Recreation Report

Willamette 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.

GILBERT RIVER:

  • In the Gilbert River, from the upstream end of the Gilbert River Fishing Pier located near the confluence with Multnomah Channel, upstream to Sturgeon Lake, the following modifications apply:
    • Effective April 16, 2018 through the remainder of the year, this area is closed to sturgeon angling, including catch-and-release.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Clackamas (971) 673-6000
  • Corvallis (541) 757-4186
  • Springfield (541) 726-3515
Recreation Report

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • More than 400 large brood trout (weighing in at 5-15 pounds) were released into nine Willamette Valley locations over the past several weeks, includingSheridan Pond, Huddleston Pond, Blue Lake, Walter Wirth Lake, Henry Hagg Lake, West Salish Pond, Waverly Lake, Walling Pond, and Timber Linn Lake. This week, 200 more were divided between Cottage Grove Pond, Walter Wirth Lake, and St. Louis Ponds.
  • An additional 3,000 “larger” trout weighing just under one pound apiece were recently released into Canby Pond, Mt. Hood Pond, West Salish Pond, and Progress Lake.
  • Detroit Reservoir is a great winter fishing destination. Trout and kokanee continue to bite during the cold weather, and there’s no line at the boat ramp.
  • Anglers should concentrate in the lower reaches of the Clackamas for their best shot at early winter steelhead.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

Was stocked the week of Nov. 19with 1,000 legal-size hatchery rainbow trout.

The canoe canal is located within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed from Club Road in Eugene. A 4-acre pond at the midpoint of the canal is a good spot but it can be fished all along its two-mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield. The canal is open to fishing all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BENSON LAKE: rainbow trout, white crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

This is a 40-acre lake located in Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. From Portland, head east on I-84; the park is located on the south side of the freeway about 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BETHANY POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead

Stocked in May with 2,000 rainbow trout.

This is a 10-acre pond located at Bethany west of Portland. The pond is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, and a paved, ADA accessible trail.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BLUE LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, black crappie, bluegill

Stocked Nov. 12 with 70 brood trout weighing from five to 15 pounds. These fish were part of the trout rearing program

Try fishing from the docks or along the bank near the boat ramp. From October to April private boats are also allowed if under 14 ft. with motors of less than 3.0 horsepower.

This 64-acre lake is located in Blue Lake Regional Park three miles west of Troutdale. Amenities include picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Metro. The cost to enter is $5/car and there is ample parking once inside the park. The park is open from 8 a.m. until legal sunset. For further information call 503-661-6087.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BLUE RIVER: trout

Stocked in June with 650 legal-size and 100 trophy hatchery rainbow trout.

Two wild trout may be harvested per day above Blue River Reservoir only. Otherwise, anglers may keep five hatchery trout per day. Use of bait is allowed April 22 through Oct. 31. Beginning Nov. 1 through April 21, only flies and lures are allowed.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Was last stocked in June with 3,000 legal-size and 350 trophy hatchery rainbow trout.

Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Hwy. 126 and is open to year-round fishing. Blue River Reservoir boat ramps are no longer accessible.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

Was stocked the week of Aug. 7 with 1,800 hatchery trout.

This river flows through mostly U.S. Forest Service land into Detroit Lake and is open year-round. Salmon fishing is prohibited. During the summer it is stocked fairly regularly with hatchery trout. Anglers may keep up to five trout per day.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CANBY POND: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill

Stocked Nov. 15 with 800 “larger” trout.

Canby Pond is a one-acre pond located on the south end of Canby, in Canby City Park. This pond is open only to youth 17 years old and under, as well as persons who have an ODFW Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permit.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Was last stocked in June with 3,000 legal-size and 550 trophy-size hatchery rainbow trout.

Carmen Reservoir is accessed via USFS Road 750 off Hwy. 126, about two miles south of Clear Lake. It is open to fishing all year. Motor boats are prohibited.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CLACKAMAS RIVER: winter steelhead

Some very early Clackamas brood stock winter steelhead are starting to show up and could be a sign of better fishing, especially with the recent rainfall lifting  river flows. Anglers should concentrate in the lower reaches of the Clackamas for their best shot at early winter steelhead. The Clackamas no longer has early returning hatchery winter steelhead brood stock programs so fish numbers will only increase as we go through winter. Keep an eye on Clackamas and Willamette Falls fish counts to follow fish movement into local rivers.

