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Weekly Recreation Report: Southeast Zone

February 21, 2017

 Southeast Zone Fishing

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The Ana River is turning out trout over 25-inches.
  • Ice fishing for yellow perch is excellent at Lake of the Woods.
  • The Sprague River is closed to fishing until April 22.
Fishing at Ollala Reservoir
Ice Fishing Today Video.
Click image to play.
- Dave Genz Ice Safety Tips -

Ice-fishing safety

With several water bodies beginning to ice over, it’s a good time to be reminded that anglers should always use caution during first-ice conditions. Take the following precautions: use the “buddy system,” wear a PFD in case of thin ice, carry a throw-rope, and use a heavy metal staff to check for thin-ice. REMINDER: The state of Oregon does not allow human-made ice holes larger than 12-inches in diameter or length.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It could be the area is closed, inaccessible due to mud or snow,  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, hybrid bass

This lake is open year round, providing a great opportunity to catch hybrid bass and rainbow trout. There have been no recent fishing reports but bass anglers have been increasing in numbers. Hybrid bass are targeted successfully using crank baits and fishing bait along the bottom. 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 new state record is 1 ½ inches longer and more than 1 lb. heavier than the previous record of 18 lbs. 9 oz. caught in 2009.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout, brown trout

Fishermen have reported catching trout over 25-inches in Ana River this past weekend. Ana River is open year round and was stocked in November with larger rainbow trout 10 to 13-inches. Fingerlings were also released in the spring and should be approximately 8 to 10-inches. The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a float tube or by walking the banks. Bait is allowed.

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

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

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Fishing in Annie Creek not recommended at this time due to high flows with ice moving through. Annie Creek turns turbid quickly due to the large watershed and snow in the upper elevations. Access is available off Hwy. 62 at the USFS snow park. There is plenty of public property on USFS, State Forest and Crater Lake National Park -- fishing is regulated by the National Park (541-594-3000). Several waterfalls occur on the creek inside Crater Lake National Park offering exceptional views. Fishing is very slow due to very cold (34 degrees) and low productivity water. Fishing with bait allowed. Open year-round.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is ice-covered with access only by snowmobile. Fall fish sampling by ODFW indicated that the fingerlings planted last spring have survived and grown well. Fishable numbers of the legal and trophy-sized fish are available as well.

Beulah Reservoir
Beulah Reservoir
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

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

No recent fishing reports and no reports on ice formation and thickness. The reservoir is currently at 35 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is not useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website.

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

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Trout will likely not overwinter due to extremely low water levels.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The Blitzen River is currently flowing around 82 cfs with water temperatures fluctuating around 39oF. The Blitzen reached close to 180 cfs over the weekend so that may have broken up some of the ice on the river. The current conditions for the Blitzen can be checked here. Fishing on the Blitzen has been a little slow lately but that was mostly because of the iced over sections of the river limiting access. The most recent fishing report did indicate that the ice has broken up and most of the river is open for fishing.

Throughout the winter, large nymphs and streamers can be used for the larger redband trout. Bead-headed wooly buggers in brown and olive are great winter flies to use on the Blitzen, and a lot of people fish them under a strike indicator. Using larger leaders will also help to pull fish out of tough to reach areas and the redband trout on the Blitzen are not know to be leader shy. The Page Springs area is going to be the best for winter access and there is open water downstream of the bridge below Page Springs Dam. This section has a series of riffles and pools that hold trout. Heading upstream from the campground will also offer some open water.

The South Loop Steens Road is closed for the winter making it difficult to access the upper portions of the Blitzen.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good for legal-sized rainbow trout recently on the Burns Pond. There was around 8 inches of ice on the pond and people had reported consistent catches of 12-inch rainbow trout. However, the ice may have decreased following warmer weather in the area so use caution when attempting to fish the pond. Stomach contents from recently harvested trout show that they are feeding on juvenile green sunfish present in the pond so fishing around the edges may be productive or anywhere near some underwater vegetation that holds the juvenile green sunfish.

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

Access is blocked by snow. Calahan Creek is a very small tributary to Long Creek. Most of the creek flows through a low gradient meadow. Flows this time year are approximately 1-2 cfs. Water levels are excellent for fishing.

The most productive fishing area is near the lower 400-00 road crossing and upstream. All of Calahan Creek is on Green Diamond property so please respect this private property and their rules. Bait is allowed. Fishing is excellent for small brook trout mostly under 8-inches. Open all year.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
- Photo by Kevin Clawson-

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Access is blocked by snow.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

There are no recent reports on the reservoir.

