Regulation Updates as of May 17, 2021
Please see for permanent regulations.
- April 14 through October 10, 2021: For 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
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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.
Trout stocking is underway at several area lakes and ponds. In addition, many of these locations will have holdover trout from last year’s stocking. These fish have been in the water long enough to have put on some size, and to key in on natural food sources. Selecting flies or lures that mimic these food sources can be effective.
Bass and panfish anglers should start keeping an eye on water temperatures. Once they reach 50 degrees, you can expect these fish to become more active. Look for them to start moving into the shallows in anticipation of spawning.
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.
Lakes and ponds to fish this week:
- The best bets for family-friendly fishing continue to be Lake of Woods and Lofton Reservoir. 6/2/21
- Crappie fisheries should begin to peak with the warmer weather – check out Gerber Reservoir. 6/2/21
- Fishing for trout at Lake of the Woods should be excellent. The lake is getting additional stocked trout originally intended for Fourmile Lake. 6/2/21
- Trout fishing has been good at Unity and Thief Valley reservoirs, where water levels remain good. 6/16/21
The Williamson River rainbow/redband trout fishery and others opened on May 22 in the Klamath Basin. The lower Williamson River can fish great in June as big fish move in from the lake. These 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 Black drake mayfly hatch has been a bust on the Upper Williamson. 6/16/21
Streams in Lake County are starting to warm and fishing should pick up. The Chewaucan River and Deep Creek are the best areas to target redband trout in the spring.
Rivers to fish this week:
- Most rivers in the Klamath Basin are fishing well. Take your pick. 6/9/21
- The best bet in the Klamath Basin is the Williamson River or match the hatch on the Wood River. 6/16/21
- Many streams are accessible and free of snow below 6000’ in elevation throughout eastern Oregon, providing ample opportunity to fish for various species of trout!
Schedule to be stocked this week (week of June 14): Eagle Creek, Lake of the Woods.
Stocked last week (Week of June 7): Holbrook Reservoir, Lofton Reservoir, Campbell Lake, Deadhorse Lake Powder River 2.
TROUT STOCKING MAPS: Find your place to fish
Check out the to find nearby fishing locations, driving directions and descriptions of amenities.
ODFW braces for drought
What anglers can expect
March and April of 2021 were among the driest spring months since the 1890s, and ODFW is bracing for a serious drought as summer arrives. Currently, 72 percent of the state is in severe or extreme drought status.
As the summer progresses, anglers should continue to expect changes to fish stocking, and possible emergency regulations. See more details . The weekly Recreation Report will be your best source of information on conditions and any emergency regulations.
Finding garbage at your favorite spot?
Consider packing some out
During the past year, more people have been fishing and getting outdoors. And the garbage they’ve left behind proves it. Next time you head to the water, put a garbage bag in your pocket and fill it with any garbage you find. After you’re done fishing, of course.
New map shows wildfire impacts on recreation
Hunters, anglers and wildlife viewers will be living with the impacts of the 2020 wildfire season for a long time. To help you navigate the status of popular recreation sites, natural resource management agencies in Oregon have released an shows open, closed and reduced service areas on a single map, regardless of reason for closure.
The map now also includes an map. The Marine Board plans to update boat ramp status every month at a minimum.
AGENCY LAKE (including Straights): redband trout, yellow perch, brown trout
Agency Lake is open year-round. Fish are on the move and will likely move to areas with better water quality during the hot spell this week. Best fishing is from a boat. Redband trout will begin to move into the Wood River mouth area with the return of hot, calm weather. The algae bloom is starting to come on. Midges will become quite abundant.
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 6/16/21.
ANA RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, hybrid bass
Although there haven’t been any recent fishing reports, trout fishing should be good. 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.
Bait fishing 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 6/16/21.
ANA RIVER: rainbow trout
There have not been any recent fishing reports. This river is spring fed and can be fished year-round, as long as the occasional 30 mph wind gusts don’t knock you down.
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.
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 5/5/21.
ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout
Fishing in Annie Creek is slow due to cold water temperatures, low productivity and current high flows (57.6 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 the 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 6/9/21.
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
Recent fish sampling by ODFW indicates there are very good numbers of 11- to 12-inch rainbow trout in the reservoir. Access will be difficult during the winter with best access via snow machine. While there are no recent reports, fishing through the ice has potential to be good. Last updated 1/6/20.
BEULAH RESERVOIR: redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout
Fishing has been good for rainbow trout. With water temperatures on the rise many trout will be holding in deeper water.
