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ODFW Recreation Report


 

Anglers land a Chinook salmon at the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria during Oregon's famous Buoy 10 salmon fishery.
Photo Credit: Rick Swart, ODFW
by ODFW
8-17-2017
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Buoy 10 anglers reeling in some impressive Chinook catches
The Buoy 10 Chinook season is now in full swing, with anglers out in force to reel in this signature fish of the Pacific Northwest. An estimated 613,800 fall Chinook are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall. Now’s the time to find out why this is one of Oregon’s most famous fishing adventures. Book your trip today!

 

Be on the lookout for gray whales!
Gray whales are always a treat to see and can often be spotted off the central and south coasts. It is common for gray whales to migrate to and from summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, passing by the Oregon coast. In addition, there is a summer resident group that hangs out in the Depoe Bay area most of the summer.

Family Friendly pheasant hunting workshops, shotgun skills classes coming up
ODFW will host four family-friendly pheasant hunting workshops this fall: Sept. 9 and Sept. 10 at Sauvie Island, and Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 at EE Wilson Wildlife Area near Corvallis.

Participants are also required to take a shotgun skills class prior to the workshop so hunters, dogs and handlers can hunt in the morning and be finished before it gets too hot.
The final shotgun skills workshop is at Mid Valley Clays in Gervais on Aug. 26 8 a.m.-2 p.m. More details at odfwcalendar.com and sign up online (click View All Classes Workshops/Outdoor Skills), at a license sales agent or at an ODFW office that sells licenses.

Plenty of places to catch ‘trophy trout’ this summer
Thousands of extra-large rainbow trout are being released at locations around the state this season as the as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife enters the second year of its “Trophy Trout” program. These 15-inch-and-larger trout are adding excitement to what is already one of Oregon’s most popular outdoor activities — trout fishing. See the news release or trout stocking schedule for details. 

As temperatures rise, think warmwater fishing
As temperatures rise moving into summer, warmwater fish such as bass, crappie, and bluegill get more active, making them a good option this time of year. To learn more about this fun fishing activity, check out our Warmwater Fishing Page for ideas on when, where, and how to catch these fish.

Free pheasant hunts for youth hunters – Sign up now
Free hunts are being held in Baker City, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland, The Dalles (Tygh Valley). These events are only open to youth who have passed hunter education. (ODFW has many hunter education classes and field days available before the events.) An adult 21 years of age or older must accompany the youth to supervise but may not hunt. More info.




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