Weekend Fishing Opportunities:
- At Chickahominy water levels are good, and the reservoir was recently stocked with half-pound size trout.
- Fourmile Lake has been fishing great; get there before snow limits access.
- Delintment Lake has been fishing well recently with consistent catches of 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout.
- Fishing was fantastic at Cottonwood Meadows Lake this past week!
- Ana River was recently stocked with large 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 this past week for rainbow trout in the 13- to 16-inch range. Trolling rapalas and other baitfish imitations has been working. Bait fishing from the bank has also been producing limits of trout. 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 recently stocked with 200 larger rainbow trout. There have also been over 2,000 rainbow trout stocked in this river a couple of months ago. Ana River is open year-round and was stocked in July with larger rainbow trout 11- to 15-inches. Fingerlings were also released in 2017 and should be approximately 8 inches this fall. 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.
The reservoir is currently at 23 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
Fishing was fair a few weeks. Fly-fishers were catching trout from 8- to 15-inches with mayfly nymphs. Fish from last year overwintered and created a good spring fishery. Fingerlings were released in May this year and should be 8- to 10-inches. This is a small reservoir with plenty of bank access, but a float tube or small john boat might be preferred.
BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout
The Blitzen River is currently flowing around 42 cfs with water temperatures in the high 30s range. 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 loop road is still currently open allowing access to the upper portions of the drainage but check with the Burns District BLM before heading out as recent snows may prompt gate closures higher up.
BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): hatchery rainbow trout
Access might be limited due to recent snowfall. A short 2.6 mile hike in with a float tube can be amazing before it ices over. Water boatmen and damsel nymphs are very abundant. Bait fishing from shore in deeper water can be good, but if you can get out in the water it can be extremely productive.
Fingerlings were planted once again this summer. Thank you High Desert Trail Riders Back Country Horsemen for packing in fish to this beautiful wilderness lake.
BURNS POND: trout, bass
Fishing has been good recently at the Burns Ponds and should continue to improve as we move into winter. There have been consistent catches of 8- to 10-inch fish and they are biting on PowerBait and worms 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. 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
There have not been any recent fishing reports and snow is going to start restricting access. A lot of hatchery rainbow trout have been stocked in this lake and there should also be rainbow and brook trout that have overwintered providing a good opportunity at some big trout. Fishing from the bank and a boat are good options for this lake. If you are not catching fish at Campbell Lake you might try your luck at Deadhorse Lake; a very short drive away.
CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie
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. Dairy and Elder Creeks are also great fishing opportunities, providing ample amounts of cold, clean water. ODFW encourages people to retain all brook trout caught.
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 four sections of the boat ramp floating so this should be plenty of water to get us through the winter. Chickahominy was recently stocked 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. 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
Fishing was fantastic this past week for rainbow trout in the 12- to 17-inch range! Trolling with flies landed 42 trout in 5 hours of fishing. Successful anglers need to target trout by fishing the top of the water column with flies, lures and bait. Tall vegetation in the lake makes it difficult for bait fishermen to catch fish on the bottom.
Fly-fishers should use leech, damsel and dragonfly patterns at this time of year. The next month before snow restricts access is prime time for this lake.
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
There have not been any recent fishing reports and snow will start to restrict access. A lot of hatchery trout were stocked in this lake and there should be rainbow trout that have overwintered providing a good opportunity at some big trout. Fishing from the bank and a boat are good options for this lake. If you are not catching fish at Deadhorse Lake you might try your luck at Campbell Lake; a very short drive away.
DEEP CREEK (Lake County): redband trout and brook trout
There have not been any recent fishing reports on this creek for the past month, but fish can be caught until the river starts to freeze over.
Dry fly fishing can be good, although nymphing is always productive throughout the day in this cascading stream. This is a great stream to target redband trout, but please use good catch-and-release techniques.
The creek is low at this time of year and is probably icy. Check the Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow website for current flow information.
