Willow Lake Fish Report for 9-1-2021
Water levels have started to drop significantly
Willow Lake - Heppner, OR (Morrow County)
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Water levels have started to drop significantly over the last 3 weeks. Irrigation shutdowns in other reservoirs have switched things over to Willow Lake. The reservoir is 59 percent capacity and is about 1000 acre feet lower at this time of year than last year. Wildfire smoke has been relatively light up here compared with lower elevations in the Rogue Valley and southwestern Oregon. Check the Butte Falls AQI reading before heading up here.
Trout, bass, crappie and perch are most prevalent here. Fishing from shore will likely produce plenty of perch and bluegill. Anglers targeting deeper water by trolling will have greater success with rainbow trout. No trout have been stocked since late spring, but there should be fish still present.
Campgrounds at Willow Lake are open but campfires are not allowed. Boat launching at the improved ramp may be getting difficult with the dropping water. For more information please visit the Jackson County Parks website.
Anglers encountering illegally introduced yellow perch are always encouraged to take as many of these as they want. This illegal introduction has only resulted in stunted perch and impacts to the bass and trout fishery in this lake and numerous others around the Southwest District. Anglers are reminded that using live fish as bait is prohibited. If you see someone transporting live fish from or into a water body, please get a photo and/or call OSP with this information.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Wednesday, September 1st
Upper Klamath Lake: Redband trout are starting to move back into the main part
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Fishing can be excellent this time of year if flows are fishable
Lake Of The Woods: Fishing will be slow for trout as most stocked rainbow trout will move to deeper water
Miller Lake: Fishing is excellent as the lake has been heavily stocked
Sprague River: Sprague River Fishing Report
Williamson River: Williamson River Fishing Report
Wood River: One of the best bets for fishing right now
Chetco River: Water levels are low
Elk River: Fall season rule changes for Chinook are now in place
Expo Pond: Warmwater fishing continues at Exp
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Emergency Regulations are still in effect
Hyatt Lake: Emergency Regulations still in effect
Lost Creek Lake: Trout fishing should still be good
Rogue River- Lower: The Rogue Bay has been busy with anglers
Rogue River - Middle: ODFW has lifted the 2 p.m. fishing closure between Lobster and Hog creeks
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): Flows above Prospect seem to have leveled of
Sixes River: Anglers should be able to find sea-run cutthroat in most pools
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Saturday, August 28th
: Archery hunting opens Aug. 28, remember to check for access and fire restrictions before hunting Tag sale deadline is Friday, Aug. 27
Snake River- Below Hells Canyon Reservoir: Fall Chinook season opens in Hells Canyon on Aug. 26
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