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Oregon Fish Report

December 5, 2017

Columbia Zone

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details).  Anglers are still catching a few coho in the Bonneville Pool.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing is good in the John Day Pool and fair in The Dalles Pool.

Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found above.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the year and will resume February of 2018.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

Weekly checking showed four adult coho kept for eight boats (18 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

No report.

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm):

Weekly checking showed two steelhead kept and five steelhead released for five boats (10 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):  Closed for retention.  No report.

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for two boats (two anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed one walleye kept and three walleye released for one bank anglers and eight walleye kept for seven boats (13 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed one walleye kept and 22 walleye released for five boats (10 anglers).

Northwest Zone

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Chinook fishing is open in coastal streams, and has been slow to fair recently.
  • While Chinook fishing is winding down, anglers should keep an eye out for early-returning winter steelhead.
  • The first winter steelhead of the season have been caught on the Alsea.
  • Trout fishing is closed in streams and will reopen May 22, 2018.

NORTH COAST LAKES

Trout stocking is complete for the year. Cape Meares, Town, Coffenbury, Lost and Sunset lakes were stocked with “trophy” rainbow trout in late September.

Cedar Creek Hatchery has stocked over 160 surplus summer steelhead in Town Lake near Pacific City so far this fall. These fish get fairly active in the lake and offer a unique fishing experience. Once in the lake they are considered “trout” and do not require a Combined Angling Tag. Anglers are reminded, however, that only one trout per day over 20-inches may be retained, and these fish will all be in that size range.

MID COAST LAKES

Olalla Reservoir has been stocked with about 100 surplus summer steelhead this season. These fish get fairly active in the lake and offer a unique fishing experience. Once in the lake they are considered “trout” and do not require a Combined Angling Tag. Anglers are reminded, however, that only one trout per day over 20 inches may be retained, and these fish will all be in that size range.

Mid coast lakes been stocked with trout throughout the spring. Trout stocking has ended for the year but there still should be fish around to catch.

ALSEA RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing is slow to fair. Anglers are reminded that there is no wild coho salmon retention in 2017.

A few winter steelhead are starting to be caught in the lower river.

BIG CREEK (CLATSOP COUNTY): steelhead

The first winter steelhead of the season have shown up at the Big Creek hatchery trap, but no reports of any caught yet. Fishing will be slow until the run builds.

KILCHIS RIVER:  Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing has been slow to fair. Best chances for bright fish have been right after rain events as the river first drops into shape. Bobber fishing bait, back-bouncing, back-trolling plugs or divers and bait, or casting spinners can all be effective methods for Chinook.

The catch-and-release season for chum salmon ended Nov. 15.

KLASKANINE RIVER: steelhead

The first hatchery winter steelhead of the season should show up any time, but there haven’t been any to the hatchery yet and the water has been muddy; expect slow fishing for now.

NEHALEM: Chinook, coho, steelhead

Fishing for Chinook and hatchery coho is winding down for the year. Bobber fishing or drift fishing bait, throwing spinners, twitching jigs are all good techniques. The first winter steelhead should be arriving soon.

Anglers are reminded that there is NO wild coho retention in the rivers and bays this year, and that two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

NORTH FORK NEHALEM:

A few steelhead have shown up at the hatchery and there’s been a few caught, but overall fishing has been slow and will probably remain so until the run builds.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: Chinook, steelhead

Fall Chinook fishing has been slowing down, but a few fish are still available. The Nestucca is predicted to stay under 7 ft. most of the week, but check the conditions before heading out. Bobber fishing bait, back-bouncing, back-trolling plugs or divers and bait, or casting spinners can all be effective methods.

Anglers are reminded that the Nestucca is closed to all salmon fishing above First Bridge (near Beaver) Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, and that there is NO wild coho retention in the rivers and bays this year.

A few steelhead have shown up at the Cedar Creek hatchery trap and that means Three Rivers and the lower Nestucca should have some fish around, but overall it’s still early and fishing has been slow. Drift fishing baits or bobber fishing with jigs, beads, or bait are favorite techniques.

SALMON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

The Salmon River opened Dec 1 for wild and hatchery steelhead. Wild winter steelhead can be retained on the Salmon River. Daily and annual bag limit on wild winter steelhead are 1 per day and 3 per year.

Fall Chinook fishing has been slowing down, but a few fish are still available.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

A few winter steelhead are starting to be caught in the lower river.

Fall Chinook fishing has been slowing down, but a few fish are still available. Anglers are reminded that there is no wild coho salmon retention in 2017.

SIUSLAW RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

A few winter steelhead are starting to be caught in the lower river.

Fall Chinook fishing has been slowing down, but a few fish are still available. Anglers are reminded that there is no wild coho salmon retention in 2017.

TLLAMOOK BAY: Chinook

Fishing in the bay has been mostly slow, and the Chinook run will start to wind down over the next few weeks. Trolling herring or rotating flashers and spinners/plugs in the lower bay and spinners in the upper bay are the go to techniques.

Anglers are reminded that there is NO wild coho retention in the rivers and bays this year, and that two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

TRASK RIVER: Chinook, coho, steelhead

Fall Chinook fishing has been slow to fair on the Trask. Very few, if any, hatchery coho are still available. The Trask should be fishable most of the week if the forecast holds, but check conditions before heading out. Bobber fishing bait, back-bouncing, back-trolling plugs or divers and bait, or casting spinners can all be effective methods.

The dam hole (MP 7 on Trask River Rd up to Blue Ridge Creek) has been closed since Sept. 1, but will re-open on Friday Dec. 1.

A few winter steelhead are showing up on the Trask, but it’s still early and fishing is slow. Drift fishing baits or bobber fishing with jigs, beads, or bait are all good techniques.

WILSON RIVER: Chinook, steelhead

Fall Chinook fishing is slow to fair. There should be fish available throughout the system.  Bobber fishing bait, back-bouncing, back-trolling plugs or divers and bait, or casting spinners can all be effective methods. Anglers are reminded the Wilson River is closed to salmon fishing Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, upstream of Jordan Creek (River Mile 21.9).

The first winter steelhead was reported on the Wilson, but it’s still early and fishing is slow. Drift fishing baits or bobber fishing with jigs, beads, or bait are all good techniques.

YAQUINA RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

The Big Elk opened Dec 1 for wild and hatchery steelhead. Wild winter steelhead can be retained on the Big Elk. Daily and annual bag limit on wild winter steelhead are 1 per day and 3 per year.

Fall Chinook fishing has been slowing down, but a few fish are still available. Anglers are reminded that there is no wild coho salmon retention in 2017.

Willamette Zone

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • The following waterbodies were stocked recently: Progress Lake, Faraday Lake, Alton Baker Canal, Junction City Pond, St Louis Ponds, Mt Hood Pond, Blue Lake, Row River Nature Park, Walter Wirth Lake, Walling Pond and Waverly Lake.
  • Henry Hagg Lake was recently stocked with 8,000 hatchery trout.
  • Look for the Clackamas, Eagle Creek and Sandy to drop to fishable levels later this week. Recent rains will have coho on the move.
  • Large brood stock were released this week in Row River Nature Park (aka Cottage Grove pond) 75, Junction City Pond 75, Bluelake (Fairview) 75, Mt. Hood Pond 25, Huddleston Pond 76.

Check out our interactive trout stocking map

Find the location and details about the many lakes ponds and streams that receive hatchery trout from ODFW’s fish hatcheries on our Google-based stocking map. Click on the fish icons to bring up all the pertinent information about the state’s trout fishing locations.

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

Will be stocked this week with over 1,600 larger rainbow trout, including 60 pounders.  This is the final release planned for the season.

The canoe canal is located within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of Club Road in Eugene. A 4-acre pond at the midpoint of the canal is a good spot but it can be fished all along its two-mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield. The canal is open to fishing all year.

BENSON LAKE: rainbow trout, white crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Stocked in the spring with 4,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This is a 40-acre lake located in Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. From Portland, head east on I-84; the park is located on the south side of the freeway about 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

BETHANY POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead

Stocked in the spring with 1,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This is a 10-acre pond located at Bethany west of Portland. The pond is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, and a paved, ADA accessible trail.

BLUE LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, black crappie, bluegill

Stocked in the spring with 1,500 trout. Another 75 brood trout will be stocked the week of Dec. 4. Try fishing from the docks or along the bank near the boat ramp. From October to April private boats are also allowed if under 14 ft. with motors of less than 3.0 horsepower.

This 64-acre lake is located in Blue Lake Regional Park three miles west of Troutdale. Amenities include picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Metro. The cost to enter is $5/car and there is ample parking once inside the park. The park is open from 8 a.m. until legal sunset. For further information call 503-661-6087.

BLUE RIVER: trout

Upstream of Blue River Reservoir was last stocked for the season in early July. Two wild trout may be harvested per day above Blue River Reservoir only. Otherwise, anglers may keep five hatchery trout per day. Use of bait is allowed through Oct. 31. Beginning Nov. 1, only flies and lures are allowed.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Last stocked for the season the week of June 26. Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Hwy. 126 and is open to year-round fishing. Blue River Reservoir boat ramps are no longer accessible.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

This river flows through mostly U.S. Forest Service land into Detroit Lake and is open year-round (however salmon fishing is prohibited). During the summer it is stocked fairly regularly with hatchery trout. It was stocked for the last time last week with 1,800 legal-size hatchery trout. Anglers may keep up to five trout per day.

CANBY POND: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill

Stocked in the spring with 800 rainbow trout. Canby Pond is a one-acre pond located on the south end of Canby, in Canby City Park. This pond is open only to youth 17 years old and under, as well as persons who possess ODFW's Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permits.

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Carmen Reservoir was stocked for the last time this season in early August. Carmen Reservoir is accessed via USFS Road 750 off Hwy. 126, about two miles south of Clear Lake. It is open to fishing all year. Motor boats are prohibited

CLACKAMAS RIVER: coho

The Clackamas has reached that in-between time when the coho run is pretty much done but it’s a bit too early to expect much in the way of winter steelhead. Water conditions are also predicted to deteriorate this week as heavy rainfall moves into the area, bringing with it high flows and turbid water. The Thanksgiving weekend is typically the start of winter steelhead season near the river mouth so anglers should be prepping the steelhead gear for use in a couple of weeks.

Good bank access for can be found in many locations along the river from Gladstone, Cross Park, Riverside Park, along Clackamas River Road, Carver, Barton, and McIver parks. Clackamas River Drive closely follows the river below Carver Park, but be sure to not trespass on private property. If you have a drift boat, you can put in at Riverside Park, Carver Park, Barton Park, Feldheimer’s off Springwater Road, and at both lower and upper McIver Park ramps.

USGS hydrological data for November 19 shows river flows 3,380 cfs, with a gauge reading of 13.15 feet and the water temperature hovering near 43°. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park.

