Recreation Report

Willamette Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of April 17, 2018

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

CLACKAMAS & WILLAMETTE RIVERS:

  • Effective March 1 through Aug. 15, anglers with a two-rod validation will be able to use two rods while fishing the lower Willamette River below Willamette Falls and the Clackamas River.
  • Effective May 1 through Aug. 15 for anglers with the validation, two rods can be used in all areas of the Willamette River above Willamette Falls, including the tributaries, when they are open to fishing for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, trout, warmwater gamefish or all non-game fish except sturgeon. Fishing for sturgeon remains restricted to the use of one rod per angler.
  • Anglers may use two rods for all species except sturgeon.
  • Applies only to waters already open to fishing, all other Willamette Zone rules and regulations remain in effect.

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 - May 15, 2018, anglers will be restricted to the use of artificial flies and lures when fishing, no angling with bait will be allowed.
    • 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
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Weekend fishing opportunities

  • There will be a “How to fish for trout in Oregon” class at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield this Saturday (April 21) from 10 am – 1 pm.
  • Lots and lots of trout being stocked this week, in many, many waterbodies, including Alton Baker Canoe Canal, Salmon Creek, Progress Lake, Clear Lake, Silver Creek Reservoir, Blue Lake, Walter Wirth Lake, Dorena Reservoir, Cottage Grove Reservoir, Blue River, Dorman Pond, Canby Pond, Detroit Reservoir, Foster Reservoir, Dexter Reservoir, Carmen Reservoir, Trojan Lake, Waverly Lake, Blue River Reservoir, Walling Pond, EE Wilson Pond, Mt. Hood Pond, Sheridan Pond, Huddleston Pond, Coast Fork Willamette River, St. Louis Pond, McKenzie River, Junction City Pond, Bethany Pond, Timber Linn Lake.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

Special note to Willamette Valley anglers
These waterbodies will be stocked by a third party under contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Anglers should visit this USACE website to find out more about when and what is being stocked.

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

Will be stocked again this week with 1,877 legal-size and 197 trophy hatchery rainbow trout.  

The canoe canal is located within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of 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

The park is currently closed due to the Eagle Creek fire. Stocking will resume when access is restored.

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

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

Scheduled to be stocked this week.

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

Blue River upstream of Blue River Reservoir will be stocked this week with 1,150 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

Will be stocked again this week 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

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

There will be a Free Youth Fishing Event on Saturday, April 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to set people up with rods, reels, tackle and bait.

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 possess ODFW's Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permits.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Will be stocked this week with 3,000 legal-sized and 550 trophy 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

Clackamas River fishing has been severely affected by the stormy spring weather of recent days, with high flows and poor color keeping anglers away. Improving skies as the week goes along should lead to much better fishing conditions for both late winter steelhead and some early summer steelhead. Prior to the high water there were a handful of anglers giving it a try and hooking into an occasional winter steelhead and an early summer or two. Both wild and hatchery winter steelhead had been seen in the catch with tossing jigs or beads proving to be successful methods of hooking fish. The report from Clackamas Hatchery at McIver Park is that fish are still moving in and as of last Friday the report was about 700 winter steelhead had made it into the trap.

Good bank access for can be found in many locations along the river from Gladstone, Cross Park, Riverside Park, along Clackamas River Road, Carver, Barton, and McIver parks. Clackamas River Drive closely follows the river below Carver Park, but be sure to not trespass on private property. If you have a drift boat, you can put in at Riverside Park, Carver Park, Barton Park, Feldheimer’s off Springwater Road, and at both lower and upper McIver Park ramps.

USGS hydrological data for April 16 shows river flows down from a week ago to 5,280 cfs, with a gauge reading of 14.07 feet and the water temperature around 44°F. 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

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year. Was last stocked the week of Aug. 21. 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

The Coast Fork Willamette River will be stocked this week 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

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

Was last stocked the week of April 2 with 1,800 legal- and 400 trophy-size trout.

Cottage Grove Ponds are open to year-round fishing and are accessed 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

Will be stocked again this week with 4,250 legal- and 400 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

The recent rains has almost filled the reservoir completely - it sits just 7 feet below full pool as of April 17. It will be stocked this week with 14,500 hatchery rainbow trout. 

Trout are active year-round and with the reservoir beginning to fill and water temperatures slowly climbing, fishing can be surprisingly productive this time of year. Trolling slowly near drop–offs can be an effective technique. Mongold State Park boat ramp is 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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Will be stocked again this week with 1,400 legal- and 1,200 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

Will be stocked again this week 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

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: winter steelhead

The Eagle Creek winter steelhead catch continues to be slow along with fishing effort, although a handful of winters have been hooked in the creek from the lower ladder up to the middle ladder canyon. Anglers should also remember that a change in the steelhead stock has led to a later returning fish, much like the Clackamas River. The fishing in the Clackamas has remained decent for late winters and a few of these fish could still be headed to Eagle 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

The pond will be stocked this week with 1,200 legal size hatchery rainbow trout.   

