landscape, found in many of the streams throughout the Willamette Valley. They can often be seen swimming in streams in the early morning this time of year. Find out more about the state animal at our Living with Wildlife section.

Harlequin ducks: Oregon’s only “anadromous” duck, this seaduck winters at the coast and then moves inland to breed. Harlequin ducks can be viewed in the spring and early summer along the middle and upper McKenzie River at Cooks Rapid or Bear Creek Rapid and the Middle Fork Willamette River around the town of Oakridge. They can also be found on the North Santiam River from Mill City upstream to above Marion Forks.

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

Great blue herons: In 1986, the City of Portland adopted this species as the city’s official bird. These large rock overlooking the water.

Garter snakes: Three species of garter snakes occur in the Willamette Valley. A good place to see these harmless snakes is on gravel roads and trails through wetland areas. Wildlife areas in the Willamette Valley such as Fern Ridge, Finley, EE Wilson, Baskett Slough and Ankeny are all good areas to see these beautiful animals. Best viewing conditions are on warm sunny days.

Ospreys: Osprey are among the most specialized of hawks, hovering high over the water to spot fish and then diving head and feet first to capture their prey. Special pads on their feet help to grip the slippery fish. Seeing them catch fish is a spectacular sight.

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

ODFW’s Fern Ridge Wildlife Area and lake are open daily during the summer months. Viewing opportunities are excellent this time of year for many species of waterfowl and also osprey, black-necked stilts, yellow-headed blackbirds, and occasionally, pelicans.

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

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

EE Wilson Wildlife Area

Summer is a great time to go birdwatching at the EE Wilson Wildlife Area while the waterfowl broods and songbirds are caring for their young. Bring along your fishing pole as there is a stocked fishing pond on site.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

Come out and watch young birds as they learn new skills and gain their independence. At Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, you can easily see many of the resident waterfowl training goslings and ducklings.

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

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

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

Directions to Sauvie Island Wildlife Area


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CENTRAL ZONE: FISHING

FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

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

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Send us your fishing report

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

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

BEND PINE NURSERY: rainbow trout, bluegill, bass

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

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

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

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

Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout. As water temperatures warm, trout will be holding in the channels. All wild rainbow trout must be released.

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

No recent report.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout, mountain whitefish

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

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

Flows below Bowman Dam

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

No recent reports.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

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

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

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. 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 Wickiup Reservoir:

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 fair 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 week of 7-26. Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

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

Fishing has been good for warmwater fish.

HOOD RIVER: 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, as cool temperatures have delayed the more typical glacial water conditions.

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

NORTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

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

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

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

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

Fishing has been fair for trout and excellent for bass.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

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

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

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

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

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

The reservoir still has ample water for anglers. Anglers will find best success early in the mornings.
SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

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

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

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 brook trout. Open to fishing all year.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

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

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

No recent reports.


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CENTRAL ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

PRINEVILLE/OCHOCO WILDLIFE DISTRICT

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

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

THE DALLES DISTRICT

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.

Black Bear season opens August 1st to November 30th. 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 solar radiation to bring their bodies up to “working temperature” have to keep out of the sun 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 will seek a shady spot to gain refuge from the heat, so being flushed from their shelter to avoid contact with curious humans can place an unnecessary stress on them, as such it is best to provide space and enjoy wildlife 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 nesting 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. Long toed salamander’s larvae and tadpoles of western toad and Pacific tree frog are growing fast and most will metamorphose in July.

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

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. Miller Lake was stocked last week with rainbow trout
  • The giant Hex mayfly hatch continues on both the Lower and Upper Williamson.
  • Fishing is still exceptional at Blue Lake in the Gearhart Wilderness for 8-15” trout.
  • Deadhorse and Campbell lakes have been stocked again with legals and larger rainbow trout.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Send us your fishing report

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

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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: trout

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

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

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

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Open to fishing with bait allowed. Fishing 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 7th. A fall stocking of one pound rainbow trout is planned for late September. Fishing should be good through the remainder of summer. More info

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.

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

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been slow to fair in Beulah Reservoir this spring/summer with one angler catching some 14 inch rainbow trout near the inlet. There are hold-over trout available. The reservoir is currently at 35 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. The Blitzen is flowing around 41 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. There may still be some redband trout that are spawning so please avoid walking in gravely areas that may contain redds. 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 has been excellent. Fish have been jumping throughout the day and aggressively feeding on insects. Fly fishing from a float tube has been very productive casting or trolling flies. Blue Lake is a fantastic high elevation lake located in the Gearhart Wilderness between Bly and Lakeview. A three-mile trail leads to the lake and it’s a 1-2 hour hike. Fish were sampled by hook and line in the summer of 2015 and 2016. Rainbow trout ranged from 6 to 16-inches and were in healthy condition.

