ODFW Recreation Report

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Fishing in hot water

With extreme temperatures in the forecast, fish will start feeling the heat. Give them a break by remembering these five tips for fishing when water temperatures are high.

Buy your black bear tag

While the fall black bear season doesn’t end until Dec. 31, the last day to buy a tag is Sept. 30.

Bear and cougar check-ins at ODFW offices

Remember the days when you had to check-in your harvested bear and/or cougar at an ODFW office. Well, those days are back. Here are reminders of how to check in bear and cougar.

“How-to” go fishing this weekend

As the hot, dry conditions continue fishing is getting tough. But there are some bright spots and we’ve put together some tips and techniques to help you take advantage of them:

  • High elevation, hike-in lakes for trout. These lakes stay cooler and will be fishable until they’re snowed in. Fishing Oregon’s hike-in lakes.
  • Ocean coho salmon. The season north of Cape Falcon is open until Sept. 30 or until quota is met. 10 tips for targeting ocean coho.
  • Coastal cutthroat trout. These trout are aggressive, willing to take a variety of bait, flies and lures, and are found in many coastal rivers and streams. 7 tips for catching coastal cutthroat.
  • Dungeness crab. Crabbers have been doing well. How to crab.
  • Surfperch. There are hundreds of places to fish along Oregon’s sandy beaches, and there are plenty of fish within an easy cast from shore. How to fish for surfperch.
  • Buoy 10. This popular late-summer, early-fall salmon fishery just kicked off and will be heating up in the next few weeks. 10 tips for Buoy 10 fishing.
  • Bass. You’ll find smallmouth bass in ponds, reservoirs and rivers throughout the state. Check the Rec Report for locations and consider these tips How to fish for bass.

Be sure to check the zone reports for more options!

Sign up for youth pheasant hunts

Youth Pheasant Hunts give young hunters a chance to hunt in a controlled setting with a focus safety and success. Five reasons these hunts are so popular:

  • No adult competition. 
  • Emphasis on safety. 
  • Increased chance of success. 
  • Available statewide. 
  • They're free!