Hatchery coho are all but done with in the Clackamas. There are late run coho available – these are wild fish and offer catch-and-release opportunities.

Trout fishing is now catch-and-release only due to presence of wild steelhead smolts that could be impacted by anglers targeting trout.

USGS hydrological data for Dec. 4 shows river flows down from a week ago at1,690 cfs water temperature at 43°F, and the gage down slightly to 11.78 ft. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park. Hydrologic data and river forecasts can also be accessed on the NOAA/National Weather Service NW River Forecast Center -- NW River Forecast Center.

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Aug. 20 with 3,500 legal-size and 1,600 trophy-sized hatchery rainbow trout.

Some of the fish were tagged as part of ODFW’s tag reward program, and you can still can still catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card! Clear Lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Linn County’s Clear Lake Resort rents cabins and boats.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

Was last stocked the week of July 2 with 2,000 legal-size hatchery rainbow trout.

The river is open to fishing all year for trout, hatchery Chinook salmon, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24-inches. Use of bait allowed April 22 – Oct 31, but beginning Nov. 1 anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. In addition to five hatchery trout, two wild trout may be kept daily.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Stocked in May with 1,000 rainbow trout.

This is a three-acre stocked lake within the Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, Oregon. Commonwealth Park is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include ADA accessible trail, picnic tables, playground, and restrooms.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

COTTAGE GROVE POND (ROW RIVER NATURE PARK POND): trout, warmwater species

Will be stocked this week with 67 lunker-size trophy trout.

Cottage Grove Ponds are open to year-round fishing and via an asphalt pathway behind the truck scales on Row River Road. In addition to fishing, these ponds also offer wildlife viewing opportunities and a fishing dock is available on-site.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Was last stocked the week of Oct. 15 with 1,500 legal- and 200 trophy-size hatchery rainbow trout.

In Cottage Grove Reservoir, you could catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card as part of ODFW’s tag reward program. Cottage Grove Reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to fishing all year. Lakeside boat ramp remains closed.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

Was stocked the week of Sept. 3 with over 15,000 legal- and trophy-size hatchery rainbow trout. Fishing in winter can be good because fish such as kokanee and rainbow trout are still active in the colder months. As an added bonus, there’s usually no line at the boat ramps. Reducing your trolling speed can be an effective technique if the bite is not on.

Fall drawdown of Detroit Reservoir continues and the water level is slowly dropping. Currently, the water elevation is at 94 feet below full pool, but Mongold boat ramp is still available to launch boats.

NOTICE: Anglers are encouraged to report their catch on forms available at signs and kiosks which have been installed at key locations around the lake. Simply fill out the form and return in the designated drop boxes. There is also an on-line form. Remember to indicate whether the fish you catch have their adipose fin or not. This information will allow ODFW to manage the fishery for the benefit of both recreational anglers and the resource.  

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Was last stocked the week of Sept. 17 with 4,000 legal- and 2,000 trophy-size hatchery rainbow trout.

Dexter Reservoir is also a location where ODFW released tag reward fish last fall, so you could still potentially catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card. Dexter Reservoir near Lowell is visible from Hwy. 58. Boat and bank access is available from state and county parks. Parking and bank access are also available from the causeway near Lowell. Largemouth bass and some smallmouth are also available to anglers in this reservoir.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Stocked in April with 4,500 legal-size and 500 trophy hatchery rainbow trout. Dorena Reservoir is a location where ODFW released tag reward fish last fall, so you could still potentially catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card.

Dorena Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open to fishing all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available. Baker Bay boat ramp is accessible at the current reservoir elevation.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

DORMAN POND - trout

Stocked in May with 2,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

This is an 8-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

EAGLE CREEK: coho

It’s prime time for coho on Eagle Creek as flows are finally increasing allowing fish to enter the Clackamas River tributary. The hatchery is only expecting about 1500 adult coho returning this year due to poor ocean survival and reduced release size in recent years. River conditions tend to dictate catch and conditions are ideal for catching so get out and give Eagle Creek a try. Bonnie Lure and Eagle Fern parks provide great access to over 2 miles of the creek.

Keep in mind that long stretches of Eagle Creek do indeed run through private property, particularly up near the hatchery and from an area below the lower ladder on down near Bonnie Lure to the mouth. Anglers are advised to pay close attention to where you fish and we encourage you to ask permission prior to accessing or crossing private lands on your way to your favorite fishing hole. See Page 15 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation pamphlet for more information on “Your Rights to Use the Surface, Bed, and Banks of Oregon’s Rivers and Lakes.”

