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Weekly Recreation Report: Southeast Zone

July 25, 2017

 Southeast Zone Fishing

Deadhorse Lake
Deadhorse Lake
-Photo by David Banks, ODFW-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The fire has been put out near Ana River and Ana Reservoir. Both waterbodies offer great opportunities for fishing this weekend.
  • Fourmile Lake will be stocked this week and is one of your best bets for fishing the Klamath Basin.
  • This weekend anglers were catching trout up to 18-inches long at Yellowjacket Lake.
  • Keep on the lookout for radio tagged redband trout in Upper Klamath and Agency Lakes, Williamson, Sprague and Wood Rivers. Please release these fish unharmed.
  • The Hexagenia limbata mayfly hatch is occurring in the evenings on the Lower and Upper Williamson Rivers.
  • Fishing should be excellent for rainbow trout in Miller Lake.

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Ana Reservoir hybrid bass
Kelly Tuerffs of Cottage Grove landed this monster 16 lb. hybrid bass at Ana Reservoir.
-Photo courtesy Kelly Tuerffs-

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

This reservoir was stocked with 1,600 larger rainbow trout this past week. Desert Springs Fish Hatchery has donated these extra rainbow trout once again. Thank you Desert Springs!

There is currently a fire near the reservoir. It is unknown if you can access the reservoir this weekend.

This lake is open year round, providing a great opportunity to catch hybrid bass and rainbow trout. A 16-pound hybrid bass was caught earlier this season and hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon. Hybrid bass are targeted successfully using crank baits and fishing bait along the bottom.

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 new state record is 1 ½ inches longer and more than 1 lb. heavier than the previous record of 18 lbs. 9 oz. caught in 2009.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout, brown trout

This river was stocked recently with another 1,200 larger rainbow trout donated by Desert Springs Fish Hatchery. Thank you Desert Springs!

Fishing should be great for stocked rainbow trout. Ana River is open year-round and was stocked in November with larger rainbow trout 10- to 13-inches. Fingerlings were also released in 2016 and should be approximately 8- to 12-inches. 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.

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

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Fishing in Annie Creek not recommended at this time due to high flows. Annie Creek turns turbid quickly due to the large watershed and snow in the upper elevations. Access is available off Hwy. 62 at the USFS snow park. There is plenty of public property on USFS, State Forest and Crater Lake National Park -- fishing is regulated by the National Park (541-594-3000).

Several waterfalls occur on the creek inside Crater Lake National Park offering exceptional views. Fishing is very slow due to very cold and low productivity water. Fishing with bait allowed. Open year-round.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with approximately 3,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing is good.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is completely full of water. Fall fish sampling by ODFW indicated that the fingerlings planted last spring have survived and grown well and should provide for good fishing this spring. In addition, 500 legal-size rainbows were stocked the week of May 15.

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

No recent fishing reports.

The reservoir is currently at 86 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website. With the reservoir being full, look for fish near the shallow water at the upper end of the reservoir. This is where a lot of the smaller “baitfish” congregate and you may find larger fish feeding on them. During the heat of summer, fishing is often better during the mornings and evenings and this is when trout will be actively feeding.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir currently has a very thick algae bloom. It is unknown if it is toxic, but be cautious with pets and small children. Fish can be eaten, but remove all intestines and wash the fish thoroughly before cooked. Most trout probably perished last year due to low water levels. Fingerlings were released in May this year and be 8-to 10-inches come fall.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The Blitzen River is currently flowing around 87 cfs with water temperatures fluctuating around 66oF. The current conditions for the Blitzen can be checked here.

The adult redband trout should be on or around the spawning grounds and anglers should avoid walking in and around tailouts and areas where spawning may have occurred. Anglers should also avoid long fights with hooked fish as they may have depleted energy reserves and will require extra time to recuperate following being caught. Using heavier leaders and fishing line will help to land the fish quicker and get them back in the water. The Blitzen redband trout are not known to be leader shy so fishing success should not be affected by switching to larger line.

With the elevated stream and air temperatures, it is important to avoid over-playing any hooked fish. This is a tough time for these adult redbands because they have been on the spawning grounds and have depleted energy reserves and they will take a long time to recover. This is especially true when the water is warm.

Large streamers and other nypmhs work well on the Blitzen throughout the summer. There are also various hatches that occur that anglers can take advantage of so keep a selection of dry flies handy. Fishing should be most productive in and around deep water and in the mornings and evenings.

The South Loop and the North Loop Steens Road is currently open all the way through. This opens up a lot of fishing in the upper portions of the drainage and opens up the Little Blitzen and Big Indian gorges. There are healthy populations of redband trout in both the Little Bltizen and Big Indian Rivers but they tend to be smaller than the mainstem fish.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
- Photo by Kevin Clawson-

BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): Hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing from float tubes was good this past weekend for trout 10- to 15-inches. A short 2.6 mile hike in with a float tube can be amazing at this time of year. The trail has recently been cleared of all blow downs by the Forest Service. Damsel and dragonfly hatches will continue throughout the month and water boatmen are also very abundant. Bait fishing from shore in deeper water can be good, but if you can get out in the water it can be extremely productive.

Fingerlings were planted once again this summer. Thank you High Desert Trail Riders Back Country Horsemen for packing in fish to this beautiful wilderness lake.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good recently at the Burns Ponds. Trophy-size rainbow trout were stocked at the beginning of June and not very many were caught during the free fishing weekend so there are still plenty available for anglers. There have been consistent catches of 8- to 10-inch fish and they are biting on PowerBait and worms throughout the day. Small curly tailed jigs have also been productive. The pond is starting to fill with algae and this is expected to continue throughout the summer.

The fishery in the pond suffered from some fish loss this spring. This often occurs when there is a prolonged drought followed by a high water year. The rainbow trout fishery has since recovered but there have not been any reports of bass being caught so it may take some time before the bass fishery recovers.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

The South Fork of the Burnt River was be stocked with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 15.

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

Open all year. Bait allowed. Brook trout are extremely abundant but very small with an eight-inch brook trout a trophy. Most of the stream is on Green Diamond Property. Green Diamond currently allows access. There are several road crossings on the creek. The lowermost crossing at the 400-00 road provides the best fishing.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

This lake was stocked again this past week with 2,250 legal and 300 larger rainbow trout. Desert Springs Fish Hatchery has also donated an extra 700 14-16” larger rainbow trout. Thank you Desert Springs!

Fishing has been great the past two weeks! There should also be rainbow and brook trout that have overwintered providing a good opportunity at some big trout. Fishing from the bank and a boat are good options for this lake. If you are not catching fish at Campbell Lake you might try your luck at Deadhorse Lake; a very short drive away.

