|Fishing for Chinook
- Photo by Victor Permiakov-
Weekend fishing opportunities:
- With recent rains, early steelhead are beginning to move into some rivers, including the Coos and Coquille.
- Fall fishing has been good on Diamond Lake.
- Now that chinook are spawning on the lower Rogue River, anglers can look for half-pounders to be feeding on any eggs floating downstream from redds.
- Steelhead fishing is picking up on the middle and upper Rogue.
If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed
It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These waterbodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.
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AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth bass, black crappie
Despite low water levels, Agate still offers opportunity for some late season fishing for bass and panfish. In addition, legal and large size rainbow trout were stocked in October. The reservoir level is stable now at 13 percent of capacity, and the right side of the ramp still reaches the water. Anglers fishing Agate are encouraged to report their catch to the local ODFW office at 541-826-8774. Agate is open from dawn to dusk daily.
APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout
Rainbow trout and bass are available at Applegate Reservoir. Most of the shoreline is very steep and muddy. Anglers may be able to fish from shore at the upper end of the reservoir. The Star Ranger Station office reports that the boat ramp at French Gulch is not usable at the current lake elevation. So for now, there is nowhere to launch a boat at Applegate.
The Oregon Marine Board has received a petition requesting the elimination of the 10 mile per hour speed limit on Applegate Reservoir. A public meeting on the proposal is scheduled in Medford on Dec. 16. For more information on the proposal and instructions for providing feedback, anglers should check this link.
APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, winter steelhead
The Applegate River is open for trout fishing. Only adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout may be retained. All non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed.
ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout
Water levels in Arizona Pond will be lowered in October to help control aquatic vegetation. The pond is managed by Oregon State Parks and is open only to youth 17 and under.
BEN IRVING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie
The reservoir has been stocked with about 5,000 trout. Warmwater fishing for bass and crappie will be best around the edges where there is some structure, but is slowing with colder water temperatures.
CHETCO RIVER: chinook, steelhead
Higher flows this week should make for some excellent fishing later in the week for chinook and even some early steelhead. The chinook fishery will be winding down in the next week or two. This year anglers are encouraged to turn in chinook salmon snouts from hatchery fish that are kept. The chinook salmon snouts may contain coded wire tags that tell where they come from. ODFW and South Coast Fishermen have placed collection sites at Social Security gravel bar and at the Port of Brookings fish cleaning station. Anglers will want to check current temporary regulations that affect the Winchuck and Chetco Rivers before heading out.
Chetco River flows near Brookings
COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, bullhead
Cooper Creek received about 10,550 trout ranging from 8 inches to 2 pounds. Trout fishing with PowerBait has been succesful. Some of the trout do have copepods which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked. Large yellow perch and bullhead are available with the best fishing success occurring in the early morning hours.
COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, salmon, steelhead
The wild coho season closed in the Coos Basin on Nov. 30.
A few winter steelhead continue to trickle into the Coos Basin with each rain. The best fishing is usually later in the winter. Anglers wanting to fish the South Fork Coos River will need to pick up an access permit from the Weyerhaeuser Dellwood office.
Crabbing in Coos Bay has improved with both crabbers from boats and docks picking up legal size crab. Best places to crab are from the jetties up to the BLM boat ramp off the North Spit.
In a cooperative effort including ODFW and OSU researchers, hundreds of red rock crabs have been tagged with a small blue “floy tag” in Charleston to gain an understanding of their growth, age, movement, population size, and fishery. Red rock crabs are native to Oregon and are found in only a few Oregon estuaries. If you catch a tagged red rock crab please contact the ODFW Charleston office at 541-888-5515.
-Photo by Kathy Munsel-
Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay. For more information on shellfish in Coos Bay click on the following link: Shellfish Assessment of Coastal Oregon. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.
COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: salmon, steelhead, crab
The wild coho season closed on Nov. 30 in the Coquille Basin.
Winter steelhead will be moving into the area rivers with the recent rains. Anglers usually start catching steelhead around at the end of November/beginning of December but the best fishing is usually later in the winter. A few anglers have been plunking for steelhead at the Coquille Boat Ramp already.
