Emergency regulations are no longer in effect at Howard Prairie

Howard Prairie Reservoir - Ashland, OR (Jackson County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Emergency regulations are no longer in effect at Howard Prairie. Zone regulations are back in place, and size limits and daily bag limits apply. Forty thousand sub-legal rainbow trout were recently stocked in Howard Prairie. These fish should over winter and be of catchable size by next spring.

Last weekend there was around an inch of snow in the area, but this weekend is forecast to be relatively nice weather for November.

Small personal watercraft such as kayaks, canoe and float tubes are probably the best access for getting on the water near the dam. Trout appeared to have survived the summer’s warm temperatures. ODFW recently stocked fall fingerlings and anglers should be aware of these small non-legal-size fish. If handled with care, they will grow nicely over the winter. 

The reservoir is at 4 percent capacity and is slowly starting to rise. The forecast of a wet la Nina winter, if materializing, will help fill Howard as it is mainly filled by higher elevation rain, not snow. 

The Rogue Fish District is still interested in anglers catch composition, so there are trout stocked with differential fin marks representing different fish stocks. Anglers interested in reporting their catch or learning more about this program and what to look for, are encouraged to call 541-857-2411 and speak with the local STEP Biologist. Specifically, look for clips on ventral fins or adipose fins in your catch.

There is a Hwy 66 and Hyatt Lake Rd webcam that may help if you’re planning an adventure. There is a Jackson County webcam at the Dead Indian Memorial Summit.

More information on facilities and camping can be found on Jackson County Parks website.  All campgrounds and the resort are now closed for the season and all improved boat ramps inaccessible. The best bank access is near the dam.

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, November 11th, 2021
: ODFW Recreation Report
John C Boyle Reservoir: Past net sampling showed some large yellow perch
Upper Klamath Lake: Redband trout are scattered throughout Upper Klamath Lake
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir Report
Miller Lake: Brown trout will begin to cruise the shoreline
Willow Valley Reservoir: Conditions are unknown