All  ODFW offices remain closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Hatcheries have partially reopened during normal visiting hours (8-5 in most cases). Most indoor areas, visitor centers and restrooms remain closed so please plan accordingly. 

Recreation Report

Southeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of Sept. 3, 2021

Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

Chickahominy Reservoir 

  • Permanent rules now apply.

Powder River Basin 

  • Powder River from Thief Valley Dam upstream through Phillips Reservoir July 15 through October 10, 2021: For gamefish (except tiger muskie and bull trout), all size limits (minimum and maximum), as well as daily limits have been lifted.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Hines (541) 573-6582
  • Lakeview (541) 947-2950
  • Ontario (541) 889-6975
  • Klamath Falls (541) 883-5732
  • La Grande (541) 963-2138
Recreation Report

Bluegill at Topsy Recreation Area
"First Fish" Bluegill, Topsy Recreation Area. -Photo by Zachary Wieting-

If there’s not a photo, it didn’t happen

Submit your fishing photo to ODFW and we might use it here or elsewhere on MyODFW.com.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports―the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the weekly Recreation Report.

Keep your eye out for QR code signs posted at various fishing locations throughout Baker County! Anglers with smartphones can provide fishing reports and feedback on-site by scanning the QR code, which directs anglers to our ODFW Fishing Report survey. Directions on how to use the QR codes are provided right on the signs.

LAKE, PONDS, RESERVOIRS

Miller Lake was stocked last week with some of the largest trophy rainbow trout stocked in the Klamath Watershed District. Many of these trout are exceeding four pounds and excellent table fare. Fishing will be fair as most have been caught.

Most lakes and reservoirs in Lake County are experiencing extremely low water levels and some will not be stocked again. Make sure to look below for specific waterbodies.

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Yellow perch fishing in Crystal, Recreation, Fourmile and Williamson will start to get excellent this month.

Access to most rivers is closed due to the Bootleg Fire.

The Klamath district rainbow/redband trout fisheries are popular and anglers are asked to please review the new regulations that are in effect for 2021 and beyond. These regulations are intended to provide some protections while these populations are at historic low numbers and we move into extreme drought conditions.

The Wood and Lower Williamson Rivers remain the rivers to fish this week.

The Klamath River below JC Boyle Dam can also be good and will be excellent later this month. There is potential for maintenance on the JC Boyle Facilities the week of September 20 which will result in low, stable flows. Fishing and catch rates will be excellent during this time. 9/9/21

Deep Creek is the best areas to target redband trout this summer. Fish will be most active during early morning and late afternoons. As waters warm up, remember to use good catch-and-release techniques so you can enjoy these fish in the future.

RECENTLY STOCKED

Check out the 2021 trout stocking schedule.

TROUT STOCKING MAPS: Find your place to fish

Check out the ODFW fishing and trout stocking maps to find nearby fishing locations, driving directions and descriptions of amenities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: closures, special events, etc.

FIRE UPDATES

The Fremont-Winema National Forest is currently closed from Hwy 395 and Hwy 31 east to Hwy 97 and North of Hwy 140 due to the Bootleg fire. This encompasses forests near the towns of Lakeview, Paisley, Silver Lake, Bly and Chiloquin.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

AGENCY LAKE (including Straights): redband trout, yellow perch, brown trout

A few redband are starting to move around in Agency Lake due to improved water quality conditions. Fishing near the mouth of the Wood River is difficult due to low water levels and extensive aquatic vegetation growth.

Most redband are cruising and feeding on caddisflies (long-horned caddis black or tan), mayflies (Callibaetis and Caenis) and midges (light yellowish). Redband trout were rising pretty well around the mouth on Callibaetis on Aug. 31. Mayfly, caddisfly and midge hatches have been excellent this year. Best fishing is likely fly-fishing and casting to cruising fish due to the extensive vegetation, both floating and submerged.

Agency Lake regulations are catch-and-release for redband/rainbow trout with no bait allowed (artificial flies and lures only). The boundary of Agency Lake is the south end of the Straits. This change is due to record low spawning escapement for trophy redband trout throughout the Klamath Basin last year. ODFW also encourages the use of single barbless hooks in this fishery, not removing the fish from the water and using catch-and-release rubber nets.

Keep on the lookout for radio tagged redband trout. These fish must be released unharmed. The long antennae looks like fishing line coming from the abdomen. Last updated 9/1/21.