EE WILSON POND: warmwater species, trout

Trout stocking season has ended for EE Wilson Pond. It will start up again this winter.  However, warmwater fishing can be good thanks to healthy populations of bass, bluegill, and crappie.

A parking permit is required and one can be purchased online or at any ODFW office.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ESTACADA LAKE: trout, steelhead

The lake is currently closed to trout fishing. Open year around for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead.

FALL CREEK: trout

Stocked in June with 2,000 legal-size rainbow trout. Fall Creek is open all year for trout. Beginning Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Five hatchery trout and an additional two wild trout may be harvested daily in the river.

Below Fall Creek Dam the creek is open all year for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and wild steelhead greater than 24-inches.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked the week of June 18 with 2,000 legal-size and 250 trophy-size hatchery trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Aug. 27 with 2,000 rainbow trout.

This is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant. No boats, walk-in only.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

FERN RIDGE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead

This 9,000-acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. Fall drawdown of the reservoir has begun, and the boat ramps are no longer available to launch boats. For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000. Bass and crappie fishing usually gets going around mid-April with peak months being May and June. 

There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. The reservoir is currently about 16 feet below full pool. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. The reservoir is currently over 20 feet below full pool.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

It was stocked the week of Sept. 17 with 10,500 legal- and trophy-size trout, but water levels are down for winter storage. Only Sunnyside Park boat ramp is available to launch boats.

This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps.

Look for smallmouth bass and yellow perch near underwater structure and drop-offs. Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept as part of the trout bag limit, but there are no limits on size or number of bass. Retention of warmwater fish species such as bluegill, catfish, crappie, and yellow perch is also allowed; no limit on size or number. This reservoir receives hatchery trout in the spring and fall.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

FREEWAY LAKE, EAST: trout, bass bluegill crappie

Trout stocking will resume next spring. In the meantime, fishing for warmwater gamefish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish can be very good, especially early and late in the day in spring and summer.

This water-body actually consists of three interconnected ponds and features some good size bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available at East Freeway Lake, and there is good bank access around Middle Freeway Lake.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

GOLD LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Open to fishing through Oct. 31. Gold Lake has special fishing regulations in place which include no retention of rainbow trout, no limit on brook trout, no motorboats, fly-fishing only (has to be a fly rod, no spinning rigs) and barbless hooks.

Gold Lake is a 100-acre lake located north of the Willamette Pass summit off Hwy. 58 approximately 23 miles southeast of Oakridge.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

Green Peter Reservoir has received a total of 35,750 trout this year.

Water levels have dropped below the footing of both boat ramps making them unavailable until the reservoir begins to fill later this winter.  Best bets for anglers are to drive to the top of the reservoir where Quartzville Creek enters the reservoir.  Large trout will sometimes forage where the river brings in food swept in down from upstream. 

Trout as well as bass are good options for anglers this time of year. Look for them near ledges and drop-offs as well as near underwater structure. Kokanee are mostly done for the year now that they have spawned. Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

This is a two-acre pond on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area that offers good bank access. This site is ideal for kids. A parking permit is required while on the wildlife area. Permits are available from all ODFW license vendors.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HARTMAN POND: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

This is a year-round warmwater and spring trout fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge, with easy access for non-boating anglers just off Interstate 84. It is stocked with legal- and trophy-size trout in the spring and also supports year-round populations of crappie, bass and catfish. From I-84, take the Benson State Park exit. The pond is adjacent to the Columbia River adjoining Benson State Recreation Area.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HARRIET LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Aug. 27 with 3,300 rainbow trout, including 700 trophy trout.

Harriet Lake is a 23-acre reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River in the Mount Hood National Forest. Boat ramp is just past campground.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HENRY HAGG LAKE: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, native cutthroat trout

The lake was stocked Nov. 26 with 75 large brood trout. It was stocked the week of Nov. 12 with 8,000 legal-size trout.

Hagg Lake, located near Forest Grove, is one of Oregon’s premier warmwater fishing locations, with populations of record-class largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie and bullhead. It also supports a resident population of native cutthroat trout and is frequently stocked with hatchery trout. So far this year, ODFW has released more than 50,000 hatchery trout of all sizes, including 8,000 legals this week.