The trout at this lake see little pressure and are easy to catch using flies, lures or bait. Fishing is excellent in June 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 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 51 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website. Bully Creek Reservoir was stocked this spring with trophy sized rainbow trout so these and hold-overs from last year should be available for fishermen.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good for legal-sized rainbow trout. The pond has already been stocked with legal sized rainbow trout and anglers have been catching these and holdovers from last year in consistent numbers this spring/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. Bait allowed. Fishing should be excellent for small brook trout mostly under 8 inches. All of Calahan Creek is on Green Diamond Property so please respect this private property and their rules.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked for 4th of July weekend with legal and larger rainbow trout . Fishermen have been reported doing well in boats and on shore.

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.

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 excellent. 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.

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

There have not been any recent fishing reports. Successful anglers in the spring were targeting trout by fishing the top of the water column with flies, lures and bait. Tall vegetation in the lake makes it difficult for bait fishermen to catch fish on the bottom.

COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR (Lake County): 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

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

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

The lake was stocked for 4th of July weekend with legal and larger rainbow trout and was stocked again the week of June 18th. Fishermen have been reported doing well in boats and on shore.

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

There have been no recent fishing reports, but there have been several nice trout observed near Adel. Fly fishing for these trout above Adel and upstream of the falls should be great.

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. Fishing around the dock has been productive and fly-fisherman have reported good fishing from float tubes and other small watercraft.

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

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

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

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

No recent report.

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

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

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir was 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 (Steens Mountain): rainbow trout, brook trout

The North Loop Steens Road is open Fish lake has been stocked with legal-sized 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 the last week 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. 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 38 percent full. 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.

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

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

HAINES POND: rainbow

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

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown bullhead catfish

Fishing has been good for boat and bank fishermen. 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

Crappie are being captured. Most range from 10-12 inches. Use brightly colored lures and bait. Fishing success should improve with improving clarity and increasing water temperatures. Water temperature is currently peaking at 73 degrees but should increase with warmer weather this week.

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

Fishing should be excellent for pumpkinseed if you can find them. Very small baits are recommended on small bobbers. Large brown bullhead catfish are abundant and fishing can be good especially at night fishing bait near the bottom.

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 2.9 feet below full pool. Redband trout have mostly 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 75 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 improving. Finding the perch is the biggest challenge. Once you find them fishing can be excellent. Small hooks and bait are recommended as the perch typically do not exceed 14 inches.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

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

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

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

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

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

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

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

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

Fishing at Krumbo Reservoir has been fair to good this 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 good 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. 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 been good with people catching limits of 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 off of 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 has already been stocked with legal-sized and fingerling rainbow trout to jump start the fishery following prolonged drought conditions in the region.

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

No recent fishing reports.

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir have been around 430 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. Fishing is usually good in the spring and declines with rising water temperatures and an increase in aquatic vegetation. Bass have been illegally introduced and are negatively impacting the hatchery rainbow trout.

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

The lake will be stocked with rainbow trout this week.

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

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

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

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

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir 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. 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

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been fair to slow depending on the day. Currently, 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 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 The reservoir is currently at 45 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. Water releases below the dam have been around 193 cfs. Water clarity can fluctuate throughout the day so having a ride range of flies or lures can increase success in spring fishing on the Owyhee River. 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 31 percent of capacity and getting to the level that launching boats at the Union Creek launch becomes difficult. 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.

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 been good. The reservoir is receding, but the high water launch is still functional.

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

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

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

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

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

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

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

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

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

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

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

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

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

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

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

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

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

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

Sid LUCE ReSERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

Spaulding Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and surprisingly remains dry.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

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

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

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

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

Fishing is slow as redband density is low and most redband have moved to spring fed areas of the river. Best fishing is upstream of Beatty in the area fed by numerous springs. River flows are 120 cfs at the mouth. Water temperature is peaking at 78 degrees.

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

The North Fork Sprague River is open to angling. Fishing is 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 good. Caddisflies and golden stoneflies are common in the canyon area. Flow has dropped through the canyon (47 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 (14 cfs).

