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Willamette Zone fishing report, May 10


Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Trout season opened in many upper Willamette basin waterbodies on Saturday, April 26.
  • Spring Chinook fishing continues on the Willamette River.
  • Trout stocking is in full gear at locations throughout the Willamette Valley.
  • Spring Chinook are now moving into the Clackamas River and should be showing up in the Sandy and Santiam systems anytime.
  • The Molalla River is in good shape for steelhead fishing.

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2014 trout stocking

The 2014 trout stocking schedules for the North Willamette Watershed District and the South Willamette Watershed District are now posted on-line on the ODFW trout stocking page.

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries are now required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

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Trout stocking map

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Alton Baker Canoe Canal was recently stocked at multiple locations along the length of the Canal. The Canal will be stocked at 2-3 week intervals through early November. Summer steelhead are occasionally caught in this system and anglers are reminded they will need a combined angling tag and a Columbia River Basin Endorsement to legally target or 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.

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.

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

Stocked the week of April 14 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 May 5 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 14 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 : trout

Blue River above Blue River Reservoir will be stocked this week with a total of 1,250 rainbow trout. Fish are released at several locations from the bridge above Mona Campground to the mouth of Quentin Creek.

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.

CANBY POND: rainbow trout

Stocked the week of April 28 with 1,400 legal-sized and 250 larger rainbow trout.

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 will be stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout this week, including 500 larger sized trout. The 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: summer steelhead, coho

The Clackamas River has stabilized and flows are near-perfect for steelhead fishing. The best bet for late winters up above Barton while summers can be found throughout the river. Reports also indicate that a few spring Chinook have been caught down at the mouth and in the lower river. As we move into May the springer fishery will take center stage with steelhead also on the agenda.

Tuesday hydrological data shows flows at 4,320 cfs, a gauge reading in Estacada of 13.36 ft., and the water temperature at 48°.


Clear Lake is open to fishing all year and will be stocked this week with 3,625 rainbow trout, including 1,125 larger sized trout. Naturally reproducing brook trout are also available. 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 recently stocked at several locations within Cottage Grove with a total of 1,500 rainbow trout.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,500 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 Reservoir (pond) was last stocked in mid-April and will be stocked again in October. Holdover trout and warmwater species are also available to anglers. The reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to angling all year.

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. This pond also offers terrific bird-watching opportunities, with bald eagles, various ducks, red-winged blackbirds, and other migratory songbirds frequently observed at this time of year.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Reservoir was recently stocked with 4,500 legal sized rainbow trout. Holdover trout are also available to anglers. The reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to angling all year.

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 was last stocked for the season in early April. The pond is located in Garden Lake Park on the east side of I-5 in Creswell and is open to fishing all year, although vegetation can become a problem later in spring.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

Dexter Reservoir was last stocked in late April and will next be stocked in late September. In addition to trout, some warmwater fish are also available. The reservoir is adjacent to Highway 58 near Lowell and is open all year.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Dorena Reservoir was last stocked in late April and will be stocked next in mid-October. The reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available.


Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,500 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

Eagle Creek is in good shape for fishing but it’s nearly over for steelhead anglers and decent winter fish will be hard to find. There could still be a few fish around but effort has been very light and is probably a good indication of how the catch has been. The time is getting closer for spring Chinook to return from acclimation releases done two or three years ago at the facility in Eagle Fern Park, fish returns depending on flows. The hatchery has had about 500 steelhead return, a relatively low number as a result of reduced smolt releases a couple of years ago.

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.”

EE WILSON POND: trout, bluegill

EE Wilson Pond will be stocked this week with another 600 legal, 250 larger, and 50 one-pound rainbow trout. This is a small angling pond located in the EE Wilson Wildlife management of Camp Adair just off Hwy. 99W between Corvallis and Monmouth. The wildlife area is owned and managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Parking permits are required on the wildlife area.


Fall Creek Reservoir north of Lowell was stocked in late April. The reservoir will continue to benefit from upriver stockings through June.

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.