Bull trout must be released. Last Updated 6/9/21.
BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
This reservoir is dry. Last updated 5/5/21.
BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout
No recent reports. For information on river levels and water temperature visit the USGS water resources page by clicking .Last updated 5/19/21.
BURNS POND: trout
No recent reports, but the pond was recently stocked with rainbow trout. Last Updated 5/19/21
CAMPBELL LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout
This lake was recently stocked with 3,000 legal rainbow trout. 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 North West side of the lake. Last updated 6/2/21.
CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie
The reservoir is partly on BLM property and remains open. Fishing for 12 to 14-inch largemouth bass is fair. Crappie fishing is likely just past peak but should still be worth a trip. Water levels are low. 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 low. Small watercraft can be carried to the water. Last updated 6/9/21.
CHERRY CREEK: brook trout and redband trout
Open all year. Water temperatures are very 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 very slow for brook trout. Last updated 5/26/21.
CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead
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.
Try to get on the water earlier in the season than you might normally as projected flows and temperatures are going to be rough on fish come summer.
Check the Oregon Water Resources website for current flow information. Last updated 6/16/21.
CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout
Fish salvage rules are now in effect. As of April 14, there is no daily or possession limit on trout in Chickahominy Reservoir. The reservoir is less than 10 percent full; launching large boats is not advised. Fishing has been fair recently for rainbow trout. Last updated 4/21/21.
CORRAL CREEK (SF Sprague): brook trout and brown trout
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 6/9/21.
COTTONWOOD MEADOW LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout
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 6/16/21.
CROOKED CREEK (Klamath Co): redband trout, brook trout and brown trout
Opened to fishing on May 22. 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
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 is slow 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 6/2/21.
DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout
This lake was recently stocked with 3,000 legal rainbow trout. Fishing should be great 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. Last updated 6/16/21.
DEEP CREEK: redband trout
The water is already starting to approach summer flows due to the drought this year. People wading into the river already need to be more sneaky than usual at this time of year. Try casting small lures or flies under bobbers to catch wary redband. Dry flies can be effective, but the majority of feeding takes place under the surface.
The smaller headwater portions of Deep Creek can be great fishing at this time. Although the fish are smaller, there are lots of brook trout. Brook trout are also more aggressive at taking dry flies off the surface.
Check the Oregon Water Resources website for current flow information. Last updated 6/16/21.
DELINTMENT LAKE: rainbow trout
Delintment Lake was recently stocked with 5,000 rainbow trout as well as 400 larger trout from Chickahominy. No recent fishing reports. Last Updated 6/8/21
DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout
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 4/28/21.
DUNCANRESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown bullhead catfish
This reservoir is extremely low and will not get stocked this year. Hopefully it goes dry in order to kill all of the recent illegal introductions of 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 5/5/21.
Please report illegal fish introductions to 1-800-452-7888.
FISH LAKE (Steens Mountain): rainbow trout, brook trout
The Steens Loop road remains closed, but will open later in June. Anglers are interested in fishing this reservoir before the road is open can get a gate key from the Burns District BLM office 541-573-4400. Last Updated 5/19/21.
FISH LAKE (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout
Fish Lake is accessible, but the campground is still snowed in. Fishing along the shoreline by foot is possible, and smaller watercraft (canoes, kayaks, float tubes) can be launched along the southern edge of the lake. Early reports indicate some holdover fish that are already biting – spinners, spoons, etc. have been effective. Last updated 6/16/21.
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 6/16/21.
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),
The lake is very low at 20 percent full, based on the 15,600 acre feet taken out for irrigation. The lake is very clear and oligotrophic.
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.
Water temperatures are increasing fast. Targeting yellow perch is your best bet. Fish sampling by Bureau of Reclamation has showed incredible densities of yellow perch. Fishing is also good 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 21 percent full. Crappie fishing is likely to be slower than in previous years but should be peaking soon.
Gerber Reservoir is a large turbid reservoir. Bank access is good. Launching boats might be difficult and problematic.
Most of the reservoir is on BLM property. Last updated 6/2/21.
HEART LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brown bullhead catfish
This lake was stocked last month with 700 larger trout and 300 trophy trout. It looks like very few rainbow trout held over from the winter due to brown bullhead competition. Trolling and bait fishing have been 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 6/16/21.
HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
This reservoir was recently stocked and will be stocked again this week. With the low water, the boat ramp is already a foot above the water line, but this is a great place to troll with smaller craft. Try trolling spoons and flies in the top of the water column. Once the water warms start offering your lures deeper. Bait fishing is also very popular and consistent way to catch trout. Last updated 6/2/21.
