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The Oregon coast from the Columbia River to Cape Blanco is now open to razor clamming. 4./12/19

Beginning April 16, 2019, all sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release will be prohibited.

Recreation Report

Southeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of April 17, 2019

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

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The Wood River, Sprague River and Upper Williamson River open on April 22.
  • Best bet for fishing in the Klamath Basin is Klamath River below JC Boyle Dam.
  • Krumbo Reservoir has been recently stocked and fishing should be good for 8- to 10-inch trout. Though there are larger, holdover trout to tempt the determined angler.
  • Thief Valley Reservoir full, ice-free and stocked with 7,500 legal-size and 500 trophy-size rainbow trout.
  • Phillips Reservoir and the Hwy 203 Pond are scheduled to be stocked the week of April 15.

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

The reservoir was stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout the week of March 18. This is an excellent destination for kids out on spring break. There have also been a few hybrid bass caught with bait two weeks ago. The reservoir has been drawn down about 10 feet for routine yearly maintenance. Small boats shouldn’t have a problem launching, but larger boats may have to wait to until mid-April-ish to launch. Bait fishing and trolling both can be productive at this reservoir. People can also do well fly-fishing with leech and minnow imitations.

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

Another 16-pound hybrid bass was caught 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

Fishing was fair in January with rainbow trout 8- to 13-inches long. Fish were rising for flies midday as usual. Small beadhead flies will be the most effective, but small dry flies and leech patterns will work. Lure and bait fishing can also catch plenty of fish.

Ana River is a great year-round fishery with a rainbow trout limit of 5 fish with an 8-inch minimum length. The Ana River is spring fed at 58F and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a float tube or by walking the banks. Bait is allowed and fly-fishing can be great.

­Ana River is a great match-the-hatch fly fishing river with good hatches throughout the year. Hatches typically occur during the afternoon from 12-3 p.m. the best time. Small mayfly hatches are typically best on overcast days with light rain. Tui chub and pit roach are abundant in the river therefore casting large flies or lures can be effective for catching larger fish. Ana River has good trout fishing 365 days a year.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Open year-round. Fishing in Annie Creek is very slow due to cold water temperatures, 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). Still lots of snow in the area.

Several waterfalls occur on the creek inside Crater Lake National Park offering exceptional views. Fishing with bait allowed.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

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

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

The reservoir is ice covered and access limited to snowmobiles.

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

Bass and bluegill and perhaps a few trout are available at the pond. Trout will be stocked in the pond by the end of April. Fishing for bass and bluegill will improve as water temperatures approach 60 °F.

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

The reservoir is 87 percent full and the boat ramp is useable. Fishing for trout will be fair to good depending on recent weather. Bull trout use the reservoir until mid-May and must be released.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir was dry in fall of 2018 but should have enough water that it is scheduled to be stocked with fish in May of 2019.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

Spring run-off is here and brings with it variable flow and stream temperatures. Flows in the Blitzen River near Page Springs campground 200 to 1,500 cfs as of April 17. Recent rain-on-snow events have dramatically increased flows. Warmer weather followed by rain-on-snow will keep river levels elevated into next week. Water temperatures are in the mid 40s. Check this link to the Blitzen gauge

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

BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): hatchery rainbow trout

Access is unavailable and the lake is iced over.

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) should improve. The reservoir is 96 percent full as of April 10, and the boat ramp is usable.

BURNS GRAVEL POND: trout, bass

The pond was stocked the week of April 8 with legal (8- 10-inch) rainbow trout. 

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

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

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

Access blocked by snow. Open all year. Bait allowed.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Access is available to snowmobiles and the lake is frozen.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

Access is available. The reservoir is ice-free. Some water from ephemeral streams is entering from the east side. 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.

The crappie fishery peaks earlier than Gerber Reservoir.

