WILLAMETT ZONE FISHING
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.
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Weekend fishing opportunities:
- Spring chinook fishing is good in the lower Willamette River.
- Steelhead fishing is fair on the North and South Santiam and spring chinook are starting to arrive in the system.
- Steelhead are being caught in the Town Run of the Willamette in the Eugene-Springfield area.
- Steelhead fishing is fair to good on the Clackamas River
- Trout stocking is in full swing around the Willamette Valley and Portland metro area. Sites scheduled for stocking this week: Henry Hagg Lake, Sheridan Pond, Alton Baker Canal, Detroit Reservoir, Dexter Reservoir, EE Wilson Pond, Foster Reservoir, Junction City Pond, Leaburg Lake, the McKenzie River, Sunnyside Park Pond, Timber Linn Lake, Walling Pond, Walter Wirth Lake, Waverly Lake.
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ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout
The Alton Baker Canoe Canal was recently stocked with a total of 1,000 legal-sized and 300 larger rainbow trout released at multiple locations along the length of the Canal. In addition, another 950 fish were stocked behind Kowloons Restaurant for a Family Fishing Event last weekend. 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 April 29 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 LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, black crappie, bluegill
Stocked the week of April 29 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 64-acre lake located in Blue Lake Park 3 miles west of Troutdale. This family-friendly park as picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Multnomah County.
BLUE RIVER above BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout
Blue River above Blue River Reservoir will be stocked at multiple locations this week 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 will be stocked this week with 3,000 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. The Reservoir will be stocked this week with 3,500 legal sized rainbow trout.
BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout
This scenic river flows for approximately 30 miles into Detroit Reservoir. It will be stocked starting in early June. 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 the week of May 6 as previously scheduled due to large amounts of aquatic vegetation in the pond. The pond may be stocked at a later date as conditions permit. 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 will be stocked this week 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: winter steelhead, summer steelhead, spring chinook
Fishing has been fair to good for summer steelhead on the Clackamas while the winter steelhead fishery is winding down for the spring. The summers are spread throughout the river from McIver Park down to Gladstone, meaning both boat and bank anglers should have plenty of water to choose from. The springers are slowly showing up in the catch, both hatchery and wild, and some of the wild fish have already made it up to the sorting trap at North Fork. Reports are also indicating a scattering of hatchery spring chinook have been landed above Barton.
Monday hydrological data for the Clackamas has flows falling a fair amount due to dry weather at 3,150 cfs, with a gauge height in Estacada of 12.83 ft. and the water temperature now near 50°. Snow melt is expected to keep the river at this level through the 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 will be stocked this week 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 stocked the week of April 22 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout at several locations near Cottage Grove.
COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie
Stocked the week of April 29 with 1,750 legal-sized rainbow trout. 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
Garden Lake (Creswell Pond) was last stocked for the season the week of April 1. Garden Lake (Creswell Pond) is located in Garden Lake Park on the east side of I-5 in Creswell.
DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee
Located 50 miles east of Salem, this large lake (approx. 3,000 acres at full pool) receives over 100,000 trout throughout the year. The reservoir will be stocked again this week with 10,000 legal sized rainbow trout. The water level is currently 7 feet below full pool (as of May 6). Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit to find out more.
DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout
Dexter Reservoir will be stocked this week with 3,200 legal-sized rainbow trout. Dexter Reservoir is adjacent to Highway 58 near Lowell and is open all year.
DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater
Dorena Reservoir was recently stocked with 6,300 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: winter steelhead
The Eagle Creek winter steelhead fishery is over for this spring but anglers can anticipate the return of spring chinook in the next month, if flows hold up, from 240,000 smolts released annually at the Eagle Fern Park acclimation facility.
Long stretches of Eagle Creek run through private property, particularly up near the hatchery and from an area below the lower ladder on down past Bonnie Lure to the mouth. Anglers are advised to pay close attention to where you fish and we encourage you to ask permission prior to accessing or crossing private lands on your way to your favorite fishing hole. See Page 15 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation pamphlet for more information on “Your Rights to Use the Surface, Bed, and Banks of Oregon’s Rivers and Lakes.”
EAST FREEWAY LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie
This pond features some good size bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available. Freeway Lakes will be stocked this week with 700 legal and 50 larger size rainbow trout. To get there take the State Police exit in Albany and follow the frontage road south (3 Lakes Road) for several miles.
EE WILSON POND: trout, bluegill
EE Wilson Pond reopened for fishing Friday, Feb. 1 and has been stocked several times already. It will be stocked again this week with 600 legal and 250 larger and 25 trophy-size rainbow trout. Anglers can expect crowded conditions for a while so please exercise courtesy while enjoying this fabulous fishing opportunity. Also be reminded that permits are required when parking anywhere at EE Wilson Wildlife Area.
