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Weekly Recreation Report: Southeast Zone

September 20, 2016

 Southeast Zone Fishing

Yellow Perch
Yellow Perch

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Yellow perch angling around Rocky Point Resort in Upper Klamath Lake has been excellent.
  • Lake of the Woods, Fourmile Lake, and Miller Lake were stocked, three weeks ago, with 8-16” rainbow trout.
  • Fishing for brook trout can be excellent this time of year in the Upper Sprague, Upper Sycan and Upper Williamson areas.
  • Deadhorse and Campbell lakes were stocked on Labor Day weekend with 10-13” rainbow trout.
  • Forest Service road 28, commonly known as the Thomas Creek Road, will be open to traffic Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. This road connects Lakeview to the Chewaucan River, Dairy Creek, Deadhorse and Campbell lakes.

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It could be the area is closed, inaccessible due or currently offers limited fishing opportunities. These water bodies will return to the recreation report when conditions change. If you believe something is missing, contact us and we’ll find out why.

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ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports but Ana Reservoir was stocked in July and should be good fishing. Hybrid bass are traditionally targeted using crank baits; however they can be caught in the reservoir using various methods including bait. Hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon. A new state record hybrid bass (white and striped bass cross) was caught in Ana Reservoir on Dec. 10, 2014. The fish was caught using a Rapala crankbait on 10 lb. test line and measured 31½ inches with a girth of 24 inches. The fish weighed 19 lbs. 12 oz. The potential new state record is 1 ½ inches longer and 1 lb. heavier than the previous record of 18 lbs. 9 oz. caught in 2009.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout, brown trout

Ana River was stocked with fingerlings in May of 2016 and trophy rainbow trout in October 2015. The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a float tube or by walking the banks. Bait is allowed.

Caddis flies are the dominant invertebrate. Small blue winged olive (size 18) mayflies should be hatching. Ana River is a great match the hatch fly fishing river with good hatches throughout the winter. Hatches typically occur during the afternoon from 12-3 p.m. the best time. Small mayfly hatches are typically best on overcast days with light rain or snow. Tui chub and pit roach are abundant in the river therefore casting large flies or lures can be effective for catching larger fish.

Ana River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Open to fishing with bait allowed. Fishing is slow due to very cold and low productivity water. Access available off Highway 62 at the USFS snow park. There is plenty of public property on USFS, State Forest and Crater Lake National Park (Angling is regulated by the National Park (541-594-3000).

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Anthony Lake has now been stocked with a total of approximately 3,400 trophy-sized rainbow trout with the last and final stocking for the summer on July 7. A fall stocking of one pound rainbow trout is planned for late September. Fishing should be good through the remainder of summer.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

Balm Creek Reservoir was stocked with both legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout the first week of May. The reservoir level is fair for this time of year. Fishing for trout should improve with the cooler temperatures of fall.

Redband Trout
Redband Trout
-Photo by Bob Hooton, ODFW-

BEULAH RESERVOIR: redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is currently at four percent of capacity and the boat ramp is not currently useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website.

USBR crews completed a tagging program in Beulah in 2011 and there may still be tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch a tagged trout, please report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been fair around the Page Springs Campground and up to and above the weir. No recent reports on the upper portions of the Blitzen but fishing should be good. The Blitzen is flowing around 34 cfs and water temperatures have been fluctuating around 60oF. These are near summer low flow conditions so look for trout in shaded and deep areas.

The best times to fish when conditions are like this are in the morning and in the evening. With the warmer water temperatures, it is recommended that fisherman use heavier line and avoid over-playing the fish. The less time the fish spends fighting on the line the less stress it experiences. If you over-play a fish and spend a lot of time taking photos and handling it, you greatly increase the chances that the fish will not recover and it may result in the fish dying from the experience.

The loop road is completely open so this opens up a lot of great fishing in the upper sections of the Blitzen. The Little Blitzen and Big Indian Rivers are a great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy great fishing in the heart of the Steens.

The Blitzen and Little Blitzen Rivers are open year round for catch and release only starting in 2016. Retention is still allowed in other tributaries. Please check the 2016 fishing regulations for changes in the Blitzen River system. It should also be noted that there has been some confusion over the fishing regulations for the Blitzen River as it pertains to rainbow versus redband trout. The regulations for the Blitzen River treat redband trout and rainbow trout as the same species. The confusion comes up because the new regulation states catch-and-release for rainbow trout and says nothing about redband trout.

BLUE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing should still be good at this high alpine lake. Fly fishing from a float tube is very productive casting or trolling flies. Fish are oriented towards the surface in the morning and evening during aquatic insect or flying ant hatches, but quite frequently jump throughout the day. Blue Lake is a fantastic high elevation lake located in the Gearhart Wilderness between Bly and Lakeview. A three-mile trail leads to the lake and it’s a 1-2 hour hike. Rainbow trout sampled in 2015 and 2016 ranged from 6 to 16-inches and were in healthy condition. The trout at this lake see little pressure and are easy to catch using flies, lures or bait. Fishing was excellent in June and July with rainbow trout targeting blue damselfly adults. Caddis flies were also observed hatching during the evening hours. Stomach contents in trout were composed of dragonfly adults, chironomids, caddis fly larvae, water boatman and damsel nymphs. The lake was stocked again with fingerlings, which will grow to catchable size in 2017.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry last year, but was stocked with fingerling rainbow trout this spring. Fishing for 6-8 inch fish was excellent recently using flies. There is quite a bit of algae along the margins making casting challenging, but a small john boat or float tube would work well. These fish are healthy and will hopefully survive throughout the winter to provide a great fishery for next year.

BULLY CREEK RESERVOIR: bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish, trout

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is at 19 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website. Bully Creek Reservoir was stocked this spring with trophy sized rainbow trout so these and hold-overs from last year should be available for fishermen.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
- Photo by Kevin Clawson-

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good for legal-sized rainbow trout and some have reported catching bass and green sunfish. The pond has already been stocked with legal sized rainbow trout and anglers have been catching these and holdovers from last year in consistent numbers this summer/fall. The pond is experiencing an algal bloom around the edges and fish appear to be using these for shade/cover so fishing along the algae rim has been productive. The cooler temperatures in the region should help to thin out the algae in the pond and fall fishing should be productive.

CALAHAN CREEK (LONG CREEK-SYCAN AREA): brook trout and redband trout

Access is available but two hours from Klamath Falls. Bait allowed. Mosquitoes are gone and has good access area for camping near the meadows. The most productive fishing area is near the lower 400-00 road crossing. Fishing is excellent for small brook trout mostly under 8 inches. Flow is extremely low. All of Calahan Creek is on Green Diamond Property so please respect this private property and their rules.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked the week of Aug. 29 with 10”-13” rainbow trout. Fishermen have been reported doing well in boats and on shore. Fly fishing has proved very successful recently.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The best way to fish this reservoir is in a small john boat. The redband trout population in the reservoir is sparse. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please respect this area. Water levels in the reservoir is good. Bass fishing should be good.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: native redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

The entire river is open all year and flyfishing for redband trout 6-12 inches has been good. Dry flies and nymphs are very productive. Redband trout and brook trout are in the headwaters (Dairy and Elder Creeks) and are readily available using flies and lures as well.