There are no boat ramps on the reservoir. The southeastern part of the reservoir is on BLM property. The reservoir is fed by water from Deming Creek.

Access is available off the FS 34 (Dairy Creek road) and 335 roads near Bly. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please respect this area.

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

The water levels are rising and dropping from recent storm events. The entire river is open all year and fly-fishing for redband trout 6 to 12-inches should be fair upstream of Paisley. Best time to fish is mid-day and dry flies and nymphs are very productive. 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

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing is fairly good right now at Chickahominy with consistent catches of 10-14 inch rainbow trout. The ice was around 11 inches thick and had a lot of snow on top but the ice may have decreased following a warm spell in the area. The fish appear to be moving in schools so the bite is sometimes sporadic. The water below the ice is still fairly murky so using bright lures that make noise will increase your chances of success.

The fishery in Chickahominy Reservoir was jump-started this year with stockings of fingerling and legal-sized rainbow trout following years of drought conditions that adversely affected the fishery. Following the fish stockings last spring, ODFW sampled the reservoir and found plenty of healthy rainbow trout up to 14-inches. Hopefully this indicates that the fishery is on the rebound.

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

Access is blocked due to snow. The road is paved all the way to the creek. Water levels are low, approximately 2-3 cfs, but excellent for fishing. Look for signs to Corral Creek Campground and Gearhart Wilderness. The campground is near the confluence of Corral Creek and South Fork Sprague River. The campground is maintained by the USFS. Fishing is excellent for small brook trout up to 8 inches. Occasionally brown trout can be captured. Bait is allowed.

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

Access is blocked by snow.

COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR (Lake County): redband trout

Access is blocked by snow and ice thickness is unknown. One rainbow trout per day, 15-inch minimum length may be harvested.

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

No recent reports on ice formation or thickness but the Cow Lakes should be frozen over. A fishing report from this past summer indicates that fishing is poor in the Cow Lakes this year. This past summer, ODFW and volunteers sampled the Upper Cow Lake and found an overabundance of brown bullheads. White crappie, bluegill, and large scale suckers were also found with a few of the crappie being very large. Water clarity was poor at the time of sampling. ODFW will continue to monitor conditions in the Cow Lakes to hopefully improve the fishery.

CROOKED CREEK (Klamath Co): redband trout, brook trout and brown trout

Closed to fishing until May 22.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Closed to fishing until May 22.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent reports on ice formation and thickness but Delintment Lake should be frozen over and the ice may be thick enough for ice fishing. The roads to Delintment Lake have not been plowed. Fishing this past summer and fall was good at Delintment Lake and there should be plenty of healthy rainbow trout for those that find a way to access the lake this winter.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Access blocked by snow. Open to fishing but closed to fishing 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 fishing report.

Dog Lake perch
Dog Lake perch

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

There have been reports of yellow perch caught recently, but access and ice thickness might be limited due to warm temperatures. Yellow perch are the best species to target on this lake in the winter, but crappie, brown bullhead and bass are present. Only one rainbow trout per day, 15-inch minimum length may be harvested.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent reports, access might be blocked by snow and ice thickness is unknown. A recent illegal introduction of brown bullhead will negatively impact the trout fishery in the future.

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

The North Loop Steens Road is closed for winter making accessing Fish Lake difficult. The Burns District BLM office does issue keys to the North Loop Steens Road on a first-come-first-served basis and those people with a snowmobile may be able to make it to the lake and ice fish. Contact the Burns District BLM with any questions regarding accessing the North Loop Steens Road during the winter.

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Fort Creek is closed to fishing until May 22.

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. Bait is allowed.

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

Access is blocked by snow.

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

The reservoir is frozen. Ice conditions are unknown. Water levels are low. The reservoir is 55 percent full. Access is good as BLM maintains campgrounds at the reservoir. Fishing is slow. Best fishing is for yellow perch.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond is covered with ice. The parking area is impassable due to snow. The pond was stocked with pounder and legal-sized rainbow trout mid-October.

HEART LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, brown bullhead catfish

Access is blocked by snow.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow. The reservoir’s head gate has been fixed and is currently being filled to store water for next year. There will be enough water to stock rainbow trout in the spring of 2017.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

The pond is covered with ice, but recent warmer than average weather has the ice softening and the perimeter unsafe for ice fishing. Parking areas and access roads are impassable due to snow.

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. Fishing is excellent for brook trout.