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 three seasonal boat ramps. The water level is approximately 5 feet below full pool at the moment, with all three boat ramps available at this time. It will be stocked again this week with 4,000 rainbow trout. Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept and there are no limits on size or number of bass. 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.

FREEWAY LAKES: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

This water-body actually consists of three interconnected ponds and features some good size bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available at East Freeway Lake, and there is good bank access around Middle Freeway Lake. Freeway Lakes is scheduled to be stocked in mid March with rainbow trout as well. To get there, take the State Police exit in Albany and follow the frontage road south (3 Lakes Road) for several miles.

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 a good population of smallmouth bass. It will be stocked this week with 6,000 legal size rainbow trout. The kokanee fishery is slowly heating up as fish become more active with the warming temperatures. Most kokanee are being caught between 20-30 feet down. The reservoir level is currently at full pool. Both Thistle Creek and Whitcomb boat ramps are open.


Stocked the week of May 5 with 2,000 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.

HENRY HAGG LAKE: trout, bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill and brown bullhead

Stocked the week of May 5 with 3,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This popular fishery has been stocked several times this spring and there should be plenty of fish for anglers who are willing to get out and work for them. Hagg Lake is located within Scoggins Valley Park. 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 and was stocked in mid-April with legal-sized rainbow trout. This release is in addition to annual fingerling releases into the reservoir. Additional legal-sized trout will be released in late September. This reservoir is also 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. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout and salmon must be released unharmed.


Native trout are available for harvest and bait may be used through Oct. 31 in Hills Creek. Hatchery fish released into Hills Creek in previous years will now be released into Hills Creek Reservoir.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked the week of April 28 with 500 legal-sized rainbow trout and 250 half-pounders. This is in addition to 750 legal-sized rainbow trout and 200 one-pounders released the week of April 21. Huddleston 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

Junction City is a popular stocked trout fishing pond 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. It has been stocked several times already in recent weeks. It will be stocked this week with 800 legal, 275 larger, and 50 one-pound rainbow trout. As a reminder, zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20 inches.


Leaburg Lake will be stocked weekly through July. This week Leaburg Lake will receive 1,850 rainbow trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. The use of bait is allowed.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake will be boat stocked this week with 6,000 rainbow trout, including 1,750 larger sized trout. Fish will be released from Leaburg Town Landing down to Hendricks Bridge. Gear use is restricted to flies and lures below Hendricks Bridge. Use of bait is allowed from Hendricks Bridge upstream to Leaburg Dam through the end of the year. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie.

EWEB may have to close the Leaburg Dam bridge in May for three to five days total. Any such closures would be on weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

See the EWEB website for more information.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake was recently boat stocked from Finn Rock to Goodpasture Bridge with a total of 9,250 rainbow trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed.

McKenzie basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.


The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir is open to catch-and-release fishing. Angling is restricted to flies and lures. The Middle Fork above Hills Creek Reservoir will not be stocked this year. Those fish will instead be released into Hills Creek Reservoir for anglers.

MOLALLA RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook

The Molalla is a bit high but should be in great shape for winter steelhead fishing late this week as flows drop. Over 4,400 winters have passed at Willamette Falls meaning anglers should find improved catch rates as a portion of these winter fish make their way into the Molalla.

Since most of the steelhead passing the falls this time of year are wild winters, anglers should be aware that a majority of fish entering the Molalla will be unmarked wild fish resulting in a predominantly catch-and-release fishery.


Stocked the week of April 28 with 1,000 legal-sized 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.


Closed to fishing until May 25. This is a 350-acre reservoir of the Clackamas River behind North Fork Dam approximately 5.2 miles east of Estacada, Ore.

Fishermen are reminded that the boat ramp and marina at Promitory Park will be closed to all public access until the summer of 2016 while PGE constructs a surface collector to improve the downstream passage of native salmon and steelhead juveniles at North Fork Dam. The reservoir will be open to fishing from May 25 through Oct. 31. All other access points to North Fork Reservoir will remain open, and ODFW will stock the lake with hatchery trout as in the past.

For more information about the closure, visit PGE’s website at:

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

Stocked the week of May 5 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.


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 will be stocked this week with 3,000 rainbow trout. There are 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.