CHERRY CREEK: brook trout and redband trout

Open all year, but access is limited by snow.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

The river is flooding. Access is available and the river is mostly open upstream of Paisley. Expect slow fishing until the water warms up in the spring.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is filling and water clarity is poor currently. The water temperature is around 45 °F and fishing has been slow to fair for fly and bait anglers. 

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

Open all year but access is blocked by snow. Bait is allowed.

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

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

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

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

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

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Closed until May 22 to protect spawning redband trout.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available to snowmobiles and the lake is frozen.

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

The creek is flooding. Access is available along Hwy 140 and the river is mostly open. Expect slow fishing until the water warms up this spring.

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

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No current access.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Open all year, but access is blocked by snow. Most fish in the creek are less than 8-inches. Closed to fishing for bull trout. Any bull trout captured should not be removed from the water.

DEVILS LAKE (FISHHOLE CREEK): largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead

The reservoir is ice-free. Access might be challenging due to snow. The reservoir is full but very turbid.

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

Perch fishing was good last month. With melting snow there should be access once again to the lake. The lake was reported to have 6 inches of ice a month ago, but please use caution.

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

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout and brown bullhead catfish

There have not been any recent fishing reports. The road into the reservoir is muddy and might require a 4x4 vehicle. If targeting trout with flies try fishing very slowly. Bait is going to be a good option during the spring thaw.

Eight campsites are available at this BLM reservoir.

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout; brook trout

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

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

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

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Closed until May 22 to protect spawning redband trout

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

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

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

Vehicle access is blocked by snow but snowmobiles can reach the lake.

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

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

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

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

The reservoir is ice-free. The reservoir is open to fishing all year. Currently, best fishing is for yellow perch or brown bullhead catfish. Best fishing is still fishing with bait near the bottom. Most yellow perch are small but a few 14-inchers were caught last year. Most crappie are suspended in deeper water. The crappie fishery typically peaks in early June.

Bureau of Reclamation biologists sampled the reservoir last week. Crappie up to 15-inches were captured by trammel net. Brown bullhead followed by yellow perch are dominating the warmwater catch.

The reservoir is 104 percent full and spilling. With current and past reservoir levels, ODFW expects an excellent crappie fishery this 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. Facilities include a campground and fish cleaning station.

HAINES POND: hatchery rainbow trout

The pond is ice-free and has been stocked with 900 trophy-size rainbow trout

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

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

Illegal introductions of brown bullhead catfish have been negatively impacting overwinter survival and the rainbow trout fishery. People have been catching brown bullhead over 15-inches with worms. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead caught in this fishery.

HIGHWAY 203 POND: rainbow trout, panfish, bass

The pond is ice-free. The season’s first stocking of rainbow trout will occur mid-April. This year the pond will be stocked with more trophy-size rainbow trout.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

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

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

Fishing is slow due to high flows through the reservoir. Fishing should improve for all warmwater fish as water temperatures increase. Brown bullhead catfish are your best bet.

Recent net sampling showed some large yellow perch in the reservoir above the bridge crossing. Fishing for crappie should be excellent later this year. 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

Catch rates remain very low. The lake is very turbid. All boat docks  and boat ramps are open and accessible. Most anglers are bank fishing using dead minnows. The lake is 0.3 feet below full pool.

Please remember that once you retain your one redband/rainbow trout limit you must stop fishing for redband/rainbow trout. Also, all radio tagged redband trout must be released unharmed.

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

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

Flows are high (2,610 cfs). Water temperatures have increased to 50 F. Access will be challenging due to muddy and snowy roads. Redband trout typically eat a varied diet in this reach. This includes eating large numbers of fathead minnows. Flies and lures that mimic minnows and sculpins work best this time of year. Also, this river has very abundant caddisflies and mayflies. Caddis larvae and pupae patterns work well. There are a large number of redband trout in the 12- to 16-inch size class. Eighteen-inch redband trout are also common.