Fishing on Forest Service land can also be good at this time of year in the Warner Mountains south of Hwy 140 near the California border, but snow is going to start restricting access. Smaller redband trout and brook trout can be caught in this beautiful forest with plenty of camping options available. ODFW encourages the retention of all brook trout caught in this fishery.
DELINTMENT LAKE: trout
Delintment Lake has been fishing well recently with consistent catches of 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout. 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. 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 fishing reports, but the Forest Service road has been repaired. 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
Fishing was reported as being fair a few weeks ago. 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 do very well 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 all the way to the top and the South Loop Steens Rd. is open the rest of the way so you can drive the full loop (but conditions can quickly change during this time of year so check with the Burns BLM for current conditions before planning a trip, especially after the recent snow in the region). Fish Lake was stocked earlier this year with half-pound and trophy-size rainbow trout so these fish are available to anglers. The brook trout fishery should be winding down for the summer as they are most aggressive with the bite early on in the year but anglers have still been catching them throughout the lake. 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 and snow is going to start restricting access. Sampling this fall has shown there are a lot of kokanee in the 8- to 10-inch range. This is a great small lake that does not receive much fishing pressure. Trolling flies is a great strategy as well as casting flies from a bobber.
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
There have not been any recent fishing reports, but snow is going to start restricting access. Both trolling and bank fishing are productive ways to catch fish in this reservoir. The reservoir is a great place to camp and fish. Bait fishing, fly fishing and trolling can be productive at this time of year. Holbrook Reservoir is near Lofton Reservoir and typically does not get as much fishing pressure.
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 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.
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
All of Upper Klamath Lake has been listed for the toxic algae, Microcystis. For more information see http://www.healthoregon.org/hab.
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 good. Storms coming in this week might cause more turbid conditions.
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 4.4 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. There is very little bank access for fishing in Agency Lake. Anglers can fish from the Wood River Wetland Area.
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 have dropped to 693 cfs and water temperature has decreased to 47 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 cooler in this section in the summer.
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. Peaking flows have resumed resulting in high flows during daylight hours and slow fishing. 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 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.
Kokanee are spawning along the shorelines near the lodge. These fish can provide some good opportunities to watch landlocked salmon spawn. A few large brown trout can be caught this time of the year as they move along the shoreline to look for places to spawn.
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
Recent fishing reports have been good, but snow is going to start restricting access. Bait is always a producer, but remember you need to increase your leader length due to increasing vegetation heights. Trolling flies early in the morning was productive a couple weeks ago. This is a great lake to put a small boat or float tube in and fish in open water.
Fly-fishers should use leech patterns, damsel/dragon nymph patterns and water boatman. Anything with a bit of flash will attract the rainbow trout.
LONG CREEK (Sycan River): brook, redband and bull trout
Open all year. 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 all year. Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is slow. Access is available off Crystal Springs Road.
LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
There have not been any recent fishing reports on this reservoir. People have reported catching 11-to 13-inch rainbow trout this summer and fish will continue to get bigger throughout the year. This turbid reservoir is very productive and the rainbow trout can get quite large. Bait fishing can produce trout as well as stripping water boatmen and leech patterns.
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 recently sampled Malheur Reservoir 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 this past year, 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
There have been no recent fishing reports. Bass have been illegally introduced and are negatively impacting the hatchery rainbow trout. Bass up to 6-pounds have been caught in 2016 and crawdads are a major food source. ODFW encourages fishermen to keep limits of largemouth bass if they desire a quality trout fishery.
MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout, brook trout
Open all year. Access might be limited by snow. 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
There have not been any recent fishing reports, but the lake filled this spring. It is likely no fish survived from 2016, but in May the reservoir was stocked with fingerlings that will reach 8- to 10-inches by this fall.
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
There have been no recent fishing reports. Fingerlings were stocked this spring and should be 8- to 10-inches come fall. Rainbow trout should have overwintered again in this small reservoir and create some good fishing opportunities this year.
