Recreation Report

Southeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of Aug. 7, 2018

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

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR

From Aug. 10 to Sept. 30, 2018 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
Recreation Report

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

River Deadhorse Lake
Deadhorse Lake

  • Anthony Lake is the place to be this summer. It has been stocked with lots of trophy trout throughout the summer and fishing has been very good. And at 7,000 feet elevation, it’s a good place to beat the heat!
  • Ana Reservoir maintains a fairly constant water temperature year-round making it a choice during the hot summer weather.
  • Deadhorse and Campbell Lakes are the best bets for trout fishing in the Lakeview District.
  • Consider a hike to Blue Lake in the Gearhart Wilderness, where fishing has been good.
  • Fishing has been good on Balm Creek Reservoir for rainbow trout 10- to 18-inches.
  • Catch rates are picking up for yellow perch in the Pelican Bay area and Fourmile Canal on Upper Klamath Lake.
  • The grasshoppers are out on the Wood River and a few nice brown trout can be caught on big dry flies.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

Fishing during blue-green algae blooms

Oregon sees an increase in algae blooms in lakes, rivers and reservoirs during the summer. Not all algae blooms are harmful, but blooms caused by cyanobateria (blue-green algae) can cause serious illness in pets and humans. The Oregon Health Authority issues Harmful Algae Bloom Advisories and offers these guidelines for fishing during an algae bloom.

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

Although there have not been any recent fishing reports, rainbow trout fishing should be fair to good. The reservoir is full. Bait fishing and trolling can both be productive at this reservoir.

The new state record hybrid bass (white and striped bass cross) was caught in Ana Reservoir on Dec. 10, 2014. The fish was caught using a Rapala crankbait on 10 lb. test line and measured 31½ inches with a girth of 24 inches. The fish weighed 19 lbs. 12 oz.

Another 16-pound hybrid bass was caught earlier this season and hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon. Hybrid bass are targeted successfully using crank baits and fishing bait along the bottom.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any fishing reports, but fishing should still be good. 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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Open year-round. Fishing in Annie Creek is slow due to cold water temperatures and low productivity. Access is available 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 approximately 5,000 trophy-size rainbow trout. Fishing has been very good, but may slow with the recent hot weather.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fishing has been good for rainbow trout 10- to 18-inches, but will slow with the recent hot weather.

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

No recent fishing reports.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent reports have indicated very poor fishing. It is unknown at this point if there are any holdover rainbow trout in this reservoir. It was recently stocked with fingerling trout that will grow to 8- to 10-inches by this fall.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The gage above Page Springs campground shows water levels dropping to 49.6 cfs as of July 3. Water temperatures have fluctuated from the low-60s to low 70s. Check this link to the Blitzen gage.

Large streamers and other nypmhs work well on the Blitzen throughout the year. There are also various hatches that occur that anglers can take advantage of so keep a selection of dry flies handy.

BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): hatchery rainbow trout

Fly-fishing in a float tube was excellent recently for rainbow trout in the 9- to 15-inch range. People were also catching trout on worms and lures as well. A float tube is ideal to use in this lake, but you can also wet wade or cast long distances to get out to the fish. People do well with bait, lures and flies. Blue damsel flies are great to use early on as well as water boatman and wooly buggers. The water has excellent clarity so fish can see imitations from a long distance.

BURNS GRAVEL POND: trout, bass

No recent fishing reports. Using PowerBait, worms, flies, and lures throughout the day are the best bets for fishing success. Small curly tailed jigs also have been productive.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

The South Fork of the Burnt River has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Users are reminded that flash flooding occurred in this area the fall of 2017 and again in June of 2018.  As a result, the Wallowa Whitman National Forest has closed Stevens Creek and Elk Creek campgrounds.  Roads in the area have been impacted but remain open.  For more information contact the Wallowa Whitman National Forest.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Open all year. Bait allowed. Brook trout are extremely abundant but very small with an 8-inch brook trout a trophy. Most of the stream is on Green Diamond Property. Green Diamond currently allows access. There are several road crossings on the creek. The lowermost crossing at the 400-00 road provides the best fishing.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

This lake was stocked with 2,250 legal and 300 larger rainbow the week of July 16. Both bait fishing and fly-fishing have been productive recently. Though it sounds as if some fish are being extremely picky. There are a lot of brook trout associated with the downed trees along the banks. Casting lures or flies to these fish from a boat or the bank are successful ways to catch brook trout. Rainbow trout typically move into deeper water as the lake warms. If fish are not biting you may want to try fishing at nearby Deadhorse Lake.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

Catch rates are declining for crappie but largemouth bass fishing remains good. Best fishing is near the dam and near the overhanging willows. Fishing from a floating device is recommended and a good fish finder will help you find schools of crappie. The lake is near full pool. Water clarity is very good. Deming Creek water is being diverted into the reservoir which can attract fish.