Bait is allowed downstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley, however the use of bait is prohibited upstream of highway 31. Largemouth bass and brown bullhead are available to anglers at the first Hwy. 31 crossing just north of Valley Falls. Small boats can be launched at this site. Although there have been no fishing reports from this area there have been people fishing from this boat ramp weekly.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow to fair. Chickahominy was stocked with 2044 legal-sized trout during the week of May 16. The reservoir was not stocked last year due to poor habitat conditions resulting from the prolonged drought conditions in the region.

CORRAL CREEK (SF Sprague): brook trout and brown trout

No recent fishing reports. One rainbow trout per day, 15” minimum length may be harvested. Large fish have been reported chasing minnows along the shoreline near the boat ramp.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: hatchery rainbow trout, redband trout, brook trout

No recent fishing reports. Successful anglers need to target trout by fishing the top of the water column with flies, lures and bait. Tall vegetation in the lake makes it difficult for bait fishermen to catch fish on the bottom.

COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR (Lake County): redband trout

No recent fishing reports. One rainbow trout per day, 15” minimum length may be harvested.

COW LAKES: largemouth bass, white crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout

A recent fishing report indicates that fishing is poor in the Cow Lakes this year. As of 2013, the lakes will no longer be stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality. When habitat conditions improve, the trout stocking program will be reinstated.

rainbow trout
Rainbow trout
-Photo by Aaron Watzig-

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

The lake was stocked the week of August 29th with 10”-13” rainbow trout. Fishermen have been reported doing well in boats and on shore. Fly fishing has proved very successful recently.

DEEP CREEK (Lake County): redband trout and brook trout

Fly fishing for trout upstream of Big Valley has been very good for native redband trout. There have not been any fishing reports downstream of the falls, but several nice trout have been observed near Adel. With warmer stream temperatures please handle fish responsibly.

Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow for current flow information.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

Delintment Lake was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in the spring and anglers have reported catching these fish and holdovers from last year in consistent numbers, although fishing has appeared to be slowing down as the fall season arrives. Fishing around the dock has been productive and fly-fisherman have reported good fishing from float tubes and other small watercraft.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Open to fishing but closed to angling for bull trout. Any bull trout captured should not be removed from the water.

DEVILS LAKE (FISHHOLE CREEK): largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead

No recent report.

DOG LAKE: largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead, redband trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports. Only one rainbow trout per day, 15” minimum length may be harvested.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir was stocked with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout in June. There have been reports of 16” and 17” trout being caught this summer. More fingerlings have been released this spring.

FISH LAKE (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked with approximately 250 trophy-sized rainbow trout in early August. Fishing should be good for both legal and trophy-sized rainbows.
                                                                                                                                               
FISH LAKE (Steens Mountain): rainbow trout, brook trout

The North Loop Steens Road is open, and Fish Lake has been stocked with legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout. Fisherman have reported good catches of rainbow and brook trout this summer with some rainbow trout in the 18-20 inch range being caught. Reports indicate that fishing has slowed down some this fall but that anglers are still catching fish.

During the evening, fish can be observed rising for insects and reports indicate that this is the best time to fish. Fly-fishing from a float tube or other non-motorized watercraft has been the best method at Fish Lake.

FOURMILE CREEK (tributary to Agency Lake): brook, brown, and redband trout.

The lake was stocked three weeks ago with 12-14” rainbow trout. Fishing should be good from bank and boat. Look for brook trout and lake trout cruising the shoreline looking for places to spawn.

Lake Trout
Primitive sandy ramp at Fourmile Lake.
- Photo by Bill Tinniswood/ODFW -

FOURMILE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout

The lake was stocked two weeks ago with 12-14” rainbow trout. Fishing should be good from bank and boat.

The boat ramp is unimproved and involves launching on a sandy beach with no boat docks. Launching a boat might become more difficult as water levels drop. Campground facilities exist on the lake. Angling from shore is typically best near the deeper water along the campground site or near the north end of the lake.

Fourmile Lake is currently 0 percent full based on water used for irrigation. The lake has a large amount of dead pool storage. The fuller the lake the easier launching boats. As the lake recedes to dead pool storage launching boats becomes very difficult. Access is also available by trail to the high lakes that are stocked by helicopter. Badger Lake is the most productive. Woodpecker, Squaw and Long Lake are all stocked but fishing is typically very slow on these waterbodies.

GERBER RESERVOIR: crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead and largemouth bass

Fishing is very slow. Best fishing is for brown bullhead. The lake is 16 percent full.

Grande Ronde Lake: rainbow trout, brook trout

Grande Ronde Lake received its final stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout for the summer the week of July 18. Fishing should be good through the remainder of the summer.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the second week of April. The next stocking is planned for mid-October. ODFW is currently conducting an angler opinion survey regarding fishing ponds in the Baker Valley. Please take a moment to let us know what you would like for fishing opportunities at these ponds. Survey forms are available at each pond (Hwy 203, Haines and North Powder) or on the ODFW website.

Lake Trout
Justin Miles and his two daughters score a trophy trout while fishing at Heart Lake in Lake County.
-Photo by Justin Miles, ODFW-

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown bullhead catfish

No recent fishing reports. The lake was stocked with legal rainbow trout and kokanee at the end of June. An illegal introduction of brown bullhead catfish will likely affect survival of trout and kokanee. Expect fewer fish to overwinter due to competition for available food resources.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is currently dewatered to complete construction of the head gate on the dam. The reservoir should fill by next spring and will continue to be stocked with rainbow trout in 2017.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

The pond was last stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the first week of June. ODFW is currently conducting an angler opinion survey regarding fishing ponds in the Baker Valley. Please take a moment to let us know what you would like for fishing opportunities at these ponds. Survey forms are available at each pond (Hwy 203, Haines and North Powder) or on the ODFW website.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Fishing is open and bait allowed. This stream is very small with a large brook trout being 8 inches.

J.C. BOYLE RESERVOIR (Topsy Reservoir): Largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, crappie, goldfish, Sacramento perch, tui chub and blue chub

Fishing is slow. Water temperature is currently peaking at 62 degrees.

Fishing for largemouth bass is slow. Best bass fishing is from boat. The reservoir is turbidtherefore anglers should try lures with high visibility and scent. Boats can be launched in several locations in the reservoir. Unimproved ramps occur just north and south of the Highway 66 bridge crossing. No fees are required to launch at these locations.