Bag limit is 5 fish per day, with only one fish over 20-inches allowed. The pond is located about a quarter mile from the parking lot down a paved and partially graveled path. 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

2018 trout stocking will begin in May.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

FALL CREEK: trout

Open all year for trout. Beginning Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Below Fall Creek Dam the creek is open all year for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and wild steelhead greater than 24-inches. Five hatchery trout and an additional two wild trout may be harvested daily in the river.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked the week of April 2 with 6,000 legal-size and 500 trophy-size hatchery trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

FARADAY LAKE: 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. 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 has nearly refilled for the summer recreation season.  All boat ramps are in the water, but check with Lane County Parks to see if entrance gates are open. 

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

Foster Reservoir will be stocked this week with another 9,000 hatchery trout. 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. At the moment, only the Sunnyside boat ramp is available to launch boats.

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

The lake was stocked last week with about 900 hatchery rainbow trout.  Fishing in the spring for warmwater gamefish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish can be very good, especially early and late in the day.

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

Gold Lake is closed to fishing until May 22, 2018.  Gold Lake is a 100-acre lake located north of the Willamette Pass summit off Hwy. 58 approximately 23 miles southeast of Oakridge. 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.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

This reservoir received its first stocking of about 9,000 hatchery trout last week. 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. Anglers are reporting catching kokanee that are already 12- to 13-inches. Currently the water elevation of the reservoir is only 2 feet below full pool.  Thistle Creek boat ramp is currently available to launch boats, while Whitcomb Island boat ramp should be open soon.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

The pond was stocked last week with 1,500 legal-size trout. This is a stocked 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 in late August with 2,000 8-inch trout and 667 trophies.

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

Scheduled to be stocked again next week with 15,000 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.

The lake is now open year-round and is stocked regularly throughout the spring and fall. This 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

Will be stocked again this week with 3,611 legal sized trout and was stocked last week with 4,000 legal- and 400 trophy-size rainbow trout. Fishing success has been consistently high this spring from a boat or from the bank. Several anglers are catching limits of holdover fish from previous releases ranging from 12- to 18-inches.

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 the week of Feb. 26 with 1,500 legal-size rainbow trout. Stocked the week of Feb. 19 with 196 3-pound trout.

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

This pond was stocked last week with about 3,000 legal-size and another 450 larger hatchery trout. As a reminder, the bag limit is 5 fish per day, with only one fish over 20-inches allowed.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Last stocked in August. Leaburg Lake is open to fishing all year. 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: trout salmon, steelhead

Will be stocked this week with 8,000 legal-size hatchery rainbow trout.

All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. Beginning Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies.

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: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake was last stocked in September. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. As of Nov. 1, anglers may use only lures and artificial flies.

Monday (March 26) and Tuesday (March 27) of next week the Finn Rock Boat Launch and Takeout Area will be CLOSED. The bridge and all access to the site will be closed for construction on the new vault toilet that is being placed there.

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 appoximately 700 ft 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

The count numbers have continued to show low winter steelhead passage at Willamette Falls, meaning anglers don’t have much to fish for in the Molalla and may want to try their luck for late winter steelhead on a higher quality fishery nearby like the Clackamas or Sandy rivers. Concerns about overall numbers of these fish going upstream are indicating another poor return is underway. The Willamette Falls passage numbers through April 15 show the fish counts at 1,300 winter steelhead and 38 spring Chinook. A number of sea lions have been working the water from Gladstone up to Willamette Falls preying upon winter steelhead, sturgeon and spring Chinook.

USGS hydrological data for April 16 has river flows falling to 2,740 cfs and a gauge measurement of 13.62 feet. All of the readings come from the Canby gauge.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

Stocked the week of Jan. 29 with 500 trophy-size 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

This 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

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

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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

Hatchery trout are stocked in late spring and summer. In winter and early spring there are resident trout and very few anglers. Stream flows are currently very high, around 1,500 cfs as of April 16 (best conditions for fishing are below 300 cfs). Anglers may keep up to five trout per day all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ROARING RIVER PARK POND: trout

This pond will not be stocked at all in 2018 due to poor water quality. The nearest alternative fishing sites for stocked trout include Waverly Lake, Timber Linn Lake, and Freeway Lakes near Albany and Sunnyside Pond near Sweet Home. 

This is a small one acre pond in Roaring River County Park near ODFW’s Roaring River fish hatchery. To get there, drive highway 226 east out of Albany and turn right onto Fish Hatchery Road and continue for about seven miles. Park is on the right.

Check the 2018 USACE stocking schedule.

SALISH POND: trout, warm water species

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 will be stocked this week with 1,500 legal-size and 250 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

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 of 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 angling 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: winter steelhead                                                                                      

Fishing effort has been winding down on the Sandy as the season moves into its latter stages and the number of quality fish available decreases. The river is high but fishable and there could be a few decent winter steelhead still available along with some early summers. It’s too early to think about trying for spring Chinook; anglers will need to wait until May for that fishery to get going. The peak of the season for winters on the river is during the months of February and March as hatchery winter steelhead are integrated with wild winter steelhead in the Sandy so they have similar run timing as wild fish (same on the Clackamas). 

