Yellow perch angling is still good at multiple locations: Lake of the Woods, Upper Klamath Lake and areas of the Sprague River if you can find them.
Angling on The Klamath River from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir is very good.
Yellow perch angling around Rocky Point Resort in Upper Klamath Lake has been good.
Fishing for brook trout can be excellent this time of year in the Upper Sprague, Upper Sycan and Upper Williamson areas.
Deep Creek near Hwy. 140 has been producing very nice redband trout.
Forest Service road 28, commonly known as the Thomas Creek Road, is open to traffic. This road connects Lakeview to the Chewaucan River, Dairy Creek, Deadhorse and Campbell lakes.
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ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass
There have been no recent fishing reports but bass fishing should start picking up during this fall. 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.
-Photo by Patti Abbot-
ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout
Annie Creek is a large spring fed stream with approximately 50 cfs of flow during the summer and fall at the USFS snowpark crossing. Water levels are good for fishing at this time. 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 (Angling is regulated by the National Park (541-594-3000). Several waterfalls occur on the creek inside Crater Lake National Park that provides exceptional views. October caddisflies are hatching in good numbers and can be imitated by large, orange dry flies or emergers. Fishing is slow due to very cold (40 degrees) and low productivity water. Open to fishing with bait allowed. Brook and brown trout are beginning to spawn and are a little easier to catch. Open year around.
ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout
Anthony Lake was stocked with approximately 500 one pound rainbow trout the last week of September. This, as well as carryover from stocking of trophy trout in July should provide for some very good fall fishing.
BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie
Balm Creek Reservoir was stocked with fingerling, legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout in May. The reservoir level is good for this time of year. Recent fish sampling by ODFW indicates that the fingerlings planted this spring have survived and grown well and fishable numbers of the legal and trophy-sized fish are available as well. Recent reports indicate Fishing is good for fat 10-16 inch rainbow trout.
BEULAH RESERVOIR: redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout
No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is currently at seven 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 50oF. Recent cooler weather in the area should help to improve mid-day fishing when a late season hatch is present. Look for fish to be holding in deep water and under overhanging vegetation.
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
There have been no recent fishing reports, access may be limited due to snow.. 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.
- Photo by Kevin Clawson-
BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
The reservoir was dry last year, but was stocked with fingerling rainbow trout this spring. Fishing for 7-9 inch fish has been excellent 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 13 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is not useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website. Bully Creek Reservoir was stocked this past spring with trophy sized rainbow trout so these and hold-overs from last year should be available for fishermen.
BURNS POND: trout, bass
Fishing has been good for legal-sized rainbow trout recently on the Burns Pond.. The pond was stocked with legal sized rainbow trout this past week so these fish and holdovers from this past summer are available for anglers. 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
Calahan Creek is a very small tributary to Long Creek. Most of the creek flows through a low gradient meadow. Flows this time year are approximately 1-2 cfs. Water levels are excellent for fishing. Access is available but the trip takes two hours from Klamath Falls. Mosquitoes are gone and has good access area for camping near the meadows. There is good access for camping along the creek. The most productive fishing area is near the lower 400-00 road crossing and upstream. All of Calahan Creek is on Green Diamond property so please respect this private property and their rules. Bait is allowed. Fishing is excellent for small brook trout mostly under 8 inches. Open all year.
Water levels in the reservoir are surprisingly high. There are no boat ramps on the reservoir therefore a small pontoon, john boat, or float tube is recommended. 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.
Largemouth bass are moving into the shallows and feeding actively to prepare for winter. Bass fishing should be good. Crappie and redband trout are also available and feeding actively. The redband trout population in the reservoir is sparse.
CHEWAUCAN RIVER: native redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead
The entire river is open all year and flyfishing for redband trout 6-12 inches should be 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 and again just recently this past week. The reservoir was not stocked in 2015 due to poor habitat conditions resulting from the prolonged drought conditions in the region.