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year.  In Clear Lake, you could catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card as part of ODFW’s tag reward program. Clear Lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Linn County’s Clear Lake Resort rents cabins and boats.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork Willamette River was last stocked for the season in early August. The river is open to fishing all year. As of Nov. 1 anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. In addition to five hatchery trout, two wild trout may be kept daily.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Stocked in May with 1,000 hatchery trout. This is a three-acre stocked lake within the Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, Oregon. Commonwealth Park is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include ADA accessible trail, picnic tables, playground, and restrooms.

COTTAGE GROVE POND (ROW RIVER NATURE PARK POND): trout, warmwater species

Stocked the week of Thanksgiving with 1,000 fish, including 100 trophies. Another 75 large brood trout were stocked the week of Dec. 4. Cottage Grove Ponds are open to year-round fishing and are accessed via an asphalt pathway behind the truck scales on Row River Road. In addition to fishing, these ponds also offer wildlife viewing opportunities. A fishing dock is available on-site.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Was last stocked in October with over 5,000 fish. In Cottage Grove Reservoir, you could catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card as part of ODFW’s tag reward program. Cottage Grove Reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to fishing all year. Lakeside boat ramp remains accessible.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

The reservoir is slowly being drawn down to provide winter storage capacity. At the moment it is about 76 feet below full pool with most boat ramps closed for the season. Best bet is to use Mongold boat ramp, which is open year-round.

This year’s spawning adult kokanee are gone, but the next generation is already larger than legal-size. Rainbow trout can be active year-round. Spinners or bait from shore will sometimes produce, especially near ledges and drop-offs, or slow-trolling spoons from a boat. It was most recently stocked on Oct. 9 with 7,000 hatchery trout.

Effective Jan. 1 2017, anglers are no longer allowed to keep Chinook salmon.

NOTICE: Anglers are encouraged to report their catch on forms available at signs and kiosks which have been installed at key locations around the lake. Simply fill out the form and return in the designated drop boxes. There is also an on-line form.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Was last stocked in October with over 5,000 fish. Dexter Reservoir is a location where ODFW released tag reward fish, so you could catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card. Dexter Reservoir near Lowell is visible from Hwy. 58. Boat and bank access is available from state and county parks. Parking and bank access are also available from the causeway near Lowell. Largemouth bass and some smallmouth are also available to anglers in this reservoir.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Was last stocked in October with 3,500 fish, including 250 larger fish.  Dorena Reservoir is a location where ODFW released tag reward fish, so you could catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card.

Dorena Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open to fishing all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available. Baker Bay boat ramp is accessible at the current reservoir elevation.

DORMAN POND - trout

Last stocked in spring with 1,000 legal-size hatchery trout. This is an 8-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6

EAGLE CREEK: coho

The Eagle Creek coho fishery is about over for fall 2017, with a few straggler fish possibly holding in the deeper pools up near the hatchery. The few fish remaining in the creek will likely be dark with suspect meat quality anyways. It was a good year for coho returns to the creek with Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery seeing about 5,000 fish returning. Winter steelhead are next up on the agenda but it’s very early to see any of these fish in numbers worth pursuing so give at until early December before testing the water. However, it’s not too early for breaking out the steelhead gear, dusting it off, and assessing what you need.

Keep in mind that long stretches of Eagle Creek do indeed run through private property, particularly up near the hatchery and from an area below the lower ladder on down near Bonnie Lure to the mouth. Anglers are advised to pay close attention to where you fish and we encourage you to ask permission prior to accessing or crossing private lands on your way to your favorite fishing hole. See Page 15 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation pamphlet for more information on “Your Rights to Use the Surface, Bed, and Banks of Oregon’s Rivers and Lakes.”

EE WILSON POND: warmwater species, trout

NOTICE: The pond is beginning to fill up, but still has a long way to go before there will be enough water for fish to be stocked. A good fishing alternative is Adair Pond just 2-3 miles to the south off of Hwy 99W in Adair Village. Follow the signs to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Office. The pond is 200 yards past the parking lot. Adair Pond offers good bass and panfish angling, as well as a few channel catfish.

ESTACADA LAKE: trout, steelhead

Stocked recently with 1,500 legal-size rainbow trout, and several times earlier in this fishing season.

FALL CREEK: trout

Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked for the season in June. Open all year for trout. Beginning Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Below Fall Creek Dam the creek is open all year for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and wild steelhead greater than 24-inches. Five hatchery trout and an additional two wild trout may be harvested daily in the river.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

Stocked recently with 1,500 legal-size rainbow trout.

This is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant. No boats, walk-in only.

FERN RIDGE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead

This 9,000-acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000.

There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. Currently the reservoir level has dropped 18 feet and the boat ramps are all out of the water. Check with Lane County Parks to see when boat ramps will become available.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

Foster Reservoir was stocked twice in September with a total of 10,000 hatchery trout. These were the last stocking events of the year. This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. At the moment, only the Sunnyside boat ramp is available to launch boats.

Look for smallmouth bass and yellow perch near underwater structure and drop-offs. Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept as part of the trout bag limit, but there are no limits on size or number of bass. Retention of warmwater fish species such as bluegill, catfish, crappie, and yellow perch is also allowed; no limit on size or number. This reservoir receives hatchery trout in the spring and fall.

FREEWAY LAKE, EAST: trout, bass bluegill crappie

This water-body actually consists of three interconnected ponds and features some good size bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available at East Freeway Lake, and there is good bank access around Middle Freeway Lake.

Fishing in the spring for warmwater gamefish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish can be very good, especially early and late in the day. It was stocked in May with 900 hatchery rainbow trout.

GOLD LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Gold Lake is closed to fishing until May 22, 2018.  Gold Lake is a 100-acre lake located north of the Willamette Pass summit off Hwy. 58 approximately 23 miles southeast of Oakridge. Gold Lake has special fishing regulations in place which include no retention of rainbow trout, no limit on brook trout, no motorboats, fly-fishing only (has to be a fly rod, no spinning rigs) and barbless hooks.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

Trout as well as bass are good options for anglers this time of year. Look for them near ledges and drop-offs as well as near underwater structure. This year’s spawning adult kokanee are gone, but the next generation of fish are already larger than legal-size. Currently the reservoir is 60 feet below full pool. Thistle Creek boat ramp is available, but Whitcomb boat ramp is closed for the year.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

Stocked in the spring with 2,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This is a stocked two-acre pond on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area that offers good bank access. This site is ideal for kids. A parking permit is required while on the wildlife area. Permits are available from all ODFW license vendors.

HARTMAN POND: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

This is a year-round warmwater and spring trout fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge, with easy access for non-boating anglers just off Interstate 84. It was stocked with legal- and trophy-size trout in the spring and also supports year-round populations of crappie, bass and catfish. It will be stocked again this week with 1,250 legal-size rainbow trout. From I-84, take the Benson State Park exit. The pond is adjacent to the Columbia River adjoining Benson State Recreation Area.

HARRIET LAKE: trout

Stocked in late August with 2,000 8-inch trout and 667 trophies, weighing two pounds or more apiece. Get in and get them soon because Harriet is scheduled to close to public access from Sept. 11 through mid-October for campground and parking upgrades.

HENRY HAGG LAKE: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, native cutthroat trout

Stocked the week of Sept. 25 with 8,000 hatchery trout, and stocked previously several times in the spring.

Hagg Lake, located near Forest Grove, is one of Oregon’s premier warmwater fishing locations, with populations of record-class largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, and bullhead. It also supports a resident population of native cutthroat trout and is frequently stocked with hatchery trout.

The lake is now open year-round and is stocked regularly throughout the spring and fall. This is a 1,110-acre lake waterbody located seven miles southwest of Forest Grove.

Maintained and operated by Washington County, the park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

Was last stocked in late October with a bonus release of 7,500 rainbow trout. This is in addition to a late September release of 4,600 rainbow trout. Hills Creek Reservoir is located about four miles southeast of Oakridge and is open to year-round fishing. In addition to catchable-size trout, the reservoir is stocked with 60,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings and 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon fingerlings annually to provide a harvest fishery the following year.

Trout and salmon must be adipose-fin clipped to be harvested. Large native trout are available for catch-and-release fishing. Packard Boat Ramp remains accessible at current reservoir elevation.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked recently with 1,350 trout, including 50 trophies weighing two pounds or more. Another 76 large brood stock will be released the week of Dec. 4. This is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, this venue has "kid-friendly" edges, is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby.

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

This pond was will be stocked again this week with about 2,100 legal- and larger-size rainbow trout. Another batch of 75 very large brood trout will also be released the week of Dec. 4. As a reminder the trout bag limit is five fish per day, but only one fish over 20 inches is allowed.  

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Stocked for the last time this season in August. Leaburg Lake is open to fishing all year. Beginning Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released. Only hatchery fish may be kept.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leburg Lake: trout salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake was stocked for the last time this season in early September. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. Beginning Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies.

The lower McKenzie River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake was last stocked for the season in mid-September. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. As of Nov. 1, anglers may use only lures and artificial flies.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout, salmon, steelhead

The Middle Fork Willamette River is open to bait below Dexter Dam only. Reminder: Restrictions from Dexter Dam to appoximately 700 ft downstream to the markers: No angling from the north shore, from a floating device, or while wading (pg 44 in regulations). This river reach is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the Middle Fork Willamette below Dexter Dam.

The Middle Fork Willamette above Lookout Point and Hills Creek reservoirs is open to fishing using lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released upstream of Lookout Point Reservoir. The Middle Fork Willamette River is not stocked with hatchery trout.

MOLALLA RIVER: steelhead

It’s possible that a few late coho could swing into the lower Molalla as they move up the Willamette River. Otherwise like most local waters this is an in-between time for the river, with spring Chinook and coho about over for 2017 and it being too early for any winter steelhead to be found.

The Willamette Falls passage numbers through November 16 show the fish counts at 2,928 coho adults, 2,565 coho jacks, and a very early total of 32 winter steelhead.

USGS hydrological data for November 19 has river flows at 1,540 cfs and a gauge reading of 12.29 feet. All of the readings come from the Canby gauge and are predicted to go way up this week.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

Mt. Hood Pond is located on the Mt. Hood Community College campus in Gresham, at 26000 SE Stark St. The pond was stocked the week of Dec. 4 with 25 large brood trout.

Fishing at this location is restricted to youths age 17 and under and Disabled Angler licensees from April 1 - Aug. 31.

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout, steelhead, salmon

Stocked the week of Sept. 18 with 5,100 8-inch trout. The reservoir was also stocked previously this season with more than 20,000 trout.

This is a 350-acre reservoir of the Clackamas River behind North Fork Dam approximately 5.2 miles east of Estacada, Ore. This reservoir has two boat ramps, boat moorage, 50 campsites, picnic areas, boat rentals, grocery story, fueling station, and ADA-accessible fishing platforms.

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Stocked in mid-July with 125 trophy trout and 2,800 legal-sized rainbows. It was stocked the previous two weeks with 6,800 trout, and some of those fish should still be available.

This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area. Located on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest it is a popular summer recreational destination for people from Portland and Salem, Ore. There are three campgrounds and a rustic cabin resort on this lake as well as a hiking trail that encircles the perimeter. Yurts, cabins, and boat rentals are available at Olallie Lake Resort.