DIAMOND LAKE: trout
Anglers are still enjoying some fall fishing. Most of the fish are 12 to 14-inches, but larger fish are also being caught. They’ve been holding in deeper water lately or the south end. Diamond Lake received an additional 16,000 trout in late August. These were 8 inch legal-sized trout. The lake also received about 20,000 sub-legal trout in November. Anglers should remember to release all trout smaller than 8 inches.
Anglers can check fishing conditions at Diamond Lake on their website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext 236 or 238 for updates. Contact the Forest Service at 541-498-2531 for more information on campgrounds and boat ramps.
ELK RIVER: chinook
Chinook fishing has been good when the river has been up and floatable. Anglers will want to keep an eye on the weather and river conditions before heading to the river. The next good rain event will really get the chinook on the move and kick start the river fishery.
Check river conditions by calling 541-332-0405.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie
Emigrant is at low pool at this time. Trout are still available, but cold weather will likely put off warmwater fish. The boat ramp at the park is open dawn to dusk.
EXPO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill
Expo Pond was stocked with legal and large size rainbows in October. Trout are still available, but cold weather will likely put off warmwater fish.
-Photo by Claudia Vandyke-
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook
The water level at Fish Lake is slowly increasing, and small boats are again able to launch at the main boat ramp.
Fishing has been good in recent weeks. Trollers fishing dodger and lure combinations, wedding ring and worm combinations, and spoons like Little Cleos (chrome and orange) caught mostly 8 to 12-inch chinook along with a few rainbow trout. Fish Lake was stocked with 450 trophy sized rainbow trout in September, and most of these fish should still be available.
Brook trout, and tiger trout are also present. Tiger trout must be released unharmed. Anglers are encouraged to report catches of larger spring chinook or tiger trout to the local ODFW district office.
FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout
The lake is best fished from a boat, as there is limited bank angling. The lake can be very windy, so anglers will want to check the weather prior to heading out.
Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.
GALESVILLE RESERVIOR: rainbow trout, bass
Galesville Reservoir is open to angling year-round. In addition to trout, the reservoir has also been stocked with coho smolts for the last couple of years. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. All of the coho smolts are adipose fin-clipped. The older coho are generally 12 to 14-inches long. In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest.
The reservoir has been stocked with over 10,000 trout this year. Anglers are reminded all bass between 12 and 15 inches must be released, and only one bass over 15 inches may be taken per day. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.
GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout
Boat anglers will want to keep an eye on the weather and fish the lake when there is no wind. Early morning is usually the best time. Access for bank anglers is best at the 12th Street boat ramp or along the foredune accessed through Tseriadun State Park. Garrison Lake is located in the middle of Port Orford.
HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS & Umpqua High Lakes: trout
Fishing at Hemlock has been good with PowerbBait or worms. Hemlock has been stocked with about 7,400 trout to date. Lake in the Wood also got a hundred of the Labor Day lunkers. For access to other high lakes, contact the Forest Service at 541-958-3200 for information on current road conditions and lake accessibility. The road to Hemlock is not plowed during the winter.
HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR:
ILLINOIS RIVER: trout
The Illinois River below Pomeroy Dam near Cave Junction is open for trout fishing. This is primarily a catch-and release-fishery on wild trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed.
Illinois River flows at Kerby
LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout
The lake was stocked with about 4,500 trout this year. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms.
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-
LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie
Rainbow trout, legal and large size fish, were stocked recently. Still fishing with PowerBait or worms, or trolling lures should all be productive for trout.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, kokanee
Fishing has been good. Brown trout are averaging 16 inches or more but a nice 24-inch brown was also taken recently. The rainbows are 12 to 16-plus inches depending on the stock. People are also catching 13 to 15-inch Kokanee, with some up to 20 inches by trolling deeper water with a small spoon and single hook.
Lemolo is open through Dec. 31 with a daily limit of 5 trout. From Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, all brown trout must be released. Only 1 trout over 20 inches can be harvested per day. For information on fishing conditions, contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354. For information on boat ramps or campgrounds contact the USFS at 541-498-2515.
LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill
Loon Lake has been stocked with over 8,000 trout. The lake can also provide good fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass. Fishing is slow and both the BLM and Resort’s boat ramps are closed.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, spring chinook, bass
Lost Creek Reservoir is a fall and winter hot spot for trout anglers. Both legal-sized and trophy trout have been stocked in October, complementing holdover trout that reach 16-17 inches in length.
A harmful algae bloom advisory remains in effect the Department of Human Services provides recommendations on how the public can protect themselves and their pets.
MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill
Medco Pond offers good opportunities for bank anglers for largemouth bass and bluegills though fishing will be slow this time of year. Still fishing with bait usually produces good results.
NEW RIVER: chinook
The wild coho fishery ended on Nov. 30. Few coho were caught due to low flows most of the season, but anglers did start picking up chinook this last weekend. Anglers can expect more chinook to arrive with rains earlier in the week.
PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, Dungeness crab
Recreational Dungeness crabbing will reopen in the ocean on Dec. 1.
Fishing for bottom fish including rockfish, lingcod, and cabezon is now open at all depths. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Retention of 1 cabezon per day is still allowed.
PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, warmwater fish
Plat I has been stocked with over 4,500 trout this year. In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bullhead fishing. The reservoir is low and boat anglers should be aware of shallow hazards. Bass can be harvested from March 1 to Oct. 31 and are catch-and-release only from Nov. 1-Feb. 29.
REINHART PARK POND: trout
Reinhart Park Pond was stocked in October with legal and large-size rainbow trout.
Rogue River, lower: steelhead
Slow. Anglers are waiting for the winter steelhead to start showing.
Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout
Anglers can have success casting flies, drifting nightcrawlers, or casting spinners like a Panther Martin with a black body and gold blade. The flow at Grants Pass was 1560 cfs, and the water temperature peaked at 45F on Dec. 2. Fishing in the Grants Pass area has been fair to good.
Anglers are reminded that all non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead must be released unharmed, and to avoid disturbing spawning chinook salmon while fishing. Anglers should be careful when releasing fish, doing so quickly while keeping the fish in the water.
The Rogue River is open for trout fishing; however, only adipose fin-clipped rainbow may be kept. All non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed.
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout
Steelhead fishing is fair in the upper River. There have also been good reports from anglers targeting coho. The best time to fish this time of year is midday. Anglers have been picking up fish on bait (where allowed), lures and flies. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1159 cfs (temperature 44F), while the flow at Gold Ray was 1610 cfs with a peak water temperature 45F on Dec. 2. A total of 1,600 summer steelhead, have entered Cole Rivers Hatchery as of Nov 26.
Currently, from Fishers Ferry boat ramp to the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park, the river is open to the use of lures, as well as flies, but the use of bait is still prohibited. From the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park to the deadline at Cole Rivers Hatchery, the use of bait, lures and flies is allowed. Harvest remains restricted to adipose fin clipped fish. Consult the synopsis for more information on regulations.
Anglers should be careful when releasing fish, doing so quickly while keeping the fish in the water. Anglers are also reminded to avoid disturbing spawning chinook while fishing.
Trout fishing is always a good bet on the upper Rogue. Only adipose fin-clipped rainbow may be kept. All non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed.
Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout
This reach of the Rogue is open to trout fishing year-round. Best fall fishing will likely be found on the mainstem along Highway 62 and 230 for stocked rainbow trout, especially near release sites. The area near Hamaker Campground also can be very good in fall. Most anglers fish either PowerBait or salmon eggs on light gear, although casting spinners and flies will work as well.
SIXES RIVER: chinook
Chinook fishing has been pretty good. Angler floating the river from Edson Creek to Highway 101 are faring the best.
SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: steelhead, sturgeon, striped bass
Trout season in the Smith River basin closed Sept. 16. Check the regulations for gear and harvest restrictions.
SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR:
Closed to fishing Oct. 31.
|A boy with a String of Bass
-Photo by Matt Frank-
TENMILE BASIN: largemouth bass, yellow perch, coho salmon
Bass fishing has been decent for anglers in Tenmile Lakes but will slow down as the water temperatures drop. Largemouth bass can be found in both shallow and deep water near weed lines and/or submerged logs. Five or six inch Senko’s and crankbaits are a good choices to use to catch bass in Tenmile Lakes.