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

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

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

JC Boyle Reservoir is no longer spilling and flows are low and stable. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately one mile below J.C. Boyle Dam. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Fishing  is slow for small redband trout. Water temperatures in this reach are much higher this time of the year due to this reach being dominated by springs. There is good access at the powerhouse. Park and walk upstream. This area is fished hard but you can hike to get away from the pressure. Hiking or wading upstream is difficult.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Flows are high. Fishing not recommended at this time. Open all year but access will be challenging due to muddy and snowy roads. Only 4X4 vehicles with excellent tires are recommended. Fishing success can be good depending on how flows are managed. Flows are expected to be very high this week. Fishing is not recommended. Best fishing is when flows are less than 900 cfs. Expect good hatches of blue winged olive mayflies in the afternoon. Flow estimates have been discontinued until later this spring.

Crayfish, isopods and aquatic annelids were found to be the most common food item along the margins of the river. Large attractor flies such and wooly buggers and rubber leg stoneflies work best. Crayfish imitations are also productive. Black spinners and Panther Martins can also work. Below the JC Boyle Powerhouse the redband-rainbow trout get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12-inches but rarely exceed 16-inches. Currently, most redband caught are in the 10- to 14-inch range.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

The reservoir was stocked the week of April 1 with 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout. These fish will be willing to bite, however larger rainbow trout remain in the reservoir. Bass fishing will improve as water temperatures increase into the upper 50s and 60s; perhaps 2 to 4 weeks depending on weather. 

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

Ice conditions on the lake are unsafe. See the Lake of the Woods webcam for conditions.

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

You can also visit their website.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

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

Open all year but access is blocked by snow.

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

Open and accessible all year. Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is fair. 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. The boat dock has been taken out for repairs. The reservoir at Crystal Springs is low as water is being passed through the Lost River Diversion Canal.  

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

May only be accessible by snowmobile.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is ice-free and while it is low it is filling up quickly currently. Water temperatures are in the 40s. Fishing will be slow to fair until weather patterns stabilize.  Access roads will be muddy due to recent rain. The boat ramp is usable. 

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

The lake has some water and fisheries managers are determining if it is enough to stock it AND have fish survive. 

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Access is available to snowmobiles and the pond might be frozen.

MILLER CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout

Snow is blocking vehicle access. Access is available by snowmobile.

MILLER LAKE: brown, rainbow, brook trout, kokanee

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

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

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

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir did not overwinter trout, but it will be stocked later this year.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is fully ice-covered and will be stocked with rainbow trout mid-April.

NORTH PINE CREEK: rainbow trout, brook trout

No report.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

The pond is ice-free and has been stocked with 2,000 legal-size and 750 trophy-size rainbow trout.

OBENCHAIN RESERVOIR: bluegill, largemouth bass

This reservoir is likely ice-free. The reservoir is privately owned. Permission is needed to access.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

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

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

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

Irrigation water has been shut off and flows are around 100 cfs as of April 17. The flow will increase over the next week or so to usual summer flows. No recent fishing reports. ATTENTION ANGLERS – Fishing for brown trout is catch-and-release only; harvest of rainbow trout is allowed.

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

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

No recent fishing reports.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

Current reservoir storage is at 34 percent of capacity and increasing. The reservoir is now ice-free. Approximately 4,700 legal-size rainbow trout have been recently stocked. 

Anglers usually have good success catching holdover trophy-size trout in the upper reservoir just after ice-out.

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

The ice cover is breaking up. Ice fishing is not advised. Ice should be off the reservoir soon. Fall sampling by ODFW shows that good numbers of rainbow trout and black crappie are available. Rainbows range from 8- to 15-inches and black crappie from 6- to 13-inches.

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

No report.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Access is available. The lake is open but there haven’t been any fishing reports. Fingerling cutthroat trout were planted last year and should be 8- to 10-inches this spring.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent reports.

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

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is completely ice-free. Fishing will be slow to fair until weather patterns stabilize. 

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

The river below Mason Dam das declined from recent high flows.  

