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.
SALEM, Ore.—Hunters have until May 15 to apply for a limited-entry controlled hunt opportunity this fall in Oregon.
SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Waterfowl spring migration has slowed 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.
CENTRAL ZONE VIEWING Spring waterfowl migration is well under way. Water bird species that can be seen throughout Crook County, but in higher concentrations around Prineville and Ochoco reservoirs, include mallards, American wigeon, American green-winged teal, Northern pintail, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common and barrows goldeneye, Canada geese, killdeer, common and hooded mergansers, pied billed grebes, double-crested cormorants , great blue herons and a number of gull species.
Trapping led by the states of Oregon and Washington below the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam continued this week with seven California sea lions captured Tuesday, April 22.
SALEM – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission set the 2014 sport and commercial halibut seasons during its meeting today in North Bend.