ODFW Recreation Report

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Includes updates to fishing, crabbing and clamming, hunting and wildlife viewing


Apply for controlled hunt tags by May 15

Earlier is better! This year the wait for results won't be quite so long. Thanks to the efficiencies of the (relatively) new electronic licensing system, draw results will be available June 12.‌

Don't forget Premium and Raffle hunts

Premium and Raffle hunts both offer extended seasons and are in addition to your controlled hunt or general season tags. Definitely tags worth applying for.‌

Let young wildlife stay wild

This is the time of year outdoor enthusiasts start finding seemingly abandoned or orphaned wildlife babies. But young animals are rarely orphaned, so leave them where you find them. Chances are good mom is nearby, just waiting for you to leave before she returns to her baby. Here's what to do if you find young animals alone in the wild.‌

Fishing for cash

The Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program pays anglers for each northern pikeminnow they catch in the Columbia River. Each pikeminnow caught helps a few more juvenile salmon and steelhead make their way to sea. Read more about the program. ‌

Best bets for weekend fishing

With warmer, drier weather in the forecast, it's going to be a great weekend to go fishing.‌

  • It bears repeating: Trout stocking is going whole hog, with thousands for fish headed for waterbodies near you.
  • Surplus hatchery steelhead have been planted in Town Lake, Coffenbury Lake, Vernonia Pond, Lost Lake and Lake Lytle on the North Coast.
  • Spring Chinook fishing is a good option in the Tillamook and Nestucca bays, and on the Rogue, Sandy, Clackamas, North and South Fork Santiam and lower Willamette rivers.
  • With warmer weather on the way, look for bass, crappie and other warmwater species to be on the bite.
  • Early season summer steelhead fishing is really picking up in North and South Fork Santiams, with inklings of fish in the Nestucca, Wilson, Sandy and Clackamas.
  • Surfperch fishing can be good in late spring as early summer as fish move closer to shore to spawn.

These examples are for demonstration purposes only. Check the zone reports for details and more options.‌

Take the family fishing

A day on the water can be great way to make some memories with your family, and catch some dinner to boot! We've gathered all our how-to and where-to information in one convenient location to help you get started.‌

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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, May 1st

Campbell Reservoir: Catch rates for largemouth bass and bluegill should be improving
Fourmile Lake: The Lake is blocked by snow and is currently 41 percent full
Gerber Reservoir: Best place to fish for perch is at the north boat ram
Upper Klamath Lake: Fishing from shore at Howard Bay and Shoalwater Bay continues to improve
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Lake Of The Woods: The lake was stocked with trophy rainbow trout this week
Lost River: Fishing bait for brown bullhead is your best bet
Sprague River: The river remains very high and turbid
Applegate Reservoir: Applegate is good bet for trout anglers
Ben Irving Reservoir: This should be a good time to fish Ben Irving
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Should be some good trout fishing now
Diamond Lake: Ice is off Diamond Lake and when conditions allow, fishing should be good
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant is 71 percent full and continues to fill
Empire Lake Lower: Empire Lake Fishing Report
Fish Lake : Fish Lake is 62 percent full
Floras Lake: The lake was stocked with trout this week
Galesville Reservoir: Stories that some of the trophy trout have been caught
Garrison Lake: The 12th street boat ramp has an improved ramp and docks
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie is 50 percent full
Lake Marie: Fishing should be good this week
Lemolo Lake: The resort KOA opens May 1‌
Lost Creek Lake: Trollers have had good late winter success at Lost Creek
Rogue River- Lower: Rains this week have improved fishing conditions for spring Chinook
Rogue River - Middle: Flow is currently clear and slowly dropping in the middle Rogue
Rogue River- Upper: Lots of winter steelhead are present in the upper Rogue
Alsea River: The Alsea River closed to steelhead on April 30
Kilchis River: Trout season opens in the streams on May 22
Nestucca River: Spring Chinook fishing in the Nestucca is just getting started
Siletz River: The Siletz has been remaining fair and steady throughout March and April
Three Rivers: The Anti-Snagging Gear Restriction goes into effect on Three Rivers on May 1
Alton Baker Canoe Canal: Family Fishing Event Saturday, May 4
Crane Prairie Reservoir: The reservoir 88 percent full and ice free
Crescent Lake: Recent reports of good fishing for large brown and lake trout
East Lake: Deschutes County has not released an anticipated reopening date for the road yet
Haystack Reservoir: Haystack Reservoir Report
Hosmer Lake: Deschutes County has not released an anticipated reopening date for the road yet
Laurance Lake: Laurance Lake is open for the season
Paulina Lake: Deschutes County has not released an anticipated reopening date for the road yet
Prinevile Reservoir: Prineville Reservoir at 100 percent full
Wickiup Reservoir: The reservoir is 77 percent full and boat ramps are currently accessible
Grande Ronde River: Spring can be a great time of year to catch trout and whitefish on the Grande Ronde River
Imnaha River: Trout and whitefish can be caught in the Imnaha River throughout the spring
Morgan Lake: Morgan Lake opened for fishing on April 22
Wallowa River: Wallowa River Report
Brownlee Reservoir: Bass fishing has started to pick up in Brownlee Reservoir