Black Crappie
Black Crappie
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

Fishing is currently slow for crappie and bass. Some 12 to 13-inch crappie have been caught last month. There are no boat ramps on the reservoir. The southeastern part of the reservoir is on BLM property. The reservoir is fed by water from Deming Creek. Access is available off the FS 34 (Dairy Creek road) and 335 roads near Bly. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please respect this area.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

The entire river is open all year and fly-fishing for redband trout has been good. Flows have decreased and the water is warming up quickly. It is very important fishermen are using good catch and release techniques as the summer progresses. Both dry flies and nymphs are typically productive. Casting small spinners work really well to. Dairy and Elder Creeks are also great fishing opportunities in the watershed. ODFW encourages people to retain all brook trout encountered.

Largemouth bass and brown bullhead are available to anglers at the first Hwy. 31 crossing just north of Valley Falls. Small boats are being launched quite frequently this time of year. This stretch has been productive recently, but anglers can also travel downstream to River’s End Reservoir, just make sure you have enough power to make it back up the river.

Bait is allowed downstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley, however the use of bait is prohibited upstream of highway 31. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing has been fair at Chickahominy this spring/summer with bank and boat anglers reporting catches of 10 to 14-inch rainbow trout. Anglers are catching healthy trout throughout the reservoir and especially in the inlet and south arm. Some anglers have reported catching holdover trout that made it through the winter and are putting on weight this spring so hopefully this is an indication that the fishery is on the rebound following the prolonged drought in the region.

Chickahominy has already been stocked with fingerling and legal-size rainbow trout this spring and anglers have already reported catching some of the newly planted fish.

The boat ramp is currently useable with all but three sections of the boat ramp floating and the water clarity is good for the reservoir, which is known for being really murky. The algae is starting to accumulate in the reservoir and this is expected to continue throughout the summer. Chickahominy is currently fuller than it has been since 2013/2014 so hopefully this will sustain the fishery through the summer and into next year.

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

Fishing is likely very good for brook trout. Bait is allowed. There is a campground at the confluence with South Fork Sprague. Mosquitoes have thinned out but will likely be back. Most brook trout in the stream are less than eight inches.

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

No recent fishing reports but it is expected that fishing is slow at the Cow Lakes. Fishing reports and sampling data indicate that there is an overabundance of brown bullheads in the lakes. White crappie, bluegill, and large scale suckers were also found during sampling in 2016 with a few of the crappie being very large. ODFW will continue to monitor conditions in the Cow Lakes to hopefully improve the fishery.

CROOKED CREEK (Klamath Co): redband trout, brook trout and brown trout

Opened to fishing on May 22 but fishing is currently slow. The creek has limited access. The access at the Highway 62 crossing is typically very slow.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Crystal Creek opened May 22. Fishing is slow due to very hot weather and extensive vegetation growth in the Crystal Creek channel. Water clarity is also crystal clear creating challenging fishing conditions.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This lake was stocked again this past week with 2,250 legal and 300 larger rainbow trout. Desert Springs Fish Hatchery has also donated an extra 600 14-16” larger rainbow trout this week. Thank you Desert Springs!

Fishing has been good the past two weeks! There should also be rainbow trout that have overwintered providing a good opportunity at some big trout. Fishing from the bank and a boat are good options for this lake. If you are not catching fish at Deadhorse Lake you might try your luck at Campbell Lake; a very short drive away.

Brook Trout
Brook Trout
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-

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

Fishing upstream of the falls along highway 140 has been very productive. The section above Drake Creek is typically best during low flows due to the cooler and more oxygenated water it provides native trout.

Dry fly fishing can be excellent, although nymphing is always productive throughout the day in this cascading stream. This is a great stream to target redband trout, but please use good catch and release techniques.

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

Fishing on Forest Service land can also be good at this time of year in the Warner Mountains south of highway 140 near the California border. Smaller redband trout and brook trout can be caught in this beautiful forest with plenty of camping options available. ODFW encourages the retention of all brook trout captured in this fishery.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent fishing reports. Delintment Lake has already been stocked for the year and these fish should be readily available to anglers.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Open to fishing but closed to fishing 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

Fishing is slow. The reservoir is very full. The reservoir is turbid and visibility is 4 to 6-inches. Access is available along the Fishhole Creek road. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please clean up and respect this property. Small boats without trailers can be launched at several locations. The reservoir on the east side nearest to the Fishhole Creek road is on private property.

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

There have been no recent fishing reports, but the Forest Service road has been repaired. Yellow perch and largemouth bass are the best species to target on this lake, but crappie, brown bullhead and redband trout are present. Only one rainbow trout per day, 15-inch minimum length may be harvested.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout and brown bullhead catfish

There have been no recent fishing reports for this reservoir. Fishing can be slow during the middle of the summer, but fish can always be caught. Trolling damsel and dragonfly patterns are good options early in the morning and towards the evening. Productive patterns for this reservoir include: damsels, midges, leeches and water boatman. Bait fishermen can do very well near the dam as well.

A recent illegal introduction of brown bullhead will negatively impact the trout fishery in the future. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

FISH LAKE (Steens Mountain): rainbow trout, brook trout

The North Loop Steens Road is currently open all the way to the top and the South Loop Steens Road is open the rest of the way so you can drive the full loop. Fish Lake was recently stocked with half pound and trophy-sized rainbow trout so these fish are available to anglers. The brook trout fishery should also be doing well and early summer is a great time to target these fish. There are no motors allowed on Fish Lake so please respect the regulations.

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

The lake has been stocked with both legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Fort Creek opened to fishing beginning May 22. Expect slow fishing due to low fish densities. Some nice size brown trout occur in the creek.

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

Access is available off Westside Road at Fourmile Springs. A small car topper boat or canoe can improve fishing access at this area. Anglers should be aware of private property around this area and can check Klamath County Land Ownership for information. Bait is allowed.

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

The Lake is accessible. Fishing will be excellent this week for rainbow trout. Fourmile was stocked with 1,000 trophies and 2,000 larger rainbow trout last week. Fishing can also be good for brook trout. Good hatches of the traveling sedge occur in morning and evenings resulting in good dry fly action.

The lake provides campgrounds and all the facilities. There is no improved boat ramp and boats need to be launched from the sandy shoreline. Fourmile is 46 percent full. Fourmile is also a good location to catch your first lake trout. Kokanee are extremely rare in the catch.

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The Lake has been stocked with approximately 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

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

The reservoir is 84 percent full. Access is good as BLM maintains campgrounds at the reservoir. Fishing is slow. Best fishing is for yellow perch. Fish numbers are very low due to four years of consecutive drought. Crappie fishing will be very slow. Two boat ramps occur at the reservoir. The reservoir is always turbid.