ANA RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, hybrid bass

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but there should be plenty of rainbow trout swimming around. Trolling lures or flies will do a great job catching fish in this clear reservoir. Bait fishing with PowerBait or worms is also a proven method for putting fish on a stringer.

Recent fishing reports suggest hybrid bass fishing has been hit or miss, which is very usual for these fish. Fly-fishing during the evening hours has been pretty good. Bait fishing for wipers is usually more successful, but trolling can be an effective method. Rapalas that imitate tui chub and rainbow trout, favorite food sources for hybrid bass, are good bets for catching these fish. On sunny days you will need to troll deeper than cloudy days. Last updated 8/4/21.

Read 12 tips for catching wipers in Ana Reservoir.

ANA RIVER: rainbow trout

Fly-fishing has been fair on the river. 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. Small blue-winged olive mayfly hatches are typically best on overcast days with light rain. Beadheads under a bobber work as well as stripping minnow patterns in low light conditions.

Tui chub are abundant in the river therefore casting large flies or lures can be effective for catching larger fish. Bait fishing is allowed and anglers can keep 5 trout. Early this spring an angler caught a hybrid bass in the river, which happens occasionally. Last updated 8/4/21.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Bait is allowed. Fishing in Annie Creek is slow due to cold water temperatures, low productivity and current high flows (38.9 cfs). Most of the creek is dominated by small brook trout up to 10 inches. Brown trout are rare and redband trout are highly unlikely in the catch. Please report any redband/rainbow trout caught in the creek to ODFW at 541-883-5732.

The creek is open year-round and bait is allowed. This might be worth a quick try with the kids during trips to Crater Lake National Park or in the area.

Access is available year-round 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. Last updated 9/9/21.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Anthony Lake is accessible, with some snow remaining along the shoreline. The water is still quite cold and the bite is slow. But with warmer weather in the forecast, the bite could pick up at any time. Last updated 6/16/20.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

With extreme temperatures at lower elevations, Balm Creek provides a good opportunity to escape the heat and go fishing higher up in the forest. Reports of good holdover trout in Balm Creek suggest there is a good chance fish in the 14- to 16-inch range can be caught. Last updated 7/14/21.

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

The reservoir is now dry but fishing for stranded fish downstream of the dam may be productive. Last updated 9/9/21<.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

No recent reports, water temperatures have dropped and are now holding below 70 degrees F at Page Springs.

If you are looking for a carp fishing opportunity there is still one week left to go carp fishing from Sodhouse Lane downstream to the bridge on Boat Landing Rd. on the Malheur National Wildlife refuge. This fishing opportunity closes Sept. 15. 

For information on river levels and water temperature visit the USGS water resources page by clicking here. Last updated 9/9/21.

BLUE LAKE: rainbow trout

Inaccessible due to fire.

Fishing was pretty good for trout in the 10- to 15-inch range last week. Fish were caught by trolling flies and casting from float tubes. Fish were actively rising for damsel flies and a few other insects on the surface. Using bait or casting lures can also be quite effective. The water is warm so wet wading is also an option. This is a great 2.5 mile hike into the Gearhart Wilderness. Access is available via the North Fork Sprague Trailhead. Last updated 7147/21.

BURNS POND: trout

Fishing for small rainbow trout has been good. There are also some largemouth bass available. Last updated 9/9/21.

BULLY CREEK RESERVOIR: bass, catfish, crappie, rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports

There was a fish die off in this reservoir likely due to poor water quality. Blue green algae (cyanobacteria) may also be present so avoid swimming and keep your pets out of the water. Last updated 9/9/21.

CAMPBELL LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Inaccessible due to fire.

This lake was stocked with 2,400 legal rainbow trout last week. The lake is already low for this time of year, but fishing should be good. Trolling flies and lures can be great ways to catch fish as well as drowning bait from the shore. If you want to target brook trout try fishing on the northwest side of the lake. Definitely a great place to beat the heat of summer. Last updated 7/14/21.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is partly on BLM property.. The reservoir is turbid but not as turbid as Devils Lake or other Great Basin Reservoirs.

There is no boat ramp on the Reservoir. Water levels are extremely low. No fishing report is available. Last updated 9/9/21.

