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Willamette Zone weekly fishing update, Sept. 20


Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Coho are now entering the Columbia River and are starting to show up in the Sandy, Clackamas, Willamette, and Santiam rivers.
  • A Family Fishing Event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 at St. Louis Ponds near Woodburn. Rainbow trout will be released for this event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer instructors will be present to loan out fishing gear to anybody who needs it (on a first-come, first-served basis) and to assist anglers with effective trout fishing techniques.
  • The Alton Baker canal in Eugene will be stocked along its length this week with legal- and larger-sized rainbow trout.
  • North Fork reservoir near Estacada was stocked with an additional 7,000 rainbow trout this week.
  • Fishing conditions are excellent on the North Santiam River.
  • The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake will be boat stocked this week from Finn Rock to Ben and Kay Doris with a total of 2,750 legal-sized rainbow trout.

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North Willamette stocking schedule

South Willamette stocking schedule

Trout stocking map

Find the location and details about the many lakes, ponds and streams that receive hatchery trout from ODFW’s fish hatcheries on the new Google-based stocking map.

Coastal wild coho seasons are now open

For the fifth year in a row, many coastal rivers are open for wild coho harvest. For the first time, several rivers do not have harvest quotas. To find out which ones, and to see river-by-river season descriptions, go to the Salmon and Steelhead page on ODFW web site.

Columbia River fall Chinook numbers are off the charts

As of Sept. 11, 573,600 adult fall Chinook have passed Bonneville Dam and there have been several record-setting days at the dam. With a possible record run in the offing, fishery managers on Sept. 13 increased the bag limit on the Columbia to two fish per day.


The Alton Baker Canoe Canal will be stocked along its length this week with a total of 550 legal-sized and larger trout. The Canal will be stocked weekly through mid-November. The canal is located within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of Club Road in Eugene. The Canoe Canal is located in downtown Eugene behind Autzen Stadium. A 4-acre pond at the midpoint of the canal is a good spot but it can be fished all along its 2-mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield. Summer steelhead are occasionally caught in this system and anglers are reminded they will need a combined angling tag to legally harvest a steelhead. It is legal to fish with two rods in the Alton Baker Canoe Canal, provided the Two-Rod Validation has been purchased.

BENSON LAKE: rainbow trout, white crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Stocked the week of June 3 with 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 40-acre lake located in Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. From Portland, head east on I-84, park is located on the south side of the freeway approx. 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

BETHANY POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead

Stocked the week of April 29 with 2,000 legal sized rainbow trout. This is a 10-acre pond located at Bethany west of Portland. The pond is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, and a paved, ADA accessible trail.


Blue River above Blue River Reservoir was last stocked for the season in early July. The river is stocked at multiple locations up to Quentin Creek. Take FS Road 15 from Hwy 126 about 5 miles east of the town of Blue River to access Blue River above the reservoir.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir was last stocked for the season in early July. 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.


This scenic river flows for approximately 30 miles into Detroit Reservoir. It will be stocked this week with another 1,800 legal size rainbow trout. Because the water runs cold throughout the year there are usually good numbers of fish throughout the summer. Forest Road 46 runs along most of its length so access is very good despite some steep and brushy sections. The river has some native rainbow and cutthroat trout and a few brook trout might also be found. Daily limit is five trout over 8 inches, no limit on brook trout and the use of bait is allowed. The river is closed to salmon fishing.

CANBY POND: rainbow trout

This pond will not be stocked until further notice due to large amounts of aquatic vegetation in the pond. Check this site for updates. Canby Pond is a 1-acre pond located on the south end of Canby in Canby City Park. The park is south of Hwy 99E and adjacent to the Molalla River. Angling restricted to youth age 17 and under or holders of one of the Disabled Anglers permits.


Carmen Reservoir was last stocked for the season the week of July 29 with 2,250 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.

CHEADLE LAKE: bass, bluegill

This 60-acre former mill pond in Lebanon provides an excellent warm water fishing experience for the beginner as well as the seasoned angler. Largemouth bass up to 16 inches and panfish up to 9.5 inches have been reported recently. To get there take Russell Road east off Main Street about a mile. There is a small boat ramp and ADA fishing dock at the parking lot and there is foot access most of the way around the pond.

