Recreation Report

Southeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of October 16, 2018

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

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR

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

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Trout fishing at Chickahominy Reservoir continues to be good to excellent.
  • Patient anglers might want to check out Malheur Reservoir where fishing can be slow on some days, but the payoff is trout from 16- to 20-inches long.
  • Yellowjacket Lake has been recently stocked with 10- to 12-inch fish and fishing should be good.
  • This is the time of year when bass fishing on the upper Owyhee River can be good.
  • The Williamson and Wood Rivers are providing excellent match the hatch dry fly fishing for monster redband and brown trout.
  • Cottonwood Meadows is a fantastic fall fishery with trout up to 24-inches.
  • A lot of fish have been stocked in Anthony Lake this season, and with many of those fish still around, fishing should be excellent.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but a 20-inch rainbow trout was caught with PowerBait a few weeks ago. The reservoir is full. Bait fishing and trolling can both be productive at this reservoir. People can also do well fly-fishing in the morning and evening.

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

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any fishing reports, but fishing is typically good during this time of year. 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.

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.

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 available and fishing should be great until the snow starts to fly. To access this lake you need to park at the edge of the Gearhart Wilderness and hike in 3 miles. A float tube works great to fish from, but wading or casting lures, bait or flies under a bobber can be very productive as well. There is camping at the lake, but keep in mind the regulations regarding distance from your camp and the water.

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

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

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

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Access is available and fishing should be good until access is limited by snow. This is a great lake to troll lures and flies and cast lures, flies and bait from the bank. If the bite is slow at this lake you can always try Deadhorse Lake a mile up the road.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

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

Cherry Creek is a gorgeous small stream flowing from the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Fishing is excellent 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 have not been any recent fishing reports. This is a great fall fishery with a lot of public access upstream of Paisley on Forest Service land. Casting lures and fly-fishing work really well in the fall. There are also plenty of campgrounds on this lower stretch of the river.

Anglers have been catching largemouth bass in the lower Chewaucan River. Although there is no public access along the river there is a small boat ramp directly below the Hwy 31 bridge near Valley Falls.

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 excellent right now as the concentrate for spawning. 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

Fishing should be excellent from now until the snow limits access. Slowly trolling flies or spoons is a great strategy at this lake. Stripping flies can also be very productive when fish are feeding heavily on insects before the winter. If fishing with bait increase your leader length to get above the vegetation or hang worms under a bobber. This is a fantastic fall fishery with rainbow trout up to 24-inches.

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

No recent fishing reports but fishing will probably be slow. 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

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

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Open to trout fishing through Oct. 31. Fishing is slow for redband trout. Yellow perch fishing can be excellent if you can find the schools which typically occur below Recreation Creek. The area near the confluence with Pelican Bay is a good starting point. Perch travel in schools, so once you find them stay there!

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available and fishing should be good until access is limited by snow. This is a great lake to troll lures and flies and cast lures, flies and bait from the bank. If the bite is slow at this lake you can always try Campbell Lake a mile down the road.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

As temperatures drop the best chance to catch a nice redband trout will be along Hwy 140 near Adel. Fly-fishing and casting lures are great strategies for this piece of water. Overcast days will create easier opportunities to sneak near pools and deeper riffles that larger fish will be living in. Before the ice comes, get out and catch some redband trout!

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

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

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

There have not been any fishing reports, but expect fishing to start picking up with cooler water temperatures.

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. With cooler temperatures rainbow trout should become more aggressive and feed more often. Fly-fishing with leeches, water boatmen and chironomid patterns are all productive strategies during the fall. Bait fishing near the dam can also be productive.

Eight campsites are available at this BLM reservoir.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout; brook trout

Approximately 4,000 legal-size rainbow trout were stocked in July in at West Eagle Meadows and Main Eagle upstream of Forest Road 77.

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

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

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

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

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

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

Open all year. Access is available off Westside Road at Fourmile Springs. A small car topper boat or canoe can improve fishing access at this area. Anglers should be aware of private property around this area and can check Klamath County Land Ownership for information. Bait is allowed. Fourmile Canal near Agency Lake can be excellent for yellow perch if you can find them.

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

Fishing for hatchery rainbow trout will be slow as 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 14-inches were stocked over a month 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

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

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

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

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

The reservoir is 52 percent full. Water temperatures are dropping fast. With current lake levels ODFW expects another good crappie fishery next year.

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

HAINES POND:  hatchery rainbow trout

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

There have not been any fishing reports recently. Fishing from a boat or float tube is usually more productive. Trolling flies and lures can work well in this lake at times. When bait fishing cast closer to shore and try to use a long leader or fish under a bobber. Flies also work well under a bobber.