CHERRY CREEK: brook trout and redband trout

Mosquitoes are not as bad as normal. Flows are low. Open all year. Water temperatures cold. This creek is very small; well-suited to fly-fishing. Brook trout are more abundant higher in the system. A very big fish in the creek is 10 inches. Water is crystal clear and habitat is exceptional. The Cherry Creek trail parallels the creek and leads to many productive wilderness lakes. One of the best waterfalls in the basin is just off the trail.

ODFW encourages unlimited harvest of brook trout and catch-and-release for the redband trout. Fishing is good for brook trout but mosquitoes will be bad. Last updated 7/28/21.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Inaccessible due to fire.

The water is already starting to approach summer flows due to the drought this year. As always casting small lures or flogging the water with flies can yield great results. There have been some large trees that have fallen into the river from the fire last year -- these might be holding some big redband trout right now.

Fishing will be best during early morning and late evening when temps are lower. Please use good catch-and-release techniques so we can enjoy these fish into the future.

Check the Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow website for current flow information. Last updated 7/14/21.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

Chickahominy Reservoir is now dry. Last updated 9/9/21.

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

Inaccessible due to road closures from Bootleg fire.

Fishing for brook trout should be good. Flows are low. Open all year. Bait is allowed. There is a campground and wilderness trails near the creek. The creek is dominated by brook trout mostly smaller than 8 inches. Last updated 9/9/21.

COTTONWOOD MEADOW LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Inaccessible due to fire.

There were some anglers that have done fairly well at this lake recently. Try and fish this soon before the water temperature gets too hot. Trolling flies and lures are the best ways to target rainbow trout in this lake. Although shallow in certain areas with vegetation looming from the depths, offerings above the weeds will connect you with some great fish. If bait fishing you may want to try and keep it high in the water column so it is not buried in the weeds. Last updated 7/14/21.

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

Opened to fishing through Oct. 31. Fishing is slow above Hwy 62 and anglers are reminded that no harvest of rainbow/redband trout is allowed in Crooked Creek. Brook trout can be found in the spring-fed beaver pond areas. Also, all radio tagged redband trout must be released unharmed. Redband trout will have what looks to be fishing line coming from the abdomen. These fish will be 6-18 inches long. Last updated 6/2/21.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Yellow perch fishing continues to be excellent this month. Be ready to move a lot until you find the schools of fish, then stay put. Use small hooks and small jigs for best fishing. A two jig set up can be affective.

Water temperatures are extreme on the water surface but much colder in deeper water, especially as you move closer to Malone Springs. Please release redband trout quickly and do not remove them from the water. Pushing them down to colder water can also help.

Crystal Creek opened to fishing on May 22. Anglers are reminded of the new regulation that only flies and artificial lures may be used. No bait allowed! Fishing should be fair for rainbow/redband trout but should pick up later in the year. Yellow perch fishing will likely pick up in late August and September. Last updated 9/9/21.

DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout

Inaccessible due to fire.

This lake was stocked recently with 2,400 legal rainbow trout. Fishing should be good whether you’re in a boat or on the shore. Trolling flies and lures can be great ways to catch fish as well as drowning bait from the shore. This is a great place to escape the heat this summer. Last updated 7/14/21.

DEEP CREEK: redband trout

The water is very low due to the drought this year. People wading into the river need to be sneakier than usual due to its bony nature. Try casting small lures or flies under bobbers to catch wary redband. Dry flies can be effective, but most of the feeding takes place under the surface.

The smaller headwater portions of Deep Creek can be great fishing at this time with cooler flowing water. Although the fish are smaller, there are lots of brook trout and redband trout. Brook trout are also more aggressive at taking dry flies off the surface.

Check the Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow website for current flow information. Last updated 8/25/21.

DELINTMENT LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but there should be plenty of trout available from stocking this past spring. Last updated 7/28/21.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Inaccessible due to road closures from Bootleg fire.

This creek is tiny and difficult to fish due to the canopy of alders. Flows are probably too low to effectively fish. Open all year. Most fish in the creek are less than 8 inches. Closed to fishing for bull trout. If you incidentally catch a bull trout, don’t remove it from the water as you release it.

There is a trail along the creek that heads into the Gearhart Wilderness. Bring your camera as these redband trout are gorgeous. This is one of the first redband trout illustrated by the well-known artist Joe Tomelleri. Last updated 7/14/21.

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

Recent fishing reports have been fair for anglers targeting yellow perch and brown bullheads. Using worms along the bottom seemed to be the most effective for these anglers. A small boat can really help when bait fishing for these species, but is not absolutely necessary. Last updated 8/25/21.

DUNCANRESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown bullhead catfish

Inaccessible due to fire.

This reservoir will hopefully dry up in order to kill all of the recently, and illegally, introduced brown bullhead and largemouth bass.

The number of trout at this once fantastic fishery has been declining due to the illegal introduction of both largemouth bass and brown bullhead. With continued introductions such as these, all fish species will end up becoming stunted and angler satisfaction declines. We will continue to monitor the fishery, but expect slow fishing unless it’s been stocked recently. Last updated 7/14/21.

Please report illegal fish introductions to 1-800-452-7888.

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

This lake was stocked last month with trophy rainbow trout.  Fishing for brook trout should also be good right now. Last updated 7/7/21

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

Fish Lake and camping around the lake is accessible, and provides some relief from valley temperatures with cool water and mountain views. Recent reports suggest the fish are biting – spinners, spoons, etc. have been effective. Last updated 7/14/21.

FORT CREEK: brown trout, redband trout, brook trout

Fort Creek opened to fishing on May 22 and anglers are reminded that it is catch-and-release only for rainbow/redband trout. Fishing is almost always slow due to the crystal clear, cold water. Try in early mornings or late evenings for best bet. Brown trout are the dominant fish in the lower Creek and small 8-inch brook trout dominate the headwaters.

Last updated 9/1/21.

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

Open all year and access is available year-round 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.

The creek is very slow moving with one beaver dam impounding the creek. Fishing should be slow in front of and behind the beaver dam. If you are adventurous enough, the hole where Fourmile Creek enters Fourmile Canal is great. Also, fish where the Cherry Creek channel hits Fourmile Creek. Bait is allowed.

The headwater springs at Fourmile and Jack Springs are very cold. Last updated 5/19/21.

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

Fourmile Lake will not be stocked this year. The USFS will be removing hazard trees from the campground and surrounding areas due to extensive beetle kill of the trees. There will likely no access to the lake at all this summer and fall. Please call the USFS office in Klamath Falls if you have questions regarding the closure (541-883-6714),

Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent fishing reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194. Last updated 6/16/21.

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

Open all year.

Targeting yellow perch continues to be your best bet. Fish sampling by Bureau of Reclamation has showed incredible densities of yellow perch. Fishing is also fair for crappie and brown bullhead catfish. A good place to start is the Ben Hall Creek arm of the reservoir near the boat dock. Use small hooks and bait for the perch as most are small sized with small mouths. The reservoir is 2 percent full.

Gerber Reservoir is a large turbid reservoir. Bank access is good. Launching boats might be impossible.

Most of the reservoir is on BLM property. Last updated 9/9/21.

HEART LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brown bullhead catfish

There have not been any recent fishing reports from this lake. It looks like very few rainbow trout held over from the winter due to brown bullhead competition. Trolling and bait fishing should be fair. Early and late times of day will be more productive.

Illegal introductions of brown bullhead catfish have been negatively impacting overwinter survival and the rainbow trout fishery. People have been catching small brown bullhead, but did catch some over 15 inches with worms last year. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead caught in this fishery. Last updated 8/25/21.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is almost completely dry. Last updated 8/25/21.

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

A few largemouth bass and crappie are being caught.

Past net sampling showed some large yellow perch in the reservoir above the bridge crossing. Highest catch of all fish was above Topsy Bridge.

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. Last updated 9/9/21.

UPPER KLAMATH LAKE: native redband trout, yellow perch, kokanee, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, tui chub and blue chub

Open all year. Water quality is improving and a redband trout was captured Aug. 21 in Shoalwater Bay. Redband trout are starting to move back into the main part of Upper Klamath Lake. Water levels are low in Pelican Bay.

Boat ramps are open. This includes Moore Park, Rocky Point, Wocus Bay and Eagle Ridge.  Currently, most boat anglers are fishing near Rocky Point area and Pelican Bay

Hagelstein Park boat ramp, restroom and day use is now open. However, the lake level is low therefore getting a boat out of Hagelstein might be challenging. Please remember that nets of any type cannot be used to catch any species of fish. This includes minnows to use for bait.

ODFW encourages catch-and-release on this fishery due to record low spawning numbers last year and low numbers two years prior. Please fight your fish quickly and then release your fish immediately without removing it from the water. Releasing fish is easier with barbless hooks.  

