Pelicans U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists counted 7,018 brown pelicans off of the coast of Oregon during a survey in September. They nest in Mexico and Southern California but many migrate north to Oregon in the summer in search of food.
BOTTOM FISHING Lingcod fishing was good out of Garibaldi with near limits. Elsewhere on the coast the average catch was one ling for every two anglers. Catches of rockfish were good in the south and south central coast with near limits. From Newport north, catches were about half that. Bottom fishing is good when conditions permit. Fishing for groundfish is now open at all depths.
Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Steelhead fishing is fair in the John Day Arm. White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border, but remains an option for catch-and-release angling.
Sandhill cranes are begging to show in Fox valley. Cranes can be seen and heard as they migrate through the area. Bear valley and Fox valley are good places to see cranes.
NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, UPLAND BIRDS, WATERFOWL (see regs)
Weekend fishing opportunities Cold temperatures and ice have slowed steelhead fishing in many areas.
SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Most migrant shorebirds and sandhill cranes have passed through the area for wintering areas further south. Look to agricultural lands near Burns for viewing opportunities of migrant Canada geese.
SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, FOREST GROUSE, UPLAND BIRDS, WATERFOWL
Weekend fishing opportunities: rout fishing has been good on the Blitzen River, which remains open to catch-and-release fishing. In many lakes and reservoirs, trout are feeding heavily in anticipation of winter – check out Cottonwood Meadows, Deadhorse, Campbell and Overton. Thompson Reservoir, just 75 minutes from Bend, can yield trout up to 20-inches. Consider getting there before it freezes for the winter.
CENTRAL ZONE VIEWING The changing weather―from hot summer conditions to cooler, wetter weather― will bring changes in the routines of animals. Deer and elk will be thinking about moving down on to the Wildlife Area from their higher summer ranges in the Cascade Mountains.
CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTEFOREST GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE, QUAIL, UPLAND BIRDS, WATERFOWL (see regs) BEAR SEASON CLOSED NOV. 30 IN EASTERN OREGON.
CENTRAL ZONE FISHING Weekend fishing opportunities: Trout fishing on the Crooked River continues to be very good. Bikini Pond near The Dalles has been stocked with trout and should offer good fishing into the winter. Haystack and Pine Hollow reservoirs and Taylor Lake recently received a one-time release of GIANT brood trout (15 to 18 pounds).
Take advantage of severe storms Severe storms sometimes create good viewing opportunities for unusual birds that get pushed out of their normal range. If severe arctic weather pushes south, watch for snowy owls and gyrfalcons in fields near the Eugene Airport, Finley National Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis or at Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge west of Salem.
WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, UPLAND BIRDS, DUCK, GOOSE, FALL TURKEY, FURBEARER
Weekend fishing opportunities: It’s time to consider winter steelhead fishing on the Willamette and its tributaries. It’s still early but the recent heavy rains likely brought some winters into the system. Catch-and-release only sturgeon fishing is open on the lower Willamette and is a good way to have some fun and entertain out-of-town guests. Timber Linn Pond in Albany was recently stocked with 140 large brood trout, and some of those fish should still be available. Now that Detroit and Green Peter reservoir pool elevations have been lowered down for the winter, flows in both the North and South Santiam have returned to excellent fishing conditions. Plenty of summer steelhead left in the river above Lebanon dam, as well as coho salmon lower down
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Endangered: Over 70,000 acres range and farm land and wheat lands. Wildlife habitat. Centered between Deschutes and John Day scenic rivers. Raptors, eagles, hunting. The Journey Through Time Oregon Scenic By-way. And the vintage historic western towns of Antelope and Shaniko.