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To give hunters more time to report their hunts in the new electronic licensing system, the deadline to report 2018 hunts has been extended to April 15, 2019.

The 1 steelhead bag limit on several NE creeks and rivers, set to expire on Dec. 31, has been extended through April 30, 2019.

Recreation Report

Southeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of February 13, 2019

These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Fly-fishers can target redband trout on the Blitzen River throughout the year. Large streamers and other nypmhs work well anytime. There also are periodic hatches, so keep a selection of dry flies handy.
  • Anglers are starting to target hybrid bass on Ana Reservoir.
  • The best bets in the Klamath Basin for Free Fishing Weekend on 16-17 February is ice fishing at Lake of the Woods or Trout Fishing on the Klamath River below JC Boyle Dam.
  • The recent cold snap has firmed up ice conditions on many waterbodies. Anglers have been on the ice and catching fish throughout the zone.

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

2019 trout stocking schedule

Get a jump on planning your 2019 trout fishing adventures. The 2019 weekly trout stocking schedule is now posted on MyODFW.com.

Ice fishing safety

With several water bodies beginning to ice over, anglers need to be cautious during first-ice conditions. Take the following precautions: use the “buddy system,” wear a PFD in case of thin ice, carry a throw-rope, and use a heavy metal staff to check for thin-ice. The Minnesota DNR has developed guidelines for ice thickness and other safety tips.

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

Anglers have started targeting hybrid bass, but there have not been any recent fishing reports. The reservoir has been drawn down about 5 feet and is ice free all winter. Small boats shouldn’t have a problem launching. Bait fishing and trolling can both be productive at this reservoir. People can also do well fly-fishing with leech and minnow imitations.

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.

Another 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.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing was fair two weeks ago with rainbow trout 8- to 16-inches long. Fish were rising for flies midday as usual. Small beadhead flies will be the most effective, but small dry flies and leech patterns will work. Lure and bait fishing can also catch plenty of fish.

Ana River is a great year-round fishery with a rainbow trout limit of 5 fish with an 8-inch minimum length. The Ana River is spring fed at 58F 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.

­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. 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 very slow due to cold water temperatures and low productivity. 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. Fishing with bait allowed.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake is ice and snow covered and access is limited.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fall fish sampling by ODFW indicated that trout numbers are very good, and they are in great condition, running 8- to 15-inches long.

The reservoir is ice covered and access limited to snowmobiles.

BECK KIWANIS POND (aka Beckers Pond): rainbow trout, Largemouth bass, bluegill

The pond was stocked the week of Oct. 8 with 10-to 12-inch rainbow trout. Bass and bluegill are naturally reproducing in the pond and available for anglers as well.

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

Current conditions are unknown.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is dry.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The gage above Page Springs campground shows water flows range from the upper 20s to mid-30s cfs as of Jan. 7. Water temperatures are hovering around the low-30s and ice may be present in some areas. Check this link to the Blitzen gage.

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.

BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): hatchery rainbow trout

Access is unavailable and the lake is iced over.

BURNS GRAVEL POND: trout, bass

Ice on the pond is currently 4- to - inches thick. Anglers have been fishing but success is unknown.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

Flash flooding occurred in this area the fall of 2017 and again in June of 2018. For more information contact the Wallowa Whitman National Forest.

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

Access likely blocked by snow. 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. Fishing is likely slow.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Access is available to snowmobiles and the lake is frozen.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is frozen. Best fishing is near the dam and near the overhanging willows.

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.

CHERRY CREEK: brook trout and redband trout

Open all year, but access is limited by snow. Cherry Creek is a gorgeous small stream flowing from the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Fishing is slow for brook trout up to 10-inches. Some nice beautiful little redband trout are available as well. Take the road to the Cherry Creek trailhead. Instream habitat is excellent. Water is crystal clear so fish can be spooky when late season flows are low. Small dry flies and very small spinners work best.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Access is available, but the river is mostly covered in ice.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

On Jan. 4, the ice was 4- to 5-inches and solid. Anglers have been fishing and reported slow fishing for 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout. Weather is expected warm and may bring some rain this week that may cause ice conditions to change.

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

Access is blocked by snow. Brook trout fishing is slow as water temperatures are near freezing. Open all year. 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. Access is good and is immediately off the paved FS 34 road.

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

Access is available only to snowmobiles and the lake is frozen. Fishing can be very good on the ice for large rainbow trout.