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

Water levels generally remain very similar and drop as the day progresses as water is released for power generation. There are numerous points of access on the reservoir as most property surrounding the reservoir is BLM or PacifiCorp property.

Fishing can be good on days when the water warms quickly during the afternoon. Water temperature is currently peaking at 41 degrees. Fishing for largemouth bass is slow. The reservoir is turbid and likely frozen in many places,therefore anglers should try scent and lures with high visibility. The reservoir is not safe for ice fishing. The reservoir should thaw soon.

Klamath Lake
Klamath Lake Sunset
-Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW-

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

Much of Upper Klamath Lake is ice free. Anglers can fish at the outlet of the lake near Pelican Marina. Water levels in the lake have increased slightly. There also is open water near Hagelstein Park and Sucker Springs. Boats can be launched at Haglestein Park. The lake is 0.9 feet below full pool. Water temperature is peaking at 40 degrees.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

Currently, fishing is very slow as fish are likely moving to spawning grounds. Water levels in the Keno Reach of the Klamath River are 1070 cfs. Expect variable daily flows in this section and ODFW recommends checking flows before fishing. This flow is fair for fishing. Water temperatures are peaking around 41 degrees.

Access to the river is extremely challenging especially considering the snow. Anglers can drive to the river at the base of Keno Dam using Old Wagon Road on the west side of the river. This road is in disrepair. The other access site is at the PacifiCorp Campground on the east side which is currently closed. Access to the lower river is also available at Sportsman Park. Many anglers access the river on the Hwy. 66 side and hike into the canyon.

Fishing this reach of river is extremely challenging. Most areas require a strenuous hike to reach the river. If you are wading, ODFW highly recommends studded wading boots, wading belt and definitely a wading staff. There are bedrock ledges and numerous very slippery boulders. Typically you can’t see where you are wading as the water is turbid. Polarized glasses also help with wading as you can see boulders. A landing net also assists with landing fish in fast water.

Boats are not recommended on this stretch unless you are an expert oarsman. Roe Outfitters provides fly-fishing trips from rafts in this stretch.

Fishing is very good for redband trout in this reach. Condition and size of redband trout in this reach are exceptional. Most anglers use flies and lures that mimic bait fish. However, flies that mimic leeches and caddisfly larvae work well.

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

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

Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately 1 mile below J.C. Boyle Dam. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Fishing is excellent for small redband for those willing to hike. Nymphs and leech patterns work well during this time of year. Occasional blue winger olive mayfly hatches will occur in mid-day especially during inclement weather. Black spinners cast upstream into the pools is also a great technique. Open all year.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed 16 inches. Most fish are in the 6- to 8-inch range. Fishing will be poor. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Flow release estimates are no longer available. Check the USGS real time website for flow information. Klamath River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

No recent fishing reports for Krumbo Reservoir but the gate at the top of Krumbo Hill is currently open and there is open water on the reservoir. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge does not allow ice fishing on Krumbo Reservoir so please respect these regulations and stay off the ice. This is a safety regulation because there are numerous springs in Krumbo that can alter the ice conditions and make it dangerous for people to be on.

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow trout.
-Photo by Justin Miles, ODFW-

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

The lake is frozen. Anglers are ice fishing and catch rates of yellow perch can be high. Please use extreme caution when ice fishing. Fishing can be excellent for yellow perch with the occasional large brown trout. Check with Lake of the Woods Resort for recent updates.

The Lake of the Wood Resort Marina is open Friday through Sunday. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

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

Access is limited due to snow.

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

The River is frozen and ice fishing not recommended. The river should thaw soon.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow. Fingerlings released this spring should overwinter and create a great fishery for next year.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports or reports of ice formation on Malheur Reservoir.

The reservoir dam was repaired and started holding water again in November of 2015. The reservoir was stocked with legal-sized and fingerling rainbow trout this past spring to jump start the fishery following prolonged drought conditions in the region.

MALHEUR RIVER (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

No recent fishing reports but Mann Lake still has ice on it but the shoreline is starting to open up. Reports from earlier this winter indicated that the water was very low and there was only a foot of water below the ice in most places. ODFW will continue to monitor Mann Lake this winter/spring to determine how the fishery responds to these conditions. The lake was stocked with fingerling-sized cutthroat trout in the spring of 2016 and will be stocked again in 2018. Mann Lake is only stocked every other year.

Fathead minnows were found in Mann Lake this past summer 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.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Access is blocked by snow. Bass have been illegally introduced and are negatively impacting the hatchery rainbow trout.

