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Daily possession limits and length requirements for trout removed 

Retention of white sturgeon opens on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and Saturday, September 28, 2019 (two days)

The bottomfish fishery is open to all depth beginning Sept. 3, with a general marine species bag limit of 5 fish.

Effective Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, steelhead retention prohibited.

Retention of copper, quillback, and china rockfish prohibited in recreational boat fishery

Effective September 1 through October 31, 2019, steelhead bag limits reduced in the NE zone

Hatchery Chinook salmon retention allowed effective Aug. 24.

Sport anglers fishing from boats can no longer retain cabezon beginning Aug. 15.

All fishing is closed (including catch-and-release) in the Columbia River and the Deschutes River from Monday, Aug. 12 through Sept. 15.

Recreation Report

Southeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of September 11, 2019

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

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR

  • Effective September 11, through October 15, 2019 the daily bag and possession limits for trout are removed with no minimum size.
  • Harvest methods may include hand, dip net or angling.

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 want your photos

Attention anglers – we want your photos!

Whether you’re out after trout or bass, steelhead or salmon, surfperch or rockfish, we’d love to see photos of your adventure. When you submit your photos to ODFW they could appear on our website or signs, or in social or brochures. What a great way to share your experience with others!

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Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Trout fishing on the Blitzen near Page Springs has been good for anglers throwing wooly buggers and hopper patterns.   
  • Trout fishing also should be good at Blue Lake in the Gearhart Wilderness.
  • Balm Creek Reservoir is holding a fair amount of water this year, as well as a fair number of trout in the 8- to 15-inch range.
  • Fishing for yellow perch can be excellent in the Lower Williamson River, Pelican Bay of Upper Klamath Lake and Crystal Creek, if you can find them!
  • Fishing for brook trout is excellent this time of year in the Upper Sycan, Upper NF and SF Sprague, Upper Williamson, Long Creek and a few high elevation lakes.

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

This reservoir was stocked the week of July 29 with 7,000 rainbow trout. Anglers reported catching a lot of rainbows and a few wipers trolling Rapalas throughout the reservoir. Try colors that imitate tui chub and rainbow trout, favorite food sources for both trout and hybrid bass. Bait fishing can also be productive at this reservoir. People can also do well fly-fishing with leech and minnow imitations for both rainbow trout and hybrid bass.

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 last year and hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon. Hybrid bass are targeted successfully using crank baits and fishing bait along the bottom.

Read 12 tips for catching wipers in Ana Reservoir.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

The river was stocked on Aug. 10 with 1,000 legal rainbow trout. There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fishing should be good. Fish will be 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, low productivity and high flows. 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 has been stocked with trophy-size rainbow trout. Fishing has been good with fishing from floating devices most productive.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fishing has been good for rainbow trout running 8- to 15-inches long. Reservoir water level is quite high for this time of year.

ODFW is conducting an angler opinion survey to determine how the fishery is doing, from the angler’s perspective. Displays have been placed at several locations around the reservoir. When fishing the reservoir this spring/summer please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and report your catch.

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

Bass and bluegill and perhaps a few trout are available at the pond.

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

As of Sept 11, the reservoir was 31 percent full. Fishing for trout may be fair depending on recent weather.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir was dry in fall of 2018, but fingerlings stocked in May 2019 should be 8- to 10-inches come fall.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

Fishing has been good near Page Springs, anglers have been having success with wooly buggers and hopper patterns. 

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.

Current flow at Page Springs Weir is 45 cfs with water temperatures fluctuating from the mid-50s to low 60s°F.

Check this link to the Blitzen gauge

BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent reports, but fishing was excellent in late July and should continue to be good. A lot of fish in the 8- to 14-inch range were caught using flies. There was surface action the entire day. The trail has been cleared and hiking a few miles into the wilderness is an excellent way to warm up the ol’ ticker.

Best option to catch a ton of trout is with a float tube or other flotation device. Fly-anglers can troll wooly buggers, prince nymphs and cast dry flies such as damsels. Bait and lure anglers can also catch plenty of fish. These fish are really looking at natural forage, which means fishing with flies can be fantastic! This is one of the best lakes to fish in Lake County at this time of year.

Bring mosquito repellent! And please camp at least 100 feet from the water’s edge.