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

No recent fishing reports but fishing will probably be slow. About 300 crappie were transplanted from Owyhee Reservoir to Upper Cow Lake in June in an effort to increase crappie numbers in the lake. ODFW will continue to monitor conditions in the Cow Lakes to hopefully improve the fishery. 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.

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

Closed to fishing until May 22 to protect spawning redband trout.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Closed until May 22 to protect spawning redband trout.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available to snowmobiles and the lake is frozen.

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

Access is available along Hwy 140, but the river is mostly covered in ice.

Check the Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow website for current flow information.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

Access to the lake is unknown at this time, but it is likely accessible only by snowmobile.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Open all year, but access is blocked by snow. Most fish in the creek are less than 8-inches. 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

The reservoir is frozen. Small yellow perch dominate the catch. Open all year. Access is available along the Fishhole Creek road. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please clean up and respect this property.

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

Perch fishing was good this past week, but with snow accumulation it is unlikely 4 wheel drive vehicles will have access this weekend. The lake was reported to have 6 inches of ice two weeks ago, but please use caution.

Most anglers target yellow perch and largemouth bass on this lake, but crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead and redband trout also are present. Only one rainbow trout per day, 15-inch minimum length may be harvested.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout and brown bullhead catfish

There have not been any recent fishing reports and it is more than likely iced over.

Eight campsites are available at this BLM reservoir.

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout; brook trout

No report. The Eagle Creek area becomes inaccessible this time of year due to snow.

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

The lake is not accessible by automobile due to snow and should be fully ice-covered.

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Closed until May 22 to protect spawning redband trout

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

Open all year. 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. Bait is allowed.

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

Access blocked by snow.

Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent fishing reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake is ice and snow covered and access is limited to snowmobile.

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

Ice conditions are unknown.. Open all year. Most yellow perch are small but a few 14-inchers have been caught. A few largemouth bass and brown bullhead are also being captured. Most crappie are likely suspended in deeper water.

Bureau of Reclamation biologists sampled the reservoir last year. Good numbers of crappie in the 10-inch range and some up to 14-inches have been captured. Largemouth bass catch rates in the nets were unusually high with five captured per net set. Yellow perch were also common with some up to 14-inches.

The reservoir is 60 percent full. With current lake levels ODFW expects another good crappie fishery in 2019.

Gerber Reservoir is a turbid reservoir. Bank access is good. Several boat ramps exist on the reservoir. Large bass boats can be launched at the Ben Hall Creek ramp. Most of the reservoir is on BLM property. A campground and fish cleaning facilities exist.

HAINES POND: hatchery rainbow trout

The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout the week of Oct. 8. The pond is ice-covered.

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

Access is available only to snowmobiles and the lake is frozen.

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 caught in this fishery.

HIGHWAY 203 POND: rainbow trout, panfish, bass

The pond is ice-covered.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available only to snowmobiles and the lake is frozen. There should be a lot of holdover trout in this reservoir.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Access is likely blocked by snow. 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

Fishing is slow for all warmwater fish. Yellow perch are your best bet but they are not common in the reservoir. Abundant aquatic vegetation makes fish challenging in certain areas.

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

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

Both Upper Klamath and Agency Lake are freezing and thawing almost on a daily basis. Shoalwater Bay is likely frozen. Most boat ramps are accessible but most boat docks have not been placed. The Petric Park Boat Ramp Area is still frozen. Fishing is very slow. Most anglers are bank fishing using dead minnows. The lake is 2.3 feet below full pool.

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.

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

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

Catch rates are low due to very cold water temperatures (36.5 F). Access will be challenging due to snowy roads. Flows are low and fishable at 545 cfs. Redband trout typically eat a varied diet in this reach. This includes eating large numbers of fat head minnows. Flies and lures that mimic minnows and sculpins work best this time of year. Also, this river has very abundant caddisflies and mayflies. Caddis larvae and pupae patterns work well. There are a large number of redband trout in the 12- to 16-inch size class. Eighteen-inch redband trout are also common.

Wading this stretch is very challenging. ODFW highly recommends wading staff, wading belt, and boots with studs. Wearing polarized glasses can also assist with wading and seeing the bottom substrate.

There have been a few reports of brown trout captured in this reach. If you catch a brown trout please take a picture and report to the Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732 ext. 24.

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

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 slow for small redband trout for those willing to hike. Water temperatures in this reach are much higher this time of the year due to this reach being dominated by springs. 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.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Open all year but access will be challenging due to muddy and snowy roads. Only 4X4 vehicles with excellent tires are recommended. Fishing success can be good depending on how flows are managed. Currently, flows are being kept stable all day around 710 cfs. In this case, fishing can be good in the afternoon when water temperatures increase. Expect good hatches of blue winged olive mayflies in the afternoon. Catch rates are still low but at these flows fishing is worth the effort. Flow estimates have been discontinued until next spring.

