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Southeast Zone weekly fishing update, Sept. 5

SOUTHEAST ZONE FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Miller and Fourmile lakes and Lake of the Woods were stocked with larger trout for the holiday weekend and fishing should be good.
  • Fishing for perch and panfish at Dog Lake is getting better with the onset of cooler fall temperatures.

Check fire restrictions before heading afield!

Fire danger is at record levels according to the Oregon Dept of Forestry, which also reports that 35K acres of land under its protection are burning, mostly in SW Oregon. Follow all fire restrictions while hunting, fishing or viewing wildlife and see ODF’s webpage for the latest on restrictions (click Landowner/Corporate Closure Chart for private land closures)

Warmwater fishing

While trout fishing has slowed in many locations due to high air and water temperatures, warmwater fish like bass, bluegill and yellow perch continue to offer opportunities for good fishing. Our warmwater fishing webpage is a great place to get started, and you’ll find the latest condition updates here in the Recreation Report.

Warm water temperatures increase stress to fish

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

Fish during the cooler times of the day, usually mornings and evenings

Use barbless hooks, play and land the fish quickly

When releasing wild fish, keep them in the water as much as possible

Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.

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.

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

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

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

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

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout the week of Aug. 6. Fishing has been good.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

The reservoir was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in early May. The water level is very low for this time of year.

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

Recent fishing reports indicate catch rates are fair. Average size of trout ranged from 12 to 18-inches. The reservoir water level continues to drop, it was 2 percent full and inflows averaged 31 cfs (Sept. 2). The water level is several hundred yards below the end of the boat ramp making launching and retrieving boats difficult.

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

BLITZEN RIVER: trout

Flows in the Blitzen River were 32 cfs on Sept. 2. Over the last week, water temperatures at Page Springs gauge ranged from 55˚F to 72˚F. Water temperatures above 68°F greatly increase the chances of hooking mortality. The upper Blitzen opened to harvest on May 25; the Little Blitzen is open year around for catch-and-release.

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

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

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

The reservoir water level continues to drop; it was 1 percent full on Aug. 26. Anglers report crappie are running 5 to 7-inches but on the skinny side. Water level is far below the end of the boat ramp.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

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

CAMPBELL LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was last stocked July 26 with legal (8-10”) and larger (>12”) rainbow trout. Anglers reported successful fishing following the stocking. Plenty of rainbow trout should remain in lake and can be caught using various angling methods.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout

The river upstream of Hwy 31 remains open and the use of bait is PROHIBITED! The river is clear and the lower river is flowing at 22 cfs. Water flow will increase as vegetation dies back in September and October. Water temperatures are in the upper 60s and anglers should consider fishing early or late for two reasons: 1) the fishing is likely to be better during these times as fish are near the surface, 2) water temperatures are slightly lower reducing stress to the fish.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is less than half-full and remains very turbid. Fishing has been slow for trout in the reservoir. Warm water temperatures and what could be a blue-green algae bloom have resulted in trout dying in the reservoir.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout

Fishing should be good for legal (8 to 11-inches) rainbow trout. Anglers also have the opportunity to catch brook trout up to 14-inches and rainbow trout up to 20-inches.

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

Neither lake filled this year. It is likely that both lakes have been or will be drawn down to very low levels soon. No recent fishing reports. The lakes are no longer stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality.

DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was last stocked Aug. 28 with legal (8 to 10-inches) rainbow trout. Anglers reported successful fishing following the stocking. Plenty of rainbow trout should remain in lake and can be caught using various angling methods.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

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

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

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

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

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

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

Fishing for perch and panfish should be heating up. The reservoir is closed to the retention of trout to protect native redband trout.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

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

Fishing has been good for recently stocked rainbow trout.

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

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

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

Fourmile Lake was stocked last week with 2,000 larger rainbow trout (average 12-inches). Fishing will be excellent for rainbow trout. Anglers are catching lake trout around 20 inches and numerous rainbow trout. Most fish are consuming terrestrial insects (yellow jackets, carpenter ants, beetles) this time of year.

