SOUTHEAST ZONE FISHING
Weekend fishing opportunities:
Mann Lake continues to put our 16-inch cutthroats.
Krumbo Reservoir was stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout in time for last weekend’s opener.
The best fishing on Thompson Reservoir can be in the spring when water temperatures remain below 65 F.
Haines and North Powder ponds have been stocked with larger, one-pound trout and fishing should be good.
2013 Spring Fishing Guide
Describes available access for boats and bank anglers, water levels, recent regulation changes, best time of year to fish, where to target your efforts, and tips on gear, lures and techniques for hundreds of rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs.
Adult fly fishing workshop at Wizard Falls Hatchery May 18
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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
Annie Creek opened on April 27. Fishing regulations have changed on Annie Creek 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 are high and very cold. Access to fishing is available at the USFS snow park just before you enter Crater Lake National Park.
BEULAH RESERVOIR: redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout
Irrigation water releases were turned on April 13. The reservoir remains at 64 percent full and inflows averaged 160 cfs (April 21). Spring runoff season is ongoing. The reservoir is open. Recent fishing reports indicate catch rates were slow. They should improve this week, as the wind should subside by next weekend.
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 been gradually declined over the last week, with the most recent instantaneous recording of 112 cfs (April 22). Over the last week, water temperatures at Page Springs gauge ranged from 45˚F to 55˚F. Catch rates have been good on large trout. The upper Blitzen is closed to harvest until late May; the Little Blitzen remains open year around for catch-and-release.
BULLY CREEK RESERVOIR: bass, white crappie, yellow perch, catfish, and trout.
The reservoir water level was 73 percent full on April 21. Spring runoff season is ongoing. It appears that outflows and inflows have equalized. The reservoir is open. No recent fishing reports.
BURNS POND: trout, bass
Ice is off the pond (March 19). Fishing has been good 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. Ice is completely off, and catch rates have been improving. The majority of trout caught are over 16 inches.
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
No recent fishing reports. Both lakes are open.
DELINTMENT LAKE: trout
Roads to Delintment Lake are open. No recent fishing reports. Contact the Hines office (541) 573-6582 if you capture a brook trout while fishing in Delintment Lake.
DEMING CREEK: redband trout
Deming Creek is closed to angling until May 25 to protect spawning redband trout. This includes the irrigation ditch that runs into Campbell Reservoir. Angling for bull trout is always closed.
DEVILS LAKE (FISHHOLE CREEK): largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead
Conditions at the lake are unknown at this time.
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. An unknown amount of ice and snow covers Fish Lake.
FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout
Access blocked by snow. A snowmobile can be used to reach the lake but ice conditions are unknown.
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 improving 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.
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. Spring fishing for cutthroat trout in the lake is anticipated to be good.
KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: redband trout and yellow perch
Both lakes have cleared and fishing has improved. 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. If you chose to harvest a trout you must cease fishing for the day.
KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout
Many of the redband trout have completed spawning and have entered the river. The river is turbid. Fishing with flies or lures has been fair. The current flow level of 698 cfs 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 slight increase in water temperature should improve fishing. 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. Fishing near the springs is better due to the warmer water temperatures this time of year.
Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger 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 hydrosytem below the powerhouse has operated with high flows (peaking) throughout most daylight hours. Fishing is poor.
KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout and largemouth bass
Opened to fishing April 27. Fishing should be good for trout, and slow for 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
The lake is ice free. Fishing is typically good for brown trout and holdover rainbow trout after ice out. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194 or visit their website. Fishing is fair for rainbow trout. Lake of the Woods was stocked last week with legal and trophy rainbow trout. The next stocking of rainbow trout will be the week of May 6-10.
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 catch rates remain slow but the trout are big. This reservoir did not receive any fingerling rainbow trout last spring, so numbers of trout in the reservoir are lower than normal. The boat ramp is in the water and the ice is gone.