Yellow perch fishing has been very good in Tenmile Lakes recently. Anglers are catching lots of yellow perch fishing in water 20 feet or deeper. If fishing slows down in one location don’t be afraid to pick up and move to another spot. The best baits are jigs and/or night crawlers fished on or near the bottom. Some of the yellow perch being caught are very large (12 to 15 inches).
Fishing for wild coho is open in Tenmile Lakes until Dec. 31. The daily bag limit is one wild coho adult per day day and five for the season. The wild coho season bag limits are in aggregate with all other wild coho fisheries in the NW and SW coastal basins (not including the ocean season). Anglers have reported catching a few coho in the upper arms of Tenmile Lakes.
TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout
Fishing is open in Toketee year-round. The campground and boat ramp are now open. For more information call the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531.
UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout
Clearwater Forebay #2 will receive about 500 nice 14-inch trout in time for Labor Day. For brook trout anglers should try Cliff, Buckeye, Skookum (North Umpqua), Maidu, Twin and Wolf lakes. Linda, Pitt Lake, and Calamut have been stocked with a native rainbow for the last couple of years. Bullpup and Fuller still have brook trout, but were also recently stocked with some fingerling native rainbows. Contact the Forest Service at 541-957-3200 for road and trail conditions. The roads to these lakes are not plowed during the winter.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead
The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The recent rain should have steelhead moving. The Wild coho season is now closed. Only adipose clipped coho can be retained.
The mainstem Umpqua is closed to trout fishing until the spring opener.
The “50 Places to go fishing within 60 minutes of Roseburg,” handout which is available online or at the office, identifies several good places for salmon and steelhead fishing.
Umpqua River flows near Elkton
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead
Rock Creek Hatchery is once again open for visitors. The hatchery is open to visitors from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The new RockEd facility is lacking displays, but can be opened on request by calling the hatchery at 541-496-3484.
Steelhead are available throughout the North with the most success coming in the early morning hours. Anglers are getting hatchery steelhead in the Swiftwater area. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. The river is supposed to rise slightly this weekend.
Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30, angling in the fly water area is restricted to a single barbless artificial fly which can be dressed with conventional fly tying material. The North Umpqua Mainstem to Soda Springs Reservoir, and the Mainstem and tributaries above the Slide Creek Diversion Dam are open for trout angling through Oct. 31. The Mainstem from Soda Springs Dam, including Soda Springs Reservoir, up to Slide Creek Dam is closed to angling. The other North Umpqua tributaries closed to trout fishing beginning Sept. 16. See gear and harvest restrictions.
North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: winter steelhead
The South Umpqua is open for winter steelhead fishing. Few steelhead are in the South during December, but numbers increase throughout January and February and peak in March. Most hatchery steelhead return to the South Umpqua, so anglers interested in harvesting a hatchery fish will be most successful in the South.
WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead
Willow Lake was stocked in October with legal and large-size rainbow trout, and fishing should be good on these and holdover trout through fall and winter. Trolling spoons, spinners or lures behind flashers will work well, or still fishing with worms or PowerBait. The boat ramp at the park is open dawn to dusk.
WINCHESTER BAY: winter steelhead
Steelhead will be migrating up the Umpqua for the next several months. Most steelhead fishing in the lower, Main and North Umpqua is catch-and-release since most of the fish are wild. Anglers wishing to harvest a hatchery fish should focus on the South Umpqua.
WINCHUCK RIVER: Chinook
Anglers will want to check current temporary regulations that affect the Winchuck and Chetco Rivers before heading out.
Patrick Wheeler with his
2012 SE Raffle tag buck.
-Photo by Patrick Wheeler-
OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, ARCHERY DEER (Nov. 16-Dec. 8, see regs), UPLAND BIRD, DUCK & GOOSE, TURKEY
Report your tags—even if you didn’t hunt or weren’t successful: Hunters are required to report on every deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased. Hunters who fail to report their 2013 deer and elk tags by the deadline (Jan. 31, 2014 for most hunts) will have to pay a $25 penalty fee to purchase a 2015 hunting license. Report online or call 1-866-947-ODFW (6339).