HEART LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, brown bullhead catfish

Fishermen are picking up some trout here and there, but nothing has been red hot. This is a great small lake that does not receive much fishing pressure. Trolling flies is a great strategy as well as casting flies from a bobber.

Illegal introductions of brown bullhead catfish have been negatively impacting overwinter survival and the rainbow trout fishery. People have been catching brown bullhead over 15 inches with worms. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

HIGHWAY 203 POND: rainbow trout, panfish, bass

The pond was stocked in April with trophy- and legal-size rainbow trout. The pond was stocked again the first week of June. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked at Hwy 203 Pond, ODFW marked approximately 240 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.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fly fishermen have been doing well in float tubes recently catching trout from 8-20 inches! Bait fishermen have also been doing well in the deeper sections of the reservoir. The reservoir is currently full and is a great place to camp and fish. Bait fishing, fly fishing and trolling can be productive at this time of year. Holbrook Reservoir is near Lofton Reservoir and typically does not get as much fishing pressure.

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. There is a campground on the creek.

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

Water levels generally remain very similar and drop as the day progresses as water is released for power generation. There are numerous points of access on the reservoir as most property surrounding the reservoir is BLM or PacifiCorp property. There are three boat ramps on the reservoir.

Fishing should improve this week as water temperatures increase. Water temperature is currently peaking at 80 degrees. The reservoir is turbid,therefore anglers should try scent and highly visible lures. Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is likely your best bet and catch rates are currently fair. Catch rates for crappie and pumpkinseed should decline this month as water temperatures become stressful.

Klamath Lake
Klamath Lake Sunset
-Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW-

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

Surface water temperature in Agency Lake is very stressful and have reached 84 degrees where fish are holding near the Wood River delta. ODFW recommends fishing very early and quitting around noon. Please land and release fish quickly. Do not hold fish at the surface. It is better to immediately push them down to cold water near the bottom. Anglers can also move into the Wood River where water temperatures are near optimum when water temperature increases during the day.

There is very little bank access for fishing in Agency Lake. Anglers can fish from the Wood River Wetland Area.

ODFW and OSU radio tagged 33 redband trout April 14-15 at the Eagle Ridge Park boat ramp and an additional nine in Agency Lake and nine off the Skillet Handle on May 5. Tagged Redband trout will have a long antennae protruding from the side of the abdomen. The antenna looks like very heavy fishing line. Please report the capture of any of these fish. Please do not remove these fish from the water. It is unlawful to retain radio tagged fish (Page 15 under number 14 of Sport Fishing Regulations).

Catch rates have slowed from fishing from boats. The lake is two feet below full pool. Water temperature is peaking at 80 degrees on the surface. Most, if not all, redband trout have moved into colder water of the Williamson, Pelican Bay and Wood River mouth areas. The algae bloom along Eagle Ridge has crashed and dissolved oxygen has declined below levels trout can survive. As water warms rapidly the temperature at the surface can be very stressful. Radio-tagged redband in Pelican Bay are typically holding in water 20 degrees colder than the surface temperature. Redband trout that are going to be released should not be handled or removed from the water. If you need to take a picture of a trophy fish please limit the time out of water to less than ten seconds. The less handling the better.

All methods are catching fish. Currently best fishing is from boat trolling lures. Anglers typically use spoons or plugs that mimic bait fish in the lake such as blue chub, tui chub, fat head minnows or sculpin species.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

The section from the top end of J.C. Boyle Reservoir to Keno Dam is closed to fishing until October 1. ODFW/OSU have radio-tagged 14 redband trout below Keno Dam. Radio-tagged redband must be released.

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

Fishing on the Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse is very good. Flows are stable below JC Boyle Dam and currently 117 cfs. 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 one 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. Nymphs and leech patterns work well during this time of year. Lots of caddis activity going on. Casting black spinners upstream into the pools is also a great technique. Open all year.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Fishing is slow during the high flows of 1,800 cfs but fishing is excellent when flows are lower during the early mornings and late evenings. 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. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Flow release estimates are available. Flows are planned to be low near the Frain Ranch or BLM Campground in the mornings until around 9 am and in the late evenings. Check the USGS real time website for flow information.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

Recent reports indicate that rainbow trout fishing was good on Krumbo last month with a few anglers catching larger trout nearing 20-inches. Krumbo can be a great spring/summer fishery and often produces rainbow trout up to 18-inches long. The reservoir has already been stocked with a total of 13,000 legal-size rainbow trout so there are plenty of fish available.

Recently, bass fishing has picked up and there have been reports of larger bass being caught. Smaller bass are being caught around the boat dock in and around the weeds.

Please note that only manual or electric powered boats are allowed on Krumbo so please do not use gas powered motors on the reservoir.

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

The lake was stocked four weeks ago with 200 trophy and 1,500 legal rainbow trout. Fishing should be fair for rainbow trout. Water temperatures are very warm which sends trout to deeper water. Best fishing is from a boat.

Fishing should be excellent for small yellow perch and brown bullhead and an occasional brown trout. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

People have been catching holdover trout from 10 to 17-inches and a lot of hatchery rainbow trout up to 21” planted this year. Worms under a bobber and PowerBait have been producing trout. Trolling flies has always been a great producer.

This is a great lake to put a small boat or float tube in and fish in open water.

Fly-fishers should use leech patterns, damsel/dragon nymph patterns and water boatman.

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

Most fish are feeding on terrestrial insects such as beetles and grasshoppers. Dry fly fishing is good in some areas. The riparian area can be quite lush and thick in certain areas making fishing difficult. The canyon and meadow area provide the best fishing. Most of Long Creek is on Green Diamond property and open to fishing. The road crossing at the 27 Road is on The Nature Conservancy land and closed to fishing both upstream and downstream.

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

Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is slow. Access is available off Crystal Springs Road.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

PowerBait has been picking up a few trout around mid-day in the 11- to 13-inch range, but there have been no fishing reports early or late in the day (which is typically more productive). Plenty of insects were observed at this reservoir, which will provide good opportunities for fishermen.

Fingerlings released in 2016 have overwintered and are currently 12-13 inches. Fingerlings were released again in May 2017 and should be 8- to 10-inches come fall.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing is slow at Malheur Reservoir this spring/summer but the reservoir has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout so hopefully fishing will improve.

The reservoir dam was repaired and started holding water again in November of 2015.

