WEEKLY FISHING REPORTS
Oregon may have a $1,000,000 fish
And if we do, it will be in Henry Hagg Lake in Washington County or South Twin Lake in Deschutes County. Both are included in “Fish for Millions” contest sponsored by Cabela’s, and fish and wildlife agencies (including ODFW). See more details about the contest and register to participate.
Great trout fishing continues
The stars are aligning for some good trout fishing in the next few weeks. Water temperatures in lakes and reservoirs are still relatively cool, lots of trout have been stocked for both the Memorial Day and Free Fishing weekends, coastal rivers are now open for native cutthroat fishing and the weather looks good. Check out the latest updates in the Recreation Report to help plan your next fishing adventure.
Archery clinic June 29 clinic near Corvallis
A beginner’s workshop, geared towards people with no previous experience with archery. Adults (18 and over) only, cost $42 includes all equipment, instruction and lunch. More information
Point savers available July 1 – Nov. 30
If you forgot to apply for a controlled hunt and only need a point saver, remember you can now get point savers from July 1 – November 30. This started last year to enable hunters to spread the cost of licenses throughout the year. The form needed to get a point saver will be available online by July 1, 2013.
Send us your fishing report
We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports -- the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.
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 stocking map.
WILLAMETTE ZONE FISHING
Weekend fishing opportunities:
Spring chinook fishing has slowed down in the lower Willamette River but persistent anglers are still catching a few fish.
Steelhead fishing is fair on the North and South Santiam and spring chinook are starting to arrive in the system.
Steelhead fishing is fair on the Clackamas River.
Anglers are starting to pick up a few spring chinook on the Sandy and Clackamas rivers
North Willamette stocking schedule
South Willamette stocking schedule
ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout
The canal was recently stocked with 750 legal-sized and 125 larger trout along its length, with an additional 2,000 trout released behind Kowloons Restaurant for Free Fishing Weekend. The canal is located within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of Club Road in Eugene. 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 June 3 with 4,000 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 the week of April 29 with 2,000 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 RIVER above BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout
Blue River above Blue River Reservoir was recently stocked at multiple locations with a total of 1,000 legal-sized and 250 larger-sized rainbow trout. Take FS Road 15 from Hwy 126 about 5 miles east of the town of Blue River to access Blue River above the reservoir.
BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species
Blue River Reservoir was recently stocked with 3,750 legal-sized rainbow trout. 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.
BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout
This scenic river flows for approximately 30 miles into Detroit Reservoir. It will be stocked this week with another 1,800 legal size rainbow trout. Because the water runs cold throughout the year there are usually good numbers of fish throughout the summer. Forest Road 46 runs along most of its length so access is very good despite some steep and brushy sections. The river has some native rainbow and cutthroat trout and a few brook trout might also be found. Daily limit is five trout over 8 inches, no limit on brook trout and the use of bait is allowed. The river is closed to salmon fishing.
CANBY POND: rainbow trout
This pond will not be stocked until further notice due to large amounts of aquatic vegetation in the pond. Check this site for updates. 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 was recently stocked with 2,500 legal-sized and 500 larger-sized rainbow 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: summer steelhead, spring chinook
Anglers found some fair to good success last week for both summer steelhead and spring chinook on the Clackamas. ODFW checks for the period from Friday to Sunday showed 10 chinook adults, 1 chinook jack, 5 summers, and 3 chinook released for 35 boats. The fish were caught throughout the river from Gladstone up to McIver Park, providing both boat and bank anglers plenty of water to choose from. The bank anglers were finding the best success up near McIver Park. Bank anglers should make note that an angling deadline is clearly marked up near Rivermill dam and the fishway; it is illegal to fish or even cast above this deadline.
Monday hydrological data for the Clackamas has flows virtually unchanged from last week at 2,490 cfs, with a gauge height in Estacada of 12.51 ft. and the water temperature moving up to 51°. Flows are predicted to drop as warm, dry weather moves in for the next week.
Barbless hooks are now required from the mouth to the 99E Bridge when fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout.
CLEAR LAKE: trout
Clear Lake was recently stocked with 2,500 legal-sized and 1,250 larger sized rainbow trout. The lake is accessed from Highway 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Cabins and row boats are available for rent from Clear Lake Resort (http://www.linnparks.com/pages/parks/clearlake.html).
COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout
The Coast Fork of the Willamette River was last stocked for the season in mid May with 1,400 legal-sized rainbow trout at several locations near Cottage Grove.
Coast Fork basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.
COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie
Stocked with 200 one-pound trout the week of May 13. 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 was last stocked for the season in early April with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. 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 last stocked for the season in mid-April with 4,500 rainbow trout. In addition, 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
Creswell Pond was last stocked for the season the week of April 1. The 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 (approximately 3,000 acres at full pool) receives over 100,000 trout throughout the year. The reservoir will be stocked again this week with 10,000 legal sized rainbow trout. The water level is currently at full pool (as of June 3). Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit to find out more.
DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout
Dexter Reservoir was stocked in late April/early May with 3,200 legal-sized rainbow trout. The next stocking will occur in late September. Dexter Reservoir is adjacent to Highway 58 near Lowell and is open all year.
DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater
Dorena Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late April with 6,300 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 April 29 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: spring chinook
Anglers can anticipate the return of adult spring chinook any day now from 240,000 smolts released annually at the Eagle Fern Park acclimation facility. The return of these fish will be very dependent on stream flows, and whether the fish can get up into the creek; if not, anglers can expect them to be holding in areas around the mouth of Eagle Creek in the Clackamas River. A few of these fish were seen in the Clackamas River catch in recent days so they could be moving into the creek. They can be identified by having a right maxillary fin-clip along with an adipose fin-clip. Flows have been holding up well so there could be springers in the creek from Eagle Fern Park down to the mouth.
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. 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
The pond has been stocked several times this spring and will be stocked again this week with 1,500 legal 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
Will be stocked the week of June 3 with 2,000 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.
FALL CREEK above FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout
Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir was recently stocked at multiple locations with a total of 1,500 legal-sized and 250 larger sized rainbow trout. Fall Creek and Fall Creek Reservoir are north of Lowell and east of Unity.
FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater
Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late April with 3,000 legal-sized and 400 larger sized rainbow trout. Upriver stockings will also benefit this reservoir. Fall Creek and Fall Creek Reservoir are north of Lowell and east of Unity.