The lake is now open year-round and is stocked regularly throughout the spring and fall. Henry Hagg is a 1,110-acre lake waterbody located seven miles southwest of Forest Grove.

Maintained and operated by Washington County, the park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

Was stocked the week of Sept. 24 with 3,612 legal-size trout.

Hills Creek Reservoir is located about four miles southeast of Oakridge and is open to year-round fishing. In addition to catchable-size trout, the reservoir is stocked with 60,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings and 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon fingerlings annually to provide a harvest fishery the following year.

Trout and salmon must be adipose-fin clipped to be harvested. Large native trout are available for catch-and-release fishing. Packard Boat Ramp remains accessible at current reservoir elevation.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked Nov. 12 with 80 rainbow brood trout weighing from 5 to 15 pounds apiece.

This is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, this venue has "kid-friendly" edges, is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

The pond was stocked the week of Nov. 19 with 720 one-pound hatchery trout and approximately 40 large brood trout. There are likely going to be a few leftover adult summer steelhead from previous stockings as well, which are considered trout as far as the bag limit is concerned. Anglers are reminded that you are allowed to keep one fish over 20 inches as part of the five fish bag limit. 

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Was last stocked the week of Aug. 20 with 2,000 legal-size and 150 trophy hatchery rainbow trout.

Leaburg Lake is open to fishing all year. Bait can be used from April 22 – October 31, but beginning Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released. Only hatchery fish may be kept.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake (R1): trout, salmon, steelhead

Was last stocked the week of September 3 with 3,000 legal hatchery rainbow trout.

All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. Check page 46 of the 2018 Sport Fishing Regulations for bait restrictions in the segment you plan to fish. Beginning Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies.

Fishing continues to be pretty good for summer steelhead downstream of Leaburg Dam. No new fish were captured at McKenzie Hatchery this week, so the total return to the hatchery this year stands at 4,377 spring Chinook and 216 summer steelhead for the year.

The lower McKenzie River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24-inches long. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake (R2): trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake was last stocked the week of Sept. 10 with 3,850 legal-size hatchery rainbow trout.

All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. Bait is allowed from Leaburg Dam to Forest Glen Boat Ramp from April 22 – Oct 31. As of Nov. 1, anglers may use only lures and artificial flies.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout, salmon, steelhead

The Middle Fork Willamette River is open to bait below Dexter Dam only. Reminder: Restrictions from Dexter Dam to approximately 700 feet downstream to the markers: No angling from the north shore, from a floating device, or while wading (pg 44 in regulations). This river reach is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24-inches long. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the Middle Fork Willamette below Dexter Dam.

The Middle Fork Willamette above Lookout Point and Hills Creek reservoirs is open to fishing using lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released upstream of Lookout Point Reservoir. The Middle Fork Willamette River is not stocked with hatchery trout.

MOLALLA RIVER: winter steelhead, spring Chinook

USGS hydrological data for the Molalla as of Oct. 22 shows flows at 48 cfs, with a gauge measurement of 9.57 feet. All of the readings come from the Canby gauge.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

Stocked Nov. 12 with 30 large rainbow brood trout.

Mt. Hood Pond is located on the Mt. Hood Community College campus in Gresham, at 26000 SE Stark St.

Fishing at this location is restricted to youths age 17 and under and Disabled Angler licensees from April 1 - Aug. 31.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout, steelhead, salmon

North Fork Reservoir is closed to trout fishing until May 22, 2019.

North Fork Reservoir is a 350-acre reservoir of the Clackamas River behind North Fork Dam approximately 5.2 miles east of Estacada, Ore. This reservoir has two boat ramps, boat moorage, 50 campsites, picnic areas, boat rentals, grocery story, fueling station, and ADA-accessible fishing platforms.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Stocked in May with legal- and trophy-size trout.

This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area. Located on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest it is a popular summer recreational destination for people from Portland and Salem, Ore. There are three campgrounds and a rustic cabin resort on this lake as well as a hiking trail that encircles the perimeter. Yurts, cabins, and boat rentals are available at Olallie Lake Resort.

There is a boat ramp at Peninsula Campground on the southwest shore of the lake. Camping is also available at Olallie Meadows Campground and Paul Dennis Campground. Olallie Lake is also a popular jumping off point for backpackers who want to fish the surrounding high lakes or access the Pacific Crest Trail.