Try the bay just south of the BLM campground for crappie and pumpkinseed. Also try the rocky areas near and under the Highway 66 Bridge. Goldfish dominate the fish assemblage in the reservoir. Anglers should mimic the goldfish with bronze or copper lures or plugs to catch largemouth bass in the reservoir.

UPPER KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: native redband trout and yellow perch

A public health advisory has been listed for blue-green algae Microcystis in Upper Klamath Lake. More information.

Bass
Redband trout with radio tag.
- ODFW Photo -

ODFW and Oregon State University have radio tagged 40 redband trout in Upper Klamath Lake. Any redband trout captured with a radio tag needs to be released immediately unharmed without removing from the water. There will be a long antennae sticking out of the side of the fish. The antennae looks like heavy 50 lb. test fishing line. Please report the catch of these radio tagged redband trout. Page 11 of the Sportfishing Regulation states it is unlawful to retain radio tagged fish.

The lake is 5.1 feet below full pool. Boaters should proceed with caution and larger boats will have challenges launching at certain boat ramps in particular Henzel boat ramp on Agency Lake. The lake is very shallow around the mouth of the Williamson River and Odessa Creek. Angling is slow due to fish scattered through Upper Klamath Lake and the Williamson and Wood Rivers. Redband trout have moved back into the lake. Water temperature is peaking at 66 degrees.

Redband that are going to be released should not be removed from the water. Also, water temperatures where the trout are holding and the surface can vary 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduce handling time of trout near the surface of the lake. Angling from shore is not recommended at this time unless angling from the Rocky Point Area.

Yellow perch angling in lower Crystal Creek and Pelican Bay is excellent. Finding the perch is the biggest challenge.  Once you find them fishing can be excellent. Small hooks and bait are recommended as the perch typically do not exceed 14 inches.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir is closed to fishing until October 1 to protect redband trout in very warm water from higher mortality from fishing pressure.

J.C. Boyle Dam to J.C Boyle Powerhouse

Fishing on the Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse continues to be good at this time. Most fish in this section are very small and average 10-inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow and water temperatures are cooler in this section in the summer.

Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately 1 mile below J.C. Boyle Dam. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Fishing is excellent for small redband for those willing to hike. Attractor dry flies and nymphs work well in this section. Black spinners cast upstream into the pools is also a great technique.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed 16 inches. Most fish are in the 6- to 8-inch range. Fishing will be poor. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Flow release estimates are now available. Flows for this week will be low and fishable late in the day. Best fishing looks to all week when flows will be low around 4 p.m. Check the USGS real time website for flow information. Klamath River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

Fishing at Krumbo Reservoir has been fair to good this year with bank and boat anglers reporting rainbow trout over 20 inches being caught. Bass fishing in Krumbo was productive this past summer but there have been no recent reports so it is possible that bass fishing is slowing down with the cooler weather in the region. Krumbo was stocked with over 11,000 legal-sized rainbow trout in April, and anglers have reported catching these fish in consistent numbers, especially from the rocky areas near the inlet. Krumbo Reservoir can be a spectacular summer and fall fishery and regularly produces rainbow trout over 18 inches.

Lake of the Woods
Lake in the Woods
-ODFW Photo-

LAKE OF THE WOODS: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, hatchery brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, tui chub

Lake of the Woods was stocked three weeks ago with 12-14” rainbow trout. Angling should be fair for most species in the lake but can be excellent for yellow perch. Best fishing for stocked trout is from a boat. Best success from shore is fishing small baits for small yellow perch especially near dusk. Angling for largemouth and smallmouth bass should continue to be good as they prepare for winter. Kokanee should be spawning soon and can be observed or captured near shore next to the Lodge.

Take an active role in the management of Oregon fisheries! If you catch a tagged rainbow trout, please report it ODFW. Some tags include rewards of up to $50, and fish can be kept or released. If you release a fish, please write down the tag number and release the fish with the tag intact. If the tag includes a reward, the tag must be removed from the fish and returned to ODFW to receive the reward. Anglers should report and return tags to ODFW Klamath Falls Field Office at 1850 Miller Island Road West Klamath Falls, OR 97603. Phone number is (541) 883-5732. Anglers can also report tagged fish online. Reporting forms will also be available at Lake of the Woods Resort and Store. Fourteen anglers have returned tags worth $50 each. No fish will be tagged this year but a few tags might still be in the lake.

Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing was reported to be very good this past weekend. This reservoir was stocked three times in the month of June. As vegetation rises throughout the summer successful fishermen will need to increase their leaders from the bottom and fish closer to the surface to consistently catch fish.

LONG CREEK (Sycan River): brook trout, redband trout, bull trout

Fishing has improved for brook trout as they are starting to spawn and are easy to catch. Small spinners can be very productive. Access is available just upstream of the 27 road crossing on Green Diamond property. Fly fishing can be excellent this time of year using terrestrial dry fly patterns such as grasshoppers, ants, beetles, and yellow jacket patterns. Please report any bull trout captured to ODFW office at 541-891-4625.

Bass
Bass fishing fun!
-Photo by Amy Michelle Johnson-

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch, Sacramento perch

Angling for largemouth bass can be good if you can find where they are concentrated. Lost River is open to fishing all year. Public access is available at Crystal Springs day use area. Boats can be launched from an improved boat ramp at Crystal Springs. Angling for brown bullhead is fair.

Bait fished just off the bottom is the best method to catch fish at this point.
Sacramento perch have been captured below Horseshoe Dam. This is one of the only locations in the state to capture this fish.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Lucky Reservoir is full. Lucky was dry in 2015, but fingerlings have been stocked this spring and should be close to legal size come fall.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports.

The reservoir dam was repaired and started holding water again in November of 2015 but very few fish were expected to survive in the reservoir from last year. This is because the reservoir completely dried up this past summer. There is a portion of the boat ramp that is submerged so it may be possible to launch boats this spring but it will probably not be useable soon when the reservoir levels drop.

The reservoir was stocked with legal-sized and fingerling rainbow trout this past spring to jump start the fishery following prolonged drought conditions in the region.

MALHEUR RIVER (Warm Springs Reservoir downstream to South Fork Malheur River): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout

No recent reports.

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir have been around 250 cfs according to the USGS stream data. Fishing is expected to be slow. Large streamers and nymphs can be productive in the fallon the Malheur, as the water tends to be a little murky and fish can see the larger presentations. Look for fish in and around boulders and other available cover.

MALHEUR RIVER (from the South Fork Malheur River near Riverside, downstream to Gold Creek): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout.

No recent fishing reports.

MALHEUR RIVER, NORTH FORK: redband trout, whitefish, and bull trout

No recent fishing reports.

MALHEUR RIVER, MIDDLE FORK: redband trout, brook trout, and bull trout

No recent fishing reports.