FARADAY LAKE: trout
Stocked this week with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Faraday Lake is located one mile southeast of Estacada at the Faraday Hydroelectric Project.
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 currently 6 feet below full as of May 21. 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 was stocked again on May 21 with 4,000 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. All boat ramps are available at this time. 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 close to full and both Thistle Creek and Whitcomb Island boat ramps are open. It was stocked on May 7 with 6,000 legal rainbow trout.
HALDEMAN POND: trout
Stocked the week of April 29 with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 2-acre pond located within the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. From the Sauvie Island bridge, take Sauvie Island Rd. to NW Reeder Rd, then Oak Island Rd.
HARRIET LAKE: trout
Stocked this week with 5,000 legal-sized and 125 trophy rainbow trout. This is a 23-acre reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River within the Mount Hood National Forest.
HARTMAN POND: trout, bass, crappie, perch
Stocked the week of June 3 with 1,250 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a small fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge just off I-84 at Benson State Park.
HENRY HAGG LAKE: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, native cutthroat trout
Stocked this week with 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout.
Henry Hagg Lake has been chosen as a venue for Cabela’s “Fish for Milions” promotion, which began Saturday, May 4 and continues through July 7. Rainbow trout have been tagged with spaghetti tags that could be worth up to $2 million to the angler lucky enough to catch one. For more information and to register.
Henry 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 is open to fishing all year. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout and salmon must be released unharmed. This reservoir is stocked annually with 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook fingerlings and 200,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings. These fish grow to catchable size within a year.
HILLS CREEK above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout
Hills Creek was stocked the week of May 20 for the final stocking of the season with a total of 500 rainbow trout released at several locations.
HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill
Stocked the week of June 3 withy 1,200 legal-sized rainbow trout, 100 larger trout and 25 trophy 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 has been regularly stocked with trout since January ranging from legal-size up to ‘pounders.’ It will be stocked again this week with 1,000 legal 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 will be stocked weekly through late July, and then every other week in August. The lake will be stocked with 1,200 legal-sized and 250 larger rainbow trout this week.
MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead
The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake was recently stocked with 4,250 legal-sized and 1,750 larger rainbow trout. The river will be boat stocked every 3 weeks through mid-late August. 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 basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.
MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead
The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake will be truck-stocked this week with a total of 1,000 legal-sized and 250 larger hatchery rainbow trout. The river will be boat stocked every 3 weeks (with one exception when it is 2 weeks) through mid-September. Rainbow trout will be truck-stocked at the boat landings between boat stockings.
McKenzie basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.
MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above Hills Creek Reservoir: trout
The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir was recently stocked with 1,350 legal-sized rainbow trout, released at campgrounds and access points from Staley Creek bridge downstream to Sand Prairie Campground. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be retained.
Middle Fork basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.
MOLALLA RIVER: steelhead, spring chinook
The Molalla flows are holding up so far but anglers can expect the water to drop with warm and dry weather moving into the area. Spring chinook that are returning from direct releases of smolts completed in 2010 and 2011 should be available in the Molalla River and it’s also not unheard of for an occasional summer steelhead to nose into the lower river looking for cooler water than the Willamette. The Molalla River is open for adipose fin-clipped chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead the entire year, with the use of bait allowed May 15-July 15 but the use of single barbless hooks is encouraged. Refer to the 2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more information.
MT HOOD POND: trout
Stocked the week of May 20 with 500 rainbow trout. Anglers are reminded that from April 1 through Aug. 31 fishing at Mt. Hood Pond is restricted to youths 17 and under as well as individuals who possess a valid Oregon Disabilities Fishing Permit.
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 FORK RESERVOIR: trout
Stocked this week with 7,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 350-acre reservoir of the Clackamas River behind North Fork Dam approximately 5.2 miles east of Estacada, Ore. The lake has a boat ramp, moorage, picnic area, and accessible fishing platforms.
NORTH AND SOUTH SANTIAM: steelhead, trout
Flows have dropped to more manageable levels and are currently 3,100 cfs at Mehama on the North Santiam and 1,320 at Waterloo on the South Santiam. Fish counts at Willamette Falls have remained strong for summer steelhead and spring chinook with 5,513 and 17,447 fish respectively entering the ladder as of May 27. So far, 1,127 summer steelhead and 250 spring chinook have entered the the fish ladder at Foster dam, with most of them being recycled below to give anglers another shot at them. When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons and egg clusters also being effective.
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 May 20 with 500 legal-sized rainbow trout and 50 larger 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. It was stocked last week with 320 legal-sized rainbow trout and 40 larger trout. 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.
SALMON CREEK: trout
Salmon Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge, and
was recently stocked with 1,500 legal-sized 250 larger rainbow trout. Fish are released at multiple locations.
SALMONBERRY LAKE: trout
Stocked the week of April 29 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This lake is located approximately 9 miles northwest of St. Helens on Pittsburg Rd.
SALT CREEK: trout
Salt Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge, and
was recently stocked with 500 legal-sized rainbow trout. Fish are released at multiple locations.
SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring chinook
Fishing on the Sandy slowed down somewhat last week, perhaps due to the higher flows and cooler water temperature. ODFW checks showed decreased effort on much of the river with only an occasional spring chinook and summer steelhead recorded in the catch. Access to the river by boat can be found at ramps in Oxbow, Dodge, Dabney, and Lewis and Clark parks. There are many spots for bank access including Cedar Creek, Oxbow, Dabney, and all long the Old Scenic Hwy upstream from Troutdale. Anglers should see flows steady this week as snowmelt comes into play with warm, dry weather expected for the next several days.
Monday hydrological data for the Sandy River has flows down at 2,260 cfs, a gauge reading of 9.76 ft and the water temperature moving up considerably to 49°.
SANTIAM RIVER NORTH FORK above Detroit Lake: trout
This beautiful section of the river re-opened April 27. 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. It will be stocked this week with 3,000 rainbow trout.
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
Stocked the week of June 3 with 2,600 legal-sized rainbow trout and 200 larger 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.
SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish
Stocked the week of May 20 with 2,600 legal-sized rainbow trout and 200 larger trout. This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.
SMALL FRY LAKE: trout
Stocked this week with 500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a two-acre youth-only fishing pond located next to Promotory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Esticada. There is a fish cleaning station and restroom located within walking distance of the pond.