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HIGHWAY 203 POND: rainbow trout, panfish, bass

The pond was stocked in both April and May with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. The number of trophies stocked has been increased from past years.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but there are a lot of stocked fish that should be more active in the cooler weather. The reservoir is fairly low and the boat ramp is currently out of the water. Small boats can still be launched with a 4-wheel drive vehicle. People have been catching some nice fish with PowerBait near the dam and boat ramp recently. Remember to increase your leader length to help combat the vegetation.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

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

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

Fishing is slow for crappie. Pumpkinseed, yellow perch and largemouth bass are also being caught. Water clarity 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

Catch rates are improving as redband trout begin to hold in the typical areas and water quality improves. Water temperatures are declining fast and redband trout are gorging on minnows and sculpins. Redband can already be found over at Eagle Ridge and Shoalwater Bay due to water quality improvement. Redband are also scattered throughout Agency Lake. The lake is 5.2 feet below full pool. Many boat ramps including Shoalwater, Henzel, Petric are challenging to launch. Water temperatures have cooled. All methods can catch fish. Currently, best fishing is trolling lures from a boat and covering a lot of water.

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

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

KLAMATH RIVER

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

This section opened Monday and fishing was excellent. Flows 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. This river has very abundant caddisflies. 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

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 slow during most daylight hours. Best fishing will be in early mornings before flows increase. Flow estimates are now available from PacifiCorp.

Look for good hatches of caddisflies.

Crayfish, isopods and aquatic annelids were found to be the most common food item along the margins of the river. Large wooly buggers or salmonfly nymph imitations that mimic large salmonflies work well all year. Black spinners and Panther Martins can also work. Below the JC Boyle Powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12-inches but rarely exceed 16-inches. Currently, most redband caught are in the 10- to 14-inch range.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

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. Best fishing is from a boat. Using downriggers or lead core line to keep lures and bait at this depth will result in increased success.

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

Fishing should be good at Lofton again this weekend. Anglers have been catching fish by trolling lures and fishing with bait. Fly-fishers have also been doing well trolling flies. Fish were also rising throughout the morning and afternoon. Remember to lengthen your leader to help muscle through vegetation. Fishing should only get better with decreasing water temperatures. This is a great reservoir to camp with the family and fish from the bank or with a boat or float tube.

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

Open all year. The riparian area can be quite lush and thick in certain areas making fishing difficult. Brook trout are abundant and catch rates are high in the meadow and beaver pond area of the creek. 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. Fishing for largemouth bass can be OK if you can find them. Best largemouth bass fishing is below Big Springs in Bonanza.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

There have not been any recent fishing reports. This pond has a lot of vegetation so weedless baits will be more productive. There has been an illegal introduction of largemouth bass that have taken over the reservoir. Although fingerling rainbow trout are stocked yearly few trout are typically caught. ODFW encourages the legal retention of 5 bass per day in order to promote the survival of rainbow trout.

MILLER CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout

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

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 should begin 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 road into the lake is 12 miles of very rough, gravel washboard.

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.

There is a light algal bloom on the lake.

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 dry.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

NORTH PINE CREEK:  rainbow trout, brook trout

The creek was stocked in June with legal-size rainbow trout.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

OBENCHAIN RESERVOIR: bluegill, largemouth bass

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

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There is access and rainbow trout in the 10- to 17-inches were hitting lures earlier this summer. Bait fishing was also productive near the dam. The vegetation has mostly covered the reservoir, but if you can cast to the open water fishing can be good. A very small boat or pontoon would work great at this small reservoir.

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

Fishing has been good for both yellow perch and rainbow trout. Look for fishing to improve as temperatures continue to cool this fall. 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. Due to low water, the boat launch at Union Creek Campground is no longer functional. The only functional launch is the one near Mason Dam.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The water level is now below both the high and low water boat launches so launching trailered boats is not possible. Recent 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

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

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

Approximately 4,000 legal-size rainbow trout were stocked in the river below Mason Dam in May and June. River flow is now low.

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

Priday Reservoir is on some BLM property between Plush and Adel, but the majority of the reservoir is on private property. Please respect the private property by staying on the main roads and cleaning up trash from others.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Although the fish aren’t giant, this is a great pond to hone your fly-fishing skills. Fish are actively rising for flies throughout the day and all summer. A small black dry fly is always very productive and fun to fish for rising trout. Bait fishing with worms under a bobber and PowerBait fished along the bottom can both be productive as well. In addition to recently stocked fish, there also 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. Catch rates for brook trout should increase as they concentrate for spawning

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

Access is available to all wilderness lakes. Best bets are Sonya and Margurette in Sky Lakes or Harriette and Echo in the Mountain Lakes. Weston Lake near Lake of the Woods has been fishing well. Best methods are spinners or bubble and fly. Fishing for brook trout should be good as they move into shallows to spawn.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing should be great at this desert reservoir. Successful anglers slowly strip leeches along the shoreline or cast lures. Anglers have caught rainbow trout in the 9- to 17-inch range by slowly stripping flies, and hanging flies under an indicator near the bank. Bait fishing seems to be hit or miss at this small reservoir.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

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

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

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Catch rates are always slow due to very cold, clear water. Brown trout are moving into the creek. A large school was observed in the deep pool at the bridge crossing below Hwy 97.