There are no boat ramps on the reservoir but small water craft can be launched from the shore. The southeastern part of the reservoir is on BLM property. The reservoir is fed by water from Deming Creek. Access is available off the FS 34 (Dairy Creek road) and 335 roads near Bly. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please respect this area.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

The river is getting very warm above Paisley and water levels are getting fairly low. Although redband trout can be caught, try fishing early in the morning in order to prevent post-release mortality. Also please remember to use good fish handling techniques when releasing redband trout. The quicker you bring the fish in and release it the better chance it will survive and have more opportunity to get even bigger. This stretch of river will be monitored in order to prevent unnecessary stress and associated mortality to the resident redband trout due to high temperatures and low flows.

Bass fishing is good on the lower reaches of the river. There is one access point on Hwy 31 near Valley Falls where you can launch small boats. Fishermen using bait and lures have been doing well. Bait is allowed downstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley, however the use of bait is prohibited upstream of Hwy 31. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

No recent fishing reports. However, fish appear to have survived the winter.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Open all year. Bait is allowed. There is a campground at the confluence with South Fork Sprague. Most brook trout in the stream are less than 8-inches. Access is good and is right off the paved FS 34 road.

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

Recent fishing reports have been very slow. Fishing deeper water should be more productive. Slowly trolling flies or spoons is also a great strategy at this lake. If fishing with bait increase your leader length to get above the vegetation. This is a great spring and fall fishery with rainbow trout up to 24-inches.

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

No recent fishing reports but fishing will probably be slow. 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. ODFW will continue to monitor conditions in the Cow Lakes to hopefully improve the fishery.

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

Fishing is typically slow in Crooked Creek as there is very little public access. Most of the Creek upstream of Hwy 62 is on ODFW property. Few fish hold in this section of the creek.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Open to trout fishing through Oct. 31. Fishing is slow.

Deadhorse Lake
Deadhorse Lake

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This lake was stocked with 2,250 legal and 300 larger rainbow trout two weeks ago. Fishing was good a couple of weeks ago and this is a great place to get away from the heat. Trolling flies and lures produced trout in the 10-24 inch range up to 4.11 lbs! Bait fishing was fair. Rainbow trout will typically move into deeper water as the temperatures rise. If fish are not biting you may want to try fishing nearby Campbell Lake.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

The best fishing for redband trout and brook trout will be nearer to the headwaters. Although redband trout can be caught along Hwy 140, try fishing early in the morning in order to prevent post-release mortality. Please remember to use good fish handling techniques when releasing redband trout. The quicker you bring the fish in and release it the better chance it will survive and have more opportunity to get even bigger. This creek will be monitored in order to prevent unnecessary stress and associated mortality to the resident redband trout due to high temperatures and low flows.

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

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent fishing reports. The campground is open.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Open all year but 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

Open all year. Catching fish here is always a challenge. Water levels are good, but the reservoir is turbid and visibility is 4- to 6-inches. Access is available along the Fishhole Creek road. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please clean up and respect this property. Small boats without trailers can be launched at several locations. The reservoir on the east side nearest to the Fishhole Creek road is on private property.

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

There have not been any fishing reports, but expect fishing to be fairly slow due to high water temperatures. Fishing in the morning and near shade will be most productive.

Yellow perch and largemouth bass are the best species to target on this lake, but crappie, brown bullhead and redband trout 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 stocked with 1,000 legal and 300 larger rainbow trout at the end of May. With warming temperatures rainbow trout should become more associated with cooler water along the bottom. Fly-fishing with leeches, water boatmen and chironomid patterns are all productive strategies during the summer. Bait fishing near the dam will also be productive this month.

Eight campsites are available at this BLM reservoir.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout; brook trout

Approximately 4,000 legal-size rainbow trout have been stocked in the creek at West Eagle Meadows and Main Eagle upstream of Forest Road 77.

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in Eagle 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.

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

The lake was stocked with 2,000 legal and 200 trophy trout the week of June 25.

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

The creek has limited access. Due to cold water temperatures and crystal clear water catch rates are very low. Brown trout are the dominant fish in the creek. Small brook trout are rare at the headwaters.