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

Access to the lake is blocked by snow.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is more than likely blocked by snow or muddy roads.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is ice-covered. Limited parking is available along Hwy. 26 at the south end of the reservoir.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond is ice-covered, however, current ice conditions are unknown due to inaccessibility. Parking areas and access roads are impassable due to snow. The pond was stocked with pounder-sized rainbow trout mid-October.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

Black Crappie
Black Crappie
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-

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

The Owyhee Reservoir is currently at 61 percent of capacity. There have been no reports of ice formation on the lake but the cold weather in the area should have frozen up some portions of the lake, but probably not enough for ice fishing.

Reports over the summer indicated that there were a lot of dead carp in the reservoir but there were no reports of other fish species dying. ODFW investigated and took water samples and found areas that contained lethal dissolved oxygen levels so this was likely the cause of dying carp. Since carp were actively spawning, they were moving into the shallower areas where there was more algae and less oxygen and getting trapped while other species moved into areas that contained adequate oxygen.

The Owyhee Dam boat ramp is permanently closed due to safety concerns and the Gordon Gulch ramp is closed due to low water so users need to launch at the Indian Creek Boat Launch if the lake is open and not frozen over.

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

Water releases below the dam have been around 34 cfs according to the USGS stream data and the water clarity has been fluctuating throughout the day. Prior to the cold weather, fishermen reported having success using really small dry flies during a mid-day hatch. Nymph and lure fishing had also been productive but there have been no recent fishing reports.

ODFW and volunteers conducted brown trout spawning surveys on the Lower Owyhee River earlier this winter and found brown trout actively spawning. The majority of the spawning is occurring higher up in the river but there were fish spawning down as low as the concrete bridge hole so users are asked to avoid walking in and around actively spawning trout and redds. Spawning areas can be easily identified by the cleaned up gravel in riffles and in other areas that contains smaller gravel.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

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

Ice Fishing at Paiute Reservoir
Ice Fishing at Paiute Reservoir
-Photo by Shannon Hurn, ODFW-

PAIUTE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout and Lahontan cutthroat

There have not been any recent fishing reports and ice thickness is unknown due to warm weather. Over winter survival should be higher than previous years due to higher water level.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

Reservoir is covered with ice, but the perimeter has softened as is unsafe. Return to more seasonal weather should see the perimeter harden-up. Storage is at 9 percent of capacity. Snow has been removed from the access road to the boat launch adjacent to Mason Dam providing access to ice fishers. Ice fishing for rainbow trout has been good.

A total of 4,000 trophy-sized and approximately 10,500 legal-sized rainbow trout were released spring 2016. September sampling by ODFW indicated that good numbers of the trophies are available and they are in very good condition. Good numbers of carryovers from past stocking of legal-sized trout are also available averaging 12-14 inches and are also in very good condition. To measure the catch rate of the trophy’s, ODFW marked approximately 400 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

PILCHER RESERVOIR:

Due to a rule change in 2016, the reservoir is open to fishing year-round. The reservoir is covered with ice and snow. County crews have plowed snow from Tucker Flat Road and from the access road and parking area at the reservoir. However, there is 3-4 feet of snow at the reservoir, so getting from the parking area to the reservoir will require snowmobile, ski’s or snowshoes.

PINE CREEK and tributaries (Snake River tributary): rainbow trout, brook trout

Pine Creek and tributaries are open to trout fishing year-round, with a five-rainbow trout bag limit.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports or reports of ice formation and thickness. Poison Creek Reservoir is likely frozen over like many nearby reservoirs. Fishing this past summer and spring in Poison Creek Reservoir was slow but anglers did report catching large rainbow trout. The reservoir is unique in that it has a very robust population of large macroinvertebrates and this helps the trout to grow big rather quickly. The abundance of food for these trout may also be the reason that fishing is slow because the fish do not need to go far to find food so they move around less.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

No recent fishing reports or reports of ice formation and thickness, but fishing is expected to be slow.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is limited due to muddy conditions and ice thickness is dangerous due to warm conditions. Priday Reservoir is a reservoir mostly on BLM property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property on the reservoir and do not make a mess of the muddy road.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

Brown Trout
Brown Trout
-Photo by Patti Abbot-

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

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

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Fishing is slow for 6- to 8-inch brook trout. Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Snow will be very deep. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Flows are high and water temperatures are cold. Fishing is best in the beaver dam pools above Nicholson Road. The bridge crossing Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road is closed. Open all year.