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

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

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

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

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 6.5 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. Near Pikes Crossing redband trout being to dominate but fishing is typically slow in this area due to low redband densities at this time.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Fishing reports have been fair for trolling. This reservoir 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 44 percent of capacity. The boat launch is not functional at this level. The reservoir was stocked with both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout in April and May. Reports indicate that fishing remains good for 12-15 inch rainbows. The reservoir was drained over the summer of 2015 so holdover trout are not available.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir storage is at 54 percent of capacity and receding. Fishing has been fair to good for 10”-19” rainbow trout.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

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

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

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow. The reservoir is currently at 34 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 continues. 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. Radio-tagged redband have indicated that many have likely entered the Williamson River. Please release radio-tagged redband trout and do not remove them from the water. Radio-tagged redband trout can be identified by antennae extruding from abdomen.

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 about half capacity. The boat launch is functional and the dock is installed.

WOOD RIVER: redband, brown, brook and bull trout

Fly fishing is excellent in the river from Fort Klamath to Weed road using grasshopper patterns. Brown trout also actively feed and 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. Lures and flies that mimic worms should be successful but remember soft plastics are considered bait and are unlawful.

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

Fishing in the lower Wood River near the mouth has been fair for large redband trout.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

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

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


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

HARNEY COUNTY

Fall BEAR season opens August 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 open August 1. 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 opens on August 1st. Hunters have until September 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

Fall BEAR season opens August 1. Compared to the rest of the state bear populations are generally low. 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 also open 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. As the pups grow and start to travel territorial defense of the area around the den will decrease. The effectiveness of prey distress calls will increase as the summer progresses. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on July 18, 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 July 18, 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, wood duck and gadwall can be observed on the area. Many different diver species have been observed using Miller Island. Canvasback, redhead, ruddy duck, and common and hooded mergansers all can be seen around the area. Most ducks have already initiated nesting and mallard, cinnamon teal, redhead, northern shoveler, canvasback, ruddy duck and gadwall broods have all been seen on the area. Broods of early nesting species are becoming quite large and may be hard to distinguish from adults.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

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

There are good numbers of American white pelican and double-crested cormorant using the area, 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, forster’s and black terns are abundant.

There are still a few Sandhill crane pairs scattered throughout the area. Colts that were born this year are nearly the same size as 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. Broods of several different species of shorebirds have been observed the past several weeks.

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

American coot 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 eagles use on the area has decreased over the past few weeks, but can still occasionally be found. The red-shouldered hawk is another that has been recently seen.

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

Upland Game Birds

California quail and ring-necked pheasant can be found scattered around the old homesteads and the headquarters area. 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 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 can now be observed on the area. Western king birds have been observed across the area. Several bullock’s orioles were observed over the past week. Common nighthawks have started showing up.

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

Reptiles

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

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

LAKE COUNTY

Young of the year are starting to show up for all species. Young raptors are flighted and common throughout the county. The fall shore bird migration will start in early August. Lake Abert, Hart and Crump lakes have water this year and will provide viewing opportunities. 7/26/16

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on July 18, 2016.

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

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) is closed until August 15th to reduce disturbance to migrating and breeding waterbirds. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open into early fall. A detour is in place, access around the loop is now on the 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 continues for nearly all nesting species and broods are becoming quite apparent. Fall migration is starting with the arrival of several northerly species.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are largely at breeding population levels although flocks of drakes and unsuccessful hens are beginning to form as they prepare for the molt. Drakes of many species are undergoing their annual molt as this time. Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the area; some are rearing broods at this time. The molt is underway for some and they remain flightless. A few Canada geese family groups have attained flight and are becoming more obvious now.

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

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

A variety of shorebirds continues to be found and nesting continues for most of the wildlife area’s breeding species, but is winding down. Early breeding species such as long-billed curlew and western willet have largely completed nesting and many have already began their migration south. Other species are beginning to form pre-migration flocks and “Fall” migrants continue to appear with increasing numbers of lesser and greater yellowlegs, least and western sandpiper and semi-palmated plovers. Flocks of several hundred peeps and Wilson’s phalaropes have been observed recently.

American coot breeding continues with pairs attending chicks being widely scattered across the entire wildlife area at this time. Virginia rails and soras continue to be found in good number and broods continue to be reported.

Sandhill crane nesting is winding down for nearly all pairs. A few colts have been observed recently. Non-breeders continue to stage along the west side of the valley, especially at the Foster Place grain fields.