SMITH RESERVOIR: trout
Stocked the week of May 20 with 5,000 rainbow 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
Stocked the week of June 3 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Trout are released in multiple locations between Gold Creek Road Bridge and Willamina. Yamhill River Road runs parallel to much of this section of the river and provides adequate turnouts and parking at several locations along the way. The remaining 15 miles of river open to trout fishing has some public access but also meanders across private lands. ODFW reminds anglers to be aware of and respectful toward private property rights along the river.
ST. LOUIS PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish
St. Louis Ponds is a 54-acre complex of seven ponds owned and managed by ODFW. It has a number of ADA-accessible fishing platforms and a paved trail that meanders around some of the ponds. Parking is very limited, so carpooling is encouraged, and participants may need to walk in a mile from the gate at the entrance of the complex. St. Louis Ponds is located 13 miles north of Salem and west of I-5. To get to there from the north, take the Woodburn exit off I-5. Then go east to Hwy. 99E. At Hwy. 99E, head south to the town of Gervais. At the light, go west on Gervais Rd. through Gervais. Gervais Rd. changes to St Louis Rd. Continue west on St Louis Rd. as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Lane, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Lane and follow the signs to the ponds. For more information, contact Jeff Fulop at (971) 673-6034.
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 over 2,000 trout ranging from larger-size to 2.5 pound brooders. It was stocked again on May 22 with 333 legal 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 over 2,000 ‘larger’ trout and nearly 200 heavyweight brooders. It was stocked on May 15 with 250 legal and 50 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. This waterbody 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 was stocked in mid-May with 3,085 legal-sized rainbow trout.
TRILLIUM LAKE: trout
Stocked the week of May 20 with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Trillium is a 60-acre lake located approximately three miles east of Government Camp off of Hwy 26. This lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood. A large campground at the lake features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.
TROJAN PONDS: trout, warmwater species
The pond was stocked the week of April 15 with 5,000 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 3,000 trout ranging in size from legals to multi-pound brooders. 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 will be stocked again this week with 2,000 legal and 250 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 was stocked on May 15 with 160 legal and 20 larger-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
Willamette Falls spring chinook passage showed improvement last week, while summer steelhead movement continues to move along with some very good daily passage numbers; winters are nearly through but have been hanging on at about a dozen fish per day. Through May 27 the passage of adult springers was up to 16,712 while the jack count stood at 735. The counts for summer steelhead were at 5,513 while winter steelhead showed 4,894 through May 27.
Angling effort for springers is slowly tailing off for the season but there are still a few fish getting hooked, particularly in the Oregon City area. The head of the Multnomah Channel also saw some effort but the catch rate was slow.
Shad anglers have provided much of the effort and catch on the Willamette in the Milwaukie/Oregon City area with 534 shad checked from 39 boats this past Friday through Sunday.
The catch and release sturgeon fishery has also been providing action with decent catch reported in the lower channel, near St Johns, and the Milwaukie area.
Hydro readings at Willamette Falls on June 3 show flows decreasing to 15,400 cfs, visibility about the same as last week at 5.2 ft., with the water temperature moving up to 60°.
CENTRAL ZONE FISHING
Weekend fishing opportunities:
Almost all the Cascade lakes are accessible and trout fishing should be good!
The stonefly hatches (some the best in years) are underway on the lower Deschutes River.
South Twin lake has been chosen as a venue for Cabela’s “Fish for Milions” promotion, which began Saturday, May 4 and continues through July 7. Rainbow trout have been tagged with spaghetti tags that could be worth up to $2 million to the angler lucky enough to catch one. For more information and to register.
ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: trout
The reservoir has been very turbid, which has negatively impacted the fishing. Anglers trolling hardware seem to be having the most success. Recent sampling suggests most of the trout average around 12-inches long with a good number of trout around 20-inches long available. The reservoir also received a load of catchable-size trout this week.
BEND PINE NURSERY POND: trout
The pond has been stocked and fishing is good.
BIG LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout
The lake is accessible and fishing has been good.
BIKINI POND: rainbow trout
The pond has been stocked this spring and should provide bank anglers with good spring fishing opportunity.
CLEAR LAKE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
Clear Lake has been stocked and should be a great opportunity for spring trout fishing. Anglers are most successful in Clear Lake early in the spring while the reservoir is full of water.
CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, kokanee, largemouth bass
Anglers are catching large brook trout, kokanee and rainbows. The resort owner reports some of the best fishing he has seen in many years, particularly for brook trout. Anglers are reporting success with flies, lures and bait.
CRESCENT LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee
Opportunities for rainbow and brown trout are good.
CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout and mountain whitefish
Fishing for 10-16 inch rainbow has been good. The trout may be spawning now so anglers are reminded to be careful if wading so as to not trample the redds. The use of bait is prohibited until May 25. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.
Flows below Bowman Dam.
CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout
No recent reports.
DAVIS LAKE: redband trout, largemouth bass
Anglers are catching trout near the mouth of Odell Creek.
DESCHUTES RIVER: steelhead, redband trout
Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam: steelhead, redband trout, whitefish
Good to excellent reports of trout fishing from the Deschutes above Maupin were reported. Best trout fishing typically occurs around midday, as the best light reaches the canyon floor. Fly anglers will find best success with mayfly and caddis patterns. Anglers have reported the best stonefly hatches in years on the Deschutes.
Anglers are reminded that Deschutes is currently closed to the retention of spring chinook. Anglers, who catch a tagged hatchery steelhead with an orange anchor tag, are encouraged to report catch information to ODFW at 541-296-4628 or via the internet. Anglers catching a tagged wild fish should release it immediately without recording any information.
Lake Billy Chinook to Bend: rainbow trout, brown trout
Flows are typical for irrigation season: approximately 150 cfs above Lower Bridge and 400-500 downstream. Rainbow trout average 10 to 16-inches, while brown trout up to 26-inches are available. Anglers will find better access downstream of Lower Bridge. Remains open year round; however, gear is restricted to artificial flies and lures only.
EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, Atlantic salmon, kokanee
Is currently accessible. Opportunities for rainbow and brown trout as well as kokanee are good.
FALL RIVER: rainbow trout
The river above the falls is open all year; the river below the falls opens May 25. Fishing is restricted to fly fishing only with barbless hooks.