CLACKAMAS RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Despite the periods of heavy rain last week the Clackamas is still running very low. The very limited number of anglers out are hooking a few decent summer steelhead and spring Chinook. This time of year most springers are going to be near spawning stage and their meat quality will be marginal at best.

Of note as we move into the fall season is the fact that a few wild coho have shown up in the Clackamas. PGE has passed about 100 wild coho so far this month at the North Fork trap so it won’t be long before some hatchery fish show in the lower river. Some hatchery coho have been caught in the lower river, expect this to pick up soon.

It’s remained a drift boat or pontoon fishery, and those giving it a try should get out early before the recreational tubers and rafters arrive; since school has started weekdays are fairly quiet. The most productive water accessable by boat appears to be from McIver Park down to Barton while bank anglers are landing fish up near McIver Park at Dog Creek, near Rivermill Dam, and up above Hwy 211 near Cazadero. Bank anglers should make note that an angling deadline is clearly marked up near Rivermill Dam and the fishway; it is illegal to fish or even cast above this deadline.

The Clackamas Hatchery at McIver Park has processed over 2,200 spring Chinook so far this summer, a number that is below seasonal averages for early Sept. but slightly ahead of last year. Most of these springers swam in, but about 650 were brought down from the North Fork Trap sorting facility by PGE.

Monday hydrological data for the Clackamas shows flows increasing, but still low at 929 cfs, with a gauge height in Estacada of 10.84 ft. and a water temperature of 60°.


Clear Lake was last stocked for the season in late August with 3,750 legal- and 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 (


The Coast Fork of the Willamette River was last stocked for the season in mid May with 1,400 legal-sized rainbow trout at several locations near Cottage Grove.

Coast Fork basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Stocked with 200 one-pound trout the week of May 13. This is a three-acre stocked lake within the Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, Oregon. Commonwealth Park is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include ADA accessible trail, picnic tables, playground, restrooms.

COTTAGE GROVE POND: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Pond was last stocked for the season in early April with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. To access the pond, travel east from Cottage Grove on Row River Road. Cottage Grove Pond is located behind the truck scales and may be accessed via an asphalt pathway. Only the pond with the dock is stocked with hatchery trout.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Reservoir was last stocked for the season in mid-April. In addition, warmwater fish and holdover trout are available to anglers. The reservoir is south of Cottage Grove.

NOTICE: The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory updating information about eating fish caught in Cottage Grove Reservoir. Under the advisory issued June 5, 2012 people can safely consume up to nine meals per month of hatchery-grown rainbow trout month that are 12 inches in length or less. People can distinguish hatchery-grown rainbow trout by the absence of the adipose fin, which is clipped before hatchery fish are released into streams and reservoirs. Despite the new exception for rainbow trout, mercury contamination for resident warm-water fish, including bass, bluegill, crappie and bullhead continues to be a concern. Women of childbearing age, particularly pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under six years of age and persons having liver or kidney ailments should avoid eating any fish from this reservoir other than rainbow trout. Healthy women beyond childbearing age, other healthy adults and healthy children six years of age and older should eat no more than one 8-ounce meal of fish other than rainbow trout per month.

CRESWELL POND (GARDEN LAKE): trout, warmwater

Creswell Pond was last stocked for the season the week of April 1. The pond is located in Garden Lake Park on the east side of I-5 in Creswell.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

Located 50 miles east of Salem, this large lake (approximately 3,000 acres at full pool) receives over 100,000 trout throughout the year. The reservoir will be stocked again this week with 6,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. The water level is currently at full pool (as of June 24) and all boat ramps are available. Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit to find out more.


Dexter Reservoir was stocked in late April/early May. The next stocking will occur in late September. Dexter Reservoir is adjacent to Highway 58 near Lowell and is open all year.

A health advisory was issued July 3 due to high levels of blue-green algae in Dexter Reservoir. Online health information.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Dorena Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late April. Dorena Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open all year.


Stocked the week of April 29 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is an 8-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6

EAGLE CREEK: spring Chinook

Anglers could still find a few springers holding in deeper pools between Eagle Fern Park and the hatchery, although the condition of these fish could be questionable this late into springer season. They can be identified by having a right maxillary fin-clip along with an adipose fin-clip.