ODFW recently sampled the reservoir and found healthy rainbow trout up to 14 inches so hopefully that indicates that the fishery is on the rebound. The boat ramp is currently useable for small boats but requires driving the trailer past the end of the cement launch ramp and onto the rocks. The water clarity in Chickahominy is very low and the water is very muddy. High winds have also been present. The algal bloom is still occurring but should decrease with the colder weather and shorter days.
CORRAL CREEK (SF Sprague): brook trout and brown trout
Water levels are low, approximately 2-3 cfs, but excellent for fishing.
Access is available from the FS 34 road (Dairy Creek Road). Look for signs to Corral Creek Campground and Gearhart Wilderness. The campground is near the confluence of Corral Creek and South Fork Sprague River. The campground is maintained by the USFS. Fishing is excellent for small brook trout up to 8 inches. Occasionally brown trout can be captured. Bait is allowed.
Cottonwood Meadows Lake
-Photo by Jessica Sall, ODFW-
No recent fishing reports, but fishing should start picking up with the cooler weather. Successful anglers need to target trout by fishing the top of the water column with flies, lures and bait. Lures and flies that imitate fathead minnows work really well for larger trout. 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 but fish have been observed rising near the boat launch. 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.
Recently, ODFW and volunteers sampled the Upper Cow Lake and found an overabundance of brown bullheads. White crappie, bluegill, and large scale suckers were also found with a few of the crappie being very large. Water clarity was poor at the time of sampling. ODFW will continue to monitor conditions in the Cow Lakes to hopefully improve the fishery.
DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout
The lake was stocked the week of August 29th with 10”-13” rainbow trout. There have not been any recent reports, but fishing should still be good. Access may be limited due to snow.
DEEP CREEK (Lake County): redband trout and brook trout
Fishing along Highway 140 has been very productive for redband trout this past week. Flyfishing or casting lures are great ways to catch trout in this section. Fishing the headwaters has also been good for smaller redband 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/winter 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.
DUNCANRESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
Bait fishing has been productive this past week. Trout recently sampled were 7”-21” and very healthy; eating damsel nymphs, water boatmen, leeches and snails. 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. Brown bullhead were recently found in this reservoir and might negatively impact the trout fishery in the future.
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 was stocked with legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout this past summer. 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.
Open all year. Angling should be good for brook trout using bait below Fourmile Springs along Westside Road.
Meghan Grant with a Lake trout caught in Fourmile Lake, Klamath County
-Photo by Roger Smith, ODFW-
FOURMILE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout
You might encounter snow at the lake. Water levels in the Lake are low. 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. 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. Access to the lake is from Highway 140 near Lake of the Woods. The six mile dirt road is rough and has numerous washboards. Campground facilities exist on the lake.
The lake was stocked just before Labor Day with 12-14” rainbow trout. Fishing should be good from bank and boat. Angling from shore is typically best near the deeper water along the campground site or near the north end of the lake. Brook trout and lake trout are cruising the shoreline looking for places to spawn. If you can find their spawning areas fishing can be excellent. Access is also available by trail to the high lakes that are stocked by helicopter. These trails are likely covered in snow. 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
Water levels are very low and launching a boat might be impossible or extremely challenging. The reservoir is 12 percent full. Access to the reservoir is good as BLM maintains campgrounds at the reservoir. Fishing is very slow. Best fishing is for brown bullhead.
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 fall.
HAINES POND: rainbow
The pond was stocked with pounder and legal-sized rainbow trout mid-October.
HEART LAKE: hatcheryrainbow 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: hatcheryrainbow 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.
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. Fishing is excellent for brook trout.
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.
Fishing can be good on days when the water warms quickly during the afternoon. Warmwater fish are biting well during warmer days. Water temperature is currently peaking at 57 degrees. Fishing for largemouth bass is fair. 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
Water levels in the lake are very low. The lake is 5.2 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. Shoalwater boat ramp might be unusable. Moore Park 2, Howard Bay and Rocky Point Boat Ramps are usable. The lake is very shallow around the mouth of the Williamson River and Odessa Creek. Most of the algae in the lake is gone.