There is a boat ramp at Peninsula Campground on the southwest shore of the lake. Camping is also available at Olallie Meadows Campground and Paul Dennis Campground. Olallie Lake is also a popular jumping off point for backpackers who want to fish the surrounding high lakes or access the Pacific Crest Trail.

PROGRESS LAKE – rainbow trout, brown bullhead

Stocked in spring with 1,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This is a 4-acre pond next to the Progress Ridge Town Center in Beaverton. The pond is an old rock pit and has a maximum depth of 54 feet. There is a sidewalk, fishing platform and viewing platform on one side of the lake.

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

Hatchery trout are stocked in late spring and summer. In winter and early spring there are resident trout and very few anglers. It was last stocked in late June with 2,000 hatchery trout. Stream flows have dropped down from recent very high levels and are currently in pretty decent shape, around 590 cfs as of Dec. 4 (conditions best for fishing are below 300 cfs), with not much in the way of precipitation expected over the next week. Anglers may keep up to five trout per day all year.

SALISH POND: trout, warm water species

West Salish Pond was stocked in May with 500 hatchery trout as efforts get underway to bring the pond back into the regular ODFW stocking rotation. Most local anglers know it’s been quite some time since the pond was stocked with hatchery trout and both The City of Fairview and ODFW are very happy to bring trout fishing back to West Salish Pond.

Parking is available at the school after 5 p.m. weekdays and all weekend. Parking is no longer available adjacent to the pond along Glisan St. Informational signs regarding use of the area have been posted by the City of Fairview around the pond’s shoreline.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek near Oakridge was last stocked for the season in August. Salmon Creek is open to fishing all year. As of Nov. 1 anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Trout are released at multiple locations upstream to Black Creek. Two wild trout per day, 8-inch minimum length, may be kept in addition to five hatchery trout.

SALMONBERRY LAKE: trout, sunfish

Stocked with trout in the early spring. Salmonberry Lake is owned by the city of St. Helens and is about three acres in size. It is a former municipal water supply secluded in the woods off of Pittsburgh Road. The road to the pond is gated and anglers must walk about 1/3 mile to access this pond.

SALT CREEK: trout

Salt Creek is an unstocked tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge. Salt Creek and its tributaries are open to angling all year. As of Nov. 1 anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Two wild trout may be kept per day, 8-inch minimum length.

SANDY RIVER: late coho

Fishing has slowed down considerably on the Sandy with coho season drawing to a close and winter steelhead yet to arrive. Fishing conditions are likely going to deteriorate this week when heavy rains move in, along with higher snow levels. It was a pretty decent coho season however and around 3,000 hatchery coho returned to the holding ponds this fall. Winter steelhead will be moving in soon but it’s still a few weeks early to expect some good action for these fish so put away the coho gear and begin looking seriously at your steelhead fishing needs.

Anglers can find bank access to the Sandy River in several areas from Troutdale up to Brightwood. Lewis and Clark Park, Dabney Park, Oxbow Park, and Dodge Park all offer good spots for bank fishing as well as having boat ramps if you have a drift boat or sled.

USGS hydrological data for November 19 shows Sandy flows at 3,180 cfs, with a gauge reading of 10.34 feet and the water temperature down near 42°F.

Read about how salmon and steelhead have rebounded on the Sandy since the Marmot Dam was removed 10 years ago.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

As of Dec. 4, flows are around 6,400 cfs at the Mehama gauge. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs. Extra water is being released out of Detroit Reservoir in preparation for winter storage season.

Summer steelhead, though few in number, are still available in the river, particularly above Stayton.  In addition, there are a small number of wild coho returning over the next few weeks. Anglers can currently fish for and keep up to two wild coho salmon below the Packsaddle Park. So far, about 5,700 coho salmon have been counted at the Willamette Falls fish ladder as of Dec. 3. Many of these fish will try to spawn in the North Santiam.

The river is closed to trout fishing until May 22, 2018. 

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

This section of the river is open year-round for trout. It was stocked the last time in late July with 3,000 legal-size hatchery trout. The river is running clear and is in great shape. Anglers may keep up to five trout per day. This section of river is closed to salmon fishing.

SANTIAM RIVER (SOUTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook, bass

Flows in the river at Waterloo are currently around 5,900 cfs as of Dec. 4. These are challenging conditions for anglers, but there are still some fish out in the river this time of year that are worth pursuing should conditions improve. Summer steelhead can be found primarliy in the upper sections of the river below Foster and below Lebanon there are some coho salmon.

The river is now closed to retention of hatchery trout until May 22, 2018.

Current conditions

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked the first week of June with 1,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

To get to Sheridan Pond, take Hwy. 18 to Exit 33 onto Balston Rd. Go south on Balston Rd. approximately half a mile and turn left onto a gravel road leading about a quarter mile to the pond.

SHORTY’S POND: trout

Shorty’s is a 4-acre pond located within Ivor Davies Nature Park in the city of Molalla. It can be accessed by the Fifth St. Trailhead across from Heckard Football Stadium. Aquatic vegetation can make for challenging conditions during warmer weather.

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

Stocked in June with 5,650 trout. This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.

SMALL FRY LAKE: trout

Stocked again last week with another 200 trout. This is a small youth-only fishing pond located next to Promontory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Estacada. It was stocked several times earlier this season.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

The Eugene Water & Electric Board has begun a five-year construction project to retrofit, refurbish and upgrade capital equipment at its Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project. The work is being conducted in anticipation of a new federal operating license for the project.

The capital construction projects planned for the 2017-2021 time frame will create significant public access constraints due primarily to safety concerns. In order to keep the public and construction personnel safe during the five-year project, EWEB and the Forest Service agreed to close access to Forest Road 730 at the Powerhouse. The closure will deny public access to Trail Bridge Campground, Smith Reservoir and Lake’s End Campground. The closure of the road to the public will begin in March 2017 and continue through 2021.

ST. LOUIS PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish

St. Louis Ponds is a 240-acre fishing complex of seven ponds owned and managed jointly by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Marion County Parks Department. The site has a 2,300-foot paved ADA footpath with turnouts, fishing platforms, restrooms and picnic tables. It is stocked throughout the year with hatchery trout and has many other species of warmwater fish.

A gate providing access to the last mile of dirt road to the complex is open March 1-Sept. 30, although anglers are still permitted to walk in to fish during the seasonal gate closure. March/April hours are 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

St. Louis Ponds is located 13 miles north of Salem and west of I-5. To get to there from the north, take the Woodburn exit off I-5. Then go east to Hwy. 99E. At Hwy. 99E, head south to the town of Gervais. At the light, go west on Gervais Rd. through Gervais. Gervais Rd. changes to St Louis Rd. Continue west on St Louis Rd. as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Lane, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Lane and follow the signs to the ponds, about a mile to the main parking lot.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: bass, bluegill, trout

This 4-acre pond is located two miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. It is stocked several times in late winter through spring with trout.  The pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is also boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir.

To get there from I-5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.

TIMBER LINN LAKE: rainbow trout

This is a family-friendly fishing pond located within Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. It was stocked last week with with 1,600 legal-size and larger hatchery rainbow trout, as well as approximately 70 very large brood trout. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20-inches may be taken per day.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located two miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. The pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is also boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir.

To get there from I-5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.

TIMBER LINN LAKE: rainbow trout

This is a family-friendly fishing pond located within Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. It was stocked in late May with 180 legal-size and larger hatchery rainbow trout. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20-inches may be taken per day.

Timber-Linn Lake can be reached by turning east off I-5 onto the Santiam Highway (Hwy. 20), then immediately turning north onto Price Road and proceeding to the park entrance.

TIMOTHY LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, eastern brook, cutthroat trout, crayfish

Stocked this fall with 3,000 legal-size rainbows and 500 trophy trout.

Timothy Lake is located within the Mt. Hood National Forest approximately 75 miles southeast of Portland via Hwy. 26. Designated in 2015 as one of ODFW’s “trophy trout” lakes, it is one of the most popular family camping and fishing destinations in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The lake's south shore features four developed campgrounds and boat ramps. Three smaller, less developed campgrounds are found in the north. A trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians circles the lake. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail also traverses the area along the east side of the lake. Motorboats are allowed on Timothy Lake, although a 10 mph speed limit is in place.

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

The Eugene Water & Electric Board has begun a five-year construction project to retrofit, refurbish and upgrade capital equipment at its Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project. The work is being conducted in anticipation of a new federal operating license for the project.

The capital construction projects planned for the 2017-2021 timeframe will create significant public access constraints due primarily to safety concerns. In order to keep the public and construction personnel safe during the five-year project, EWEB and the Forest Service agreed to close access to Forest Road 730 at the Powerhouse.

The closure will deny public access to Trail Bridge Campground, Smith Reservoir and Lake’s End Campground. The closure of the road to the public started in March 2017 and will continue through 2021.

ODFW has discontinued stocking of Trail Bridge reservoir for the duration of the closure – hatchery fish allocated to the reservoir are being redistributed to other stocked waterbodies. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Only flies and lures may be used.

TRILLIUM LAKE – trout

Stocked with 3,000 legal-size rainbow trout and 333 trophy-size trout on Aug. 28.

Trillium is a 60-acre lake located approximately three miles east of Government Camp off of Hwy. 26. This lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood. Adjacent Trillium Lake Campground is administered by the Zigzag Ranger District of the Mount Hood National Forest. The large campground features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.

TROJAN POND – trout, panfish

Stocked in the spring with 500 trophy trout weighing approximately two pounds each. This is a 15-acre pond just east of Rainier on the north side of Hwy. 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility. The pond is located on the right side of the road as soon as you turn onto the Trojan Access Road.

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

This is an eight-acre privately-owned pond located in Salem at the northeast corner of McGilchrist and 16th Streets, S.E. It was stocked last week with about 650 hatchery rainbow trout.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

Walter Wirth is a 20-acre lake located within the City of Salem’s Cascades Gateway Park with good access all the way around. It was stocked last week with about 2,100 hatchery rainbow trout, including 600 larger-size. As a reminder, the bag limit is five trout per day, but only one over 20-inches.

WAVERLY POND: trout, bluegill, catfish

Waverly Pond is located in Albany and is regularly stocked in fall, winter and spring. The pond was stocked last week with about 600 trophy-sized hatchery rainbow trout. As a reminder, the bag limit is five fish per day, but only one over 20-inches. From I-5 take exit 234 west towards Albany. The pond is located a quarter mile down Pacific Boulevard on the right. A paved ADA-accessible path runs all the way around the pond.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: winter steelhead, coho, sturgeon

The Willamette is the first place anglers can expect to see winter steelhead available in the Portland area and the Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the “opener” for the eager needing to try. There aren’t typically a great number of winters to be found in late November but Meldrum Bar and around the mouth of the Clackamas River are your best bets for early season action. It’s predominantly a bank fishery here so watch the locals for tips or visit your nearby fishing supply store for information on methods and gear.