FROG LAKE: rainbow trout
Frog Lake has been stocked and should offer great fishing for trout.
HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee
Fishing has been good for large trout and kokanee.
HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead, winter steelhead, spring chinook
Spring chinook season opened on the Hood River on April 15, 2013 and will remain open until June 30, 2013. Anglers may retain two adipose fin clipped adult chinook and five fin clipped jack Chinook.
Anglers are reporting some success on spring chinook from the mouth upstream to Punchbowl Falls.
HOSMER LAKE: Atlantic salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout
Is now accessible but no recent fishing report.
LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: bull trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass
Fishing for smallmouth bass should start picking up with the warmer weather. A tribal angling permit is required in the Metolius Arm. Please check the special regulations for this area.
Anglers are reminded there are small numbers of spring chinook and summer steelhead in Lake Billy Chinook as part of the reintroduction effort. Please release these fish unharmed.
LITTLE LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout
No recent reports.
LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout
The lake has been stocked and should be great fishing for newly stocked and hold over trout.
METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout
Trout fishing has been good. Insect hatches should offer lots of opportunities for good dry fly fishing. Angling for post spawning bull trout should be excellent. Large streamer flies fished in the deeper pools and slots are the best bet.
The mainstem above the Allingham Bridge closed to fishing Oct. 31.
NORTH TWIN: rainbow trout
Fishing is good.
OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout
Fishing for trout has been good for trout averaging 8 to 10 inches.
Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures only; two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.
OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
Fishing for trout has been good. Anglers are reporting trout up to 18-inches long. Recent sampling indicated there is a good number of trout averaging 12 to 14-inches long available.
ODELL LAKE: kokanee, lake trout, rainbow trout
Anglers are reporting large catches of kokanee. Anglers targeting lake trout are also having success. Early season provides the best opportunity for lake trout.
PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee
Currently accessible. Water temperature is cool but kokanee and rainbow trout angling is fair and should improve.
PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
The reservoir has been stocked and should offer anglers a great chance to catch recently stocked legal and brood size rainbow trout.
PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout and largemouth bass
Fishing has been good and the trout that have been caught were large. Bass and crappie fishing has been picking up in the east end of the reservoir.
PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass
No recent reports but the trout are active.
ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
The reservoir has been stocked and should offer anglers a great chance to catch recently stocked legal and brood-size rainbow trout. Anglers should be aware that the reservoir may be drawn down for irrigation.
SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout
Shevlin Pond is fishing well.
SOUTH TWIN LAKE: Rainbow trout
Fishing continues to be excellent.
SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee
No recent reports
TAYLOR LAKE: rainbow trout and largemouth bass
Taylor Lake has been recently stocked, and has provided consistent catches of rainbow trout.
WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout
The lake was stocked with a load of catchable and larger-sized trout. There are also some holdover fish up to 20-inches long available.
WICKIUP RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, largemouth bass.
Fish are scattered, but anglers are reporting catches of 18-20 kokanee as well as a few large brown trout.
SOUTHEAST ZONE FISHING
Weekend fishing opportunities:
Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good.
The black drake hatch is underway on the upper Williamson River.
ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
Reservoir is a great winter fishing location because water temperatures remain at 60 °F keeping trout and hybrid bass actively feeding.
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.
ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout
Annie Creek opened on April 27. 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.
BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie
The reservoir will be stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 6. The water level is very low for this time of year.
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 48 percent full and inflows averaged 100 cfs (June 2). The water leve lis four feet above the bottom of the boat ramp making launching and retrieving larger boats difficult. Early prognostications of the reservoir reaching minimum water level is for 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 have increased sharply with the recent rains from 119 to 179 cfs (May 28). Over the last week, water temperatures at Page Springs gauge ranged from 46˚F to 58˚F. The upper Blitzen opened to harvest May 25; the Little Blitzen is open year around for catch-and-release.
BULLY CREEK RESERVOIR: bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish, and trout.
The reservoir water level continues to drop; it was 52 percent full on June 2. The boat ramp is open and usable. Cool weather has put crappies off the bite, during a recent look at the reservoir most crappie appeared to be in deep water near the bottom. Early prognostications for this reservoir reaching minimum water level is for mid-August.
BURNS POND: trout, bass
Fishing has been slow for trout 8 to 10-inches.
CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout
The river below Hwy 31 in Paisley closed to fishing Oct. 31. The river upstream of Hwy 31 remains open and the use of bait is PROHIBITED! The river is ice free in Paisley, but is turbid.
CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout
The reservoir is increasing from half-full and remains very turbid. No recent fishing report, but the reservoir received a lot of fishing pressure over the weekend.
COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout
Current ice conditions and thickness are unknown. The road to the lake is nearly open and may open for vehicle access in the next few weeks depending on weather conditions.
COW LAKES: largemouth bass, white crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout
Neither lake filled this year. It is likely that both lakes will be drawn down to very low levels by early summer. No recent fishing reports.
DELINTMENT LAKE: trout
Good fishing for holdover trout in the 10 to 12-inch size range. The lake was stocked last week, and there are lots of trout in the 8 to 10-inch size range available to angers.
DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout
Deming Creek opened May 25. This includes the irrigation ditch that runs into Campbell Reservoir. 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.
DOG LAKE: largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead
The reservoir is ice-free but the water temperature remains cool limiting bass activity. Perch fishing may be an option because they are active at cooler water temperatures and usually spawn when water temperatures reach 50-55 °F. The reservoir is closed to the retention of trout to protect native redband trout.
DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
The reservoir is ice-free, but water temperatures are still in the low 40s. Fish will become more active as the water warms over the next month. 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 from the north side you can access up to Jackson Park, on the south end you can get to the bottom of Big Indian Gorge. The full loop will likely not be open until July. The lake is free of snow and ice.
FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout
Fourmile Lake is accessible. The boat ramp is open and clear of woody material. Anglers are catching lake trout around 20 inches and a few rainbow trout. Lake trout are holding in shallower water as the water temperatures are still cool. The lake will not be stocked until late June with trophy and legal rainbow trout.
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.
HAINES POND: rainbow
The pond has been stocked with both legal-sized and larger one-pound rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.
HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee
No recent reports. Ice is pulling away from the edges and will soon be completely gone. 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
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 good especially for brown bullhead. Fishing for brown bullhead is best at the day use areas immediately upstream and downstream of the bridge crossing JC Boyle Reservoir. Fishing for crappie has been good especially around the bridge crossing.
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 all methods. Anglers are successful trolling lures, using dead minnows near the bottom and casting flies and lures. Redband trout are scattered throughout the lake. ODFW encourages catch and release as this fishery is managed for trophy trout. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit. Redband trout will start moving out of the lake this week with the increasing water temperatures. Algae is dense in most of the lake especially during light wind conditions.
KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout
Fishing with flies or lures has been fair. Look for blizzard hatches of mayflies and caddis flies. The current flow level of 671 cfs below Keno Dam provides very good fishing opportunities. Make sure you check the flows before you go as they change almost daily and will likely increase later this week as rain subsides. Typically flows are decreased in this section of river when flows are being met at Iron Gate Dam from increased precipitation below Keno Dam. The river remains turbid. The water temperatures are ideal for redband trout at this time. Anglers should wear wading belt, studded wading boots and carry a wading staff. The Klamath River below Keno Dam is turbid and the substrate is composed of large, angular boulders with bedrock drop-offs. Large trout over 20 inches are abundant.
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. Look for blue winged olive mayfly hatches around noon. Look for back eddies and rising fish. 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 evening after six pm. Fishing is slow. Salmonflies and golden stoneflies should 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 stocked last week with legal and trophy rainbow trout. Fishing should be good for hatchery rainbow trout. Fishing is good for yellow perch using small lures, flies or bait. Yellow perch are actively spawning. Fishing for largemouth bass is good around large wood in the lake and around the multiple docks along the lakeshore. Lake of the Woods will be stocked next the week of June 10-14. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194 or visit their website.
LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
Ice is pulling away from the edges and will soon be completely gone. Anglers can access the reservoir using either the Fish Hole Creek road or the Quartz Mountain road (3715). 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 improved. 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 reservoir is barely half full. The boat ramp is in the water and 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 292 cfs on June 2. 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 479 cfs on June 2. The water temperature below Warm Springs Dam ranged from 57˚F to 62˚F and below Beulah Dam it ranged from 57˚F to 60˚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 free of snow. Fishing for trout is slow primarily due to high and cold water.
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
Access blocked by snow. A snowmobile can be used to reach the lake but ice conditions are unknown.
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 was still iced-over as of March 15.
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 should be good.
OWYHEE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, catfish
The water level in the reservoir continues to slowly drop, it was 40 percent of full and inflows averaged 191 cfs (Jun 2). Spring runoff season is coming to unusually early end due to very low snow pack. 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 are averaging 160 cfs (Jun 2). 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 angling.
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.
OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish
Owyhee River flows remained relatively stable over the last week, averaging 191 cfs on June 2. Fishing for smallmouth and channel catfish is improving.
PAIUTE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout
The reservoir is ice-free and low. Fishing will be best during the spring when water temperatures are below 65 °F.
PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch
The reservoir is at 57 percent of capacity. Fishing is fair to good for 8 to 12-inch rainbow trout. Fishing is slow for yellow perch.
PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout, crappie
Fishing is fair for 10 to 14-inch rainbow trout. The high-water boat launch is functional.
POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
Spring fishing has been good for carry over trout in the reservoir.
POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
The reservoir is barely half full and dropping. Catch rates remain slow. This reservoir was stocked with legal-sized trout on May 28.
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 reservoir is ice-free and some anglers have been fishing. 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
All wilderness lakes are blocked by snow.
SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
No recent report.
SPAULDING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
No recent fishing reports, but it is likely ice-free. Please consider keeping a limit of trout if you fish this reservoir.
SPENCER CREEK: redband trout, brook trout.
Spencer Creek opens May 25. 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
Sprague River opened to angling on April 27 from Saddle Mountain Pitt Road bridge upstream including all tributaries except Deming Creek. 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. The Sprague River opens on May 25 from the mouth to Saddle Mountain Pitt Road. Fishing should be fair for redband trout.
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 was very good for brook trout on opening weekend. Angling 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. Access is also open to a larger portion of the watershed due to a reduced snow pack. 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
Spring Creek opens to angling on May 25. 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 should be good at most areas as flow is very low for this time of year. Access is also open to a larger portion of the watershed due to a reduced snow pack. 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
Spring can be fantastic for large rainbow trout at this reservoir. The reservoir is ice-free and fishing will be best during the spring when water temperatures remain below 65 °F.
THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout
The reservoir is at 93 percent of capacity and receding. Boat anglers have reported good 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.
UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie
The reservoir is at 74 percent of capacity and receding. Boat anglers report good fishing for 12-15 inch rainbows. Bank fishing is slower. Anglers are reminded that a new regulation is in place allowing harvest of bass only under 15 inches in length.
WARM SPRINGS RESERVOIR: smallmouth bass, white crappie, catfish, perch, and hatchery rainbow trout
The water level in the reservoir continues to drop. Spring runoff season is coming to an early end due to low snow pack. The reservoir was 38 percent full and inflows averaged 70 cfs (Jun 2). The boat ramp is out of the water making launching and retrieving boat more difficult. No recent fishing reports.
WARNER POND: trout
The reservoir is ice-free. Anglers should consider fishing here early in the spring before it weeds begin to make angling difficult.
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 black drakes mayflies are hatching and the spinners are falling on the water. Try casting flies to rising fish. 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 but still turbid. Most large redband trout remain in the lake this month.
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 including salmonflies. Fishing regulations have changed on Wood River 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. 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. Brown trout are currently feeding on worms. Bait is not allowed but imitations such as San Juan worm flies can be effective. Remember plastic worms are considered bait and are prohibited on the Wood River.
YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout
Early spring fishing for holdover trout has been good. The lake has been stocked with legal sized trout for the season.
NORTHEAST FISHING ZONE
Weekend fishing opportunities
The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good.
Both trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake, with limits of both being caught.
Warmwater fishing on McKay Reservoir is picking up and should be good.
Should be good catch-and-release fishing for trout on the upper Umatilla.