ESTACADA Lake: trout, steelhead, chinook, coho
Last stocked in mid-September with 1,750 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a supplemental stocking to the Aug. 27 release of 3,200 legal-sized rainbow trout. Estacada is a 150-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam. There is a fishing dock and ADA-accessible fishing platform that provide the only non-boating access. There is a boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at the lower end of the reservoir, picnic areas, and restrooms. There is a fee for entering the park.
FALL CREEK above FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout
Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir will be stocked this week 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 stocked the week of April 22 with 3,000 legal-sized and 400 larger sized rainbow trout. Fall Creek and Fall Creek Reservoir are north of Lowell and east of Unity.
FARADAY LAKE: trout
Faraday Lake has reopened for fishing following its closure last year to give crews working for Portland General Electric time to re-shape the lake bed, creating a deeper channel that will improve flow and help reduce downstream water temperatures in the Clackamas River. This lake will be stocked with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 13. The lake is a popular spot for bank-fishing. Boats are not permitted.
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 slowly filling and is currently 6 feet below full as of May 6. For local information regarding the lake, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000.
This lake is mostly shallow with a band of deep water from the original channel of the Long Tom River. The reservoir produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years. Best time of year for crappie is in spring after the water temperature reaches the mid-50s, but fish can still be found in deeper water year round. July and August are peak months for largemouth bass. Fish the shoreline along the southern part of the reservoir, especially the sloughs and inlets where there is underwater structure.
FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish
This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and two seasonal boat ramps. It will be stocked again this week with 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. Only Sunnyside boat ramp is 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 (as of May 6) and both Thistle Creek and Whitcomb Island boat ramps are open. It will be stocked this week 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 the week of April 15 with 4,000 legal-sized 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 April 29 with 1,750 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 3,500 legal-sized trout. Hennry Hagg is a 1,110-acre lake seven miles southwest of Forest Grove. Maintained and operated by Washington County, the park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.
HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater
Hills Creek Reservoir is open to fishing all year. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout and salmon must be released unharmed. As water temperatures increase, crappie catches will continue to improve.
HILLS CREEK above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout
Hills Creek will be stocked this week with a total of 500 rainbow trout released at several locations.
HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill
Stocked this week with 500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, it contains woody debris that provides habitat for bass and bluegill. It reaches a maximum depth of about 10 feet, with shallow "kid-friendly" edges. It is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby. There is paved parking lot and small ramp for people who want to launch small, non-motorized boats.
JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie
This prime fishing pond was stocked several times in January and February ranging from legal-size up to ‘pounders.’ It will be stocked again this week with 800 legal, 275 larger, and 25 trophy-size rainbow trout. Casting spinners and plunking with PowerBait can be effective strategies for these fish. Junction City pond is located about 2 miles south of Junction City on 99W on the west side of the highway. There is excellent access around the entire 8-acre pond. As a reminder, zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20 inches. The steelhead stocked a couple of months ago are considered ‘trout’ and the only-one-over-20-inches regulation applies.
LEABURG LAKE: trout
Leaburg Lake will be stocked weekly through late July, and then every other week in August. The lake will be stocked with 1,850 legal-sized rainbow trout this week.
MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead
The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake will be boat-stocked this week with 4,250 legal-sized and 1,750 larger rainbow trout from the town of Leaburg to Hendricks Bridge. 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 RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead
The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake was recently boat stocked from Finn Rock to EWEB’s Goodpasture Landing with a total of 9,750 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.
MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above Hills Creek Reservoir: trout
The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir opens to angling April 27. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be retained. The first stocking of this stretch of river is scheduled to occur the week of May 20.
MOLALLA RIVER: steelhead, spring chinook
The Molalla is looking good for anglers wanting to give it a try, with decent flow and nice color. Late season winter steelhead could be available given the numbers passing Willamette Falls and the same holds true for spring chinook that are returnig from direct releases of smolts completed in 2010 and 2011. 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 April 29 with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This release is in addition to the early January of rainbow trout brood stock ranging from 7 to 15 pounds. Anglers are reminded the bag limit on trout 20 inches and longer is one per day. Mt. Hood Pond, located on the Mt. Hood Community College campus in Gresham, is now open to all licensed and juvenile angler since the restriction limiting access to anglers 17 and under as well as those in possession of ODFW’s Disabled Angler Permit applies April 1 through Aug. 31.
