ODFW Weekly Recreation Report Highlights


Apply now for spring bear tags
New this year: All spring bear tags are controlled hunt only.

The application deadline for controlled spring bear hunts is just days away. Sunday, Feb. 10 to be exact. Apply online (you’ll make your choices during check out), at a license agent or at an ODFW office that sells licenses.

Best bets for weekend fishing

  • Winter steelhead on coastal rivers. North coast, mid-coast, south coast – the are winter steelhead in rivers, and being caught, coast-wide.
  • Stocked hatchery rainbow trout in Willamette Valley and mid-coast lakes. LOTS of fish are going in this week! Check the trout stocking schedule.
  • Ice fishing in northeast and southeast Oregon. The recent cold snap should help firm up ice conditions, and both trout and yellow perch should be biting.

Find more details about all the weekend opportunities in the zone reports.

Trout stocking 2019
The 2019 trout stocking season in mid-coast and Willamette Valley lakes and ponds. For anglers who are willing to brave the elements and patient enough to let things happen, it’s not too early for trout fishing. Follow the stocking trucks in the weekly Recreation Report, or plan in advance using the interactive trout stocking schedule.

Hunters have until April 15 to report their 2018 hunts
The deadline to report all 2018 big game and turkey tags has been extended until April 15, 2019 (from Jan. 31) to give hunters more time to report under ODFW’s new licensing system.

Buy your 2019 license
ODFW’s new licensing system lets you decide how to carry your 2019 license, tags and other documents. You can choose paper documents that you buy on line and print at home, or purchase at a license vendor. Or, you can choose electronic and carry your documents on your smartphone.

Check out the How to buy a license or tag page, and the frequently asked questions if you have additional questions.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, February 6th

Alsea River: A Few Fish are Still Being Caught
Salmon River: Salmon River Fishing Report
Siletz River: Winter Steelhead Continues to be Fair
Siuslaw River: Winter Steelhead Fishing has Still Been Good
Trask River: Trask River Fishing Report
Wilson River: Fishing on the Wilson was Good Friday
Yaquina River: Most Fish Caught are Wild
Alton Baker Canoe Canal: Will be Stocked this Week
Clackamas River: Conditions Perked up a Bit Over the Past Week
Clear Lake: Fish with a Tag that Could Win You a $50 Gift Card!
Cottage Grove reservoir: Stocked this Week with 4,500 Large Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Detroit Reservoir: Winter Storage Started Feb. 1
Dexter Reservoir: Will be Stocked this Week with 1,500 Large Hatchery Rainbow Trout.
Dorena Reservoir: Will be Stocked this Week with 5,500 Large Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Green Peter Reservoir: Trout as Well as Bass are Good Options
Henry Hagg Lake: Stocked Recently with Several Batches of Large Brood Trout
Hills Creek Reservoir: Will be Stocked this Week with 4,000 Legal-Size Hatchery Rainbow Trout.
Junction City Pond: Will be Stocked Again this Week with About 900 Hatchery Trout
Molalla River: As of Feb. 6 Shows Flows at 609 cfs
Sandy River: Sandy River Fishing Report
Santiam River North Fork-2: Winter Steelhead are Beginning to Move into the River.
Walter Wirth Lake: Stocked this Week with About 1,200 Hatchery Trout
Willamette River CST FK: Willamette River Fishing Report

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