ODFW Recreation Report

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Includes updates to fishing, crabbing and clamming


Summer vacation + summer fishing – It all adds up 

It's vacation season! It's summer fishing season! Why not put the two together? If you're camping, hiking or kayaking, take a rod with you. If you're looking for a daytrip, check out our Start Fishing page for lots of tips, techniques and places to go.‌

Comment on proposed 2025 big game regulations

ODFW will host a series of online public meetings in July with district wildlife biologists presenting proposed changes to next year's big game regulations and getting feedback. Find dates and online meeting links.‌

Razor clam while you can

The annual razor clam conservation closure on Clatsop County beaches begins July 15. In the interim, there are some negative tides you might want to take advantage of.‌

5 tips for fishing in hot water

With temperatures soaring to near 100 degrees this weekend, fish will start feeling the heat. Give them a break by following these warm weather fishing guidelines.‌

Sign up for hunter education

The fall hunting season will be here sooner than you think. If you've got a young, would-be hunter that hopes to hunt for the first time this fall, help them sign up for hunter education now. Because the closer we get to opening days, the harder it will be to find an open class or field day. Here are the ways to take hunter education. ‌

Best bets for weekend fishing

There's a long list of opportunities this week. And this is just a few examples!‌

  • Jubilee and Magone lakes are popular retreats to escape the summer heat and catch some trout.
  • This is the perfect time of year for bass fishing the John Day.
  • The giant Hex mayfly hatch has started on Fivemile Creek, Upper Williamson, Wood River, NF Sprague River, Sprague River and Lower Williamson River.
  • Fishing for largemouth bass should be good at Lake of the Woods and Tenmile Lakes.
  • Bluegill fishing has been excellent in Beck Kiwanis Pond. It's not often bluegill get a shout out.
  • Anglers have been catching nice crappie in Bully Creek Reservoir.
  • The lower Owyhee River benefitted from extended fill this spring and fishing has been great.
  • Trout fishing has been excellent in several lakes and reservoirs in Eastern Oregon.
  • Anglers have been reporting good nymphing for trout and whitefish on the Crooked River below Bowman Dam.
  • Willamette River smallmouth bass fishing is excellent this time of year, especially early or late in the day.
  • One way to beat the weekend heat: Explore the upper reaches of the Chetco and Elk rivers in search of cutthroat trout.
  • Warmwater fishing is going full throttle in North Coast lakes.
  • Summer steelhead fishing has been picking up on the Siletz.

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

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