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ODFW Weekly Recreational Report

Fall Chinook headed toward Bonneville on heels of successful Buoy 10 run

Photo Credit: Tom Lum


The first hog lines are showing up on the Columbia River around the Portland as Chinook salmon begin to move from the river mouth to Rainier, St. Helens, Portland, and beyond. Now’s the time to find out why nothing beats fall salmon fishing in Oregon, which is available just minutes from downtown Portland, one of the few inland cities that can boast major league fishing like this!


Archery seasons open Saturday, Aug. 26
The first general deer and elk hunting seasons open this weekend. Deer populations are down in some parts of the state due to the harsh winter. Much of the state is dry and fire danger is high. Be sure to check for access and fire restrictions before you go. More info

Last chance for shotgun skills class required for family pheasant hunting workshops
Last chance to take a shotgun skills class is this Saturday, Aug. 26 from 8 a.m.-2 Mid-Valley Clays in Gervais. Sign up for that and one of 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. 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 warm water fishing
As temperatures rise moving into summer, warm water 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 Warm water 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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