It won’t be long before the fall coho season fires up in Eagle Creek, providing some decent rain moves in to bring the creek flows up.

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 and this time of year is excellent for some warm water fishing. A boat ramp is available. To get there take the State Police exit in Albany and follow the frontage road south (3 Lakes Road) for several miles.

ESTACADA LAKE: trout, steelhead, Chinook, coho

Stocked the week of Sept. 2 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Estacada is a 150-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam. There is a fishing dock and ADA-accessible fishing platform that provide the only non-boating access. There is a boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at the lower end of the reservoir, picnic areas, and restrooms. There is a fee for entering the park.


Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late April. Upriver stockings also benefit this reservoir. Fall Creek and Fall Creek Reservoir are north of Lowell and east of Unity.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late April. Upriver stockings will also benefit this reservoir. Fall Creek and Fall Creek Reservoir are north of Lowell and east of Unity.


Stocked the week of Sept. 2 with 1.200 legal-sized rainbow trout. Faraday Lake is located one mile southeast of Estacada at the Faraday Hydroelectric Project.

FERN RIDGE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead

This 9,000 acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. It has four boat ramps and there is good bank angling along the dam and at the shoreline parks. Current water levels are 7 feet below full pool, but most boat ramps are still available. 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.

A blue-green algae warning was issued for this lake on Aug. 15 based on a visual observation of scum on the water surface. Testing will occur to determine any toxicity associated with the algae.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and two seasonal boat ramps. It was stocked again on May 21 with 4,000 rainbow trout. Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be taken and there are no limits on size or number of bass. All boat ramps are available at this time. From I-5 take US 20 east from Albany to the town of Sweet Home. The reservoir is 3 miles past the town on the left.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

This large reservoir east of Sweet Home is a premier kokanee fishery with a bag limit of 25 fish per day. It also supports stocked rainbow trout and some large smallmouth bass. Reservoir levels are at 978 feet elevation and dropping but both Thistle Creek and Whitcomb Island boat ramps are open. It was stocked in May for the last time this summer with 6,000 legal rainbow trout. Stocking will resume later in the year when water temperatures cool. Kokanee are deep this time of year – anglers report excellent catches below 60 feet.


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.


Stocked the week of Aug. 26 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 250 trophy sized trout. This is a 23-acre reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River within the Mount Hood National Forest.

HARTMAN POND: trout, bass, crappie, perch

Stocked the week of June 3 with 1,250 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a small fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge just off I-84 at Benson State Park.

HENRY HAGG LAKE: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, native cutthroat trout

Crappie fishing has been good. Anglers are also picking up largemouth and smallmouth basse, bluegill and yellow perch. Henry Hagg is a 1,110-acre lake seven miles southwest of Forest Grove. Maintained and operated by Washington County, the park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.

HIGH MOUNTAIN LAKES: trout (rainbow, brook, cutthroat)

There are many mountain lakes available in the area for day use or overnight camping that require only a short hike into them. Many are easy day hikes, perfect for packing in a lunch and doing some fishing then heading home in early evening. Some of these waters get very little use, and anglers will often find the solitude incredible. If you plan to camp keep in mind that overnight temperatures at the higher elevation can be quite chilly. Maps should be available from the local U.S. Forest Service office. Lists of stocked Willamette basin high cascade lakes are available online, – see Willamette Zone, North and South Willamette High Lakes.

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Hills Creek Reservoir is open to fishing all year. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout and salmon must be released unharmed. This reservoir is stocked annually with 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook fingerlings and 200,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings. These fish grow to catchable size within a year.


Hills Creek was last stocked for the season in late May, although wild trout continue to be available.


Stocked the week of July 1 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 14-acre lake located in the Olallie Lake Basin on the Mt. Hood National Forest. There are a few campsites available at Horseshoe Lake Campground.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked the week of June 3 with 1,200 legal-sized rainbow trout, 100 larger trout and 25 trophy trout. This is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, it contains woody debris that provides habitat for bass and bluegill. It reaches a maximum depth of about 10 feet, with shallow "kid-friendly" edges. It is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby. There is paved parking lot and small ramp for people who want to launch small, non-motorized boats.