Aldrich ponds: rainbow trout
Opened on May 25. Fishing is good for rainbows up to 15-inches on bait, lures and flies. The bag limit is two fish over 8 inches per day. It is a 1.5 mile hike into the ponds. Weed growth is inhibiting fishing access at the lower pond but fish to 18-inches can be caught, especially from a float tube or raft. The upper pond has fewer weeds and is better suited to bank fishing.
BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout
Fishing is good right now and a boat launch is available. Bait, lures and flies are all producing. Rainbow stocked last year are 10- to 12-inches. Brook trout average 8 to 10-inches.
GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass
The Grande Ronde River is open for trout, whitefish and bass. Bass fishing in the lower sections of the river should begin to pick up as spring and summer progresses. The river is currently high from snowmelt but some fish may be found in the margins and slack water. Floating the stretch from Minam to Troy is popular this time of year and can make a great fishing trip for trout. Remember only adipose fin clipped trout can be retained, and bull trout are present and should be immediately released unharmed.
Check river flows
HATROCK PONDS: trout
The ponds have been stocked and the fishing should be good for rainbow trout.
HOLLIDAY PARK POND: trout
Pond was stocked on April 10 with jumbos and legal-sized trout. Fishing is good.
HUNTER POND: trout
The pond will be stocked the week of May 20 with legal-sized rainbow trout. Hunter Pond is located about 3 miles south of Hwy 244 off of USFS Rd 5160. The pond is located on the 710 spur just west of 5160.
IMNAHA RIVER: trout, whitefish
The Imnaha River opened for trout on May 25. The river is still high from snowmelt but anglers can find success in the margins where fish will be seeking refuge from turbulent flows. Lures, bait and flies will all be successful. Fly anglers should look for fish rising to caddis and golden stone flies. Whitefish are abundant in the Imnaha River and can provide a great opportunity for young anglers and can save a day when the trout fishing is slow. Target whitefish in deep runs with small spinners or dead drifted nymphs. Remember to check gear restrictions and only adipose fin clipped trout can be retained below Big Sheep Cr. While angling for bull trout is allowed, it’s required they are released unharmed.
Check Imnaha River flows.
JOHN DAY RIVER: Resident rainbow and Smallmouth bass
River flows are at fishable levels and trout fishing is good. Bag limit is 5 fish per day over 8-inches.
Bass fishing is good on the river below Kimberly and on the North Fork up to Monument. Most Bass are 8 to 10-inches with a few up to 15-inches.
Check John Day River flows.
LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout
Fish in the 12 to 14-inch size range are being caught at Cavender and 8 to 10-inch fish are being caught in Long Creek pond.
LUGER POND: trout
The pond was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of April 29. Anglers are reminded this is a handicap accessible site in a beautiful forest setting.
MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout
Fishing for brook trout is good on bait lures and flies. The lake will be stocked with rainbows in early June.
MARR POND: surplus steelhead
Marr Pond has been stocked with legal and trophy sized trout. Angling is good with a variety of methods including bait, lures, and flies. Marr Pond offers a great opportunity to get the young ones into some fish. Stocking will continue periodically throughout the summer.
McKAY RESERVOIR: crappie,yellow perch,bass
Angling for yellow perch has been good, but the fish are small. Crappie fishing should continue to improve as the water temperature continue to warm. Bass fishing is good. The reservoir is at near full pool making both boat ramps usable. Anglers are reminded of the new bass regulation; 5 bass per day, with only 1 over 15 inches and only 1 may be a largemouth bass.
McNARY PONDS: trout
The ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.
MORGAN LAKE: trout, bullheads, bass
Opened for fishing April 27. No recent reports.
OLIVE LAKE: rainbow and kokanee
Access is now open and kokanee fishing will be good until summer heat drives them into deep water. Rainbows will be stocked in early June.
PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout
The pond has been stocked with both legal-sized and larger one-pound rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.
ROULET POND: rainbow trout
The pond has been stocked with both legal-sized and larger one-pound rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.
ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
The water level is low. Reservoir will be stocked with catchable rainbow trout this week.
Schneider Wildlife area ponds: rainbow trout
Wiley pond is now open for those willing to walk the 2 miles. Twelve-inch rainbow are being caught. Aldrich Gulch Pond is also open and requires a 1 mile hike.
TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout
This is a new stocking site in 2013 and will be stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 20. The pond is located in a gravel pit just off USFS Rd. 7740, approximately ½ mile south of the Jct. with USFS Rd. 7700.
TROUT FARM POND: rainbow and brook trout
Fishing for rainbow and brook trout is good. The campground is now open.
TWIN PONDS: trout
The pond has been stocked and fishing for rainbow trout should be good.
UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout
The following ponds have been stocked to date, Boundary, Owsley, Walk-in, Twin, Drift Fence, Pearson Ridge, OK and 5212. The North Umatilla ponds (Goldfish, 5412, Yellow Jacket, Granite Meadows, French Corral, Four Corners and Frog Heaven) are schedule to be stocked next week. All should provide good fishing.
UMATILLA RIVER: trout
The Umatilla river Spring chinook season closed May 15 due to a much smaller than expected return. The upper Umatilla should provide good catch-and-release angling for rainbow trout.
Updated Threemile Dam fish counts.
WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout
Some experienced anglers are catching limits of kokanee. Kokanee are ranging from 8 to 12-inches, and are being caught on a mix of trolling and jigging gear. Surface temperatures are warming and were recorded at 52°F (11°C) last week. Fishing for recently stocked and holdover rainbow trout has been good with a number of anglers catching limits regularly. Docks have been installed at both ends of the lake and the fishing cleaning station near the marina is operational.
Remember, a temporary rule is in place until Nov. 19 that allows harvest of 20 kokanee per day, no more than 5 over 12-inches.
WALLOWA RIVER: trout, whitefish
The Wallowa River is open for trout and whitefish. A number of anglers found success last weekend on spinning gear and flies. Fish ranged from 8 to 15-inches. The river is high but the color is on and anglers should be able to find fish in the margins and slack water. Spinners, bait, and flies will be effective. Fly anglers should look to imitate the golden stoneflies and caddis. Sculpin patterns stripped just off the bank can also produce. Remember, below Rock Cr. only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested.
Whitefish are abundant in the Wallowa River and can provide a great opportunity for young anglers and can save a day when the trout fishing is slow.
WESTON POND: trout
The pond has been stocked and fishing for rainbow trout should be good.
WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, crappie
Trout angling should be fair, crappie fish should improve as water temperatures warm.