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 protruding 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.
Angling is fair 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 50 degrees. Anglers are having some success trolling lures. Redband that are going to be released should not be removed from the water. Angling from the shore is improving around Shoalwater Bay.
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.
-Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW-
KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout
Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir
Water levels in the Keno Reach of the Klamath River are 784 cfs. This flow is good for angling. Water temperatures are peaking around 50 degrees.
Access to the river is very challenging. Anglers can drive to the river at the base of Keno Dam using Wagonwheel Road on the west side. This road is in disrepair. The other access site is at the PacifiCorp Campground on the east side. Many anglers access the river on the Hwy. 62 side and hike into the canyon.
Angling this reach of river is extremely challenging. Most areas require a strenuous hike to reach the river. If you are wading, ODFW highly recommends studded wading boots, wading belt and definitely a wading staff. There are bedrock ledges and numerous very slippery boulders. Typically you can’t see where you are wading as the water is turbid. Polarized glasses also help with wading as you can see boulders.
Boats are not recommended on this stretch unless you are an expert oarsman. Roe Outfitters provides fly-fishing trips from rafts in this stretch.
Fishing is very good for redband trout in this reach. Condition and size of redband trout in this reach are exceptional. Most anglers use flies and lures that mimic bait fish. However, flies that mimic leeches and caddisfly pupae work well.
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. Open all year.
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 no longer available. Best fishing is very early in the morning. 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 It was also stocked again with legal-sized rainbows this past week. Reservoir can be a spectacular summer and fall fishery and regularly produces rainbow trout over 18 inches.
LAKEOF THE WOODS: hatchery rainbow trout,kokanee, hatchery brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, tui chub
Lake levels are good and boats can be launched at three different boat ramps.
Lake of the Woods was stocked during Labor Day weekend 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 is slow. Kokanee should be spawning and can be observed or captured near shore next to the Lodge. This is also the best time to fish for large brown trout as they cruise the shallows.
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.
-Photo by Roger Smith-
LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
Fishing has been good recently for bait fishermen, and several were reported jumping towards the evening. This reservoir was stocked three times in the month of June. As vegetation rises throughout the summer successful bait 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.
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 three-fourths full, and fishing with flies has been slow. 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.
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 less than 1 cfs, according to the USGS stream data. Fishing is expected to be slow. Large streamers and nymphs can be productive in the fall on 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(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 3.4 ft. (cfs flow not currently available) according to the USGS stream data. Fishing is expected to be slow. Large streamers and nymphs can be productive in the fall on 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 but the lake is low and muddy. Float tube fisherman have had trouble with the low lake level making it difficult to paddle around near the shore. 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.
Claire with her 21-inch rainbow trout
-Photo by Robert Bradley, ODFW-
This reservoir is located northwest of Lakeview on the Fremont National Forest. Largemouth bass have been sampled this summer 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 with rainbow trout in September. Fishing should be fair. 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 pounder-sized rainbow trout mid-October.
Katherine's first Trophy Trout in Grandpa's boat.
-Photo by Nathan Jones-
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.
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 29 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. Currently, dry fly fishing has been productive during the mid-day hatch.
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
Fingerlings released this spring have reached 7-8”. Fly fishing near the shoreline along the dam has been productive recently. The reservoir is very low and there currently are only approximately 1-2 surface acres of water. Most fish likely perished last year due to drought. Overwinter survival may be low again this year unless the reservoir receives more water before it freezes.
PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch
Reservoir storage is at 3 percent of capacity, but still plenty of water for some good fishing. 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. A total of 4,000 trophy-sized and approximately 10,500 legal-sized rainbow trout were released this spring. Recent sampling by ODFW indicates that good numbers of the trophies are still available and they are in very good condition. Good numbers of carryovers from past stocking of legal-sized trout are also available averaging 12-14 inches and are also in very good condition. To measure the catch rate of the 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 fishing reports indicate that anglers are doing well catching both rainbow trout and yellow perch. Don’t let the low water be a deterrent, some good fishing is to be had at Phillips Reservoir this fall.
