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Weekly Recreation Report: Southeast Zone

September 23, 2014

 Southeast Zone Fishing

Brown Trout
BrownTrout
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Trout fishing remains very good on the North Fork Sprague River.
  • Fly-fishing for monster brown trout using grasshopper or mouse patterns is very good on the Wood River.
  • The daily trout bag limit on Thief Valley Reservoir has been temporarily increased to 15 with no minimum size – this is to allow anglers a chance to harvest fish before the reservoir gets drawn down to dead storage.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

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

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

2014 trout stocking for the Southeast Zone

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ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

The boat ramp is useable and boats can be launched. Fish biologists recently sampled fish populations in the reservoir. Hook-and-line sampling yielded 12-inch trout on crank baits and jigs. Hybrid bass were captured in net sets, measured and released. One group averaged around 12-inches while the larger group averaged 20 to 21-inches.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

Rainbow trout are active throughout the year in the river and anglers have been catching fish with bait, flies or lures. The river was sampled on June 5 to evaluate the current stocking strategy and size of trout in the river. We found smaller trout (8 to 10-inches) were dominant from the dam for about 2 miles downstream. Larger trout up to 14-inches are more common in areas were access is more difficult. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a pontoon or float tube. Flies that mimic grasshoppers can be quite effective this time of year. Ana River is spring fed and trout fishing remains good throughout the summer. Caddisflies are also common on the river.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

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

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked with 2,500 legal-sized and 250 one pound rainbow trout the week of July 14. Approximately 1700 ¾ pound and 500 one pound rainbow trout were stocked on July 21. Reports after the first stocking in early July indicated that fishing has been slower than in recent years. Fishing should improve with the recent stockings.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is presently quite low, but was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the last week of May.

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

No recent fishing report. The reservoir water level is declining with irrigation use and boat ramps are not useable. USBR crews have been tagging fish populations in the reservoir over the last several years. If you catch a tagged trout report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: trout

No recent fishing report. The Little Blitzen River is catch-and-release for trout all year.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
- Photo by Kevin Clawson-

BLUE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

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 is a 1-2 hour hike.

Fish were sampled by net and hook and line sampling. Rainbow trout ranged from 6 to 17-inches and were in healthy condition.

The trout at this lake see little pressure and are easy to catch using flies, lures or bait.

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

The reservoir water level continues to decline with irrigation withdrawal. Boat ramp is not usable. No recent fishing report but anglers had been catching lots of crappie around 4-inches. The reservoir has been stocked with trout this spring but trout fishing will begin to fade as water levels decline and temperatures increase.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Anglers have recently caught largemouth bass and a large channel catfish in addition to stocked trout.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

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

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

The lake was stocked last week 12 to 14-inch rainbow trout this week. Fishing should be very good.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout

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

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

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is low and the boat ramp is out of the water. Trout numbers will be down this fall, but anglers may be able to catch some trout as temperatures decline. 

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent reports. Dense aquatic vegetation limits fishing success form shore. Best fishing is from a floating device. Fishing is likely slow but should be improving as water temperatures cool.

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

The upper lake is full and the lower one is dry.

As of 2013, the lakes will no longer be stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality. Ice fisherman reported poor success for warm water species and trout.

Deadhorse Lake
Deadhorse Lake
-Photo by David Banks, ODFW-

DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake was stocked during Labor Day weekend with 12 to 14-inch rainbow trout this week. Angling should be good.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent reports, but fishing should become better as water temperatures decline during the fall. 

DEMING CREEK: redband trout

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

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

Water levels are unknown but fishing at Devils Lake should be fair for warmwater fish. Sampling in 2012 showed good numbers of 10 to 11-inch crappie. There also should be a good age class of 4 year old largemouth bass that average 10-inches.

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

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

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout, brook trout

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

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

Fish are available for anglers to catch. Contact Burns BLM for updates on road access this summer (541 573-4400).

