Recreation Report

Southeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of December 5, 2018

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:

  • Winter conditions are limiting access and opportunity at many area lakes and reservoirs. Many are iced over but the ice is too thin for ice fishing.
  • Fishing on the Klamath River below Keno Dam has slowed but it continues to be the best bet for fishing in the Klamath Basin.
  • Flow management on the Klamath River below the powerhouse continues to be ideal for a great fishing outing until late afternoon.
  • The Ana River is spring-fed and with its constant water temperature is a great late fall and winter destination.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

Ice fishing safety

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

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but this reservoir is ice-free all winter. The reservoir has been drawn down about 5 feet for the winter. Bait fishing and trolling can both 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 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

The river was stocked with 250 larger rainbow trout the week of Oct. 29. Fishing has been fair recently. Fish were rising for flies midday. Small beadhead flies will be the most effective, but small dry flies and leech patterns will work. Lure and bait fishing can also catch plenty of fish.

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

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

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

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

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked with approximately 5,000 trophy-size rainbow trout in July and was stocked with an additional 500 the last week of September. With good numbers of fish still in the lake from the July stocking and with more stocked in September, fall fishing should be very good.

No report. With winter approaching access will become more difficult due to snow and the lake will be ice-covered.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Recent fish sampling by ODFW indicates that trout numbers are very good, and they are in great condition. The trout are running 8- to 15-inches in length. Reservoir water level is good for this time of year. There should be some good fishing this fall.

With winter approaching access will become more difficult due to snow and the reservoir will be ice-covered.

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

The pond was stocked the week of Oct. 8 with 10-to 12-inch rainbow trout. Bass and bluegill are naturally reproducing in the pond and available for anglers as well.

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

Rainbow trout have been caught in the reservoir with some over 15-inches. Launching a large boat will be difficult, but small boats or float tubes would be possible and open up more of the reservoir to fishing. Please be aware that listed bull trout do use the reservoir and should be released immediately if caught.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is dry.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The gage above Page Springs campground shows water levels dropping to 28.0 cfs as of Oct. 15. Water temperatures have fluctuated from the mid-30s to the low 50s. 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

Access is unavailable and the lake is iced over.

BURNS GRAVEL POND: trout, bass

Stocked the week of Oct. 8 with 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. 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

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.

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. Fishing is likely slow.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Access is unknown and the lake is ice covered.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The reservoir might begin to freeze soon. 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. Water clarity is very good.

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.

CHERRY CREEK: brook trout and redband trout

Open all year. Cherry Creek is a gorgeous small stream flowing from the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Fishing is slow for brook trout up to 10-inches. Some nice beautiful little redband trout are available as well. Take the road to the Cherry Creek trailhead. Instream habitat is excellent. Water is crystal clear so fish can be spooky when late season flows are low. Small dry flies and very small spinners work best.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Access is available, but there are significant amounts of ice buildup. There are a few areas where there is open water, but fishing will be slow.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

Fishing has been good to excellent. The fish are gorging on leeches. The water is low but launching a boat is still possible. The water is greenish due to algae and surface water temperatures have been in the low 40s to low 50s during the day. Winds have been calm in the mornings and increasing as the day progresses.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Brook trout fishing is slow as water temperatures are near freezing. Open all year. Bait is allowed. There is a campground at the confluence with South Fork Sprague. Most brook trout in the stream are less than 8-inches. Access is good and is immediately off the paved FS 34 road.

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

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

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

No recent fishing reports but fishing will probably be slow. About 300 crappie were transplanted from Owyhee Reservoir to Upper Cow Lake in June in an effort to increase crappie numbers in the lake. ODFW will continue to monitor conditions in the Cow Lakes to hopefully improve the fishery. 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.

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

Closed to fishing until May 22.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Closed until May 22.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is unknown and the lake is ice covered.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Access is available, but there is a significant amount of ice buildup. There are some areas of open water, but be prepared for slow fishing.

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

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent fishing reports, but this can be a great fall fishery for rainbow trout up to 15-inches.

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

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

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

There have not been any fishing reports and ice is going to start restricting fishing until it freezes solid.

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

There have not been any recent fishing reports and it is more than likely iced over.

Eight campsites are available at this BLM reservoir.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Access is now difficult due to snow, and the lake becoming ice-covered.

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Closed until 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

Access is likely beginning to be challenging due to snow. Fishing for hatchery rainbow trout will be slow as 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 14-inches were stocked over two months ago along with a few trophies averaging 18-inches. Anglers are also catching brook trout and lake trout. Best fishing is typically near the north end for lake trout. If fishing from shore, fish near the deeper water in the lake. The best fishing is from a boat but look out for late afternoon winds. There is a 10 mph speed limit on the lake.