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

Fishing is slow for redband trout. Best locations to fish are the areas near Beatty. Flows are very low. Recent rain will bring in the big redband trout. These redband trout are starting their spawning migration and will be spawning later this fall and winter. ODFW recommends releasing these fish so that they can spawn.

Most anglers fish from shore. Boats can be launched at two locations above Beatty. Spinners, spoons and Rapalas can also work well. Anglers can find good numbers of yellow perch in certain locations below Lone Pine.

Fishing can be excellent for brown bullhead and yellow perch from Saddle Mt. Pit Road bridge to Godowa Springs Road. This section also allows bait. Best fishing is for bullhead near the Town of Sprague River. Yellow perch are scattered everywhere but finding dense numbers of catchable-size perch can be challenging.

Anglers can catch unusual brown bullhead with no eyes in the Sprague. These fish may have evolved underground in a cave in the Modoc area of the Goose and Klamath Basins. The no-eyed brown bullhead also change color to black when they have no eyes and have been mistakenly called black bullhead. If they have one eye they retain the brown bullhead color characteristics. ODFW recently captured some in the Sprague River near Cayuse Way at river mile 60. There is a public boat launch just downstream at Nimrod County Park for anglers who want to pursue this unusual fish.

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

Open all year. Fishing is fair 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.

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 for brook trout is good 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. However, fishing for brook trout should be excellent 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. Access to the SF Sprague might be blocked due to fire. Contact USFS for more information at 541-947-2151.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

The gate to Sun Pass is open. Open to fishing all year but closed to fishing for bull trout. Only bull trout occur in upper Sun Creek just above the Sun Pass Forest bridge crossing. Fishing is not recommended at this time as fish density is low. 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 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. Fishing for brook trout is excellent near the Hanan Trailhead.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

There have been reports of people catching trout trolling leeches and lures in the 18-inch range a month ago. Keep moving around the lake to find active trout. Fishing should start getting better as the temperatures decrease. Trolling bait fish imitations or flies can work well. Bait fishing can also be productive. Remember there are largemouth bass in the lake. Try fishing around the rocks and logs in the north end.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir has been fully drained by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District.

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

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

UNITY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at 10 percent of capacity and launching larger trailered boats is not advised as the water level is below the asphalt ramp.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing has been fair at Vee Lake for 10- to 14-inch rainbow trout recently. Casting lures and bait fishing were productive during that time and fish were rising for flies in the morning and evening. There is a small boat launch and plenty of bank access. This is a great lake to camp with a great view the Warner Valley. There is also a hiking trail.

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

Vegetation will start receding as colder temperatures persist this fall. Fish typically rise throughout the day and are more than willing to bite water boatmen, prince and pheasant tail nymphs. I am sure small dry flies would catch trout as well. It is best to use either float tubes or a very small boat, but you can wade through the cattails with waders.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

River flows are good and fishable. The river is slightly turbid. Best fishing is using mayfly or caddis patterns. Fishing for brook trout is excellent near the Deep Creek confluence and upstream. Good hatches of mahogany duns (Paraleptophlebia) are coming off and fish are rising. For epic brook trout fishing book at trip at Sand Creek or Yamsi Ranches.

Check stream levels.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

Redband are moving up and down the river. Brown trout are beginning to move to spawning areas below Spring Creek and in Spring Creek. Many redband have moved out of the river into Upper Klamath Lake. Only few redband trout, compared to historical numbers, were seen above Pine Cone Bridge on a recent float. Best fishing is from the ODFW boat ramp in Chiloquin (South of Airport and Dollar General) to Waterwheel Campground. Anglers are catching very large fish in this section. Anglers should mimic large minnows using various lures. Numerous hatches are occurring right now including various caddisfly and mayfly species. Hatches of very small baetid mayflies are ongoing. The best hatches include the medium sized (#10) stonefly (Perlodid), large swimmer type mayflies (size #10) (Ameletus) and micro caddisflies.  The October caddisfly hatch has started. The mahogany dun (size 14 to 16) Paraleptophlebia) hatch has started slowly but should really get the fish rising. Many anglers switch to small flies, long leaders, six-pound tippet and clear intermediate fly lines this time of year. Best fishing is from a boat but bank access is available at the ODFW property in Chiloquin and near Hwy 97 at the bridge crossing.

Fishing for yellow perch has been fair near the mouth. The only access is by boat. ODFW encourages anglers to keep all yellow perch to help benefit suckers and redband trout.

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

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

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

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

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

Fishing for rainbow trout should improve with cooler fall weather. The water level is below the concrete launch, so launching of trailered boats is not feasible.

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

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

Fishing is slow in the upper river. October caddisflies and smaller caddisflies are also getting fish interested. Best fishing for brown trout is with caddisfly imitations is above Weed Road to the USFS day use area. The mahogany dun (Paraleptophlebia) hatch (size 14 and 16) has started slowly but should really get the fish rising. In the lower river brown trout typically feed on benthic organisms including crayfish, sculpin, salmonfly nymphs, and cased caddisflies. The best bet is to fish closer to the mouth. Mid to late September is usually a good month in the lower Wood River for redband trout as they start staging for spawning.

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.