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

Trout were recently stocked at the reservoir and fishing should be good until water temperatures approach 60 °F when fishing for warmwater species (bass, channel catfish, crappie) will be a better bet. The reservoir was 45 percent full as of Sept 11.

BURNS GRAVEL POND: trout, bass

The pond was stocked the week of April 8 with legal (8- 10-inch) rainbow trout. The pond has warmed up and fishing is slow for trout but bass fishing is good. 

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

The South Fork Burnt River was stocked last spring with approximately 2,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in the South Fork Burnt 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.

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

Open all year. Bait allowed. Most fish in the creek are very small and less than 8-inches.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

This lake was stocked recently with 1,000 larger rainbow trout. Fishing from a boat this a couple weeks ago was very successful catching trout in the 8- to 16-inch range. It was reported that trolling flies worked really well. Trolling and casting lures from a boat should also catch both rainbow and brook trout. Bait fishing on the bottom and under a bobber can also produce plenty of fish.

There were lots of sub-legal rainbow trout planted last winter that should be a lot of fun now for kids and fly-anglers. These fish are very aggressive and tend to bite on everything. Try casting towards the downed trees to catch brook trout. If you don’t have any luck at Campbell Lake try Deadhorse Lake only a mile away.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

Crappie fishing is slow. Best fishing is from a small boat. Larger boats cannot be launched at the reservoir as there is no boat ramp. Best fishing is near the dam and near the overhanging willows. The southeastern part of the reservoir is on BLM property. The reservoir is also 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. Fishing is excellent for small redband and brook trout less than 10-inches. Small dry flies and spinners work best. There is a nice trail along the creek leading to the Wilderness lakes. The creek is accessed off the sign to the Cherry Creek trailhead.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Fly-fishing was very productive for fly-anglers in the 7- to 17-inch range a couple of weeks ago. Try fly-fishing with nymphs under indicators or swinging wooley buggers and baitfish imitations. Dry flies such as hoppers and caddis can also be very productive throughout the day.

Casting lures is also a good bet that will catch redband trout. This is also a great time of year for kids to play in the water and catch crayfish.

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

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

No recent reports. Surface water is in the mid 70’s° F; however, fishing can be fair to good during the summer. Be advised that blue green algae is present, don’t swim and keep your pets out of the water.

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

Open all year. Bait is allowed. There is a campground and Wilderness trails near the creek. The creek is dominated by small brook trout mostly smaller than 8-inches.

There is an extensive beaver pond complex that has excellent dry fly-fishing for brook trout with a few larger brown trout mixed in.

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

Fishing is typically slow in the summer months. Trolling or casting spoons and lures can be productive in the mornings or evenings. Try trolling leech patterns or prince nymphs very deep as the water warms. Bait fishing can be productive, but with so much vegetation along the bottom it can be tough to place the bait outside of the weeds.

This lake can produce fish 25-inches long and up to 4 pounds, but the best time to target these fish is in the spring and fall months.

 

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

Fishing is slow to fair for all species in Cow Lakes currently. 

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 (10- to 12-inches).

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

Fishing is slow. Large redband trout have moved into the Creek from the Lake. Access is challenging and the best bet is to fish where Crooked Creek enters the Wood River on BLM property.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Redband trout have moved into the creek but fishing remains slow. Fishing for yellow perch near the confluence with Pelican Bay can be excellent this time of year. Yellow perch travel in schools therefore continue to move until you find the fish.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This lake was stocked with 1,000 larger rainbow trout recently. There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fishing should be good. Trolling lures last month was productive for trout in the 8- to 14-inch range. Bait fishing is always a good technique at this lake, as is trolling flies and lures. Mosquito spray is a necessity at this time of year.

There were lots of sub-legal rainbow trout planted last winter that should be a lot of fun now for kids and fly-anglers. These fish are very aggressive and tend to bite on everything. This is an excellent place to camp as temperatures are fairly cool and fish are jumping. If you don’t have any luck at Deadhorse Lake try Campbell Lake only a mile away.

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

Fishing along Hwy 140 was excellent last month and should continue to be good in September. Fly-anglers reported catching dozens of redband trout between 6- and 13-inches. Try fishing with nymphs under indicators or casting dry flies in this section. Trout were observed rising throughout the day. Casting small lures will also catch plenty of redband in this section of the creek.