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

Some fishermen have reported catching consistent numbers of cutthroat trout recently and that they were all in the 18-24 inch range. Larger fly patters pulled in a jerking motion appear to be working well this spring/summer at Mann Lake. ODFW staff sampled Mann Lake earlier this spring and found plenty of large cutthroat trout available for fisherman.

Fathead minnows were also found in Mann Lake and have been giving fisherman concern. At the moment, it does not appear that the population of fathead minnows is negatively affecting the fishery but ODFW will continue to monitor the lake.

The Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife stocked Mann Lake with cutthroat trout this spring so anglers should start to see these fish in the lake.

Largemouth Bass
Justin Miles with a 19” largemouth bass weighing six pounds that he pulled from Mill Flat Pond recently while taking a population sample. -Photo by ODFW-

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

This reservoir is located northwest of Lakeview on the Fremont National Forest. Largemouth bass have been sampled recently weighing up to 6 lbs. and measuring over 19 inches long! Crayfish were found to be the preferred diet of large bass in this pond. There were also hatchery trout collected in the 10- to 12-inch range, but very few. Bass have been illegally introduced and are negatively impacting the hatchery rainbow trout.

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked three weeks ago with rainbow trout. Fishing should be good. Miller Lake has campground facilities and an excellent boat ramp. The 12-mile dirt road into the lake can be very rough.

Fishing should be excellent for brown trout as last year’s sampling showed numerous brown trout in the 18-22 size class. Brown trout of this size begin to feed heavily on kokanee and stocked fingerling rainbow trout so mimicking these baits will provide you with successful results. If fishing is slow, try the outlet of the lake in Miller Creek for small brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout. Bait is allowed in Miller Creek.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

All fish died in the drought last year. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked this spring, but once again water levels are very low.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was stocked with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout in April. The water level is fair for this time of fair. Opportunities to catch hold-over rainbow trout should improve as water temps decrease.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the second week of April. The next planned stocking will be mid-October. ODFW is currently conducting an angler opinion survey regarding fishing ponds in the Baker Valley. Please take a moment to let us know what you would like for fishing opportunities at these ponds. Survey forms are available at each pond (Hwy 203, Haines and North Powder) or on the ODFW website.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports, but there should be holdovers from previous fingerling stockings. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked again this spring.

OWYHEE RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish

There is a lot of algae present in the upper portions of the lake and this is making fishing a little more difficult. The cooler weather in the region should help to reduce or stop the spread of algae in the reservoir and fishing should improve as the fall months proceed.

Reports have indicated that there are/were a lot of dead carp in the reservoir but there have been no reports of other fish species. ODFW investigated and took water samples and found areas that contain lethal dissolved oxygen levels so this is likely the cause of dying carp. Since carp are currently spawning, they are moving into the shallower areas where there is more algae and less oxygen and getting trapped while other species are moving into areas that contain adequate oxygen. The reservoir is currently at 26 percent of capacity.

The Owyhee Dam boat ramp is permanently closed due to safety concerns so users are asked to launch at the Gordon Gulch boat ramp in the state park and the newly constructed launch at Indian Creek.

The Owynee River
The Owyhee River
-Photo by Jessica Sall-

OWYHEE RIVER (Lower): brown trout and hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but the river has been getting fished heavily so fishing should be productive. Water releases below the dam have been around 131 cfs according to the USGS stream data. Water clarity can fluctuate throughout the day so having a ride range of flies or lures can increase success in summer/fall fishing on the Owyhee River. As the fall months progress, brown trout will start to spawn throughout the lower Owyhee River so avoid wading in gravely areas with brown trout present.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

No recent fishing reports, but fishing is expected to be slow.

Piute Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout and Lahontan cutthroat

The reservoir is very low and there currently are only approximately 1-2 surface acres of water. Expect reservoir levels to be low and fishing poor. Most fish likely perished last year due to drought. Fingerlings were released again this spring.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

Reservoir storage is at 5 percent of capacity. Launching boats at the Union Creek launch is not possible. Boats can be launched at the Mason Dam launch at very low reservoir levels, but the ramp surface is in disrepair and launching of large boats is not advisable.

The last stocking for the summer of legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout occurred the week of June 1. Fishing for trout has slowed but should improve as fall temperatures moderate. A total of 4,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout were released this spring and some should remain to provide some good fall fishing when water temperatures cool. To measure the catch rate of these fish, ODFW will marked approximately 400 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

Anglers are reminded that tiger muskie are catch-and-release only.

PILCHER RESERVOIR:

Due to a rule change for 2016, the reservoir is open to fishing year-round. Fishing for rainbow trout up to 16 inches has slowed, but should improve with cooler fall temperatures. The reservoir is receding, and only the low water launch is functional.

Pine Creek and tributaries (Snake River tributary): rainbow trout, brook trout

Pine Creek and tributaries are open to trout fishing year-round, with a five-rainbow trout bag limit. This is a new regulation for 2016.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been slow at Poison Creek Reservoir. Fishing can be slow but those fishermen that are willing to put in the time often catch trout over 20 inches. The reservoir has an abundant macroinvertebrate community and a population of especially large freshwater shrimp. If you can find out what the fish are feeding on and then match your flies or lures to that, it will greatly increase your chances of catching fish at Poison Creek Reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

No recent fishing reports. Winter fishing this past year at Pole Creek was very productive and a large population of crappie was discovered. The reservoir was stocked this past spring so these fish should still be available to anglers.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

The river below Mason Dam was last stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout on June 21.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Priday Reservoir is a reservoir on mostly BLM property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property on the reservoir. The reservoir was dry in 2015. This is great news as several illegally introduced species, crappie and brown bullhead catfish, occurred in the reservoir and have now perished. This very productive reservoir was stocked again with legals and trophy rainbow trout during spring break.

The reservoir is turbid but visibility is better than most reservoirs in the area. Fishing with bait from shore is the best method. Fly and lure fisherman should fish from shore as most fish cruise the shoreline looking for food.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout is good during the spring and summer at this old borrow pit located along the Twin springs road in the South Warner mountains. Fly fishing for trout has been good recently. A small float tube would be very beneficial. This is a very scenic location and a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

Sand and Scott creeks are very small spring fed streams west of Hwy 97 near the Silver Lake highway junction. Fishing on these small streams is open year-round with bait allowed. Most fish are less than 8-inches long.

Redband Trout
Redband Trout
-Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife-

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Flows are fishable. Angling is best in the beaver dam pools above Nicholson Road. The bridge crossing Sevenmile Creek at Nicholoson Road is closed. Angling can be good for 6- to 8-inch brook trout.