Crayfish, isopods and aquatic annelids were found to be the most common food item along the margins of the river. Large attractor flies such and wooly buggers and rubber leg stoneflies work best. Crayfish imitations are also productive. 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.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

Conditions are unknown, however with recent warmer weather and rain there may be some open water. Ice fishing is prohibited, but bank or boat fishing is allowed all year. The Malheur NWR may close a gate about 1 mile from the reservoir if conditions are icy.

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

The lake is frozen and anglers are ice fishing. Small yellow perch dominate the catch.

Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports and the condition of the ice Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available only to snowmobiles and the lake is frozen.

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

Open all year but access is blocked by snow. Brook trout are abundant and catch rates are high in the meadow and beaver pond area of the creek. Currently, anglers are catching lots of brook trout.

Most of Long Creek is on Green Diamond property and open to fishing

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

Open and accessible all year. Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is slow. Access is available off Crystal Springs Road. The bridge crossing the river at Crystal Springs Road has good fishing access. Fishing from the bridge is allowed.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available for snowmobiles but ice thickness is unknown.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Anglers report seven inches of ice at the reservoir and the Ontario ODFW Office has received reports from local anglers who are ice fishing the reservoir and having good success for fish up to 18-inches or more.

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

Fish at the lake are at low densities and may not even be in the reservoir due to low water levels. Low water levels make it difficult for fish to survive low dissolved oxygen levels during the winter and warm water temperatures in the summer. Although the region had at least an average winter in 2016/2017, it still wasn’t enough to fill the lake and recharge the groundwater. Winter snow and rain has been sparse so far this year and it isn’t looking promising for water to fill Mann Lake…at least currently. There is no water right for the lake and ODFW is discussing with the ranch the possibility of allowing some water to reach the lake.

Conditions haven’t improved and it is unknown if stocking will occur in 2019.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Access is available to snowmobiles and the pond is frozen.

MILLER CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout

Snow is likely blocking access. Access is available by snowmobile. The flow is very low at the outlet of Miller Lake and flows are low throughout the creek. Fishing is challenging due to low flow. Bait is allowed.

MILLER LAKE: brown, rainbow, brook trout, kokanee

Snow is likely blocking access. Access is available via snowmobile. Catches in the trap net in the fall of 2018 resulted in a record catch of brown trout. Over 345 were caught in the net. The previous record was 177. All these fish were released alive. Average length was 18-inches with many three-year-old brown trout at 14- to 16-inches. The largest brown trout was 29 inches. Brown trout were also abundant at the mouth of Evening Creek.

Camping is now free but the water is shut off, there are no garbage facilities and the boat dock has been taken out. Call the Chemult USFS office at 541-365-7001 for more information.

If you access by snowmobile the best fishing areas are near the mouth of Evening Creek or towards the outlet near the flats. Please be on the lookout for lamprey wounds on the trout. If you see any lamprey wounds on trout please take a picture and call ODFW at 541-883-5732 ext. 24.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is very low and will more than likely not overwinter trout.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No fishing report.

NORTH PINE CREEK: rainbow trout, brook trout

No report.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout the week of Oct. 8. The pond is ice-covered.

OBENCHAIN RESERVOIR: bluegill, largemouth bass

This reservoir is frozen and not safe for ice fishing.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available only to snowmobiles and the lake is frozen.

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

Fishing for rainbow trout is possible, but may be slow. Fishing for warmwater species (i.e. bass or crappie) will be slow due to cold water temperatures.

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

Irrigation water has been shut off and flows are around 26 cfs as of Jan. 7. No recent fishing reports. ATTENTION ANGLERS – Fishing for brown trout is catch-and-release only; harvest of rainbow trout is allowed.

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 fall fishing for smallmouth bass can be good. Fishing will slow as water temperatures are more consistently in the 40s.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

Current reservoir storage is at 9 percent of capacity. The reservoir is fully ice-covered and ice fishing is underway.

The perch are larger this year, averaging about 9-inches. Rainbows range from 10- to 20-inches.

Construction of the new boat launch surface at the Mason Dam Boat Launch is now complete and the launch has re-opened to public access. Access has been good, but may be impacted by recent snowfall.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Ice fishing is now underway and rainbow trout fishing has been good. Ice thickness is 12- to 14-inches. Fall sampling by ODFW shows that good numbers of rainbow trout and black crappie are available. Rainbows range from 8- to 15-inches and black crappie from 6- to 13-inches.