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

Open all year. Access is available 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 fishing continues to be good for hatchery trophy rainbow trout. Brook trout and lake trout are also being caught. Best fishing is typically near the north end for lake trout and among the flooded trees for brook trout. If fishing from shore, fish near the deeper water in the lake. 

Open to fishing all year and the Fourmile Lake Campground is officially open for the summer and will be staffed with a host. Fourmile Lake is 15 percent full. This is based on the 15,000 acre feet of water stored for irrigation. The lower the percentage the more difficult it becomes to launch boats. There is no improved ramp or dock on the lake. All boats are launched from the sandy beach and larger boats will need to back into the lake a very long ways once water levels decline. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for more information on the status of launching boats at Fourmile Lake. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent fishing reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout.

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

Open all year. Fishing is currently fair for yellow perch and crappie. Most yellow perch are small but a few 14 inchers have been caught. A few largemouth bass and brown bullhead are also being captured. Most crappie are likely suspended in deeper water.

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

The reservoir is 66 percent full. Water temperatures have exceeded 70 F. With current lake levels ODFW expects another good year for crappie next year.

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

HAINES POND:  hatchery rainbow trout

The pond was stocked in April with approximately 3,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in the spring at Haines Pond, ODFW marked a portion of these in 2017 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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

This lake was stocked at the end of May with 1,000 legal and 300 trophy rainbows.

Fishing has been fairly slow for rainbow trout. All boats were picking up a few rainbow trout from 8- to 15-inches recently. Fly-fishing is usually productive for trout throughout the day. Bait fishing along the shore is typically slow.

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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HIGHWAY 203 POND: rainbow trout, panfish, bass

The pond was stocked in both April and May with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. The number of trophies stocked has been increased from past years, so fishing should be very good!

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked at Hwy 203 Pond, ODFW marked some of these in 2017 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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports. People were catching some trout three weeks ago trolling spoons, fly-fishing and bait fishing.

These rainbow trout are very fat fish with a 19-inch trout caught earlier this year weighing 2.9lbs! Bait fishermen have been catching rainbow trout along the dam and near the second campground. This is a great trolling reservoir with a good boat ramp near the campground.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Fishing is open and bait allowed. This stream is very small with a large brook trout being 8-inches. There is a campground on the creek.

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

Fishing is slow for crappie. Pumpkinseed, yellow perch and largemouth bass are also being caught. Water clarity and water temperature are ideal. Abundant aquatic vegetation makes fish challenging in certain areas.

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

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

Most redband trout have moved into the Pelican Bay area, Wood River, Williamson River and Agency Lake near mouth of Wood River. Water temperatures have cooled. Please release fish quickly and fish during early morning hours when water temperature is coldest. There can be strong water temperature differences between where the fish is holding and where you land the fish. Do not hold redband trout at the surface for extended periods. The lake is 3 feet below full pool. Algae blooms are becoming very high along Eagle Ridge and Ball Bay.

All methods can catch fish. Currently, best fishing is casting lures or flies from a boat. Aquatic vegetation in Pelican Bay and Agency Lake at Wood River Delta make trolling challenging.

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.

NOTICE: The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory for Upper Agency Lake due to harmful levels of cyanotoxins associated with blue-green algae. Swallowing water should be avoided and skin contact may cause a rash for those with skin sensitivities. Keep pets out of water and do not allow them to drink out of the lake. The Oregon Health Authority offers these guidelines for fishing during an algae bloom.

KLAMATH RIVER

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

The section of the Klamath River from Keno Dam to JC Boyle Reservoir is closed to fishing until Oct. 1. J.C. Boyle Reservoir remains open all year.

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

Open all year. Fishing is excellent. Fish are looking up and dry fly fishing can be excellent. Look for various hatches of mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies. Flows are stable below JC Boyle Dam and currently 117 cfs. Most fish in this section are very small and average 10-inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow and water temperatures are warmer in this section in the fall and winter.

Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately one mile below J.C. Boyle Dam. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Fishing is excellent for small redband trout for those willing to hike. Attractor dry flies should start working during this time of year. Casting black spinners upstream into the pools is also a great technique.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Open all year. Fishing is slow during the high flows in mid  day. Flow estimates are now available from PacifiCorp. The river will be fishable and fishing good in early morning and early evenings this week.

Look for good hatches of caddisflies.