SKY LAKES AND MOUNTAIN LAKE WILDERNESS: brook trout and rainbow trout

All access is only available by hiking. The easiest hike is into Isherwood Lake via the Cold Spring Trailhead. Mosquitoes are gone. Fishing is best using small panther martin spinners. The most productive lakes are Badger Lake (near Fourmile Lake), Isherwood, Sonya and Margurette in the Sky Lakes Wilderness or Como, Harriette, Echo, Weston and South Pass in the Mountain Lake Wilderness. Rainbow trout in Isherwood and Sonya can reach 16 inches. Large trout have also been observed swimming around in Margurette Lake recently. Look for traveling sedge hatches in these lakes as well as damsel and dragonflies. Weston Lake is fishing excellent and is a great side trip from Lake of the Woods.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is full. Due to drought the reservoir went dry last year, but fingerling rainbow trout were stocked this spring.

Sid LUCE ReSERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is full but there have been no recent fishing reports. Large fingerlings were stocked in May and fish from previous stockings in 2015 were seen jumping. Lures or flies that mimic crayfish work well.

Spaulding Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and surprisingly remains dry.

Brook Trout
Brook trout, released back to the river.
-Photo by Phil Fischer-

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Spencer Creek provides excellent angling for small redband trout generally eight inches or less. Best fishing is near three lower road crossings on Green Diamond and BLM property. A campground exists on Upper Spencer Creek on the USFS but fishing is slower at this site.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Spring Creek is very slow angling due to very cold and clear water. Brown trout are beginning to enter the creek to prepare to spawn. Best areas to fish are in Collier State Park near the bridge crossing and the riffle above the mouth.

SPRAGUE RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, largemouth bass and yellow perch

Fishing is slow as redband density is low and most redband have moved to spring fed areas of the river. Best fishing is upstream of Beatty in the area fed by numerous springs. River flows are 172 cfs at the mouth. Water temperature is peaking at 66 degrees at the mouth. Yellow perch angling should be excellent if you can find them.

NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout

Fishing is excellent above and below Sandhill crossing for small brook trout and a few redband trout. Grasshopper and attractor patterns can be excellent in this stretch. Bait is allowed above the lowermost 3372 road crossing. Campground facilities exist at Lee Thomas and Sandhill.

Angling through the canyon is excellent. Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Caddisflies and golden stoneflies are common in the canyon area. Flow has dropped through the canyon (32 cfs). Larger brown trout and redband trout occur in this section. Large brown trout are beginning to move in to spawn and will move past the lowermost 3411 road.

SOUTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout

The South Fork Sprague River is open to angling. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Fishing is best near Camp Creek and Corral Creek campground. Flow is very low and fishable (11 cfs).

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout should be good early spring and summer at this old borrow pit located along the Twin Springs road in the South Warner Mountains. This is a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Sun Creek is closed to fishing for bull trout. Only bull trout occur in upper Sun Creek just above the Sun Pass Forest bridge crossing. Angling not recommended at this time. Redband trout were reintroduced to Sun Creek. These redband trout were small, most less than four inches, and salvaged from the Wood River irrigation system. The Sun Creek channel will be rerouted into the historic channel next spring.

SYCAN RIVER: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout (below marsh)

Access is very challenging to the lower river. Angling is very slow below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows are very low at 9.1cfs. Above the Sycan Marsh angling can be excellent for brook trout and redband trout near the Rock Creek campground and Hanan Trailhead.

Above Rock Creek campground is dominated by small brook trout. Excellent brook trout fishing continues to near the headwaters. Near Pikes Crossing redband trout begin to dominate but fishing is typically slow in this area due to low redband trout densities at this time.

Bass
Zachary Hanson with his largemouth bass
-Photo by Josh Hanson-

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Fishing reports have been fair for trolling. This reservoir was stocked again for the 4th of July weekend. Angling for largemouth bass should be fair but there have been no recent reports. The best fishing for bass and trout are along the shorelines near the dam at the rocky northeast side.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir has been drained completely by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District. ODFW will not restock the reservoir with rainbow trout until spring 2017.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir storage is at 17 percent of capacity and receding. Fishing has been fair for rainbow trout, with the average size being 14-15 inches. Small boats can still be launched at the boat ramp, but this will become more difficult as the water level recedes.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing has been slow, but fingerlings should be getting big enough to start biting. Legal and fingerling rainbow trout were stocked in June. The lake was very low last year due to drought, but is currently at 75 percent pool level. There is a primitive boat ramp available and electric motors can be used.

WARM SPRINGS RESERVOIR: smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, perch, rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow. The reservoir is currently at 1 percent of capacity.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing is good, although vegetation in the lake is reaching the surface and is difficult to fish. The easiest way to effectively fish this small pond is with a float tube and flies, but fish can be caught with lures and bait as well. Fishing is better earlier in the year before vegetation takes over mid-summer.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

There is no size or bag limit on brook trout. No bait is allowed. Catch and release only for rainbow (redband) trout.

Public access is available near Old Rocky Ford, The Royce Tract area and downstream from Deep Creek. Dry fishing can be excellent for redband trout averaging 12 inches and numerous brook trout from Deep Creek confluence upstream. Flyfishing is excellent on the pay to fish private ranches of Sand Creek and Yamsi Ranches.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

The Williamson River is now catch and release for redband (rainbow) trout for the entire river and season. A bag limit of two brown trout per day is be allowed. No bait is allowed. Fishing is quite challenging on the river right now. Fish are beginning to move both upstream to stage for spawning and some have returned to Upper Klamath Lake. Most radio-tagged redband trout, 27 out of 40, entered the Williamson River. It is required that radio-tagged redband trout are released and do not remove them from the water. Radio-tagged redband trout can be identified by antennae extruding from abdomen.

Mayfly hatches are excellent this time of year as Mahogany duns (Paraleptophlebia), Tricos (Tricorythodes) and BWO (Baetis) are hatching in good numbers. Tricos typically hatch very early morning with the spinner fall in the late morning. Mahogany dun and BWO typically hatch in the afternoon. All these mayflies are small ranging in fly size from 16-22. Small pheasant tail nymphs in yellow or brown will match these hatches nicely.

Nymphing with large stoneflies with very small bead head pheasant tails can be good. The best area for fishing is from the Sprague River confluence to the mouth. Please do not remove redband trout from the water as many have just completed spawning and are easily caught due to poor energy reserves.

Please consider using single, barbless hooks as redband trout are required to be released. Small juvenile and subadult redband trout are particularly sensitive to high catch rates using spinners. Please handle and release these fish carefully. If redband trout swallow your lure cut the line or cut the hook and leave the lure or hook in the fish. Ripping the hook out will most likely cause mortality as fish lose too much blood through the gills.

The large yellow mayfly known as the Hex is very sparse. Wooly buggers imitating the swimming nymph can work well. The Hex hatches at night. On some cloudy and rainy days Hex can hatch during the day.

WILLOW VALLEY RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, Lahontan cutthroat

There have been no recent fishing reports. Fishing is best for largemouth bass. The reservoir is very turbid and not a good shoreline fishery. Bluegill, crappie and yellow perch are rare in the catch. The crappie that are caught are typically large.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is less than half capacity. The boat launch is out of the water and not functional.

