ODFW Recreation Report

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Includes updates to fishing, crabbing and clamming


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 Wednesday, March 20th

: Novel parasite detected in trout at three Oregon fish hatcheries
: ODFW steelhead satellite tagging project is a first for Oregon

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Friday, March 15th

Kilchis River: The Kilchis is looking very fishy right now
Miami River: Fishing conditions are good on the Miami River
Necanicum River: The Necanicum should be in good shape through the weekend
Nehalem River: The Nehalem has good catch-and-release opportunities for wild steelhead
Nehalem River- North Fork: The North Fork is slightly on the high side but has good color and is on the drop
Nestucca River: Should drop into great shape by the weekend
Three Rivers: Three Rivers should be dropping into shape
Wilson River: The Wilson is a little high still but is greening up and should be in prime shape tomorrow
Dexter Reservoir: May be increased fishing opportunity for warmwater game fish
Foster Reservoir: The first spring stocking will be in a couple of weeks
Santiam River ( North Fork) : River is currently running at around 3,200 cfs at the gauge in Mehama
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 2,000 cfs at the Waterloo gauge
Campbell Reservoir: The reservoir is not frozen
Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir is 30 percent full
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Agate Lake: Agate Reservoir continues to rise and is now 100 percent full
Ben Irving Reservoir: Fishing will be picking up this week
Chetco River: The final two weeks of the season are here
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Trout fishing should be good
Coquille River: The North Fork Coquille River should be in good shape during the week
Diamond Lake: Diamond Lake is frozen over
Elk River: The few anglers fishing the river are finding steelhead are scattered throughout
Garrison Lake: Conditions are excellent for trout fishing
Plat I Reservoir: Plat I was overfull as of last week
Rogue River- Lower: Fishing has been good for both steelhead and Chinook when flows have been dropping
Rogue River - Middle: Should be in perfect shape by this weekend
Rogue River- Upper: Expect releases from the dam to increase by this weekend
Sixes River: Finally the river conditions look like they will be improving
Umpqua River: The mainstem Umpqua has been cold, high and muddy lately
North Umpqua River: The North Umpqua is still high, but conditions are improving
South Umpqua River : Conditions should start to improve
: Razor clamming reopens on Central Coast