PROGRESS LAKE – rainbow trout, brown bullhead

Stocked Nov. 15 with 750 “larger” trout.

This is a 4-acre pond next to the Progress Ridge Town Center in Beaverton. The pond is an old rock pit and has a maximum depth of 54 feet. There is a sidewalk, fishing platform and viewing platform on one side of the lake. It is deeper than many Willamette Valley ponds and thus stays cool and “fishable” longer into the summer than shallower ponds.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

This river above Green Peter Reservoir is usually stocked between May and July.  Was last stocked in July with 2,400 hatchery trout. Rain swelled the river quite a bit last week but flows are now coming back down as we enter a dry spell. Flows as of Dec. 3 were around 380 cfs (best conditions for fishing are below 300 cfs).

Trout are active year-round and anglers are allowed to keep up to five fish daily. 

SALISH POND: trout, warm water species

Stocked with 900 “larger” trout on Nov. 15.

Parking is available at the school after 5 p.m. weekdays and all weekend. Parking is no longer available adjacent to the pond along Glisan St. Informational signs regarding use of the area have been posted by the City of Fairview around the pond’s shoreline.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek was last stocked the week of Aug. 6 with 1,801 legal-size and 300 trophy hatchery rainbow trout.

Salmon Creek is open to fishing all year. As of Nov. 1 anglers may use only lures and artificial flies. Trout are released at multiple locations upstream to Black Creek. Two wild trout per day, 8-inch minimum length, may be kept in addition to five hatchery trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SALMONBERRY LAKE: trout, sunfish

Stocked in April with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout.

Salmonberry Lake is owned by the city of St. Helens and is about three acres in size. It is a former municipal water supply secluded in the woods off Pittsburgh Road. The road to the pond is gated and anglers must walk about 1/3 mile to access this pond.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SALT CREEK: trout

Salt Creek is an unstocked tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge. Salt Creek and its tributaries are open to fishing all year. As of Nov. 1 anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Two wild trout may be kept per day, 8-inch minimum length.

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, coho, fall Chinook                                      

Very few hatchery coho are left in the Sandy. This time of year, anglers should focus on the lower reaches of the river for their best shot at early winter steelhead. Fall Chinook fishing on the Sandy can be very good but all fish are likely to be unmarked and must be released unharmed. Float the river from Oxbow to Dabney and try traditional fall Chinook fishing techniques (wrapped kwikfish/flatfish, bobber/egg, spinners).

Anglers can find bank access to the Sandy River in several areas from Troutdale up to Brightwood. Lewis and Clark Park, Dabney Park, Oxbow Park, and Dodge Park all offer good spots for bank fishing.

USGS hydrological data for Dec 4 shows Sandy flows falling to 1,230 cfs, with a gauge reading of8.92 feet and the water temperature on the Little Sandy at Bull Run holding at a chilly 40° F.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

As of Dec. 3, flows were about 4,300 cfs at the Mehama gauge. Drier, colder weather Rain is expected this week and that should drop flow down a bit. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs.

Most anglers are targeting the few remaining summer steelhead that can be found holding on the edges of the faster current. Over 1,700 summer steelhead have already made it as high as Stayton, with more on the way. Another small group of coho also pushed into the upper Willamette last week and some of these fish will be heading into the North Santiam by this week. 

The river is now closed to trout.  It will re-open on May 22. 

About 4,700 coho salmon have also passed above Willamette Falls and many of these are destined for the Santiam basin. Over 175 have already migrated past Stayton. Good places to catch these fish are at the I-5 rest stop and from Stayton down to the Shelburn boat ramp. Anglers can keep up to 2 adult coho below the Stayton-Scio bridge any time of year and above the bridge after Oct. 15.

NOTICE: Oregon State Marine Board Reports a fallen tree blocking a portion of the river just upstream from the confluence with the South Santiam. Boaters are urged to avoid the area. For more information visit the Marine Board website.      

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT: trout

This section of the river is open year-round for trout. It was stocked the week of July 30 with 3,000 legal-size hatchery trout. Most of these hatchery trout can be found from Marion Forks down to the mouth and are fairly well distributed.

Anglers may keep up to five trout per day. This section of river is closed to salmon fishing.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SANTIAM RIVER (SOUTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook, bass, trout

There are still a few summer steelhead in the river at the moment, most of these above Waterloo. Over 9,000 fish have navigated up Willamette Falls and a fair number of these have made it into the South Santiam. Just over 1,390 summer steelhead have entered the ladder at Foster as of Nov. 19.