The reservoir was stocked with legal-size and fingerling rainbow trout in the spring of 2016 to jump start the fishery following prolonged drought conditions in the region. It is not currently known how many of these fish survived the winter but ODFW will be sampling it this summer to evaluate the fishery. The reservoir is completely full so that could will help restore the fishery.

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.

Cutthroat Trout
Cutthroat Trout
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing is very slow right now at Mann Lake. Reports indicate that there is still snow in the watershed and we are expecting conditions to improve as we move into the summer and more water enters the lake. Reports from earlier this winter indicated that the water was very low and there was only a foot of water below the ice in most places. The delayed filling of Mann Lake may be partially due to the depleted groundwater storage following prolonged drought conditions in the region. Hopefully this winter was enough to recharge things and restore the lake and provide better conditions for the fishery.

Currently, there are only two different age classes of cutthroat trout in Mann Lake. It was stocked in 2012 following the removal of invasive goldfish and it was slated to be stocked again in 2014 but a disease outbreak at the hatchery prevented these fish from being stocked. It was stocked with fingerling cutthroat trout in the spring of 2016 so these fish should be available to anglers this spring. ODFW will continue to monitor the lake this spring to determine how the fishery has responded to the less than ideal conditions.

Fathead minnows were found in Mann Lake this past summer 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.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

There have been no recent fishing reports, but fishing early and late in the day should produce results. Bass have been illegally introduced and are negatively impacting the hatchery rainbow trout. Bass up to 6-pounds have been caught in 2016 and crawdads are a major food source. ODFW encourages fishermen to keep limits of largemouth bass if they desire a quality trout fishery.

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

Fishing should be excellent for rainbow trout. The campground and boat ramp are accessible. Mosquitoes are vicious. The lake was stocked last week with 2,000 legals and 400 trophies. Desert Springs Trout Farm has donated an additional 400 larger trout to the lake.

Fishing should be good for brown trout. There is ample room to fish from the bank but best fishing is from a boat. Fishing can be good in Miller Creek at the outlet of Miller Lake. Bait is allowed in Miller Creek.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is full. It is likely no fish survived from 2016, but in May the reservoir was stocked with fingerlings that will reach 8- to 11-inches by this fall.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir has been stocked with legal and trophy-size rainbow trout.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

The pond was stocked in April with pounder- and legal-size rainbow trout. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked at North Powder Pond, ODFW marked approximately 200 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.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports. Fingerlings were stocked recently and should be 8- to 10-inches come fall. Rainbow trout should have overwintered again in this small reservoir and create some good fishing opportunities this year.

Owyhee Reservoir
Owyhee Reservoir
-Photo by Kevin Stertz-

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

The Owyhee Reservoir is currently at 95 percent of capacity and irrigation season has commenced so managers have lowered the flows below the dam and there is not another influx of water anticipated. Crappie fishing has been great these past weeks with anglers catching them throughout the reservoir and especially around the state park and day use area.

Look for bass and crappie around submerged rocks and other structures. In the past, when there has been a prolonged drought followed by the reservoir filling up, the bass fishery has often been stunted and some bass have experienced die-offs. This may be attributed to the burning of energy reserves during spawning activities followed by a lack of forage available caused by the inundation of water.

The Owyhee Dam boat ramp is permanently closed due to safety concerns. The day use and Indian Creek boat ramps are both currently useable and people have also been launching at Leslie Gulch.

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

Water releases below the dam have been around 306 cfs according to the USGS stream data. Irrigation season has started and with the decreasing flows following the spring runoff, the river should be fairly stable from now on.

Fishing has been good for brown trout and rainbow trout in the area below the dam and throughout the typical fishing areas within a few miles of the dam. There has been lots of fishing on the Owyhee and anglers have been catching healthy-looking brown trout and also some very skinny brown trout. There have been some hatches occurring throughout the day so dry-fly anglers have been catching fish as well.

The area between the concrete bridge and the dam has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout so anglers can expect to start seeing these fish in the river. The river is running colder this year so fish are expected to stay close to where they were stocked as opposed to them crowding up toward the dam. By spreading the stockings out in the river, this should help to provide rainbow trout fishing in a larger area and may help to spread the anglers out as well.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

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

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

The reservoir was stocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout three times over the spring. Reservoir storage is at 89 percent of capacity and declining.

Trophy-size trout stocked in the reservoir spring 2016 are still present. To measure the catch rate of these trophy’s, ODFW 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.

Recent fish sampling by ODFW indicates that good numbers of hold over trout are available and range in the 12- to 18-inch size range.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is full to the point that access to the high water boat launch is flooded. Fishing should be good for rainbow trout from 10- to 16-inches.

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.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but the reservoir is full. Over winter survival was very low due to water levels this winter. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked in May and will become 8 to 11-inches this fall.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be picking up following the stocking of 200 trophy-size rainbow trout earlier this spring.

Fishing in the summer of 2016 on Poison Creek Reservoir was slow but anglers did report catching large rainbow trout. The reservoir is unique in that it has a very robust population of large macroinvertebrates and this helps the trout to grow big rather quickly. The abundance of food for these trout may also be the reason that fishing is slow because the fish do not need to go far to find food so they move around less.

rainbow trout on a stringer
Rainbow Trout on a stringer
-Photo by Bob Swingle-

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow following the complete draw down of the reservoir this past winter. Pole Creek is filling up and the conditions are expected to be better this year than the last two years.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

The Powder River has been stocked with rainbow trout immediately downstream of Mason Dam. Flows are relatively high at this time.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports from this reservoir. Slowly stripping nymphs and leeches were producing trout 12- to 16-inches a month ago. Trophy rainbow trout were stocked the first week of April. Legal-size and fingerling rainbow trout stocked in 2016 should have overwintered and create a good fishery this year. Try fishing close to shore whether you are bait or fly fishing as rainbow trout cruise the shoreline looking for food. Water boatman and leech patterns are good patterns to try.

Priday Reservoir is on some BLM property, but the majority of the reservoir is on private property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property by staying on the main roads and cleaning up trash from others.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fly-fishing and bait fishing for rainbow trout has been fair, recently. Most fish caught were 9-inches or smaller, but it is a great opportunity for fly anglers to hone their casting skills to rising trout early and late in the day. Fly-fishing out of a small float tube would be beneficial but there is plenty of bank access. Casting small lures, worms under a bobber and PowerBait can all produce trout.

This old borrow pit is located along the Twin springs road (FS 3910) in the South Warner mountains. This is a very scenic location and a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.

Brook Trout
Brook Trout
-Photo by Kevin Clawson-

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.

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Fishing is fair for 6- to 8-inch brook trout. Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Flows are high and water temperatures are cold. Fishing is best in the beaver dam pools above Nicholson Road. The bridge crossing Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road is closed. Open all year.