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

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

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked the week of July 22 with legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

HAINES POND: rainbow

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

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

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

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

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

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

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

JUNIPER LAKE: cutthroat trout

The lake is getting very low, although enough water remains to continue to angle for fish. Fishing in the pool at the SW end has been good. The lake can be accessed on public land off the East Steens Loop RD on the SE side. A large portion of the lake is privately owned, as indicated by the fence lines, however bank access is permitted. Please be respectful of private property.

KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: redband trout and yellow perch

Fishing has been fair for lure and flyfisherman. Most fishing occurs out of a boat this time of year with little activity from shore anglers using dead minnows. Anglers are successful trolling lures or casting flies and lures. Most redband trout are concentrated in cold water areas of Pelican Bay and mouths of the Williamson and Wood Rivers. ODFW encourages catch and release as this fishery is managed for trophy trout. Water temperatures have declined which should improve angler success. Redband trout captured should not be removed from the water, resuscitated by cradling and pumping gills by moving fish back and forth through the water. Redband trout should be landed and released as quickly as possible by pushing the fish towards deeper, colder water. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir (Topsy Reservoir) is closed to angling and reopens on October 1.

The Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse offers excellent spinner fishing as well as good dry fly fishing with small flies. Most fish in this section are small and average 10 inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow. size 12-14 elk hair caddis or stimulators. The smaller fish in this section usually can’t take larger flies or lures.

Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed sixteen inches. River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day. Fishing trips should be planned when flows are lower.

Check current flow levels here. If flows are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns can be good. A four wheel drive vehicle is currently needed to access this area. Most fish are in the 6-8 inch range but numerous 12 inch fish can be caught with 16 inches the maximum. Currently, operation at the hydro system below the powerhouse has operated with high flows (peaking) throughout most daylight hours. Lower flows might be encountered in the morning until 8 a.m. and again in the evening at 8 pm. Fishing is slow unless fishing in the early morning or late evening hours before peak flows occur. Numerous caddis fly species are hatching.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout and largemouth bass

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

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

Lake of the Woods was stocked last week with 2,000 larger rainbow trout (average 12-inches). Fishing will be good for hatchery rainbow trout. Rainbow trout are holding in the colder water at 15-20 feet.

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

LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Public meetings regarding the rotenone treatment at Lofton Reservoir will be held in Lakeview Sept. 10 and Klamath Falls Sept. 12. For more information go to: http://dfw.state.or.us/news/2013/august/083013.asp.

Catch and size limits for rainbow trout have been removed prior to a planned rotenone project to remove Tui chub in October 2013. Fishing has been slow, but should pick up again in September as water cools. The reservoir will close to fishing October 14, 2013 and remain closed to fishing through March 31, 2014. This will allow ODFW fish biologist to treat the reservoir and prepare for post-treatment stocking of rainbow trout. 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 slow for brown bullhead at Crystal Springs Day use area. Largemouth bass and yellow perch are also available and fishing has slowed due to poor water quality. Boats can be launched at Crystal Springs and at the ODOT Mitigation Wetland off Highway 140 just east of Olene. Fishing for largemouth bass should be good in the vicinity of Big Springs in Bonanza.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The water level is dropping, and is less than a third full. The boat ramp is challenging to use. ODFW currently has no plans to remove the bag limit on the reservoir. Orchards Irrigation District has reported the reservoir will be 10 to 20 percent full at the end of irrigation season.

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

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir averaged 547 cfs on July 29. Fishing the Riverside area is expected to be fair to good, although water temperatures are in the upper 60s (F).

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

Discharge at Juntura averaged 34 cfs on Sept. 2. No recent fishing reports, although it is expected that warm water and high turbidity is impacting the catch rates for trout in this area.

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

Fishing for redband trout should be good, reports of warm water and algae in the river have been received.

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

Fishing for trout is fair to good. Flows have dropped and are below average for time of year.

MANN LAKE: trout

Catch rates are good for cutthroat trout in the lake. Most fish are 14 to 16-inches long, with several over 20-inches being caught. Warm lake temperatures will impede catch rates for the remainder of the summer.

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Miller Lake was stocked last week with 2,000 larger rainbow trout (average 12-inches).Fishing will be very good for rainbow trout and most of the mosquitoes are gone from the camping area. Miller Lake has excellent bank access especially near the swimming beach. Callibaetis mayflies are still hatching. Fishing should be good from boat or bank. The brown trout population is robust but difficult to catch due to clear, deep water. Trolling through the kokanee schools is likely the most effective method. Fishing in Miller Creek at the outlet of Miller Lake can be good for small brook and brown trout. Bait is allowed in Miller Creek. Please report any circular wounds on trout that might be caused by lamprey to the Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732.