Pilcher Creek Reservoir
-Photo by Rick Swart-
Due to a rule change for 2016, the reservoir is open to fishing year-round. Fishing for rainbow trout up to 16 inches is good. The low water ramp is not 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. Efforts were recently made to stock Pole Creek but the low water prevented the fish stocking truck from getting close enough to the reservoir so Pole Creek will not be stocked this fall.
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 mostly on BLM property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property on the reservoir. Although there haven’t been any recent fishing reports, fish have been observed rising daily this past month.
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 fingerlings, 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 should be picking up this fall at this old borrow pit located along the Twin springs road in the South Warner mountains. Fly fishing out of a small float tube would be very beneficial. Fingerlings planted this spring should be eight inches by now. 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.
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. Open all year.
-Photo by Wes Niestrath-
SKY LAKES AND MOUNTAIN LAKE WILDERNESS: brook trout and rainbow trout
You will likely encounter snow at all trails. Access is 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
Fishing was good for trout 8-14 inches this past week trolling flies. It seemed like the calmer the water the better fishing was. Most of the fish caught were along the northern shoreline where the creek comes in. The water was 51 degrees Fahrenheit. Sub-legals 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.
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. Spencer Creek closes to angling after Oct. 31.
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. Spring Creek closes to angling after Oct. 31.
SPRAGUE RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, largemouth bass and yellow perch
Fishing is improving as redband trout are moving in from the Williamson River. Best fishing is upstream of Beatty in the area fed by numerous springs. River flows are 238 cfs at the mouth. Water temperature is peaking at 51 degrees at the mouth. Yellow perch angling should be excellent if you can find them.
-Photo by Kevin Clawson-
NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout
Fishing is fair 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 slow. Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Caddisflies and golden stoneflies are common in the canyon area. Open all year.
Flow has increased through the canyon (52 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 (16 cfs). Open all year.
SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout
Fishing for rainbow trout should be picking up this fall at this old borrow pit located along the Twin Springs road in the South Warner Mountains. Fingerlings planted this spring should be eight inches by now. 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 cfs. 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.
THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatcheryrainbow trout, largemouth bass
This reservoir will be stocked again in October with fingerling and legal trout. 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 was drained completely by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District in mid-August 2016. ODFW will not restock the reservoir with rainbow trout until spring 2017.
UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie
Reservoir storage is at 11 percent of capacity and receding. Fishing has been fair for rainbow trout, with the average size being 14-15 inches. The water level is now below the bottom of the boat launch.
VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout
There haven’t been any recent fishing reports, 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.
No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow. The reservoir is currently at deadpool.
WARNER POND: hatcheryrainbow trout
There have not been any recent fishing reports. 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
River flows are low and perfect for a successful angling trip. 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. Very large redband and brook trout have been caught this year. The river closes to angling after Oct. 31.
LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout
River flows are lower than normal. Boats can be launched at two sites near Modoc Point Road and the public property just off highway 97 near the Chiloquin airport.
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 many 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. October caddisflies are hatching. Large orange dryflies or nymph patterns can work well. Other smaller caddisflies are hatching as well.
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 Williamson River closes to angling after Oct. 31.
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.
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-
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. 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 or crayfish 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. The Wood River closes to angling after Oct. 31.
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.
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.
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. 28 through Oct. 12 and Oct. 23 through Nov. 13. ODFW biologist will be posting and stocking map boxes during the restricted period.
There are several prescribed fires planned to be conducted this fall in the Silvies and Malheur River Wildlife Management Units. Fires may be conducted during hunting seasons if favorable burning conditions exist. Areas where prescribed fires may occur will be posted.
UPLAND GAME BIRD season is open. From late winter through summer of 2016, good snow pack followed by decent spring precipitation occurred across much of SE Oregon which was good for habitat. Overall chukar and quail populations are expected to be similar to the past two seasons, but are trending closer to the 10 year average. PHEASANT hunting opportunities are limited in Harney County. Check out the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge website for pheasant and quail hunt areas open to the public.
