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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • The hex hatch should be good on the Upper and Lower Williamson. Look for these big, yellow mayflies to emerge about 9 p.m.
  • Anthony Lake has been recently stocked and fishing is good.
  • The trout fishing at Cottonwood Meadows has been exceptional.
  • Mud Lake may have some of the best fishing in the Warner Basin this year. Sampling in June of 2012 found rainbow trout up to 12-inches and they’ve only gotten bigger since then.

FIRE AFFECTS OWYHEE RIVER ACCESS, updated July 9: The Owyhee River access road has been re-opened. However, fire restrictions still apply – no open fires, no smoking outside of a vehicle, no chain saws.

Warm water temperatures increase stress to fish

With the advent of warm summer water temperatures (70 degrees and more), anglers can reduce the stress to fish by taking the following precautions when catching and releasing fish:

  • Fish during the cooler times of the day, usually mornings and evenings
  • Use barbless hooks, play and land the fish quickly
  • When releasing wild fish, keep them in the water as much as possible
  • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.

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ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir has been stocked with rainbow trout within the last month. Fish can be caught using bait, lures, and flies from shore or boats.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

Rainbow trout have been stocked in the river within the last month. Rainbow trout are active throughout the year in the river and anglers have been catching fish with bait, flies or lures.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Fishing regulations have changed on Annie Creek to protect rainbow trout in the stream. The daily limit is two brown trout per day. All redband trout and bull trout must be released unharmed. There is no limit on brook trout. Fishing is always slow on Annie Creek due to the low abundance of fish. Currently flows have dropped significantly. Access to fishing is available at the USFS snow park just before you enter Crater Lake National Park.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing is good.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

The reservoir was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in early May. The water level is very low for this time of year, although June rains may have improved this somewhat.

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

Recent fishing reports indicate catch rates are fair to good. Average size of trout ranged from 12 to 18-inches. The reservoir water level continues to drop, it was 40 percent full and inflows averaged 59 cfs (June 16). The water level is even with the end of the boat ramp making launching and retrieving boats difficult. Early prognostications of the reservoir reaching minimum water level is for early to mid-August.

USBR crews will be sampling fish populations in the reservoir. If you catch a tagged trout report it to either the Ontario office at 541-889-6975 or the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: trout

Flows in the Blitzen River at Page Springs Gauge continue to drop. The latest measurement on June 18 was 97 cfs, which is a good flow level for fishing. Over the last week, water temperatures at Page Springs gauge ranged from 47˚F to 67˚F. The upper Blitzen opened to harvest on May 25; the Little Blitzen is open year around for catch-and-release.

BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): rainbow trout, brook trout

Blue Lake is a beautiful 20 acre lake located in the Gearhart Wilderness Area northeast of Bly, Oregon. The lake has a maximum depth of 35 feet providing trout good over-winter conditions resulting in good survival. The lake is stocked annually with 2 to 3-inch rainbow trout and there are a very few brook trout. Hook and line sampling captured 11 rainbow trout ranging in size from 12 to 16-inches.

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

The reservoir water level continues to drop; it was 45 percent full on June 16. The boat ramp is open and usable. Catch rates for crappie improved with the warmer weather. Anglers report crappie are running 5 to 7-inches but on the skinny side. Early prognostications for this reservoir reaching minimum water level is for early to mid-August.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been slow for trout 8 to 10-inches, but fair for trout over 16-inches. Twenty tagged fish are in the pond. If you capture a tagged fish return the tag to the Hines office (237 Hwy 20 S) for a prize.

CAMPBELL LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Anglers have reported accessing the lake, but road conditions are unknown. The Paisley Ranger District (541-943-3114) may have more information regarding access. The lake has not been stocked this year, but will be during the week of June 24.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout

The river upstream of Hwy 31 remains open and the use of bait is PROHIBITED! The river is clear and the lower river is flowing at 38 cfs. Water temperatures are in the upper 60s and anglers should consider fishing early or late for two reasons: 1) the fishing is likely to be better during these times as fish are near the surface, 2) water temperatures are slightly lower reducing stress to the fish.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is at half-full and remains very turbid. Fishing has been good for large trout.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake is accessible and fishing is exceptional for legal (8 to 11-inches) rainbow trout. Anglers also have the opportunity to catch brook trout up to 14-inches and rainbow trout up to 20-inches.

