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Effective July 1, bag limits on wild adult Chinook salmon are reduced.

Effective June 13, 2019, the Trask River Hatchery Hole will be closed.

Razor clamming is now closed from the south jetty of the Siuslaw River south to the California border.

Effective June 1, 2019 through November 28, 2019, the use of barbed hooks is allowed when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout. 

Recreation Report

Southeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of June 19, 2019

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

MALHEUR RIVER

  • Beginning June 12 through August 15, 2019 the Malheur River is open to angling for spring Chinook salmon fishing;
  • On the mainstem river from the Bluebucket Creek confluence upstream to the headwaters of McCoy Creek, Lake Creek, Big Creek and tributaries, Summit Creek and Bosonberg Creek
  • The daily bag limit is two (2) hatchery spring Chinook salmon; two daily limits in possession.

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:

  • Black drake mayflies are still hatching on the Sprague River and flows are perfect for fishing.
  • Best bet for fishing in the Klamath Basin continues to be Lake of the Woods for stocked rainbow trout, Upper Williamson River for native redband trout, Wood River for brown trout and Gerber Reservoir for crappie.
  • Fishing has been excellent for redband trout on the upper Williamson near the Rocky Ford area.
  • Holbrook and Lofton Reservoirs have been stocked with trophy trout three times in the last few months.
  • Campbell Lake is now accessible and fishing should be good for rainbow and brook trout.
  • Water levels in the Chewaucan are dropping – expect fishing for redband trout to start getting really good.
  • The Owhyee River was stocked last week with rainbow trout.
  • Holbrook Reservoir, Lake of the Woods, North Fork of Pine Creek and Lofton Reservoir are all scheduled to be stocked this week.

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 May 27. This is an excellent destination for the whole family. There have also been a few hybrid bass caught with bait in April. The reservoir is full, which means all sizes of boats can be launched. 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

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fishing should be good. Fish will be rising for flies midday as usual. Small beadhead flies will be the most effective, but small dry flies and leech patterns will work. Lure and bait fishing can also catch plenty of fish.

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

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

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Open year-round. Fishing in Annie Creek is very slow due to cold water temperatures, low productivity and high flows. Access is available year-round off Hwy. 62 at the USFS snow park. There is plenty of public property on USFS, State Forest and Crater Lake National Park -- fishing is regulated by the National Park (541-594-3000).

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

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

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

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is now accessible and fishing for rainbow trout should be good this spring. Fall fish sampling by ODFW indicated that trout numbers are very good, and they are in great condition, running 8- to 15-inches long.

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

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

Bass and bluegill and perhaps a few trout are available at the pond. 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 90 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 fingerlings stocked in May 2019 should be 8- to 10-inches come fall.

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 are 450 to 700 as of April 24. 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 available to the trailhead, but the hiking trail has patches of snow and plenty of blowdowns.

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 100 percent full and spilling as of April 24and 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. Anglers are having fair to excellent success and taking limits of trout. 

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

The South Fork Burnt River has been stocked with approximately 2,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

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

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

Open all year. Bait allowed.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Access is available. There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fishing from a boat or the bank should be good. Holdover rainbow trout and naturally-reproducing brook trout should be biting. Bait fishing is always a good technique at this reservoir as well as trolling flies and lures. Try casting towards the downed trees to catch brook trout.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

Access is available. Crappie fishing has slowed as most crappie are spawned out. Best fishing is from a small boat. Larger boats cannot be launched at the reservoir as there is no boat ramp. Best fishing is near the dam and near the overhanging willows. The southeastern part of the reservoir is on BLM property. The reservoir is also fed by water from Deming Creek.

Access is available off the FS 34 (Dairy Creek road) and 335 roads near Bly. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please respect this area.

CHERRY CREEK: brook trout and redband trout

Open all year, but flows are high.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

The river is dropping and should start to get really good for redband trout fishing. Temperatures might still be fairly cool, but insect activity should be picking up and trout appetites will increase. Casting lures can be productive as well as casting streamers or using nymphs under indicators. Mosquito repellent is a must right now in Lake County.

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

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is scheduled to be stocked with 3,000 trout the week of May 20.

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. Bait is allowed.