MALHEUR RIVER (Warm Springs Reservoir downstream to South Fork Malheur River): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout
Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir averaged 335 cfs on April 21. 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 495 cfs on April 21. The water temperature below Warm Springs Dam ranged from 47˚F to 52˚F and below Beulah Dam it ranged from 48˚F to 50˚F over the last week. No recent fishing reports.
MALHEUR RIVER, NORTH FORK: redband trout, whitefish, and bull trout
Access to this area is beginning to open up. Anglers should still realize that the snowdrifts probably still block the road in places. Fishing for redband trout is slow primarily due to high water.
MALHEUR RIVER, MIDDLE FORK: redband trout, brook trout, and bull trout
Road to Summit Prairie is plowed; access to Logan Valley remains limited by snow. Fishing for trout is slow.
MANN LAKE: trout
The lake is free of ice. 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
Ice is off, and the lake is receiving good runoff from Silver Creek. No recent fishing reports, but trout fishing is expected to be best during the spring months.
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 reservoir water level was 52 percent of full and inflows averaged 304 cfs (April 21). Spring runoff season is ongoing. 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. Bass and crappie are slowly moving shallow. A few trout are being caught near the dam and in the Dry Creek Arm.
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 were turned on in early April. Discharge below the dam averaged about 158 cfs (April 21). Fishing for trout is fair to good.
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 continue to drop, averaging 304 cfs on April 21. Fishing for smallmouth and channel catfish is slow.
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 ice-free. Yellow perch have spawned and returned to deeper water. Legal-sized rainbow trout will be stocked the week of April 29.
PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout, crappie
Opened for fishing on April 27. Fishing is fair for 10 to 14-inch rainbow trout. The high-water boat launch is functional.
POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
Ice is off (April 2). Spring fishing is anticipated to be good in the reservoir.
POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
The reservoir is open. No recent angler reports, but catch rates are expected to be slow. This reservoir did not receive any fingerling-sized rainbow trout last spring, so the number of trout is lower than usual.
POWDER RIVER: trout, spring chinook
Opened April 27, and fishing is fair for native rainbows below Mason Dam.
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 to protect spawning redband trout.
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. Remember the Sprague River is closed from the mouth to Saddle Mountain Pitt Road until May 25 to protect spawning suckers and redband trout recovering from spawning.
NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: wild redband trout, brown trout, brook trout
The North Fork Sprague and all tributaries opened on April 27. Fishing should be good at most areas as flow is very low for this time of year. Access was blocked by a snowdrift prior to Sandhill Crossing campground. The hot weather this week and increased vehicle use should allow access to the Upper North Fork and tributaries. 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
Sevenmile Creek and all tributaries opened to fishing on 27 April. 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
The South Fork Sprague and all tributaries opened on April 27. 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 to protect spawning redband trout.
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
The Sycan River and all tributaries opened on April 27. 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 full. It was drained last summer so there are no holdover fish. It was stocked with sub-legal rainbows in November, but these are not expected to be legal length until late March or early April. Gillnet samples collected the last week of March showed the average length of trout is eight inches. Fishing is currently slow, but should pick up mid-May.
UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie
No recent reports.
WARM SPRINGS RESERVOIR: smallmouth bass, white crappie, catfish, perch, and hatchery rainbow trout
The reservoir is open. Spring runoff season is ongoing. The reservoir was 54 percent full and inflows averaged 187 cfs (April 21). 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. Fishing was slow at public areas over the weekend. Access is also open to a larger portion of the watershed due to a reduced snow pack. There is no daily limit on brook trout.
Lower Williamson River: wild redband trout, brown trout
The Williamson River opens May 25 from the mouth to Kirk Bridge to protect redband trout and suckers that are actively spawning.
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
Wood River and all tributaries opened to fishing on April 27. Fishing should be good as flows are low for this time of year. 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.
YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout
Access to the lake is open, and early spring fishing for holdover trout has been good. The lake will not be stocked with trout until May.