WOOD RIVER: redband, brown, brook and bull trout

Fly fishing is slow in the river from Fort Klamath to Weed Road using grasshopper patterns. Brown trout also actively feed on mice and voles so those patterns fished late evening can work. Best fishing is from Fort Klamath to Weed Road with the best float from Loosley to Weed. A small craft with low bow is recommended due to bridges and numerous portages required. Swinging and nymphing is the best technique below Weed Road.

Brown trout feed actively very late and very early or on cloudy days. Brown trout feed near the bottom and sculpins are often preyed upon. Fishing with imitations mimicking sculpins on the bottom can work well. Various caddisflies are hatching. Bag limit is catch and release for redband trout, two brown trout per day and no limit on brook trout.

Fishing in the lower Wood River near the mouth has been fair for large redband trout. Anglers can launch small boats at the Petric Ramp and personal flotation devices at the dock at the BLM Wetland. The Petric channel is very challenging to get through in a boat with the extensive aquatic vegetation.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Fishermen have reported consistent catches of rainbow trout in the 12-15 inch range with an occasional bigger fish being caught. Yellowjacket Lake was stocked with trophy sized rainbow trout in the spring. There is quite a bit of algae present in upper portions of the lake so fishing around the dam has been more productive from the bank. Recent cooler weather in the region should help to thin out the algae and open up more bank access this fall. Boat anglers have had success throughout the lake all summer and into the fall.

Yellowjacket Lake is a great place to fish in the spring and throughout the summer and has plenty of bank access for those without a boat. It has a great campground and is a perfect family destination.

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  Southeast Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK (closes Sept. 25), BIRD (Forest Grouse, Mourning Dove open see regs)

Band-tailed pigeon closes Sept. 23.

Wolf OR-7
Wolf OR-7
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

HARNEY COUNTY

Hunters are reminded of four Travel Management Areas in the Harney district. Two in the Silvies Unit (Dairy Creek and Burnt Cabin) and two in the Malheur River Unit (Conroy Cliff and Devine-Rattlesnake).  Maps are available at each major entry point of the travel management area as well as online and at the Hines office.   Period of restrictions are Sep. 28th  through Oct. 12th and Oct. 23th through Nov. 13th. ODFW biologist will be posting and stocking map boxes this week.

Archery season for ELK and MULE DEER closes Sept. 25. Be sure to check the area you plan to hunt for any fire restrictions.

Youth antlerless ELK hunts also opened Aug. 1. Elk populations are stable in Harney County. Additional antlerless ELK hunts opened Aug. 15. Elk populations are stable in Harney County.

MOURNING DOVE season continues and best prospects will be around agricultural areas or near water sources. Hunters are reminded that Eurasian-collared doves are now unprotected and can be taken year round. As a reminder Mourning Dove season has been extended until Oct. 30 statewide.

Forest GROUSE season opened Sept. 1 Grouse can be found in the forested portions of the Silvies and Malheur Units, but population numbers are low.

Fall BEAR season opened Aug. 1. Bear populations in Harney County are generally low. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations appear to be stable. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.

Coyote populations are good throughout Harney County. Pups are starting to leave the dens, however adults are still very territorial. Coyote vocalization calls still work best until the pups start to disperse, which will be mid to late August.

cougar
Cougar
-Photo by Jim Yuskavitch-

Cougar hunting is open year around. The deadline to purchase a general season tag for the 2016 calendar year is Sept. 30. If you have already purchased the general season tag you may purchase an additional cougar tag at any time. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Cougars at this time of year are generally concentrated along with their primary prey of deer and elk. Don’t forget successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open so that field staff can quickly process the animal and get you on your way.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Archery Deer and Elk – General seasons are now open through Sept. 25. Conditions have been cooling. Hunters are reporting animal movements being extended now further into daylight hours as the weather cools. Hunters should expect continued dry conditions for the next 10 days. Hunters are encouraged to check with local BLM, USFS, or Department of Forestry offices for up to date fire restrictions and closures to access due to active wildfire.

Mourning Dove season opens Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 30. Best prospects are near agricultural areas and water, though a cold snap on the first few days of September have sent most dove to more southerly locations. Hunters should expect low numbers of dove remaining in the Basin.

Forest Grouse season opens Sept. 1 and continues through Jan. 31. Best prospects are in the Cascade Mountains for both blue and ruffed grouse, although fair numbers of blue grouse can be found in forested habitat in eastern Klamath County.

BEAR – General Fall Bear Season opened on Aug. 1. Hunters have until Sept. 30 to purchase a fall bear tag. Best bear prospects are in the Cascades or in the Interstate Unit. Hunters are reminded to check-in any harvested bears at an ODFW office. Be sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Cougar - Hunting is open. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Deer and elk are now occupying higher elevation summer ranges. Deer fawns and elk calves will be born over the next several weeks in these areas and hunters may find success calling cougars using fawn in distress vocalizations. Don’t forget successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open so that field staff can quickly process the animal and get you on your way.

COYOTE populations are increasing as a result of increasing rodent and rabbit populations after several years of being in a low portion of their natural population cycles. Pup vocalizations and prey distress calls can be effective at this time of year when attempting to attract coyotes to a stand. Be sure to ask permission before entering private land to hunt coyotes.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on September 12, 2016.

Dove season continues through the end of October. The September Canada Goose season opened over the weekend and runs through September 14. Hunter pressure and success have been very low for both.

Hunters must obtain a self-serve permit available at the check station on Miller Island Road if hunting on the Miller Island Unit. The “B” half of the permit must be filled out completely and returned when done hunting for the day.

No permit is required if hunting on Shoalwater Bay, Sesti Tgawaals, or Gorr Island. Non-toxic shot is required for hunting on all units of the Klamath Wildlife Area.

Posted safety zones are closed to all hunting.

Miller Island Unit

The Miller Island Unit is located 6 miles south and west of Klamath Falls. The Miller Island Unit is open to hunting on authorized hunt days (please see the 2016-17 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information) on a first-come, first-served basis by permit.

Gorr Island Unit

Gorr Island is located four miles south of the Miller Island Unit in the Klamath River, accessible only by boat. Gorr Island is open daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

Shoalwater Bay Unit and Sesti Tgawaals Unit

Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawaals are both located on the west side of Upper Klamath Lake approximately 10 miles to the north and west of Klamath Falls. Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawaals Units are both open for hunting daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is now required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $10 daily or $30 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license; just be sure to put it on your dashboard. Buy online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.

Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit. If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734.

If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734.

LAKE COUNTY

Did you know there are some rules for using a hunting blind on BLM land? Here’s more info

Mourning Dove season opened Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 30. Best prospects are near agricultural areas and water. Most doves leave the county at the first hard freeze; which has not occurred to date.

