Recreation Report

Southeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of June 11, 2018

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

There are no regulation updates at this time.

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:

  • On the Klamath River, flows have dropped to levels that should be excellent for fishing, and anglers will find a blizzard of hatches from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir.
  • JC Boyle Reservoir has been good for crappie mixed with a few bass and pumpkinseed as well.
  • Lake of the Woods is being stocked with over 1,000 fish this week and fishing should be good.
  • Fly-fishing has been good on Vee Lake and Overton Reservoir.
  • Campbell Lake is accessible and trout fishing has been good.
  • Heart Lake, Holbrook Reservoir and Lofton Reservoir have been turning out good catches of 8- to 19-inch trout.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

Ana reservoir was stocked last week with 3,000 legal rainbow trout. Although there have not been any recent fishing reports, rainbow trout fishing should be 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

Fish are still being caught on the river. Fish have been rising throughout the day for small emerging and dry flies. 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.

always a good bet­Ana 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 high flows and cold water temperatures. Annie Creek turns turbid quickly due to the large watershed and snow in the upper elevations. 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 is very slow due to very cold and low productivity water. Fishing with bait allowed.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The road to Anthony Lake is open, but no recent reports on conditions.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is now accessible and full of water. Based on fish inventory conducted last fall, fishing for rainbow trout up to 16- to 18-inches should be good.

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 has been fluctuating from 80 to 200+ cfs due to multiple days of 50+ °F temperatures. Water temperatures have been fluctuating as well beginning in the low 40s in the mornings and reaching the upper 40s or low 50s by the afternoon. 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

The trailhead is easily accessible at this time, but the trail conditions are unknown. As always there will be quite a few blowdowns across the trail, but it is easy to find and follow to the lake.

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

Due to flash flooding in fall 2017, the South Fork Burnt River Road is closed at the National Forest Boundary. 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

Both bait fishing and fly-fishing were productive this past weekend. 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 are typically in deeper water. Fish were observed rising throughout the day.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

Open all year and currently accessible. Fishing is improving for crappie and bass. 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 open above Paisley and water levels are dropping. Fishing will get better as flows drop and insects become more active with warming water temperatures. This is a great river to fly-fish or cast lures. There are plenty of areas to fish and camp on Forest Service land upstream of Paisley.

Bass fishing is good on the lower reaches of the river. There is one access point on highway 31 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. There is only one public place to access the river on Highway 31 near Valley Falls.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

No recent fishing reports. However, fish appear to have survived the winter well and anglers should find a range of sizes from 8- to 17-inches, or more!

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.

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

Recent fishing has been fair for rainbow and brook trout. Slowly trolling flies or spoons is 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 it is expected that fishing is slow at the Cow Lakes. 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

Opened to fishing on May 22.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Opened to fishing on May 22. Fishing should be slow to fair depending on location.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available, but there have not been any recent fishing reports. There should be plenty of holdover trout from last year growing bigger in the lake. There was a large midge hatch last week.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

The flows are starting to drop on this creek. Insect productivity will increase with more active redband trout this month. Fly-fishing with beadheads or dry flies work well on this creek, as will casting lures.

The creek is unpredictable at this time of year. 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 report. Perch fishing this time of the year should be fair to good. Bass fishing should pick up the warmer the lake gets.

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 legals and 300 larger rainbow trout recently.

A couple weeks ago fly-fishing was good for trout in the 10- to 16-inch range. A few fish were also caught from the bank with bait. With warming temperatures rainbow trout should become more active. Fly-fishing with leeches, water boatmen and chironomid patterns are all productive strategies during the spring.

Eight campsites are available at this BLM reservoir.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

No recent reports. But the road is open to the lake and campground.

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Reopened for fishing May 22.

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

The lake level is good and fishing should be great this year at Fourmile Lake. Both brook trout and lake trout are currently being caught.

Open to fishing all year. The road into Fourmile Lake is now open, and the Fourmile Lake Campground is officially open for the summer and will be staffed with a host.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The road to Grande Ronde Lake is open but no recent reports on conditions.

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

Open all year. Fishing is currently good for yellow perch and fair for crappie. Most yellow perch are small. A few largemouth bass and brown bullhead are also being captured. Fishing for crappie should peak near Memorial Day and in early June. Best locations to fish are near Barnes Valley or Ben Hall Creeks.

Bureau of Reclamation biologists have been sampling 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 82 percent full. Water temperatures have exceeded 60 F.

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 has been stocked 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 recently with 1,000 legals and 300 trophy rainbows.