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. ODFW appreciates hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; 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.
Waterfowl hunting in bays and marshes has been reasonably good due to the lack in precipitation. Inland fields have not experienced extensive flooding yet. However, the weather forecast indicates rain may be in our forecast. When enough rain occurs waterfowl will move to inland fields to take advantage of feeding opportunities in flooded fields. Hunters will have to get permission to access private lands in the Coos and Coquille River basins to find hunting opportunities in these areas.
Until this flooding occurs and birds move as a result, places to hunt closer to the coast in Coos County include but are not limited to certain islands in Coos Bay, Bandon Marsh Unit of Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and parts of New River ACEC, near Langloios.
Wilson’s Snipe season is open and the number of birds present locally is improving. These fast flying shore birds move south with the oncoming winter. Often they can be found feeding in marshes and areas where puddles occur in clear cuts. For the coastal hunter who wants to do some bird hunting similar to the type of hunting upland birds provide Wilson’s snipe hunting is a good substitute. These birds hold well for a bird dog like upland some upland birds. When they flush they do so noisily and fly fast and erratically presenting a very challenging target. Finally they are good to eat, as well. Those interested in hunting Wilson’s snipe need to learn to differentiate these birds from other shore birds. The best way to do this is to consult a bird identification book, do a search for information on the internet or consult your local ODFW wildlife biologist.
For the past few years, brood survival for Grouse has been very low due to rainy weather in May and June, which causes young chicks to get wet and become hypothermic. As a result populations are depressed in Coos County. There are some indications that this spring was less problematic for broods but the over-all population is low enough due to past years that finding grouse remains difficult.
Quail populations are also decreased compared to the past but they are doing better than grouse. This is likely due to the fact that their broods hatch later in the spring than grouse. Hunters wanting to harvest quail will find the best hunting either in the vicinity of farm land for California quail or on exposed ridges for mountain quail.
Cougar season is currently open. Hunters can expect an average year. Cougars are abundant throughout with indicators pointing to stable or increasing numbers. Hunting cougar is a challenge because these animals are very secretive, but harvest success is greatest adjacent to private land with high deer populations using a predator call.
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-
Coyote populations are good in Coos County and they will often respond to calls. Calling coyotes in the coast range is challenging due to brush. Many landowners with sheep are complaining about losses of sheep to coyote predation. Hunters interested in hunting coyotes may find success in asking for permission to hunt private land where landowners are losing sheep.
Deer - General bow season is open thru December 9th in the Siuslaw units for Douglas County.
Elk - Only a few controlled hunts are open at this time. Elk populations are similar to last year so this hunting year will be average.
Cougar – Cougar season is open. Hunters can expect an average year. Cougars are abundant and widely distributed. Hunting success is best around high deer population areas using a predator call.
Bear – General bear season is open. Hunters can expect an average year. Successful bear hunters are reminded there is a mandatory check-in for all harvested bear within 10 days of harvest (see regulations for details). Season ends Dec. 31.
Grouse & Quail - The season is currently open. Blue grouse success is best in mid to high elevations of the Cascades in partly open conifer stands. Ruffed grouse can be found near creeks mostly at mid elevations of both the Cascades and Coast Range. Success is best in the lower elevation agricultural lands for California quail and mid-elevations of the Cascades and Coast Range near brushy clear cuts on secondary forest roads for Mountain quail.
- National Wild Turkey Federation-
Fall Turkey – The season is currently open. Hunters can expect a good harvest year. Most turkeys are on or adjacent to low-mid elevation private lands associated with oak savannah habitat. Season ends Dec. 31.
Crow - Crow season is open. Hunters can expect an average year. Crow are abundant and widely distributed on the Umpqua Valley floor. Hunting crow is a challenge with most being on or adjacent to private lands.