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

Fishing a few weeks ago was very good for rainbow and brook trout in the 8- to 17-inch range. Although bigger fish were lurking, none were caught. Trolling or casting spoons and lures can be productive. Fly-fishing is excellent at this time of year before water temperatures increase during the summer months. Try trolling leech patterns or prince nymphs. A chironomid fished under a bobber is also a known producer. Bait fishing can be productive, but with so much vegetation along the bottom it is tough to place the bait outside of the weeds. This lake can produce fish 25-inches long and up to 4 pounds.

 

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

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

Fishing reports and sampling data indicate that there is an overabundance of brown bullheads in the lakes. White crappie, bluegill, and large scale suckers were also found during sampling in 2016 with a few of the crappie being very large (10- to 12-inches).

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

Fishing is slow. Large redband trout are beginning to move into the Creek from the Lake.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Redband trout are beginning to move into the Creek but fishing remains slow.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access might be available to the lake. Last week there was still a large snow drift in between Campbell and Deadhorse, but with the high temperatures access is probable. Holdover rainbow trout should be biting. Bait fishing is always a good technique at this reservoir, as is trolling flies and lures.

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

The creek will become more available to anglers along Hwy 140 with decreasing flows this week. Near the first of July is an excellent time to try fly-fishing or casting lures in this section of the river. Try fishing beadheads under indicators or casting smaller lures to entice redband trout.

Upper Deep Creek on Forest Service land is accessible and should start fishing well. Insects will become more active as the water warms and redband and brook trout will start feeding heavily. There are plenty of Forest Service campgrounds for family camping and good fishing.

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

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

As of April 23 access from Riley on USFS roads 45s/45 will get you to within 6 miles of the lake before you encounter remaining snow drifts. The lake is assumed to be ice-free. Reports of several hundred dead fish suggest a winterkill has occurred. It’s unknown if any trout remain in the lake. The lake will be restocked in late May once hatchery trucks can access the lake. 

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

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

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

The reservoir is full but very turbid.

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

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

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

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout and brown bullhead catfish

This reservoir was stocked with 1,000 legal rainbow trout and 300 larger trout the week of May 27. There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fishing should be good. If targeting trout with flies, try trolling leech patterns or casting other bait imitations. Bait is going to be a good option as summer progresses.

Eight campsites are available at this BLM reservoir.

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout; brook trout

No report. The Eagle Creek area is 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

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

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

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

The lake is accessible. Fishing is fair for brook trout, good for lake trout around 20-inches and there are a few rainbow trout carryovers. The lake will be stocked the week of June 24. The lake is 52 percent full. This is based on the 15,600 acre feet taken out for irrigation.

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.

A 15 inch crappie caught by Bureau of Reclamation sampling Gerber Reservoir. Photo by William Tinniswood.
A 15 inch crappie caught by Bureau of Reclamation sampling Gerber Reservoir. Photo by William Tinniswood.

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

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

The reservoir is 91 percent full. With current and past reservoir levels, ODFW expects an excellent crappie fishery next year as well.

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

HAINES POND: hatchery rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with 900 trophy-size rainbow trout.

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

This lake was stocked with 700 legal and 300 larger rainbow trout the week of May 27. Anglers were doing excellently earlier this month bait fishing along the shore, trolling in boats and casting from float tubes. There were a number of full stringers of trophy and legal rainbows. It looked like all methods of fishing produced trout; trolling spoons, leech patterns, casting indicators, bait fishing with both worms and PowerBait on the surface and the bottom.

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

HIGHWAY 203 POND: rainbow trout, panfish, bass

The pond has received its second stocking of 2,250 legal-size and 825 trophy-size rainbow trout.

River Miles at Holbrook Reservoir
River Miles had a good day of fishing with her dad at Holbrook Reservoir.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir will be stocked with 700 larger and 300 trophy rainbow trout this week. It has been stocked with 2,000 legal, 1,400 larger and 900 trophy rainbow trout so far this year! Although there were no fishing reports, I’m sure there was success this past weekend. Fishing was also good for holdover rainbow trout earlier this year in the 12- to 14-inch range with a few larger fish, up to 21-inches, caught. Trolling both flies and lures were most productive. Earlier this month fishing with bait on the shore was also producing fish in the 12- to 20-inch category.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

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

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

Fishing has slowed crappie and pumpkinseed sunfish. Best fishing for crappie is near the bridge crossing. Fishing bait off the bottom is also productive for brown bullhead catfish.