Through Nov. 16 cumulative coho passage numbers at the Willamette Falls fish ladder stood at 2,928 adults and 2,565 jacks, while the very early winter steelhead counts showed 32 fish moving upstream.

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on Nov. 17 had flows at 50,000 cfs, the water temperature down to 48°F, and visibility extremely poor at less than 1.0 ft.

YAMHILL RIVER and tributaries: trout

The river was stocked in May with 1,900 legal- and larger-size rainbow trout. The Yamhill and its tributaries are now open year-round for trout under the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Fishing shifts to catch-and-release for trout from Nov. 1 to May 21. Fishing and harvest of warmwater fish is also allowed during this period.

Central Zone

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • While some popular fisheries like Crane Prairie and Wickiup are closed for the season, many water bodies remain open to fishing year-round. Fall can be an excellent time for trout fishing, so check out the options below.

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The water is dirty, but anglers are reporting good catches of both stocked and carryover rainbow trout from 12- to 18-inches. Water levels are still good, the water is just below the paved portion of the ramp.

BEND PINE NURSERY: rainbow trout, bluegill, bass

Open to fishing all year. Anglers may keep two fish per day.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked and there should be good fishing before the winter weather sets in.

CENTURY POND: rainbow trout

The pond is located ¼ mile west of the junction of USFS Rd 46 (Century Drive) and USFS Rd 4635.

CLEAR LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports, but snow is likely present

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, kokanee

Closed to fishing for the season. Will reopen April 22, 2018.  

CRESCENT LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee

Open to fishing all year. One lake trout per day, 24-inch minimum length.

CROOKED RIVER: redband trout, mountain whitefish

Fishing opportunities for redband trout and whitefish are improving. Recent surveys indicate the trout population has rebounded considerably from 2016. Most fish are in the 8- to 12-inch range, with the occasional larger trout. We are excited to see this popular fishery coming back.

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge will close for the winter Wednesday, Nov. 15. Open to fishing all year.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Catch-and-release for trout. No limits on warmwater fish.

DESCHUTES RIVER, MOUTH TO THE PELTON REGULATING DAM: redband trout, summer steelhead, whitefish

The Deschutes doesn’t get winter run steelhead, but anglers can fish for summer run well into winter, as summer steelhead won’t be spawning until early spring. Steelhead anglers should focus their effort in the upper portion of the basin, from Maupin upstream to Warm Springs, although fish are dispersed throughout the entire river. Anglers are reporting success at South Junction, Trout Creek and Mecca Flat areas.

Trout anglers should focus efforts on softer waters throughout the river. Nymph fishing can be productive during the winter months. 

Anglers who catch a tagged hatchery steelhead with an orange anchor tag, are encouraged to report catch information to ODFW at 541-296-4628. Anglers catching a tagged wild fish should release it immediately without recording any information.

Counts at the Sherars Falls salmon and steelhead trap. The trap is only in operation from July to the end of October. Trapping has ended at Sherars Falls for the season.

Lake Billy Chinook to Benham Falls: rainbow trout, brown trout

Open for trout all year. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures. No size or limits on brown trout and no harvest of bull trout.

Benham Falls upstream to Little Lava Lake:

Closed to fishing for the season. Will reopen May 22, 2018.

DEVILS LAKE: rainbow trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge will close for the winter Wednesday, Nov. 15. Open to fishing all year.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Forest Service Road 21 is closed for the winter at its snow park gate. Open to fishing all year. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge will close for the winter Wednesday, Nov. 15. Open to fishing all year. 25 kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing during the warmest part of the day. Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill

Fishing should be good this year. The reservoir was stocked with 9,500 legal-size trout and 75 brood fish. Warmwater fish are plentiful but tend to be on the smaller side.

HOOD RIVER: Summer steelhead, early winter steelhead

Recent rains have brought the river up considerably. Anglers will find a few summer steelhead are still around, and the first winter steelhead arriving, when the flows subside to fishable conditions.

HOSMER LAKE: brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Catch-and-release for all species.

KINGSLEY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Reservoir is drained for construction purposes.  

LAKE BILLY Chinook: bull, brown and rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass

Bull trout are concentrated in the upper end of the Metolius Arm prior to and following spawning. Harvest limited to one fish over 24-inches. A tribal permit is required for Metolius Arm. Opportunities for kokanee are poor. Brown trout opportunities in the upper part of the Deschutes Arm are excellent.

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

Opportunities for 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout are good. A tribal permit is required.

LAVA LAKE (BIG): rainbow trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. The lake is open to fishing all year.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Closed to fishing above Allingham Bridge. Fishing is restricted to fly-fishing only upstream of Bridge 99 (Lower Bridge). Catch-and-release for trout including bull trout. Artificial flies and lures permitted below Bridge 99 (Lower Bridge). No bait allowed.

NORTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only; two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Trout 20-inches and greater must be released unharmed.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

Opportunities for both wild and hatchery rainbow trout continue to be very good. Average size is 12- to 16-inches. Trout are widespread throughout the reservoir. Black crappie and smallmouth bass are also available. The boat ramp is unusable now.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year. All tributaries to Odell Lake are closed to fishing. All bull trout must be released unharmed.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Forest Service Road 21 is closed for the winter at the snow park gate. The lake is open to fishing all year. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

 Pine Hollow has been stocked and fishing should be good until it starts to ice over.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie

Anglers are reporting much better rainbow trout fishing than the last few years with fish averaging 16-inches. The Powderhouse Cove boat ramp may be unusable but the State Park ramp is good.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

No recent reports.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Reservoir is very low, and will offer limited opportunity.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Open all year. Open to youth only (17 years and under) and disabled anglers. Limit is two fish per day.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year. Fall fishing should be good.

SPARKS LAKE: cutthroat trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. Open to fishing all year. Fly-fishing only, barbless hooks required.

SPRAGUE POND: rainbow trout

Turn at Cow Meadow sign off USFS Rd 40. Take first left at first dirt road and follow road to pond.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

Open to fishing all year. 25 kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee.

TAYLOR LAKE (Wasco County): rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The lake has been stocked and anglers continue to report good fishing.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The road to the lake is closed. Open to fishing all year.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Angling for rainbow trout is excellent with both boat and bank anglers reporting good catches of 12- 18-inch rainbow trout. All gear types are producing good results. Anglers are reminded no boat motors are allowed on Walton.

WICKIUP RESERVOIR: kokanee, brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Closed to fishing for the season.

Northeast Zone

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • It’s a great time to visit Magone Lake where fishing has been good of rainbow trout from 8- to 16-inches long.
  • Steelhead fishing on the Umatilla River was fair last week with anglers averaging a little over 10 hours fished per steelhead landed.

ALDRICH PONDS (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

Fishing is good for rainbow trout.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fishing is good for stocked and carry-over trout.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass, steelhead

Steelhead fishing on the Grande Ronde has picked up with a fair number of fish being caught each day. Both fly and gear anglers have been successful with multiple methods. Look for fish in slow tail outs where they can conserve energy while water temperatures are low. The current limit is 2 steelhead per day. Standard limits have been changed to address underperforming runs.

As forecasted, the river blew out last week reaching nearly 4,000 CFS. Flows are currently (11/27/17) subsiding and a fresh batch of fish should be available. The river is still higher than usual but should steadily decline and through the week and fishing should improve.

Anglers should be aware that bull trout and fall chinook are currently in the system and may be encountered while steelhead fishing. They should be released immediately. 

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

Recent angler reports suggest fishing is poor, fish may have suffered increased mortality due to high water temperatures during the latter part of the summer.

IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead, trout, bass

Steelhead fishing can be good on the lower Imnaha River during the fall with best fishing running into the first few weeks of November. However, fish are always around through the winter and available to anglers. The current limit on the Imnaha River is 2 hatchery steelhead per day.

Anglers should be aware that bull trout and fall Chinook are in the system and may be encountered while steelhead fishing. These fish should be released immediately.

JOHN DAY RIVER: bass, steelhead

Smallmouth bass fishing will be poor with colder water tempertatures .

Summer steelhead are present throughout the John Day River but we expect below average numbers of steelhead returning to the basin this season. To help reduce stress on wild steelhead anglers are encouraged to play and land fish as quickly as possible, use barbless hooks, and do not remove fish from the water. 

Check river levels.

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Both ponds have been stocked with trout. Largemouth bass are available in Cavender pond.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout is good.

From Dale, take USFS 053 for about .6 miles to USFS 10.  Stay on USFS 10 for about 20 miles. At USFS 045 turn right, travel for about .3 miles then turn left on USFS 030 and travel .5 miles to USFS 020. Access to the lake is walk in only, hike approximately two miles up USFS 020 to reach the lake.

LUGER POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with one pound rainbow trout the last week of September. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked this past spring, ODFW marked approximately 50 of these with an orange colored tag just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

Take the Palmer Junction Road north out of Elgin about 10 miles to USFS 63. Follow USFS 63 for about 9 miles, then left on USFS 6306. Luger Pond is 2.5 miles on the right, near Luger Springs campground.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing is good for rainbow trout, trout can now be taken almost anywhere in the lake and range from 8- to 16-inches long.  

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

Access to the dam and surrounding area is currently restricted but fishing remains open throughout the rest of the lake. 

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond was stocked in mid-October with pounder and legal-size rainbow trout.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

Biologist recently (10/27/17) observed numerous trout feeding at Roulet Pond and fish will be available to anglers until the pond freezes.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Trout fishing is fair on carry over trout

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with one pound rainbow trout the last week of September. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked this past spring at this pond, ODFW marked approximately 25 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

From Hwy 203 at Union, turn left staying on Hwy 203 towards Medical Springs. At the summit between Union and Medical Springs, turn left onto USFS Road 7700 (opposite Snowpark area). Proceed East on 7700 road for about 9 miles to USFS Road 7740 on the right. There is a popular camping area just beyond the 7740 road on the right. Proceed on the 7740 road for about 1/4 mile. The rock pit and pond are on the right.

UMAPINE POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked in the spring with legal-size rainbow trout.

From I-84 take Hwy 244 towards Ukiah. At the Blue Mtns. summit, turn left onto USFS Rd 5160. Proceed for approximately 7.9 miles to the Umapine OHV Campground. The pond is within the Campground.

UMATILLA RIVER: salmon, steelhead

Regulation update: Open for coho and fall Chinook salmon Sept. 1 – Nov. 30 from the Hwy. 730 Bridge upstream to CTUIR reservation boundary located upstream of Hwy. 11 Bridge.

Steelhead fishing was fair the week of Nov. 13-19. Steelhead anglers averaged 10.3 hours fished per fish landed with most of the fishing effort concentrated downstream of Threemile dam. Coho and fall Chinook fishing is dropping off and fish are dark and should be released. For the week of Nov. 13-19 salmon anglers averaged 11.7 hours per salmon landed. Numbers have increased to over 100 fish a day to Threemile Dam recently.

Anglers can access fish counts at Three Mile Dam fish counts. Find flow data.

WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout

Stocking has ended for most ponds, however forest ponds received a small number of fish prior to rifle deer season. Many of the ponds in the Wallowa Valley become difficult to fish during late summer because of weed growth but fish are still available.

