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.
  • Spring Chinook are arriving in the lower Columbia – time to plan your next salmon trip.
  • Salmon anglers are also catching Chinook in the lower Rogue and North Umpqua.
  • This will be the last weekend to fish for winter steelhead on most coastal rivers and streams – the season closes April 1. Be sure to check the regs before heading out.
  • Bottomfishing has been very good off the Oregon coast.
  • There should be plenty of holdover trout in lakes and reservoirs that were heavily stocked last spring and summer. These overwintering fish will be hungry and fishing for them can be excellent.
  • Warmwater fishing is picking up in several locations thanks to some warmer weather.

Check the zone reports for more options.‌

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.‌

Spring bear opens April 1

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, March 21st
: ODFW Recreation Report
Owyhee River - East Fork: Fishing should be fair just below the dam