Grebe numbers are very good; eared, pied-billed and Western are commonly found. Eared grebes are in nuptial plumage and breeding is underway. A large number of nests can be observed in colonies at Dutchy Lake, Gold Dike and North Levee Impoundments. Chicks are hatching at this time and can be observed riding on backs of adults, especially in North Levee Impoundment. Newly hatched Clark’s, pied-billed and western grebes have also been observed recently.

Gulls (predominantly ring-billed) are well into breeding on the nesting island in E. Link Unit; hatching and brood rearing is underway and fledged young are beginning to disperse from the nesting island. Caspian and Forster’s tern and Franklin’s gull numbers remain fairly good at this time and nesting continues. 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 few nesting cormorants can be found on the E. Link Unit nesting island.

A small number of American bitterns continue to be observed and over the past week. Black-crowned night-herons, great egret and white-faced ibis are present in fair numbers. 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, some chicks have fledged at this time. Bald and golden eagles, ferruginous hawk, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons can occasionally be found. Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds and remain very vocal at night. Chicks are nearly full grown at this time and many fledglings have been observed dispersing. At least 2 broods of common barn owls successfully nested in boxes at Headquarters this year and can occasionally be observed near dusk. Observations of short-eared owls have been reported recently.

Upland game birds

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

Passerines

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

American and lesser goldfinches are being observed at Headquarters on a regular basis. Nesting American robins, Bullock’s orioles, yellow warbler, western wood pewee and black-headed grosbeak remain fairly common around Headquarters. Fledgling cedar waxwing chicks were observed at Headquarters over the past weekend.

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

Hummingbird numbers are beginning to increase at the Headquarters Feeders. Black-chinned, calliope and rufous have all been observed recently.

Tree swallows are present in good numbers at scattered locations in the marsh and around Headquarters; most are occupying nest boxes at this time. Cliff swallows are numerous and many are fledging chicks at this time. Several species of swallows are beginning to form large pre-migration flocks 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 be found in good numbers in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail along dikes and levees throughout the wetlands and are fairly numerous. Blackbirds (Brewer’s, yellow-headed and red-winged) are very numerous and many remain actively attending nests in tall emergent vegetation throughout the marsh. All three species along with brown-headed cowbirds are visiting the feeder at Headquarters. European starlings are very common across the entire area, most have completed nesting.

Facilities and Access

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

Motor vehicle access to major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) remain closed until August 15th to reduce disturbance to breeding waterbirds. 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 been reduced to facilitate haying of meadows in the valley. Additional water deliveries down Ana River are increasing flooded areas in some locations and providing excellent foraging habitat for shorebirds. Water in seasonal marsh areas continues to recede and moist soil plants are actively growing. This will result in considerable mudflats and shallowly flooded foraging areas for breeding and migrant waterbirds.

Emergent marsh vegetation is actively growing across the entire wildlife area at this time.

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 continues to decrease in size due to increased evapotranspiration and declining inflow because of irrigation season diversions.

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:

  • With summer here now, think about warmwater fish – crappie and bass fishing has been good at McKay Reservoir and other warmwater spots.
  • Trout fishing has been good on the Wallowa River.
  • Many district water have been stocked with legal-sized trout and that will provide good fishing opportunities.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Send us your fishing report

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

Aldrich Ponds (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

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

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass

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 in during the summer months but warm water can make trout fishing difficult.

HATROCK POND: trout

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

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

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

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

IMNAHA RIVER: trout, bass

Chinook salmon fishing closed on the Imnaha on July 3. The focus now shifts to trout and smallmouth bass, which should be active and can provide the opportunity for some excellent catch rates well into the summer.

JOHN DAY RIVER: spring Chinook

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

JUBILEE LAKE: trout

Jubilee Lake was stocked recently with legal and trophy size rainbow trout and should provide good angling.

This is a 97-acre lake located within the Umatilla Forest about 54 miles northeast of Pendleton. Located near the summit of the Blue Mountains at an elevation of 4,696 ft., Jubilee Lake can be snowbound until mid-June. Bank access is good, and during the spring and early summer, fish can be caught anywhere in the lake. As the water warms in August better fishing can be found in the deeper water near the dam at the southeast side of the lake. Amenities include a 50-site Forest Service campground on the west side of the lake, an ADA-accessible 2.8 mile paved hiking trail around the lake, and a paved boat ramp. Only electric motors may be used on boats.

