FLORENCE — The Coast Range is not famous for waterfalls. Within the green and blue mosaic of rolling mountains, you’ll find patches of old-growth trees, silver streams and a lush rainforest of wildlife and plants.
Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Angling for summer steelhead and spring Chinook jacks opens Thursday, May 16 between Tongue Point and the I-5 Bridge. Shad angling opens Thursday, May 16 between Buoy 10 and Bonneville Dam. Sturgeon angling is good in the lower Columbia as the population migrates from the Willamette down to the estuary. The estuary sturgeon season is open seven days per week during Saturday May 11 through Sunday, June 30 (or catch guideline) below the Wauna Powerlines. Walleye angling is excellent in the The Dalles pool.
Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties The signs of spring are all here in the Heppner area. Sandhill cranes have been seen heading north for the summer. The official first sign of spring for the Heppner area, a Say’s phoebe has been seen and heard in the area. Our summer migrants are starting to appear.
NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY
Weekend fishing opportunities The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Twin, Weston and South Umatilla Forest ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good. The Umatilla river spring chinook season will close at 12:01 am on May ,16, the last day of fishing will be Wednesday May 15. Much lower than expected return number are forcing the early closure.
SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Waterfowl spring migration is nearly over and most white geese and white-fronted geese have headed migrated north. Pintail, shoveler, wigeon, mallard, gadwall, green-winged teal, cinnamon teal and a variety of diver species can still be viewed in good numbers. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.
SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY
Weekend fishing opportunities: Mann Lake continues to put out 16-inch cutthroats. Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. Fishing on the lower Owyhee River has been good, and with the warm temperatures the action on the surface should get even better.
CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY
Weekend fishing opportunities: Trout fishing continues to be good on Big Lava, Crane Prairie, Odell and North and South Twin lakes. South Twin lake has been chosen as a venue for Cabela’s “Fish for Milions” promotion, which began Saturday, May 4 and continues through July 7. Rainbow trout have been tagged with spaghetti tags that could be worth up to $2 million to the angler lucky enough to catch one. For more information and to register.
EVENTS Saturday, May 25 – Animal Tracking Workshop, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Oxbow Regional Park. Learn how to identify beavers, otters, deer and other creatures at this workshop hosted by Metro. Registration and payment of $11 per adult required in advance. For more information, call 503-220-2781. Oxbow Regional Park is located at 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham, OR 97080. Parking $5.
WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY
Weekend fishing opportunities: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a Family Fishing event on Saturday, May 18 at Mt. Hood Pond in Gresham from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fishing at this location is restricted to youths 17 and under and persons with disability fishing permits. Spring chinook fishing has slowed down in the lower Willamette River but persistent anglers are still catching a few fish. Steelhead fishing is fair on the North and South Santiam and spring chinook are starting to arrive in the system. Steelhead are being caught in the Town Run of the Willamette in the Eugene-Springfield area. Steelhead fishing is fair on the Clackamas River. Anglers are starting to pick up a few spring chinook on the Sandy River. Trout stocking is in full swing around the Willamette Valley and Portland metro area. Sites scheduled for stocking this week: Faraday Lake, Huddleston Pond, Small Fry Lake, Alton Baker Canal, Big Cliff Reservoir, Breitenbush River, Detroit Reservoir, Foster Reservoir, Leaburg Lake, McKenzie River, Quartzville Creek, Santiam River NF above Detroit Lake, Sunnyside Park Pond, Timber Linn Lake, Trail Bridge Reservoir, Waverly Lake, and the Coast fork of the Willamette River.
BOTTOM FISHING Fishing for rockfish continues to be good with the average rockfish catch at about five or six fish per angler. Lingcod catches are good at all ports surveyed at better than one fish per angler. Bottom fishing is closed offshore of the 30-fathom line defined by latitude and longitude. Cabezon retention is prohibited by all anglers until July 1. Retention of cabezon is allowed July 1 through Sept. 30. Under the federal cabezon quota, there is only enough cabezon to be open for two to three months during the busy summer period. When ODFW asked for public input in the fall, many people said they preferred a later season (July-September) over an earlier season. The daily bag and size limits remain the same (one-fish sublimit, 16-inch minimum length).
The Washington Butterfly Association hosts its annual conference May 31 to June 2 in Goldendale. Participants can expect to see butterflies not common in the rest of the state, including the large, black Indra Swallowtail and the Propertius Duskywing.
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