VALLEYWIDE Wild turkeys are actively strutting and courting during this time of year. These birds were introduced into Oregon from other parts of the US where they are native. These birds are widely established in the foothills around the edge of the Willamette Valley. Look for them where there is a mix of wooded areas and pastures. Mixed hardwoods, especially oaks, are preferred over conifers. Tall pines or fir trees are often used for night roosts. Fortunately, turkeys are most active and easiest to see on warm sunny days! Landowners beware! While turkeys are fun to watch and have around, if you feed them you may create a serious problem for yourself and your neighbors. Turkeys will often become a serious nuisance when they concentrate in an area because they are being fed. Turkeys that are not fed will range widely and rarely cause such problems.
WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY
Weekend fishing opportunities: Spring chinook fishing is good in the lower Willamette River. 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 to good on the Clackamas River Trout stocking is in full swing around the Willamette Valley and Portland metro area. Sites scheduled for stocking this week: Henry Hagg Lake, Sheridan Pond, Alton Baker Canal, Detroit Reservoir, Dexter Reservoir, EE Wilson Pond, Foster Reservoir, Junction City Pond, Leaburg Lake, the McKenzie River, Sunnyside Park Pond, Timber Linn Lake, Walling Pond, Walter Wirth Lake, Waverly Lake.
Local Sports Schedule for the weekend and Monday
PORTLAND, Ore. —Oregon Wildlife invites you to learn about Oregon’s black bears at a presentation by Doug Cottam, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist, on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Portland.
Join ODFW and the OSU Beavers for a day of baseball May 4
Big game raffle tickets on sale through May 6 - Last year's winner set state record for goat
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Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Spring chinook angling is open above Bonneville Dam through Sunday, May 5. Walleye anglers are having some success in The Dalles and John Day pools. Sturgeon anglers are catching keepers in the Portland to St. Helens area. Effective April 1, the annual sturgeon bag limit is two legal white sturgeon.
NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY
NORTHEAST ZONE FISHING Weekend fishing opportunities The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Peach and Roulet ponds have been stocked with larger, one-pound trout and fishing should be good.
SOUTHEAST ZONE WILDLIFE VIEWING Klamath Wildlife Area Waterfowl Snow geese, Ross’s geese and white-front geese are in abundant numbers grazing in pastures. They will be heading northward for their breeding areas soon. Great Basin Canada geese are beginning to pair and develop territories. The Klamath River near the boat ramp has melted and large numbers of diving ducks can be seen. Bufflehead, ring-necked ducks, and ruddy ducks are becoming more common. Tundra swans may be seen loafing in many of the open water areas on the Miller Island Unit.
SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY
Weekend fishing opportunities: Mann Lake continues to put our 16-inch cutthroats. Krumbo Reservoir was stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout in time for last weekend’s opener. The best fishing on Thompson Reservoir can be in the spring when water temperatures remain below 65 F. Haines and North Powder ponds have been stocked with larger, one-pound trout and fishing should be good.
CENTRAL ZONE VIEWING Crook County The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) North shore road is now open to motorized traffic. The WMA offers camping, shoreline angling and opportunities to see a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office and at Prineville Reservoir State Park office.
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