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

Access is available to most lakes. The best lakes for fishing are Como, Harriett, Echo, South Pass and Weston in the Mountain Lake Wilderness and Margurette, Sonya, Isherwood and Badger Lake in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Best and easiest access to the Sky Lakes is the Cold Creek Trailhead. Mosquitoes are horrible in most locations. Best gear is panther martin spinners. Flies under bubble can work as well.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing this past week was slow midday, but a few fish in the 9-11 inch range succumbed to flies. Fishing early or late in the day would be more productive. Fish were observed feeding on the surface when the breeze died down. Fingerling rainbow trout stocked in 2016 and should be 10- to 14-inches this summer and fingerlings stocked this spring should be 8-10 inches come fall.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports but the reservoir was full this spring. It was stocked with 4- to 6-inch rainbow trout this spring and should be legal size by now. There should be plenty of fish that overwintered providing a good fishery.

Crayfish patterns, leeches, damsels and water boatman work well in this reservoir. There are a lot of crayfish present so you may want to bring your crayfish traps.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and 2016. The reservoir is full and was stocked with fingerling rainbow trout in May and will reach 8- to 11-inches this fall.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Spencer Creek is open to fishing beginning May 22. Fish may be taken on spinners, as well as leech patterns. Small mayfly and caddis hatches have been recently observed. Small redband trout under 8-inches are abundant.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Spring Creek is open to fishing beginning May 22. Expect slow fishing due to low fish densities.

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

Sprague River opened April 22. Flows are holding steadily at around 215 cfs. Water temperatures are peaking at 78 degrees. ODFW encourages the release of large spawned out redband trout (kelts). Best fishing is near areas of springs especially near the town of Beatty.

Bass can be found in the backwater areas especially below the town of Sprague River. Yellow perch also be found in the mainstem in deeper, slower pools below the town of Sprague River. Bank access is available at the bridge crossing near the town of Sprague River. During the summer typically only brown bullhead, yellow perch and bass are captured here.

Keep on the lookout for radio-tagged redband trout. Radio tagged redband must be released unharmed.

All tributaries to the Sprague River including Trout Creek, Sycan River, NF Sprague, Fivemile Creek, and SF Sprague remain open to fishing all year.

Bull Trout
Bull Trout
-Photo by Joseph D Cima-

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

Fishing through the canyon is good. Some golden stoneflies are beginning to hatch. Very little insect activity is occurring but fish are willing to take flies on the surface. One brook trout captured was feeding on various iridescent adult beetles and caddis with rock cases.

Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Open all year. Flows are holding steadily at 60 cfs. Larger brown trout and redband trout occur in this section. Fishing near Sandhill and Lee Thomas Campground is much easier as this section is easily accessible and bank access is easy. Fish are smaller and less abundant at these locations and the fish assemblage is dominated by brook trout.

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

The South Fork Sprague River is open to fishing all year. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Flow is dropping fast (17 cfs) at the USFS day use park east of Bly. Fishing for brook trout can be good below the Camp Creek confluence.

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fly-fishing for rainbow trout has been fair, recently. Most fish caught were 11-inches or smaller, but it is a great opportunity for fly anglers to hone their casting skills to rising trout. Small flies, lures and worms can entice these trout to bite. This old borrow pit is in an open meadow located along the Twin Springs road in the South Warner Mountains. This is a good place near Lakeview to take children to fish early or late in the day.

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. Fishing is not recommended at this time as flows are dropping but still high (25 cfs) and water temperature is very cold and the new Sun Creek channel is under construction.

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 has been rerouted into the historic channel and is connected to the Wood River below Kimball Park.

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

Access is very challenging to the lower river Fishing is fair below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows have dropped to 23 cfs. The best area to fish is in the Canyon near the Coyote Bucket area on USFS property.

Above the Sycan Marsh, angling should be excellent for brook trout and few redband near Rock Creek campground. Fishing near Pikes Crossing will be fair for mostly redband with a few brook trout especially in and near Paradise Creek. Fish are bigger as you head downstream toward the Marsh and in the canyon section. Most redband trout are in the 6-12” range

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

This reservoir was stocked the first of the month with 850 larger rainbow trout. Fishing was reported as being slow at that time, although anglers reported catching trout from 11 to 21 inches. Best luck was last couple of hours in the evening trolling Triple Teasers and Rapala’s in 20-foot depths toward the dam end of the lake.

Bank fisherman have also been taking some fish. There have been a lot of additions this year to the rainbow trout stocking program and fingerlings from last year’s plant should be getting into the 8-10” range this summer. Although the reservoir got fairly low last year there should be plenty of trout and bass that overwintered. The reservoir is full, so trout may be spread out in this reservoir. Try moving around as much as you can to find biting trout. Insect production should be fantastic so trout will be putting on a lot of weight this year.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is full and has been stocked with both trophy and legal-size rainbow trout. The new boat dock is in place and functioning properly. A batch of 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout was stocked the week of May 15.

TWIN LAKES: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Angler s are reminded that regulations have changed. The daily bag limit is one trout, 15 inch minimum length.

UNITY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, crappie

No recent reports. Reservoir storage is at 87 percent of capacity.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing has been okay for overwintered and stocked rainbow trout up to 21-inches. This lake has been stocked with legal and trophy trout. Fishing from a boat, or from the dam is usually productive early and late in the day. The scenery near this lake is spectacular.

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 86 percent of capacity.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fly-fishers were catching fish 10 to 14-inches this spring in this small pond at the base of Hart Mountain. Typically trout are observed rising throughout the day chasing water boatmen, damsel nymphs and midges. The most effective way to fish is in a float tube or small john boat. This pond is very productive and should be fished earlier in the season before vegetation takes over.

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

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

The Upper Williamson River opened to fishing April 2. River flows are low at 11 cfs. Waders are recommended. Mosquitoes are horrendous. Redband trout and brook trout are numerous and are freely rising in the shade or during overcast days. Look for the giant Hex mayfly hatch. These very large mayflies hatch at dark.

Access is available near Old Rocky Ford on the USFS property or near the confluence of Deep Creek. Brook trout are more common as you head upstream towards Deep Creek. Anglers are required to release all redband trout captured and ODFW encourages harvest of brook trout. Brook trout appear to be more abundant farther downstream this year.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

The Hex (Hexagenia limbata) mayfly hatch has started. These huge mayflies hatch at dark around 915 pm. Huge redband can be caught on dry flies. The hatch fishes best from below Chiloquin to River bend below Modoc Point Road. The Hex typically like slow water and burrow into the sediment. Most fish rise near the shoreline along the edge of emergent vegetation. Swinging Hex nymphs can be very productive prior to the hatch. The lower Williamson below Kirk Bridge opened to fishing beginning May 22. Flows below the Sprague River confluence are 600 cfs. Dark colored water from the Upper Williamson Klamath Marsh is 0 cfs. Water clarity is excellent creating very challenging fishing conditions.