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

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

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

Fourmile Creek off Westside road just north of Cherry Creek is open all year with bait allowed. Fishing should be good for brook trout. A few large brown trout occur in the stream.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-

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

The lake and campground have reopened but the 790 fire is causing this area to be very smoky. Fishing is fair. The lake was stocked during Labor Day weekend with 12 to 14-inch rainbow trout. Brook trout and lake trout are more numerous near the deeper water along the west shoreline and at the north end of the lake. Fishing in the evening is improving for brook trout as water temperatures decline. Brook trout and lake trout will begin to move to shallow water looking for places to spawn.

The boat ramp at Fourmile Lake is unimproved and launching boats might be challenging due to low water levels. The boat ramp is accessible. The lake is currently only 0 percent full. The lake retains dead storage and is still fishable but launching large boats is unlikely. Fourmile Lake levels

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

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

Fishing is very slow. The lake is very low and only 2 percent full, which makes launching boats challenging if possible.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in the spring. Fishing will slow down with the hot temperatures.

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

No recent reports.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Bag and size limits have been lifted at the reservoir to enable anglers to harvest rainbow trout before it goes dry. Anglers can also try fishing Lofton Reservoir or Heart Lake.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

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

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

Fishing is fair for warmwater fish such as crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish and brown bullhead catfish. Dense aquatic vegetation makes fishing challenging. The reservoir is turbid therefore anglers should try lures with high visibility and scent.

Access is great here with a BLM campground with fishing pier and boat launch. Boats can be launched in several locations in the reservoir. Unimproved ramps occur just north and south of the bridge crossing. No fees are required to launch at these locations. Try the bay just south of the BLM campground for crappie and pumpkinseed. Also try the rocky areas near and under the bridge. Goldfish dominate the fish assemblage in the reservoir. Anglers should mimic the goldfish with bronze or copper lures or plugs to catch largemouth bass in the reservoir.

JUNIPER LAKE: cutthroat trout

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

KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: redband trout and yellow perch

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

Fishing is generally slow with catch rates averaging 7 hours per redband from boat and 30 hours per redband from the shore. Most fishing takes place from a boat this time of year. The best bet is to fish near areas of colder water. Water temperatures have declined this week to 64 degrees. Water temperatures around 58-60 degrees are ideal for redband trout activity. The lake is 5.2 feet below full pool.

Fishing should be excellent in Crystal and Recreation Creeks for yellow perch. Small pieces of bait are the best method for capturing perch. A boat is needed to access most areas of perch concentration. However, some perch can be captured from the Rocky Point Resort Dock. Fourmile Canal is also a good bet to find concentrations of yellow perch. Most perch are 8-10 inches with a rare perch up to 14 inches.

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

Redband Trout
Klamath Redband Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

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

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

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

If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns and/or bead head pheasant tails can be good. Caddisfly imitations work well this time of year. Casting leech or wooly buggers upstream into fast water pockets and pools and stripping can be very effective. Most fish are in the 6-8 inch range but numerous 12 inch fish can be caught with 16 inches the maximum.

Currently, operation at the hydro system below the powerhouse has fishable flows in the very early morning till 8-9 a.m. Flow release estimates are now available by PacifiCorp.

Fishing will be slow most daylight hours during high flows.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

No recent fishing reports. Water remains high and boats can be launched at the boat ramp.

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

Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194. Lake of the Woods was stocked last week with 12 to 14-inch rainbow trout. Most trout have moved to deeper water and occur around 15 feet. Trolling with lead core line, downriggers or other gear to get down to the fish will be most effective.

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

LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. Fishing will be slow due to dense aquatic vegetation.

LONG CREEK: brook trout, redband trout, bull trout

Fishing for brook trout is very good on Long Creek. Fly fisherman will have good success with grasshopper imitations as there are abundant grasshoppers this year. Fishing is best near the meadow areas above the 27 road crossing.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch

Fishing is very slow for warmwater fish due to poor water quality. Public access is available at Crystal Springs day use area. Anglers can fish from the specifically designed bridge for fishing at this location. Boats can be launched from an improved boat ramp at Crystal Springs.

Sacramento perch had been reported captured below Horseshoe Dam. This is one of the only locations in the state to capture this fish.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is low and fishing is slow. Please handle smaller fish with care when releasing them; they are next year’s holdover trout.

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

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir are 3 cfs as of Sept. 22 and the reservoir is at dead-pool. Fishing is poor.  

