WILLAMETTE ZONE FISHING
Weekend fishing opportunities:
• A few spring chinook have been landed on the lower Willamette, and angler effort is picking up in anticipation of stronger returns.
• Steelhead fishing is picking up on the North and Santiam rivers.
• Trout stocking is getting in full swing at various locations around the Willamette Valley. Sites scheduled for stocking this week include Canby Pond, Sheridan Pond, St. Louis Ponds, Alton Baker Cano Canal, Cottage Grove Pond, Dexter Reservoir, EE Wilson Pond, Junction City Pond, Timber Linn Lake and Waverly Lake.
• A free family fishing event will occur at Cottage Grove Pond east of Cottage Grove off Row River Road on Sat. April 13 from 9:30-1:30pm. All equipment and instruction provided. No pre-registration required. Fishing licenses are required for anglers over 13 years of age. Contact the Springfield ODFW office at 541-726-3515 for additional information.
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The 2013 schedules will be posted at our website as soon as they are available.
North Willamette stocking schedule
Check out the new trout stocking map
Find the location and details about the many lakes ponds and streams that receive hatchery trout from ODFW’s fish hatcheries on the new Google-based fishing map.
ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout
Alton Baker Canoe Canal will receive 1,400 legal-sized and 400 larger rainbow trout this week. This is in addition to an unscheduled stocking of over 500 fish last week that averaged over 1.6 pounds each. The Canoe Canal is located in downtown Eugene behind Autzen Stadium. A 4-acre pond at the midpoint of the canal is a good spot but it can be fished all along its 2-mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield. Summer steelhead are occasionally caught in this system and anglers are reminded they will need a combined angling tag to legally harvest a steelhead. It is legal to fish with two rods in the Alton Baker Canoe Canal, provided the Two-Rod Validation has been purchased.
BENSON LAKE: rainbow trout, white crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead
Stocked the week of March 11 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 40-acre lake located in Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. From Portland, head east on I-84, park is located on the south side of the freeway approx. 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.
BETHANY POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead
Stocked thje week of March 11 with 1,750 legal sized rainbow trout. This is a 10-acre pond located at Bethany west of Portland. The pond is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, and a paved, ADA accessible trail.
BLUE LAKE: rainbot trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, black crappie, bluegill
Stocked the week of March 11 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 64-acre lake located in Blue Lake Park 3 miles west of Troutdale. This family-friendly park as picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Multnomah County.
BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species
Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Highway 126 and is open to year-round fishing. The Reservoir will be stocked this week with 3,500 legal sized rainbow trout.
CANBY POND: rainbow trout
Will be stocked this week with 350 legal-sized and 25 one-pound trout. Canby Pond is a 1-acre pond located on the south end of Canby in Canby City Park. The park is south of Hwy 99E and adjacent to the Molalla River. Angling restricted to youth age 17 and under or holders of one of the Disabled Anglers permits.
CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout
Carmen Reservoir is accessed via FS Road 750 off Hwy 126, about 2 miles south of Clear Lake, and is open all year. Motor boats are prohibited on Carmen Reservoir.
CLACKAMAS RIVER: winter steelhead
Anglers are still picking up a few winter steelhead while also finding some summers mixed in now, with the fish spread throughout from McIver Park down to the river mouth. Although the water came up considerably after the weekend rain it should be in good shape by late this week. It’s a bit early but anglers can also anticipate some spring chinook nosing into the lower river.
Monday hydrological data for the Clackamas has flows up to 7.830 cfs, with a gauge height in Estacada of 15.12 ft. and the water temperature down near 43°.
Barbless hooks are now required from the mouth to the 99E Bridge when fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout.
COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout
The Coast Fork of the Willamette River is open to catch-and-release fishing only, using artificial flies and lures. It will open to harvest angling April 27.
COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie
This is a three-acre stocked lake within the Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, Oregon. Commonwealth Park is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include ADA accessible trail, picnic tables, playground, restrooms.