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

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

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

Many redband trout have moved into water quality refuge areas of Pelican Bay, Wood River and Williamson River. Catch rates should be fair in those areas. The lake is 0.8 feet below full pool and 88 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.

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

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

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

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

JC Boyle Reservoir is no longer spilling and flows are low and stable. Fishing is good. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately one mile below J.C. Boyle Dam. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse.. Water temperatures in this reach are much 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. Small stimulators work well in this section.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Flows will be high until June 19. Fishable flows will be available in the very early mornings starting June 19. Look for the phenomenal hatch of salmonflies to wane but the fish will still be interested in salmonfly patterns. Golden stoneflies will also be hatching in good numbers. Fishing success can be good depending on how flows are managed. Best fishing is when flows are less than 900 cfs. Expect good hatches of caddisflies in the afternoon..  Flow estimates have started. Click this link to access: PacifiCorp Flow Estimates

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

Lake of the Woods will be stocked this week with legal and trophy rainbow trout. As water temperatures warm near shore, trout will move out into colder water and hold at a depth around 15 feet. Fishing should be good for rainbow trout. Fishing for largemouth bass also has been good. Yellow perch are the dominant fish in the reservoir. Fishing with bait on the bottom can be very good for brown bullhead. A few kokanee are still be caught in early mornings near the surface.

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

This reservoir will be stocked again with 700 larger and 300 trophy rainbow trout this week. It has been stocked with 1,200 legal, 1,400 larger and 900 trophy rainbow trout so far this year!

People were hauling in stocked rainbow trout hand over fist earlier this month. Trolling was producing trout as well as bank fishing on the surface and the bottom. People were also catching fish near the dam casting lures. Lofton is always a great reservoir to cast and or troll leech patterns for these trout. There are dozens of campsites available and plenty of water activities at Lofton for the whole family.

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

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.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recently anglers have reported slow fishing, although the rainbow trout that were caught were 12- to1- inches. These fish were caught on PowerBait. Try bait fishing close to the shoreline and casting lures. Flies that imitate water boatmen and leeches also work well close to the shoreline.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir 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

The water is warming up and the bass and trout fishing should be getting good. Recent fishing reports have noted bass in the 10- to 17-inch range. Casting poppers, lures and baitfish imitations is a sure fire way to catch bass at this small pond. Some 12- to 14-inch rainbow trout were also observed jumping for damsel flies throughout the day last week. This pond gets a bit weedy towards the end of summer so get out there and try to catch a fish before that happens.

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

MILLER CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout

Access is available. Fishing should be good for very small brook, brown and rainbow trout.

MILLER LAKE: brown, rainbow, brook trout, kokanee

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

Please be on the lookout for lamprey wounds on the trout. If you see any lamprey wounds on trout please take a picture and call ODFW at 541-883-5732 ext. 24.

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

MUD LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

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

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir has been stocked with 2,000 legal-size and 900 trophy-size rainbow trout.

NORTH PINE CREEK: rainbow trout, brook trout

No report.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

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

OBENCHAIN RESERVOIR: bluegill, largemouth bass

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

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

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

Fishing for rainbow trout is possible, but may be slow. Fishing for warmwater species has been fair to good when there have been multiple days of good weather. People are excited to get out and fish and the boat ramps have been busy. Water temperatures have been in the low to mid-50s. 

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

Scheduled to be stocked the week of June 10 with 3,000 legal-size trout. Irrigation water has been shut off and flows are around 215 cfs as of April 24. 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 60 percent of capacity. The second stocking of approximately 4,700 legal-size and 2,200 trophy-size rainbow trout occurred the week of May 13. 

Anglers usually have good success catching holdover trophy-size trout in the upper reservoir in spring 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 reservoir is now ice-free and fishing is expected to be good as fall sampling by ODFW indicated that good numbers of rainbow trout and black crappie are available. Rainbows ranged 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: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Fingerling cutthroat trout survived in large numbers this winter and are now 8- to 11-inches. These fish are going to get nice and fat in the coming months. There were also 1,500 cutthroat trout planted a couple of weeks ago in the 5- to 10-inch range that will be good size come fall. Try bait fishing in shallow water or casting lures and flies near the bank. Most of the food availability is within 40 feet of the bank in this turbid reservoir.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Scheduled to be stocked the week of May 6.

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

River flows below Mason Dam are high. 