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

Fishing is slow and water temperatures are warm. 

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

No recent reports. Trout fishing will begin to improve as water temperatures decrease. 

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

No recent reports. Trout fishing will begin to improve as water temperatures decrease. 

MANN LAKE: trout

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

Brown Trout
Brown Trout
-Photo by Patti Abbot-

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Fishing is fair for brown trout. Please report any circular wounds on trout that might be caused by lamprey to the Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732. Miller Lake was stocked last Monday with 12 to 14-inch rainbow trout. Fishing should be excellent.

Miller Lake has an improved USFS campground with running water, a nice boat ramp and great swimming beach. Mosquitoes should be thinning out. The 12 mile gravel road into Miller Lake is in horrible condition with numerous washboards. Fishing bait from shore can be effective at capturing recently planted rainbow trout. Most anglers use a boat and troll deep to capture brown trout in the lake. Good places to try for brown trout are Evening Creek and near the outlet at Miller Creek.

MOON RESERVOIR: bass, trout

The reservoir is very low with warm water and the boat ramp is out of the water.  Carp remain available. 

MUD LAKE: trout

No recent reports.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

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

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

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

OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

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

No recent reports, but angling is expected to be slow. No boat ramps are useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation webpage.

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

Water releases below the dam were at 143 cfs as of Sept. 22. Please use ethical angling practices; be respectful of other fisherman, use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep fish in the water at all times.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

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

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

The reservoir is at 28 percent of capacity.

A second batch of tiger muskie were released into the reservoir in early July of 2014. Anglers are reminded that tiger muskie are restricted to catch-and-release only. No harvest or removal from the reservoir is allowed. The last stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout occurred late June. Fishing for legal-sized rainbows should be fair to good until the water heats up. In early May, 7,500 tiger trout were released. These fish will be 8 to 10-inches when released and should be much larger by fall. As with the tiger muskie, fishing for tiger trout is restricted to catch and release only.

Launching boats at the Union Creek Campground boat launch is not advisable. Launching at the boat launch adjacent to the dam is feasible, but rough due to pot holes in the ramp.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout

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

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Trout fishing has been slow, but should improve as water temperatures cool.  The limit is 2 per day, please respect the fishing regulations for the reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

POWDER RIVER: trout, spring Chinook

The Powder River below Mason Dam was last stocked in June.

Brown Trout
BrownTrout
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

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

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Flows will be low and ideal for a successful fishing outing. Access is available to the public upstream of Nicholson Road. Fishing above Nicholson Road is very good for 6 to 8-inch brook trout. Fly fishing with dry flies can be very good. ODFW encourages the harvest of brook trout in the stream. Larger brown trout can be found on Sevenmile Creek lower in the system but the only public property is on Sevenmile Canal near the mouth with Agency Lake.

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

Most lakes in the Sky Lakes Wilderness are inaccessible due to the 790 fire. Thirty-five lakes are stocked with fingerling rainbow or brook trout in the Sky Lakes and Mountain Lakes Wilderness. Several other lakes are not stocked and have natural reproduction of brook trout. Concentrate fishing efforts on the larger mountain lakes such as Como, South Pass and Harriette. Bring mosquito repellant. Contact the ODFW Klamath Falls office for a list of lakes with fish.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports, but fish should be available for anglers to catch.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout and brook trout

Fishing is always slow on Spring Creek as the creek is a spring fed system that is cold and clear with low catchable fish density. ODFW encourages the release of large, spawning redband trout.

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

Fishing is good for bass and yellow perch if you can find where they are concentrated. Fishing is slow for trout the Sprague River. Most trout have moved to better water quality areas of the Sprague.

The river is low and visibility will be good. Public access is available at numerous USFS properties along Sprague River highway, near the town of Sprague River, two county parks off Drews Road and just upstream of Beatty. Small boats can be launched at all these locations.

A boat is recommended for fishing most of the Sprague River as angling from shore is difficult. Best fishing is near the town of Beatty where numerous cold water springs enter the river.

Most fish caught are redband trout that range from 10 to 14-inches. The Hex hatch occurs in numerous sections of the Sprague River.