J.C. BOYLE RESERVOIR (Topsy Reservoir): Largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, crappie, goldfish, Sacramento perch, tui chub and blue chub
Fishing is improving as water clarity and water temperatures push fish into the shallows. Try the rocky areas for crappie. The crappie fishery is likely just past peak but still worth the time. Bass are also starting to bite.
Past net sampling showed some large yellow perch in the reservoir above the bridge crossing. Highest catch of all fish was above Topsy Bridge. Yellow perch bite really well this time of year.
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 6/9/21.
UPPER KLAMATH LAKE: native redband trout, yellow perch, kokanee, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, tui chub and blue chub
Open all year. The algal bloom is beginning. Redband trout are expected to move into water quality refuge areas. Fishing in Pelican Bay should improve by the end of the week, Catch rates for redband trout continue to improve. Most anglers are trolling lures from boats.
Boat ramps are open. This includes Moore Park, Rocky Point, Wocus Bay and Eagle Ridge. Currently, most boat anglers are experiencing poor to fair fishing.
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 3.3 feet below full pool and 50 percent full. Water temperature is peaking around 72 degrees.
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 6/16/21.
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. Last updated 6/16/21.
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 am. Look for golden stoneflies hatching.
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 6/16/21.
KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass
This reservoir was recently stocked and anglers have reported catching plenty of smaller rainbow trout mixed in with some larger rainbow and redband trout. Fishing from float tubes and small boats has been most effective but fishing from the bank is also a good option. If you catch a tagged trout please report it here: Last updated 5/19/21.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, hatchery brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, tui chub
The lake will be stocked this week. Fishing will be excellent as 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) last week for Free Fishing Weekend. 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. But 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 6/16/21.
LINK RIVER: redband/rainbow trout
No recent report. Many redband trout have moved out of the Link River or are beginning to move out as water quality degrades.
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 6/16/21.
LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
This reservoir was recently stocked with 900 legal trout and 300 trophy trout. The water level is already a foot lower than the boat ramp. People have been doing pretty good trolling and bait fishing from boats and the bank. 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, but the Forest Service will be trying to build a new fishing pier in 2022. Last updated 6/16/21.
LONG CREEK: brook trout, redband trout, bull trout
Long Creek is accessible. 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. Best fishing is near the first bridge crossing on Green Diamond property. Make sure you know the difference between bull trout and brook trout. Bull trout are exceedingly rare. Last updated 6/16/21.
MALHEUR RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
Fishing is great for rainbow trout from 10-20+ inches. This reservoir was recently stocked with trophy trout, some are marked with reward tags. If you catch a tagged trout please report it here: . Last updated 4/21/21.
The lake is currently fishless.
MILL FLAT POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass
As the pond begins to warm expect trout and bass fishing to pick up. Casting lures will catch both species as can bait under a bobber or on the bottom. As the water warms and summer progresses expect vegetation to take over the small pond. Last updated 6/16/21.
MILLER LAKE: brown, rainbow, brook trout, kokanee
Miller Lake is accessible. 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. Last updated 6/9/21.
OWYHEE RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish
Bass fishing has been good recently, the best bass fishing can be found in the upper reservoir.
No reports on catfishing success but anglers targeting catfish may have better luck in the upper reservoir as well.
While crappie fishing has been good throughout the reservoir, anglers have reported catching larger crappie in the upper reservoir.
There is a health advisory in effect for consuming all fish caught in this waterbody. For more information click to view fish consumption guidelines set by the Oregon Health Authority.
The reservoir is now 47 percent full; view boat ramp elevations click . Last updated 6/9/21.
OWYHEE RIVER (Lower): brown trout and hatchery rainbow trout
Sampling in September showed there are still plenty of large brown and rainbow trout available from 16 to 24 inches. Fishing has been good recently and anglers have reported catching some very large rainbow trout. Brown trout have also been biting with catch rates of about two fish per hour.
Flows have fallen to 132 cfs.
Avoid over-playing a hooked fish as they are expending a lot of energy and it will take a lot longer to recover. Last updated 6/9/21.
PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch
Due to extreme drought conditions in the area, Phillips Reservoir water levels are sustaining at the lowest level seen in its 56 year history. Please note that 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 6/16/21.
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
This reservoir was stocked this spring with 600 rainbow trout from Chickahominy. Fishing has been good. Last Updated 6/9/21.
