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Effective Feb 1 through June 30, 2020, retention of hatchery Chinook salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.  Retention of wild Chinook salmon is prohibited.

Effective through March 31, 2020, all steelhead fishing is closed from McNary Dam to the OR/WA border.

Effective through April 30, 2020, the daily bag limit is one hatchery steelhead.

Steelhead, fall Chinook and coho bag limits reduced to one per day through April 30, 2020.

Recreation Report

Southeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of January 15, 2020

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

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

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:

  • Anglers have been ice fishing on several waterbodies including Lofton Reservoir, Phillips Reservoir, Unity Reservoir and Yellowjacket Lake. Check out 14 tips for ice fishing in Oregon.
  • Anglers have been catching a few hybrid bass in Ana Reservoir this winter.
  • Best bet for the Klamath is for native redband trout in the Klamath River.

2020 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

Ice fishing safety

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

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

Anglers have been catching a few hybrid bass this winter. Rapalas that imitate tui chub and rainbow trout, favorite food sources for hybrid bass are good bets. Bait fishing can also be productive at this reservoir. This reservoir never freezes over and is a great opportunity to catch fish throughout the winter months.

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

This river was stocked in November with 250 larger rainbow trout (1 lb). There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fishing should be fair to good throughout winter. 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 that never freezes over 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

There is snow in the area of the Annie Creek snowpark. Fishing not recommended at this time. Fishing in Annie Creek is very slow due to cold water temperatures, low productivity and high flows. 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.

The creek is open year-round and bait is allowed.

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.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

This time of year, the lake becomes inaccessible to vehicles due to snow. The lake is ice-covered.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fishing has been good for rainbow trout running 8- to 15-inches long. Recent sampling by ODFW indicates good numbers of trout averaging 12-inches long. Reservoir water level is quite high for this time of year.

The reservoir should be ice-covered, but due to recent relatively warm weather ice conditions are expected to be marginal for ice fishing. Ice conditions should improve with the upcoming colder weather.

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

The pond was stocked in early October with 2,000 legal-size trout.

There was surface ice over much of the pond on Dec. 17.

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

As of Dec. 30, the reservoir was 99 percent ice-free.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is unknown due to snow. The ice might be thick enough to fish from.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

Current flow at Page Springs Weir is 44 cfs with water temperatures in the 30s.

Check this link to the Blitzen gauge

BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): hatchery rainbow trout

Snow is limiting access and the lake will be frozen until spring comes.

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

No recent reports. The reservoir is mostly ice-free. 

BURNS GRAVEL POND: trout, bass

The pond was stocked with legal-size rainbows this fall and holdover trout have recently been caught indicating some trout have survived the summer. Ice has formed over the pond but is only 2 inches thick. Ice conditions may change with rain and warming weather. 

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

No recent report.

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

The creek is likely inaccessible due to snow. Open all year. Bait allowed. Most fish in the creek are very small brook trout and less than 8 inches.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake is frozen-over and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is likely freezing again. Fishing is not recommended.

CHERRY CREEK: brook trout and redband trout

The creek is mostly inaccessible due to snow. Fishing not recommended at this time. Open all year.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Although the river is open all year round, snow will limit access and ice will severely limit fishable water until spring.

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

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is currently frozen-over.

There is 5 ½ inches of ice – 3 inches of clear ice and 2 ½ inches of cloudy ice. There is no snow on top of the ice so anglers should plan to wear something that will provide traction on smooth ice (e.g. ice cleats).

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

Inaccessible due to snow. 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 LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, redband trout, brook trout

The lake is frozen-over and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.

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 (10-12 inches).

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

Closed to fishing from November 1-May 21 to protect spawning Redband Trout.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Closed to fishing from November 1-May 21 to protect spawning Redband Trout.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

The lake is frozen-over and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.

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

Although the river is open all year round, snow will limit access and ice will severely limit fishable water until spring.

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. Sampling this fall found plenty of 8- to 12-inch trout available. Access to this lake may be difficult without a snowmobile.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

The creek is likely inaccessible due to snow. 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 lake is likely frozen but not safe for ice fishing.

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

Snow is limiting access to 4-wheel drive vehicles and the lake is frozen. It is unknown at this time if ice is thick enough to fish from. Bait fishing through the ice is a great way to catch yellow perch throughout the winter.

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

Snow is limiting access to 4-wheel drive vehicles and the ice might not be thick enough to fish from.

Fishing and sampling showed that there are very few rainbow trout in the reservoir. The number of trout at this once fantastic fishery seems to be 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 for the remainder of the year and possibly into the future.