Upper Deep Creek on Forest Service land should also be fishing well. Fly-fishing is probably the easiest in this section, but very small lures accurately cast can produce fish as well. There are plenty of Forest Service campgrounds for family camping and good fishing in the Willow Creek and Dismal Creek areas as well.

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

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent reports. Fishing should be fair to good for stocked rainbow trout. There was a fish kill last winter that may affect fishing success as summer progresses. 

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Open all year. 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 near full but very turbid.

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

There have not been any recent fishing reports. Fishing for perch, bluegill and brown bullhead should be fair.

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

This reservoir was last stocked in late May with 1,000 legal rainbow trout and 300 larger trout. Fishing reports from last month have noted slow fishing, but with cooler temperatures fishing should pick up. If targeting trout with flies, try trolling leech patterns and prince nymphs or casting other bait imitations. As summer progresses, bait is going to be a good option near the dam and along the BLM camp sites.

Eight campsites are available at this BLM reservoir.

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout; brook trout

Eagle Creek was stocked in July with legal-size rainbow trout near West Eagle Meadows and Two Color campgrounds.

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

The lake was stocked with legal (8- to 10-inch) and trophy (14-inches+) rainbow trout the last week of June. Fishing should be good throughout the summer. Brook trout naturally reproduce in the lake and are available to anglers as well. This lake makes a great escape from the heat during the dog days of summer.

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

The lake has been stocked with legal and trophy-size rainbow trout. The number of fish stocked is significantly greater that in recent years, so expect fishing to be very good!

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Fishing is always slow in this cold and clear spring creek. Good hatches can occur especially salmonflies.

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

Fishing for yellow perch can be good in the Fourmile Canal. Yellow perch travel in schools and are difficult to find. Once you find them stay there!

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

Fourmile Lake was stocked before Labor Day with 1,400 rainbow trout. Fishing for rainbow trout will be fair. Fishing also should pick up for trophy brook trout and for lake trout around 20-inches.

The lake is 10 percent full, based on the 15,600 acre feet taken out for irrigation. At this lake level, it will become increasingly more difficult to launch boats as there is no concrete boat ramp. You can launch small boats from the sandy beach.

There is a day use fee. 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 has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout. Fishing has been good.

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

Fishing for yellow perch is your best bet. Fishing for crappie has slowed but crappie are still available. The key is to move until you find the schools, which are suspended in deeper water. A boat is recommended.  Most crappie are currently averaging around 10-inches with many to 13-inches. The reservoir is open to fishing all year. Yellow perch are also showing up in good numbers in the catch. Most yellow perch are small but a few 14-inchers were caught last year. The crappie fishery typically peaks in early June.

The reservoir is 65 percent full. With current and past reservoir levels, ODFW expects an excellent crappie fishery next year as well.

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. Facilities include a campground and fish cleaning station.

HAINES POND: hatchery rainbow trout

The pond was stocked in the spring with 900 trophy-size rainbow trout.

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

Recent fishing reports were slow fishing from the bank. Trolling in boats and casting from float tubes are good strategies at this lake and will be more productive than bank fishing. In June all methods of fishing produced trout; trolling spoons, leech patterns, casting flies under indicators, bait fishing with both worms and PowerBait on the surface and the bottom.

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 was stocked in the spring with 2,250 legal-size and 825 trophy-size rainbow trout.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There haven’t been any recent fishing reports. Fishing should be good for stocked and holdover rainbow trout in the 12- to 14-inch range with a few larger fish, up to 21-inches. Trolling both flies and lures were most productive this spring, but fishing in summer is typically slower.

When temperatures drop this fall this is a great reservoir to target hatchery trout on. Bait fishing is always a good bet along the dam and along the campgrounds.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Fishing is open and bait is 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 very slow for crappie and pumpkinseed sunfish. Best fishing for crappie is near the bridge crossing. Fishing bait off the bottom is also productive for brown bullhead catfish. Fishing for small largemouth bass has been productive in some years during this time of year.

Past net sampling showed some large yellow perch in the reservoir above the bridge crossing. Highest catch of 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. 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

Fishing can be excellent for yellow perch in the Pelican Bay area and occasionally near the confluence of Recreation Creek. The deep water around the Crystal Creek mouth is a good place to start.