The first BIGHORN SHEEP season opens Aug. 20 and the second opens Sept. 3. Most hunters have already contacted district staff for assistance and are well into hunt planning.

Fall BEAR season continues; deadline to purchase a tag is Sept. 30. Compared to the rest of the state bear populations are generally low. There is a strong berry crop this summer which should persist through mid-September. Hunters are reminded that bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.

Youth antlerless ELK hunts opened August 1.

Cougar populations are good and most individuals are at higher elevation summer range along with deer, their primary prey item. Finding a fresh kill and then calling in the vicinity is the best option for harvesting a cougar.

Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. Pups are dispersing and pair bonds are breaking down. The effectiveness of prey distress calls will increase through the fall. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

Updated Sept. 13, 2016

Aaron

Aaron's first buck bowhunting in eastern Oregon
– Photo by Scott Mckee–

Archery deer season continues and participation remains very light. One hunter checked in and reported the harvest of one buck deer.

Buck mule deer can be found scattered across the wildlife area, especially around agricultural areas and homestead sites on the north end.

Archery hunters are required to obtain a daily hunting permit and check out at the end of the day. Free daily hunt permits are available self-serve in the lobby at Headquarters.

Posted Refuges are closed to hunting.

Mourning dove season continues and participation was very light. One hunter reported the harvest of one dove.

Doves are found in low numbers, especially around agricultural areas and homestead sites on the north end of the wildlife area.

All hunters will need to obtain and have a daily hunting permit in their possession while in the field. Free daily hunting permits are available self-serve in the lobby at Headquarters. Check out is mandatory and can be accomplished by filling out and dropping the “B” portion of the permit off in check-out boxes found at major access areas.

Non-toxic shot is required for all Game Bird hunting.

Please contact Summer Lake Wildlife Area at (541) 943-3152 or email martin.j.stlouis@state.or.us for additional information.

MALHEUR COUNTY

Mourning Dove season opens Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 30. Best prospects are near agricultural areas and water.

Beulah Archery Hunters: Hunters are encouraged to check on Rail Fire status and associated area closures prior to hunting. Information regarding the fire can be found at this link, http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4914/t

Remember not to pick up horns of bighorn sheep. These can only be taken with a valid tag. More info

Cougar hunting is open. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging.

Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. Reproduction this year appears to be good which should enhance calling opportunities. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

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 Southeast Zone Wildlife Viewing

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane
- Photo by Dave Budeau-

HARNEY COUNTY

Fall shorebird migration has started to slow. Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebes species are a few of what can be seen.

Fall migrating waterfowl continue to grow in numbers including Northern pintail, Northern shovelers, American wigeon, American green-winged teal, Canvasback and Redhead. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

Fall migrating passerine species continue to show up. White-crowned sparrows, American goldfinches, spotted towhees, Says phoebes and a variety of warbler species are a few that can be found in the basin. A large number of breeding passerine species and woodpeckers can be found in National Forest land throughout the county.

Raptors continue to be found throughout the area. You should be able to view osprey around lakes and reservoirs, golden eagles, a few bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, prairie falcons and ferruginous hawks. 9/6/16.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Flooded pastures around the basin offer great viewing for white-faced ibis as they forage on earthworms and other insects. These birds are colony nesters and utilize wetland vegetation to nest.

Fall migration is underway for waterfowl, shorebirds and some raptors. Thousands of lesser scaup and northern shovelor are using Howard Bay along Highway 140. White-fronted geese have arrived from Arctic breeding areas and will be staging in the Klamath Basin before moving south to Central Valley California.

Greater sandhill cranes are staging and can be found foraging in agricultural fields in Langell Valley along the Lost River and near Alkali Lake near Dairy, Oregon.

Wood ducks can be found with broods now near Rocky Point, Shoalwater Bay, and Aspen Lake.

Several grebe species including Clark’s, western, and eared grebes can be observed on Upper Klamath Lake and other waterbodies in the Basin. Look for American avocets and black-necked stilts in very shallow water areas.

Shorebird numbers are increasing as fall migration is underway and breeding season is concluded. American avocet, black-necked stilt, killdeer, Wilson’s phalaropes and their chicks are now present in the Basin. A large number of migrants are staging in good number at this time. Least and western sandpipers, lesser and greater yellowlegs, red-necked and Wilson’s phalaropes and long-billed dowitchers are especially numerous. Most long-billed curlews and willets have departed the area.

Now is the time to look for unusual vagrants passing through the area.

Sandhill cranes will begin staging in Yonna and Langell Valley over the next month. Check harvested grain fields near wetland areas for best viewing opportunities.

American white pelicans can be readily observed on Upper Klamath and Agency Lakes. These large piscivorous (fish-eating) aquatic birds are a colonial nesting species that nest in only a few locations in the Klamath Basin including Clear Lake Refuge, Lower Klamath Refuge, and on Upper Klamath Lake.

Excellent viewing opportunities exist as close as downtown Klamath Falls at Veteran’s Park. Be sure to check for bald eagles using the perch snag along Lake Ewuana.

Another close viewing opportunity is the Link River Trail where viewers will see many species of passerines as well as a few mammals including deer, gray fox and mink. 7/19/16

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on September 12, 2016.

Dove season continues through the end of October. The September Canada Goose season opened over the weekend and runs through September 14. Hunter pressure and success have been very low for both.

This coming weekend (Sept. 17-18) is reserved for the youth upland hunt. Hunters can make a reservation online or at a license sales agent. There is no cost to register.

Hunters must obtain a self-serve permit available at the check station on Miller Island Road if hunting on the Miller Island Unit. The “B” half of the permit must be filled out completely and returned when done hunting for the day.

No permit is required if hunting on Shoalwater Bay, Sesti Tgawaals, or Gorr Island. Non-toxic shot is required for hunting on all units of the Klamath Wildlife Area.

Posted safety zones are closed to all hunting.

Miller Island Unit

The Miller Island Unit is located 6 miles south and west of Klamath Falls. The Miller Island Unit is open to hunting on authorized hunt days (please see the 2016-17 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information) on a first-come, first-served basis by permit.

Gorr Island Unit

Gorr Island is located four miles south of the Miller Island Unit in the Klamath River, accessible only by boat. Gorr Island is open daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

Shoalwater Bay Unit and Sesti Tgawaals Unit

Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawaals are both located on the west side of Upper Klamath Lake approximately 10 miles to the north and west of Klamath Falls. Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawaals Units are both open for hunting daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is now required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $10 daily or $30 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license; just be sure to put it on your dashboard. Buy online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.

Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit. If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734.

If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734.

LAKE COUNTY

Young raptors are flighted and common throughout the county.The fall shore bird migration has started. Water levels have dropped on Lake Abert and subsequently salinity levels have increased causing most shore birds to leave the lake. All of the common species are still present just not in the numbers observed in early August. Hart and Crump lakes have water this year and also will provide viewing opportunities. 8/26/16

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on Sept. 13, 2016.