Biologists recently (11/2/17) sampled Kinney Lake and found good numbers of healthy trout averaging about a pound. Many fish were also observed feeding on the surface. Try baits and flies that mimic natural foods present like mayflies and midges.  Once the lake freezes ice fishing can be good and fish will be available. 

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Trout fishing at Wallowa Lake tends to slow down as winter approaches. Stocked fish have typically learned to eat natural foods and become a bit more elusive. Focus on baits and flies that mimic natural foods like mayflies and midges.

Kokanee size is up this year with most fish between 8- and 12-inches with a few ranging over 16-inches. Kokanee fishing has slowed but fish are still available. Change tactics from the usual methods to find these fall fish.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

The Wallowa River is fishing well for small to medium rainbows and large whitefish. Anglers are also fishing for steelhead between Minam and the Wildcat Bridge via multi-day float trips and finding some success. The steelhead bag limit has been set at 2 fish per day due to underperforming runs. Look for steelhead fishing to improve through fall into the winter.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir has been stocked with trophy trout. To monitor the success of this stocking, fish have been tagged with floy tags, some of which carry a $50 dollar reward. Anglers have been finding good success fishing for trout.

Please report a caught tagged fish to the ODFW Pendleton office 541-276-2344.

Snake Zone

BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout

Call the Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites. | Reservoir level information

OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

No recent reports.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Approximately 150 steelhead will be outplanted into the reservoir the week of Nov. 13.

SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, steelhead, salmon, bass

Steelhead fishing on the Snake River has been good. The current limit is 2 hatchery steelhead per day. Most anglers are finding fish using drift rigs or bobber and jig setups.

Fall Chinook season closed Nov. 17.

Only barbless hooks may be used on this stretch of the Snake River while fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, and anglers should consult the current Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other rules that may apply.

Updated information on flow levels

SNAKE RIVER (above Brownlee Reservoir): channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass

No recent reports.

Southeast Zone

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Fishing should be excellent below the powerhouse on the Klamath River due to low, stable flows this week.
  • At Chickahominy water levels are good, and the reservoir was recently stocked with half-pound size trout.
  • Ana River is a great winter fishing opportunity near Summer Lake and has a lot of larger rainbow trout in the 12- to 16-inch range.
  • Ana Reservoir continues to produce limits of rainbow trout.
  • Keep on the lookout for radio-tagged redband trout in Upper Klamath and Agency Lakes. Please release these fish unharmed.

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

Fishing has been very good recently for rainbow trout in the 10- to 16-inch range. Fly fishing and bait fishing has been productive this past weekend. This lake is open year-round, providing a great opportunity to catch hybrid bass and rainbow trout. A 16-pound hybrid bass was caught earlier this season and hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon. Hybrid bass are targeted successfully using crank baits and fishing bait along the bottom.

The new state record hybrid bass (white and striped bass cross) was caught in Ana Reservoir on Dec. 10, 2014. The fish was caught using a Rapala crankbait on 10 lb. test line and measured 31½ inches with a girth of 24 inches. The fish weighed 19 lbs. 12 oz. The new state record is 1 ½ inches longer and more than 1 lb. heavier than the previous record of 18 lbs. 9 oz. caught in 2009.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

Ana River was stocked with 2,200 larger rainbow trout in the past two months. Ana River is great year-round fishery with a rainbow trout limit of 5 fish with an 8-inch minimum length. The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a float tube or by walking the banks. Bait is allowed and fly-fishing can be great.

Caddis flies are the dominant invertebrate, but small blue winged olive (size 18) mayflies are always a good bet. Ana River is a great match the hatch fly fishing river with good hatches throughout the year. Hatches typically occur during the afternoon from 12-3 p.m. the best time. Small mayfly hatches are typically best on overcast days with light rain or snow. Tui chub and pit roach are abundant in the river therefore casting large flies or lures can be effective for catching larger fish. Ana River has good trout fishing 365 days a year.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Open year-round. Fishing in Annie Creek is slow due to high flows and cold water temperatures. Annie Creek turns turbid quickly due to the large watershed and snow in the upper elevations. Access is available off Hwy. 62 at the USFS snow park. There is plenty of public property on USFS, State Forest and Crater Lake National Park -- fishing is regulated by the National Park (541-594-3000).

Several waterfalls occur on the creek inside Crater Lake National Park offering exceptional views. Fishing is very slow due to very cold and low productivity water. Fishing with bait allowed.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked with approximately 3,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout in early July and received another stocking the last week of September. Fall fishing is expected to be good.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Reservoir water level remains very good as fall approaches. Recent sampling by ODFW indicates that good numbers of 10-15 inch rainbow trout are available. With the cooler fall temperatures, fishing is expected to be good.

BEULAH RESERVOIR: redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout

Bank fishing has been slow but anglers have been catching a few rainbow trout near the dam. Look for fish in and around submerged vegetation and rocky structures. Mid-day fishing during these shorter days should be the most productive.  

The reservoir is currently at 29 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is not useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website, although it may be possible to launch smaller boats still. Use caution though when attempting to launch at Beulah because it’s possible to get stuck in the loose gravel below the boat ramp.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but this small reservoir is most likely iced-over. Road conditions might also limit access.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The Blitzen River is currently flowing around 40 cfs with water temperatures in the mid-30s range. Rain and snow conditions pushed the Blitzen up over 100 cfs in the past weeks but the river should be fishable now. The current conditions for the Blitzen can be checked here.

Fishing on the Blitzen should have improved with the cooler temperatures and precipitation in the region. The flows have come up a little and this will allow the redband trout to move around more and start shifting their feeding patterns toward mid-day instead of the mornings and evening.

Large streamers and other nypmhs work well on the Blitzen throughout the year. There are also various hatches that occur that anglers can take advantage of so keep a selection of dry flies handy.

The Burns District BLM has started closing gates on the Loop Road. The South Loop is shut down past the South Steens Campground and the North Loop is closed past the Jackman Park gate. Please contact the Burns District BLM for the most current information before planning a trip to the Steens.

BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): hatchery rainbow trout

Access is likely blocked by snow.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good recently at the Burns Ponds and should continue to improve as we move into winter. The water is fairly low and there is a lot of submerged aquatic vegetation around the shore but the fish have been actively feeding all throughout the pond. There have been consistent catches of 8- to 10-inch fish and they are biting on PowerBait, worms, flies, and lures throughout the day. Small curly tailed jigs have also been productive. The pond was just recently stocked with half-pound size rainbow trout so these fish should help sustain the fishery through the winter.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

Due to flash flooding that occurred on Sept. 8, the South Fork Burnt River Road is closed at the National Forest Boundary. For more information contact the Wallowa Whitman National Forest.

CALAHAN CREEK (LONG CREEK-SYCAN AREA): brook trout and redband trout

Open all year but access challenging due to snow. Bait allowed. Brook trout are extremely abundant but very small with an 8-inch brook trout a trophy. Most of the stream is on Green Diamond Property. Green Diamond currently allows access. There are several road crossings on the creek. The lowermost crossing at the 400-00 road provides the best fishing.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Snow is going to start restricting access, and the lake is most likely iced-over.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

Open all year and currently accessible. Fishing is currently slow for crappie and bass. There are no boat ramps on the reservoir. The southeastern part of the reservoir is on BLM property. The reservoir is fed by water from Deming Creek. Access is available off the FS 34 (Dairy Creek road) and 335 roads near Bly. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please respect this area.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Fishing was great recently for redband trout from 6- to 16-inches. Fly-fishing with both dry flies and nymphs were productive towards the evening. Casting small spinners works really well to. With colder water temperatures it is best to fish from the afternoon until the evening.

Largemouth bass and brown bullhead are available to anglers at the first Hwy. 31 crossing just north of Valley Falls. Small boats are being launched quite frequently this time of year. This stretch has been productive recently, but anglers can also travel downstream to River’s End Reservoir, just make sure you have enough power to make it back up the river.

Bait is allowed downstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley, however the use of bait is prohibited upstream of Hwy 31. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is still fairly full with 3-4 sections of the boat ramp floating so this should be plenty of water to get us through the winter. Chickahominy was stocked this fall with half-pound size rainbow trout and these fish are available to anglers.  

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing has been great at Chickahominy this fall/winter with bank and boat anglers reporting catches of healthy 10- to 14-inch rainbow trout. Fly-fishers have reported success using wooly buggers and scuds/nymphs fished at mid-depth in the water column. The trout in Chickahominy are looking really healthy and are hopefully in indication that the fishery is rebounding following years of drought conditions.

CORRAL CREEK (SF Sprague): brook trout and brown trout

Open all year. Access will be limited by snow soon. Fishing is likely very good for brook trout. Bait is allowed. There is a campground at the confluence with South Fork Sprague. Most brook trout in the stream are less than 8-inches.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: hatchery rainbow trout, redband trout, brook trout

Although fishing has been excellent with periodic melting of ice on the lake, it is most likely the lake will be frozen until the spring. Access will be limited due to snow.

COW LAKES: largemouth bass, white crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but it is expected that fishing is slow at the Cow Lakes. Fishing reports and sampling data indicate that there is an overabundance of brown bullheads in the lakes. White crappie, bluegill, and large scale suckers were also found during sampling in 2016 with a few of the crappie being very large. ODFW will continue to monitor conditions in the Cow Lakes to hopefully improve the fishery.

CROOKED CREEK (Klamath Co): redband trout, brook trout and brown trout

Closed to fishing. Will reopen on May 22, 2018.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Closed to fishing. Will reopen on May 22, 2018.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Snow is going to start restricting access, and the lake is most likely iced-over.

DEEP CREEK (Lake County): redband trout and brook trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports on this creek for the past month and fishing will be slow. Best fishing will be mid-day to evening when the water warms up.

The creek is unpredictable at this time of year and the edges will probably be icy. Check the Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow website for current flow information.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

Delintment Lake had been fishing well with consistent catches of 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout, but there have been no recent reports. The area received some snow over the weekend but accessing the lake should still possible but carry chains and have extra supplies available. The colder and shorter days may cause the trout to start feeding during mid-day so anglers can sleep in some and hit the water a little later in the day.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Open all year but closed to fishing for bull trout. Any bull trout captured should not be removed from the water.

DEVILS LAKE (FISHHOLE CREEK): largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead

Open all year. The lake is likely to freeze soon and fishing is slow. The reservoir is turbid and visibility is 4 to 6-inches. Access is available along the Fishhole Creek road. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please clean up and respect this property. Small boats without trailers can be launched at several locations. The reservoir on the east side nearest to the Fishhole Creek road is on private property.

DOG LAKE: largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead, redband trout

There have been no recent reports, but the lake was open this past weekend. Snow might start restricting access and the lake will likely be frozen.

Ice fishing on this lake is popular, but will need to thicken substantially before people can walk out on it.