Open to fishing all year and the Fourmile Lake Campground is open. The lake is very low. Fourmile Lake is 0 percent full. This is based on the 15,000 acre feet of water stored for irrigation. The lower the percentage the more difficult it becomes to launch boats. There is no improved ramp or dock on the lake. All boats are launched from the sandy beach and larger boats will need to back into the lake a very long ways and larger boats might be impossible to launch. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for more information on the status of launching boats at Fourmile Lake. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent fishing reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

No report. With winter approaching access will become more difficult due to snow and the lake will be ice-covered.

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

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

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

The reservoir is 51 percent full. Water temperatures are dropping fast and reservoir will begin to freeze. Ice fishing should be excellent this year if the lake freezes sufficiently. With current lake levels ODFW expects another good crappie fishery in 2019.

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

HAINES POND: hatchery rainbow trout

The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout the week of Oct. 8. Surface ice has formed on the pond, but is not yet thick enough for ice fishing.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HIGHWAY 203 POND: rainbow trout, panfish, bass

Surface ice has formed on the pond, but not yet thick enough for ice fishing.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

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

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

Fishing is slow for all warmwater fish. Yellow perch are your best bet but they are not common in the reservoir. Water clarity is ideal. Abundant aquatic vegetation makes fish challenging in certain areas.

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

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

Turbidity in the lake has increased with the recent wind, storms and run off. Fishing will be slow throughout the lakes. Most anglers fish with dead minnows on or near the bottom. Best bank access is at Howard and Shoalwater Bays off Hwy 140. Water temperatures are falling fast and redband trout are gorging on minnows, leeches and blood midges. Redband can be found at the outlet of Upper Klamath Lake and Link River. Redband are also scattered throughout Agency Lake. The lake is 4.8 feet below full pool.. All methods can catch fish. Currently, best fishing is still fishing with dead minnows.  .

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-rainbow trout, brown trout?

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

Fishing remains excellent. Flows of 578 cfs are currently ideal for a successful outing. Redband trout typically eat a varied diet in this reach. This includes eating large numbers of fat head 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. Water clarity is unusually clear.

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

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. Elk hair caddis or other caddis patterns work well. 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 excellent until 2 p.m. Flows will continue to be low until late afternoon. Flow estimates have been discontinued until next 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

This can be a great fall fishery for rainbow trout over 18-inches. 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. No gas motors are allowed on this reservoir.

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

Lake of the Woods was stocked the week of Aug. 27 with 1,500 rainbow trout averaging 14-inches. Rainbow trout fishing is slow. Water temperatures have cooled significantly.

Fishing is slow for warmwater fish. The best fishing should be for yellow perch. Small yellow perch around 6-inches are the most abundant fish in the lake.

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

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

Open all year. Brook trout are abundant and catch rates are high in the meadow and beaver pond area of the creek. Currently, anglers are catching lots of brook trout.

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. The river is beginning to freeze. Fishing for largemouth bass can be OK if you can find them. Best largemouth bass fishing is below Big Springs in Bonanza.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is probably available to 4-wheel drive vehicles, but the lake is frozen.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The fishing is slow to good depending on the day, but the payoff is rainbow trout from 16- to 20-inches or more! The reservoir is low and there are unconfirmed reports that the boat ramp is usable. ODFW will sample the reservoir this fall and updated information regarding the fishery will be available in November.  

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 to reach the lake.

Conditions haven’t improved and it is unknown if stocking will occur in 2019.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

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

MILLER CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout

The flow is very low at the outlet of Miller Lake and flows are low throughout the creek. Fishing is challenging due to low flow. Bait is allowed.

MILLER LAKE: brown, rainbow, brook trout, kokanee

The road into the lake has been graded and groomed, but snow might restrict access. Currently, brown trout are very abundant near the boat ramp looking for places to spawn. They are very challenging to catch. Catches in the trap net two weeks ago 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.

Miller Lake was stocked the week of Aug 27. Catch rates are poor for rainbow trout. Bait fishing from shore is productive for hatchery rainbow trout. Fishing is slow for brown trout and kokanee. Brown trout are cruising the shoreline looking for food and places to spawn. Brown trout typically hold under kokanee in water at least 15 feet deep. Brown trout will come into the shallows to eat hatchery rainbow trout and kokanee spawners. Kokanee barley exceed 8-inches.A good boat ramp is available. Camping is now free but the water is shut off, there are no garbage facilities and the boat dock has been taken out. Call the Chemult USFS office at 541-365-7001 for more information.