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

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

LUGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

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

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

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

McHALEY POND: rainbow trout

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

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

McNARY PONDS: trout

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

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, and kokanee

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

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

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

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

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

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

TAYLOR GREEN POND: hatchery rainbow trout

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

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

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

UMATILLA RIVER: 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

Holdover trout are being caught with a few fish to 18 inches. The lake was also stocked with legal and trophy sized trout last week and fishing should be good. Powerbait and spinners will be the best. Bait should be either hung under a float or set on the bottom. Kokanee anglers have been reporting catching daily limits of 25 fish. Kokanee size appears to be improving with reports of fish in the 8-9 inch range and some fish as large as 12 inches.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

The Wallowa opened on July 2 for retention of hatchery spring Chinook as the result of improved fish counts on the Columbia. The Wallowa is now open for Chinook fishing from the lower end of Minam State Park upstream to the mouth of the Lostine River. The bag limit is two adult hatchery fish per day, and up to five Chinook jacks (15-24”) per day. Anglers do not need to record jack catch on their combined angling tags, but it is illegal to continue fishing for jack Chinook once the adult bag limit is met. Wild fish must be released immediately and unharmed. A valid Columbia Basin Endorsement is required for this fishery.

Trout and whitefish are also abundant in the Wallowa and offer additional angling opportunity this summer.

WALLA WALLA NORTH & SOUTH FOREST PONDS: rainbow trout

The ponds have been stocked and should provide good angling.

WALLA WALLA RIVER: rainbow trout

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

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

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


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NORTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Wolves in Northeast Oregon

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

BAKER COUNTY

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

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

GRANT COUNTY

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

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

MORROW, GILLIAM AND WHEELER COUNTIES

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

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

UMATILLA COUNTY

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

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

UNION COUNTY

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

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

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

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

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

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

For more information please call 541 963 4954

WALLOWA COUNTY

Black Bear: Bear hunting is expected to be good early in the morning and late in the evening in draw bottoms and stream bottoms where bears are feeding on hawthorn, service berry, and elder berries. Huckleberries are beginning to ripen and bears will soon be moving up slope to take advantage of this favorite food.

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

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


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NORTHEAST ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

BAKER COUNTY

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

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

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

Grant County

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

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

UNION COUNTY

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

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

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

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

It is 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.

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 what they were in May. Smallmouth bass in the 6-9 inch range are very abundant making it hard to find the larger fish. Fishing for channel cats is beginning to pick up.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

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

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

Spring Chinook season has closed on the Snake River.

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

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

Updated information on flow levels

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

No recent Reports.


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COLUMBIA RIVER ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and steelhead is open through Sunday July 31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA Border.
  • The fall salmon season opens Monday August 1, 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 McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries are in effect through Sunday July 31 (see special regulations for details).
  • 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 (7/23) flight, 281 salmonid boats and 121 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam.  Boat anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.28 summer Chinook and 0.17 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.24 summer Chinook caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.03 summer Chinook, 0.53 summer steelhead and 0.03 sockeye caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.02 summer Chinook, 0.08 steelhead and 0.02 sockeye caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead and one sockeye kept, plus one unclipped Chinook adult and two unclipped steelhead released for 53 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped Chinook adults, one adipose fin-clipped Chinook jack and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped Chinook adults, one unclipped Chinook jack and one unclipped steelhead released for 18 boats (66 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped Chinook adults and two adipose fin-clipped Chinook jacks kept, plus six unclipped Chinook adults released for 34 boats (73 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped Chinook jack kept for 31 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped Chinook adult, 21 adipose fin-clipped steelhead and two sockeye kept, plus one unclipped Chinook adult, two unclipped Chinook jacks and 10 unclipped steelhead released for 58 boats (142 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for nine bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for 12 bank anglers; and no catch for two boats (four anglers).

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

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed 14 sublegals, 36 legals and six oversize sturgeon released for four boats (12 anglers).

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

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam): Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 15 sublegal and one legal white sturgeon released for eight bank anglers; and 23 sublegal, four legal and one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

WALLEYE

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

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

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for one bank angler; and 28 walleye kept, plus 17 walleye released for five boats (nine anglers).

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



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MARINE ZONE: FISHING

Reminder: Razor clamming is closed from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head July 15-September 30. This is an annual closure to reduce disturbance of young razor clams.

2017 Opportunities

Let us hear from you. ODFW is seeking input for shaping the 2017 Pacific halibut and bottomfish seasons. Topics will include possibly adjusting the Central Coast Subarea all-depth halibut seasons to reduce yelloweye rockfish mortality, and options to stay under a lower federal limit for black rockfish in 2017.