Hatches of caddis and small stoneflies have been observed recently. Fish can be taken on leech and hex bugger patterns. Really hot weather has pushed the rest of the redband from the lake into the river.

There are numerous hatches of insects above Chiloquin. Brown trout and redband trout are rising but extremely difficult to catch. Fishing will be fair on the Williamson River. Brown trout have been more common in the catch above Chiloquin this year.

Drift boats can be launched near Chiloquin and can drift down to the Waterwheel at Hwy 97. The Waterwheel offers a shuttle service. Boat ramp fee is $10 at Waterwheel Campground. ODFW recommends hiring a guide to fish this section. Boats can also be launched for a small fee at the boat ramps just above and below Modoc Point Bridge.

ODFW encourages the use of barbless hooks due to the number of small, juvenile redband in the river. The entire river is catch and release for redband trout. If a trout is hooked deep the hook should be cut from the lure and left in the fish to improve survival.

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

There have been no recent fishing reports. Best fishing is from a boat. Launching a boat might be problematic due to high reservoir levels. Bring waders or rubber boots to launch. Crappie are rare in the reservoir but can be found suspended near the large wood placement and spider block structures. Bluegill are abundant in the shallows but typically small and difficult to capture. Lahontan cutthroat are very rare. Yellow perch can be the most dominant fish in the reservoir but tend to stunt resulting in very small adult size (6-inches). The reservoir is turbid.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is full and boat dock is in place. Fishing is expected to be good for rainbow trout 10 to 14-inches.

WOOD RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout and bull trout

The Wood River opened to fishing on April 22. Expect slow fishing due to low fish densities. Flows above Crooked Creek are around 320 cfs. Flows have remained high and flow levels are marginally fishable. Brown trout numbers continue to be low. Redd counts for redband trout and brown trout in the Wood River and Fort Creek were low this year.

Grasshoppers are beginning to show up. The best section for dry fly fishing is from Loosley Road to Weed Road. Lures that mimic baitfish can work well. Brown trout typically feed on sculpins, crayfish, annelids (worms) and mice this time of year. Please be on the lookout for radio tagged redband trout in the river. Radio tagged redband trout are required to be released.

Drift boats can be launched at Petric Park and motor to the river. Drift boats can also launch at Weed road and float down to Petric Park. Drift boats cannot float the upper sections unless they are low profile (low bough). Bridges are challenging to get under. There are also areas where you need to portage the boat around dams and obstacles in the river. Small boats can be launched at Kimball State Park, the USFS day use area, Hwy. 62 and Loosley Road.

Yellowjacket Lake
Yellowjacket Lake
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been good at Yellowjacket Lake and fish are being caught in the 8 to 18-inch size range. Yellowjacket has already been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout so these fish and some holdovers are available to fisherman.

The Hines ODFW District Office is conducting a study on growth of rainbow trout at Yellowjacket Lake this summer. Fish have been marked with a powdery substance called “grit” that is sprayed on using high pressure. Some of the grit will imbed in the scales and will be visible when viewed under a black light. Some of this grit is currently still visible on the trout but it will not cause any health hazards to human and wildlife that consume these fish and the grit is expected to wash off within a few weeks. This method allows fishery managers to evaluate growth, survival, and exploitation rates of various stocks and different sizes of fish to fine tune the fishery.

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  Southeast Zone Hunting

Howling Wolf
Gray Wolf

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR (opens Aug. 1)

Free pheasant hunts for youth hunters Sept. 16, 17 in Klamath Falls – Sign up now

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

Fall BEAR season opens 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.

Youth antlerless ELK hunts also open August 1. Elk populations are stable in Harney County.

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 Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and there are separate licensing and season limitations for these species.

Cougar hunting is open year around. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. 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

Ground Squirrels – Belding’s ground squirrels have emerged and are active on warmer days. Be sure to obtain permission before entering private lands.

Cougar - Hunting is open. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Use of predator calls is a great hunting technique during the spring period. 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. Remember a 2017 cougar tag and hunting license is needed to hunt.

COYOTE hunting opportunities are improving. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and open season limitations exist for these species. Please consult the annual hunting synopsis for further information.

Shed Hunting. Shed hunters are reminded that once an antler falls off it legally becomes the property of the landowner. Therefore shed hunters need to get permission from private landowners to access their property and pick up sheds.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Updated July 24, 2017

ALL GENERAL HUNTING SEASONS ARE NOW OVER, AND DISCHARGING FIREARMS IS PROHIBITED, except by special access permit.

Dogs are prohibited off leash except during authorized game bird seasons, in the posted dog training area, or by permit.

Miller Island Unit

The Miller Island Unit is located 6 miles south and west of Klamath Falls. Miller Island Unit is closed to all access from 10:00pm until 4:00am.

Posted safety zones are closed to all hunting.

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.

Waterfowl and Upland Hunting Information

Weekly and summarized harvest statistics for past seasons can be found at: ODFW Klamath Wildlife Area Harvest Summaries

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) 883-5732.

LAKE COUNTY

Fall BEAR season opens Aug. 1. Bear populations in Lake County are generally low, though populations in the eastern portion of the Interstate WMU have been increasing over the last several years. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations across the District appear to be stable or slightly increasing. 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.

Youth ELK seasons begin August 1. Elk populations in the District are generally low when compared to other areas of the state, but stable at those levels.

Cougar populations are healthy throughout the District. Deer and elk have moved up in elevation as the snows have receded and dispersed to fawning and calving areas. Fawn in distress calls can be an effective cougar hunting method at this time of year, though bears may also be particularly interested in those calls as well and hunters should be prepared for predators other than cougar to respond.

Coyote
Coyote
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. 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 July 24, 2017

ALL GENERAL HUNTING SEASONS ARE NOW OVER, AND DISCHARGING FIREARMS IS PROHIBITED, except by special access permit.

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

Elk Bully Cr. Antlerless elk hunt begins Aug. 1.

Fall Bear season opens Aug. 1. Most bear hunting within the district occurs on the Malheur National Forest. 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.

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.

Ground squirrels are becoming more active on warmer days. Be sure to obtain permission when entering private lands.

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 Southeast Zone Wildlife Viewing

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes at Summer Lake
- Photo by Jane Pittenger-

HARNEY COUNTY

Resident breeding waterfowl with broods are abundant around Malheur Lake.

Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

Local breeding species include killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebe species. Forester’s terns, black terns, franklins, ring-billed and California gulls can also be found.

A large number of breeding passerine species and woodpeckers can be found in National Forest land throughout the county. Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is the summer home to some unique passerines and is an excellent place for birding.

Raptors continue to be found throughout the area. You should be able to view golden eagles, bald eagles and a variety of hawks perching on telephone poles and fence posts throughout the district. Resident raptors such as northern harriers and red-tailed hawks are very easily observed in open agricultural areas along with rough-legged hawks and an occasional ferruginous. 7/24/17

Klamath Falls Area

Most Canada geese have completed nesting and goose broods can be found on edges of agricultural fields next to waterbodies all around the Klamath Basin.

Nesting shorebirds such as American avocet, white faced ibis, snipe, and greater yellow legs can be found in wetland areas and flooded pastures at this time of year.

Dedicated birders and astute observers will find a variety of neotropical migrant passerine species migrating through the basin over the next several weeks. Warblers, finches, grosbeaks, hummingbirds, and flycatchers will be among the diversity of species returning to nest in the area or passing through to nesting habitats further north. Listen carefully in the early morning and evening hours to both identify and locate these summer occupants.

The Link River Trail offers great viewing opportunities for aquatic birds including great blue-heron, common goldeneye, Canada geese, bufflehead, and common merganser.

Mule deer and other large mammals are beginning to return to their summer home ranges. Some key migration corridors and wintering areas are under restricted motorized access to protect the integrity of those areas during this critical time of year. Use caution driving near wintering areas, and please respect seasonal road closures. 5/15/2017

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Updated July 24, 2017

Dogs are prohibited off leash except during authorized game bird seasons, in the posted dog training area, or by permit.

Mallard hen
Mallard Hen
- Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW-

Waterfowl

Western Canada Geese can be found scattered across the area as most are now flighted. Mallard, gadwall, Cinnamon teal and northern shovelers can be seen scattered across the area Mallard, cinnamon teal and gadwall broods are now a common site. Diver species such as: canvasback, redhead, ruddy duck, scaup, and ring-necked duck can be observed on the area with canvasback, redhead and ruddy duck broods visible if you look hard enough. Common and hooded mergansers can be observed using the Klamath River.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Killdeer and black-necked stilts are abundant around the area. Willets, American avocets, Long-billed curlew, Wilson’s phalaropes, long-billed dowitchers, spotted sandpipers and peeps may be observed. Wilson’s snipe are secretive, but can sometimes be heard in the morning and evenings.

Great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, great egrets and American bitterns can be seen scattered around the area. Double crested cormorants are now a common site. White-faced ibis have been observed using flooded pasture areas. American white pelicans are around in good numbers. Sandhill cranes are a common site with approximately seven pairs that nest on Miller Island. Crane colts may be observed with some of the pairs.

Ring-billed gulls continue to be a common site on the area. Caspian and Forster’s terns are abundant along the Klamath River and on Miller Island.

Pied billed, eared and western grebes have all been observed on Klamath WA Miller Island Unit.

Virginia rails and sora heard more often than seen can also be located.

Raptors

Great horned and barn owls can be seen at dusk. Red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, cooper hawks, sharp-shinned, American kestrels, prairie falcons can all be seen foraging throughout the wildlife area. Peregrine falcons can also be observed using old power poles overlooking the wetlands. Common ravens are quite numerous at this time. Eagle species can still be observed using the wildlife area. Osprey have been recently observed using Miller Island. Turkey vultures are common site.

Upland Game Birds

California quail and ring-necked pheasant can be found scattered around the old homesteads and the headquarters area.

Passerines

Eurasian collared dove can be found scattered over the area. Large numbers of mourning dove reside on Miller Island and have initiated nesting.

American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, American robins, brewers, yellow-headed and red-winged black birds, brown-headed cowbirds, spotted towhees, white-breasted nuthatches, black-billed magpies, western meadow larks and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area. Tree, cliff and barn swallows are numerous with the occasional violet-green observed. Western Kingbirds can be spotted fly catching from fences and shrubs.

Yellow-rumped warblers and common yellowthroats can be observed using trees and shrubs around the area. Bullock’s orioles can be located at old home site areas dominated by trees and shrubs on Miller Island. The occasional horned lark can be spotted on the wildlife areas agricultural fields. Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hard stem bulrush and broad-leaf cattail. Savanah sparrows are common throughout the uplands dominated by perennial bunch and salt grasses.

Shrike can sometimes be found using the shrub dominated uplands of the Southern part of Miller Island.

Rufous hummingbirds have been recently spotted using the Klamath Wildlife Area headquarters.

Reptiles

Western pond turtles have become active. They can be observed basking on logs during warm sunny days.

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) 883-5732.

LAKE COUNTY

Hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds are stopping over in the Goose Lake and Abert Lake basins at this time of year. Abert Lake is a particularly important closed basin, alkali lake system that provides important forage resources for a variety of shorebirds at this critical time of year. Waterfowl broods are common in all wetland habitats. Passerine diversity is best in riparian areas. There are a variety of raptor species distributed throughout all vegetation types. All of the closed basin lakes have good water and shore bird viewing opportunity will be good through late September. 7/25/2017

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on July 24, 2017.

2017 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) remain closed until August 15, 2017, but the Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open. Viewers should be aware of oncoming traffic since portions of the Wildlife Viewing Loop are narrow. Numerous parking areas and pullouts are found along the loop.

Wildlife viewing is good for a wide variety of breeding species. Fall migrants are returning to the wildlife area. These birds are probably unsuccessful and/or failed breeders.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl breeding season is winding down, and fall staging is starting to occur. The molt is well underway for drakes and unsuccessful hens. Most drakes have lost their bright and colorful nuptial plumage.

Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the wildlife area, many have completed the molt and small flocks are very visible not.
Duck numbers remain at breeding season population levels. Major breeding species such as mallard, cinnamon teal and gadwall are abundant. A few hens, especially late nesting species such as gadwall remain on nests and newly hatched broods of ducklings are very common now. Flocks of drakes and unsuccessful hens are becoming numerous.

A few resident and non-breeding trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area. They are molting now and become very secretive since they are flightless. Some of these birds are part of restoration efforts and will be neck-banded with green collars and white alphanumeric symbols. 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.

American Avocet

American Avocet at Summer Lake
-Photo by Keith Kohl-

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Nesting is nearly over for the wildlife area’s nine (9) breeding species only a few chicks can be found at this time.