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

Fishing remains very good throughout the North Fork Sprague. Fishing with dry flies can be good around the Sandhill Crossing campground and wading this stretch is relatively easy. The river from Sandhill Crossing campground to near the headwaters is a low gradient, meadow type stream.

Brook and brown trout dominate the catch above Lee Thomas Crossing while redband trout dominate the catch above the first 3411 crossing. Large brown trout are available near the first 3411 crossing. Bring your mosquito repellant. Large stoneflies and caddisflies are hatching. Caddisfly dry fly imitations work very well. Brown trout fishing is very good in the late evening as they come out of hiding.

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

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

Bull Trout
Bull Trout
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Anglers need to concentrate efforts below the bridge crossing on Sun Creek as the area above the road was treated in 2012 and 2013 to remove brook trout to benefit native redband trout and bull trout. The section of Sun Creek above the barriers upstream of the road crossing had bull trout only. Angling for bull trout is closed in the Klamath Basin.

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

SYCAN RIVER: brook trout, redband trout

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

THOMPSON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

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

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir currently is at 39 percent of capacity. The reservoir was restocked with sub-legal sized rainbow trout the first week of November 2013 and these fish should now be 12 to 16-inches long. Fishing is reportedly slow. The water surface is now below the boat launch. It is anticipated that the reservoir will likely be drained by mid-September, so the daily bag limit has been increased to fifteen trout with no minimum length to allow anglers increased opportunity to harvest these fish before being lost due to drawdown.

TWIN LAKES: rainbow trout, brook trout

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

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at 34 percent of capacity. Anglers are reminded that a new regulation restricts the harvest of bass to those under 15-inches long.

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Anglers can access the reservoir, but vegetation is beginning to present problems for bank anglers. It is best to take a boat, float tube, or pontoon boat this time of year so you can fish the open water.

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

The reservoir is at dead-pool and fishing is slow. 

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband and brown trout

The Williamson River switched to catch-and-release for rainbow trout on Aug. 1. A recent float of the Williamson River above Chiloquin observed few trout.

Fishing remains good below Chiloquin but much more challenging above town. Most fish captured so far this year have been small (less than 20 inches.

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

ODFW encourages catch and release in this fishery to promote trophy sized fish as the Williamson River is managed for trophy redband trout. Hatches of small mayflies in the evening with some surface activity occurring especially above the town of Chiloquin.

Fishing for redband trout is best from the confluence of the Sprague River to slack water above Modoc Point Bridge. Most effective fishing occurs from a drift boat as little public access occurs. Most anglers hire a guide to fish this river due to the challenge of catching fish. Most anglers fly fish this section of river.

Numerous insect hatches are occurring including various very small mayflies and caddis. Large brown trout can be stalked in the small pools above Spring Creek.

Redband Trout
Redband Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband and brook trout

Upper Williamson is a slow, meandering spring fed river. The best time to fish is when fish are rising steadily to insect hatches.

Numerous other small mayflies are hatching on the Williamson River with 6-8 inch brook and redband trout rising. Anglers can pay to fish Yamsi or Sand Creek Ranches and the fishing is exceptional especially for abundant brook trout. A few large redband trout exceeding 20-inches are also available. River flows are low.

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

The current conditions at the reservoir are unknown but launching boats might be impossible.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

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

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

Wood River is one of the best brown trout fisheries in the state. The best bet is to fly fish above Weed road using grasshopper imitations. The highest density of brown trout in the river occurs below Weed Road in the early season. Anglers should also have success fishing spoons and plugs in the deep pools for brown trout. If brown trout are not rising to insects they are typically holding in deep water or under cover. Flies and lures should be fished deep when no surface activity is observed.

Sculpins are also a favorite food for brown trout. Sculpins live on the bottom of the river which is another reason anglers need to present flies and lures near the bottom. Anglers should concentrate their efforts from Fort Klamath to the mouth.

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

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

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

No recent fishing reports.  Fishing should improve as water temperatures cool.

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  Southeast Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK, GROUSE and MOURNING DOVE

See the bird and big game hunting forecasts.

Wolf coyote identificationWolves and coyotes can look alike

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

ODFW appreciates hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

HARNEY COUNTY

Hunting maps for Harney County

Fall BEAR season opened 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 Co.