Crayfish, isopods and aquatic annelids were found to be the most common food item along the margins of the river. Large wooly buggers or salmonfly nymph imitations that mimic large salmonflies work well all year. Black spinners and Panther Martins can also work. Below the JC Boyle Powerhouse the fish 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 stocked in April with 10,000 legal (8- to 10-inches) rainbow trout.  There is also a strong year-class of smaller largemouth bass (7- to 9-inches) that currently comprise the majority (60-70 percent) of the bass population.  However larger bass do occur in lower densities within the reservoir; you will just have to catch a lot of small bass to find them.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Fishing for rainbow trout should be poor. Water temperatures are very warm. Best fishing is from a boat. Rainbow trout move to the thermocline when water temperatures increase. Most fish will be suspended in around 15 feet of water. Using downriggers or lead core line to keep lures and bait at this depth will result in increased success.

Fishing is very good for warmwater fish especially as largemouth bass move into the warmer shallows. The best fishing should be for yellow perch. Small yellow perch around 6-inches are the most abundant fish in the lake.

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports for this reservoir. As vegetation increases throughout the summer remember to lengthen your leader. Fishing early in the morning should be more productive when the water is cooler. This is a great reservoir to camp with the family and fish from the bank or with a boat or float tube.

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

Open all year. The riparian area can be quite lush and thick in certain areas making fishing difficult. Brook trout are abundant and catch rates are high in the meadow and beaver pond area of the creek.

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

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

Open and accessible all year. Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is slow. Access is available off Crystal Springs Road. Fishing for largemouth bass can be OK if you can find them. Best largemouth bass fishing is below Big Springs in Bonanza.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This lake is open, but there haven’t been any recent fishing reports. Last year fish caught were in the 12- to 14-inch range so these fish should be a very good size in 2018.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. The Hines District ODFW Office sampled Malheur Reservoir earlier this year and found plenty of healthy rainbow trout. The larger trout are holdovers from last year so this is a great indication that the fishery is rebounding following issues with the dam leaking and with prolonged drought in the region.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

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

If conditions improve, fingerling cutthroat trout will be planted in the spring of 2018.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

This small pond is warming up and bass fishing should be good. The pond has a lot of vegetation so weedless baits will be more productive. 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 legal retention of 5 bass per day in order to promote the survival of rainbow trout.

MILLER CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout

Fishing should be very good in Miller Creek at the outlet of Miller Lake. Bait is allowed.

MILLER LAKE: brown, rainbow, brook trout, kokanee

Bait fishing from shore is productive for hatchery rainbow trout. Fishing is slow for brown trout and kokanee. A good boat ramp and dock is available. A campground with water is also available. Call the Chemult USFS office at 541-365-7001 for more information. The road into the lake is 12 miles of rough, gravel washboard. If fishing is slow you can try Miller Creek at the outlet.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is open and the water level is low. There have not been any recent fishing reports. Last year this reservoir was stocked with fingerling rainbow trout that should be about 12-inches now. 

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir was stocked in April with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout.

NORTH PINE CREEK:  rainbow trout, brook trout

The creek has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

The pond was stocked in April with approximately 4,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in spring at North Powder Pond, 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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

OBENCHAIN RESERVOIR: bluegill, largemouth bass

Obenchain Reservoir provides excellent fishing for bluegill and is a great place to take kids. The reservoir is on private property and access is by permission only. Please call Darryl at 541-891-8151 for permission to access. The reservoir is very full and flooding ponderosa pines and willows. Water clarity is excellent. Fishing is likely excellent for bluegill. Small watercraft can be launched. There are no garbage facilities at the reservoir so please clean up after yourself to keep this opportunity open to all.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There is access and rainbow trout in the 10- to 17-inches were hitting lures this past month. Bait fishing was also productive near the dam. The vegetation might have already covered the reservoir. A very small boat or pontoon would work great at this small reservoir.

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

No recent fishing reports. Warmwater fishing is slow with the bass and crappie are starting to “suspend” in the middle of the water column.  Anglers should target points offering access to deeper water and backs of bays or turbid waters that can be warmer than the surrounding water. 

The Owyhee Dam boat ramp is permanently closed due to safety concerns. The day use and Indian Creek boat ramps are both currently useable.

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

Water releases below the dam have been around 148 cfs according to the USGS stream data. 

No recent fishing reports. There has been lots of fishing on the Owyhee and anglers have been catching healthy-looking brown trout and also some very skinny brown trout.

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

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

No recent fishing reports, but expect fishing to be slow.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

The reservoir has now been stocked with over 10,000 legal size and 4,000 trophy-size rainbow trout

Overall, fishing has been good for both yellow perch and rainbow trout, but has slowed with the recent hot weather. The perch are larger this year, averaging about 9-inches. Rainbows range from 10- to 20-inches.

