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.

September 18, 2018

Highlights from this week’s Recreation Report:

Have you got your big game tag?

General deer and many controlled deer hunts open in less than two weeks, which means you have 11 days to buy your tag before your hunt begins. Might as well pick your elk tags while you’re at it.

Fall features fantastic fishing, and foliage

If you’ve put your rod away for the season, you’ve packed it in too soon. Fall can be some of the best trout fishing of the year. Trout perk up as water temperature cool down and we’re getting good fishing reports from across the state. Check the Recreation Reports for a lake, river or reservoir near you. Or, put on your hiking boots and walk into one of the hundreds of high lakes that hold trout. There’s good fishing, good weather and, best of all, no mosquitoes.

Plan a late season ocean fishing trip

Rockfish are back on the bite, and the bag limit for marine fish has just been increased from four to five fish.

Fee pheasant hunts

The fee pheasant hunts on the Denman, E.E. Wilson, Fern Ridge and Sauvie Island wildlife areas kick off this month and next. This is your chance to bag a couple of pheasants in a part of the state where public-land bird hunting can be hard to find. Check out the wildlife area updates in this week’s report for more information.

Header photo by Kathy Munsel