WATERFOWL season is open. Hunting may be limited in the Harney Basin due to low water conditions in Malheur Lake and most local reservoirs. Best hunting opportunities will be for Canada geese on private lands, hunters are reminded to get permission from the landowner before hunting on private lands. Check out the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge website for detailed maps.
Elk – First season Bull ELK opens on Wednesday October 26. Elk populations are stable, with good numbers of yearling bulls available due to good recruitment last spring. Elk season is expected to be fair to good depending on weather conditions. Youth antlerless ELK hunts also continue.
MOURNING DOVE season closes Oct. 30 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.
Sooty Blue Grouse
Forest GROUSE season open until Jan. 31. Grouse can be found in the forested portions of the Silvies and Malheur Units, but population numbers are low.
Fall BEAR season open until Nov. 30. 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. Coyote appear to have had excellent production this year due to strong small mammal populations in the County.
Cougar hunting is open year around. The deadline to purchase a general season tag for the 2016 calendar year was 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.
Elk numbers are lower in the eastern part of the county, and seasons east of Hwy 97 are limited entry. Overall population trends are stable to slightly increasing in some areas but below population management objectives like much of the region.
Forest Grouse season 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 continues until Nov. 30. 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
Updated October 25, 2016
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.
Deer season is closed on Klamath Wildlife Area Miller Island Unit.
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, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday (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.
Waterfowl hunting during the second week of the season remained good with a 2.09 waterfowl/hunter average. Pheasant hunting for the week ended with 0.47 upland/hunter average. The weather forecast for the upcoming week shows favorable conditions for waterfowl hunting. Pheasant hunting for the upcoming week may slow do to no planned releases and wet conditions.
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.
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Mourning Dove season closes Oct. 30. Best prospects are near agricultural areas and water. Cooler wet weather has resulted in most doves leaving the county.
Fall BEAR season continues until Nov. 30; deadline to purchase a tag was Sept. 30. Compared to the rest of the state bear populations are generally low. Most of the berry crop that was available in September is gone. Because of that bears are dispersing as they seek food to stock up before the winter den period. Spot and stalk or spot and call hunting provides the best opportunity for success. 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 runs through Dec. 31. All Rifle Elk seasons in the county are limited entry. The first season opens Oct. 26. Elk populations throughout the county are low when compared to the rest of the state. Due to those low numbers, hunter success has also been correspondingly low.
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.
Waterfowl season opened Oct. 8. The larger lakes on Fremont National Forest have good water and will hold birds until freeze up. Most of the major lakes in the county are dry or very low. Crump Lake has average water levels for this time of year and there is a little water on the north end of Hart Lake, but access is limited due to extensive mud flats. The Warner Wetlands and all the Lakes north of Hart Bar are dry. Lake Abert water levels are very low which results in high salinity. There are a few Canada Geese and ducks using the fresh water springs along the edge of Lake Abert.
Opening day of the waterfowl hunting season at Summer Lake, October 8, 2016.
- Video by Keith Kohl -
SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA
Updated October 24, 2016
Second week of the game bird hunting season was good for waterfowl (especially ducks) and fair for upland game birds.
A total of 476 hunters checked-in, which was up 7.4% from the same week last year.
They reported (5.0% check-out) the total harvest of 660 birds (358 ducks (83 Am. Wigeon, 71 mallards, 64 gadwall, 48 N. pintail, 27 N. shoveler, 12 Am. Green-winged teal, 19 ringneck, 15 canvasback, and 19 individuals of 6 other species), 254 geese (232 snow, 11 white-fronts and 11 Canada geese), 32 upland birds (27 California quail and 5 ring-necked pheasants) and 16 Am. Coots.
This resulted in a bird per hunter average of 1.58 for the second week which was down slightly (-2.0%) compared to last year.