The lake is 4.7 feet below full pool and 32 percent full.

Please remember that once you retain your one redband/rainbow trout limit you must stop fishing for redband/rainbow trout. Also, all radio tagged redband trout must be released unharmed. Redband trout will have what looks to be fishing line coming from the abdomen. These fish will be 6-18 inches long. Last updated 9/9/21.

KLAMATH RIVER: native redband trout, rainbow trout, brown trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

This section closed June 16 and will reopen Oct. 1. This closure is due to extremely high water temperatures (80 degrees) that occur in this section of the river in the summer. ODFW expects good fishing on the opener on Oct. 1. Last updated 9/9/21.

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

Open all year. Flows are low and stable. Catch rates should be good. 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.

Use small flies as fish are small in this section. Good hatches of caddisflies are occurring. Dry fly fishing will be good. Golden stoneflies should be hatching.

There is good access at the powerhouse. Park and walk upstream. This area is fished hard but you can hike to get away from the pressure. Hiking or wading upstream is difficult. Small nymphs such as pheasant tails and prince nymphs work well in this section. Small black Panther Martins or Rooster Tails work well cast upstream into the deeper pools. Last updated 6/16/21.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Open all year. Catch rates are high during low flow periods. Flows are mostly high during the day. Best fishing is before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. There is potential for stable flow of 700 cfs for the week of September 20. Fishing will be excellent during this time.

Best fishing is when flows are less than 900 cfs. Flow estimates are available and you can check them at PacifiCorp Weekly Flow Estimates. You can also call the flow line at 1-800-547-1501. Flows will lower this week on Wednesday until late afternoon. Fishing can be excellent this time of year if flows are fishable. Blue winged olive mayflies are hatching, which will provide some nice match the hatch dry fly fishing. The mayflies typically hatch from noon until four. Look to the backwater eddies and foam lines for rising fish.

Large attractor flies such and wooly buggers, bead head prince, stimulators, and rubber leg stoneflies under a strike indicator work best this time of year. Olive and black wooly buggers almost always work well. Black spinners and Panther Martins can also work.

Below the JC Boyle Powerhouse the redband/rainbow trout get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed 16 inches. Currently, most redband caught are in the 10- to 14-inch range. Last updated 9/9/21.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

No recent reports. There are likely some tagged trophy trout and native redband trout still available.

There may be cyanobacteria present so avoid swimming and keep your pets out of the water if you notice blue green stains on the rocks or shoreline. For more information on toxic algae blooms click here.

If you catch a tagged trout please report it here: MyODFW.com/tagteam. Last updated 9/9/21.

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

Fishing will be slow for trout as most stocked rainbow trout will move to deeper water. You’ll need to get your lures down to about 15 feet with lead core line or downriggers. Much of the Fourmile Lake allotment of hatchery fish will be stocked here. Lake of the Woods was heavily stocked with trophy (18 inches) and legal rainbow trout (10 inches) this year. Best fishing is from a boat. Open all year.  

Fishing will be getting good for many of the warmwater species in the lake. This is a good time to chase largemouth bass in the lake. Smallmouth bass are more common west of the Lodge near the rocky areas of the lake. Fishing for yellow perch will be your best bet. The lake is dominated by stunted yellow perch. Very small bait and hooks will catch these fish. Even a few crappie are showing up in the catch.

You can also visit their website to observe current conditions at the lake. Click on the left side video link for a live video of current conditions on the lake at the Lodge. Last updated 9/9/21.

LINK RIVER: redband/rainbow trout

No recent report. Most redband trout have moved out of the Link River but return in late October

Fishing regulations for the Link River changed on Jan. 1, 2021. New regulations include catch-and-release for redband/rainbow trout and no bait allowed (artificial flies and lures only). This change is due to record low spawning escapement for trophy redband trout throughout the Klamath Basin. ODFW also encourages the use of single barbless hooks in this fishery, not removing fish from the water and catch-and-release rubber nets. Last updated 9/9/21.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There has not been much fishing activity at this lake due to the smoke from nearby fires. Fish have been observed rising throughout the day, but larger fish are more likely caught deeper in this reservoir. Boats can be launched but know that the boat ramp is a quite a few feet out of water. Like most lakes, trolling with lures and flies are great options to load up your cooler. If casting from the shore is more of your cup o’ tea, then you can reach most of the water around this reservoir. The handicap fishing pier is not available, and the Forest Service will be trying to build a new fishing pier in 2022. Also, the dilapidated dock has been removed and will hopefully be replaced soon. Last updated 8/25/21.

