BOTTOM FISHING Lingcod fishing was good out of Garibaldi with near limits. Elsewhere on the coast the average catch was one ling for every two anglers. Catches of rockfish were good in the south and south central coast with near limits. From Newport north, catches were about half that. Bottom fishing is good when conditions permit. Fishing for groundfish is now open at all depths.
Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Steelhead fishing is fair in the John Day Arm. White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border, but remains an option for catch-and-release angling.
NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, UPLAND BIRDS, WATERFOWL (see regs)
Weekend fishing opportunities Cold temperatures and ice have slowed steelhead fishing in many areas.
SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, FOREST GROUSE, UPLAND BIRDS, WATERFOWL
Weekend fishing opportunities: rout fishing has been good on the Blitzen River, which remains open to catch-and-release fishing. In many lakes and reservoirs, trout are feeding heavily in anticipation of winter – check out Cottonwood Meadows, Deadhorse, Campbell and Overton. Thompson Reservoir, just 75 minutes from Bend, can yield trout up to 20-inches. Consider getting there before it freezes for the winter.
CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTEFOREST GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE, QUAIL, UPLAND BIRDS, WATERFOWL (see regs) BEAR SEASON CLOSED NOV. 30 IN EASTERN OREGON.
CENTRAL ZONE FISHING Weekend fishing opportunities: Trout fishing on the Crooked River continues to be very good. Bikini Pond near The Dalles has been stocked with trout and should offer good fishing into the winter. Haystack and Pine Hollow reservoirs and Taylor Lake recently received a one-time release of GIANT brood trout (15 to 18 pounds).
WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, UPLAND BIRDS, DUCK, GOOSE, FALL TURKEY, FURBEARER
Weekend fishing opportunities: It’s time to consider winter steelhead fishing on the Willamette and its tributaries. It’s still early but the recent heavy rains likely brought some winters into the system. Catch-and-release only sturgeon fishing is open on the lower Willamette and is a good way to have some fun and entertain out-of-town guests. Timber Linn Pond in Albany was recently stocked with 140 large brood trout, and some of those fish should still be available. Now that Detroit and Green Peter reservoir pool elevations have been lowered down for the winter, flows in both the North and South Santiam have returned to excellent fishing conditions. Plenty of summer steelhead left in the river above Lebanon dam, as well as coho salmon lower down
Anglers remain concerned
On a recent trip, Nathan Morris bags his prize
The Gorge Chapter Ducks Unlimited received the 2013 “Call ‘Em In” award at the recent Oregon Ducks Unlimited State Convention for having more than 60 percent of their fundraising banquet attendees return from the previous year.
Proposed plan will start statewide on Dec. 1
Basic ocean conditions such as current directions and water temperature play a huge role in determining the behavior of young migrating salmon as they move from rivers and hit ocean waters for the first time, according to new research.
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