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

Access is blocked by snow. Fishing is not recommended at this time.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by wet and muddy roads.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow and muddy roads.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and 2016.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Spencer Creek is closed to fishing until May 22.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Spring Creek is closed to fishing until May 22. Spawning redband trout can be observed in the picnic area upstream of the Logging Museum at Collier State Park.

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

The Sprague River is closed to fishing until April 22 to protect spawning redband trout. All tributaries to the Sprague River including Trout Creek, Sycan River, NF Sprague, Fivemile Creek, and SF Sprague remain open to fishing.

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

Access is challenging to most areas of the NF Sprague River.

Fishing through the canyon is slow. Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Open all year. Flow has increased through the canyon to 87 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

Flow is high (173 cfs) at the USFS day use park east of Bly. Access is limited due to snow. The South Fork Sprague River is open to fishing. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Open all year.

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

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

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

Access is very challenging to the lower river. Fishing is very slow below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows are have increased to 129 cfs. Snow is blocking access to the upper river.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Access is blocked by snow and ice thickness is unknown.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was drained completely by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District in mid-August 2016. While the reservoir is now at capacity, ODFW will not restock the reservoir with rainbow trout until mid-April 2017.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is fully ice-covered and the access road and parking area have been plowed of snow. Unity has been one of the best producers for ice fishers in recent years with trout available up to 20-inches.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

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

No recent fishing reports or reports of ice formation and thickness. The reservoir is currently at 17 percent of capacity. The roads into Warm Springs Reservoir can become unpassable when they are muddy or snowy so use caution when venturing out to this reservoir and always carry chains and other emergency equipment.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available, but depending on cold weather a thin layer of ice might prevent fishing in the mornings. If the water warms up enough throughout the day fishing can be good. 

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

The Upper Williamson River above Kirk Bridge is closed to fishing until April 22.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

The lower Williamson below Kirk Bridge is closed to fishing until May 22.

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

There have been no recent fishing reports. The reservoir might be frozen and ice fishing is not recommended due to warming temperatures.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is covered with ice. Access to the parking area has been plowed of snow. Fishing has been good for rainbow trout 11 to 14-inches.

Brook Trout
Brook Trout
-Photo by Kevin Clawson-

WOOD RIVER: redband, brown, brook and bull trout

The Wood River is closed to fishing until April 22.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

No recent fishing reports or reports of ice formation and thickness. Yellowjacket Lake is likely frozen over but snow and ice may make it difficult to access the lake. Forest Road 47 (Hines Logging Road) is plowed to the turn-a-round near the start of Sawtooth Creek Canyon. From here, it is a little over 7 miles into Yellowjacket so it may not be possible to reach the lake with a vehicle.

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  Southeast Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR, GOOSE (see regs)

Howling Wolf
Gray Wolf

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

Winter conditions: Motorized access is limited to plowed roads due to mud and/or snow.

Bobcat season remains open through Feb. 28, 2017.

Coyote populations are good throughout Harney County. Coyote appear to have had excellent production this year due to strong small mammal populations in the County.

Cougar hunting is open year around. Don’t forget to pick up a tag for 2017. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Cougars at this time of year are generally concentrated along with their primary prey of deer and elk. Don’t forget successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open so that field staff can quickly process the animal and get you on your way.

Late Snow Goose/White Front Season runs through March 10, 2017. Unfortunately spring migration has not yet begun therefore no birds have arrived yet and there is little to no open water in the area due to the continued cold temperatures and heavy snow pack. Hunters are reminded that almost all of the spring use areas are private land and permission is required before hunting.

Shed Hunting. Mule deer bucks are losing their antlers. With the continued snow conditions deer are still restricted to traditional winter ranges. Just as antlers begin to drop, deer and elk are often in a situation where they are experiencing a calorie deficit. They are expending more energy than poor winter foraging conditions can replace. So when shed hunters inadvertently push or spook animals that energy expenditure might be enough to push them over the edge. You might consider doing the deer and elk a favor by waiting to search for dropped antlers until later in the spring. Shed hunters are reminded that once an antler falls off it legally becomes the property of the landowner. Therefore shed hunters need to get permission from private landowners to access their property and pick up sheds.

White-fronted Goose

Greater White-fronted Goose
- Photo by Dave Budeau-

KLAMATH COUNTY

Goose - White-fronted, snow, and Ross’ goose seasons are open. There have been some movements of geese back into the Klamath Basin over the past week. Hunting opportunities are improving with large numbers of all three species moving northward into the basin. As soil temperatures rise and forage plants begin growing, goose densities will increase.  In addition to private lands, public lands and waterbodies are open to hunting with the exception of all National Wildlife Refuges and the Miller Island Unit of the Klamath Wildlife Area.