Yellow perch and largemouth bass are the best species to target on this lake, but crappie, brown bullhead and redband trout are present. Only one rainbow trout per day, 15-inch minimum length may be harvested.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout and brown bullhead catfish

There is still access to this reservoir and fishing should be good. Trolling damsel and dragonfly patterns are good options as well as leeches. Productive patterns for this reservoir include: damsels, midges, leeches and water boatman. Bait fishermen can catch trout near the dam as well.

A recent illegal introduction of brown bullhead will negatively impact the trout fishery in the future. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

FISH LAKE (Steens Mountain): rainbow trout, brook trout

The North Loop Steens Road is currently open to the Jackman Park gate so you can still access Fish Lake. Fish Lake was stocked earlier this year with half-pound and trophy-size rainbow trout so these fish are available to anglers. Early winter is a beautiful time to visit Fish Lake but use caution as the weather can chance quickly. There are no motors allowed on Fish Lake so please respect the regulations.

FISH LAKE (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with both legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Closed. Will reopen for fishing May 22, 2018.

FOURMILE CREEK (tributary to Agency Lake): brook, brown, and redband trout.

Open all year. Access is available off Westside Road at Fourmile Springs. A small car topper boat or canoe can improve fishing access at this area. Anglers should be aware of private property around this area and can check Klamath County Land Ownership for information. Bait is allowed.

FOURMILE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout

Open all year. Access is unknown and could be limited by snow. If you can get to the lake, fishing will be good this week for rainbow trout. Fourmile was stocked after Labor Day weekend with 2,000 rainbow trout ranging in size from 12- to 14-inches. Fishing can also be good for brook trout and lake trout. Road conditions into the lake might be poor. You will likely encounter snow covered and washboard roads.

The lake provides campgrounds and all the facilities. There is no improved boat ramp and boats need to be launched from the sandy shoreline. Fourmile is 27 percent full in regards to the 15,600 feet of water that can be taken for irrigation. Fourmile is also a good location to catch your first lake trout. Kokanee are extremely rare in the catch.

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The Lake was stocked with approximately 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout early summer.

GERBER RESERVOIR: crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead and largemouth bass

Open all year. The reservoir is 61 percent full. Access is good as BLM maintains campgrounds at the reservoir. Fishing is slow. Best fishing is for yellow perch. Fish numbers are very low due to four consecutive years of drought. Crappie fishing is currently very slow but look for good crappie fishing next May.

Two boat ramps occur at the reservoir. The reservoir is always turbid. Please report any trout captured at the reservoir to Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732.

HAINES POND:  hatchery rainbow trout

The pond was stocked mid-October with legal- and pounder size rainbow trout. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in the spring at Haines Pond, ODFW marked a portion of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

HEART LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, brown bullhead catfish

No recent fishing reports, but the lake is most likely frozen and snow is going to start restricting access.

Illegal introductions of brown bullhead catfish have been negatively impacting overwinter survival and the rainbow trout fishery. People have been catching brown bullhead over 15 inches with worms. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

HIGHWAY 203 POND: rainbow trout, panfish, bass

The pond was last stocked the first week of June with both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked at Hwy 203 Pond, ODFW marked approximately 240 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, but the lake is most likely frozen and snow is going to start restricting access.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Fishing is open and bait allowed. This stream is very small with a large brook trout being 8-inches. There is a campground on the creek.

J.C. BOYLE RESERVOIR (Topsy Reservoir): Largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, crappie, goldfish, Sacramento perch, tui chub and blue chub

Open and accessible all year. Water levels generally remain very similar and drop as the day progresses as water is released for power generation. There are numerous points of access on the reservoir as most property surrounding the reservoir is BLM or PacifiCorp property. There are three boat ramps on the reservoir. The BLM campground and boat ramp are closed for the season.

Fishing is slow for all species. The reservoir is turbid, therefore anglers should try scent and highly visible lures. Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is likely your best bet and catch rates are currently very slow.

UPPER KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: native redband trout and yellow perch

Open and accessible all year. The lake is beginning to freeze in areas.

Fishing is very slow. Redband trout have moved back into Upper Klamath Lake and are scattered throughout the lake. Some areas still have light algal blooms. Water clarity is currently poor. A total of 23 anglers were interviewed last week and only 2 had caught fish.

ODFW and OSU radio tagged 33 redband trout April 14-15 at the Eagle Ridge Park boat ramp and an additional 9 in Agency Lake and 9 off the Skillet Handle on May 5. Tagged redband trout will have a long antennae protruding from the side of the abdomen. The antenna looks like very heavy fishing line. Please report the capture of any of these fish. Please do not remove these fish from the water. It is unlawful to retain radio tagged fish (Page 15 under number 14 of Sport Fishing Regulations).

The lake is 4 feet below full pool but slowly rising.

Catch rates are slow but a few very large fish are being caught. All methods can catch fish. Currently best fishing is from boat trolling lures. Anglers typically use spoons or plugs that mimic bait fish in the lake such as blue chub, tui chub, fat head minnows or sculpin species. Best bank access is Howard and Shoalwater Bays (Eagle Ridge County Park). There is very little bank access for fishing in Agency Lake. Anglers can fish from the Wood River Wetland Area in Agency Lake.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

Open to fishing through June 15. Fishing is uncharacteristically slow. The very warm water temperatures in this reach this summer might have resulted in higher than average mortality. The section from the top end of J.C. Boyle Reservoir to Keno Dam opened to fishing on Oct. 1. ODFW/OSU have radio-tagged 14 redband trout below Keno Dam. Radio-tagged redband trout must be released. Flows are very low at 354 cfs and water temperature has increased to 39 degrees. Fishing is very slow for redband trout compared to prior years.

J.C. Boyle Dam to J.C Boyle Powerhouse

Open all year. Fishing on the Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse is very good. Flows are stable below JC Boyle Dam and currently 117 cfs. Most fish in this section are very small and average 10-inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow and water temperatures are warmer in this section in the fall and winter.

Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately one mile below J.C. Boyle Dam. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Fishing is excellent for small redband trout for those willing to hike. Nymphs and leech patterns work well during this time of year. Casting black spinners upstream into the pools is also a great technique.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Open all year. Fishing should be excellent this week as low, stable flows of 654 cfs are expected. Additional days of low flows are expected through the end of December. Large wooly buggers or salmonfly imitations work well this time of year. Black spinners and Panther Martins can also work great. Below the JC Boyle Powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12-inches but rarely exceed 16-inches. Most fish are in the 6- to 8-inch range.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

Recent reports indicate that rainbow trout fishing is good on Krumbo this month with a few anglers catching larger trout nearing 20-inches. Some large trout have been caught near the inlet and anglers have also had good success near the dam. Krumbo can be a great fall/winter fishery and often produces rainbow trout up to 18-inches long.

Please note that only manual or electric powered boats are allowed on Krumbo so please do not use gas powered motors on the reservoir. Also, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge does not allow ice fishing on Krumbo Reservor. This is due to the many springs in the reservoir creating unstable ice and safety hazards.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, hatchery brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, tui chub

Open and accessible all year. The lake was stocked before Labor Day weekend with 12- to 14-inch rainbow trout. Fishing should be slow for rainbow trout. Best fishing is from a boat. The lake will begin to freeze soon. Ice fishing will not begin for a few weeks to a month.

A few large brown trout can be caught this time of the year as they move along the shoreline.

Fishing should be excellent for small yellow perch and brown bullhead and an occasional Brown Trout. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, but the lake is most likely frozen and snow is going to start restricting access.

LONG CREEK (Sycan River): brook, redband and bull trout

Open all year but access will be challenging due to snow. The riparian area can be quite lush and thick in certain areas making fishing difficult. The canyon and meadow area provide the best fishing. Most of Long Creek is on Green Diamond property and open to fishing.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch, Sacramento perch

Open and accessible all year. Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is slow. Access is available off Crystal Springs Road.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, but the lake is most likely frozen and snow is going to start restricting access.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent reports indicate that trout fishing at Malheur Reservoir is good right now. Anglers are catching healthy trout in the 8- to 17-inch range all throughout the reservoir. The Hines District ODFW Office sampled Malheur Reservoir earlier this year and found plenty of healthy rainbow trout. The larger trout are holdovers from last year so this is a great indication that the fishery is rebounding following issues with the dam leaking and with prolonged drought in the region.

MALHEUR RIVER (from the South Fork Malheur River near Riverside, downstream to Gold Creek): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout.

No recent fishing reports.

MALHEUR RIVER, NORTH FORK: redband trout, whitefish, and bull trout

No recent fishing reports.

MALHEUR RIVER, MIDDLE FORK: redband trout, brook trout, and bull trout

No recent fishing reports.

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing is very slow right now at Mann Lake. Although the region had at least an average winter in 2016/2017, it still wasn’t enough to fill the lake and recharge the groundwater. Hopefully the region will have another good winter and the lake and the fishery can be allowed to recover.

Currently, there are only two different age classes of cutthroat trout in Mann Lake. It was stocked in 2012 following the removal of invasive goldfish and it was slated to be stocked again in 2014 but a disease outbreak at the hatchery prevented these fish from being stocked. It was stocked with fingerling cutthroat trout in the spring of 2016 but it possible that some of these fingerlings didn’t survive the winter and early summer conditions. ODFW will continue to monitor the lake to determine how the fishery has responded to the less than ideal conditions. If conditions improve, fingerling cutthroat trout will be planted in the spring of 2018.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The pond is frozen and snow is going to start restricting access.

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout, brook trout

Open all year but access is likely blocked by snow. Call the Chemult USFS office at 541-365-7001 for more information. November is the best month to catch trophy brown trout. Make sure you get there before the snow flies! Fishing is slow for rainbow trout. The lake was stocked before Labor Day with 2,400 rainbow trout. There is ample room to fish from the bank and anglers are doing well still fishing with powerbait or worms for rainbow trout. The lake has a boat ramp, campground and sandy swim beaches. The road into the lake is 12 miles of rough, gravel, and washboard.

Fishing should be good for brown trout from boat. There is ample room to fish from the bank but best fishing is from a boat. Fishing can be good in Miller Creek at the outlet of Miller Lake. Rainbow, brown and brook trout are at extremely high densities at the outlet. Most are less than 10-inches. Fly-fishing and lure fishing can be good. Bait is allowed in Miller Creek.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, but the lake is most likely frozen and snow is going to start restricting access.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir was stocked in the spring with legal and trophy-size rainbow trout.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

The pond was stocked with legal- and pounder-size rainbow trout mid-October. The pond was also stocked in April with pounder- and legal-size rainbow trout. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in spring at North Powder Pond, ODFW marked approximately 200 of these with an orange colored tag just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is likely blocked by snow and the reservoir is iced over.

OWYHEE RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish

The Owyhee Reservoir is currently at 62 percent of capacity. Warmwater fishing is slowing down and the bass and crappie are starting to “suspend” in the middle of the water column. 

The Owyhee Dam boat ramp is permanently closed due to safety concerns. The day use and Indian Creek boat ramps are both currently useable.

OWYHEE RIVER (Lower): brown trout and hatchery rainbow trout

Water releases below the dam have been around 38 cfs according to the USGS stream data.