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

Neither lake filled this year. It is likely that both lakes have been or will be drawn down to very low levels soon. No recent fishing reports.

DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Anglers have reported accessing the lake, but road conditions are unknown. The Paisley Ranger District (541-943-3114) may have more information regarding access. The lake has not been stocked this year, but will be during the week of June 24.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

Good fishing for holdover trout in the 10 to 12-inch size range. The lake was stocked in mid-May, and there are lots of trout in the 8 to 10-inch size range available to anglers.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Deming Creek is a very small stream with small redband trout. Fishing for bull trout is always closed.

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

Fishing is good for bass and bullhead. Large crappie are available. Target the areas around emergent vegetation.

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

Local anglers have reported slow fishing for bass and panfish. Fishing for perch and panfish gets better as the water warms in July and August. The reservoir is closed to the retention of trout to protect native redband trout.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir was stocked in the last month with trout from 8 or 12-inches. The reservoir is 70-80 percent full and small boats can be launched at the boat ramp.

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

The Steens Mountain Loop is closed; but you can access up to Fish Lake. Brook trout fishing at Fish Lake is best in early spring/summer. The full loop will likely not be open until July. The lake is free of snow and ice.

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

The lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout, Fishing should be good for both rainbows and brook trout.

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

Anglers are catching lake trout around 20 inches and numerous rainbow trout. Fishing will be good for rainbow trout. The lake will be stocked this week with trophy and larger rainbow trout. Look for the traveling sedge hatch in the early morning and late evenings. These caddis flies run across the surface of the water after hatching. Dry fly fishing with large elk hair caddis imitations scurrying across the surface of the water can be effective at catching brook trout. Another effective method is using a clear bubble and large caddis imitation behind the bubble. Recent stomach analysis of rainbow trout showed they were consuming terrestrial beetles.

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

Fishing has been slow with a few small yellow perch begin caught. Gerber Reservoir currently holds the State record for white crappie at 4 pounds 12 ounces. Gerber Reservoir is very low and approximately one-third full.

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake will be stocked this week with legal-sized rainbow trout.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond has been stocked with both legal-sized and larger one-pound rainbow trout. Fishing will slow as the weather warms.

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

Fishing has been fast for 8 to 10-inch rainbow trout. Bait or trolling have been working well. Anglers can access the reservoir using either the Fish Hole Creek road or the Quartz Mountain road (3715). The reservoir is day-use only and has a boat ramp, picnic tables, and a pit toilet.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fishing has been fast for 8 to 10-inch rainbow trout. Bait has been working well. Anglers can access the reservoir using either the Fish Hole Creek road or the Quartz Mountain road (3715). Local anglers are reporting some success using various methods. The reservoir has a few primitive camp sites, boat ramp, and pit toilet.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

The pond has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout.

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

Fishing for warmwater fish is slow due to poor water quality conditions. Fishing for brown bullhead is best at the day use areas immediately upstream and downstream of the bridge crossing JC Boyle Reservoir.

JUNIPER LAKE: cutthroat trout

Fishing in the lake is good for cutthroat trout. A large portion of the lake is privately owned, although bank access is permitted. Please be respectful of private property.

KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: redband trout and yellow perch

Fishing has been fair for lure and flyfisherman. Most fishing occurs out of a boat this time of year with little activity from shore anglers using dead minnows. Anglers are successful trolling lures or casting flies and lures. Most redband trout are concentrated in cold water areas of Pelican Bay and mouths of the Williamson and Wood Rivers. ODFW encourages catch and release as this fishery is managed for trophy trout. Water temperatures at the surface will continue to be very high this week. 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. Redband trout should be landed and released as quickly as possible by pushing the fish towards deeper, colder water. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit. Algae is dense in most of the lake especially during light wind conditions.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir (Topsy Reservoir) is closed to angling and reopens on October 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. This section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow. Salmonflies and golden stoneflies are hatching. Try size 12-14 elk hair caddis or stimulators. The smaller fish in this section usually can’t take larger salmonfly adult fly patterns.