Redband trout are beginning to move back into the lake. Fish are starting to spread out again making finding and catching them more challenging. The lake is 3.7 feet below full pool and 44 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.

The Oregon Health Authority updated a recreational use health advisory today for Upper Klamath Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacterial (harmful algae) bloom and cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) above recreational guideline values for human exposure. See more information about blue-green algae alerts.

What you need to know about fishing during blue-green algae alerts.

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

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

This section is closed until Oct. 1 to protect redband trout during the summer when water temperatures are excessively high.

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

Flows are low and stable and fishing is 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.

Water temperatures in this reach are much lower 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. Small stimulators and black wooly buggers work well in this section.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Best fishable flows will be available in the mornings and on some days the evening. Look for the various caddisfly, mayfly and moth hatches all day. The evening hatch has many fish rising to very small flies.

Fishing success can be good depending on how flows are managed. Best fishing is when flows are less than 900 cfs, around 9 a.m. and 7-8 p.m. Flow estimates have started. Click this link to access PacifiCorp Weekly Flow Estimates. Catch rates should be very high on Wednesday the 28th when flows will be low until 5 p.m.

Large attractor flies such and wooly buggers and rubber leg stoneflies work best. Large stimulators and caddisfly dry fly patterns can work well casted to the shoreline. Crayfish imitations are also productive. 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.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

The reservoir was sampled the last week of June and the rainbow trout are doing fantastic with numerous fish larger than 14-nches. The bass fishery offers lots of small (less than 6-inches) bass and a very few big (more than 2 lbs.) largemouth bass. The tweener bass are missing. Fish staff are looking at option to improve the bass fishery, however this may take some time.  Be advised that blue green algae is present so avoid swimming and keep your pets out of the water.

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

The lake was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout before Labor Day weekend. Fishing will be fair for rainbow trout.

Fishing for largemouth bass also has been good with a few smallmouth available. Yellow perch are the dominant fish in the reservoir. Fishing with bait on the bottom can be very good for brown bullhead.

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

You can also visit their website.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing has been fairly slow for humans, but ospreys are catching a lot.

With cooler temperatures fishing should start picking up. Plenty of fish have been observed rising throughout the day. Try fishing earlier in the mornings and late in the evenings when trout are more active. Trolling was producing trout as well as bank fishing on the surface and the bottom last month. Lofton is always a great reservoir to cast and or troll leech patterns for these trout.

There are dozens of campsites available and plenty of water activities at Lofton for the whole family.

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

Fishing has been very good with a few very large brook trout in the catch. Fish the meadow areas and areas near beaver dams.

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

There have not been any recent reports, but last month anglers were catching 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout. These fish were caught on PowerBait. Try bait fishing close to the shoreline and casting lures. Flies that imitate water boatmen and leeches also work well close to the shoreline.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir levels currently allow boat access from the county boat launch. A fish die-off occurred in 2018; however, anglers still reported good success that year. Ice fishing success this past winter was good as well, but anglers began reporting poor fishing when the ice came off the reservoir this spring.

There were 65,400 fingerings (3- to 4-inches) stocked this spring that have grown to 8- to 11-inches. September sampling indicates larger trout are present but at low densities. 

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

This lake was stocked with cutthroat trout in the 5- to 10-inch range in May. If these fish survive the summer they will become a nice size-trout come fall.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

There have not been any recent reports and vegetation might start to hamper fishing. Weedless baits can produce largemouth at this time of year. Typically there is always some water open for both bass and rainbow trout. If fishing with bait on the bottom remember to lengthen your leader so your offering is not in the weeds.

There has been an illegal introduction of largemouth bass that have taken over the reservoir. Although fingerling rainbow trout are stocked yearly, few trout are typically caught. ODFW encourages the retention of all bass caught in order to promote the survival of stocked rainbow trout and native redband trout downstream.

MILLER CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout

Access is available. Fishing should be good for very small brook, brown and rainbow trout. Fish the beaver dam areas for best success.

MILLER LAKE: brown, rainbow, brook trout, kokanee

Miller Lake was stocked with rainbow trout prior to Labor Day weekend. Fishing should be fair for rainbow trout.