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir was stocked with 500 trophy rainbow trout the week of March 18. It has been slowly filling due to cold temperatures above, but there is going to be a lot more water coming off the mountain soon. The best fishing will be within 60-80 feet from the bank. This is where most of the natural feeding occurs. There should also be a lot 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.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

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

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

Open all year. Sand and Scott creeks are very small spring fed streams west of Hwy 97 near the Silver Lake highway junction. Fishing on these small streams is open year-round with bait allowed. Most fish are less than 8-inches long.

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Open all year. Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Fishing is best in the beaver dam pools above Nicholson Road. Fishing for brook trout is very slow. Access is challenging due to snow.

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

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

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available for 4WD vehicles. Anglers reported slow fishing in January.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is unavailable due to water crossings.

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

Snow or muddy roads may limit access.

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 on potentially releasing 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 will be restocked in May if there is enough water.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

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

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

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

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

The river opens to fishing on Monday, April 22. Expect very slow fishing due to very high, turbid flows.

ODFW and Oregon State University will be sampling the Sprague River extensively this spring, summer and fall. We will be reporting on the sampling periodically through the year.

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

Flows are very high. Fishing not recommended. Open all year but snow will limit access to most areas on public land. Fishing is slow for redband trout and brown trout. Sculpins are very abundant in the river therefore sculpin patterns can work well for large redband and brown trout. Fishing streamers or spinners is the best method right now as water temperatures have cooled. Check stream level. The river is also very clear in this section. Flows are high.

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

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

Flows are very high. Fishing not recommended at this time. The South Fork Sprague River is open to fishing all year. Most public land is inaccessible due to snow. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Flows are high.

Check stream level.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

The gate to Sun Pass State Forest is closed. Open to fishing all year but closed to fishing for bull trout. Only bull trout occur in upper Sun Creek just above the Sun Pass Forest bridge crossing. Fishing is not recommended at this time as fish density is low. Past electrofishing only found one brook trout that was over 8-inches. Fish size and density was low. Check stream level.

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

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

Open all year but access is challenging due to snow. Fishing is very slow below the marsh. Check stream levels. Flows are very high.

Above the Sycan Marsh access is limited due to snow.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

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

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is now ice-free and full. It has been stocked with approximately 7,500 legal-size and 500 trophy-size rainbow trout.

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

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

UNITY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir storage is at 89 percent of capacity. Ice cover on the reservoir is beginning to break up, and some limited bank fishing is possible.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

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

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

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is filling and is 49 percent full as of April 10. You can access reservoir levels for reservoirs owned by the Bureau of Reclamation here.

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

This pond is accessible, but there have not been any recent fishing reports. This is a great destination for flyfishers using float tubes as fish typically rise throughout the day. Bait fishing can also be productive early in the year before the aquatic vegetation takes over.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

The river above Kirk Road Bridge opens to angling on Monday, April 22. Flows are high and fishing is expected to be slow. Fishing will be much better the closer you fish to the headwaters. Fishing on the private pay to fish ranches on Yamsi and Sand Creek Ranch should be fair to good.

Check stream levels.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

Closed until May 22 to protect spawning redband trout. The Lower Williamson extends up to Kirk Road Bridge just below Klamath Marsh.

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

Fishing for largemouth bass can be good during April after really warm spring days. 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 reservoir is now ice-free. The boat launch is operational, but the dock is not in place. 

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

The river will open to fishing on Monday, April 22. Flows will be high and water temperatures very cold. Catch rates will be very low.

Best fishing for brown trout will be from the Weed Road bridge down to Crooked Creek. Brown trout are feeding extensively on aquatic and earthworms that came out during high flow events. No bait is allowed but artificials such as San Juan worms can work well.

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

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

You can get to within 2 miles of the Lake as of April 10. You may be able to access the reservoir by 4-wheel drive vehicle, but hiking the few miles or waiting a few more weeks is recommended.  Ice is gone, water temperatures are in the 40s and fishing is expected to be slow to fair.