Prospects for the upcoming week are fair to good. Forecasted weather calls for generally unsettled conditions persisting throughout the week and into the weekend. Good numbers of ducks are present and goose numbers have increased from the previous week, but remain somewhat low.
The last weekly bird count (Oct. 19) found about 36,000 ducks and 5,300 geese on the Wildlife Area. The next weekly count will occur on Oct. 26th. Count information will be placed on the telephone answering machine and ODFW website that evening or the following day.
Hunters must obtain a free daily hunting permit that can be obtained at the Checking Station 1.3 miles south of the Town of Summer Lake. Permits may be obtained for 2 consecutive days (one for each day) at one time and check-out is required daily or at the end of the 2 day period.
Check-out is mandatory and can be accomplished by filling out and dropping the permit off in check-out boxes found at major access areas.
Please remember, if have a Sports-Pac license; you will have had to return to a POS agent in order to update your waterfowl and upland Gamebird validations and complete the HIP validation. Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps (duck stamps) are required for hunters over 16 years and are available from US Post Offices and sometimes license agents. Stamps must be signed across the face in ink to be valid for hunting.
Non-toxic shot is required for all Game Bird hunting.
Mourning Dove season continues through Oct. 30. Best prospects are near agricultural areas and water.
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.
Greater White-fronted Goose
- Photo by Dave Budeau-
Most migrant shorebirds and sandhill cranes have passed through the area for wintering areas further south. Migrant waterfowl species such as greater white-fronted geese, American widgeon, and northern pintail have started to arrive. Look to agricultural lands near Burns for viewing opportunities of migrant Canada geese.
As the fall season progresses, look for deer, elk, and antelope to remain active for longer periods of the day. Many populations of deer and elk will begin to move into lower elevations as severe weather events increase in frequency and daylight hours dwindle. This annual transition into winter ranges often makes large animals more visible, and may provide opportunities for viewers and photographers. 10/17/16.
KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA
Updated Oct. 25, 2016
Oct. 1-Dec. 31
Open to public use Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. All other days are closed to all entry, except: public roads, parking areas, boat ramp, designated birding trail and designated dog training area.
A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $10 daily or $30 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license. Buy online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.
Flocks of Western Canada Geese can be found scattered across the area. The occasional white-fronted goose can be found on the area, but most can be heard flying over on their way south. Southern migrating ducks have started to show up on the area and continue to increase in numbers. Northern shovelers, Northern Pintail, Mallards, Gadwall, American Green-winged Teal are quite common and scattered across the area. Diver species should start showing up in greater numbers in the coming weeks.
Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds
Shorebird species and numbers are declining but there may still be a few around.
Great blue herons, great egret, black-crowned night-herons and American bitterns are common on the area.
There are still a few American white pelican and double-crested cormorant using the area, especially along the Klamath River.
American coot can be found scattered across the area. Virginia rails and soras can be heard throughout the area, but can be hard to spot.
Pied-billed, eared and western grebes are found in some of the areas deeper ponds and along the Klamath River.
Great horned and barn owls can be seen at dusk. Red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, cooper hawks, sharp-shinned, American kestrels, prairie falcons can be seen foraging throughout the wildlife area. Peregrine falcons can also be observed using old power poles overlooking the wetlands.
Eagle species are a rare sight right now, but observations of them should increase as they follow the fall migrations.
Upland Game Birds
California quail and ring-necked pheasant can be found scattered around the old homesteads and the headquarters area.
Mourning and Eurasian collared dove can be found scattered over the area. American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, mountain chickadees, American robins, yellow warblers and yellow-rumped warblers, western meadowlark, black-billed magpies and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area.
Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hard stem bulrush and broad-leaf cattail and are very numerous. Red-winged, brewers and Yellow-headed blackbirds can still be found, but their numbers are declining and will continue to do so with fall migrations.
Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit.
If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734.