LONG CREEK: brook trout, redband trout, bull trout

Access is difficult but the upper part of Long Creek did not burn as part of the Bootleg Fire. Most roads are closed.

Fishing should be good for brook trout in the beaver pond areas. Brook trout are very abundant in the creek and some get very big.

Open all year. Long Creek is located above Sycan Marsh coming off Yamsi Mountain. There is ample water to fish on Green Diamond property.

Brook trout can reach up to 20 inches in the creek. ODFW encourages unlimited harvest of brook trout in the creek.. Make sure you know the difference between bull trout and brook trout. Bull trout are exceedingly rare. Last updated 9/9/21.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

Malheur Reservoir is now quite low but fishing may be great for rainbow trout. Last updated 9/9/21.

MANN LAKE:

The lake is currently fishless.

MILLER LAKE: brown, rainbow, brook trout, kokanee

Fishing is excellent as the lake has been heavily stocked with 12- to 14-inch rainbow trout and trophy rainbow trout. Very large trophy rainbow trout were stocked on Tuesday, Aug. 31. Fishing will be slow for brown trout and kokanee. Most kokanee are under 8 inches. There is ample room to bank fish. There is an excellent campground, boat ramp and swim beach on the lake as well.

The road into the lake is washboard and in horrible condition. Bring spare tires and travel extremely slowly if hauling a boat trailer. Last updated 9/1/21.

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

Bass fishing has been good recently. Fishing from the Honeycombs down to the dam would be a good bet.

No reports on catfishing success but anglers targeting catfish may have better luck in the upper reservoir.

While crappie fishing has been good throughout the reservoir, anglers have reported catching larger crappie in the upper reservoir. If you observe any dead crappie or fish with red lesions on their body please report them by phone to 541-589-5372.

There is a health advisory in effect for consuming all fish caught in this waterbody.  For more information click here to view fish consumption guidelines set by the Oregon Health Authority.

There may be cyanobacteria present in the upper reservoir so avoid swimming and keep your pets out of the water if you notice blue green stains on the rocks or shoreline For more information on toxic algae blooms click here.

The reservoir is now 36 percent full; view boat ramp elevations click here. Last updated 7/7/21

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

No recent reports.

Avoid over-playing a hooked fish as they are expending a lot of energy and it will take a lot longer for them to recover. Last updated 7/28/21.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

BAG LIMITS AND SIZE LIMITS FOR ALL SPECIES (see exceptions) HAVE BEEN LIFTED FROM July 15 through Sept 6 (exceptions: tiger musky and bull trout must be released unharmed). This temporary rule change has been put into effect due to extreme drought conditions, and consistently elevated air and water temperatures, presenting a high potential for a fish kill to occur.

Phillips Reservoir water levels are sustaining at the lowest level seen in its 56-year history. NOTES:

  • These same temporary rule changes are also in effect for the Powder River between Thief Valley Reservoir and Phillips Reservoir.
  • Those looking to launch a boat should avoid the Union Creek Campground boat launch as the water level is far below the launch – please use the boat ramp near Mason Dam. Last updated 7/14/21.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout

Pilcher Reservoir has been fishing decent as of late with a few reports of people catching good numbers of trout. Last updated6/16/21.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR (Grant County): rainbow trout

No recent reports. Last updated 7/28/21.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie

Anglers have reported catching some nice crappie this spring, but trout fishing has been slow recently. Last updated 4/21/21.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports at this reservoir, and it appears that it is too low for any fish to survive.

Priday Reservoir is on some BLM property, but most of the reservoir lies on private property. Please respect the area by staying on main roads and by cleaning up after yourselves and others to enjoy this fishery into the future. Last updated 8/25/21.

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Sevenmile is a very cold and clear creek. Fishing for brook trout is best in the beaver dam pools above Nicholson Road. Fishing will be good if you can find the concentrations of brook trout staging for spawning. Most brook trout captured are less than 12 inches.

Open all year. Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. There are currently large beaver dam pools immediately upstream of the bridge. This might be worth a look. Last updated 9/1/21.

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

All lakes were stocked this summer by helicopter with 3-inch rainbow trout from the Crane Prairie stock.