NORTH AND SOUTH SANTIAM: steelhead, trout
Flow levels have stabilized recently and are currently at 3,720 cfs at Mehama on the North Santiam and 1,680 cfs at Waterloo on the South Santiam with water temperatures generally in the lower 50s. Anglers report some success catching steelhead below Stayton on the North Santiam and below Foster on the South Santiam. The new crop of summer steelhead and spring chinook have begun to show up in earnest at Willamette Falls with 3,007 and 8,644 fish respectively entering the ladder as of May 2. A few fresh summer steelhead have passed above Stayton over Bennett dam (51 fish as of April 30) and 388 have already shown up at Foster as well. Winter steelhead migrating above Willamette Falls remain below average with 4,612 fish counted as of May 2. 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 April 29 with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 4-acre pond next to the Progress Ridge Town Center in Beaverton, Oregon. The pond is an old rock pit and has a maximum depth of 54 feet. There is a sidewalk, fishing platform and viewing platform on one side of the lake. The lake is owned by Tualatin Hills Parks and Rec. Boating and swimming are prohibited on this lake.
ROARING RIVER POND: trout
This is a small one acre pond in Roaring River County Park near ODFW’s Roaring River fish hatchery. To get there, drive highway 226 east out of Albany and turn right onto Fish Hatchery Road and continue for about 7 miles. Park is on the right. It will be stocked this week with 160 legal and 20 larger-sized rainbow trout.
SALMON CREEK: trout
Salt Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge, and
will be stocked this week with 500 legal-sized 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 stocked the week of April 22 with 500 legal-sized rainbow trout. Fish are released at multiple locations.
SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring chinook
The Sandy River summer steelhead fishery has been somewhat slow in the past week with a few fish landed from Revenue down to Lewis and Clark. Anglers should begin targeting spring chinook now that several documented catches of springers have come in, most caught from the Dabney Park area on downriver.
Monday hydrological data for the Sandy River has flows showing a big drop to 2,350 cfs, a gauge reading of 9.82 ft and the water temperature up to near 46°. These flows should hold up now that snow melt will be a factor.
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 later in May once snow melt has moderated flows.
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 this week with 600 legal-sized rainbow trout and 125 larger trout in preparation for an ODFW Family Fishing Event scheduled for Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ODFW staff and volunteer instructors will be present to provide instruction and loaner gear to inexperienced anglers. 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 this week with 3,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.
SMITH RESERVOIR: trout
Smith Reservoir was stocked with 5,000 rainbow trout the week of April 22. Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following FS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around fishing.
SOUTH FORK YAMHILL RIVER: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout
Closed to angling on Oct. 1.
ST. LOUIS PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish
Last stocked with trout in early April. The ponds are located west of I-5 about 15 miles north of Salem and 2 miles West of Gervais. From Gervais, take St Louis Rd west to Tesch Lane, turn left onto Tesch Lane and follow road into the St. Louis Ponds public fishing area.
SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: trout, bass, bluegill
This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. Since the beginning of the year, this family-friendly pond has been stocked with over 2,000 trout ranging from larger-size to 2.5 pound brooders. It will be stocked again this week 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 again last week with 500 legal and 25 larger-size rainbow trout. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20 inches may be taken per day. Timber-Linn Lake can be reached by turning east off I-5 onto the Santiam Highway (Hwy. 20), then immediately turning north onto Price Road and proceeding to the park entrance.
TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout
Trail Bridge Reservoir is open to year-round angling. Trail Bridge Reservoir is adjacent to Hwy 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Flies and lures only may be used. The reservoir will be stocked for the first time this year the week of May 13.
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. It will be stocked this week with 300 legal size rainbow trout. As a reminder, brooders are considered trout so zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one may be over 20 inches. The pond is located within the Salem city limits west of I-5. Take Turner Road off Mission Street.
WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass
Since the first of the year, this pond has received several stockings totaling over 8,000 fish providing anglers an opportunity to catch trout of all sizes, from legal 8-inch trout to whoppers over 10 pounds. It will be stocked again this week with 1,700 legal and 150 larger size rainbow trout. As a reminder, brooders are considered trout so zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20 inches. This wheelchair accessible lake is located just east of Salem within Cascade Gateway Park, west of I-5 at Hwy. 22. Take Airport Rd. or Turner Rd. to reach the lake.
WAVERLY POND: trout, bluegill, catfish
Since the beginning of the year, Waverly Pond has received 2,500 trout ranging in size from ‘larger’ to trophies. It was stocked again last week 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 passage has been very erratic with big number days followed by lower number days although the water temperature is ideal for fish movement. Through May 2 a total of 4,612 winter steelhead passed upstream while the summer steelhead number has reached 3,007. Spring chinook passage slowed late last week after a couple of 1,000-plus fish count days. Through May 2 the total passage of adult springers was up to 8,341 while the jack count was at 303.
Angling effort for springers has started to fall off somewhat, not unexpected for the beginning of May; there are still fish in the river to be caught with some decent catches seen the middle of last week from Multnomah Channel up to Oregon City. The angling effort slowed over the weekend, likely due to the first hot weather weekend of the year drawing anglers to other outdoor activities.
Hydro readings at Willamette Falls on May 6 show flows nearly unchanged at 15,800 cfs, visibility steady at 6.6 ft., with the water temperature moving up to 60°.