Fish Report for 7-23-2020
Best fishing bets for beating the heat
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
The summer heat can make fishing tough in places. But if you’re flexible about where you fish and what you fish for, there is still plenty of opportunity:
- Target lakes and reservoirs at higher elevations where the water stays cooler – think Fish Lake, Fourmile Lake, Timothy Lake, Harriet Lake, Lost Lake (Mt, Hood), Laurance Lake, Antelope Flat Reservoir, Anthony Lake and Grande Ronde Lake.
- Oregon’s hike-in lakes stay cool during the summer and can offer good fishing until the snow flies. Learn more about how to find and fish these lakes.
- Almost all coastal rivers and streams have resident populations of cutthroat trout. Fishing will be best in the upper reaches where streamside vegetation shades both the water and the angler.
- Summer steelhead fishing is picking up on the Nestucca, Siletz and Wilson rivers. Water levels are low to use light lines and small lures, and be stealthy.
- Anglers are catching Chinook in the Nestucca and Rogue river bays.
- A few summer steelhead and half-pounders have arrived on the Rogue.
Bass and warmwater
- On north and mid-coast lakes, Anglers should turn their attention from trout to warmwater fish, where the season is in full swing.
- Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent on the South Umpqua and Coquille rivers.
- Lost Creek, Lake Selmac and Lake of the Woods all have good warmwater fishing.
- Even little Taylor Lake near The Dalles puts out some surprisingly big largemouth bass.
- Ocean salmon fishing is open and anglers have been doing well, when ocean conditions permit.
- This is an excellent time of year for bottomfishing.
You’ll find more “best bet” fishing opportunities listed at the top of each zone in the Recreation Report.
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Paddlers: Do you have your Waterway Access Permit?
The Waterway Access Permit replaces the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit required on all canoes, rafts and kayaks 10 feet or longer. While the new permit was introduced on Jan.1, enforcement will begin Aug. 1. Learn more about the Waterway Access Permit.
Fall bear season opens Aug. 1
It’s just a bit more than a week until the first hunting season of the fall begins. Remember, there is a different bear check-in procedure in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Buoy 10 opener delayed until Aug. 14
The start of the season is delayed due to concerns over the run size. But when anglers do hit the water in mid-August, they’ll be in the midst of what is traditionally the peak of the Chinook run.
Sign up for a hunter education class
Upcoming hunter education field days and traditional classes have resumed and are now being posted. Check out the list of upcoming classes.
ODFW will not propose expanded bear hunting in the lower Rogue River
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