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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

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.

Trout fishing at Chickahominy has been good.

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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

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 44 percent full and inflows averaged 71 cfs (June 9). The water level is two 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 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 have stabilized to 144 cfs (June 10), which is a good flow level for fishing. Over the last week, water temperatures at Page Springs gauge ranged from 56˚F to 64˚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 49 percent full on June 9. The boat ramp is open and usable. Catch rates for crappie improved with the warmer weathers. 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.

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 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 should be good.

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 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.

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 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.

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. 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. This is the last week you can fish from Keno Dam to Topsy Reservoir as this stretch closes on June 16 and reopens on October 1. Look for blizzard hatches of mayflies and caddis flies. The current flow level of 752 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 morning before 8 a.m. 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 will be stocked this week with legal and trophy rainbow trout. Fishing should be very good for hatchery rainbow trout. A youth angling event organized by Lake of the Wood Resort will take place on June 15 and 16. 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 409 cfs on June 9. 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 693 cfs on June 9. The water temperature below Warm Springs Dam ranged from 58˚F to 62˚F and below Beulah Dam it ranged from 58˚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 is available. No recent fishing reports. Miller Lake will be stocked the week of June 24.

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 38 percent of full and inflows averaged 168 cfs (Jun 9). Spring runoff season is over. 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, averag 150 cfs (Jun 9). 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.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

Owyhee River flows dropped a little over the last week, averaging 168 cfs on June 9. 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

Fishing continues to be 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.

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.

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 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 35 percent full and inflows averaged 30 cfs (Jun 9). 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. 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

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

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