COTTAGE GROVE POND: trout, warmwater species
Cottage Grove Pond will be the location of a free Family Fishing Event this Saturday, April 13 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. ODFW staff and volunteers will be available with equipment to loan and expertise to share to help your family enjoy a weekend fishing outing. The pond will be stocked with 2,000 fish for this event. All anglers 14 and older must have a 2013 fishing license. Contact the Springfield ODFW at 541-726-3515 with questions. To access the pond, travel east from Cottage Grove on Row River Road. Cottage Grove Pond is located behind the truck scales and may be accessed via an asphalt pathway. Only the pond with the dock is stocked with hatchery trout.
COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species
Cottage Grove Reservoir was recently stocked with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Warmwater fish and holdover trout are available to anglers. The reservoir is south of Cottage Grove.
NOTICE: The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory updating information about eating fish caught in Cottage Grove Reservoir. Under the advisory issued June 5, 2012 people can safely consume up to nine meals per month of hatchery-grown rainbow trout month that are 12 inches in length or less. People can distinguish hatchery-grown rainbow trout by the absence of the adipose fin, which is clipped before hatchery fish are released into streams and reservoirs. Despite the new exception for rainbow trout, mercury contamination for resident warm-water fish, including bass, bluegill, crappie and bullhead continues to be a concern. Women of childbearing age, particularly pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under six years of age and persons having liver or kidney ailments should avoid eating any fish from this reservoir other than rainbow trout. Healthy women beyond childbearing age, other healthy adults and healthy children six years of age and older should eat no more than one 8-ounce meal of fish other than rainbow trout per month.
CRESWELL POND (GARDEN LAKE): trout, warmwater
Garden Lake (Creswell Pond) was last stocked for the season the week of April 1. Garden Lake (Creswell Pond) is located in Garden Lake Park on the east side of I-5 in Creswell.
DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee
Located 50 miles east of Salem, this large lake (approx. 3,000 acres at full pool) receives over 100,000 trout throughout the year. The reservoir was stocked last week with its first batch of 10,000 legal sized rainbow trout. The water level is currently 32 feet below full pool (as of April 8). The Mongold-Low boat ramp is the only ramp in the water; exercise caution when launching. Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit to find out more.
DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout
Dexter Reservoir will be stocked with 2,900 legal-sized rainbow trout this week. Dexter Reservoir is adjacent to Highway 58 near Lowell and is open all year.
DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater
Dorena Reservoir was recently stocked with 6,000 rainbow trout. Dorena Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open all year.
DORMAN POND: trout
Stocked the week of March 11 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is an 8-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6
EAGLE CREEK: winter steelhead
The Eagle Creek winter steelhead fishery is about over for this spring but anglers can anticipate the return of spring chinook in the next month or so from 240,000 smolts released annually at the Eagle Fern Park acclimation facility.
Long stretches of Eagle Creek run through private property, particularly up near the hatchery and from an area below the lower ladder on down past Bonnie Lure to the mouth. Anglers are advised to pay close attention to where you fish and we encourage you to ask permission prior to accessing or crossing private lands on your way to your favorite fishing hole. See Page 15 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation pamphlet for more information on “Your Rights to Use the Surface, Bed, and Banks of Oregon’s Rivers and Lakes.”
EAST FREEWAY LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie
This pond features some good size bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available. Freeway Lakes was stocked last week with 800 legal and 100 larger size rainbow trout. To get there take the State Police exit in Albany and follow the frontage road south (3 Lakes Road) for several miles.
EE WILSON POND: trout, bluegill
EE Wilson Pond reopened for fishing Friday, Feb. 1 and has been stocked several times already. It will be stocked again this week with 850 legal, 100 larger and 25 trophy-size rainbow trout. Anglers can expect crowded conditions for a while so please exercise courtesy while enjoying this fabulous fishing opportunity. Also be reminded that permits are required when parking anywhere at EE Wilson Wildlife Area.
ESTACADA Lake: trout, steelhead, chinook, coho
Last stocked in mid-September with 1,750 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a supplemental stocking to the Aug. 27 release of 3,200 legal-sized rainbow trout. Estacada is a 150-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam. There is a fishing dock and ADA-accessible fishing platform that provide the only non-boating access. There is a boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at the lower end of the reservoir, picnic areas, and restrooms. There is a fee for entering the park.
