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Southeast Zone wildlife viewing report, April 10

SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING The 33nd Annual John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival is April 11-13 2014, at Burns, Oregon.

Southeast Zone fishing report, April 10

Weekend fishing opportunities: Brown trout fishing on the lower Owyhee River has been good. Largemouth bass fishing is picking up in Willow Valley Reservoir. With calm, warm weather predicted for this week, trout fishing should continue to be good on Klamath and Agency lakes.

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing update, Sept. 5

Harney County Resident breeding waterfowl with broods are abundant around Malheur Lake. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin. Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebes species are a few of what can be seen. Forester’s terns, black terns, franklins, ring-billed and California gulls can also be found.

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing update, Sept. 5

Weekend fishing opportunities: Miller and Fourmile lakes and Lake of the Woods were stocked with larger trout for the holiday weekend and fishing should be good. Fishing for perch and panfish at Dog Lake is getting better with the onset of cooler fall temperatures.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

LAKE COUNTY Resident nesting duck species are abundant and broods of all species are available for viewing. For shorebird viewing, Lake Abert and the Warner Valley lakes are the best locations. All the resident nesting raptor species are present in appropriate habitats. The highest diversity of raptor species is associated with the major valleys in the county.

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: The hex hatch should be good on the Upper and Lower Williamson. Look for these big, yellow mayflies to emerge about 9 p.m. Anthony Lake has been recently stocked and fishing is good. The trout fishing at Cottonwood Meadows has been exceptional. Mud Lake may have some of the best fishing in the Warner Basin this year. Sampling in June of 2012 found rainbow trout up to 12-inches and they’ve only gotten bigger since then.

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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. 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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Southeast zone weekly wildlife viewing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Waterfowl migration has stopped and most waterfowl found now will be breeding pairs on territories and initiating nesting sites. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin. Shorebird migration is slowing. Birding will be more difficult as birds begin to initiate nesting. Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebes species are a few of what can be seen. Forester’s terns, black terns, franklins, ring-billed and California gulls can also be found.

Southeast zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: The hex hatch should be good on the Upper and Lower Williamson. Look for these big, yellow mayflies to emerge about 9 p.m. Anthony Lake was stocked recently with trophy-size trout. The trout fishing at Cottonwood Meadows has been exceptional. Mud Lake may have some of the best fishing in the Warner Basin this year. Sampling in June of 2012 found rainbow trout up to 12-inches and they’ve only gotten bigger since then.

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Klamath Wildlife Area Effective Jan.1, 2013, a Wildlife Area Parking Permit is required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $7 daily or $22 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license. Waterfowl Great Basin Canada geese are evident with goslings in tow. Mallard, gadwall and teal can be seen with ducklings as well. White pelicans can be seen foraging for fish in many of the ponds and waterways.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. Anthony Lake will be stocked this week with trophy-size trout. The trout fishing at Cottonwood Meadows has been exceptional. Mud Lake may have some of the best fishing in the Warner Basin this year. Sampling in June of 2012 found rainbow trout up to 12-inches and they’ve only gotten bigger since then.

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. The trout fishing at Cottonwood Meadows has been exceptional. Mud Lake may have some of the best fishing in the Warner Basin this year. Sampling in June of 2012 found rainbow trout up to 12-inches and they’ve only gotten bigger since then.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Klamath Falls Area Flooded pastures around the basin offer great viewing for white-faced ibis as they forage on earthworms and other insects. These birds are colony nesters and utilize wetland vegetation to nest. American white pelicans, killdeer, western grebes, Clark’s grebes and several swallow species continue in their nesting season in the Basin. The courtship rituals of both western and Clark’s grebes are both distinct and visually stunning and should not be missed by those with an appreciation of such things. Upper Klamath Lake is currently home to thousands of grebes, and viewing opportunities exist along the shore as well as from boat.

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Waterfowl migration has stopped and most waterfowl found now will be breeding pairs on territories and initiating nesting sites. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. The black drake hatch is underway on the upper Williamson River. Trout fishing at Chickahominy has been good.