COLUMBIA ZONE FISHING
Weekend Fishing Opportunities:
Effective Saturday May 25 through June 15 spring chinook fishing is open from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Beacon Rock, plus the banks only from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam.
Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam.
Sturgeon retention is allowed three days per week (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) from Marker 82 downstream to Wauna Powerlines through June 15 with a 38-inch minimum and 54-inch maximum fork length restriction in effect.
The estuary sturgeon season is open seven days per week during Saturday May 11 through Sunday, June 30 (or catch guideline) below the Wauna Powerlines with a 41-inch minimum and 54-inch maximum limit (fork length).
Walleye angling is excellent in the The Dalles and John Day pools.
Current Columbia River regulations for sturgeon and spring chinook can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page.
Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:
Salmonid catch rates improved slightly over the weekend in most areas along the lower Columbia. Boat anglers in the gorge below Beacon Rock had the best success where anglers averaged 0.6 spring chinook caught per boat. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.37 spring chinook caught per boat, while in the estuary boat anglers averaged 0.33 spring chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Longview area, boat anglers averaged 0.2 spring chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers had the best success in the gorge where anglers averaged 0.08 spring chinook caught per angler. In the Portland to Westport area, bank anglers averaged 0.01 spring chinook and 0.03 steelhead caught per angler. Shad anglers are doing well in the gorge. On Saturday’s (6/1) flight, 306 salmonid boats, 61 shad boats, 344 Oregon salmonid bank anglers and 281 Oregon shad bank anglers were counted.
Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult chinook kept for 26 salmonid anglers; and 3,204 shad kept, plus 47 shad released for 424 shad anglers.
Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult chinook released for five salmonid boats (14 anglers); and 962 shad kept for 23 shad boats (77 anglers).
Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult chinook and one adipose fin-clipped jack chinook kept, plus five unclipped adult chinook released for 19 salmonid boats (45 anglers); and 113 shad kept, plus 11 shad released for 17 shad boats (36 anglers).
Portland to Westport Bank:
Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult chinook and eight adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult chinook and one unclipped jack chinook released for 236 salmonid anglers.
Portland to Westport Boats:
Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult chinook and three adipose fin-clipped jack chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult chinook released for 20 boats (48 anglers); and 52 shad kept for four boats (nine anglers).
Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Westport):
Weekend checking showed no catch for 21 bank anglers.
Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Westport):
Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult chinook kept for nine boats (24 anglers).
Sturgeon anglers had the best success in the estuary where boat anglers averaged 0.77 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. Sturgeon anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.43 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.34 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.14 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. On Saturday’s (6/1) flight, 342 sturgeon boats and 42 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Marker 82 in the gorge downstream to Buoy 10.
Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):
Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus two oversize and 22 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (26 anglers).
Weekend checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus 29 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (14 anglers).
Portland to Westport Bank:
Weekend checking showed no catch for five bank anglers.
Portland to Longview Boats:
Weekend checking showed 10 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, four oversize and 99 sublegal sturgeon released for 32 boats (87 anglers).
Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):
Weekend checking showed 32 legal white sturgeon kept, plus five legal, three oversize and 69 sublegal sturgeon released for 48 boats (132 anglers); and five legal white sturgeon kept, plus six sublegal sturgeon released for eight charter boat anglers.
The Dalles Pool:
Weekly checking showed five sublegal sturgeon released for seven bank anglers; and 12 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).
John Day Pool:
Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for 21 bank anglers; and nine legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, 14 oversize and 44 sublegal sturgeon released for 23 boats (64 anglers).
Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools can be found at the following link:
WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary
The Dalles Pool:
Weekly checking showed 12 walleye kept for four boats (15 anglers).
John Day Pool:
Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 23 walleye kept, plus four walleye released for 23 boats (41 anglers).
MARINE ZONE FISHING
Saltwater News Bulletins
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Prohibitions at Oregon’s marine reserves at Redfish Rocks and Otter Rock are in effect. Fishing, crabbing, clamming, hunting and gathering seaweed are all prohibited. Beach walking, surfing, bird watching, diving and other non-extractive uses continue to be allowed. See complete details and a map of the boundaries of the reserves:
Otter Rock Marine Reserve
Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area
Herring in Yaquina Bay
Anglers are catching large herring in Yaquina Bay. There are no other reports of significant herring catches from other Oregon bays or estuaries, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. While most anglers catch herring for bait, they are excellent eating and good for you with higher omega 3 oil content than salmon. Try them smoked. Delicious! This is also a really fun fishery for kids.
In all ports fishing for rockfish continues to be good with near limits out of Garabaldi, Pacific City and Brookings. Windy conditions during most of last week made for a fast drift so lingcod were hard to come by. Most ports only reported one lingcod for every two anglers. The exception was Brookings where anglers landed 1.5 lingcod for every angler.
Bottom fishing is closed offshore of the 30-fathom line defined by latitude and longitude.
Cabezon retention is prohibited by all anglers until July 1. Retention of cabezon is allowed July 1 through Sept. 30. Under the federal cabezon quota, there is only enough cabezon to be open for two to three months during the busy summer period. When ODFW asked for public input in the fall, many people said they preferred a later season (July-September) over an earlier season. The daily bag and size limits remain the same (one-fish sublimit, 16-inch minimum length).
The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish (of which no more than one may be a cabezon during the cabezon season). There are separate daily limits for lingcod (two) and flatfish other than Pacific halibut (25).
Remember: yelloweye rockfish and canary rockfish may not be retained.
The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, approximately 15 miles west of Newport, is closed to the harvest of rockfish, lingcod, flatfish and other species in the groundfish group.
Few anglers went out for salmon in the ocean and even fewer returned with a chinook salmon last week.
Fishing for chinook salmon from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain is open from March 15 through Oct. 31. All retained chinook salmon must be 24 inches or larger.
Anglers fishing in ocean waters adjacent to Tillamook Bay between Twin Rocks and Pyramid Rock and within the 15 fathom depth contour are reminded that only adipose fin clipped chinook salmon may be retained or on board while fishing.
Salmon season details are now available on the ODFW web site
Columbia River Subarea
As of May 26, anglers landed a total of 2,385 pounds. This leaves 7,131 pounds (75 percent) of the spring quota remaining. Average weight so far this season is 17 pounds. This fishery is open every Friday-Sunday.