Fishing has been good trolling lures this past weekend. All boats were picking up rainbow trout from 8- to 19-inch. Fish were also hitting the surface throughout the day. Fly-fishing is usually productive for trout throughout the day. Bait fishing along the shore seemed to be 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 has received its second stocking this spring of 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

This reservoir was stocked recently with legal and trophy rainbow trout. People have been catching a lot of trout the past two weekends trolling, flyfishing and bait fishing.

Trolling flies and lures has been productive recently for trout in the 8- to 19-inch range! These rainbow trout are very fat fish with the 19-inch trout 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 fair for crappie. Pumpkinseed, yellow perch and largemouth bass are also being captured. Water clarity and water temperature are ideal.

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 closed for the season.

UPPER KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: native redband trout and yellow perch

The redband are still spread throughout the lake. The lake is 1.3 feet below full pool. Water clarity is very good with visibility near three feet. Algae blooms are becoming moderate along Eagle Ridge and Ball Bay. Water temperature will increase this week and likely push many redband trout to the colder water.

Catch rates are continually improving in the lake with warmer water temperatures. Fish activity has increased. Most anglers trolling from boats are catching fish.

All methods can catch fish. Currently, best fishing is trolling from a boat. Anglers are fishing with dead minnows along the shoreline of Howard and Shoalwater bays and near the outlet of Upper Klamath Lake. Anglers also use spoons or plugs that mimic bait fish in the lake such as blue chub, tui chub, fat head minnows or sculpin species.

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

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

Open to fishing through June 15. Flows are a little on the high side but still fishable at 1300 cfs. Near blizzard hatches of caddis flies, mayflies, and damselflies are occurring. Large redband trout are generalist feeders feeding on crayfish, leeches, sculpins, caddisflies, mayflies, damselflies, and fat head minnows. Large bead head pheasant tails work well for matching the mayflies. Caddis pupae patterns fished dead drift can also be very productive.

Most redband trout have completed spawning in Spencer Creek and are moving back upstream into the Keno Reach. In addition, the very warm water temperatures in this reach this past summer might have resulted in higher than average mortality.

ODFW/OSU have radio-tagged 14 redband trout below Keno Dam. Radio-tagged redband trout must be released.

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

Open all year. Fishing is very good. Salmonflies and golden stoneflies are hatching. 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 due to high flows all day long. Look for good hatches of salmonflies and golden stoneflies. Water temperatures are ideal for good fishing.

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 this time of year. Black spinners and Panther Martins can also work but are currently not as affective during colder water temperatures as dead drifting flies. 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 last week 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. Water temperatures are in the 40s and may get above 50°F with multiple days of sun.

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 excellent. The lake will be stocked this week with 1,000 legals and 300 trophy rainbow trout.

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. Kokanee fishing is also worth a try as they are near the surface in early morning.

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

This reservoir was stocked recently with legal and trophy rainbow trout.

Fishing recently has been very good trolling, fly-fishing and bait fishing the past two weekends. There have been some nice rainbow trout being caught in the 12- to 19-inch range. 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. The canyon and meadow area provide the best fishing. 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 should improve later this week as water temperatures warm. 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

Water temperatures are in the 40s and may get above 50 °F with multiple days of sun. 

Anglers are catching healthy trout in the 8- to 17-inch range all throughout the reservoir. 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 about 66 degrees Fahrenheit. Bass might be actively spawning soon and should be easier to catch. 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 LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout, brook trout

Miller Lake is accessible. Fishing is slow for brown trout and kokanee. Call the Chemult USFS office at 541-365-7001 for more information. The road into the lake is 12 miles of rough, gravel washboard.

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 10-inches now. 

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir has been stocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

The pond has been stocked 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 fishing. 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 should be really good this month. 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 fish 10- to 1- inches were hitting flies this past weekend. Bait fishing has also been productive. Be sure to make it out to Overton this spring before the vegetation takes over this summer. A very small boat or pontoon would work great at this small reservoir.

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

The Owyhee Reservoir is currently at 81 percent of capacity and boats can be launched at all ramps except as noted below. 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 180 cfs according to the USGS stream data. 

Fishing has been good for brown trout and rainbow trout in the area below the dam and throughout the typical fishing areas within a few miles of the dam. 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 fishing is expected to be slow.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

The reservoir has now been stocked with approximately 7,000 legal-size and 2,000 trophy-size rainbow trout

Anglers have done well catching 18- to 20-inch hold-over trout at Social Security Point. Current reservoir storage is at 65 percent of capacity.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The high-water boat launch is now functional. Fishing should be good for rainbows 12- to 15-inches long.

