ODFW Recreation Report

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Follow the #25DaysOfFishmas

ODFW uses this hashtag each December to highlight unique species of Oregon fish. This year’s we’re focusing on minnows of Oregon, including the first fish to ever be delisted from the Endangered Species List, the Oregon chub. Starting Dec. 1, look for it on www.Twitter.com/myodfw and www.instagram.com/myodfw.

Sign up for a hunter education field day

We’ve got field days coming up December in Central Point, Hood River and Monmouth. Find more information on MyODFW.com.

New Rogue-South Coast Steelhead Validation and Harvest Tag go on sale Jan. 1, 2023

Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, all winter steelhead anglers in the Rogue Basin and on the south coast will need a Rogue-South Coast Steelhead Validation from Dec. 1 to April 30. (In the initial year, the season is Jan. 1 to April 30.)  In addition, anglers will need a new harvest tag to keep wild winter steelhead in this area.

The new validations will provide more accurate harvest information and close annual harvest loopholes on certain daily licenses. Learn more about this new validation and harvest tag.

Not too soon to report your hunt

Remember, if you bought a tag in 2022 you must report your hunt by Jan. 31, 2023 – even if you weren’t successful or didn’t hunt.

Best bets for fishing

  • With recent rains there has been a good push of winter steelhead into several coastal rivers and streams.
  • Town Lake continues to get surplus hatchery summer steelhead, offering a unique fishing experience.
  • The rain this week could bring the season’s first winter steelhead into the Coos and Coquille basins.
  • Anglers have been catching coho in Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile lakes.
  • Big burly broodstock trout are going into Cottage Grove Pond this week.
  • About 60 “retired” summer steelhead were put into Junction City Pond last week.

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