Current reservoir storage is at 37 percent of capacity and receding.

Due to low water, the boat launch at Union Creek Campground is no longer functional.  The only functional launch is the one near Mason Dam.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The water level is receding and nearing the end of the high water boat launch. Fishing has been good for rainbows 12- to 15-inches long, but has slowed with the recent hot weather.

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

The creek has been stocked at Cornucopia with approximately 1,000 rainbow trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir has been open, but there have not been any recent fishing reports. In February, a 16-inch rainbow trout was caught slowly stripping flies near the dam. With warming temperatures rainbow trout will become more active. Cutthroat trout fingerlings were planted earlier this spring and should be 8- to 10-inches come fall.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Current reservoir conditions are unknown. No recent fishing reports.

The reservoir is unique in that it has a very robust population of large macroinvertebrates and this helps the trout to grow big rather quickly. The abundance of food for these trout may also be the reason that fishing is slow because the fish do not need to go far to find food so they move around less.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir was restocked last year (2017) with fingerling rainbow trout that should be 10- to 12-inches now.

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

Approximately 4,000 legal-size rainbow trout have been stocked in the river below Mason Dam. River flow is now high due to water releases from Mason Dam.

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in the Powder River, ODFW marked some of these with an orange colored tag just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports for this reservoir. Remember try fishing closer to the bank as fish swim near shore to eat insects. Slow stripping flies work well parallel to the bank.

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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Although the fish aren’t giant, this is a great pond to hone your fly-fishing skills. Fish are actively rising for flies throughout the day. A small black dry fly is always very productive and fun to fish for rising trout. There should also be holdover trout from previous years stocking.

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. Fishing is fair for 6- to 8-inch brook trout. 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.

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

Access is available to all wilderness lakes. Best bets are Sonya and Margurette in Sky Lakes or Harriette and Echo in the Mountain Lakes. Best methods are spinners or bubble and fly.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This spring, fish was good for rainbow trout in the 8- to 15-inch range, but there haven’t been any recent fishing reports. Fishermen were slowly stripping leeches along the shoreline. In February rainbow trout in the 9- to 17-inch range were caught slowly stripping flies, and hanging flies under an indicator near the bank. Bait fishing seems to be hit or miss at this small reservoir.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Some fish have been caught with bait earlier this season from the shoreline near the creek channel and across the reservoir near the unimproved campground. There are plenty of crayfish in this reservoir, so remember your crayfish traps. A small boat that can be put on the roof or in a pickup bed is a good tool to use on this reservoir. Trolling spoons or flies seems to work well when the wind dies down.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is dry. 

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Fishing is excellent for small redband trout less than 8-inches. Small dry flies work best.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Catch rates are always slow due to very cold, clear water.

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

Fishing is slow. Best locations to fish are the areas near Beatty. Flows are very low.

Most fishing takes place from the shore. Boats can be launched at two locations above Beatty. Spinners, spoons and rapalas can also work well.

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

Open all year. Fishing through the canyon is improving; slightly high flows are making fishing and wading challenging. Check stream level. The river is also very clear in this section.

Access to this area can be difficult, as is wading through the high gradient areas. Larger brown trout and redband trout occur in this section.

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

The South Fork Sprague River is open to fishing all year. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Fishing for brook trout should be good below Camp Creek. Flow has dropped at the USFS day use park east of Bly. Check stream level.

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

This pond was stocked with 100 trophy trout a month ago, and there have not been any recent fishing reports. Fish can be caught with bait, lures or flies on this small pond above Lakeview.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

The gate to Sun Pass is open. Open to fishing all year but closed to fishing for bull trout. Only bull trout occur in upper Sun Creek just above the Sun Pass Forest bridge crossing. Fishing is not recommended at this time as fish density is low, and the water is high and turbid. Recent electrofishing only found one brook trout that was over eight inches. Fish size and density was low. Check stream level.

Redband trout were reintroduced to Sun Creek in 2016 and 2017. These redband trout were small, most are less than 4-inches, and salvaged from the Wood River irrigation system. The Sun Creek channel has been rerouted into the historic channel and is connected to the Wood River below Kimball Park.

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

Open all year. Fishing is slow below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows have dropped. Check stream levels.