All lakes are accessible. Mosquitoes are not as bad as usual. Fishing is excellent at some lakes. Best lakes to catch fish are Clover, Como, Harriette, Echo, Weston and South Pass in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness and Sonya, Margurette and Isherwood in the Sky Lakes Wilderness.

Best lakes for brook trout are Badger Lake (Sky Lakes Wilderness), which is a short hike from Fourmile Lake, Echo Lake and Clover Lake (Mountain Lakes Wilderness).

The biggest trout come from the bigger and deeper lakes of Harriette, Isherwood and Margurette. Last updated 8/4/21.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Fishing will be fair for very small trout mostly under 8 inches. Flows are at record low levels. Last updated 7/14/21.

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

Fishing for trout is not recommended in most areas. Fishing is slow for redband trout with an occasional brown trout, as flows are low and water temperatures very warm in most of the river. Most fish in the Sprague currently are small, so small spinners and spoons work well. Redband trout from 6-18 inches dominate the catch. There is ample public property on the Sprague River to fish. Best fishing is from a boat near Beatty. 

Also, all radio tagged redband trout must be released unharmed. Redband trout will have what looks to be fishing line coming from the abdomen. These fish will be 6-18 inches in length.

Yellow perch fishing can be good in the S’Ocholis Canyon area above Saddle Mountain Pit-Road Bridge and above the town of Sprague River. A few bass occur in the backwater areas of the river as well.

Regulations have changed. Only one redband/rainbow trout can be kept with a 15-inch minimum length. This change is due to record low spawning escapement for trophy redband trout throughout the Klamath Basin. ODFW also encourages the use of single barbless hooks in this fishery, not removing fish from the water and catch-and-release rubber nets. Last updated 9/1/21.

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

Inaccessible due to road closures from Bootleg fire.

Access is difficult but the upper part of Long Creek did not burn as part of the Bootleg Fire. Most roads are closed.

Fishing should be good for brook trout in the beaver pond areas. Brook trout are very abundant in the creek and some get very big.

Open all year. Long Creek is located above Sycan Marsh coming off Yamsi Mountain. There is ample water to fish on Green Diamond property.

Brook trout can reach up to 20 inches in the creek. ODFW encourages unlimited harvest of brook trout in the creek.. Make sure you know the difference between bull trout and brook trout. Bull trout are exceedingly rare. Last updated 9/7/21.

The NF Sprague is open year-round. Flows have dropped significantly to around 33 cfs . Fishing is great for brook trout, redband trout and the occasional large brown trout. Most of the river is freestone pocket water. Dry fly fishing in the pocket water can be excellent. Caddisfly and stonefly dry fly patterns can work well. Brook trout are more common as you head upriver towards the headwaters. Brown trout are most common in the canyon area near the elbow, especially near Boulder Creek.

The river above the elbow is fast moving turbulent water flowing through a canyon. Above Sandhill Crossing the river flows slowly through meadow habitat with lodgepole pine trees providing instream cover. The section from Sandhill Crossing downstream provide a little bit of all the habitat types with good numbers of brook, brown and redband trout.

Check stream level. The river is also very clear in this section. Last updated 7/14/21.

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

The South Fork is closed along the FS34 road but sections are open below the condfluence of Whitworth Creek.Flows are near record low. Fishing is best near Blaisdell for redband trout. Fishing should be fair. Last updated 9/9/21.

Check stream level.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout, redband trout

Fishing not recommended at this time. Flows are at 11 cfs.

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 remains low. Recent electrofishing found low number of brook trout, brown trout and redband trout. The largest fish was 11 inches. Fish size and density remain low. Last updated 7/28/21.

Check stream level.

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. ODFW encourages release of all redband trout. The Sun Creek channel has been rerouted into the historic channel and is connected to the Wood River below Kimball State Park.

If you fish here, make sure you know your fish species really well. If you don’t know then let it go.

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

Inaccessible due to fire.

Inaccessible due to road closures from Bootleg fire.

Open all year. Brook trout are quite abundant as you head towards the headwaters. Fishing for redband trout should be fair near Rock Creek campground and excellent for brook trout upstream.

Fishing below the Sycan Marsh is not recommended at this time. Last updated 7/28/21.