Fishing has been good for brown trout and rainbow trout in the area below the dam and throughout the typical fishing areas within a few miles of the dam. There has been lots of fishing on the Owyhee and anglers have been catching healthy-looking brown trout and also some very skinny brown trout.

Brown trout will spawn over the next few months and will be more stressed than normal. Anglers are asked to avoid walking in and around riffles where brown trout are or may be spawning and avoid targeting them while they are on the redds. Also avoid over-playing a hooked fish as they are expending a lot of energy spawning and will take a lot longer to recover.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

No recent fishing reports, but fishing is expected to be slow.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

The reservoir was stocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout three times over the spring. Fishing is good for rainbow trout up to 18-inches. Reservoir storage is at 44 percent of capacity. The Union Creek boat launch is closed. 

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The low water boat launch is operational, but the water level is approaching the bottom of the concrete. Fishing for rainbow trout 12- to 15-inches is good.

PINE CREEK and tributaries (Snake River tributary): rainbow trout, brook trout

Pine Creek and tributaries are open to trout fishing year-round, with a 5 rainbow trout bag limit.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, but the lake is most likely frozen and snow is going to start restricting access.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports.

The reservoir is unique in that it has a very robust population of large macroinvertebrates and this helps the trout to grow big rather quickly. The abundance of food for these trout may also be the reason that fishing is slow because the fish do not need to go far to find food so they move around less.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

No recent fishing reports.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

The Powder River was stocked in May and June with rainbow trout immediately downstream of Mason Dam.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The lake might freeze up this week due to very cold temperatures.

Fishermen are still catching some nice fish in this reservoir using bait. Try fishing close to shore whether you are bait or fly-fishing as rainbow trout cruise the shoreline looking for food. Water boatman and leech patterns are good patterns to try.

Priday Reservoir is on some BLM property, but the majority of the reservoir is on private property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property by staying on the main roads and cleaning up trash from others.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is limited by snow and the pond is probably iced over.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

Open all year. Sand and Scott creeks are very small spring fed streams west of Hwy 97 near the Silver Lake highway junction. Fishing on these small streams is open year-round with bait allowed. Most fish are less than 8-inches long.

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Open all year. Access will be limited by snow but you should be able to get to the bridge crossing at Nicholson Road. Fishing is fair for 6- to 8-inch brook trout. Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Fishing is best in the beaver dam pools above Nicholson Road.

SKY LAKES AND MOUNTAIN LAKE WILDERNESS: brook trout and rainbow trout

Heavy snowfall in the high lakes area. Fishing is not recommended at this time.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, but the lake might freeze over this week and snow is going to start restricting access.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, but the lake is most likely frozen and snow is going to start restricting access.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, but the lake is most likely frozen and snow is going to start restricting access.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Closed to fishing. Spencer Creek will open to fishing beginning May 22, 2018.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Closed to fishing. Will reopen on May 22, 2018. Large numbers of brown trout can be observed spawning at the mouth above the gabion.

SPRAGUE RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, largemouth bass and yellow perch

Closed. Will open to fishing on April 22, 2018.

NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout

Open all year but snow will limit access. Fishing through the canyon is very slow; high flows are making fishing challenging.

Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Open all year. Flows are 80 cfs. Larger brown trout and redband trout occur in this section. Fishing near Sandhill and Lee Thomas Campground is much easier as this section is easily accessible and bank access is easy. Fish are smaller and less abundant at these locations and the fish assemblage is dominated by brook trout.

SOUTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout

Open all year but snow will limit access. The South Fork Sprague River is open to fishing all year. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Flow is remaining steady (14 cfs) at the USFS day use park east of Bly. Fishing for brook trout can be good below the Camp Creek confluence.

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Snow is restricting access and the pond is iced-over.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

The gate is closed to the Sun Pass State Forest. Open to fishing all year but closed to fishing for bull trout. Only bull trout occur in upper Sun Creek just above the Sun Pass Forest bridge crossing. Fishing is not recommended at this time as fish density is low.

Redband trout were reintroduced to Sun Creek in 2016 and 2017. These redband trout were small, most are less than 4-inches, and salvaged from the Wood River irrigation system. The Sun Creek channel has been rerouted into the historic channel and is connected to the Wood River below Kimball Park.

SYCAN RIVER: brook, redband and brown trout (below marsh)

Open all year. Access is very challenging to the lower and upper river due to snow Fishing is slow below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows are 21 cfs. The best area to fish is in the Canyon near the Coyote Bucket area on USFS property. Above the Sycan Marsh, fishing should be excellent for brook trout and few redband trout near Rock Creek campground. Fishing near Pikes Crossing will be fair for mostly brook trout especially in and near Paradise Creek. Fish are bigger as you head downstream toward the marsh and in the canyon section. Most trout are in the 6- to 12-inch range.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

No recent fishing reports, but the lake is most likely starting to freeze over and snow is going to start restricting access. If edges of the reservoir are open it might be a good time to try bait or flys near ice shelfs.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir has been drained by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District. The reservoir will be restocked with catchable rainbow trout April 2018. The standard zone regulations are now in effect.

TWIN LAKES: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked in early July with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Angler s are reminded that regulations have changed. The daily bag limit is one trout, 15 inch minimum length.

UNITY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, crappie

No recent reports. Reservoir storage is at 18 percent of capacity.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, but the lake might freeze over this week due to temperatures and snow is going to start restricting access.

WARM SPRINGS RESERVOIR: smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, perch, rainbow trout

A recent fishing report indicated that rainbow trout are being caught at Warm Springs. The irrigation season is over and there is going to be holdover water this winter so hopefully the trout continue to grow and help to restore the fishery. The reservoir is currently at 55 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is currently still useable.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, but the lake is most likely frozen and snow is going to start restricting access.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

Closed to fishing. Will reopen April 22, 2018.  

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

Closed to fishing. Will reopen on May 22, 2018.

WILLOW VALLEY RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, Lahontan cutthroat

There have been no recent fishing reports but the lake is likely frozen or beginning to freeze. Best fishing is from a boat.  The largemouth bass population is currently small but reproduction should have been excellent this year. Crappie are rare in the reservoir but can be found suspended near the large wood placement and spider block structures.

Bluegill are abundant in the shallows but typically small and difficult to capture. Lahontan cutthroat are very rare. Yellow perch can be the most dominant fish in the reservoir but tend to stunt resulting in very small adult size (6-inches). The reservoir is turbid.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir water level is at below the bottom of the concrete boat launch. The reservoir should provide good fall fishing.

WOOD RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout and bull trout

Closed to angling. Will reopen on April 22, 2018.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Fishing has been good at Yellowjacket Lake recently with consistent catches of rainbow trout. Fall and early winter is a great time to fish Yellowjacket and the fish tend to feed most during mid-day during this time of year.

Southwest Zone

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Expo Pond at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Reinhart Park Pond in Grants Pass will be freshly stocked in time for Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Around 400 summer steelhead excess to broodstock needs at Cole Rivers Hatchery will be released back into the fishery in the vicinity of Touvelle State Park by Thanksgiving as well.
  • Look for recent rains to bring Chinook into the Chetco, Elk and Winchuck rivers.
  • Winter steelhead should be arriving to Coos and Coquille rivers.
  • Trolling for wild coho and holdover rainbow has yielded some quality fish in Tenmile Lakes. 

AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth bass, black crappie

Agate Lake has been stocked with larger-sized rainbow trout along with fingerling trout, which should provide good fishing opportunity through the spring. This, along with its low elevation, should make Agate Lake a good destination for anglers during the winter. The reservoir is 24 percent full. The county park is open during daylight hours.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Applegate Reservoir is freshly stocked with rainbow trout and fishing should be very good.

The reservoir is down to the flood control pool so the only boat access is the low water ramp at French Gulch. Slow trolling a wedding ring/worm combination, flashers or dodgers with bait, or wind-drifting worms should be effective. Trolling a lure like a flatfish or casting flies may work as well.  Bank fishing can be difficult at Applegate due to the steep shoreline, but the upper end should have some access. The surface temperature in the reservoir is 45F.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

ODFW and OPRD, with funds from ODFW Restoration and Enhancement program, have completed a project to enhance the pond for youth fishing. The project focused on deepening the pond and cleaning up the banks to make it easier for kids to reach the “good” fishing water. As part of the project, wildlife and fish habitat was improved around the pond. There are no trout in the pond, as it was lowered to implement the project. Anglers can look at ODFW’s stocking schedule as to when the pond will be stocked in the spring.

BEN IRVING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie

Ben Irving has been stocked several times with trout in 2017, the last stocking was early September. There are still opportunities to catch carryover fish, and trout fishing should be steady with cooler fall temperatures. Warmwater fishing is likely slow.

CHETCO RIVER: Chinook

Rains late this week are expected to increase river flows significantly. Anglers need to pay extra attention to water levels and floating debris this year due to impacts from the Chetco Bar fire. Anglers will want to check flows and USFS road closures before fishing the river.  

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Cooper Creek received over 10,000 trout in 2017. Fishing is has slowed a little, but there should still be plenty of fish available. Fishing for bass and bluegill should continue to slow into the fall.

COOS COUNTY LAKES/PONDS: trout

Rainbow trout “pounders” were stocked in October in Bradley Lake, Powers Pond, Butterfield Lake, Upper Empire Lake and Saunders Lake. Lower Empire Lake was not be stocked this fall because of low water levels. Anglers are catching trout fishing bait near the bottom of the lakes or by trolling spinners.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, rockfish, steelhead

Streams and rivers are now closed to trout fishing until next spring.

A few anglers have caught early returning winter steelhead in the Millicoma system and fish should be in the South Fork Coos River. Anglers fishing the South Fork Coos River above Dellwood will need a permit from Weyerhaeuser, which allows the angler to access up to the Seven Mile Bridge. Permits can be obtained at Weyerhaeuser’s Coos Bay office. In the Coos Basin, 1 additional hatchery steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily.

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is closed because the quotas for several species have been reached. This includes the ocean along with bays and estuaries. On Oct. 1, recreational bottomfishing was reopened outside 40 fathoms but for anglers using “longleader” gear only. The daily bag limit for the long-leader fishery has been increased to 10 marine fish but retention of black rockfish, cabezon, lingcod, and other nearshore rockfish (blue, deacon, china, copper, and quillback rockfishes) are not allowed at any depth for the remainder of the 2017 season. Find more information about a longleader setup here.

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the Crabbing and Clamming section of the Recreation Report.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: crab, trout, steelhead

Streams and rivers are now closed to trout fishing until next spring.

Steelhead anglers will be fishing the tidewater sections of the Coquille River near the town of Coquille in hopes of the first returning winter steelhead. In the Coquille Basin 1 additional hatchery steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily.

Beginning Jan. 1, anglers will have the opportunity to harvest 1 wild steelhead per day, 3 for the season from the East Fork Coquille River. The open area for steelhead fishing in the East Fork remains the same as in past years. These regulations are listed in the 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. 