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.

Check current flow levels here. If flows are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns can be good. A four wheel drive vehicle is currently needed to access this area. 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 operated with high flows (peaking) throughout most daylight hours. Lower flows might be encountered in the morning until 8 a.m. and again in the evening at 8 pm. Fishing is slow unless fishing in the early morning or late evening hours before peak flows occur. Numerous caddis fly species are hatching.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout and largemouth bass

Fishing has been good for trout and bass. The lake was stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout before opening weekend.

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

Lake of the Woods was last stocked the week of the June 24 with legal and trophy rainbow trout. The Lake will not be stocked again until just before Labor Day due to very warm water temperatures. Fishing should be fair for hatchery rainbow trout. Rainbow trout are holding in the colder water at 15-20 feet.

Fishing is good for yellow perch using small lures, flies or bait. Fishing for largemouth bass is good around large wood in the lake and around the multiple docks along the lakeshore. Recent nighttime electrofishing showed good numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass. All smallmouth bass were less than 10-inches. Angling for brown bullhead near submergent vegetation should be good. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194 or visit their website.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fish have been stocked at the reservoir in the last month and fishing has been good for fish from 8 to 14-inches. The campground is usually full from Friday-Sunday. Try fishing/camping Monday-Thursday if you prefer fewer people. The reservoir is has a 26-unit campground, boat ramp, picnic tables, and a pit toilet.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch

Fishing is fair for brown bullhead at Crystal Springs Day use area. Largemouth bass and yellow perch are also available and fishing has slowed due to poor water quality. Boats can be launched at Crystal Springs and at the ODOT Mitigation Wetland off Highway 140 just east of Olene. Fishing for largemouth bass should be good in the vicinity of Big Springs in Bonanza.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The water level is dropping. It is probably less than half full. The boat ramp is still useable. The reservoir was stocked with legal-sized and fingerling-sized trout on May 28 and June 4. The catch rates should start to improve; a few large carryover trout remain.

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

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir averaged 424 cfs on June 16. Fishing the Riverside area is expected to be slow, water is turbid.

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

Discharge at Juntura averaged 700 cfs on June 16. The water temperature below Warm Springs Dam ranged from 59˚F to 64˚F and below Beulah Dam it ranged from 59˚F to 62˚F over the last week. No recent fishing reports.

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

Roads in the area are free of snow. Fishing for redband trout should be improving.

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

Most roads into this area are open and dry. Fishing for trout is fair to good. Flows have dropped and are below average for time of year.

MANN LAKE: trout

Catch rates are good for cutthroat trout in the lake. Most fish are 14 to 16-inches long, with several over 20-inches being caught.

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. The Lake will be stocked again the week of July 22. The brown trout population is robust but difficult to catch due to clear, deep water. Trolling through the kokanee schools is likely the most effective method. Fishing in Miller Creek at the outlet of Miller Lake can be good for small brook and brown trout. Bait is allowed in Miller Creek.

MOON RESERVOIR: bass, trout

No recent fishing reports, but trout fishing is expected to be best during the spring months. Bass fishing should improve with the warmer weather.

MUD LAKE: trout

The reservoir may be one of the best lakes to fish for rainbow trout in the Warner Basin (Plush-Adel) this year. Sampling in June of 2012 found fish up to 12-inches and they likely have increased in size since then. Target the margins of the reservoir were light penetration is better if using flies or lures. PowerBait is another good option at this reservoir.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The Pond has been stocked with both legal-sized and larger one-pound rainbow trout. Fishing is slow for trout.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

This small reservoir has trout up to 13-INCHES and provides a beautiful view of the Goose Lake valley. The reservoir does have duck weed that can make it difficult to fish at times from the shore. The best option for anglers is to use a small boat (row) or pontoon/float tube to access the open-water areas. The trout are very willing to take flies, lures, or bait.