FERN RIDGE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead
This 9,000 acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. It has four boat ramps and there is good bank angling along the dam and at the shoreline parks. The reservoir is slowly filling and is currently 8 feet below full as of April 8, which leaves Orchard Point Park with the only usable boat ramp at this time. For local information regarding the lake, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000.
This lake is mostly shallow with a band of deep water from the original channel of the Long Tom River. The reservoir produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years. Best time of year for crappie is in spring after the water temperature reaches the mid-50s, but fish can still be found in deeper water year round. July and August are peak months for largemouth bass. Fish the shoreline along the southern part of the reservoir, especially the sloughs and inlets where there is underwater structure.
FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish
This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and two seasonal boat ramps. It will be stocked again this week with 3,000 rainbow trout. Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be taken and there are no limits on size or number of bass. Currently the reservoir is 7 feet below full pool (as of April 8). From I-5 take US 20 east from Albany to the town of Sweet Home. The reservoir is 3 miles past the town on the left.
GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass
This large reservoir east of Sweet Home is a premier kokanee fishery with a bag limit of 25 fish per day. It also supports stocked rainbow trout and some large smallmouth bass. Reservoir levels are approximately 27 feet below full pool (as of April 8) and the Thistle Creek boat ramp remains open. It is scheduled to be stocked this week with 9,000 legal rainbow trout.
HENRY HAGG LAKE: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, native cutthroat trout
Stocked the week of April 1 with 200 one-pound trout. The lake was stocked with 18,000 legal-sized rainbow trout the first week of March. An additional 400 brood trout weighing 5-15 pounds apiece were released while the lake was closed in December and January and will be a nice prize for anglers fortunate enough to catch one. Remember, the limit on trout 20 inches or more is one per day. Hennry Hagg is a 1,110-acre lake seven miles southwest of Forest Grove. Maintained and operated by Washington County, the park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.
HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater
Hills Creek Reservoir will benefit from an unscheduled release of 2,700 legal sized rainbow trout this week. This reservoir is open to fishing all year. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout and salmon must be released unharmed.
HILLS CREEK above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout
Hills Creek is closed to angling until April 27, 2013.
HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill
Stocked the week of April 1 with 1,200 legal-sized rainbow trout and 200 one-pound rainbow trout. This is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, it contains woody debris that provides habitat for bass and bluegill. It reaches a maximum depth of about 10 feet, with shallow "kid-friendly" edges. It is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby. There is paved parking lot and small ramp for people who want to launch small, non-motorized boats.
JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie
This prime fishing pond was stocked several times in January and February ranging from legal-size up to ‘pounders’. It will be stocked this week with 850 legal, 100 larger, and 25 trophy-size rainbow trout. Casting spinners and plunking with PowerBait can be effective strategies for these fish. Junction City pond is located about 2 miles south of Junction City on 99W on the west side of the highway. There is excellent access around the entire 8-acre pond. As a reminder, zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20 inches. The steelhead stocked a couple of months ago are considered ‘trout’ and the ‘only-one-over-20-inches’ regulation applies.
LEABURG LAKE: trout
Leaburg Lake is closed to angling until April 27, 2013.
MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead
Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be taken down to Hayden Bridge. No trout harvest is allowed below Hayden Bridge. Note that a new regulation went into effect in 2013 allowing only the use of artificial flies or lures between Hayden Bridge and Hendricks Bridge unless targeting salmon or steelhead with hooks 5/8-inch gap or larger during the period May 1 – June 15.
MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead
The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake is closed to angling until April 27, 2013.
MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above Hills Creek Reservoir: trout
The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir is closed to angling until April 27, 2013.
MT HOOD POND: trout
Stocked the week of March 11 with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This release is in addition to the early January of rainbow trout brood stock ranging from 7 to 15 pounds. Anglers are reminded the bag limit on trout 20 inches and longer is one per day. Mt. Hood Pond, located on the Mt. Hood Community College campus in Gresham, is now open to all licensed and juvenile angler since the restriction limiting access to anglers 17 and under as well as those in possession of ODFW’s Disabled Angler Permit applies April 1 through Aug. 31.
