Plan to fish, hunt or look for wildlife this weekend? You’ll find the latest information on conditions and sightings for the places you want to go in the weekly Recreation Report. Be sure to check out the latest regulation updates 
(especially for fishing) at the top of each zone or area update.

Highlights from this week’s Recreation Report:

Enjoy free fishing, and clamming, June 2-3

June 2-3 is Free Fishing Weekend and you won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish anywhere in Oregon that’s open to fishing. Trout, bass, rockfish, crappie, salmon, clams – take your pick! ODFW and its partners also will host several free trout fishing events throughout the state to help you and your family or friends get started.

It’s not too late to get your bird

There are still two weeks left in the spring turkey season – remember, hunters can harvest up to three turkeys a year. Check the Spring Turkey Forecast or area reports for updates.

Best bets for weekend fishing

Just a few of the highlights from this week’s Recreation Report:

  • Early summer steelhead are being caught in the Siletz River.
  • It’s worth repeating, trout fishing has been amazing on Diamond Lake.
  • Lost Creek Reservoir will be stocked with 10,000 rainbow trout this week.
  • The spring Chinook run is getting serious on the North Fork Santiam.
  • Henry Hagg Lake and North Fork Reservoir will be getting 10,000 trout this week – EACH!
  • The Powder River below Mason Dam has been stocked with 9,000 trout.
  • Spring Chinook fishing is heating up on the Umatilla River.

Missed the controlled hunt deadline

You can still purchase a point saver beginning July 1 to gain a preference point and improve you future chances.

Ladd Marsh Bird Festival – May 18-20, La Grande

The Ladd Marsh Bird Festival is a friendly, relaxed birding opportunity for the whole family. Held at the ODFW Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area near La Grande, it coincides with the height of spring bird and nesting in the Grande Ronde Valley. See more details and register here.

Women’s Fishing and Outdoors Clinic – May 26, Troutdale

This is your chance to network with other women who enjoy fishing, hunting, foraging and other outdoor pursuits. Find more details at Women’s Fishing and Outdoors Clinic.

More information about the Recreation Report

What is the Recreation Report?

It’s a weekly compilation of updates from dozens of fish and wildlife biologists throughout the state organized by activity and by area or zone to make it easy to find the exact updates you’re looking for.

How to Use the Recreation Report

  • First, pick an activity report from the choices above – fishing, big game hunting, crabbing and clamming, game bird hunting, wildlife viewing – then on the next page select the zone or area where you’d like to go.
  • For example, want to know how the fishing has been on the Crooked River near Prineville? Select the Fishing Report, then pick the Central Zone, and finally find the Crooked River update in the alphabetical list of waterbodies.
  • Or, you’re wondering about the pheasant hunting near Biggs. Select the Game Bird Hunting Report tab above, then select the Columbia Area and look for pheasant hunting.
  • Finally, just want to know where the best opportunities are right now for fishing, hunting or viewing? Select an activity report and scan the area or zone updates to see what opportunities appeal to you.

Header photo by Kathy Munsel