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

No recent fishing report.

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.

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 2,000 legal-size rainbow trout have been stocked in the river below Mason Dam. River flow is now relatively high.

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

Five hundred trophy rainbow trout were stocked in April. A lot of fish in the 12- to 18-inch range have been caught this spring, but there haven’t been any recent fishing reports. 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

Access is available and fly-fishing was fair this past weekend. Although the fish caught were not giant this is a great pond to hone your fly-fishing skills. There should 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 most 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

Fishing was good a month ago 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. There are plenty of crayfish in this reservoir, so remember your crayfish traps.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The water levels dropped dramatically in the past month and most fish have died due to increased water temperature and low dissolved oxygen. There might be some fish still available, but they are not going to last very long. Filamentous moss is rapidly growing and this reservoir will dry up this summer. This reservoir has only been stocked 5 times in the last 13 years due to its lack of water. If looking to fish in this general area try Piute Reservoir along Hwy 140. 

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Fishing opens Tuesday May 22. Fishing is excellent for small redband trout less than 8 inches.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Fishing opens May 22. Catch rates are always slow due to very cold, clear water. Please release large spawning redband trout.

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

Fishing should be fair to good. Best locations to fish are the areas near the towns of Chiloquin and Beatty. Flows are dropping and are much lower than typical.

Most fishing takes place from the shore. Boats can be launched at two locations above Beatty. Near the town of Chiloquin pontoon and inflatable boats are best. Flyfishing with bead head nymphs can be productive in the riffles and pocket water near Chiloquin.Spinners, spoons and rapalas can also work well. Black drake mayflies are hatching throughout the river.

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

Open all year but snow will limit access. Fishing through the canyon is slow;  high flows (93 cfs) are making fishing challenging. Check stream level. The river is also very clear in this section. Black drake mayflies are hatching in the lower river.

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, but snow may be limiting access. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Flow is high (137 cfs) but clear 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 this past weekend for a kids fishing event. Fish can be caught with bait, lures or flies on this small pond. Fish were rising throughout the day…just remember to bring your mosquito spray!

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

The gate is closed to the Sun Pass State Forest until June 30. 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 decreased to 58 cfs. 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

This reservoir was recently stocked with 1,000 legals and 750 larger rainbow trout. On May 14 it was stocked with 9,000 legal rainbow trout and 300 larger trout. There have been reports of people catching fish near the dam a month ago, but there haven’t been any recent reports.

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is now full, and has been stocked with approximately 7,500 legal-size and 500 trophy-size rainbow trout. Some holdover trout are also available. The boat launch is functional and dock is in place.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

The lakes are ice-covered and not accessible by automobiles. The lake was stocked in last July with legal- and 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 now free of ice and is at 100 percent of capacity.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This lake was stocked with 400 larger and 100 trophy trout recently. People have been doing very well catching fish with flies this past weekend. 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. Roads can be muddy and slick this time of year and anglers should be prepared for these conditions. 

There is holdover water this 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

There have been no recent fishing reports, but expect fishing to be good. This is a great destination for fly-fishers using float tubes as fish typically rise throughout the day. Bait fishing can also be productive early in the year before the vegetation takes over.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

The river opened April 22, 2018.

River flows are good and fishable. The river is slightly turbid. Check stream levels. Fishing is excellent during the black drake mayfly spinner fall. Size 10 to 12 dry fly patterns work great for rising redband trout and brook trout.  

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

The Lower Williamson River opened to fishing on May 22. Catch rates of large redband has been low. Most fish caught are less than 20-inches. A few large redband trout have moved in from the lake. Numerous hatches are occurring right now including golden stoneflies and various caddisfly species. Best fishing is from a boat but bank access is available at the ODFW property in Chiloquin and near Highway 97.

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 captured in the first few weeks after opening day. Please release these fish carefully.

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

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 turbid thus reducing catch rates.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is now free of ice and fishing for rainbow trout should be good.  The boat launch is functional, but dock is not in place.

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

The river is high and cold but is running quite clear. Snowmelt in Sun and Annie Creeks drainages this week will increase flows and turbidity. Check river levels.

Fishing will be very slow in the upper river. The best bet is to fish closer to the mouth. Excellent hatches of Pale morning Dun mayflies in size 14 are coming off with fish actively rising especially in the lower river. Small spring stoneflies are also hatching with an occasional salmonfly as well. 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 except for the last ½ mile where a high-clearance 4 x 4 vehicle would be best.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.