Central Oregon Coast Subarea
Through the May 16-18 opener, the total harvest is 50,941 pounds. This leaves 70,006 pounds or 58 percent of the spring all-depth quota remaining. There is one set of “fixed dates” remaining on June 6-8. The average weight from the all-depth fishery so far this season has been approximately 16 pounds.
Nearshore Season—Through May 26, the total harvest is 1,139 punds, leaving 22,263 punds or 97 percent of the nearshore quota remaining. The nearshore fishery was open May 23-25, landings from that opening were 364 pounds. Even though it was a long holiday weekend, the marine weather limited effort. The average weight from the nearshore fishery, so far this season has been 19.3 pounds. The next nearshore opening will be June 13-15.
2013 Pacific Halibut Sport Regulations
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will make the final decision on the 2013 halibut regulations, including open dates, at their meeting on May 10.
Leadbetter Point, Wash., to Cape Falcon
Spring All-Depth Season: Open May 3, three days per week, Friday-Sunday, through 9,516 pounds or the start of the summer season on Aug. 2.
Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain
Nearshore Season (Quota = 23,038 pounds)
Open May 2, three days per week (Thursday-Saturday), inside the 40-fathom line (defined by waypoints) through the earlier of 23,038 pounds or Oct. 31.
Spring All-Depth Season: Open May 9-11, May 16-18, May 30-June 1, and June 6-8. Backup days are June 20-22, July 4-6, and July 18-20.
South of Humbug Mountain
Open May 1, seven days per week, through Oct. 31.
The International Pacific Halibut Commission set the annual allowable catch for the West Coast at the same level as last year.
For the most up-to-date information visit: http://dfw.state.or.us/mrp/finfish/halibut/index.asp
New for 2012
Limits double on purple varnish calms
Clam diggers may harvest twice as many purple varnish clams in 2013 than they did in previous years. In response to a public proposal, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission increased the daily catch limit for purple varnish clams from 36 per day to 72 per day. Purple Varnish Clams are a non-native species that has become established in several Oregon bays and estuaries over the past decade.
Scallops require report card
Also starting in 2013, divers who harvest rock scallops will be required to report their catch to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife using a free harvest card. Divers will provide important information about this resource to ODFW biologists that will enable them to better manage the resource. Since 1996, ODFW has required similar reporting by all recreational abalone harvesters who complete an annual harvest card. This program helps ODFW biologists understand and monitor the abalone fishery. This same card now includes space for rock scallop harvesters to report their catch. Anyone recreationally harvesting abalone or rock scallops will need to obtain the free abalone and scallop harvest card in addition to an Oregon Shellfish License. The harvest card is easy to get and simple to complete. Limits for abalone and rock scallops remain the same: one per day and five per year for abalone and 24 rock scallops per day.
Divers can get abalone/scallop permits by contacting ODFW Marine Resources Program in Newport 541-867-4741, Charleston 541-888-5515 or Astoria 503-325-2462. For more information visit the ODFW website.
For the tide series of May 8 to 13, razor clam harvesting along the Clatsop Beaches was good. Even with a low tide series that wasn’t very large, those harvesters that ventured out came back with mostly limits. During this tide series harvest was once again the best at the Seaside beach areas where numerous large fat clams were taken. Sunset beach was also quite productive. Harvesters averaged more than 13 clams per person in these areas while the rest of the beach areas averaged almost 11 clams per person. Clams harvested were mixed sizes with many clams larger than five inches taken during the beginning of the tide series in the Seaside area and an increase in smaller clams, less than four inches, taken at the end of the series. Many of the clams in Seaside were at the peak of their body condition; some being better than a half pound each.
Water temperatures are above the spawning temperature threshold and there is still a fair amount of food in the surf. This makes the clams show quite readily but also has initiated spawning in some of the larger clams. Spawning has been observed in nearly all the beach areas but most notably in the northern areas. In the southern areas it was not so prevalent that it significantly impact harvesting. Once the spawning becomes widespread the larger clams will not show as readily as they have in the past low tide series.
There was a significant set of clams in 2012 that would be considered small (less than 3 ½ inches) to many harvesters. Therefore harvesters must use extreme caution when digging to only choose the largest shows so as to limit the chances of digging a small clam. Shellfish staff observed wastage rates that are higher than average this time of year. Wastage is the intentional replanting of small or broken clams. A full 80 percent of these replanted clams die due to damage or improper placement.
The next minus tide series is from June 5 to 15.
Harvesters are reminded to keep accurate count of the clams they have retained and need to keep the first 15 clams they dig regardless of size or condition as per permanent regulations.
Harvesters should pay close attention to the surf forecasts and be on the beach one to two hours before low tide. If the forecast calls for combined seas over 8 or 10 feet, razor clam harvesting can be difficult because the clams tend to show much less in those conditions. When referencing tide tables, Clatsop beach razor clam harvesters should use the tide gauge at the Columbia River entrance.
The entire Oregon coast is open to razor clam harvest.
Recreational shellfish safety status as of May 28:
Mussel harvesting reopened on March 8 from Cape Arago to the California border.
With the reopening, all shellfish harvesting is open along the entire Oregon coast.
The consumption of whole recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended, however. Coastal scallops are not affected by toxin closures when only the adductor muscle is eaten.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture's shellfish safety hotline is toll free and provides the most current information regarding shellfish safety closures. Please call the hotline before harvesting: 1-800-448-2474.
Check out the recreational shellfish pages on the ODFW web site. The pages contain everything you need to know for identifying and harvesting Oregon’s clams.
Bay crabbing in May was slow, with very few legal-sized male Dungeness crab caught. However, bay crabbing success should continue to improve over the next few months. May and June are transitional months when male crabs molt, increasing the availability of legal-sized crab. Newly-molted crabs are lighter in weight and have softer shells. There is limited staff availability to survey recreational crabbers over the winter, but monthly updates should be available throughout the summer and fall.
Ocean crabbing has been good. Recreational crabbing in the ocean is open along the entire Oregon coast.
The ODFW crabbing report shows average number of legal-sized Dungeness crab per person in various ports by month over the past couple of years: check it out.
Some sport crabbers have difficulty correctly measuring the minimum size for Dungeness crab, which is 5 3⁄4 inches measured in a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but not including, the points. See an illustration showing the correct measurement.