ODFW Recreation Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ODFW

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff


Weekend fishing

  • Ocean fishing for rockfish and lingcod has been good on the coast with many anglers landing limits of rockfish and lingcod.
  • Most coastal waters are too high for winter steelhead fishing right now, but look for some to be back in shape by Sunday or early next week.
  • Some waterbodies in the NW, Willamette and SW zones were stocked with trout prior to last weekend’s Free Fishing Weekend. With terrible weather and few anglers on the water, most of those fish are still around to catch. Look for updates in the zone reports.
  • Ice fishing is still an option, with good ice conditions in many locations. The ice fishing season may start winding down soon, so take advantage of this opportunity while you can.

Spring bear draw results now available

Login at the MyODFW.com licensing page and look under Recreational Portfolio / Controlled Hunts to view your results.

Responsible shed hunting

More and more people are discovering shed hunting as a great winter pastime. To help reduce stress to deer and elk, please follow these tips for responsible shed hunting.

Sign up for a hunter ed field day

If you were unable to complete a field day last year due to COVID restrictions, you’re not off the hook. The temporary rule expires on March 31, and you’ll still need to complete a field day before you can hunt this fall. Find a field day.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, February 18th

Hood River: A Few Winter Steelhead Are Being Reported
Clackamas River: Fishing is Starting To Pick Up
Detroit Reservoir: Detroit Reservoir Report
Green Peter Reservoir: Water Elevation is Starting to Slowly Rise
Sandy River: Expect New Fish Throughout The System
Santiam River North Fork-2: Water Clarity is Good Despite High Flows
Santiam River (South Fork): South Fork Santiam River Report
Willamette River: Willamette River Report
Kilchis River: Dropped Into Prime Shape
Necanicum River: High But Fishable
Nehalem River: Nice Wild Fish Starting To Show Up
Nestucca River: Blown Out
Trask River: Trask River Report
Wilson River: Should Drop into Shap by Thursday
Applegate Reservoir: Lake Rose 7 Feet From Last Week
Applegate River: Applegate River Report
Ben Irving Reservoir: Another Wet Weekend at Ben Irving
Elk River: Recent Rains Should Make For Excellent Conditions
Emigrant Reservoir: Reservoir Continues to Slowly Rise
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Has Been Getting Hammered With Snow
Hyatt Lake: Ice Is Likely Not Thick Enough
Illinois River: Expect The River to Be Blown Out Most of The Weekend
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Umpqua River: Catching Was Picking Up Before The Big Rains

Rock Creek Hatchery production update

ROSEBURG, Ore – ODFW staff continues to work on short-term solutions for hatchery production to maintain Umpqua fisheries and long-range...... Read More