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Northeast Zone wildlife viewing report, April 19

MORROW, GILLIAM and WHEELER COUNTIES Spring is in full here in the Heppner District. Sandhill cranes are still seen flying north, although in smaller flocks of birds. Pine siskins can be seen occasionally at feeders in the area. Golden crowned kinglets are also showing up in the area. Ferruginous hawks are showing up to claim nest territories and can be seen in the northern portion of the District. Red-tailed hawks, American kestrels and northern harriers can be seen throughout the District.

Northeast Zone hunting report, April 19

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY (April 15-May 31), CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR (opens April 15)

Northeast Zone fishing report, April 19

Weekend fishing opportunities Anglers have reported catching 20 fish limits of kokanee at Wallowa Lake. Rainbow trout were stocked last week in Tatone, Hatrock and McNary ponds, and continue to provide great early season action.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting update, Sept. 5

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER & ELK, FOREST GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing update, Sept. 5

Weekend fishing opportunities The upper Umatilla River should provide good catch-and-release angling for rainbow trout. Fall chinook fishing opened on the Snake River on Sept. 1. McKay Reservoir offers good warm water angling all summer. Use electronics to locate suspended schools of crappie, or slow troll a different depths until you find fish. There are reports of 20 pound or more lake trout being caught in Wallowa Lake.

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Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties Summer is here, most of the young are leaving the nest. Fledglings can be seen in most yards. The long billed curlews have headed back to the wet areas with fledglings. Crows are starting to fledge as well. Ferruginous hawks can be seen the northern portion of the District. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District. Swainson’s hawks can be seen in the north end of the district on their nests. They are the last of our hawks to arrive and nest. Swainson’s hawk also has the longest migration as they winter in Argentina. Also in the grasslands one can spot horned larks, savanna sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, and meadowlarks. In areas that have good bunch grass in the north end of the District persistent birds can spot grasshopper sparrows, although they are easier to identify by sound. Our year-round resident raptors, red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and American kestrels are all easily found. Sharp-shinned hawks can be seen along the riparian areas of the north half of the District. In the areas that have sagebrush one can spot loggerheaded shrieks.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities Magone Lake was recently stocked with fingerling and jumbo-size rainbow. Both trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake, with limits of both being caught. Warmwater fishing on McKay Reservoir continues to improve. Spring Chinook jack fishing will be open on the Imnaha River until further notice.

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Northeast zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Northeast zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities Recent warm weather has increased water temperatures in many lakes and rivers. If you’re fishing catch-and-release for trout, be sure to land them quickly and don’t remove them from the water in order to reduce stress. Warmwater fishing can be a good bet in hot weather. Magone Lake was recently stocked with fingerling and jumbo-size rainbow. Both trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake, with limits of both being caught. Warmwater fishing on McKay Reservoir continues to improve. Several area ponds have been stocked with rainbow trout recently and should offer some good fishing. Spring Chinook fishing will be open on the Imnaha River from July 5 through July 7 and open for jack harvest until further notice.

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Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties Summer is here, most of the young are leaving the nest. Fledglings can be seen in most yards. The long billed curlews have headed back to the wet areas with fledglings. Crows are starting to fledge as well.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities Magone Lake was recently stocked with fingerling and jumbo-size rainbow. Both trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake, with limits of both being caught. Warmwater fishing on McKay Reservoir continues to improve. Several area ponds have been stocked with rainbow trout recently and should offer some good fishing. Should be good catch-and-release fishing for trout on the upper Umatilla. Spring Chinook fishing is currently NOT open in the Imnaha River (as of June 26). All spring Chinook must be released unharmed. Watch for announcements pertaining to spring Chinook seasons on the ODFW website.

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities Magone Lake was recently stocked with fingerling and jumbo-size rainbow. Both trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake, with limits of both being caught. Warmwater fishing on McKay Reservoir continues to improve. Several area ponds have been stocked with rainbow trout recently and should offer some good fishing. Should be good catch-and-release fishing for trout on the upper Umatilla.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties Long billed curlews can be seen in the wheat stubble fields. Mobs of ravens can be seen in the foothills, as can golden eagles. Ferruginous hawks can be seen the northern portion of the District on their nests. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District.

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Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Northeast Zone VIEWING GRANT COUNTY Bighorn sheep can be viewed along the South Fork of the John Day. The first ducklings and goslings are being seen in the valley, deer, antelope, and sheep are having their young as well. As spring progresses it is important to remember to leave any baby wildlife where you found them. It usually won’t be long before mom returns to check on them. 6/3/13.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Both trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake, with limits of both being caught. Warmwater fishing on McKay Reservoir is picking up and should be good. Should be good catch-and-release fishing for trout on the upper Umatilla.

Weekly fishing reports for Oregon

Weekly fishing reports for Willamette, central, southeast, northeast, Columbia and marine zones. Great trout fishing continues The stars are aligning for some good trout fishing in the next few weeks. Water temperatures in lakes and reservoirs are still relatively cool, lots of trout have been stocked for both the Memorial Day and Free Fishing weekends, coastal rivers are now open for native cutthroat fishing and the weather looks good. Check out the latest updates in the Recreation Report to help plan your next fishing adventure.