Anglers are encouraged to participate in the process by attending one of four public meetings: Aug. 1 in Brookings, Aug. 2 in Coos Bay, Aug. 3 in Salem, and Aug. 15 in Newport. The Newport meeting will be available by webinar. News release

FISHING

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.

Saltwater News Bulletins

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

Marine Reserves and Other Management Designations

Fishing, crabbing, clamming, hunting and gathering seaweed are prohibited at Oregon’s five marine reserves, including the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area (new for 2016).

Beach walking, surfing, bird watching, diving and other non-extractive uses continue to be allowed at reserves. See complete details and marine reserve maps (listed north to south):

More information on marine reserves regulations and downloadable GPS coordinates

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

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

OCEAN SALMON
The best ocean salmon fishing during the most recent week for both fin-clipped coho and Chinook was in waters off the Columbia River. Average catch per angler was 0.64 salmon per rod with a 4:1 Chinook to coho catch ratio.
The remainder of the coast saw very poor success rates for Chinook with only 1 Chinook for about every 27 angler trips. Fishing for fin-clipped coho also slowed down in most ports last week. For the week of July 18-24, observed catches south of Cape Falcon averaged 0.12 coho per angler.
Typically, the best ocean fin-clipped coho fishing for most of the coast will occur within the next 2 weeks. The fin-clipped coho season from Cape Falcon to the Oregon / California Border will close on August 7. All salmon fishing from Humbug Mt. (Port Orford to the Oregon / California Border will close on August 7, but will reopen for the three day Labor Day weekend from September 3-5.

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

BOTTOM FISHING

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 ODFW news release.

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 for shore anglers along the Yaquina Bay in Newport. Anglers along the Yaquina South Jetty reported catching black and grass rockfish, kelp greenling, cabezon, striped surfperch, monkeyface prickleback, and red rock crab. American shad, cabezon, redrock and Dungeness crab were caught at the South Beach Pier and along the public piers in Newport’s Historic Bayfront.

Anglers fishing in the Yaquina Bay by boat reported catching a mixture of American shad, Pacific herring, and shiner perch.

Continuing this week, a subsample of Oregon fishing license holders will be asked to participate in a survey to collect information about their recreational saltwater fishing experiences. Those that are contacted are encouraged to participate. All responses are important, even if you have not been saltwater fishing in the last 12 months. Information from this study will be used to improve the monitoring of Oregon’s fishing activity and improve the stewardship of marine resources. The survey is funded by Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and NOAA’s Marine Recreational Information Program.

PACIFIC HALIBUT

The all-depth halibut fishery in the Central Coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt) will be open Aug. 5-6; whether or not there will be additional open days will depend on how much quota remains. The nearshore halibut fishery in the subarea remains open seven days a week, with approximately 59% of the quota remaining. The nearshore catch rate last week was down a bit (one fish per 10 halibut anglers), but the average weight remains fairly hefty at 21 pounds.

The Southern Oregon subarea is open seven days per week until Oct. 31 or the quota is met; 88% of the quota remains. Anglers were rewarded with halibut averaging 27 pounds, the largest yet this season, during the week ending July 17.

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

Anglers are reminded to try to avoid high-relief rocky areas where yelloweye rockfish can be encountered. If a yelloweye rockfish is accidentally caught, please descend the fish to 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.

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, observed albacore catches were good along the entire Oregon Coast. 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. For details on how to catch these guys, see Surfperch Fishing (pdf). The bag limit for surfperch is generous at 15 per day. However, a lot remains unknown about the status of surfperch populations off the Oregon Coast, so, as usual, take only what you will use.

HERRING

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

SHELLFISH

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

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

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

Mussels

Mussels are Open along the entire Oregon coast.

Razor Clams

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

Razor clamming will be Closed from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head July 15-September 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. There will not be much opportunity for digging bay clams this week but the following week will have low tides great for clamming.

Crabs

Crabbing is open coastwide in bays and the ocean. Ocean crabbing has improved in the last couple of weeks. Crabbing in the bays has been slow. Some boats in Alsea Bay have been getting 4-6 crabs per person when conditions are right. Crabbing reports from Winchester Bay and Bandon have not been great. Coos Bay crabbing is slower than usual.

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

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

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

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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 sports cannot be confused with whitecaps. Look for whales as they surface to blow air and occasionally flip their tails above the water. Don’t forget to bring binoculars!

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

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

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


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