May presents a smorgasbord of fishing opportunities in the Columbia Gorge area.
SALEM, Ore. — Aquatic invasive species boat inspection stations are now open in Ashland, Gold Beach, Klamath Falls, Lakeview and Ontario.
Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Spring Chinook and shad fishing is open Friday, May 9 – Saturday, May 10 from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Rooster Rock, plus the banks only from Rooster Rock to Bonneville Dam. White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release angling. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details). 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. Effective Friday June 13 – Saturday June 14 and Friday June 20 – Saturday June 21, the Bonneville Pool will be open to the retention of white sturgeon. Spring Chinook angling is open during March 16 – May 9, from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines. Walleye fishing was excellent in The Dalles Pool last week.
Weekend fishing opportunities Anglers have reported catching 20 fish limits of kokanee and large holdover rainbows at Wallowa Lake. There will be a free Family Fishing event at McNary Ponds on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Rainbow trout were recently stocked in Tatone, Hatrock and McNary ponds, and continue to provide great early season action.
Weekend fishing opportunities: Largemouth bass fishing is picking up in Willow Valley Reservoir. Lake of the Woods was stocked recently and trout fishing should be good. The Wood River, one of the best brown trout fisheries in the state, is open for fishing.
CENTRAL ZONE FISHING This is a great time of year to find trout feeding on the surface of the lower Deschutes River. Trout fishing on Big Lava Lake has been good with reports of fish up to 18-inches. On Odell Lake, kokanee fishing has been good with 14 to 18-inch fish being caught.
SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY (April 15-May 31)
NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY (April 15-May 31), CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR (opens April 15)
OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING TURKEY (April 15-May 31) CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR
Living with Beavers, Wed. May 21 ODFW and the North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council will host a presentation about living with beavers, featuring ODFW biologists Susan Barnes and Dave Stewart. The presentation will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Milwaukie Center, located at 5445 SE Kellogg Creek Dr., Milwaukie, Ore.
WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY
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.
Modified fish ladders at central Washington’s damaged Wanapum Dam on the mid-Columbia River appear to be doing the trick for adult spring Chinook salmon headed upstream on their spawning journey.
A newly published scientific study discovered that some resident fish in the lower Columbia River, namely largescale suckers, contain chemicals that health officials have determined can cause health concerns for people who eat large quantities of the fish.
A host of spawning spring Chinook salmon arriving at the lower Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam has coincided with a rush of sea lions eager for a feast.