Keeping "fish of a lifetime" not a problem, say fishery manager.
Weekend Fishing Opportunities: White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, but remains an option for catch and release angling. Effective Monday February 24 – Sunday March 9, sturgeon retention is open in Bonneville Pool. Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles and John Day pools until the respective guidelines are met. Sturgeon retention is open during February 1-July 31 from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Spring Chinook angling is open from Buoy 10 to Beacon Rock, plus the banks only from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam. Walleye fishing was excellent in the John Day pool last week.
NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE
Weekend fishing opportunities Steelhead anglers will want to keep an eye on water levels. Warm weather and rain could cause many rivers to blow out for the weekend. Steelhead are pushing hard into the Imnaha river and are beginning to arrive at the hatchery facility -- indicating fish are also available in Big Sheep Creek. Check flows before fishing. Catch rates have really improved on the Wallowa and steelhead are moving upstream in numbers. Get out there!
SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Most migrant shorebirds and sandhill cranes have passed through the area for wintering areas further south. Look to agricultural lands near Burns for viewing opportunities of migrant Canada geese.
SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE
Weekend fishing opportunities: Ice conditions have deteriorated during recent warmer weather. Anglers should use extra caution when venturing out onto the ice.
CENTRAL ZONE VIEWING The changing weather―from hot summer conditions to cooler, wetter weather― will bring changes in the routines of animals. Deer and elk will be thinking about moving down on to the Wildlife Area from their higher summer ranges in the Cascade Mountains.
CENTRAL ZONE FISHING Trout fishing on the Crooked River has been excellent – look for hatches around mid-day. The Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook is now open for bull trout.
WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: GOOSE, FURBEARER, COUGAR
Weekend fishing opportunities: Henry Hagg Lake near Forest Grove is fully stocked with rainbow trout ranging from 8 inches to 15 pounds. Smelt dipping will be permitted in the Sandy River on March 8, 15, and 22 from 6 a.m. to noon. Fishing is by dip net only, with a bag limit of 10 pounds per person. Winter steelhead are moving into the Willamette River basin and fishing conditions should improve on the Clackamas, Molalla, Sandy, and Santiam rivers with increased warmer flows.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — You know what makes any adventure in the snow even better? A warm, cozy place to settle in at the end of the day. Bonus points if you don’t even have to leave the snow behind to find your haven.
State salmon-steelhead hatchery management plans for northwest Oregon’s Sandy River basin are moving closer towards the goal of minimizing impacts on protected wild stocks and should be allowed to play out, according to legal briefs filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.
Winter is also a good time to view mule deer and white-tailed deer as they are more actively feeding during the limited hours of daylight this time of year. A good place to observe mule deer is along the Wallowa Lake highway between Joseph and the south end of Wallowa Lake.
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