Archery season for ELK and MULE DEER opened on August 30th. The Steens unit is under limited entry regulations for deer hunting and elk hunters must have drawn the deer tag to hunt in the unit.

MOURNING DOVE season opened September 1st and best prospects will be around agricultural areas or near water sources. Hunters are reminded that Eurasian-collared doves are now unprotected and can be taken year round.

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

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

Coyote populations are fairly low throughout Harney County. Pups have dispersed from the den. Standard predator calls will be effective from now through December. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

KLAMATH COUNTY

MOURNING DOVE season opened September 1 with an increased daily bag limit of 15. Best prospects are around agricultural areas or near water sources. Cooler overnight temperatures and hunting pressure during the first week of the season has slowed dove hunting for the year. Some birds remain around recently harvest grain fields, but overall density of dove in the Basin is lower now than during the summer months. Hunters are reminded that Eurasian-collared doves are now unprotected and can be taken year round.

GROUSE SEASON opened September 1 and includes both Blue and Ruffed Grouse with a daily baq limit of 3 per species. For Blue Grouse, hunters should concentrate on semi-open ridge lines. Ruffed grouse are restricted primarily to creek drainages in the Cascades although birds can be found in some areas further east as well.

Bull elk

Joseph Miller took this bull elk on the opening day of the 2009 archery season.

DEER AND ELK Archery seasons are now open. While weather conditions remain warm, hunting near water and good cover offer the best prospects. Buck and bull ratios are at or above management objective.

Fall BLACK BEAR seasons opened August 1. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations appear to be increasing.. Highest concentrations of bears in Klamath County will be found along the eastern slope of the Cascade Mtns. In previous years, hunters have found success with stand hunting near water holes and by glassing open hillsides where bears commonly feed on berries during morning and evening hours. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office for sample collection and measurement. Field office staff are frequently out of the office, so please call ahead to the nearest ODFW field office and make an appointment. Field office locations and contact information can be found on the ODFW website.

Cougar - Hunting is open year round. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. 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 fairly low throughout Klamath County. Pups have now left their dens, however adults are still very territorial. Coyote vocalization calls still work best until the pups start to disperse, which will be mid to late August. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Dove season is open through October 30. Hunters must obtain a self-serve permit available at the check station on Miller Island Road if hunting on the Miller Island Unit otherwise hunting is open on the Shoalwater Bay, Sesti Tgawaals, and Gorr Island Units without permit. Dove hunting has slowed on the Miller Island Unit due to doves migrating south for the winter. Federally approved non-toxic shot is required for all game bird hunting on the Klamath Wildlife Area.

Gorr Island Unit

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

Shoalwater Bay Unit and Sesti Tgawaals Unit

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

Miller Island Unit

The Miller Island Unit is located 6 miles south and west of Klamath Falls. The Miller Island Unit is open to hunting on authorized hunt days (please see the 2013-14 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information) on a first-come, first-served basis by permit.

Waterfowl Hunting

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

Upland Game Bird Hunting is now closed.

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is now required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $7 daily or $22 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license; just be sure to put it on your dashboard. Buy online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.

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

LAKE COUNTY

Aaron

Aaron's first buck bowhunting in eastern Oregon
– Photo by Scott Mckee–

Archery Deer and Elk seasons opened on 30 August. Elk populations are very low throughout the county. All deer herds are at or above post season buck management objective and hunters should have opportunities for a nice buck. At this time conditions are very dry and dusty.

Bear season opened on 1 August and populations in the county are low compared to western Oregon or the Blue Mountain zone. Hunters are finding the best success in forest openings that have berry producing shrubs. 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.

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

Coyote Pups are starting to disperse and pair bonds are breaking up. Calls mimicking prey distress sounds will be effective through the fall.

Forest Grouse season opened on 1 September. There are very few Ruffed Grouse in the county and Blue Grouse populations are restricted to the higher elevation forest openings with berry producing shrubs or aspen. Hunters are asked to provide one wing and the tail of each bird harvested for population monitoring. Contact the Lakeview Office at 541-947-2950 for collection bags.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on September 23, 2014

General deer bow season remains open. Hunting pressure over this past week was light with only 2 hunter check-ins, and no buck harvest was reported.