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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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Waterfowl migration has stopped and most waterfowl found now will be breeding pairs on territories and initiating nesting sites.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE Bear and turkey seasons closed May 31

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. Fishing on the lower Owyhee River has been good, and with the warm temperatures this week the action on the surface should get even better.

Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Harney County Waterfowl migration has stopped and most waterfowl found now will be breeding pairs on territories and initiating nesting sites. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. Fishing on the lower Owyhee River has been good, and with the warm temperatures this week the action on the surface should get even better.

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Waterfowl spring migration is nearly over 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.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Mann Lake continues to put out 16-inch cutthroats. Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. Fishing on the lower Owyhee River has been good, and with the warm temperatures the action on the surface should get even better.

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Waterfowl spring migration is nearly over 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.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE FISHING Weekend fishing opportunities: Mann Lake continues to put out 16-inch cutthroats. Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. Fishing on the lower Owyhee River has been good, and with the warm temperatures this week the action on the surface should get even better.

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

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.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

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.

Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Harney County 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.

Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Mann Lake continues to put our 16-inch cutthroats. Krumbo Reservoir will be stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout in time for this 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 will be stocked with larger, one-pound trout this week.

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Spring migration is well underway and large numbers of snow geese, Ross’s geese, white-fronted geese and sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin. Migratory waterfowl such as pintail, shoveler, wigeon, mallard, gadwall, green-winged teal, cinnamon teal and a variety of diver species can also be seen. They can be readily found in the flooded meadows around Burns/Hines.

Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: If the water flows cooperate, the Klamath River can be a fine place for winter trout fishing. Mann Lake is ice-free and fishing continues to be good for 16-inch cutthroats.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

Ground Squirrels – Ground squirrels and marmots are emerging now with the nice weather. Best prospects are on private lands although good opportunities exist on some public lands as well. Because of the damage these rodents cause to agricultural lands, many landowners allow access for those willing to ask.

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Southeast Zone wildlife viewing

The 32nd Annual John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival, April 11-14 2013, Burns Spend an amazing weekend witnessing the spectacular spring migration in the Harney Basin of Southeast Oregon. View thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the wide open spaces of Oregon's high desert. From waterfowl to shorebirds, cranes to raptors, wading birds to songbirds, you'll see it all!

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING EVENT The 32nd Annual John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival, April 11-14 2013, Burns Spend an amazing weekend witnessing the spectacular spring migration in the Harney Basin of Southeast Oregon. View thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the wide open spaces of Oregon's high desert. From waterfowl to shorebirds, cranes to raptors, wading birds to songbirds, you'll see it all! The festival offers non-stop birding activities as well as historical and cultural information sure to entertain you and your family. So whether you're a beginner or a life-long wildlife enthusiast, the festival has something for everyone. More information can be found online at www.migratorybirdfestival.com

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE 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. If your 2012 deer and elk hunts extend into 2013, you have until April 15, 2013 to report your hunt. More information on reporting http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/reporting/index.asp

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

FISHING Weekend fishing opportunities: If the water flows cooperate, the Klamath River can be a fine place for winter trout fishing. Mann Lake is ice-free and fishing continues to be good for 16-inch cutthroats.

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Southeast Zone fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: If the water flows cooperate, the Klamath River can be a fine place for winter trout fishing. Mann Lake is ice-free and fishing continues to be excellent for 16-inch cutthroats.

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Southeast Zone hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE 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. If your 2012 deer and elk hunts extend into 2013, you have until April 15, 2013 to report your hunt. More information on reporting http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/reporting/index.asp Wolves and coyotes can look alike
Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. ODFW appreciates hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

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Southeast Zone wildlife viewing report

EVENT The 32nd Annual John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival, April 11-14 2013, Burns Spend an amazing weekend witnessing the spectacular spring migration in the Harney Basin of Southeast Oregon. View thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the wide open spaces of Oregon's high desert. From waterfowl to shorebirds, cranes to raptors, wading birds to songbirds, you'll see it all! 

The festival offers non-stop birding activities as well as historical and cultural information sure to entertain you and your family. So whether you're a beginner or a life-long wildlife enthusiast, the festival has something for everyone. More information can be found online at www.migratorybirdfestival.com

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