Summer steelhead can be found throughout the upper basin below Foster Reservoir, especially above Waterloo Park. Conditions should be drier this week but flows are holding steady. The river was flowing at 1,100 cfs at Waterloo on Dec. 3. Fishing is generally best below 3,000 cfs. 

The entire river is now closed to trout fishing. It will re-open on May 22.

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked Nov. 12 with 80 rainbow brood trout.

To get to Sheridan Pond, take Hwy. 18 to Exit 33 onto Balston Rd. Go south on Balston Rd. approximately half a mile and turn left onto a gravel road leading about a quarter mile to the pond.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

Stocked in June with 3,900 legals and 350 trophy-sized rainbow trout.

This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SMALL FRY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Sept. 17 with 300 legal-size rainbow trout.

This is a small youth-only fishing pond located next to Promontory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Estacada. It was stocked several times earlier this season.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

The Eugene Water & Electric Board has begun a five-year construction project to retrofit, refurbish and upgrade capital equipment at its Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project. The work is being conducted in anticipation of a new federal operating license for the project.

The capital construction projects planned for the 2017-2021 time frame will create significant public access constraints due primarily to safety concerns. In order to keep the public and construction personnel safe during the five-year project, EWEB and the Forest Service agreed to close access to Forest Road 730 at the Powerhouse. The closure will deny public access to Trail Bridge Campground, Smith Reservoir and Lake’s End Campground. The closure of the road to the public will begin in March 2017 and continue through 2021.

ST. LOUIS PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish

Stocked the week of Dec. 3 with 67 brood trout ranging in size from 5 to 5 pounds.

St. Louis Ponds is a 240-acre fishing complex of seven ponds owned and managed jointly by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Marion County Parks Department. The site has a 2,300-foot paved ADA footpath with turnouts, fishing platforms, restrooms and picnic tables. It is stocked throughout the year with hatchery trout and has many other species of warmwater fish.

A gate providing access to the last mile of dirt road to the complex is open March 1-Sept. 30, although anglers are still permitted to walk in to fish during the seasonal gate closure. March/April hours are 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

St. Louis Ponds is located 13 miles north of Salem and west of I-5. To get to there from the north, take the Woodburn exit off I-5. Then go east to Hwy. 99E. At Hwy. 99E, head south to the town of Gervais. At the light, go west on Gervais Rd. through Gervais. Gervais Rd. changes to St Louis Rd. Continue west on St Louis Rd. as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Lane, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Lane and follow the signs to the ponds, about a mile to the main parking lot.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Trout are stocked in Sunnyside Pond in late winter and spring.

This 4-acre pond is located two miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. The pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is also boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20-inches may be kept per day.

To get there from I-5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

TIMBER LINN LAKE: rainbow trout

This waterbody was stocked the week of Nov. 19 with about 40 extra-large brood trout and about 500 one-pound hatchery trout. As a reminder to anglers, only one fish over 20 inches is allowed as part of the 5 fish bag limit. 

This is a family-friendly fishing pond located within Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. Timber-Linn Lake can be reached by turning east off I-5 onto the Santiam Highway (Hwy. 20), then immediately turning north onto Price Road and proceeding to the park entrance.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

TIMOTHY LAKE (Timothy Meadows Reservoir): rainbow trout, kokanee, eastern brook, cutthroat trout, crayfish

**Anglers should continue to fish Timothy well into fall when the first snow falls as the trout are hungry and in a biting mood prior to the onset of winter.

Excellent trout fishing for bank and boat anglers. Try the Crater Creek arm or near the mouth of the Oak Grove Fork for larger (hold-overs from 2017/18 and trophy trout stocking in 2018) and legal-size trout that concentrate in these areas of the lake. Kokanee fishing is not as good as the last few years as most kokanee are less than 8-inches compared to the more robust 12-to 14-inch fish seen in 2017.

Brook trout (and kokanee) are staging to migrate up tributaries to spawn and they can be incredibly beautiful fish to see in-hand. Anglers can drive to the Crater Creek arm and reach these fish from shore or small boat/float tube.