Wildlife Area Parking permits are required for all users of Summer Lake Wildlife Area. Parking permits can be purchased at any ODFW license agent (pdf) or through the ODFW website. The cost is $10.00 daily or $30.00 annually and is valid on all ODFW Wildlife Areas. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) opened August 15th; however the south portions of each and the Work Road will be closed for the next 2 weeks due to research activities that are underway. Lateral or spur dikes off the major dike roads remain closed to motor vehicle travel. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open into early fall. A detour is in place, access around the loop is now on the North side of Link Canal from Bullgate Campground to Link Corner. The traditional loop road on the south side of Link Canal is closed to motor vehicle travel. Please be aware of other vehicles along the Loop road. It is too narrow to permit passing, but turnouts are spaced about ½ to ¾ of a mile apart. Viewers please be aware, occasionally the Viewing Loop may be temporarily closed due to habitat management activities.

Wildlife viewing remains good. Fall migration continues with increasing numbers and the arrival and staging of several northerly species heading south.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are increasing as staging flocks of many species are beginning to form. The weekly count conducted on Sept. 7 found about 35,000 ducks of 12 species.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose
- Photo by Dave Budeau -

Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the area, over 1,100 were counted. Greater white-fronted geese returned from breeding areas in Alaska over the past weekend and will continue to increase in number over the next few months. Nearly 600 were found on the weekly count.

A few resident and non-breeding trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area. These birds are part of restoration efforts and will be neck-banded with green collars and white alphanumeric symbols. Seven (7) pre-flight cygnets were translocated and released into the Bullgate Refuge recently. Viewers are encouraged to “read” the collars and report them to wildlife area personnel. Collars will have the Greek letter Theta (Ѳ) or the symbol “@” and two numerals that are read from the body toward the head. The brood of 4 cygnets at Work Road Pond continues to be closely attended by one of the adults and should be attaining flight soon.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Fall migration continues with a wide variety of species present. The weekly count found about 17 species and numbering in the thousands. Now is a good time to look for vagrants passing through the area. Over the past weekend, a stilt sandpiper and marbled godwits were reported.

American coots are widely scattered across the entire wildlife area and very numerous at this time, over 13,000 were counted. Virginia rails and soras continue to be found and heard in good numbers.

Sandhill cranes are staging for migration now, especially at the Foster Place grain fields where 75-100 birds can be observed.

Grebe numbers remain very good; eared, pied-billed, Clark’s and Western are commonly found at this time.

Gulls have largely departed the wildlife area, but a small number of individuals can still be found along with migrant Bonaparte’s and Franklin’s. Most Caspian and Forster’s terns have departed the area but a few can still be found as well as migrant common and black terns.
Resident double-crested cormorants and American white pelicans continue to be found in good numbers at this time and can be found scattered across the larger open water ponds and features.

Black-crowned night-herons, great egret and great blue herons are present in good numbers. American bittern have been seen on a regular basis. During the weekly count, 2 snowy egrets were found. White-faced ibis remain fairly numerous and commonly seen in nearly all wetland areas. Turkey vultures are common now and readily observed throughout the day.

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier
-Photo by Cathy Nowak-

Raptors and others

Northern harriers and red-tailed and Swainson’s hawks are common this time of the year. Bald and golden eagles, ferruginous hawk, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons can occasionally be found. Several peregrines have been observed recently hunting the large flocks of staging shorebirds. Migrant accipiters are beginning to move through the area now.

Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds. Common barn and sometimes short-eared owls can occasionally be observed near dusk.

Upland game birds

Good numbers of California quail can be found and a few pheasants can sometimes be observed, especially around old homesteads on the north end of the wildlife area. Quail are beginning to form good-sized coveys at this time.

Passerines

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex. Mourning doves are found in fair numbers.

American and lesser goldfinches are being observed at Headquarters on a regular basis. Migrant passerines can be found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially around Headquarters and old homestead sites.

Red-breasted and sometimes red-naped sapsuckers can be found in the trees around Headquarters. Northern flickers remain very common.

Hummingbird numbers remain fairly good at the Headquarters feeders, but are declining as fall progress. Black-chinned, calliope and rufous have all been observed recently. Anna’s hummingbird was reported over the past weekend.

Swallow numbers have declined dramatically as most locally breeding species have migrated south. Some later migrating species, such as barn swallow remain, and can be found staging at and over dense patches of tall emergent vegetation in marsh areas.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can still be found in good numbers in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail along dikes and levees throughout the wetlands.
Migrant white-crowned sparrows have been observed recently.

Blackbirds (Brewer’s, yellow-headed and red-winged) remain fairly numerous in tall emergent vegetation throughout the marsh, and are beginning to form large flocks. All three species are visiting the feeder at Headquarters.

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2016 parking permits are required beginning on January 1, 2016! Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a $10 daily parking permit or a $30 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any Point of Sale Agent or through the ODFW website. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) opened August 15th; however the south portions of each and the Work Road will be closed for the next 2 weeks due to research activities that are underway.. Lateral or spur dikes off the major dike roads remain closed to motor vehicle travel. The Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open, but please be aware, a detour is in place. The detour is well signed. However, On occasion, the Viewing Loop may be temporarily closed due to habitat management activities. Please be aware of other vehicles along the Loop road. It is too narrow to permit passing, but turnouts are spaced about ½ to ¾ of a mile apart. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open into early fall.

Camping is permitted at four sites on the Wildlife Area. Campgrounds are primitive but each has vault toilets, trash barrels and a few picnic tables.

Habitat

The Area’s wetland units remain fairly well flooded. Irrigation season diversions are winding down, haying of meadows in the valley has finished and flooding is occurring again. Ana River flows are beginning to increase and water levels in many wetland units is rising, creating ideal foraging conditions for migrant waterbirds.

Emergent marsh vegetation remains very robust across the entire wildlife area at this time. Nearly all ponds and canals are filled with an excellent growth of submerged aquatic vegetation, especially sago pondweed.

Warm, dry conditions coupled with abundant water supplies has stimulated insect hatches such as mosquitos and midges, which are very important food sources to a wide variety of waterbirds.

Summer Lake is nearly dry at this time due to increased evapotranspiration and declining inflow because of irrigation season diversions. Ana River water and runoff from wetland units has created a substantial delta that is increasing in size at the head of Summer Lake and is supporting a very large number of migrant waterbirds.

Upland habitat remains in very good condition, forbs and grasses are growing robustly at this time and nearly all species are well into seed set. Planted tree and shrub species in plots and the orchard have produced a good amount of fruit and are providing excellent sheltered sites and food resources for wildlife.

Please contact Summer Lake Wildlife Area at (541) 943-3152 or e-mail martin.j.stlouis@state.or.us for additional information.

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