MOON RESERVOIR: bass, trout

No recent fishing reports, but trout fishing is expected to be best during the spring months. Bass fishing has been fair; turbid, low water conditions are making fishing challenging. Carp are plentiful in the reservoir and easily harvested with a bow or bait.

MUD LAKE: trout

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

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

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

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

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

OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

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

The water level in the reservoir continues to slowly drop, it was 6 percent of full and inflows averaged 71 cfs (Sept. 2). 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.

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

Water releases below Owyhee Dam averaged 99 cfs (Sept. 2). Fishing has been good. However, as the reservoir continues to decline the water exiting the dam supporting the brown trout/rainbow trout fisheries will also decline. Please practice ethical angling practices; fish in the early mornings when temperatures are at their lowest, use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep fish in the water at all times.

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

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

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

Owyhee River flows continue to be far below average for this period of time. They averaged 71 cfs on Sept. 2. Fishing for smallmouth and channel catfish is good.

PAIUTE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout

The reservoir is low and fishing is slow.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

The reservoir is at 18 percent of capacity. The boat ramp at Union Creek campground is no longer functional due to reservoir draw-down. The launch near the dam is functional on gravel. Fishing is improving for yellow perch, but remains slow for trout.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout, crappie

Fishing is fair for 10 to 14-inch rainbow trout. The reservoir is receding, but the high water launch is still usable.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Hot weather is expected to increase water temperatures significantly in the reservoir pushing trout into deeper water and potentially turning off active feeding behavior.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

POWDER RIVER: trout, spring Chinook

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

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

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

Fishing at most wilderness lakes should be good. Try Badger Lake just northeast of Fourmile Lake or South Pass Lake near Aspen Butte. Angling at Weston Lake near Lake of the Woods is excellent for 8-inch brook trout. Fish the deeper of the two lakes adjacent to each other as some maps call the shallow lake Weston. Other good lakes to try are Deer and Isherwood Lakes off the Cold Springs trailhead.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent report.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is very low and will become dry by the end of summer. ODFW will restock the reservoir with fingerling rainbow trout (4-inches) once water is available. Fingerling rainbow trout do very well here if water remains and will be 8 to 10-inches by the end of summer.

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 slow. The best locations to fish for trout are around Beatty. Fishing should be fair for redband trout. Due to recent thunderstorms and rain peak water temperatures have decreased and are 68 degrees near the confluence with the Williamson River.

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 Nicholson 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 is slow as flow is very low. 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 week.

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

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

THOMPSON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Anglers are reporting low water and limited ability to launch boats from either boat ramp. The Silver Lake Ranger District will have the most current information regarding boat ramps and can be contacted at 541-576-2107.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is receding quickly and expected to drain fully in the near future. Bag and length limits have been removed, effective Aug. 24 – Oct. 31, to allow anglers to salvage fish that would have been otherwise lost. Harvest methods can include hand, dip net or angling.

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

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

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at 34 percent of capacity and receding. No recent fishing reports. Anglers are reminded that a new regulation is in place allowing harvest of bass only under 15 inches in length.

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

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

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

The water level in the reservoir continues to drop. The reservoir was 0 percent full and inflows averaged 3 cfs (Sept. 2). The reservoir is at minimum pool level, 1400 ac/ft. The boat ramp is out of the water by a significant distance. No recent fishing reports.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: wild redband trout, brook trout

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

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: wild redband trout, brown trout

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

Water temperatures have remained stable below the confluence of the Sprague River and are peaking at 62 degrees. Redband trout captured should not be removed from the water, resuscitated by cradling and pumping gills by moving fish back and forth through the water. Redband trout should be landed and released as quickly as possible by pushing the fish towards deeper, colder water. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.

WITHERS LAKE: brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout

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

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

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

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The boat launch is no longer functional due to reservoir draw-down. No recent fishing reports.

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

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

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Fishing for holdover trout has been fair. The lake has been stocked with legal sized trout for the season. Weeds and water temperature are making angling challenging.

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