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. Most folks use bait, but trout can also be caught using flies and lures. This is another reservoir that might dry up this year, so get out and catch some fish before that happens.
Priday Reservoir is on some BLM property, but the majority 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 6/16/21.
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 fair. 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 5/5/21.
SKY LAKES AND MOUNTAIN LAKE WILDERNESS: brook trout and rainbow trout
Most lakes are accessible, especially if you can hike through a little snow. Mosquitoes are not that bad, yet! 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 6/2/21.
SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout
Opens May 22. Fishing will be excellent for very small trout mostly under 8 inches. Last updated 5/19/21.
SPRAGUE RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch, and pumpkinseed
Fishing is fair for redband trout with an occasional brown trout, as flows are low and water temperatures very warm in most of the river. Numerous hatches are occurring on the river, including caddisflies and mayflies. 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 6/16/21.
NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout
The NF Sprague is open year-round but access might be difficult due to snow in the upper river. Flows have dropped significantly to likely around 40 cfs cfs. Fishing is great for brook trout, redband trout and the occasional large brown trout. Most of the river is freestone pocket water. 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 . The river is also very clear in this section. Last updated 6/16/21.
SOUTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout
Flows are low. Fishing is best near Blaisdell for redband trout or near Camp and Corral Creek for brook trout. Fishing should be good. Last updated 5/19/21.
This reservoir is currently dry. Last updated 5/10/21.
SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout
Fishing not recommended at this time. Flows are at 11 cfs. Sun Pass Forest is closed to motor vehicles except snowmobile.
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 6/2/21.
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.
SYCAN RIVER: brook, redband and brown trout (below marsh)
Open all year. Brook trout are quite abundant as you head towards the headwaters. Fishing for redband trout should be good near Rock Creek campground and excellent for brook trout upstream.
Flows are very low. Fishing is very slow below the marsh for mostly 8- to 10-inch redband trout. Best fishing is in the area of large pools and car sized boulders in the Coyote Bucket area. Last updated 5/19/21.
THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout
Recent reports from Thief Valley Reservoir indicate the fishing has maintained decent catch rates, with anglers catching several fish over 12 inches long. Water level at the reservoir has maintained near-full, meaning boat access is still an option. Trolling lures or flies is a tried-and-true practice at Thief Valley. Last updated6/16/21.
THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass
This reservoir was stocked the week of April 9 with 3,600 larger trout. It 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 6/2/21.
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
Fishing for smallmouth bass has been heating up recently. The reservoir is now only 38 percent full.
The upper boat ramps are now high and dry so launching a boat may take a little extra care. Last Updated 6/9/21.
WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout
Recent fishing reports have been fair. This is an excellent place to put in a float tube and fly-fish for beautiful rainbow trout. It is possible to fish from the dock or shore, but frustrating at times due to vegetation. 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 5/5/21.
UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout
Fishing has been really slow. The black drake mayfly hatch has been very weak . Flows are very low and clear for this time of year. The cold front likely knocked back the mayfly hatch but warmer weather will bring them back. 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.
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 6/16/21.
LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout
No treble hooks allowed!
Opened to fishing on Saturday, May 22. Flows are very low. Fishing is good. When fly-fishing use long, light leaders and clear fly lines for best success. Caddis flies, yellow sally stoneflies and many small mayfly species are hatching. Flies mimicking small mayfly nymphs can work well. Some larger fish have been feeding on sucker eggs for some time.
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. 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 6/16/21.
WILLOW VALLEY RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, Lahontan cutthroat
Largemouth bass fishing can be good in May with warm weather. Try the Antelope Creek confluence or the shallow weed beds near the dam. Best fished from a boat.
Willow Valley is a very turbid, desert reservoir. The boat ramp is open. 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 3/31/21.
WOOD RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout and bull trout
This is one of the best months for match-the-hatch fly-fishing. Best section is from Fort Klamath to Weed Road. Only low profile, small boats can make this drift. Typical drift boats cannot get under the bridges.
Flows are a little high due to flows in Annie Creek. Using spoons, plugs or spinners is best for brown trout. Brown trout are typically feeding on sculpin, worms and stonefly nymphs this time of year. June is also a good time for match the hatch dry fly fishing. Salmonflies along with multiple species of mayfly are hatching. Best fishing is from a boat. 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 6/16/21.
YELLOWJACKET RESERVOIR: trout
Yellowjacket was recently stocked with 5,000 legal rainbow trout and 450 larger trout. Fishing has been great recently. If you catch a tagged trout please report it here: Last updated 6/9/21.