Fishing should be fair for brown trout. 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.

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.

Call the Chemult USFS office at 541-365-7001 for more information.

MUD LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

This lake has been stocked with 1,500 cutthroat trout in the 5- to 10-inch range. These fish should grow well this summer. This is a turbid reservoir so fishing bait close to shore, casting lures and stripping flies should work well.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir was stocked in the spring with 2,000 legal-size and 900 trophy-size rainbow trout.

NORTH PINE CREEK: rainbow trout, brook trout

The creek was stocked in June with legal-size rainbow trout.

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in North Pine Creek, 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.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

The pond was stocked in the spring with 2,000 legal-size and 750 trophy-size rainbow trout.

OBENCHAIN RESERVOIR: bluegill, largemouth bass

The reservoir is privately-owned. Permission is needed to access.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available, but there haven’t been any fishing reports. There should be plenty of holdover rainbow trout in this reservoir. Last year trout in the 12- to 18-inch range were not uncommon. There is a lot of duckweed on the reservoir so access to open water depends on which way the wind is blowing. A small boat or float tube would be ideal to access the entire reservoir. There are a lot of insects in this fairly shallow waterbody so using a variety of flies is a good option. People who fish with bait and lures from the dam also do well.

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

Fishing for rainbow trout is possible, but may be slow. The reservoir was sampled at 16 locations in June. Black crappie dominated the sample and averaged 6- to 8-inches with a few around 10-inches, but nothing larger was captured. There were lots of little (less than 6-inches) smallmouth bass in the lower part of the reservoir with bigger largemouth above Fisherman’s Cove. A few channel catfish around 10 lbs. were capture, but most were less than 1 lb. The reservoir ranged in temperature from 69 to 76 °F and thick algae occurred from the airport to about Doe Island, the became less dense, although still present, up through Leslie Gulch. 

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

The river is currently flowing at 256 cfs and is likely to remain at this level for most of the summer.  No recent reports of fishing success or lack thereof.

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 and it will take a lot longer to recover.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

Fishing for smallmouth bass and catfish should be excellent throughout the summer. 

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

Current reservoir storage is at 24 percent of capacity and declining. The reservoir has been stocked with approximately 14,000 legal-size and 4,500 trophy-size rainbow trout. 

Fishing has been good for both rainbow trout and larger than average yellow perch.

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.  Boaters will find much improved conditions for launching boats.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Reservoir storage has declined to the point that only the low-water boat launch is functional. Fall fishing for rainbow trout should improve as water temperature decreases.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Fingerling cutthroat trout survived in large numbers this winter and are now 8- to 11-inches. These fish are going to get nice and fat in the coming months. There were also 1,500 cutthroat trout planted in June in the 5- to 10-inch range that will be good size come fall. Try bait fishing in shallow water or casting lures and flies near the bank. Most of the available food is within 60-80 feet of the bank in this turbid reservoir.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Reservoir was stocked with fingerlings this past spring. These fish should be 8- to 12-inches by now.

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

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

River flows below Mason Dam are moderate. Look for some good fall fishing for rainbow trout.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Anglers reported doing well PowerBait fishing for rainbow trout in the 12- to 17-inch range this past month. The best fishing will be within 60-80 feet from the bank. This is where most of the natural feeding occurs. There also should be lots of holdover trout from previous years’ stocking.

If bait fishing, cast short distances from the shore. If fly or lure fishing, try casting parallel to the shoreline and retrieve slowly.

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.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: redband trout, black crappie

Fishing for black crappie can be good at times, but the reservoir is muddy making it hard for the crappie to find your jig/lure. Using crappie nibbles or worms can improve your success.  Anglers are encouraged to release native redband trout, because these larger fish can have a huge effect on redband trout numbers upstream of the reservoir.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

This is a great pond to practice your fly-fishing skills. Although these fish tend to be small they are a lot of fun for kids and fly-anglers. Typically casting small flies is an excellent choice and will land numerous small rainbow trout.

This is also a great place to take kids with a bobber, small hooks and pieces of worm. Although the fish are not huge there are a lot of ‘em. Please let the biologist know how you did 541-947-2950.

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 improving.

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

Access is available to all lakes. Mosquitoes have thinned out due to an early frost. Best lakes to catch fish are 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 and Echo.  