NORTH AND SOUTH SANTIAM: steelhead, trout
Recent rains have brought flow levels up and are currently at 4,780 cfs at Mehama on the North Santiam and 7,420 cfs at Waterloo on the South Santiam with water temperatures generally in the mid 40s. Anglers report some success catching steelhead between Packsaddle and Mehama on the North Santiam and below Foster on the South Santiam. The new crop of summer steelhead have begun to show up at Willamette Falls with 1,261 fish entering the ladder as of April 4. A few fresh summer steelhead (82 fish as of April 4) have already shown up at Foster as well. Winter steelhead migrating above Willamette Falls remain below average with 4,004 fish counted as of April 4. When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons and egg clusters also being effective. A few hundred winter steelhead have passed above Stayton on the North Santiam and 123 fish have entered the Foster dam fish trap on the South Santiam so far.
River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge. You may check for current conditions at http://waterdata.usgs.gov.
River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge. You may check for current conditions at http://waterdata.usgs.gov.
CAUTION: We received a report of a downed tree obstructing the Lower Bennett dam boat slide on the North Santiam at Stayton. Boaters are advised to use the south channel and the boat slide on Upper Bennett dam to get passed that section of the river. The section between Shelburn and Green’s Bridge remains hazardous for boaters because of downed trees and multiple side channels. Better bets are the floats below Green’s Bridge and above Stayton when conditions improve.
PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead
Stocked the week of March 11 and 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 4-acre pond next to the Progress Ridge Town Center in Beaverton, Oregon. The pond is an old rock pit and has a maximum depth of 54 feet. There is a sidewalk, fishing platform and viewing platform on one side of the lake. The lake is owned by Tualatin Hills Parks and Rec. Boating and swimming are prohibited on this lake.
ROARING RIVER POND: trout
This is a small one acre pond in Roaring River County Park near ODFW’s Roaring River fish hatchery. To get there, drive highway 226 east out of Albany and turn right onto Fish Hatchery Road and continue for about 7 miles. Park is on the right. It was stocked last this week with 160 legal and 20 larger-sized rainbow trout.
SALMON CREEK: trout
Salmon Creek, near Oakridge, is open to catch-and-release fishing using artificial flies and lures.
SALT CREEK: trout
Salt Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge, and is open to catch-and-release fishing using artificial flies and lures.
SANDY RIVER: winter steelhead, summer steelhead
Sandy River winter steelhead fishing has been slow lately but a few summer steelhead are beginning to show up regularly in the catch. Flows are way up after the weekend storm but conditions should improve by the weekend.
ODFW checks show a few fish caught, winters and summers, from Lewis and Clark on up to Revenue Bridge, with Cedar Creek providing the best success.
Monday hydrological data for the Sandy River has flows up considerably at 6,530 cfs, a gauge reading of 11.91 ft and the water temperature near 40°.
SANTIAM RIVER NORTH FORK above Detroit Lake: trout
This beautiful section of the river closed for trout fishing as of Oct. 31, 2012 and will re-open April 27, 2013. Also, please be aware that this section of river above Detroit Lake is closed to salmon fishing. Weather permitting, you may find this highway route to be an excellent family outing for simply enjoying nature.
SCOUT LAKE: trout
Hwy. 30 toward Clatskanie; take the Swedetown Rd. exit; follow Swedetown Rd. about a quarter of a mile to Olson Rd. Turn right onto Olson Rd. Follow Scout Lake signs posted along Olson Road about three miles to locked gate. From there hike in about a mile to the lake or sign out a key to the gate from the City of Clatskanie at 95 S. Nehalem and drive in. For more information, contact the City of Clatskanie at 503-728-2622.
SHERIDAN POND: trout
Will be stocked this week with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Sheridan Pond is a 2 1/2-acre pond located on the edge of town. It provides excellent access for families and kids. Good parking. From Hwy. 18, take exit 33 to Balston Rd., turn right and left to the pond.