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

This prime fishing pond has been regularly stocked with trout since January ranging from legal-size up to ‘pounders.’ It was stocked again on June 5 with 1,000 legal size rainbow trout. Casting spinners and plunking with PowerBait can be effective strategies for these fish. Junction City pond is located about 2 miles south of Junction City on 99W on the west side of the highway. There is excellent access around the entire 8-acre pond. As a reminder, zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20 inches. The steelhead stocked a couple of months ago are considered ‘trout’ and the only-one-over-20-inches regulation applies.


Leaburg Lake was last stocked for the season the week of Aug. 19. Leaburg Lake is a 55-acre lake located directly behind Leaburg Dam on the McKenzie River approximately 17 miles east of Springfield on Highway 126 East.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake was last stocked for the season the week of Aug. 19 from Leaburg Town Landing to Hendricks Bridge. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be taken down to Hayden Bridge. No trout harvest is allowed below Hayden Bridge. Fishing is restricted to flies and lures after June 15.

McKenzie basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake will be boat stocked this week from Finn Rock to Ben and Kay Doris with a total of 2,750 legal-sized rainbow trout. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept; all wild trout must be released unharmed.

McKenzie basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above Hills Creek Reservoir: trout

The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late June from Staley Creek bridge downstream to Sand Prairie Campground. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be retained.

Middle Fork basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MOLALLA RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook

The Molalla River flows are very low much like other rivers in the area, making the Molalla a drift boat fishery, although water levels are still holding up enough for decent angling opportunity. Spring chinook that are returning from direct releases of smolts completed in 2010 and 2011 should be available in the Molalla River and it’s also not unheard of for an occasional summer steelhead to nose into the lower river looking for cooler water than the Willamette. Possibly indicated by some fairly low passage numbers over Willamwette Falls, the returning spring chinook numbers to the Mollala appear to be somewhat low. 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.


Stocked the week of Sept. 16 with 450 rainbow trout. The pond also offers angling for several different species of warm water fish including crappie, bluegill, and catfish. Anglers are reminded that from April 1 through Aug. 31 fishing at Mt. Hood Pond is restricted to youths 17 and under as well as individuals who possess a valid Oregon Disabilities Fishing Permit.


Stocked the week of Sept. 16 with 7,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is the second large release of trout into this reservoir in September. North Fork is a 350-acre reservoir of the Clackamas River behind North Fork Dam approximately 5.2 miles east of Estacada, Ore. The lake has a boat ramp, moorage, picnic area, and accessible fishing platforms.

NORTH AND SOUTH SANTIAM: steelhead, trout

Water levels are still excellent for fishing, currently 2,120 cfs at Mehama on the North Santiam and 1,570 cfs at Waterloo on the South Santiam (levels as of Sept. 16). As of Sept. 10, 4,087 summer steelhead had entered the the fish ladder at Foster dam, and most of them were recycled below to give anglers another shot at them. On the North Santiam, approximately 777 summer steelhead and have passed above Stayton into the upper river through Sept. 13. The spring Chinook fishing season is now closed until November 1, but the number of coho salmon entering the Willamette has jumped dramatically over the last few weeks and will soon show up in the lower portions of the Santiam. Already 4 coho have been counted at Stayton. When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Please be aware that fishing for coho is currently allowed only below the Stayton-Scio bridge on the North and below the Grant Street bridge on the South until Nov. 1.

River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge. You may check for current conditions at

CAUTION: 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.

CAUTION: The boat slide at Upper Bennett Dam on the North Santiam is in a state of disrepair due to prior high-flow events. Reports indicate that the slide may still be used, however EXTREME caution is required. No fixed date for a repair has been given but it is estimated that it will take place in the next few weeks.


Stocked the week of July 1 with 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 125 trophy trout. This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area. Lake is located on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

Stocked June 7 with 600 half-pound rainbow trout and 100 one-plus pounders. 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.


This beautiful stream is located above Green Peter Reservoir and provides excellent opportunities to fish for trout. There is good bank access along most of its length. Trout season opened April 28 and ends October 31. The river was stocked last week with 1,800 rainbow trout with opportunities to catch some nice wild cutthroat trout as well. Light gear works best and fly fishing can be very good, but bait is also allowed. There are two BLM campgrounds as well as numerous designated campsites along the road. To get there, follow the directions to Green Peter Reservoir and continue around the lake until the river begins.