Fly and bubble cast from a spinner rod can be very effective. Black Panther Martins can also work. Anglers report catching some large rainbow trout up to 18-inches from the high lakes this year.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but the reservoir is high and both fly-fishing or bait fishing have produced trout in the past. Try fishing nearshore with leech patterns and water boatmen. If bait fishing from the shore cast short distances to reach trout in this turbid reservoir.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available for 4x4vehicles with high clearance. Fish were rising last month. Try bait fishing and casting lures from the bank. Anglers have also been successful slowly trolling leech patterns along the shorelines.

Smith Reservoir (Bryant Mountain): brown bullhead, largemouth bass, crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish

This reservoir is on BLM property near the town of Bonanza. The BLM is currently working on improving fish habitat in the reservoir. BLM is also planning to potentially release largemouth bass and crappie into the reservoir to improve fishing opportunity.  

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir was dry in the fall of 2018. It was stocked with cutthroat trout in May in the 5- to 10-inch range. These fish will grow extremely fast in this reservoir. Casting lures or stripping flies will produce fish, as will fishing chironomids under a bobber. Bait fishing has also been productive in the past, but vegetation can be problematic in the summer as it reaches the surface. If water is available this is one of the fastest growing fish reservoirs in Lake County! Cross your fingers….

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Small redband trout are available throughout. Fishing should be excellent with small flies and spinners.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Catch rates are always slow on this very cold and clear creek. Brown trout are available but typically only feed at dusk and dawn.

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

Flows are perfect for a good fishing experience. Trout are likely moving to areas of colder and faster water. Look for hatches of small Trico mayflies.

Best fishing for warmwater fish is above and below the town of Sprague River and above Saddle Mountain Pit Road Bridge. Yellow perch and brown bullhead are abundant in this section. Keep any eye out for the bullhead that have no eyes. Anglers can use bait from Saddle Mountain Pit Road to Godowa Springs Road at Beatty.

Due to the mild summer, redband trout are still scattered in low numbers throughout the river with the best fishing in the Chiloquin Canyon or Beatty Areas.

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

Flows have dropped. Fishing is excellent for small redband trout and brook trout near Sandhill Crossing. Flows are a little high through and below the canyon. Typically, 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. Fishing with dry flies in the pocket water can be excellent. A few golden stoneflies are around.

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 in the canyon section and dry flies are working best near the Sandhill Crossing campground.   Check stream level. The river is also very clear 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 fishing all year. Fishing is best above Blaisdell for redband trout under 12-inches.

Fishing is excellent for brook and brown trout at the beaver ponds near Corral Creek. The best beaver ponds are just below Corral Creek Campground right off the 34 road. Some brook trout and brown trout run up to 14-inches. Best method is dry fly-fishing or fishing bait in Corral Creek.

Check stream level.

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

This pond was stocked with 100 trophy trout in June. There have not been any recent fishing reports. Bait, lures or flies will all catch fish on this small pond, but fishing will probably be slow until water temperatures cool.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

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 9-inches. Fish size and density remain 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. Best fishing is near the Rock Creek campground for brook trout and redband trout. Any small spinner or attractor dry fly works well. Fishing for brook trout is excellent near the Hanan Trailhead as they concentrate for spawning.

Fishing is fair 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. Check stream levels.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

This reservoir was stocked with 3,000 legal rainbow trout on Aug. 10. Recent reports indicate fishing has been slow, but anglers have been picking up some nice bass in the 2 to 3-pound range and a few hatchery rainbow trout. Fish will be foraging in warmer water along the shorelines in the morning and drop down to deeper water as temperatures warms up. Don’t forget that there are largemouth bass in this reservoir as well. Try fishing along the boulders near the dam and other wood structures dotted throughout the reservoir.

Trolling lures or leech patterns should work really well this year. Bait fishing is typically always a good idea at Thompson Reservoir. Try casting in shallow water with cooler morning water temperatures. As temperatures increase so will the depth of the water trout are hanging out in.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is at 10 percent of capacity and declining. Dewatering of the reservoir is expected by the end of September. To allow anglers to make use of fish that will be lost due to dewatering, bag and size limits have been lifted and fish may be captured by hand, dip net or angling. These temporary rules are in effect Sept. 11 through Oct. 15, 2019.