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 lower elevation winter ranges, and cougars often follow this prey base and become more concentrated themselves in these lower elevation areas. Use of predator calls and snow tracking are great hunting techniques during the winter period. 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. Remember a 2017 cougar tag and hunting license is needed to hunt.

COYOTE hunting opportunities are improving as coyotes are now more concentrated at lower elevation areas where big game animals are wintering. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and open season limitations exist for these species. Please consult the annual hunting synopsis for further information.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA
Updated Feb. 21, 2017

Miller Island Unit

The Miller Island Unit is located 6 miles south and west of Klamath Falls.

Posted safety zones are closed to all hunting.

Jan. 1-31

Open to public use daily; open to hunting during authorizes gamebird seasons. From January 30 to March 10th all goose hunting is closed on Miller Island Unit of Klamath Wildlife Area.

Feb. 1-April 30

Public use is restricted to public roads, parking areas, boat ramp, designated birding trail and designated dog training area to minimize disturbance to migrating waterfowl.

Gorr Island Unit

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

Shoalwater Bay Unit and Sesti Tgawaals Unit

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

Non-toxic shot is required for hunting on all units of the Klamath Wildlife Area.

Waterfowl and Upland Hunting Information

All hunting is now closed on the Miller Island Unit of Klamath Wildlife Area. Gorr Island, Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawalls units are open during the late/spring White and White-fronted goose season. The Klamath River is also open, but hunters may only step foot onto the Miller Island Unit to retrieve legally taken geese. The Miller Island boat launch is ice free and accessible. Flocks of White and White-fronted geese have been observed using the area and flying over the area, their use should continue to increase during the following weeks.

Weekly and summarized harvest statistics can be found at: ODFW Klamath Wildlife Area Harvest Summaries

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

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

If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5732.

LAKE COUNTY

Winter Conditions: The entire county has received significant snow followed by a rain on snow event. Motorized access is limited to plowed roads due to mud and/or snow.

Cougar populations are good and most individuals have moved to lower elevations as deer migrate to winter range. 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. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

Waterfowl The late goose season for White Fronts and Snow Geese continues through March 10. The first spring migrating snow geese have arrived. Hunters are reminded that the White Fronted Goose bag limit in Lake County is 1 bird per day. All of the lakes and ponds in the county are frozen or have only minor openings. Most of the major lakes in the county were dry or very low prior to freeze up.

Summer Lake Wildlife Area

Sunrise on Winter Rim at Summer Lake Wildlife Area
- Photo by Keith Kohl-

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

Updated Feb. 21, 2017

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

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

The northern portion of Malheur County is still covered in snow and access off main roads is very limited.

Goose - The late white and white-fronted goose season runs through March 10. With the harsh winter conditions the geese have not showed up in the Westside for the Treasure Valley. As the snow melts off and field open up there will be more opportunity to hunt geese.

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

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

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 Southeast Zone Wildlife Viewing

HARNEY COUNTY

EVENT: The Harney County Migratory Bird Festival is coming up April 6-9 in Burns. http://migratorybirdfestival.com/

Early migrant waterfowl have not yet begun to show up in the county. Tundra swans and snow geese should start to appear in the next few weeks.

Wintering raptors are still present in 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.

Bighorn sheep
Bighorn Ram
-Photo by Pat Matthews-

Many of the bighorn sheep will be using lower elevation slopes and can often be seen from the highways. Bighorn sheep may be seen from Hwy 205 along Catlow Valley or along the East Steens Road.

Winter recreation opportunities on Steens Mt. are also becoming available as snow levels maintain. Cross country skiing along the North Loop Road can provide excellent access to an abundance of winter wildlife viewing, as well as spectacular views of the high desert in winter. 2-14-17

Klamath Falls Area

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge offers great viewing opportunities for tundra swans, white-fronted, snow, and Ross’ geese. In addition, county access roads between Miller Island Rd and Stateline Rd may offer opportunities to observe large numbers of migratory geese foraging in agricultural fields or roosting on ponds and rivers in the area.  Numbers of migrating geese within the basin are increasing weekly.

Wintering raptors can be found around the Lower Klamath Basin including bald eagles, golden eagles, rough-legged hawks and red-tailed hawks. Best viewing opportunities are near the state line area or around Yonna, Poe, and Langell Valleys east of Klamath Falls.

The Link River Trail offers great viewing opportunities for aquatic birds including great blue-heron, common goldeneye, Canada geese, bufflehead, and common merganser.

