ODFW Recreation Report

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Includes updates to fishing, crabbing and clamming

John Day pool closes to sturgeon retention after March 14

Fishery managers project 94 percent of the quota will be caught by that time. Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will remain open.‌

Best bets for weekend fishing

With warm, sunny weather forecasted across the state, this will be the perfect weekend to kick off some spring fishing.‌

  • Trout stocking is underway in several zones – a couple dozen waterbodies have been stocked this week, and more will be stocked next week.
  • River conditions in most locations should be excellent for winter steelhead fishing. With just a few weeks left in the season, better get out there while you can.
  • Spring Chinook season has kicked off with fish being caught on the lower Rogue and seen on the North Umpqua.
  • It's probably getting warm enough for the bass bite to start picking up in ponds and reservoirs. Fish in the afternoon when the water will be warmest.
  • Herring have been spawning in Yaquina Bay.

Check the zone reports for more options.‌

Go trout fishing over spring break

We'll be stocking dozens of waterbodies in the next two weeks – just in time for spring break. To find out where, check the weekly trout stocking schedule. We also have trout stocking maps to help you find locations close to home.‌

Learn to hunt turkey

Just in time for the spring turkey season, ODFW is offering several turkey hunting workshops. Participants will learn how to set decoys and blinds, spring hunting tactics, shotgun safety, field dressing and cooking wild turkey, and turkey behavior, biology and conservation.‌

Learn more, including how to register.‌

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Friday, March 8th

: Bighorn sheep community offers $4500 for information on poaching
: ODFW Recreation Report

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, March 6th
Junction City Pond: Junction City Pond reopens with improved access and fishing pond upgrades
Crescent Lake: Recent reports of good fishing for large brown and lake trout
Hood River: Hood River flows have been dynamic over the past several weeks
Laurance Lake: Laurance will re-open on April 22, 2024
Ochoco Reservoir: The reservoir is 77 percent full
Prinevile Reservoir: Prineville Reservoir at 76 percent full
Green Peter Reservoir: Green Peter is about 50 feet above the toe slope of Thistle Creek boat ramp
Henry Hagg Lake: This is the time of year when everything in your tacklebox can work
Alsea River: The Alsea river has been fair the past few weeks
Kilchis River: The Kilchis is a little on the low side right now, but that won't last long
Miami River: Fishing conditions are low and clear at this time, but the Miami will go up later this week
Necanicum River: The Necanicum is low and clear today but will start going up Friday
Nehalem River: The Nehalem is just coming back into decent shape but won't stay there for long
Nehalem River- North Fork: Once it drops back into shape there are still fish trickling in to be caught
Nestucca River: The Nestucca has been running high all week, although it does have good color
Three Rivers: Three Rivers is a little low right now but will rise on Friday night
Trask River: The Trask River is in prime condition
Wilson River: The Wilson is a little on the low side today but still fishing
Agate Lake: Agate Reservoir continues to rise and is now 95 percent full
Applegate River: The release from the dam is 250 cfs
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant is at 44 percent full and filling very slowly
Fish Lake : Fish Lake is 60 percent full and reportedly there is open water for bank fishing
Garrison Lake: Stocking was delayed this month due to high water
Illinois River: Bank fishing near the dam was productive recently
Rogue River- Lower: Slow for steelhead
Rogue River - Middle: The middle Rogue is currently blown out
Rogue River- Upper: Chrome winter steelhead are around and numbers have increased as we move into March
Sixes River: Winter storms have kept the river pretty much unfishable
Fourmile Lake: The Lake is blocked by snow and is currently 31 percent full
Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir is not frozen
John C Boyle Reservoir: The reservoir is now a river
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is ice-free
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Krumbo Reservoir: Krumbo Reservoir Report
Lake Of The Woods: Water temperatures are near freezing