ODFW Recreation Report

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Big game hunters

Good luck on Sunday!

The 2021 big game draw results will be available on Sunday – be sure to check your results online. If you didn’t draw a tag, you can still have a full hunting season this fall. Find out how in 7 things to consider if you didn’t draw a tag.

Best bets for weekend fishing

This time of the year there’s a potpourri of fishing opportunities. Check the Rec Report entries for specific locations near you.

  • Summer steelhead are being caught in the Siletz, Nestucca, Wilson and Rogue rivers.
  • Chinook anglers should look to the Columbia River tributaries in the NW Zone, Tillamook Bay, and the Nestucca, Trask, North Umpqua and Columbia rivers.
  • Bass fishing has been very good in small ponds and large reservoirs throughout the state. And don’t overlook some excellent bass fisheries in rivers like the Willamette, South Fork Coquille, John Day, Columbia and South Umpqua.
  • Hatchery trout are still being stocked, but the focus has shifted to mid- and higher elevation locations where water conditions are generally better throughout the summer.
  • Sea-run cutthroat trout have been reported throughout the south coast rivers like the Chetco, Elk, Pistol and Sixes.
  • Brown trout fishing has been good in Paulina and Miller lakes.
  • Ocean salmon fishing for marked coho is a great way to spend a beautiful day at sea.

ODFW braces for drought

What anglers can expect

March, April and May of 2021 were among the driest spring months since the 1890s, and ODFW is bracing for a serious drought as summer arrives. Currently, 72 percent of the state is in severe or extreme drought status.

As the summer progresses, anglers should continue to expect changes to fish stocking, and possible emergency regulations. See more details here. The weekly Recreation Report will be your best source of information on conditions and any emergency regulations.

Watch wildlife from a distance

Leave them where you find them

Young wild animals are rarely orphaned – mom’s probably just off foraging for food. So if you see a deer fawn, elk calf or other young animal alone, leave it where it is. Chances are an adult animal is nearby. Read more reasons why trying to “save” an animal may do more harm than good.



OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, June 9th

Coast Fork Willamette River: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 1,000 Legal-Size Rainbow Trout
Junction City Pond: There Will Be Construction Work on the Junction City Pond Parking Lot Between June 16 and June 18
Leaburg Lake: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 800 Legal-Size Rainbow Trout
McKenzie River: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 1,000 Legal-Size Trout
Crane Prairie Reservoir: Anglers Report Fair Fishing With Catch Rates Picking Up over The Last Couple Weeks
Davis Lake: Water Is Low and It May Be Difficult to Launch a Bigger Boat
Deschutes River: Anglers Report Fair Fishing in The Mornings and Evenings
Fall River: The River Will Be Stocked Again With Rainbow Trout This Week
Hosmer Lake: Anglers Report Good Fishing
Odell Lake: Anglers Report Fair Fishing For Kokanee and Good Fishing For Lake Trout
Paulina Lake: Anglers Report Good Fishing For Kokanee and Brown Trout
Three Creek Lake: Anglers Report Good Fishing
Wickiup Reservoir: Five Kokanee Per Day in Addition to Daily Trout Limit
McNary Channel Ponds: About 2,000 Legal and 100 Trophy Trout Will Be Stocked This Week
Umatilla River: Steelhead Fishing Is Closed and Will Not Open Until Sept. 1
Willow Creek Reservoir: There Will Be 750 Trophy Trout Stocked This Week
Kilchis River: Trout Fishing in Streams Opened on May 22
Miami River: Trout Fishing in Streams Opened on May 22
Nehalem River: Not Much Going on This Time of Year on The Nehalem
Siletz River: A Few Summer Steelhead and Spring Chinook are Starting To Show up
Tillamook Bay: Spring Chinook Fishing on Tillamook Bay Remained on the Slow Side of Fair This Past Week
Trask River: The Trask Continued to Be Fair For Spring Chinook
Wilson River: Fishing on The Wilson Remains Slow
Agate Lake: Agate Lake Is At 72 Percent Capacity
Emigrant Reservoir: Bass Fishing Has Really Picked Up in The Last Few Weeks
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Has Been Fishing Very Good
Rogue River- Upper: The Hatchery Hole is Closed to All Fishing Through July 31
Beulah Reservoir: Fishing Has Been Good For Rainbow Trout
Campbell Reservoir: The Reservoir is Partly on BLM Property and Remains Open
Upper Klamath Lake: Water Clarity Continues to Improve and the Algae Bloom Continues to be Very Light
Lake Of The Woods: Lake of The Woods Was Heavily Stocked With Trophy and Legal Rainbow Trout
Miller Lake: Miller Lake is Accessible
Owyhee Reservoir: Bass Fishing Has Been Good Recently
Owyhee River: There Are Still Plenty of Large Brown and Rainbow Trout Available
Sprague River: Fishing is Fair For Redband Trout With and Occasional Brown Trout
North Fork Sprague River: Fishing Is Slow For Brook Trout, Redband Trout and and the Occasional Large Brown Trout
Warm Springs Reservoir: Fishing For Smallmouth Bass Has Been Heating Up Recently
Williamson River: Williamson River Fishing Update