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the Crabbing and Clamming section of the Recreation Report.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

Trout fishing has slowed after an excellent summer and early fall. Fishing can still be productive under the right conditions, but anglers need to be alert for light bites. Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. Tiger trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught.

As part of the 2016 regulation simplification process, Diamond Lake is now back to the Southwest Zone regulation of 5 rainbow trout per day. Anglers that are planning on taking a trip to Diamond Lake should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on seasonal camp and ramp closures.

Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at Diamond Lake on the Diamond Lake Resort website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 5 for updates. Diamond Lake is open year-round.

ELK RIVER: Chinook

Anglers can check river conditions by calling 541-332-0405. The best river height to drift the river is 5.2 feet and dropping.

EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie

The county boat ramp is open during daylight hours. Some holdover rainbow trout are available along with bass and other warmwater species; however, anglers will have to work to find the fish and fish slowly to be successful. The lake is currently 30 percent full.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake is stocked with rainbow trout, tiger trout and Chinook salmon. Brook trout also are available. The lake is currently free of ice, but that could change quickly, and 67 percent full.  Anglers should be aware that a snow park permit is needed to use the USFS lot at the boat ramp in winter. The resort will be open Fridays through Sundays during the winter.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bass

The lake is best fished by boat. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

FORD’S POND: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, crappie

Ford’s Pond (just west of Sutherlin) was purchased by the city of Sutherlin in 2016. The pond is open to the public and has a lot of bank access. Ford’s is restricted to non-motorized boats and does not have a good access point for larger boats. The pond is shallow and therefore only supports populations of warmwater fish.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville should have good numbers of trout from previous stockings. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. The coho smolts should be adipose fin-clipped, and please remember to release the ones less than 8-inches long.

In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest.

Fishing for bass and other panfish should be decent. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bass

The lake received an additional 1,500 trophy trout this fall. When local rivers are too high and muddy to fish, anglers may want to do some trout fishing. There are still some tagged trout in the lake and anglers are encouraged to report any tagged trout they catch.

ODFW is implementing a tag reward trout study for 2017. Anglers will be asked to report tagged trout that are caught. Some of the tags will be worth money. Anglers can report the tag number to the ODFW Gold Beach office (541) 247-7605 or on ODFW’s website. Tags can be cut off or pulled out of fish being released. The study is an effort by ODFW to see what size of trout contribute to the fishery the best. Garrison is always an excellent trout fishery, and this study will only help improve it.

HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS: trout

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions and potential road closures from recent fires. Hemlock and Lake in the Woods received several stockings of trout in 2017. There are opportunities to catch holdover rainbow trout that were stocked in previous years. Remember only trout over 8-inches may be harvested, and only one trout over 20-inches may be kept per day.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The boat ramp at Willow Point Campground remains open at this time. Bank access is available at numerous locations including the dam. Trout fishing should be fair to good. The lake is 73 percent full.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

With campground and jetty access closures in place, angler access is primarily from the bank along Hyatt Prairie Road. The lake is 42 percent full.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

Summer steelhead and half-pounders are present in the lower river. Only hatchery fish may be retained. 

LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout, yellow perch

Lake Marie has been consistent with anglers reporting good catch rates. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms to catch trout and yellow perch. The local STEP hatchery released clipped rainbow trout into Lake Marie in the spring of 2017. Anglers fishing the Lake Marie are asked to e-mail fishing reports.

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Lake Selmac is freshly stocked with legal-size rainbow trout, large rainbows and fingerlings. Road closures are still in effect due to work on the spillway for the dam, but a detour reportedly remains available to the Mallard Loop area of the lake. Boat anglers are reminded to clean weeds off boats before leaving the lake.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Trout fishing can be great in the fall at Lemolo with rainbow, large brown trout and kokanee available. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of five per day with only one of those measuring over 20-inches. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Loon Lake has been stocked several times in 2017 with legal-size trout. Fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass should continue to be productive as we move into the cooler fall months. Slower presentations such as jigging can be a good technique. Visit the BLM and Loon Lake Resort websites for information on opening dates and camping.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Lost Creek Reservoir is a winter trout fishing hot spot in the Rogue Valley, with the vast majority of water users being anglers this time of year. Many more large trout are being stocked in Lost Creek than in past years as a result of data from recent trout tagging studies. 

Boat anglers in winter can have success trolling along the dam, around the exposed island near the Takelma boat ramp, and shallower areas of the main reservoir. Bank anglers have good success on either side of the dam, but are reminded to not block access to the Takelma boat ramp.

Both the Takelma boat ramp and Marina boat ramps are available. The reservoir surface temperature is 45F. For the most current Lost Creek Reservoir information, call 1-800-472-2434.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond has been stocked with rainbow trout, and fishing should be good. Anglers are reminded that Medco Pond is privately owned. Gas engines are not allowed on the pond, and bank access is restricted to the west shore.

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, crab,

Recreational fishing for bottomfish opened on Oct. 1 outside 40 fathoms but only for anglers using “long-leader” gear only. The daily bag limit for the long-leader fishery has been increased to 10 marine fish but retention of black rockfish, cabezon, lingcod, and other nearshore rockfish (blue, deacon, china, copper, and quillback rockfishes) are not allowed at any depth for the remainder of the 2017 season. More information about a long-leader setup can be found at the ODFW Marine Resources page.

Anglers using the “long leader” gear have reported good catches, but it took a little getting used to the long dropper weight.

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the Crabbing and Clamming section of the Recreation Report.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Plat I has been stocked several this year with legal-size trout. In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bass fishing. Where access is available, anglers may have success catching trout and bass with bait such as PowerBait and nightcrawlers. The reservoir is drawn down every fall to allow collection of water for the next irrgation season. Plat I has been drawn down for the season.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: Winter steelhead

A few winter steelhead have been picked up. One of the best methods to target winter steelhead is plunking a Spin ‘n Glo off bank. Before heading out, anglers will want to check river flows and fish when flows are dropping. 

Rogue River, middle: coho, steelhead, trout

Hatchery coho salmon and summer steelhead are available. The river is also open for trout fishing. Five hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed.

As of Monday morning the flow in Grants Pass was 2480 cfs, the water temperature was 44oF, and the clarity was 2 NTUs. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, coho, trout

Beginning Nov. 1 and continuing for the rest of the year, fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures from the Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp upstream to the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park. Bait is allowed upstream of the Shady Cove boat ramp. 

Hatchery coho salmon and hatchery summer steelhead are available for upper Rogue anglers. About 400 summer steelhead, excess to broodstock needs at Cole Rivers, were recycled back into the fishery in the vicinity of Touvelle State Park. Updated fish counts at Cole Rivers Hatchery can be viewed here.

Trout are also available. Only hatchery rainbow trout can be kept, while all cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout must be released unharmed.

The river discharge from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1950 cfs and 46 F on Monday, Dec. 4. For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: Chinook, steelhead

Steelhead fishing opened Dec. 1 upstream to Sisters Creek on the mainstem and to bridge ten (~14.5 miles up the N.F. Smith River Rd.) on the North Fork. Chinook fishing is still open, however it is closed above Spencer Creek on the mainstem and Johnson Creek on the North Fork. Most Chinook are on the spawning grounds and fishing is likely slow. Steelhead fishing should pick up as we move closer to January. The Smith can be one of the first to clear after a large storm event.

Trout fishing in the mainstem and tributaries reopens May 22, 2018

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: closed

Soda Springs remains CLOSED. The reservoir is closed to evaluate its use by salmon and steelhead.

TENMILE BASIN: trout, bass, yellow perch, wild coho salmon

Streams and rivers are now closed to trout fishing until next spring. Trout fishing in Tenmile, Eel and Saunders lakes is open all year.

Largemouth bass anglers will need to slow down there presentations as the water temperatures drop. Most bass will be found in deeper water near structure or weed edges.

Anglers fishing from the county fish dock on South Tenmile Lake and boat anglers fishing in 10-16 feet of water have been catching yellow perch fishing with a worm near the bottom. There are lots of small yellow perch so anglers will have to sort to find larger perch. Anglers are reporting decent catches of bluegill and crappie while fishing for yellow perch.

The wild coho salmon season on Tenmile Lakes opened on Oct. 1 and will continue through Dec. 31. Anglers have been catching a few wild coho this past week trolling spinners and crankbaits. Anglers are allowed to harvest 1 wild adult coho per day (and 1 wild coho jack per day) and 5 wild adult coho per season. The 5 wild coho salmon are in aggregate with Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes. 

Boat anglers have had some success trolling spinners tipped with night crawlers for rainbow trout.  Some of these trout range in the 15- to 19-inch range. 

There are still no reports of any steelhead being caught at Spinreel Park on Tenmile Creek yet.  Winter steelhead tend to run about a month later in the Tenmile system, compared to rivers in the Coos and Coquille basins. Eel Creek is closed to fishing until Jan. 1. 

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

Fishing is open in Toketee year-round and should be decent as we continue into fall. For more information call the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531.

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Reports from early in the season indicated good catch rates. Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions as lakes may be difficult to access due to fire restrictions or snow as we move into the late fall.

Lakes accessible from hiking trails and that were stocked in the last couple years are: Calamut, Connie, Bullpup, Fuller, Cliff, Buckeye, Maidu, Big Twin, Pitt, and Skookum lakes.

Red Top Pond, which offers excellent bank fishing opportunities, has been stocked several times. In addition, there should be plenty of holdover legal-size trout from previous stockings in these waterbodies. Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: Chinook, steelhead

Chinook fishing is about over in the Umpqua. Most fish have moved onto the spawning grounds. From July 1– Dec. 31, anglers can harvest two wild Chinook per day, and in combination with the other salmon/ steelhead recorded on your salmon tag, up to 20 fish total. Fin-clipped hatchery fish can be recorded on a separate hatchery harvest tag that is available. There is no limit on the number of hatchery tags that can be purchased. Daily limits still apply.

Steelhead fishing should be picking up with a few folks trying their luck in the lower main.

Trout fishing on the mainstem Umpqua tributaries closed Sept. 15.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead

Check with the US Forest Service regarding potential trail closures on the North Umpqua. Most access points are open, but some trails remain closed after this summer’s fire. The North Umpqua is closed to Chinook fishing till February. Trout fishing in North Umpqua and it’s tributaries is closed.

Winter steelhead should start moving in as we move into December.

Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30 fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless artificial fly.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead

The South Umpqua reopened on Dec. 1 to winter steelhead fishing. Typically fishing in the early part of the season is slow but, if the river is “in shape,” it might be worth a try.

WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead

Willow Lake has been stocked with legal and larger (12- to 14-inch) rainbow trout and fishing should be good. Willow Lake is at a suitable elevation to remain ice free but be above the fog, making it a great destination on a nice winter day. The lake is 61 percent full.

The county has had the paved boat ramp closed recently due to low water, but provided a temporary ramp set up in the campground. Access at the park is available during daylight hours in winter.

WINCHESTER BAY:  perch

Fishing for perch in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful. Bottomfishing is closed in the bay, but perch and flatfish are open.

WINCHUCK RIVER: winter steelhead

Low and clear.  

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