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

The water level in the reservoir continues to slowly drop, it was 35 percent of full and inflows averaged 109 cfs (Jun 16). Early prognostications for this reservoir reaching minimum water level is for late-July to early August. The boat ramps at McCormack State Park and Leslie Gulch remain out of the water increasing the difficulty of launching and retrieval of boats. All other boat ramps are open for use. Fishing is improving. The best fishing for both bass and crappie occurred from Dry Creek arm to Doe Island.

ODFW tagged about 300 crappies with reward tags. If you should catch a tagged crappie, record the tag number and approximate location fish was caught and report information to the phone number on the tag.

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

Water releases below Owyhee Dam dropped slightly, they averaged 150 cfs (June 16). Fishing for trout is fair to good. A few rainbow trout have been caught from the work camp downstream to the tunnel. The average size of brown trout ranges from 16 to 20-inches. With the continued warming conditions, anglers should see an improvement of surface fishing.

ODFW conducted spawning surveys in the Owyhee River below Owyhee Dam on Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 8-9. A total of 1,488 brown trout redds were counted for a density of 197.3 redds per mile. Only in 2009 and 2010 were more redds counted.

FIRE AFFECTS OWYHEE RIVER ACCESS, updated July 9: The Owyhee River access road has been re-opened. However, fire restrictions still apply – no open fires, no smoking outside of a vehicle, no chain saws.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

Owyhee River flows continue to be far below average for this period of time. They averaged 109 cfs on June 16. This the second lowest flow recorded for June 16 since 1950. Fishing for smallmouth and channel catfish is fiar to good.

PAIUTE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout

Fishing will be best during the spring when water temperatures are below 65 °F. This reservoir may become dry this year.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

The reservoir is at 47 percent of capacity. Fishing is fair to good for 8 to 12-inch rainbow trout, but success on perch has dropped off. There was a moderate die-off of yellow perch in late June. The cause has yet to be determined, but other species of fish have not been affected indicating a disease outbreak within the perch population. Boat ramps at union Creek and near the dam are functional.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout, crappie

Fishing is fair for 10 to 14-inch rainbow trout. The reservoir is currently full.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing continues to be good for carry over trout in the reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is below half full and dropping. Catch rates remain fair. This reservoir was stocked with legal-sized trout on May 28. Anglers report rainbows from 10 to 18-inches.

POWDER RIVER: trout, spring Chinook

The reach immediately below Mason Dam has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The trout range in size from 13 to 15-inches, but are skinny because of competition from brown bullhead. Anglers should consider keeping a limit of trout. Anglers can catch rainbow trout using bait, lures and flies.

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

Angling at most wilderness lakes should be good. Try Badger Lake just northeast of Fourmile Lake or South Pass Lake near Aspen Butte. Weston Lake is also worth exploring if staying at Lake of the Woods.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent report.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Please consider keeping a limit of trout if you fish this reservoir. This reservoir may become dry this year.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout, brook trout.

Fishing will be very good for small redband trout, most less than 8-inches.

SPRAGUE RIVER: wild redband trout, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, largemouth bass

River flows are very low for this time of year. Due to the low abundance of redband trout in most of the Sprague River fishing will be fair. The low flows will allow for a more successful outing. The best locations to fish for trout are around Beatty. Fishing should be fair for redband trout. Water temperatures exceeded 80 degrees near the confluence over the Fourth of July weekend.

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

Fishing should be good at most areas as flow is very low for this time of year. The North Fork Sprague River at the 3411 road crossing is a high gradient river with mostly white water at this time. If you can receive permission to fish on private property below the 3411 road then fishing will be very good. Fishing regulations have changed to allow the harvest of two brown trout and two redband trout as part of your daily bag limit. There is no daily limit on brook trout.

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Fishing is very good for brook trout. Best fishing is just above Nicholoson Road. Fishing regulations have changed on Sevenmile Creek to allow for the harvest of two brown trout per day. All redband trout must be released unharmed. There is no limit on brook trout. Public access occurs above Nicholson Road. Below Nicholson Road is private property.

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

Fishing was very slow at the USFS day use area despite ideal flow conditions. Fishing regulations have changed to allow the harvest of two brown trout and two redband trout as part of your daily bag limit. There is no daily limit on brook trout. Angling for bull trout is closed. Any bull trout captured should be reported to ODFW at (541-883-5732).