SMITH RESERVOIR: trout
Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following FS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around fishing.
SOUTH FORK YAMHILL RIVER: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout
Closed to angling on Oct. 1.
ST. LOUIS PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish
Will be stocked this week with 750 legal-sized and 200 one-pound trout. The ponds are located west of I-5 about 15 miles north of Salem and 2 miles West of Gervais. From Gervais, take St Louis Rd west to Tesch Lane, turn left onto Tesch Lane and follow road into the St. Louis Ponds public fishing area.
SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: trout, bass, bluegill
This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. Since the beginning of the year, this family-friendly pond has been stocked with 1,650 trout ranging from larger-size to 2.5 pound brooders. It was stocked again last week with 500 legal and 25 larger size rainbow trout. Sunnyside Pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir. To get there from I5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.
TIMBER-LINN LAKE: trout
This beautiful, family-friendly fishing pond is located within the 90-acre Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. Within the last couple of months, the lake has been stocked with 1,500 ‘larger’ trout and nearly 200 heavyweight brooders. It will be stocked again this week with 250 legal and 25 larger-size rainbow trout. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20 inches may be taken per day. Timber-Linn Lake can be reached by turning east off I-5 onto the Santiam Highway (Hwy. 20), then immediately turning north onto Price Road and proceeding to the park entrance.
TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout
Trail Bridge Reservoir is open to year-round angling. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Flies and lures only may be used. Trail Bridge Reservoir is adjacent to Hwy 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Flies and lures only may be used. Trail Bridge Reservoir is adjacent to Hwy 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield.
TROJAN POND: trout, warmwater species
Stocked the week of April 1 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 15-acre lake just east of Rainier on the north side of Hwy 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility.
WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass
In recent weeks, Walling Pond has received over 2,200 trout ranging in size from legals to multi-pound brooders. It was stocked last week with 400 legal and 50 larger size rainbow trout. As a reminder, brooders are considered trout so zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one may be over 20 inches The pond is located within the Salem city limits west of I-5. Take Turner Road off Mission Street.
WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass
Since the first of the year, this pond has received several stockings totaling over 8,000 fish providing anglers an opportunity to catch trout of all sizes, from legal 8-inch trout to whoppers over 10 pounds. It was stocked again last week with 2,200 legal and 150 larger size rainbow trout. As a reminder, brooders are considered trout so zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20 inches. This wheelchair accessible lake is located just east of Salem within Cascade Gateway Park, west of I-5 at Hwy. 22. Take Airport Rd. or Turner Rd. to reach the lake.
WAVERLY POND: trout, bluegill, catfish
Since the beginning of the year, Waverly Pond has received 2,500 trout ranging in size from ‘larger’ to trophies. It will be stocked again this week with 750 legal size rainbow trout. Please be aware, only one fish over 20 inches may be kept. Here is an excellent in-town fishing opportunity. From I-5 take exit 234 west towards Albany. The pond, located a quarter mile down the Pacific Boulevard and on the right, will be found in a beautiful park-like setting.
WEST SALISH POND: panfish, trout
The Salish Ponds Wetlands Park has been closed by the City of Fairview as an extensive renovation project is underway. This project is running well behind schedule so ODFW will likely not be stocking West Salish Pond again until fall of 2013.
WILLAMETTE RIVER: winter steelhead, spring chinook, summer steelhead
Winter steelhead passage over Willamette Falls continues on a slow yet steady pace but continues to track at about 50 percent of the previous ten year average. Through April 4 a total of 4,004 winter steelhead passed upstream while the summer steelhead number has reached 1,261. Spring chinook passage has begun to increase as the water has warmed and that number has reached 314 through April 4.
Angling effort for springers has increased as expected throughout the river from Bayport to Oregon City but catch so far has been only slow to fair with the best overall catch rates showing up in the lower Multnomah Channel and from the Portland Harbor up to Sellwood.
Hydro readings at Willamette Falls on April 8 show flows increased significantly at 34,700 cfs, visibility dropped to 3.6 ft., and the water temperature has moved down to 50°.