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 is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge. The creek was recently stocked with a total of 1,750 rainbow trout. Fish are released at several locations up to the Black Creek Road bridge. Bait use and both native and hatchery trout harvest are allowed through October 31.


Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. 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 is open to harvest of native trout through October 31. Bait use is allowed during trout season. Salt Creek will not be stocked in 2014. Instead, these hatchery fish will be released into Hills Creek Reservoir.

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Conditions are ideal for spring Chinook and both summer and late winter steelhead fishing. A few late winter steelhead, some summer steelhead, and an occasional spring Chinook have been caught in the lower river from Oxbow down to Lewis and Clark.

Tuesday morning hydrological data shows the river below Bull Run up at 2,590 cfs, a gauge reading of 9.98 ft. and the water temperature well down near 42°.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook, trout

Flows currently stand at 5,700 cfs at Mehama, a significant increase from last week, and making for challenging fishing conditions. Best conditions might be found in the lower reaches where new summer steelhead and spring Chinook are staging. Counts at Willamette Falls as of April 25 show 3,009 spring Chinook and 1,185 summer steelhead have entered the upper basin. Warming water temperatures should make fish more active. When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below the Minto Fish Facility is open to salmon and steelhead fishing.

River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge. Current conditions

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.

UPDATE: The boat slide at Upper Bennett Dam on the North Santiam was repaired on 1/28/14 and is now ready for use. For boaters, portage around Upper Bennett between Mehama and Stayton should be much easier.

SANTIAM RIVER (SOUTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook, trout, bass

Flows in the South Santiam have increased due to the recent rains, but conditions are still excellent. Currently, they are at 3,200 cfs with decent clarity. Spring Chinook and summer steelhead are showing up in good numbers at Willamette Falls, and a fair number have made it to the base of Foster dam. Winter steelhead and fresh summer steelhead are in the basin right now and can be found from the mouth up to Foster dam. So far, 166 winter and 74 summer steelhead have entered the fish ladder, along with 20 spring Chinook as of May 2.


Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,600 legal-sized and 125 larger ainbow 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 April 7 with 1,000 rainbow trout ranging in size from 10 inches to over two pounds each. A family fishing event was held April 12 but some holdover fish should still be available.

This is a 4-acre pond located within Ivor Davies Nature Park in the city of Molalla. It can be accessed by the Fifth St. Trailhead across from Heckard Football Stadium.


Stocked the week of April 21 with 3,500 legal-sized and 200 larger rainbow trout. This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.


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. Smith Reservoir was stocked in late April with 4,000 rainbow trout.

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

Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. 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. It was stocked in early April with 1,000 legal and 50 larger size rainbow trout. It will be stocked again this week with 1,250 legal and 50 larger size rain bow 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 also 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 POND: rainbow trout

This beautiful, family-friendly fishing pond is located within the 90-acre Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. It will be stocked this week with 140 very large brood trout averaging about 15 pounds each! 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.

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

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 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 with 8,000 trout during the month of April, so there should be lots of fish available. Trojan Pond is a 15-acre lake about 4.5 miles southeast of Rainier on the north side of Hwy 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility.

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

In winter, spring and fall, 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

This popular Salem lake in Cascade Gateway Park receives thousands of hatchery trout annually. It will be stocked again this week with 1,700 legal and 150 larger size rainbow trout. As a reminder, only one fish over 20 inches may be kept. 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

Waverly Pond receives over 2,500 trout annually, ranging in size from ‘legal’ to ‘trophy’. 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 is located a quarter mile down Pacific Boulevard on the right. A paved ADA-accessible path runs all the way around the pond.

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, sturgeon

Springer anglers have been out in force as river and weather conditions improved. Spring Chinook passage at Willamette Falls has been mediocre so far, partially due to water conditions, with 3,423 counted through May 1. Winter steelhead are slowing down with 4,535 moving through as of April 25 while the summer steelhead have reached 1,565 counted up through May 1.

Monday hydrological data shows the Willamette down to 22,600 cfs, the water temperature up to 58°, and visibility increased now at 6 feet.


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