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Fishing will be slow as the creek is very clear and cold with few adult fish.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, bull trout

ODFW does not recommend angling on Sun Creek as most of the fish were removed last year. The creek will be treated again in 2013.

SYCAN RIVER: wild redband trout, brook trout, brown trout

Fishing is fair at most areas as flow is very low for this time of year. Fishing regulations have changed to allow the harvest of two brown trout and two redband trout as part of your daily bag limit. There is no daily limit on brook trout.

THOMPSON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Most anglers are fishing from boats and focusing their efforts near the dam and Thompson Valley campground (also near dam). The water is warming into the mid-60s and algae is suspended in the water. Fishing can be good despite the algae and anglers have been catching fish from 8 to 18-inches. Some anglers have reported parasites on the gills and internal organs. The fish are safe to eat, but anglers can remove (cut) flesh with parasites if they prefer.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is at 80 percent of capacity and receding. The boat launch is functional. Boat anglers have reported fair success for rainbow 10 to 14-inches; however, bank anglers report slow fishing. The reservoir was drained last summer so there are no holdover fish. It was stocked with sub-legal rainbows in November.

TWIN LAKES (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbows; fishing should be good.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at 42 percent of capacity and receding. No recent fishing reports. Anglers are reminded that a new regulation is in place allowing harvest of bass only under 15 inches in length.

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Trout were stocked in the reservoir last week (June 12) and fishing should be excellent throughout the summer.

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

The water level in the reservoir continues to drop. The reservoir was 32 percent full and inflows averaged 15 cfs (Jun 16). The boat ramp is out of the water making launching and retrieving boat more difficult. No recent fishing reports.

WARNER POND: trout

Weeds dominate the pond with the exception of the west margin.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: wild redband trout, brook trout

The Upper Williamson River (from Kirk Bridge to Headwaters) and all tributaries opened on April 27. The hex (large yellow mayflies) hatch should be good. Hexagenia limbata hatch at night around 9:15 pm. Casting large dry flies to large redband trout is exciting. There is no daily limit on brook trout.

Lower Williamson River: wild redband trout, brown trout

The Williamson River opened May 25 from the mouth to Kirk Bridge. Fishing is good. Flows are very low for this time of year. Redband trout have moved into the Williamson River from Upper Klamath Lake in good numbers. Public access areas include Collier State Park and the boat ramp in Chiloquin. Anglers can also pay to fish from the bank or launch a boat at the Waterwheel Campground below highway 97. The hex (large yellow mayflies) hatch should be good. Hexagenia limbata hatch at night around 9:15 pm. Casting large dry flies to large redband trout is exciting.

Water temperatures below the confluence of the Sprague River are near 70 degrees which is very warm for this section of the river. 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. Redband trout should be landed and released as quickly as possible by pushing the fish towards deeper, colder water. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.

WITHERS LAKE: brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout

This lake can be accessed from Paisley or from the Government Pass road. Brown trout range from 6 to 14-inches with a few larger fish. Brook trout are 5 to 7-inches and a few rainbow trout are larger than 10-inches. The lake is a short walk (100 yards) from the parking area and can be a great place for pontoons or float tubes.

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

Fishing for warmwater game fish has been good. Look for bass in the Antelope Creek arm or in the shallow bay just north of the dam.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is lower than normal for this time of year, but the boat launch is functional. Fishing is fair for 10 to 12-inch rainbows.

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

The Wood River is low. Fishing should be good for brown trout especially matching the many insect hatches. Fishing regulations have changed on Wood River to allow for the harvest of two brown trout per day. All redband (rainbow) trout must be released unharmed. There is no limit on brook trout. The Wood River is fished most effectively from boat as there is little public property. Boats launched at Loosley, Fort Klamath or headwaters need to be low profile to get under bridges. Typical drift boats will not make it. Drift boats can be launched at Weed Road or Petric Park. Casting spoons or plugs upstream into pools is effective at catching brown trout. Access from shore is available at the Wood River BLM wetland and the USFS Day Use Area.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Spring fishing for holdover trout has been good. The lake has been stocked with legal sized trout for the season.

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