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

Twin lakes has been stocked with 200 trophy-size rainbow trout. Anglers are reminded that the daily bag limit is one trout over 15 inches in length.

UNITY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir storage is at 31 percent and declining. Anglers have enjoyed good success catching rainbow up to 20-inches.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This lake was last stocked in late May with 500 larger trout. There haven’t been any recent fishing reports. Fly-fishing with leech patterns and prince nymphs is always a good choice and so is bait-fishing along the dam. It is a good idea to have a small boat or float tube in this lake to access harder to reach areas. 

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

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is 53 percent full as of Sept. 11. You can access reservoir levels for reservoirs owned by the Bureau of Reclamation here. Fishing for warmwater fish (bass, crappie, catfish) should be good throughout the summer. Rainbow trout are stocked in the reservoir and are available as well, although they are likely to be found in deeper water.

Allow a few days to a week following rain or snow before attempting to drive to the reservoir and drive carefully as vehicles traveling these roads could get stuck in the mud.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Anglers have caught fish in the 7- to 17-inch range this summer. This is a great destination for fly-fishers using float tubes as fish typically rise throughout the day. Bait fishing under a bobber can also be productive at this time of year due to larger amounts of vegetation. Warner Pond has an incredible view over the Warner Valley and a must see if you’re in Lake County.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

Fishing is fair for redband trout near the Rocky Ford area. The most effective method is dry fly fishing to rising fish. There are also sporadic hatches of Trico mayflies as well. Bring your mosquito repellant. Best fishing is on overcast days with light wind. 

Grasshoppers are around and dry fly patterns can work in certain areas.

Check stream levels.

Fishing for brook trout is excellent in the upper part of the Upper Williamson River especially the private pay to fish ranches, Yamsi and Sand Creek.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

Most anglers use clear intermediate fly lines on long leaders when fishing nymphs or streamers. Small bead headed pheasant tails work well to match the pale morning dun and Trico hatches that are occurring on the river right now.

If fishing spoons or spinners please use barbless hooks as there are many small Redband Trout in the river currently. All redband and rainbow trout must be released unharmed.

Yellow perch fishing can be ok downstream of Modoc Point Road with the best fishing below the Nature Conservancy boat ramp.

Fishing is good for smaller redband trout less than 20-inches below Hwy 97 using flies.

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

Catch rates have slowed for all warmwater fish. Best bass fishing is at the Antelope Creek confluence and near the dam face along the emergent vegetation. Also, look for the many habitat structures placed in the lake for suspended crappie and bass. Yellow perch are prolific in the reservoir but stunted.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The boat launch is operational, and the dock is in place. Anglers have enjoyed good success this summer, catching chunky 12- to 15-inch rainbows.   

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

Fishing with grasshopper dry fly patterns can be excellent this time of year with the best fishing from the USFS Day use area downstream to Weed Road. Most of the catch is brown trout with a very rare redband trout or brook trout. Casting tight to the bank will increase your success.

The river upstream of Weed Rd. bridge can only be floated with low profile drift boats or smaller watercraft. There are many low bridges and one dam that needs portaged.

Redband trout have moved into the river in fair numbers. Fishing remains fair for brown trout using lures in the lower river.

Best fishing for brown trout using lures will be from the Weed Road bridge down to Crooked Creek. Best fishing is from a boat. Anglers can launch boats at Petric Canal and motor upstream or float from Weed Road to Petric. Small inflatables can also be launched at the BLM Wood River Wetland parking area on Petric Canal. Petric Canal is considered the Wood River and falls under Wood River regulations.

Brown trout are feeding extensively on aquatic worms, earthworms, stoneflies, mice and crayfish. No bait is allowed but artificials such as San Juan worms can work well.

Best match the hatch dry fly-fishing for brown trout is above Weed Road to The USFS day use area. Caddisfly patterns are your best bet.

Please call 541-883-5732 to report any bull trout captured.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

A fish kill occurred this past winter but about 3,000 rainbow trout were stocked in June, which will improve the fishing while they last. Fishing success will likely decline as the summer progresses. However, 18,500 fingerling (3- to 4-inch) rainbow trout stocked in the spring will be 8- to 10-inches by September, providing some additional fishing.