Mule deer can be found concentrated on lower elevation winter ranges. Some key migration corridors and wintering areas are under restricted motorized access to protect the integrity of those areas during this critical time of year. Use caution driving near wintering areas, and please respect seasonal road closures.

As colder weather arrives, it’s a good time to stock your bird feeders. It’s also a good idea to clean your bird feeder periodically throughout the winter to reduce spread of diseases. 2/21/2017

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA (Miller Island Unit)

Updated Feb. 21, 2017

Viewers need to be aware road conditions can be poor at this time due to recent snow and rainfall events. Please use extreme caution because of the soft and muddy conditions especially along road edges.

Jan. 1-31

Open to public use daily.

Feb. 1 – Apr. 30

Public use is restricted to public roads, parking areas, boat ramp, designated birding trail and designated dog training area to minimize disturbance to migrating waterfowl.

Waterfowl

Flocks of Western Canada Geese can be found scattered across the area, many are starting to pair up and stake out nesting territories. White (Ross’s and Snow) and White-fronted geese have started to show up on their migration north. Approximately 20,000 white and white-fronted geese were observed using the area over the past week. Their numbers and use of the area should continue to increase during the following weeks.

Tundra swan numbers are increasing and they can be found scattered around the area.

Numbers of dabbling ducks are still increasing, as migrants continue to show up. Pintail, mallard and wigeon can be seen in good numbers scattered across the area. American green-winged teal and northern shovelers were observed over the past week and their numbers continue to increase.  Diver species such as: canvasback, bufflehead, goldeneye, ruddy duck, ring-necked duck and scaup species are becoming a common sight on the area, and can be found most anywhere. Common and hooded mergansers can sometimes be observed using the Klamath River.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Shorebird numbers remain low to rare. The occasional common snipe and killdeer can be observed. Great blue heron, black-crowned night heron and American bitterns can be seen scattered around the area. Sandhill cranes were observed over the past week. Virginia rails heard more often than seen can also be located.

Sharpshinned Hawk
Sharpshinned Hawk
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

Raptors

Great horned and barn owls can be seen at dusk. Red-tailed hawks, rough-legged, northern harriers, cooper hawks, Ferruginous hawks, sharp-shinned, American kestrels, prairie falcons can all be seen foraging throughout the wildlife area. The occasional peregrine falcon can also be observed using old power poles overlooking the wetlands. Common ravens are quite numerous at this time. Eagle species numbers continue to increase and are becoming quite common.

Upland Game Birds

California quail and ring-necked pheasant can be found scattered around the old homesteads and the headquarters area. Several chukar can be seen around the HQ area.

Passerines

Eurasian collared dove can be found scattered over the area. Over the last couple of weeks large numbers of mourning dove have shown up.

American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, mountain chickadees, American robins, both brewers and red-winged black birds, spotted towhees, white-breasted nuthatches, black-billed magpies, western meadow larks and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area. Dark-eyed juncos, white-crowned and golden crowned sparrows are also common sites on the wildlife area.

Black phoebe are becoming more common as winter progresses and can found perched in trees especially along the Klamath River.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hard stem bulrush and broad-leaf cattail.

Mountain bluebirds were seen foraging on the area.

A shrike was also seen on the island recently.

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

Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit.

If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5732.

LAKE COUNTY

Winter resident raptors and passerines are about the only avian viewing opportunity remaining in the county. Rough legged hawks, red tailed hawks and bald eagles are fairly common throughout the Goose Lake, Chewaucan and Warner valleys. The best passerine viewing opportunities are along riparian areas with willows.

Deer are concentrated near winter areas. Be advised that most of the winter ranges and accessible areas in the valleys are privately owned and viewers should get permission prior to entering private land.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on Feb. 21, 2017.

New 2017 Wildlife Area Parking permits are required for all users of Summer Lake Wildlife Area. Parking permits can be purchased at any ODFW license agent (pdf) or through the ODFW website. The cost is $10.00 daily or $30.00 annually and is valid on all ODFW Wildlife Areas. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) and the Wildlife Viewing Loop opened on January 30, 2017. The Wildlife Viewing Loop road follows the north side of Link Canal from Bullgate Campground out to Link Corner until maintenance of the south side road is complete.

Viewers need to be aware road conditions are very poor at this time due to recent snow and rainfall events. Please use extreme caution because of the soft and muddy conditions especially along road edges. Roads leading into campgrounds are generally good.

Wildlife viewing is improving with the arrival northward migrants, especially early migrating waterfowl.