Duck & Goose hunters can expect an average to above-average year. The season is currently open for ducks, geese, snipe and coot. Local duck production is historically good but small so a fair number of local ducks are available now with improved opportunity as the fall migrating ducks arrive later in the season. Hunting for resident geese in Douglas County should be very good because of an excellent production again this year. Nearly all waterfowl hunting in the Umpqua Valley is on private property and hunters should obtain landowner permission before hunting.
Furbearers – A reminder to trappers and hunters that specific licenses and tags are required to hunt many furbearer species, and hunters should refer to the 2012-14 Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations for details. Currently, bobcat, fox and raccoon pursuit season is open.
Bobcat - Healthy populations throughout Western Oregon. Harvest season is currently closed but the season opens on December 1, 2013. Pursuit season is currently open for bobcat.
River Otter, Beaver, Mink/Muskrat, Red Fox, Gray Fox & Raccoon – Healthy populations throughout Western Oregon. The harvest season opened for red fox on October 15, 2013. The harvest season opening for gray fox, mink/muskrat, river otter, beaver and raccoon is November 15, 2013. Pursuit season is currently open for fox and raccoon.
Marten – Good populations at higher elevations of the Cascades. The season is currently open.
JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES
Denman Wildlife Area: Remember to get your parking permit for 2013. Hunters get the permit free with their purchase of an annual hunting license. Display on car dash. More information
Youth Elk season remains open until December 31. This is a great opportunity for the youth to harvest an elk. These hunts are designed to provide young hunters with a safe, well supervised, low-stress setting where they can enjoy the hunt while building fundamental skills. Remember youth must wear hunter orange.
Oregon Fish and Wildlife
Bears are very active at this time looking for food before winter. Many deer and elk hunters are harvesting bears while out in the field. With the number of bears checked into our office for the year we remain the highest in the state. The best times to look for bears are in the early morning and late evenings. Successful bear hunters are reminded there is a mandatory check-in for all harvested bear within 10 days of harvest (see regulations for details). Season ends Dec. 31.
Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met. Southwest Cascades zone B has 165 quota and Coast/North Cascades zone A has 120. Refer to regulations for more information. Hunters are beginning to go out in the field after deer and elk which is prey for cougars. Hunters are encouraged to carry a cougar tag while hunting other animal, you never know when an opportunity will come available. Most cougar hunters’ success comes from predator calls.
Western Gray Squirrel season remains open year round with no bag limit in that part of the Rogue Unit south of Rogue River and S. Fork Rogue River and North of Hwy 140. Squirrels can be found in oak or mixed conifer stands. This is a great animal to hunt for first time hunters.
Coyotes are abundant in our area. Remember to ask for permission to hunt on private lands.
Grouse and Quail are open. Both mountain quail and forest grouse numbers are higher this year with the mild spring, hunters can expect to have a good harvest. Look for mountain quail in brush thickets and old clearcuts near water. Ruffed grouse can be found along streams or near springs at middle elevations, and sooty (blue) grouse can be found at higher elevations. With recent rains birds are not as dependent on water sources and will begin to spread out.
Pheasant statewide season is open until the end of the year. Pheasants are found throughout the Rogue valley, although they are on private property and permission must be obtained to hunt for them. A rare few can still be found on Denman Wildlife Area.
Fall Turkey season is from Oct. 15 – Dec. 31. Hunters can expect a good year. The mild spring provided good survival of chicks and brood counts showed production up from the last two years. Hunters are allowed to shoot either sex, and are allowed to have two tags. Majority of our turkeys are found in low elevation and around private lands, although a growing number are found in conifer stands that have meadows or clear cuts.
Waterfowl hunting this year will be average. There is quite a number of residential waterfowl within the Rogue valley. Weather will be a big factor in hunter success. Storms can bring in migrating birds. Denman Wildlife Area fields will be flooded when rain provides enough water to flood. Many ponds exist in the Rogue valley although most are on private lands; hunters need to ask for permission.
Wilson’s Snipe season continues thru Feb. 16. Snipe is another challenging bird to hunt for they are small, fast and erratic low-flying birds that can be hard to identify. Be sure to know how to differentiate it from killdeer and other shorebirds before you hunt. Snipe may be spooked in areas where there are high numbers of hunters but other times a person can walk up on them. Snipe almost always emit a call when they take off in flight. The best time to hunt snipe will be late fall and winter months. Denman Wildlife Area has decent numbers of snipe.