Access has been good, but may be impacted by recent snowfall. 4WD vehicles are advised for accessing the reservoir as conditions can change quickly.

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

No report.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available, the lake is frozen and there haven’t been any fishing reports.

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

There was thin ice and open water when the reservoir was checked on Dec. 7, but it should not be considered safe to access for ice fishing. Conditions haven’t changed much since Dec. 7, however open water may make fishing possible.

This is a reservoir that is located completely on private property and access is granted through the landowner. Please be respectful pick up trash and do not block the road.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. There’s ice along the edges below Mason Dam and flows are moderate.

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in the Powder River, ODFW marked some 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.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available and the ice thickness is unknown. Fishing should be good when the ice is thicker or the reservoir is ice-free as there were plenty of fish sampled in November.

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

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available only to snowmobiles and the pond is frozen.

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. 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. Fishing for brook trout is very slow. Access is challenging due to snow.

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

Fishing is not recommended at this time. Access to all wilderness lakes is very challenging due to snow on the trail and many of the lakes are frozen.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available for 4WD vehicles. Anglers reported slow fishing three weeks ago.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is unknown, but the reservoir is likely frozen.

Smith Reservoir (Bryant Mountain): brown bullhead, yellow perch, crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish

The reservoir is frozen.

This reservoir is on BLM property near the town of Bonanza. The BLM is currently working on improving fish habitat in the reservoir.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is dry.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Closed until May 22, 2019 to protect spawning redband trout.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Closed until May 22, 2019 to protect spawning redband trout.

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

Closed until April 22, 2019 to protect spawning redband trout.

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

Open all year but snow will limit access to most areas on public land. Fishing is slow for redband trout and brown trout. Sculpins are very abundant in the river therefore sculpin patterns can work well for large redband and brown trout. Fishing streamers or spinners is the best method right now as water temperatures have cooled. Check stream level. The river is also very clear in this section. Flows are high.

Best fishing is upstream of the 3411 road to Gearhart Creek. Access to this area can be difficult, as is wading through the high gradient areas. Larger brown trout and redband trout occur in this section.

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

The South Fork Sprague River is open to fishingall year. Most public land is inaccessible due to snow.. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities.

Flow has dropped at the USFS day use park east of Bly. Check stream level.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

The gate to Sun Pass State Forest is closed. 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. Past electrofishing only found one brook trout that was over 8-inches. Fish size and density was low. 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. 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 but access is challenging due to snow. Fishing is very slow below the marsh. Check stream levels.

Above the Sycan Marsh access is limited due to snow.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Access is available only to snowmobiles and ice thickness is unknown.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was fully drained by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District in late August 2018 and, as a result, most fish in the reservoir were lost.

The reservoir will be restocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout in April of 2018, after the reservoir refills.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

TWIN LAKES (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout

No Report. The lake is no longer accessible by automobile and should be fully ice-covered.

UNITY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at 33 percent of capacity and should be fully ice-covered.

No recent fishing reports.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available only to snowmobiles and the lake is frozen.

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

Some anglers have reported success in the reservoir and immediately below (pool hole) the reservoir for warmwater fish. The reservoir is currently at minimum pool this year. Ice is likely forming, but conditions are not known. It probably needs a few more weeks of cold weather to form ice that will allow for ice fishing. Access roads are muddy due to recent rain and snow storms. Drive carefully as vehicles traveling these roads could get stuck in the mud.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available, and the pond is frozen. Anglers have reported catching some nice fish through the ice last month. Be very careful walking near the dock as the ice is fairly thin in that area. Use caution.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

Closed until April 22 to protect spawning redband trout.

Check stream levels.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

Closed until May 22 to protect spawning redband trout.

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

Conditions at the reservoir are unknown. Any ice on the reservoir is likely not safe for ice fishing.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

Ice fishing is now underway and the ice is 8- to 10-inches thick. Fishing has been good for rainbow trout 11- to 15-inches. Access has been good, but will be impacted by recent snowfall.

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

Closed until April 22 to protect spawning redband trout.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

A recent (Dec. 17) check of ice conditions found 6 inches of ice on the lake; however, there are some soft/thin areas of ice at the edges. Fair-size trout (11- to 12-inches) were eager to bit tiny “ice flies/jigs” during a check of ice conditions. Larger trout (15-inches or more) are available.