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

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout; brook trout

This time of year, the Eagle Creek area is inaccessible to vehicles due to winter conditions.

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

The road to Fish Lake is now closed for winter.

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

This time of year, the lake is inaccessible to vehicles due to snow.

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Closed to fishing from November 1-May 21 to protect spawning Redband Trout.

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

Open all year and the creek is ice-free. Access is available year-round off Westside Road at Fourmile Springs. A small car topper boat or canoe can improve fishing access at this area. Anglers should be aware of private property around this area and can check Klamath County Land Ownership for information. Bait is allowed.

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

Access is blocked by snow and may require a 6-mile hike/ski/snowmobile trip to access the lake during the winter. The lake probably has a thin layer of ice as well but it is unknown if it is thick enough to fish through.

The lake is 14 percent full, based on the 15,600 acre feet taken out for irrigation.

This time of year there is no 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 becomes inaccessible to vehicles this time of year due to snow. The lake is ice-covered.

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

The reservoir is likely frozen but not likely safe for ice fishing.

The reservoir is 63 percent full. With current and past reservoir levels, ODFW expects an excellent crappie fishery in 2020 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

This pond received a fall stocking of rainbow trout mid-October. With recent cold temperatures ice will begin to form on the pond.

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

Access is limited to snowmobiles at this time, and the ice is thick enough to fish from.

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.   With recent cold temperatures ice will begin to form on the pond.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is limited to snowmobiles at this time and ice is thick enough to fish from.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Access might be blocked by snow. 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 with the colder water temperatures. Best fishing for crappie is near the bridge crossing. Fishing bait off the bottom is also productive for brown bullhead catfish.

Past net sampling showed some large yellow perch in the reservoir above the bridge crossing. A few small yellow perch are being caught near the bridge crossing. Highest catch of all fish was above Topsy Bridge.

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

The lakes are very turbid but completely ice-free. Catch rates are very low this time of year.

The lake is 3 feet below full pool and 54 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. ODFW encourages the catch and release of redband trout in this fishery.

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

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

Check the USGS Real Time flow gage. Flows are currently at 510 cfs and water temperature is peaking at 37.5 degrees. Most larger redband trout this time of year are feeding on minnows, sculpins or chub. Lures and flies that mimic forage fish work well. Catch-and-release and barbless hooks are encouraged in this fishery. Also, consider flies and lures that are snag-less or at least somewhat so. This river eats fishing gear.

Wading is very challenging in this section of the river. The river is turbid, which means you can’t see most of the bottom of the river. The river has very slippery boulders and uneven substrate. ODFW recommends wearing polarized sunglasses, wading boots with studs, a wading belt and a wading staff. This will really improve your fishing experience. 

Please report any brown trout caught in the fishery as this is a new observation.

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

Flows are low and stable. Catch rates are low. 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 a little higher due to most springs coming into the river at 50 degrees. 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

Flows will be low until 1-2 p.m. all week. Fishing should be good until flows increase to above 1,000 cfs. Access will be challenging due to snowy and muddy roads.

Fishing can be good depending on how flows are managed. Best fishing is when flows are less than 900 cfs. Flow estimates are available and you can check them at PacifiCorp Weekly Flow Estimates.

Large attractor flies such and wooly buggers and rubber leg stoneflies under a strike indicator work best this time of year. 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.

Ice fishing is not allowed on this reservoir. Anglers should check with the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to make sure the road is open.

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

The lake is frozen. Ice thickness is unknown. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for a report on ice conditions.

Call Lake of the Woods Resort at 866-201-4194 for recent reports and hours of Lodge operations. You can also visit their website to observe current conditions at the lake.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is limited to snowmobiles at this time and ice is thick enough to fish from.

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

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

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

Open and accessible all year. The river is beginning to freeze in most locations. 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

Snow is limiting access to 4-wheel drive vehicles and ice thickness is unknown.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

September sampling indicated larger trout are present but at low densities. The reservoir has some ice and some open water, making both bank fishing and ice fishing difficult.

MANN LAKE:

Stocking this year wasn’t successful due to warm water temperatures. The lake is currently fishless. ODFW will restock this lake when water levels are capable of supporting a fishery.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

This pond is frozen and access is limited to snowmobiles.

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 likely blocked by snow. 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 is likely frozen and access blocked by snow. Access is available by snowmobile.

MUD LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Snow is limiting access to 4-wheel drive vehicles and ice thickness is unknown.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Ice and access conditions are unknown at this time.  

NORTH PINE CREEK: rainbow trout, brook trout

No report.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

The pond has received a fall stocking of rainbow trout. With recent cold temperatures ice will begin to form on the pond.

