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Make trout fishing part of Memorial Day weekend

Angler on the Nestucca
Angler on the Nestucca River, one of many rivers and streams that opens to trout fishing this Saturday.
-Photo by Jessica Sall, ODFW-

May 19, 2015

SALEM , Ore. – Trout fishing enthusiasts can spend their Memorial Day weekend exploring dozens of the state’s rivers and streams that open to trout fishing on Saturday, May 23.

While many lakes and some rivers and streams in Oregon already are open to fishing, the May 23 kickoff opens dozens of additional rivers, streams and even some lakes. Popular fisheries opening this Saturday include:

  • The North and South Fork Santiam and Luckiamute rivers and Estacada Lake and North Fork Reservoir in the Willamette Zone.
  • The Trask, Wilson, Nehalem (including tidewater) and Nestucca rivers in the Northwest Zone.
  • The Umpqua, Rogue, Coos and Coquille rivers in the Southwest Zone.
  • Popular stretches of the Deschutes, Fall and Metolius rivers in the Central Zone.
  • Kinney Reservoir and Grande Ronde, Imnaha and Wallowa rivers in the Northeast Zone.
  • Chewaucan (downstream of Paisley), lower Williamson and Spring Creek in the Southeast Zone.

In addition to these big names, angler can also explore dozens of small, lesser-known creeks and rivers that open this weekend. Some are seldom seen by more than a few visitors.

“There are places where you can get out and have a river all to yourself and there are other places that may be only an hour or two from town.” said Mike Gauvin, ODFW Recreational Fisheries Program Manager for Inland Fisheries. “It all depends on how much time you have and what kind of experience you want.”

The holiday weekend and May opener also coincide with the release of the ODFW Annual Fishing Guide – the agency’s most comprehensive look at places to fish in Oregon. The Guide is prepared by ODFW biologists throughout the state and covers trout, steelhead, salmon and warmwater species. It describes access, regulation updates, best times of year to fish, and tips and techniques for rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs throughout the state.

The 2015 Annual Fishing Guide is now available on the ODFW website.

Saturday is the second of two trout “openers” in Oregon. Many water bodies in the state opened for trout fishing on April 25. However, on many other rivers and streams the trout season is delayed until the fourth Saturday in May to limit unintended fishing pressure on juvenile salmon and steelhead as they migrate to the ocean.

For anglers getting ready to hit the water, ODFW offers a lot of information to get started fishing or deciding where to go, including:

  • Trout stocking schedules – includes maps showing you how to get to each stocking location
  • The Recreation Report – weekly updates from agency experts on the latest fishing conditions
  • Trout Fishing in Oregon – how to fish for trout in rivers and lakes
  • Easy Angling Oregon – 101 great places for newcomers and families to fish
  • Local and Regional Guides – 50 or so places to fish close to Portland, Bend, Roseburg, Medford and Lane County

Anglers should check the 2015 Sport Fishing Regulations for gear types, season dates and bag limits and don’t forget the statewide Free Fishing Weekend coming up on June 6-7.




Mike Gauvin, ODFW Salem, (503) 947-6214
Meghan Dugan, ODFW Roseburg, (541) 440-3353
Rick Swart, ODFW Clackamas, (971) 673-6038
Jessica Sall, ODFW Salem, (503) 947-6023

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