Check stream levels.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

BAG LIMITS AND SIZE LIMITS FOR ALL SPECIES IN THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR HAVE BEEN LIFTED FROM July 15 through Sept 6. This temporary rule change has been put into effect due to reports that Thief Valley Reservoir will be drained completely by Aug. 1. Please note that these same temporary rule changes are also in effect for the Powder River between Thief Valley Reservoir and Phillips Reservoir. All bull trout must be released unharmed. Last updated 7/14/21.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Inaccessible due to fire.

This reservoir will not be stocked again this year due to water level. The reservoir is already at dead pool. It should be fairly easy to catch trout with lots of fish in a very limited amount of water. You can still launch a small boat by backing down the bank and pulling it off the trailer. There are also largemouth bass in this reservoir and fishing can be good at this time of year along any structure. Last updated 7/14/21.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

Water Level at Unity Reservoir remains high, allowing for boat access. Anglers have reported decent catches of trout and smallmouth bass. Last updated 6/16/21.

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

Warm Springs reservoir is now dry. There may be some stranded fish available in pooled water downstream of the dam and in the mudflats upstream of the dam. Last updated 9/9/21.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but this is an excellent place to put in a float tube and fly-fish for beautiful rainbow trout. At this time of the year, it will be difficult to fish unless you’re in a float tube. The Warner Valley views are amazing at this pond so go check it out. A 4-wheel drive vehicle might be needed due to steep road access. Last updated 8/25/21.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

Fishing has been good. Grasshoppers are  thinning out. Grasshopper dry fly patterns have been productive. Flows are very low this time of year. Hatches in poor water years are not as productive as good water years. Best bet is to pay to fish on the Yamsi or Sand Creek Ranch. Look for hatches of small mayflies such as BWO’s and Mahogany Duns.

Only one single point hook will be allowed beginning April 22. This change is due to record low spawning escapement for trophy redband trout throughout the Klamath Basin. ODFW also encourages the use of barbless hooks in this fishery and catch-and-release rubber nets. Last updated 9/9/21.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

No treble hooks allowed! Very small mayflies are hatching and fish are feeding on them in certain locations.

Open to fishing through Oct. 31. Flows are very low. Fishing is good. When fly-fishing use long, light leaders and clear fly lines for best success. Caddis flies and many small mayfly species are hatching. Flies mimicking small mayfly nymphs can work well.

Regulations have changed on the Williamson River. Only one single point hook is allowed. This change is due to record low spawning escapement for trophy redband trout throughout the Klamath Basin in the spawning season of 2019-2020. ODFW also encourages the use of single barbless hooks in this fishery, not removing fish from the water and catch-and-release rubber nets.

Also, all radio tagged redband trout must be released unharmed. Redband trout will have what looks to be fishing line coming from the abdomen. These fish will be 6-18 inches long. Last updated 9//21.

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

Conditions are unknown. Try the Antelope Creek confluence or the shallow weed beds near the dam. Best fished from a boat if you can launch

Willow Valley is a very turbid, desert reservoir. Bass and crappie can be found at the habitat structures placed by BLM and ODFW in the past. Yellow perch are prolific in the reservoir but stunted. Last updated 6/23/21.

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

One of the best bets for fishing right now due to the quantity and quality of the spring fed water.

Petric Canal is considered part of the Wood River and is catch-and-release for redband trout. Fishing is good throughout the river below the town of Fort Klamath to the mouth.

Best section is from Fort Klamath to Weed Road for brown trout. Grasshoppers are thinning out. Small mayflies are hatching and matching them can result in catching some of the smaller brown trout.

Using grasshopper dry fly patterns is likely the best method for catching brown trout. Best fishing is from a boat. Rapalas and spoons work well for brown trout as well. There is ample public property to fish on the Wood River at the BLM Wetland but access to the river is difficult due to an excellent riparian area.

Most boats launch at Weed Road and float to Petric Canal take out. Fishing kayaks can be launched at all the road crossings, the USFS day use area or Kimball State Park. The float from Fort Klamath to Weed Road can be productive but there are numerous dams and obstacles that need portaged. A typical drift boat cannot make it under the bridges. Water temperatures are still very cold, therefore there’s not much activity in the upper river.

Also, all radio tagged redband trout must be released unharmed. Redband trout will have what looks to be fishing line coming from the abdomen. These fish will be 6-18 inches in length. Last updated 9/9/21.

YELLOWJACKET RESERVOIR: trout

No recent reports.

If you catch a tagged trout please report it here: MyODFW.com/tagteam.  Last updated 7/28/21.