Unsuccessful breeders are beginning to form post-breeding season flocks. Fall migrants are beginning to appear in good numbers.

Shorebird diversity is good, local nesting species have been joined by migrants from northern breeding areas with many species forming large flocks.
American avocets are forming large post-breeding flocks at this time.
Early nesting species such as long-billed curlew and western willet have largely departed the area heading south towards wintering locations.

Migrant peeps (least and Western sandpipers), long-billed dowitchers, semi-palmated plovers, phalaropes (both red-necked and Wilson’s) and greater yellowlegs are increasing in number now.

Other shorebird species will be arriving over the next several weeks. Now is the time to search for rarities and vagrants. Large numbers and a wide variety of shorebirds are staging off Windbreak Campground flats and along the eastside of the wildlife viewing loop.

American coot numbers remain good and they are found across the entire area, brood rearing is underway and chicks have been frequenty observed. Observations and sometimes calling of sora and Virginia rails are fairly frequent now.

Sandhill crane breeding pairs remain on traditional nesting territories and brood rearing continues. Unsuccessful and non-breeders are beginning to stage in the Foster Place grainfields.

Gulls are numerous and widespread across the wildlife area. Ring-billed gulls are the predominant species, but California gulls are common. Franklin’s gulls continue to be observed, sometimes in good numbers. Caspian and Forster’s tern and can be found throughout the wildlife area. Activity on the tern nesting island in East Link unit is nearly over, and individuals are widely scattered across the entire area.

American white pelicans are present in fair numbers and small flocks are being observed in several locations across the wildlife area. Double crested cormorants remain fairly numerous as well.

Breeding grebe numbers are fairly good. The four breeding species (Clark’s, eared, pied-billed and western) have been observed recently and are best viewed in large open bodies of water such as Ana Reservoir, Dutchy Lake, N. Bullgate Refuge, North Levee Impoundment, Link Marsh and from the Schoolhouse Lake Viewing Blind.

Great blue and black-crowned night herons are present in average but generally low numbers. Great egrets continue to be observed is good number across the area’s wetlands. White-faced ibis numbers are increasing at this time. Numbers of post-breeding dispersal of adults and chicks from nearby nesting colonies is increasing..
American bitterns have been observed recently.

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier
-Photo by Cathy Nowak-

Raptors and others

Northern harriers and red-tailed hawks are common this time of the year. Swainson’s hawks are fairly common in the basin now and are frequently observed at Headquarters. Bald and golden eagles, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons can occasionally be found.

Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds.
Fledged chicks have joined their parents. Barn owls have been observed frequently at Headquarters were several chicks were fledged from nest boxes.

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. Pheasant and quail broods are becoming more obvious now.

Passerines

A few early “fall” migrants and sometimes vagrants can be found.

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous and vocal at Headquarters Complex. Mourning doves are found in low numbers and are scattered across the wildlife area.

American and lesser goldfinches are present in low numbers at Headquarters.

Common yellowthroat and yellow warbler remain fairly vocal and abundant at this time.

Tree swallows are widely distributed across the wildlife area and pairs are actively attending nest boxes. Cliff swallow are very abundant, some nesting is still occurring. Swallow chicks are very numerous at this time. Barn, bank and northern rough-winged swallows are present as well. Vaux’s swifts continue to be observed.

Bullock’s orioles remain fairly common now as well as black-headed grosbeaks..

Say’s phoebes continue to be observed, as well as Western kingbirds who are very vocal in the early morning hours. Western wood-pewees can be found as well.

American robins, loggerhead shrikes, Stellar’s and sometimes scrub jays, and occasionally cedar waxwings are being observed in varied numbers across the wildlife area. Sage thrashers can be found at north end locations and are actively singing. Upland dwelling sparrows such as Brewer’s and Sagebrush are present in the sagebrush and greasewood uplands at the north end of the wildlife area. Lark and vesper sparrows can sometimes be found.

Red-breasted and sometimes red-naped sapsuckers as well as other woodpeckers can be found in the trees around Headquarters. Northern flickers remain common across most of the area.

Hummingbirds can be found in increasing numbers visiting the feeders at Headquarters. Over the weekend, Anna’s, calliope and rufous were observed.
House wrens are actively singing at Headquarters and brood rearing continues.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in good numbers in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail along dikes and levees throughout the wetlands. Savannah sparrows are fairly abundant along dikes and levees. Many fledged young are present at this time.

Brewer’s, red-winged and yellow-headed blackbird nesting is underway.
Observations of a pair of great-tailed grackles along with their chicks continue at Headquarters. This was the first confirmed breeding of the species on the wildlife area.

European starlings are numerous at this time.

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2017 parking permits are required beginning on January 1, 2017!

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) is closed, but the Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open. Roads closed to motor vehicles are open for hiking or biking and sometimes afford excellent viewing opportunities.

Please be aware of oncoming traffic on sometimes narrow portions of roads. Numerous pullouts are available along the Wildlife Viewing Loop to accommodate passing vehicles when encountered. Roads leading to campgrounds are in good condition.

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.

NESTING IS WELL UNDERWAY FOR MANY GROUND NESTING SPECIES. PETS NEED TO BE KEPT IN VERY CLOSE CONTROL AND NOT ALLOWED TO RUN AT LARGE.

Summer Lake Rainbow

Rainbow at Summer Lake
-Photo by Dave Budeau-

Habitat

Most of the Area’s wetland units are very well flooded at this time. Water in seasonal marsh areas is beginning to recede providing excellent foraging opportunities for a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds.

Irrigation season has slowed in Summer Lake area as hayfields are being dried for cutting. Once hay is removed from meadows and fields, flooding will resume. Irrigated pastures along the west side of the valley remain well flooded. These areas will receive substantial waterbird use when flooding occurs.

Flows down Ana River are at moderate levels, water levels in some units are slowly increasing or being maintained for brood rearing areas. Other wetland units will continue to recede due to increased evapotranspiration associated with higher temperatures and robust plant growth and to provide habitat to fall staging shorebirds. Summer Lake proper is slowly declining in size due to decreased inflow and increased evaporation rates, but remains much larger than in recent years.

Wetland plants are showing very robust growth and insects, esp. Chironomids (midges), are very numerous on sunny days providing abundant food resources to many species of birds. Biting insects are just beginning to emerge and are expected to increase as warm weather prevails. They too will provide excellent food resources to many species.

Upland habitat remains in very good condition. Growth of grass and forb species is well underway and most have set seed. Planted tree and shrubs in plots and the orchard are providing excellent sheltered sites and food resources for wildlife. Trees and shrubs are leafed-out and berries and fruit is abundant due to the warm temperatures and longer days.

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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