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir was stocked with 500 trophy rainbow trout in March, but there haven’t been any recent reports. 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

This was a great pond to practice your fly-fishing skills last year, but so far this year there haven’t been any holdover trout caught. Typically casting small flies is an excellent choice and will land numerous small rainbow trout. This is also a great place to take kids with a bobber, small hooks and pieces of worm. Although the fish are not huge there are a lot of ‘em.

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.

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

Access is available to some lakes but expect to encounter some snow. Mosquitoes are vicious.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

Smith Reservoir (Bryant Mountain): brown bullhead, yellow perch, 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 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 was just stocked with cutthroat trout in the 5- to 10-inch range. These fish will grow extremely fast in this reservoir. Casting lures or stripping flies will produce fish, as will fishing chironomids under a bobber. Bait fishing has also been productive in the past, but vegetation can be problematic in the summer.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Fishing on opening day was good for small redband trout.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

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

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

Flows are perfect for a good fishing experience. Fish are spread out so cover lots of water. Look for rising fish in the shade of large ponderosa pines. Expect excellent hatches of large black drake (Siphlonurus) swimmer mayflies and also small Trico mayflies. The Black Drake mayfly hatch is currently better above the town of Beatty as the hatch progresses upstream.  Swimming mayfly nymphs are very abundant in sections with abundant flooded shoreline. Dragonflies and damselflies are also hatching in excellent numbers, therefore large olive wooly buggers work very well.

Best fishing for warmwater fish is above and below the town of Sprague River. Yellow perch and brown bullhead are abundant in this section. Bait is allowed from Saddle Mountain Pit Road to Godowa Springs Road at Beatty.

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

Flows are high. 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 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. Best fishing is near the Rock Creek campground for brook trout and redband trout. Any small spinner or attractor dry fly works well. Flows are high. Fishing is fair below the marsh for mostly 8- to 10-inch redband trout. Check stream levels.

Above the Sycan Marsh access is limited due to snow.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The reservoir was stocked with 1,000 legal and 750 larger rainbow trout recently. This reservoir was also stocked with 9,000 legal and 300 larger rainbow trout the week of May 13. There have not been any recent fishing reports. This reservoir has gained 11 feet in depth this year. There have not been any recent fishing reports. Fish will be foraging in warmer water along the shorelines and high in the water column.

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

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir full and was stocked the week of May 13 with 5,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This will be the final stocking for the season. In total, approximately 12,500 legal-size and 500 trophy-size rainbow trout have been stocked this season.

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 100 percent of capacity. Anglers enjoyed good success ice fishing over the winter catching rainbow up to 20-inches. Good fishing is expected to continue through spring.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This lake will be stocked with 400 larger trout this week. Recent fishing reports have been slow for holdover trout. Fly-fishing with leech patterns and prince nymphs is always a good choice and so is bait-fishing along the dam. It is a good idea to have a small boat or float tube in this lake to access harder to reach areas. 

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

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is 76 percent full as of April 24. You can access reservoir levels for reservoirs owned by the Bureau of Reclamation here. Fishing will be slow to good for trout and warmwater fishing will improve as water temperatures and stable weather patterns increase. 

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

Expect an excellent hatch of black drake mayflies in June this year. Fishing is excellent for redband trout near the Rocky Ford area. The most effective method is dry fly fishing to rising fish. There are also sporadic hatches of pale morning duns as well. Bring your mosquito repellant. Best fishing is on overcast days with light wind.

Check stream levels.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

Expect excellent hatches of various mayflies and caddisflies with a few very large stoneflies flying around. Hatches of yellow sally stoneflies are very good right now. Best fishing will be near the town of Chiloquin below the confluence with the Sprague River. Swinging large leech and egg patterns this time of year can be productive. Most anglers use clear intermediate fly lines on long leaders.

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

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

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

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

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

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

Fishing remains fair for brown trout using lures in the lower river. Flows are high but fishable. Please release redband trout carefully as they have likely just finished spawning or are small juveniles.

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

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

There are numerous hatches of mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies. Expect to see brown trout rising on insect hatches. Best match the hatch dry fly fishing is above Weed Road to The USFS Day Use Area. Salmonflies and pale morning duns are your best bet. Look for a few black drake mayflies around as well.

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

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Reports of several hundred dead fish suggest a winterkill has occurred. It’s unknown how many trout remain in the lake. The lake will be restocked in late May once hatchery trucks can access the lake.