Mourning dove season remains open through Oct. 30. Hunting pressure over this past week was light.  There were no dove hunters checked-in.

Buck mule deer and fair numbers of doves can be found scattered across the wildlife area, especially around old homesteads and agricultural areas on the north end.  General bow season will end on Sunday September 28, 2014 and mourning dove season will continue through October 30, 2014.

The Statewide Youth Waterfowl hunting weekend will occur on September 27 and 28, 2014 and prospects are promising.

The last weekly bird count (September 17th) found about 35,000 ducks and 1,000 geese on the Wildlife Area.  The next weekly count will occur on September 24th.

This hunt is only open to hunters 15 years of age and younger.  All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult, 21 years of age or older.  All youth hunters must have in their possession a Hunter Education Certificate, valid hunting license with HIP validation, and if 14 years of age or older a state waterfowl validation.

Youth hunters must obtain a free daily hunting permit and check-out at the end of the weekend.

Youth hunters need to be aware that the eastern portion of Between The Dikes including the northeast Bullgate Unit and along the entire length of Bullgate Dike will be dry due to wetland enhancement activities occurring in Bullgate Refuge.  The northeast portion of Summer Lake proper will also be dry or at a very low level so over-water and pond hunting in this 2,000 acre area will be affected.

Posted refuges are closed to all hunting.

Non-toxic shot is required for all game bird hunting on the wildlife area.

Archery and dove hunters are required to obtain a daily hunting permit. Two consecutive daily permits are allowed and check-out is required at the end of the day.

For the Youth Waterfowl Hunt weekend, the Checking Station will be open to issue daily hunt permits 1½ hours (5:00 am) before legal shooting time (6:30 am).

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

Long draw fire
The Long Draw Fire in southeastern Oregon burned in sage-grouse habitat.
- ODOT Photo -

Fire and Drought Most of SE Oregon is in extreme drought conditions however timely spring rains in March and April resulted in good growth of annual grasses creating prime conditions for wildfire. Hunters are reminded to check with the appropriate land management agency for fire restrictions and to follow those restrictions.

Water is extremely limited in places and is impacting distribution of wildlife and livestock. Please avoid camping near limited water sources.

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. Coyote pups are dispersing and can be responsive to calls this time of year.

Malheur County – Record rain fall in the North end of Malheur County in September 2013 resulted in good fall green up, combined with a mild winter and favorable rains early in the spring upland bird production increased significantly from previous years.

Chukar

Chukar surveys on established routes yielded 47 chukar per 10 miles and very good production with 11.5chicks per brood. This is a 135% increase from last year when 20.2 birds per 10 miles were measured and is 7% below the 10-year average of 50.7 birds per 10 miles.

The Succor Creek/Leslie Gulch area has only experienced limited recovery. The poor range conditions caused by ongoing invasion of exotic annual grass (medusahead) likely limits the ability of birds in this area to successfully raise broods. The most productive routes were South of Harper in the Cottonwood Canyon, Freezout/Dry Creek (west side of the Owyhee reservoir a North of Hwy 20.

Pheasant

The surveys along established routes yielded 7.4 birds per 10 miles which is a 21% increase in number of birds observed from last year’s survey and 14% below the 10-year average. Chick production above averaged at 4.4 chicks per brood. Hunting prospects will vary depending on the farming practices in the area where you have permission to hunt. The outlying areas around Willow Creek and Vale have higher bird numbers than areas closer to Ontario and Nyssa.

There is very little public land pheasant hunting opportunity in the area and the few parcels that are available tend to get hunted daily. One option for private lands access is the Cow Hollow fundraiser to benefit the Cow Hollow Park.

California quail

Quail production was up in agricultural areas and good in rangelands. Surveys on established routes showed 44 quail per 10 miles, up 35% down over last year and 16% above the 10-year average. Production was 9.8 chicks per brood with similar production observed in rangelands. Overall quail populations still remain low in rangelands due to depressed populations from previous years.

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Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs
- Photo by Greg Gillson-

HARNEY COUNTY

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

Fall migrating waterfowl continue to grow in numbers including Northern pintail, Northern shovelers, American wigeon, American green-winged teal, Canvasback and Redhead.

Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

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

Raptors continue to be found throughout the area. You should be able to view osprey around lakes and reservoirs, golden eagles, a few bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, prairie falcons and ferruginous hawks. 9/23/14.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Klamath Falls Area

Fall migration is right around the corner and will offer some excellent viewing opportunities for shorebirds, raptors, waterfowl, and passerines. Check riparian and wetland areas for best prospects.

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

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

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

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

Thousands of lesser scaup, bufflehead, goldeneye, and northern shovelor will begin arriving within the next few weeks on Upper Klamath Lake. Rafts of up to several thousand ducks can be seen from either Highway 97 north along Upper Klamath Lake or Highway 140 west near Howards Bay. This is a must see opportunity for any uninitiated to this areas migration. 9/8/14.

Klamath Wildlife Area

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

Due to severe drought conditions a large portion of the Miller Island Unit is dry, however some areas have retained a little water and these areas can be excellent for wildlife viewing.

Waterfowl

Great Basin Canada geese can be found scattered throughout the Miller Island Unit along with mallards, northern pintail, gadwall, northern shoveler, cinnamon teal and American green-winged teal. At the Shoalwater Bay Unit ruddy duck, bufflehead and wood ducks can also be seen.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Shorebird numbers continue to increase on the wildlife area as fall progresses. Large numbers of long-billed dowitchers, least and western sandpipers, lesser and greater yellow legs, American avocets, black-necked stilts and white-faced ibis can currently be seen on the wildlife area.

White pelicans and double crested cormorants can be seen in large numbers on the Klamath River.

Pied billed, western and Clark’s grebes can also be found on the wildlife area and Klamath River.

Raptors

Turkey vulture can be seen riding the thermals above the Miller Island Unit. Great horned and barn owls can be seen at dusk. Red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, cooper hawks, prairie falcons and American bald eagles can be seen foraging throughout the wildlife area.

Upland Game Birds

California quail are scattered around the old homesteads and the headquarters area.

American Golcfinch
American Golcfinch Male
- Photo by Dave Budeau-

Passerines

Mourning and Eurasian collared dove can be found scattered over the area. Barn and cliff swallows, American goldfinches, house finches, spotted towhees and yellow rumped warblers continue to be a common site throughout the area.

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

Brewer’s, red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds remain fairly numerous at this time.

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

Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit. If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734. 9/16/14.

LAKE COUNTY

All of the large shallow lakes in the county are dry and therefore most migrating shore birds will bypass the county this fall. The fall waterfowl migration has started with last week’s arrival of white-fronted geese. With the dry conditions the best viewing opportunity for shore birds and water birds is Summer Lake Wildlife Area.

Sumer resident raptors are common throughout the county. Bighorns are using the springs on the west side of Crump Lake and can be seen near the boat launch on the Plush-Adel Road. 9/9/14

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on September 23, 2014.

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

Vehicle access to the Wildlife Viewing Loop and major dike roads (Windbreak and Work Road) will close three days prior to the Youth Waterfowl Hunting weekend (September 24th ) and remain closed through the weekend. Vehicle access will be allowed from September 29 through October 3.  Lateral dikes off Windbreak and Work Road remain closed to motor vehicles. Bullgate dike will be temporarily closed due to construction activities associated with a major wetland restoration effort. Viewers are cautioned to be aware of heavy equipment and dump truck traffic along the Headquarters Road. Non-motorized access is permitted on all other dikes and levees, and the Wildlife Viewing Loop and major dike roads will remain open to motor vehicle travel until early fall.

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

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

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are beginning to increase as early migrators are starting to arrive. Birds are widely dispersed across the entire wildlife area due to excellent habitat conditions. The weekly count conducted on September 16 found nearly 35,000 ducks on the area. Good numbers of early migrating northern pintail, northern shoveler, American wigeon and American green-winged teal were observed.

Canada geese are widely scattered across the wildlife area’s wetlands. Greater white-fronted geese continue to increase, over 600 were counted last week.