OBENCHAIN RESERVOIR: bluegill, largemouth bass

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

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The lake is frozen-over and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.

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

Fishing for rainbow trout is possible, but may be slow.

The reservoir is 62 percent full as of Dec. 4.    

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

The river is currently flowing at 36 cfs. Some brown trout will be spawning now so fishing for them may be slow. 

ATTENTION ANGLERS – Fishing for brown trout is catch-and-release only; harvest of rainbow trout is allowed. Avoid wading in the riffles because this is where fish are spawning and depositing eggs for the next generation of brown trout. Signs have been placed at areas with high concentrations of spawning fish and can provide more information. 

Also avoid over-playing a hooked fish as they are expending a lot of energy and it will take a lot longer to recover.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

Current reservoir storage is at 23 percent of capacity. Ice has formed on the reservoir, but appears to be inconsistent in depth. Some ice fishing appears to have occurred close to shore. Ice fishers should use caution when venturing onto the ice.

Vehicle access via the Mason Dam boat launch and Black Mountain Road is currently good.  However, conditions can change rapidly this time of year.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is now ice-covered. Ice-fishers should assess ice conditions before venturing out onto the ice. Vehicle access is currently good. However, conditions can change rapidly this time of year.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Snow is limiting access to 4-wheel drive vehicles and ice thickness is unknown.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

As of Dec. 17, 75 percent of the reservoir was iced up.

This reservoir 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.

Recent sampling indicated there are some very nice trout available in the 16- to 20-inch range. There are also crappie present in the reservoir that are up to 10 inches long.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

No report.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available, and the ice should be thick enough to fish from.

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

Access is limited to snowmobiles, and ice thickness is unknown.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

Fishing not recommended at this time. 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

Snow is blocking access to public land portion of the creek. 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 for brook trout is best in the beaver dam pools above Nicholson Road.

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

Fishing not recommended at this time. All lakes are inaccessible due to snow. All of these lakes are frozen.

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 spinning 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

Snow is limiting access to 4-wheel drive vehicles and the ice thickness is unknown.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The lake is frozen-over and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.

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

Snow is limiting access to 4-wheel drive vehicles. The ice might be thick enough to fish from.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Closed to fishing from Nov.1 - May 21 to protect spawning redband trout.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Closed to fishing from Nov. 1 - April 21 to protect spawning redband trout.

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

Closed to fishing from Nov. 1 - April 21 to protect spawning redband trout.

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

The river is open year round. Fishing is very slow. Much of the river on public land is inaccessible due to snow.

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

Most of the South Fork Sprague is inaccessible due to snow. The South Fork Sprague River is open to fishing all year. Fishing is best above Blaisdell for redband trout under 12 inches.

Check stream level.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Fishing not recommended at this time. Most of Sun Creek is frozen over.

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 State Park.

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

Open all year. Most of the river is inaccessible due to snow.

Fishing is 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. Check stream levels.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Snow is limiting access to 4-wheel drive vehicles and snowmobiles and ice thickness is unknown.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is at 100 percent of capacity. Ice has formed on the reservoir but it does not appear to be safe for ice fishing as ice thickness seems to be variable and thin.

Since the reservoir was not dewatered last summer/fall, holdovers from the spring rainbow trout stocking should provide some decent fishing opportunity this winter should ice conditions become safe for ice fishing.

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

This time of year, the Fish Lake Road becomes inaccessible to vehicles due to snow. The lake is ice-covered.

UNITY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir storage is at 44 percent and increasing. The reservoir is ice-covered and ice thickness is reported to be approximately 8 inches.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

The lake is frozen-over and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.

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

No recent fishing reports.

No recent reports on ice conditions, but this reservoir is so large it will likely take a prolonged period of cold weather to freeze well enough for ice fishing.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Snow is limiting access to 4-wheel drive vehicles and ice thickness is unknown.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

Closed to fishing from Nov. 1 - April 21 to protect spawning redband trout.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

Closed to fishing from Nov. 1 - May 21 to protect spawning redband trout.

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

The reservoir is likely beginning to freeze. Catch rates have slowed for all warmwater fish. Yellow perch are prolific in the reservoir but stunted.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

Ice has formed on the reservoir and some limited ice fishing has occurred near shore.  However, ice conditions appear to be borderline and anglers should fully assess ice conditions before venturing out.

Vehicle access to the boat launch parking area is currently good. However, conditions can change rapidly this time of year.

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

Closed to fishing from Nov. 1 - April 21 to protect spawning redband trout.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Ice is 10 - 12 inches thick and the reservoir can be accessed with high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles. One angler reported catch rates of one fish per hour for 8- to 12-inch rainbow trout.