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.

If fishing in the lake is slow you can try Miller Creek. Best fishing will be below the road crossing. Most fish in Miller Creek are less than 8-inches.

Both the lake and creek are very low.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is very low and will more than likely not overwinter trout.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No fishing report. The reservoir is becoming ice-covered, but the ice is too thin for ice fishing.

NORTH PINE CREEK: rainbow trout, brook trout

No report.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

Surface ice has formed on the pond, but is not yet thick enough for ice fishing. The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout the week of Oct. 8.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

OBENCHAIN RESERVOIR: bluegill, largemouth bass

This reservoir is likely frozen.

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

There is access and rainbow trout in the 10- to 17-inches were hitting lures earlier this summer. Bait fishing was also productive near the dam. The vegetation will start receding as temperatures drop. Casting into the open water is the best bet. A very small boat or pontoon would work great at this small reservoir.

The day use and Indian Creek boat ramps are both currently useable.

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

Irrigation water has been shut off and flows are around 30 cfs as of Oct. 15. No recent fishing reports. There has been lots of fishing on the Owyhee and anglers have been catching healthy-looking brown trout and also some very skinny brown trout.

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

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

No recent fishing reports, but fall fishing for smallmouth bass can be good. Fishing will slow as water temperatures are more consistently in the 40s.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

The reservoir was stocked with over 10,000 legal size and 4,000 trophy-size rainbow trout in spring/summer 2018.

No recent fishing reports.  The perch are larger this year, averaging about 9-inches. Rainbows range from 10- to 20-inches.

Current reservoir storage is at 8 percent of capacity.  The reservoir is primarily ice-free at this time.

The U.S. Forest Service is currently constructing a new launch surface at the Mason Dam Boat Launch. For this reason access to the parking area, restroom and boat launch is closed through Dec. 15, the expected completion date. Due to this construction project and low reservoir pool elevation, there are no functional boat launching locations available.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Surface ice has formed, but is too thin for ice fishing at this time. 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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available, but the lake is frozen.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

No recent fishing reports. Ice is beginning to form along the edges below Mason Dam and flows are moderate.

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

Access is available but the reservoir is likely frozen.

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 only available only to snowmobiles and the lake 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. 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. Catch rates for brook trout should increase as they concentrate for spawning

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 might be frozen.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available, but the reservoir is likely frozen.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available, but the reservoir is likely frozen.

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. Fishing should be excellent for small pumpkinseed sunfish.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is dry.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Closed until May 22.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Large numbers of brown trout can be seen spawning at the mouth at Collier State Park. Closed until May 22, 2019.

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

Closed until April 22, 2019.

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

Open all year but snow will begin to limit access. Fishing is slow for redband trout with a few nice 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.

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. Fishing is slow around Sandhill Crossing Campground as water temperatures are near freezing. Fishing for brook trout is slow in the upper reaches of the river near Lee Thomas Campground.

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

The South Fork Sprague River is open to fishing all year. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Fishing for brook trout is slow above Camp Creek and near the Corral Creek Campground. Brown trout density is highest below Camp Creek. Redband trout fishing is best above Buckboard Creek and near Blaisdell Crossing at the beaver dams.

Flow has dropped at the USFS day use park east of Bly. 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. Fishing is very slow below the marsh as most of the river is dry until private property near the confluence of the Sprague. Flows have dropped. Check stream levels.

Above the Sycan Marsh, fishing should be fair for brook trout and a 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. Fishing for brook trout is excellent near the Hanan Trailhead.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Access is unknown at this time but more than likely the reservoir is iced over.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was fully drained by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District in late August, and as a result, most fish in the reservoir were lost.

The reservoir will be restocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout in April of 2018, after the reservoir refills.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

No Report. Access is now difficult due to snow, and the lake becoming ice-covered.

UNITY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at 17 percent of capacity and launching larger trailered boats is not advised as the water level is below the asphalt ramp. Ice is beginning to form on the reservoir.

Fishing for trout has been fair, the fish averaging 15-inches long.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Some anglers have reported success in the reservoir and immediately below (pool hole) the reservoir for warmwater fish. The reservoir is currently at minimum pool this year.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available, but the pond is frozen.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

Closed until April 22.

Check stream levels.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

Closed until May 22.

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

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

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

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is primarily ice-free, but this will change rapidly with cold temperatures in the forecast.

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

Closed until April 22. 

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Fishing has been good for boat anglers recently at Yellowjacket. Trolling or Powerbait has been working well. Bank fishing should be good as well. The reservoir was stocked the week of Oct. 8 with 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.