ODFW Weekly Recreation Report

Mule deer buck taken opening morning of the 2015 rifle season in Wallowa County.
Photo Credit: Matthew Snyder

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Oregon’s most popular hunting season opens statewide Oct. 1. Don’t forget to pick up your tag by Sept. 30. Forecast rain could make it a good opener in some areas; see the reports below for more information. Don’t forget to check Fire Restrictions Page as it’s still dry out there.

Practice waterfowl hunting Oct. 1 and 2 in Gervais
Run through a few common hunting scenarios and shoot at clays at this event co-hosted by ODFW, Mid-Valley Clays and Cabela’s. More info

Bear, cougar tag sale deadline Friday Sept. 30
Don’t forget to pick up your bear or cougar tag by the deadline.

Fall Chinook salmon season in full swing
Fall Chinook salmon season is in full swing in many parts of the state. The Columbia is open from the mouth to the Oregon/Washington border, with a strong run projection of 860,300 Chinook salmon bound for the upper reaches. Check the Columbia River Zone section of the Weekly Recreation Report to track where the fish are being caught from week to week. Other places reporting good Chinook fishing lately include the lower Chetco, lower Rogue, and Tillamook Bay.

Western Oregon fee pheasant hunts at Fern Ridge, Sauvie Island, Denman
ODFW stocks pheasants for these hunts, which run Sept. 19-Oct. 7 at Denman, Sept. 12-Oct. 9 at Fern Ridge, Sept. 19-Oct. 2 at Sauvie Island in the Eastside Unit, and Oct. 1-31 at EE Wilson.

2016 Big Game and Bird Hunting Forecasts
Find out what to expect as district wildlife biologists weigh in from around the state on the status of game populations and good locations for hunters.

Turkey tags on sale now
Remember all eastern Oregon hunting besides the White River controlled hunt changes to first-come, first-serve this year with 500 tags available in the Blue Mountain hunt and 450 for the Northeast hunt. Season dates are Oct. 8-Nov. 30 and on private lands only from Dec. 1-31.

Western Oregon has 4,000 fall turkey tags available, season open Oct. 15-Dec. 31.

Hunters can get up to two fall turkey tags, but only one of those for the eastern Oregon hunts. Bag limit is either sex.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Columbia River: ODFW to Limit Commercial Anchovy Fishing
Umpqua River: Fishing Derby October 2 at Cooper Creek

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Alsea River: Alsea River Fishing Report
Kilchis River: Kilchis River Fishing Report
Nestucca River: Nestucca River and Three Rivers Fishing Report
Salmon River: Salmon River Fishing Report
Siletz River: Siletz River Fishing Report
Siuslaw River: Siuslaw River Fishing Report
Tillamook Bay: Tillamook Bay Fishing Report
Trask River: Trask River Fishing Report
Yaquina River: Yaquina River Fishing Report
Applegate Reservoir: Applegate Reservoir Fishing Report
Applegate River: Applegate River Fishing Report
Arizona Pond: Arizona Pond Fishing Report
Ben Irving Reservoir: Ben Irving Reservoir Fishing Report
Chetco River: Chetco River Fishing Report
Coos River: Coos River Basin Fishing Report
Coquille River: Coquille River Basin Fishing Report
Diamond Lake: Diamond Lake Fishing Report
Elk River: Elk River Fishing Report
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant Reservoir Fishing Report
Expo Pond: Expo Pond Fishing Report
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Fishing Report
Floras Lake: Floras Lake Fishing Report
Galesville Reservoir: Galesville Reservoir Fishing Report
Hemlock Lake: Hemlock Lake Fishing Report
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie Reservoir Fishing Report
Hyatt Lake: Hyatt Lake Fishing Report
Illinois River: Illinois River Fishing Report
Lake Marie: Lake Marie Fishing Report
Lake Selmac: Lake Selmac Fishing Report
Lemolo Lake: Lemolo Lake Fishing Report
Loon Lake: Loon Lake Fishing Report
: Lost Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Siletz River: Siletz River Fishing Report
Plat I Reservoir: Plat I Reservoir Fishing Report
Smith River: Smith River Fishing Report
Tenmile Lakes: Tenmile Basin Fishing Report
Willow Lake: Willow Lake Fishing Report