OWYHEE RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish
The Owyhee Reservoir is currently at 59 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. There have been some hatches occurring throughout the day so dry-fly anglers have been catching fish as well.
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
There have not been any recent fishing reports, but the reservoir was full this spring. Over winter survival was very low due to water levels this winter. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked in May and will become 8- to 10-inches this fall.
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
Bait fishing has been fair this past month. Fly-fishers have also been successful slowly stripping nymphs and leeches near the bank. Trophy rainbow trout were stocked the first week of April. Legal-size and fingerling rainbow trout stocked in 2016 should have overwintered and created a good fishery this year. 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
Fishing has been productive on this small pond, but it was iced over this past Saturday and the roads were snowed in. Once the pond opens up it should provide a great opportunity to catch fish near Lakeview. Fly-fishing out of a small float tube would be beneficial but there is plenty of bank access. Casting small lures, worms under a bobber and PowerBait can all produce trout.
This old borrow pit is located along the Twin springs road (FS 3910) in the South Warner mountains. This is a very scenic location and a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.
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. 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. The bridge crossing Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road is closed. Open all year.
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 reports. Fly-fishing with water boatmen produced some nice rainbow trout. Fingerling rainbow trout stocked in 2016 and should be 10- to 14-inches this summer and fingerlings stocked this spring should be 8- to 10-inches come fall. Fly-fishers should try water boatmen and leech patterns.
SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
There have been no recent fishing reports but the reservoir was full this spring. It was stocked with 4- to 6-inch rainbow trout this spring and should be legal size by now. There should be plenty of fish that overwintered providing a good fishery.
Crayfish patterns, leeches, damsels and water boatman work well in this reservoir. There are a lot of crayfish present so you may want to bring your crayfish traps.
SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
The reservoir was dry in 2015 and 2016. The reservoir was full this spring and was stocked with fingerling rainbow trout in May and should be in the 8- to 11-inches range now.
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. Brown trout can be observed spawning at the mouth.
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. Fishing through the canyon is fair due to the high flows making fishing challenging. Some October caddisflies are hatching.
Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Open all year. Flows are holding steadily at 54 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. 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
This pond has been producing some really nice rainbow trout. This past weekend it was iced over with plenty of snow on the roads, but when it opens up it should fish well. Small flies, lures and worms can entice these trout to bite.
This excavated pond is in an open meadow located along the Twin Springs road in the South Warner Mountains. This is a good place near Lakeview to take children to fish middle or late in the day.
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. Flows are dropping but still high (18 cfs). The new Sun Creek channel is finished and is now connected to the Wood River.
Redband trout were reintroduced to Sun Creek. These redband trout were small, most 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 fair below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows are 15 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
Fishing was reported as being fair a month ago with 15- to 18-inch rainbow trout. Snow is going to start restricting access to this reservoir. Fly-fishing was productive using the same general lake patterns such as damsels, dragons and leech patterns.
Bank fisherman have also been productive. There have been a lot of additions this year to the rainbow trout stocking program and fingerlings from last year’s plant should be getting into the 8- to 10-inch range this summer.
Although the reservoir got fairly low last year there should be plenty of trout and bass that overwintered. The reservoir is still high for this time of year, so trout may be spread throughout reservoir. Try moving around as much as you can to find biting trout. Insect production should be fantastic so trout will be putting on a lot of weight this year.
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
Recent reports of good fishing. Larger rainbow trout in the 14- to 17-inch range were being caught with bait. Fishing started picking up with dropping water temperatures. Fishing from a boat, or from the dam is usually productive early and late in the day. The scenery near this lake is spectacular.
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 winding down 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 52 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is currently still useable.
WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout
There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fly-fishers were catching fish 10 to 14-inches this spring in this small pond at the base of Hart Mountain. Typically trout are observed rising throughout the day chasing water boatmen, damsel nymphs and midges. The most effective way to fish is in a float tube or small john boat. Although there is a lot of vegetation present during this time of the year dry fly fishing can be quite good on overcast days.
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. Best fishing is from a boat. 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.