Salmon Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge. It was last stocked for the season the week of Aug. 19 although native trout may be harvested through October 31.


Stocked June 12 with 600 legal-sized rainbow trout and 100 one-pounders. This lake is located approximately 9 miles northwest of St. Helens on Pittsburg Rd.


Salt Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge, and was last stocked for the season in early July. Native trout may be harvested through October 31.

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

The weather has added moderate turbidity to the river from glacial melt-off, and the river has a definite chalky silted color to it. Experienced Sandy River anglers claim that the slightly grey/green-colored conditions are still fishable and shouldn’t deter anglers from fishing.

Reports indicate the best fishing for spring Chinook is in the upper basin between Oxbow Park and mouth of the Salmon River, with catches reported around Marmot and Sleepy Hollow. Look for deep holes, early in the morning and later in the evening. Effective presentations include a bobber and eggs/sand shrimp, spoons, spinners, and even wet flies in the long, deep riffles where Chinook sometime lay. The spring Chinook fishery is winding down. Summer steelhead are available at the mouth of Cedar Cr, near Sandy hatchery. The recent rainfall should help with the bite.

Recent rains also brought the first coho of the season into the Sandy. Catch has been sporatic, but generally better in the early morning. Look for this fishery to pick up in the near future. Access to the river by boat can be found at ramps in Oxbow, Dodge, Dabney, and Lewis and Clark parks. There are many spots for bank access including Marmot, Revenue, Cedar Creek, Oxbow, Dabney, along the Old Scenic Hwy upstream from Troutdale, and at the mouth of the Salmon River.

Monday hydrological data for the Sandy River has flows down very slightly from last week at 375 cfs, a gauge reading of 7.83 ft and the water temperature holding near 57°.

SANTIAM RIVER NORTH FORK above Detroit Lake: trout

Weather permitting, you may find this highway route to be an excellent family outing for simply enjoying nature. The river was stocked the week of July 29 with 3,000 rainbow trout. Please be aware that this section of river above Detroit Lake is closed to salmon fishing.


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.


Stocked the week of June 3 with 2,600 legal-sized rainbow trout and 200 larger trout. Sheridan Pond is a 2 1/2-acre pond located on the edge of town. It provides excellent access for families and kids. Good parking. From Hwy. 18, take exit 33 to Balston Rd., turn right and left to the pond.


Stocked the week of June 10 with 2,600 legal-sized rainbow trout and 250 larger trout. This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.


Stocked the week of Sept. 16 with 300 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a two-acre youth-only fishing pond located next to Promotory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Esticada. There is a fish cleaning station and restroom located within walking distance of the pond.


Smith Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late June, but will continue to benefit from Carmen Reservoir stockings upstream through late July. Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following FS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around fishing.

SOUTH FORK YAMHILL RIVER: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Stocked the week of June 3 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Trout are released in multiple locations between Gold Creek Road Bridge and Willamina. Yamhill River Road runs parallel to much of this section of the river and provides adequate turnouts and parking at several locations along the way. The remaining 15 miles of river open to trout fishing has some public access but also meanders across private lands. ODFW reminds anglers to be aware of and respectful toward private property rights along the river.

ST. LOUIS PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish

Will be stocked this week with 700 rainbow trout, including 200 “pounders” for a Family Fishing Event that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to anglers of all ages.

ODFW staff and volunteer instructors will be on site to hand out loaner rods, reels, tackle, and bait and provide instruction to youngsters who need assistance. Anglers under the age of 14 do not need a fishing license. Licenses are required for all others and must be purchased prior to the event at an ODFW field office or from an ODFW license agent.

St. Louis Ponds is a 260-acre open space owned by ODFW and Marion County Parks. The central portion of this site is a fishing park that boasts seven ponds stocked with a variety of warm water

The fishing park has a number of ADA-accessible fishing platforms and a paved trail that meanders around some of the ponds. Parking is very limited, so carpooling is encouraged, and when parking lots fill up participants may need to walk in a mile from the gate at the entrance of the complex.