Furbearers – Pursuit season is currently open for bobcat, fox and raccoon.
Martin is currently open. Gray Fox, Muskrat, Mink, Raccoon, River Otter and Beaver open November 15. Population for these animals remains healthy.
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-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-
Seal and Sea Lion abundance in coastal waters around Coos County is high this time of year, especially south of Coos Bay. At Simpson Reef, a heavily used haul out exists. From the look out, viewers can see California sea lions, Steller sea lions, harbor seals and elephant seals.
Do not approach seals and sea lions you may find on Oregon beaches. If you think an animal you find is, in fact, in trouble, contact your local ODFW office to report the animal or contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Network an (800) 452-7888.
Waterfowl numbers in local bays have increased markedly in the past two weeks. Presently, most birds in Coos Bay are concentrated in the lower bay, near Empire along Cape Arago Hwy. These birds will move as precipitation begins to fall and fill inland valleys. At that time most waterfowl will be in Coquille Valley and other inland locations with flooded agricultural fields.
The mud flats around Coos Bay, the lower Coquille River, Winchester Bay and others provide winter feeding areas for shorebirds of a variety of species. While most shorebirds winter much farther south than the Oregon coast some do winter here. Those interested in seeing these birds will find an opportunity along Cape Arago Hwy., South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Area and New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern. 12/3/13.
CURRY, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE COUNTIES
Rogue Valley Audubon Society, Dec. 14, 2013 and Jan. 4, 2014
The Medford Christmas Bird Count will be held Dec. 14 and the Ashland Christmas Bird Count is Jan. 4, 2014. Visit web page for more info.
Ringtails are small, forest carnivores, nocturnal in habits, and secretive in nature. Ringtails are common in South West Oregon, but rarely seen due to their nocturnal behavior. They are buff to dark brown in color with white under parts and a black and white striped tail. The ringtail prefers to live in rocky habitats associated with water. Often known as Ringtail cat or Miner’s cat but they are not a cat they are in the raccoon family.
- Photo by Greg Gillson-
The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest. Look (and listen) for Pileated Woodpeckers whacking at dead trees and fallen logs in search of their main prey, carpenter ants, leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood. The nest holes these birds make offer crucial shelter to many species including swifts, owls, ducks, bats, and pine martens. These Woodpeckers can be found around old burns up elk creek in Jackson County.
Denman Wildlife area
Many people are visiting the area for fishing opportunities where bass, blue gills and bullhead catfish are caught.
Hunting season started Sept. 1 on the Denman Wildlife Area. It is encouraged for other recreational users to wear bright orange or other bright colored clothing, and to stick to the trail systems.
On the Coast
For a great birding trail along the southern coast, visit Oregon Birding Trails.
Christmas Bird Count Dec. 14
Contact the local Audubon to participate in the annual Umpqua Valley Christmas bird count
Each year at this time bucks are in full rut so look for large bucks following does for the next couple of weeks.
Wintering raptors, especially red-tail hawks, are commonly seen along highways throughout the county.
Bald Eagles are now commonly seen along the mainstem portion of the Umpqua River from Roseburg to Reedsport.
Columbian White-tailed Deer
Viewing is good at Whistler’s Bend County Park about 10 miles east of Roseburg. The Roseburg population of white-tailed deer is not hunted inside the county park, and they are easily viewed from a vehicle. To see white-tailed deer, visit Whistlers Bend County Park east of Roseburg off Highway 138E, adjacent to the North Umpqua River. The drive through the county park is free.
There are a few easy ways to tell the difference between a black-tailed deer and a white-tailed deer on the Umpqua Valley floor. In the fall, white-tails will often have a sandy or light tan colored pelt as opposed to the brown coloration of the black-tail. White-tails have shorter ears, pronounced white eye rings and a larger, wider tail that, when down, is light brown in color fringed with white. When alerted to danger both species raise and wag their tails exposing its white underside as they leave the area.