The fall migration for shore birds is over. There are still a few greater sand hill cranes in the valley pastures. The various raptor species present are a mix of summer and winter residents common to the county. The dry lake beds in the Warner Valley are the best place in the county to see these various raptors. Water levels have dropped on Lake Abert and subsequently salinity levels have increased. There are a few Avocets and peeps still present and it’s a good time to polish up your identification skills of shore birds in winter plumage. Hart and Crump lakes have water this year and also will provide viewing opportunities. 10/17/16
SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA
This section was updated on Oct. 24, 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) and the Wildlife Viewing Loop closed beginning on Saturday Oct. 1 and will remain closed through the end of waterfowl hunting seasons on January 29, 2017.
Wildlife viewing opportunities are somewhat limited at this time due to the recent opening of game bird hunting seasons. Fall migration continues with increasing numbers of waterfowl, but other waterbird and shorebird numbers are declining as most species have departed to wintering areas to the south.
Ducks at Summer Lake
- Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-
Waterfowl populations are increasing as staging flocks of many species are beginning to form. The weekly count conducted on Oct. 19 found about 36,600 ducks of 13 species.
Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the area, over 600 were counted. Greater white-fronted geese continue to stage in fair numbers, but only 100 were found on the weekly count. Lesser snow geese numbers increased dramatically, about 4,500 were present. Unfortunately, most are found in refuge/sanctuary areas or at the head of Summer Lake where viewing is difficult.
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. 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.
Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds
Fall migration is nearly over, but a fair variety of species is still present. The weekly count found very low numbers of about 10 species.
American coots are widely scattered across the entire wildlife area and very numerous at this time, nearly 19,000 were counted. Virginia rails and soras continue to be found and heard in fair numbers.
Sandhill cranes have departed the area.
Grebe numbers are low now, but 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 a few migrant Bonaparte’s.
Resident double-crested cormorants and American white pelicans have largely departed, but a few individuals were still present last week.
Black-crowned night-herons, great egret and great blue herons are present in low numbers. American bittern have been seen on a regular basis.
Raptors and others
Northern harriers and red-tailed and Swainson’s hawks are common this time of the year. Bald and golden eagles, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons can occasionally be found. Migrant accipiters continue 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.
Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex. Mourning doves are found in low numbers scattered across the wildlife area.
American and lesser goldfinches are being observed at Headquarters on a regular basis. Migrant passerines, especially sparrows can be found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially around Headquarters and old homestead sites.
Red-breasted and sometimes red-naped sapsuckers as well as other woodpeckers can be found in the trees around Headquarters. Northern flickers remain very common.
Hummingbirds have departed the area for warmer climes.
A few late migrating barn swallows remain, and can be found staging at and roosting in 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, golden crowned and Lincoln’s sparrows and spotted towhees have been observed recently. Fox sparrows were observed over the past week.
Blackbirds (Brewer’s, yellow-headed and red-winged) are declining in number, but can still be found in tall emergent vegetation throughout the marsh. Brewer’s blackbirds are fairly common at campgrounds and other upland sites. All three species are visiting the feeder at Headquarters.
Facilities and Access
Please remember: Calendar year 2016 parking permits are required beginning on Jan. 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) and the Wildlife Viewing Loop closed beginning on Saturday Oct. 1 and will remain closed through the end of waterfowl hunting seasons on Jan. 29, 2017.
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.
The Viewing Blind overlooking Schoolhouse Lake provides excellent opportunities to view waterbirds in this refuge area that is closed to hunting.
The Area’s wetland units remain fairly well flooded. Ana River flows have increased and water levels in many wetland units is rising, creating ideal foraging conditions for migrant waterbirds, especially waterfowl.
Emergent marsh vegetation is beginning to enter senesce now and recent strong winds are starting to lodge-over bulrush and cattails.
Muskrats are becoming very active in constructing houses that are becoming more obvious by the day.
Summer Lake continues to increase in size due to increased inflow following the end of irrigation season diversions, shorter day length and decreased evapotranspiration. Increased water flow has created a substantial delta that is expanding in size at the head of Summer Lake and is supporting a very large number of migrant waterfowl.
Upland habitat remains in very good condition, forbs and grasses remain erect with an abundance of seeds. 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.
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