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

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson's Phalarope
- Photo by Greg Gillson-

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Shorebird numbers remain fair at this time as fall migration continues. Migrants continue to stage in  in good numbers at this time. Least and western sandpipers, lesser and greater yellowlegs, red-necked and Wilson’s phalaropes and long-billed dowitchers are especially numerous. Over the past weekend, sanderlings and Baird’s sandpipers were found.

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

Both California and ring-billed gulls have largely departed the area. A fair number of recently fledged chicks are dispersing across the area. Migrant Franklin’s and sometimes Bonaparte’s gulls are occasionally observed.

Caspian and Forster’s terns are dispersing at this time although a few can still be found.

American white pelican and double-crested cormorants remain fairly numerous.

Sandhill cranes are widely scattered across the area. Non-breeders and other migrants continue to stage as well, especially in the Foster Place grain fields and at the head of Summer Lake. Last week, around 50 were found scattered across the area.

American coots remain very numerous, over 10,000 were found during the weekly count.

Several species of grebes (eared, western, pied-billed and Clark’s) can be found scattered across the wildlife area.
A few American bittern, great blue herons, great egrets and fair numbers of white-faced ibis continue to be observed.

Raptors and others

Resident raptors, especially red-tailed hawks are scattered throughout the Wildlife Area as well as on private lands along Hwy 31. Swainson’s hawks are now present around Headquarters and on the north end of the area. Northern harriers are commonly observed over marsh and hay meadows and newly fledged chicks are becoming very apparent. Bald and golden eagle can be occasionally observed. A red-shouldered hawk has been present at the Headquarters Orchard area for the past week, and migrant accipiters are occasionally observed.

Prairie falcons are frequently observed and peregrine falcons have been observed recently hunting migrant waterfowl and shorebirds.

Great horned owls can be found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds.

Short-eared owls continue to be observed on a regular basis.

Upland game birds

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

Passerines

Swallow breeding activity in nearly over and most have departed the area. A few individuals remain but large flocks have already departed.  Small flocks of the late migrating barn swallow are being observed now.

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex and mourning doves continue to be observed.

American and sometimes lesser goldfinches continue to be observed in fair numbers at Headquarters. Savannah sparrows are very common along dikes and levees. American robins, cedar waxwings, yellow warblers and remain fairly abundant around Headquarters now. Migrant white-crowned sparrows are numerous at this time.

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird
- Photo by Patti Abbott-

Hummingbird activity  at the Headquarters feeders is slowing down. Black-chinned, calliope and rufous have been observed recently.

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

Blackbird numbers are declining at this time, although a few large flocks continue to be observed. 

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2014 parking permits are required!

Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a $7 daily parking permit or a $22 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any Point of Sale Agent or through the ODFW website.

Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

The Wildlife Viewing Loop and major dike roads (Windbreak and Work Road) will close on September 24, three days prior to the youth waterfowl hunting weekend.  They will be open briefly from September 29 through October 3 and then close again for the remainder of the year.

Bullgate dike is temporarily closed due to construction activities associated with wetland restoration. Viewers are cautioned to be aware of heavy equipment and dump truck traffic, especially along the Headquarters Road.

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

Camping is permitted at four sites on the Wildlife Area. Campgrounds are primitive but each has vault toilets, trash barrels and a few picnic tables. Due to construction activities in Bullgate Refuge, camping at Bullgate Campground is discouraged.

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

Habitat

Currently nearly most of the wildlife area’s wetlands are fairly well flooded although several units are have receded due to reduced water supply and evapotranspiration.

Bullgate Refuge remains dry in preparation for wetland enhancement work to take place during the next two months. Once construction activities have begun, viewers will need to be aware of heavy equipment and large dump truck traffic, especially along the Headquarters Road.

Summer Lake is beginning to increase in size at this time. A small amount of water is flowing into the northern portion of the lake now, but the remainder of the playa is dry. Exposed and newly flooded emergent marsh areas and muddy shorelines will provide good habitat conditions for  fall migrant shorebird and waterfowl staging.

Emergent wetland vegetation is beginning to move into fall senescence across all wetland areas now. Submerged aquatic plants remain very prolific in nearly all ponds.

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

Planted tree and shrub plots are providing excellent sheltered sites for many wildlife species. Nearly all shrub species have set an abundant fruit crop.

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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