The best area to fish is in the Canyon near the Coyote Bucket area on USFS property. Above the Sycan Marsh, fishing should be excellent for brook trout and few redband trout near Rock Creek campground. Fishing near Pikes Crossing will be fair for mostly brook trout especially in and near Paradise Creek. Fish are bigger as you head downstream toward the marsh and in the canyon section. Most trout are in the 6- to 12-inch range.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

There have been reports of people catching fish trolling leeches and lures in the 18-inch range a few weeks ago. Keep moving around the lake if first you are unsuccessful to find active trout. Fishing in the morning will probably be more productive and then try fishing deeper as the day progresses.

In 2017 there were 15,000 legal-size and larger rainbow trout planted along with 51,000 fingerlings. With food availability and fairly high water, expect a great fishing year at Thompson Valley Reservoir.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is at 34 percent full and receding. Due to low water level, the boat launch is no longer functional.

From Aug. 10 to Sept. 30, 2018 the daily bag and possession limits for trout are removed with no minimum size. Harvest methods may include hand, dip net or angling.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

The lake has been stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout. Anglers are reminded that regulations have changed. The daily bag limit is one trout, 15-inch minimum length.

UNITY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at 42 percent of capacity. No recent fishing reports.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent reports, but fishing should be good for holdover and stocked rainbow trout. There is a small boat launch and plenty of bank access. This is a great lake to camp and view the Warner Valley from. There is also a hiking trail.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

No recent fishing reports.

There was holdover water from the past winter so hopefully the trout continue to grow and help to restore the fishery. The reservoir is currently at 73 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is still useable.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Vegetation has precluded some bait and lure anglers, but fly-anglers have been doing great catching rainbow trout out of float tubes. Fish typically rise throughout the day and are more than willing to bite waterboatmen, prince and pheasant tail nymphs. I am sure small dry flies would catch trout as well.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

River flows are good and fishable. The river is slightly turbid. The Hex hatch is nearly finished. A few can be seen in the late evening around 9 p.m. Size 6 large yellow dry flies work well. Casting yellowish-tan wooly buggers before the hatch of Hex can also work well. Fishing for brook trout is excellent near the Deep Creek confluence.

Check stream levels.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

The Hex mayfly hatch is waning. Fish the vegetation lines as fish are holding and waiting for Hex to come off in the evening. The Hex hatch occurs during the last hour of legal fishing hours.

Large redband are beginning to move into the river above Hwy 97 in higher numbers. Few redband trout are above the Chiloquin Bridge compared to historical numbers. Catch rates of large redband continues to be low but has picked up slightly. Most fish caught are less than 20-inches. Numerous hatches are occurring right now including various caddisfly and mayfly species. Hatches of Trico mayflies have started. Many anglers switch to small flies, long leaders, six-pound tippet and clear fly intermediate fly lines this time of year. Best fishing is from a boat but bank access is available at the ODFW property in Chiloquin and near Hwy 97. Anglers taking out at Waterwheel Park after 10 p.m. please be considerate of the people camping there. This private boat ramp will be closed by the owners after 10 p.m. if this disturbance continues.

Please be on the lookout for radio tagged redband trout. These fish must be released unharmed. ODFW recommends using barbless hooks as many small redband trout are caught, especially this year. Please release these fish carefully. Bait is not allowed.

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

Water levels and water clarity are excellent for this time of year and the reservoir. Any boats can be launched as water is almost at the top of the boat ramp. Large numbers of young of the year yellow perch are in the shallow in vegetation. Lots of vegetation is flooded. There have been no recent fishing reports but best fishing will be from a boat. A good boat ramp exists on BLM property. The largemouth bass population is currently small but reproduction should have been excellent the last two years. Warmer water temperatures this week should improve fishing. Crappie are rare in the reservoir but can be found suspended near the large wood placement and spider block structures.

Bluegill are abundant in the shallows but typically small and difficult to capture. Lahontan cutthroat are very rare. Yellow perch can be the most dominant fish in the reservoir but tend to stunt resulting in very small adult size (6-inches). The reservoir is typically turbid thus reducing catch rates.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

Fishing for rainbow trout should slow with the recent hot weather. The boat launch is functional, and the dock is in place.

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

The river is high and cold but is running quite clear. Check river levels.

Fishing is slow in the upper river. However, grasshoppers are out and a few nice brown trout can be caught on big dry flies. The best bet is to fish closer to the mouth. Good hatches of long horned caddisflies are hatching near the mouth of the river. Only a few redband trout have moved in from the lake but some smaller, more resident redband trout are in the river.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

No recent fishing report. Access to the reservoir is good and fine for most cars.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.