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Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing repot

Northeast Zone VIEWING GRANT COUNTY Bighorn sheep can be viewed along the South Fork of the John Day. The first ducklings and goslings are being seen in the valley. As spring progresses it is important to remember to leave any baby wildlife where you found them. It usually won’t be long before mom returns to check on them. 5/29/13.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

FREE FISHING WEEKEND EVENTS June 1-2 is Free Fishing Weekend across Oregon. On these dates, you won’t need a license to fish, crab or clam in Oregon. Here is a summary of the Free Fishing Weekend events in the NE Zone: Union County Morgan Lake, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information: Tim Bailey (541) 962-1830. Wallowa County Marr Pond, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information: Ron Harrod (541) 426-4467. Umatilla County Twin Ponds, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information: Allison Johnson (541) 427-5305. Grant County 7th Street Pond (John Day), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information: Brent Smith (541) 575-1167. Additional weekend fishing opportunities

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Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties The signs of spring are all here in the Heppner area. Sandhill cranes have been seen heading north for the summer. The official first sign of spring for the Heppner area, a Say’s phoebe has been seen and heard in the area. Our summer migrants are starting to appear.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Twin, Weston and South Umatilla Forest ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good. The Umatilla river spring chinook season closed May 15 due to a much smaller than expected return.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Northeast Zone VIEWING GRANT COUNTY Bighorn sheep can be viewed along the South Fork of the John Day. The first ducklings and goselings are being seen in the valley. As spring progresses it is important to remember to leave any baby wildlife where you found them. It usually won’t be long before mom returns to check on them. A few sandhill cranes can still be heard as they migrate back through the valley.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Nrtheast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Twin, Weston and South Umatilla Forest ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

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.

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Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties The signs of spring are all here in the Heppner area. Sandhill cranes have been seen heading north for the summer. The official first sign of spring for the Heppner area, a Say’s phoebe has been seen and heard in the area. The earliest of our summer migrants are starting to appear.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities Spring has arrived in the Hermiston area, McNary, Hatrock and Tatone ponds continue to be stocked and should provide a good early season fishing opportunity. The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Peach and Roulet ponds will be stocked with larger, one-pound trout this week.

Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties The signs of spring are all here in the Heppner area. Sandhill cranes have been seen heading north for the summer. The official first sign of spring for the Heppner area, a Say’s phoebe has been seen and heard in the area. The earliest of our summer migrants are starting to appear. Long billed curlews can be seen in a few wheat stubble fields. Mobs of ravens can be seen in the foothills as can golden eagles. There are still a few rough-legged hawks in the area and can be seen in the north half of the District. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities Surplus steelhead have been stocked in Marr Pond offering a great opportunity for young anglers to catch a large fish. Spring has arrived in the Hermiston area, McNary, Hatrock and Tatone ponds have been stocked and should provide a good early season angling opportunity

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Northeaset Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties The signs of spring are all here in the Heppner area. Sandhill cranes have been seen heading north for the summer. The official first sign of spring for the Heppner area, a Say’s phoebe has been seen and heard in the area. The earliest of our summer migrants are starting to appear. Long billed curlews can be seen in a few wheat stubble fields. Mobs of ravens can be seen in the foothills as can golden eagles. There are still a few rough-legged hawks in the area and can be seen in the north half of the District. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District. Our year-round resident raptors, red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and American kestrels are all easily found. Heppner’s merlin has been seen in the area as well. Prairie falcons can also be seen in the area, although much rarer to be found. Sharp-shinned hawks can be seen along the riparian areas of the north half of the District. Western meadowlarks can be seen in most grassland areas. In the yards of the district, one can find the common songbirds around the feeder. Dark-eyed juncos, song sparrows, house sparrows, white-crowned sparrows are all easily found. American gold finches and Rufus sided towhees can also be see in the Heppner area.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR (controlled seasons open April 1 and April 15, see regs) Phillip W. Schneider and Elkhorn wildlife areas are currently closed to public access.

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

NORTHEAST ZONE FISHING Weekend fishing opportunities Fishing for holdover trout has been pretty good in Holliday Park, Cavender, Long Creek and Peach ponds. Spring has arrived in the Hermiston area, McNary, Hatrock and Tatone ponds received the first trout stockings of the season last week, and should provide a good early season angling opportunity

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Northeast Zone fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities Fishing for holdover trout has been pretty good in Holliday Park, Cavender, Long Creek and Peach ponds. Surplus steelhead have been stocked in Marr Pond offering a great opportunity for young anglers to catch a big fish. Spring has arrived in the Hermiston area, McNary, Hatrock and Tatone ponds received the first trout stockings of the season this week, and should provide a good early season angling opportunity.

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Northeast Zone wildlife viewing

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties Rough-legged hawks can be seen throughout most of the north half of the District. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District. Our year-round resident raptors, red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and American kestrels are all easily found. Heppner’s merlin has been seen in the area as well. The remaining ravens are our resident population, the mobs have headed south. Prairie falcons can also be seen in the area, although much rarer to be found. Sharp-shinned hawks can be seen along the riparian areas of the north half of the District.

Northeast zone fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing report

Hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing reports covering from Oregon's Northeast Zone.

Northeast zone hunting update

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE Phillip W. Schneider and Elkhorn wildlife areas are currently closed to public access. Mandatory Reporting Thanks to all hunters who reported their 2012 tags on time. Hunters who did not report 2012 deer and elk tags on time will pay a $25 penalty fee when they purchase a 2014 hunting license.

Northeast zone fishing update

FISHING Weekend fishing opportunities The Wallowa River is heating up and steelhead are present in catchable numbers throughout the river. Fishing for holdover trout has been pretty good in Holliday Park, Cavender and Long Creek ponds.

Northeast zone wildlife viewing

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties Rough-legged hawks can be seen throughout most of the north half of the District. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District. Our year-round resident raptors, red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and American kestrels are all easily found. Heppner’s merlin has been seen in the area as well. The remaining ravens are our resident population, the mobs have headed south. Prairie falcons can also be seen in the area, although much rarer to be found. Sharp-shinned hawks can be seen along the riparian areas of the north half of the District.

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