St. Louis Ponds is located 13 miles north of Salem and west of I-5. To get to there from the north, take the Woodburn exit off I-5. Then go east to Hwy. 99E. At Hwy. 99E, head south to the town of Gervais. At the light, go west on Gervais Rd. through Gervais. Gervais Rd. changes to St Louis Rd. Continue west on St Louis Rd. as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Lane, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Lane and follow the signs to the ponds. For more information, contact Jeff Fulop at (971) 673-6034.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: trout, bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. Since the beginning of the year, this family-friendly pond has been stocked with over 2,000 trout ranging from larger-size to 2.5 pound brooders. It was stocked again on May 22 with 333 legal size rainbow trout. Sunnyside Pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir. To get there from I5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.

TIMOTHY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee

Stocked the week of June 17 with 5,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. Lake will not be stocked the remainder of the summer due to elevated water temperatures. Timothy is a 1,400-acre lake about 80 miles east of Portland past Mt. Hood. From Hwy 26 turn onto Forest Rd 42 (Skyline Rd), and then west to Forest Rd 57. Timothy is one of the most popular family camping and fishing destinations in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The lake's south shore features four developed campgrounds and boat ramps. Three smaller, less developed campgrounds are found in the north. A trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians circles the lake. Motorboats are allowed on Timothy Lake, although a 10 m.p.h. speed limit is in place.


Trail Bridge Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late July and is open to year-round angling. This waterbody is adjacent to Hwy 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Flies and lures only may be used.


Stocked the week of Aug. 26 with 2,500 legal-sized rainbow trout and 250 trophy trout. Trillium is a 60-acre lake located approximately three miles east of Government Camp off of Hwy 26. This lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood. A large campground at the lake features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.

TROJAN PONDS: trout, warmwater species

The pond was stocked the week of April 15 with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 15-acre lake just east of Rainier on the north side of Hwy 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility.

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

In winter and spring, Walling Pond receives over 5,000 trout ranging in size from legals to multi-pound brooders. As a reminder, brooders are considered trout so zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one may be over 20 inches. The pond is located within the Salem city limits west of I-5. Take Turner Road off Mission Street.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

Since the first of the year, this pond has received several stockings totaling over 8,000 fish providing anglers an opportunity to catch trout of all sizes, from legal 8-inch trout to whoppers over 10 pounds. It was stocked again on June 5 with 2,000 legal and 250 larger size rainbow trout. As a reminder, brooders are considered trout so zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20 inches. This wheelchair accessible lake is located just east of Salem within Cascade Gateway Park, west of I-5 at Hwy. 22. Take Airport Rd. or Turner Rd. to reach the lake.

WAVERLY POND: trout, bluegill, catfish

Since the beginning of the year, Waverly Pond has received 2,500 trout ranging in size from ‘larger’ to trophies. It was stocked on May 15 with 160 legal and 20 larger-size rainbow trout. Please be aware, only one fish over 20 inches may be kept. Here is an excellent in-town fishing opportunity. From I-5 take exit 234 west towards Albany. The pond, located a quarter mile down the Pacific Boulevard and on the right, will be found in a beautiful park-like setting.

WEST SALISH POND: panfish, trout

The Salish Ponds Wetlands Park restoration project is far enough along that anglers are able to go in and fish both the east and west ponds. A variety of resident warm water species can be found in both ponds, with the east offering the greatest opportunity.

The City of Fairview would like to give young plantings in the park another season to establish themselves before large numbers of anglers begin fishing there again; as a result ODFW likely won’t resume stocking West Salish Pond with trout until late 2014.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: spring Chinook, summer steelhead

Willamette Falls spring Chinook passage has moved along slow but steady with the most recent counts still showing low double digit numbers of fish per day over the falls. Through August 15 the passage of adult springers stood at 27,897 while the jack count stood at 1,664. The counts for summer steelhead were at 12,917. Coho are now moving over the falls in small numbers.

Hydro readings at Willamette Falls on Sept. 16 show flows holding at 10,400 cfs, visibility at 7.7 ft., and the water temperature at 68°.

This is the prime season for bass between Albany and Salem, as well as for trout between Corvallis and Eugene. Through Oct. 31, up to 5 trout may be kept between Albany and Harrisburg.


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