The hatchery has had over 2,600 fish return thus far and over 1,300 of them were recycled back downstream to Lewis and Clark boat ramp and Dabney boat ramp. These fish can be identified by a “hole punch” in the gill plate should you happen to catch one, and are recycled to give anglers another shot at hooking them.

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 as well as having boat ramps if you have a drift boat or sled.

USGS hydrological data for April 16 shows Sandy flows at 4,680 cfs, with a gauge reading of 11.22 feet and the water temperature holding near 41°F.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

As of April 16, flows are around 4,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs. 

Counts of summer steelhead at Willamette Falls stand at 111 fish as of April 16.  Many of these fish are destined for the North Santiam, but it will be a few more weeks before the bulk of run enters the river. The forecast for the 2018 Willamette spring chinook run calls for similar numbers as last year, about 35,000 fish. The river is closed to winter steelhead fishing.The river will reopen to trout fishing on May 22, 2018. 

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

This section of the river is open year-round for trout. It was stocked the last time in late July with 3,000 legal-size hatchery trout. The river is running clear and is in great shape. 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

Flows in the river at Waterloo are currently around 7,200 cfs as of April 16. At these high levels angling becomes a challenge. Upstream storage capacity to absorb storm flows is limited now that Green Peter Reservoir is almost completely, so expect these conditions to persist for at least the next week.

Fishing is slow at the moment, but the first few summer steelhead have arrived over Willamette Falls giving anglers something to look forward to in the next month or so. There are still some fish out in the river this time of year that are worth pursuing when conditions allow. The river will reopen to trout fishing on May 22, 2018.

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Scheduled to be stocked the week of Feb. 26 with 1,000 legal-size rainbow trout. Also stocked the week of Feb. 19 with 196 3-pound 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.

SHORTY’S POND: trout

Shorty’s Pond is a 4-acre pond located within Ivor Davies Nature Park in in Molalla, across from Heckard Football Stadium. It can be accessed by the Fifth St. Trailhead, and there is plenty of fishing access around the perimeter of the pond.

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

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

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.

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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.

Check the 2018 USACE stocking schedule.

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

Stocked last week with 196 three-pound trout. Stocked two weeks ago with 1,350 legal- to trophy-plus size fish.

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.

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SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: trout, bass, bluegill

It was stocked in late March with about 1,000 legal and 50 larger hatchery rainbow trout.  There may also be some of the larger brood trout available that were released several weeks ago.

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.

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TIMBER LINN LAKE: rainbow trout

This is a family-friendly fishing pond located within Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. It will be stocked again this week with another 275 hatchery rainbow trout.  Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20-inches may be kept per day.

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.

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

Stocked last fall with 3,000 legal-size rainbows and 500 trophy trout.

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.

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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.

Check the 2018 USACE stocking schedule.

TRILLIUM LAKE – 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.

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TROJAN POND – trout, panfish

This is a 15-acre pond just east of Rainier on the north side of Hwy. 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility. The pond is located on the right side of the road as soon as you turn onto the Trojan Access Road.

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WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

This pond will be stocked this week with about 675 hatchery rainbow trout. As a reminder, the bag limit for trout is 5 per day, only one these fish may be over 20-inches.

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

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WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

Walter Wirth will be stocked this week with about 2,750 legal- and larger-size hatchery rainbow trout. As a reminder, the bag limit is five trout per day, but only one over 20-inches.

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

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WAVERLY LAKE: trout, bluegill, catfish

Waverly Pond is located in Albany and is regularly stocked in spring, winter and fall.. It will be stocked again this week with another 800 hatchery rainbow trout. As a reminder, the bag limit is five fish per day, but only one over 20-inches.

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.

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WILLAMETTE RIVER: winter steelhead, sturgeon, spring Chinook           

Willamette anglers have gotten very little cooperation from the weather so far this month as rainfall again left the river nearly unfishable last week. Add in the fact that many were out on the Columbia this past Saturday for that one day re-opener and it was tough to even find effort on the Willamette. Dry weather is in the forecast for late this week and once the water does begin to recede and clear this should be a perfect opportunity to try for some fresh Chinook that have just moved into the system.

ODFW began their creel program on the Willamette last month although the season effort has been somewhat light river-wide, impacted by the mentioned less-than-ideal conditions and the fact the Columbia has attracted attention when open. Angler checks over the past Friday-Saturday-Sunday period indicate very little catch or effort thanks to wet and windy weather. The lower river/Multnomah Channel section checked 2 fish kept for 33 boats, the middle river Portland harbor area had 0 fish for 13 boats, while the upper river Milwaukie/Oregon City stretch logged 0 chinook for 9 boats.

The passage numbers at the Willamette Falls fish ladder indicate winter steelhead counts through April 15 stand at 1,300 fish moving upstream. There have also been 38 spring Chinook counted passing upstream through April 15.

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on April 16 had flows of 41,800 cfs, the water temperature down at 48°F, and visibility poor at 1.0.

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.