Canada Geese
Canada Geese
- Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW-

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are increasing now as migrants from wintering areas further south begin to return.

Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the wildlife area, and many are beginning to form breeding pairs and establish nesting territories.

Lesser snow and greater white-fronted geese are increasing as these northward migrants disperse from wintering areas in California. The weekly count conducted on Feb. 15 found and estimated 23,900 white geese and 1,900 white-fronted geese. One Ross’ goose was observed.

Numbers of northern pintail, one of the earliest of spring migrants, has increased dramatically over the past week; nearly 5,900 were found on the weekly count that enumerated over 19,600 total ducks representing 15 species. Spring arrival of cinnamon teal was noted. Others migrant species continue to arrive and their numbers will continue to build as winter progresses into spring.

Migrant swan numbers have increased, nearly 1,800 were detected. A few resident and non-breeding trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area, about 29 were detected on the count. Some of these birds are 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

Very few wintering shorebird species are present. Greater yellowlegs, killdeer and Wilson’s snipe were observed over the past week. Early Spring migrants are expected to arrive at any time.

American coot numbers are slowly increasing at this time, nearly 600 were found on the weekly count. The First of Spring (FOS) Sandhill cranes were observed over the weekend.

Very few migrant or returning grebes are present, but the occasional wintering individual can be still be found; 4 species (eared, horned, pied-billed and Western) should be present and are best viewed at Ana Reservoir and from the Schoolhouse Lake Viewing Blind.

Of interest was the very early FOS American white pelican over the weekend.

Great blue and black-crowned night herons are still present in average, but low numbers. American bittern have been seen on a fairly regular basis over the past week.

Raptors and others

Northern harriers and red-tailed and rough-legged hawks are common this time of the year. Sharp-shinned and coopers hawks have also recently been observed. Bald and golden eagles, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons can occasionally be found. Bald eagle numbers are becoming very common now as they are attracted to the large number of staging waterfowl, one of their preferred food sources.

Accipiters are sometimes found around Headquarters where other birds are being fed.

Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds. Breeding season is underway for great-horned owls and hooting is very common in the evening hours. Common barn and sometimes short-eared owls can occasionally be observed near dusk.

Upland game birds

Good numbers of California quail can be found and a few pheasants can sometimes be observed, especially around old homesteads on the north end of the wildlife area.

Passerines

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex. Mourning doves are found in low numbers scattered across the wildlife area.

American Golcfinch
American Golcfinch Male
- Photo by Dave Budeau-

American and lesser goldfinches are present in low numbers at Headquarters. Very few migrant sparrows are present at this time, a few golden-crowned sparrows were observed at Headquarters over the weekend.

The early migrating flycatcher, Say’s phoebe was found last week and over the weekend FOS tree swallows were observed.

American robins, loggerhead and northern shrikes, Stellar’ s and scrub jays, and cedar waxwings are being observed in varied numbers across the wildlife area. A flock of 200+ Bohemian waxwings was found at Headquarters last week.  The season’s first mountain bluebirds were observed over the weekend.

Red-breasted and sometimes red-naped sapsuckers as well as other woodpeckers can be found in the trees around Headquarters. Northern flickers remain common across most of the area, and wintering Townsend’s solitaires are fairly abundant.

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

Red-winged blackbirds have returned to the area, small flocks and scattered individuals were found last week and fair numbers have returned to the feeder at Headquarters.

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2017 parking permits are required beginning on January 1, 2017!

Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a $10 daily parking permit or a $30 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any Point of Sale Agent or through the ODFW website. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) and the Wildlife Viewing Loop opened on Jan. 30, 2017. The Wildlife Viewing Loop road follows the north side of Link Canal from Bullgate Campground out to Link Corner until maintenance of the south side road is complete.

Please be aware road conditions are very poor at this time due to abundant snow and rainfall over the past several weeks. Most roads are very soft and muddy, especially along edges. However, roads leading to campgrounds are in fairly good condition.

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

Habitat

The Area’s wetland units are very well flooded at this time. Extensive shallowly flooded sheetwater areas are providing excellent foraging opportunities for a variety of waterfowl.

Emergent marsh vegetation has lodged-over allowing for good visibility into the interior of many wetland units.

Muskrat houses  are very obvious now and are frequently used by many species of birds.

Summer Lake continues to slowly increase in size at this time.

Upland habitat remains in very good condition, forbs and grasses remain erect with an abundance of seeds. Green-up of several grass and small forb species is beginning to occur.  Planted tree and shrubs 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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