Timothy Lake is located within the Mt. Hood National Forest approximately 75 miles southeast of Portland via Hwy. 26. Designated in 2015 as one of ODFW’s “trophy trout” lakes, it is one of the most popular family camping and fishing destinations in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The lake's south shore features four developed campgrounds and boat ramps. Three smaller, less developed campgrounds are found in the north. A trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians circles the lake. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail also traverses the area along the east side of the lake. Motorboats are allowed on Timothy Lake, although a 10 mph speed limit is in place.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

The Eugene Water & Electric Board has begun a five-year construction project to retrofit, refurbish and upgrade capital equipment at its Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project. The work is being conducted in anticipation of a new federal operating license for the project.

The capital construction projects planned for the 2017-2021 timeframe will create significant public access constraints due primarily to safety concerns. In order to keep the public and construction personnel safe during the five-year project, EWEB and the Forest Service agreed to close access to Forest Road 730 at the Powerhouse.

The closure will deny public access to Trail Bridge Campground, Smith Reservoir and Lake’s End Campground. The closure of the road to the public started in March 2017 and will continue through 2021.

ODFW has discontinued stocking of Trail Bridge reservoir for the duration of the closure – hatchery fish allocated to the reservoir are being redistributed to other stocked waterbodies. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Only flies and lures may be used.

TRILLIUM LAKE – trout

Stocked the week of Sept. 24 with 3,000 legal-size rainbows and 133 trophy trout.

Trillium is a 60-acre lake located approximately three miles east of Government Camp off of Hwy. 26. This lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood. Adjacent Trillium Lake Campground is administered by the Zigzag Ranger District of the Mount Hood National Forest. The large campground features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

TROJAN POND – trout, panfish

Stocked in the spring with 2,000 legal-size and 1,450 trophy trout. Warmwater fishing should be good this time of year.

Trojan Pond is a 15-acre pond located approximately 4.5 miles southeast of Rainier on the north side of Hwy. 30 at the old Trojan nuclear facility site. The pond is located on the right side of the road as soon as you turn onto the Trojan Access Road.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

This pond was stocked last week with about 40 extra-large brood trout. It was also stocked the week of Nov. 19 with about 400 one-pound hatchery trout. Anglers may keep only one fish over 20-inches as part of a 5 fish bag limit.

This is an eight-acre privately-owned pond with public access in Salem at the northeast corner of McGilchrist and 16th Streets, S.E.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

Austin Bader lands a nice brood trout at Walter Wirth pond in Salem.
Austin Bader lands a nice brood trout at Walter Wirth pond in Salem.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

This urban lake was stocked the week of Nov. 12 with 525 legal and larger-size hatchery rainbow trout. Approximately 35 extra-large brood trout were released here last week on top of the 40 or so that went in last week. Anglers may keep only one fish over 20-inches as part of their 5 trout bag limit.

Walter Wirth is a 20-acre lake located within the City of Salem’s Cascades Gateway Park with good access all the way around.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

WAVERLY LAKE: trout, bluegill, catfish

This urban lake was stocked the week of Nov. 12 with 525 legal and larger-size hatchery rainbow trout. Approximately 35 extra-large brood trout were released here last week on top of the 40 or so that went in last week. Anglers may keep only one fish over 20-inches as part of their 5 trout bag limit.

From I-5 take exit 234 west towards Albany. The pond is located a quarter mile down Pacific Boulevard on the right. A paved ADA-accessible path runs all the way around the pond.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: sturgeon, spring Chinook, coho, bass, walleye, other warmwater species

Still not much happening at Willamette Falls right now in the way of fish passage. The coho and fall Chinook are done, and winter steelhead are just beginning to make an appearance. Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing is still an option on the lower Willamette and can be productive this time of year.

Warmwater fishing can also be a viable alternative for anglers who want to enjoy the fall weather in the lower Willamette, Multnomah Channel and surrounding sloughs and still have the possibility of landing some nice fish. Successful warmwater anglers tend to fish around bridges, pilings, wing dams, and other structures, which can be good spots to find warmwater fish.

Hydrological data for the Willamette at Willamette Falls on Dec 4 showed flows at 14,000 cfs, the water temperature at 46° F, and visibility at 4.2 ft. Salmon boats are showing some effort in the Oregon City area.

YAMHILL RIVER and tributaries: trout

The Yamhill and its tributaries are now open year-round for trout under the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Fishing shifts to catch-and-release for trout from Nov. 1 to May 21. Fishing and harvest of warmwater fish is also allowed during this period.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.