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Weekly Recreation Report: Willamette Zone

July 28, 2015

 Willamette Zone Fishing

steelhead
Steelhead
-Photo by Derek Wilson-

Due to exceedingly warm temperatures, the Willamette River below Willamette Falls is closed all day to fishing for trout, steelhead, salmon and sturgeon. Fishing for warmwater species such as crappie, bluegill, bass, catfish and walleye is unaffected by the action and may continue.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

Here are some things anglers can do to lower stress on fish during drought conditions:

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Go to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cooler.

Warmwater fish like bass, crappie and bluegill also feel the effects of the heat, so please follow these precautions in all your summer fishing.

Statewide drought updates

For the latest statewide drought conditions, see the State of Oregon’s Drought Watch.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports – the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.

2015 trout stocking

The 2015 trout stocking schedules for the North Willamette Watershed (pdf) District and the South Willamette Watershed (pdf) District are now posted on the ODFW Trout Stocking Page. Take a look to find out when and where Oregon’s hatchery trout are being released around the state.

High Lakes stocking

ODFW takes very small fish to Oregon’s high lakes by helicopter, mule and river boats. Take a look at where these fish were released in the past and where you might even encounter some of them on your next backpacking trek.

North Willamette High Lakes Stocking

South Willamette High Lakes Stocking

Check out the new trout stocking map

Find the location and details about the many lakes ponds and streams that receive hatchery trout from ODFW’s fish hatcheries on the new Google-based stocking map. Click on the fish icons to bring up all the pertinent information about the state’s trout fishing locations.

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

WARMWATER FISHING OPPORTUNITIES

There are many locations throughout the Willamette Valley where anglers can go to pursue warmwater species such as bass, crappie, bluegill perch, walleye and catfish. The summer months are a good time to consider angling for warmwater fish. Several good spots are listed below. For more detailed tips on how to enjoy this activity, visit ODFW’s on-line Warmwater Fishing Page.

Benton County

  • Adair Pond – 6 acres; Hwy. 99W south of Adair Village at ODFW regional office. Largemouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill, channel catfish.
  • E.E. Wilson Pond – 8 acres on E.E. Wilson Wildlife Management Area east of Hwy. 99 W between Corvallis and Monmouth. Redear sunfish, stocked trout.

Clackamas County

  • Wilsonville Pond – 6 acres; on west side of I-5, 1 mile south of the Wilsonville Rest Area. Take Exit 282 from I-5, west on Butteville Road to Boones Ferry Road, south on Boones Ferry Road 0.5 miles. Largemouth bass, bluegill, brown bullhead.

Eastern Lane County

  • Cottage Grove Ponds – A series of six ponds in the Row River Nature Park. Opportunities for largemouth bass, bluegill and brown bullhead. Head east on Row River Road about 1.5 miles from Cottage Grove. Park behind truck scales and follow asphalt path 200 yards to ponds.
  • Cottage Grove Reservoir – South of Cottage Grove with boat access near the dam in Lakeside Park off London Road at current reservoir elevation. Opportunities for largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie.
  • Dorena Reservoir – located east of Cottage Grove, supports populations of largemouth bass, brown bullhead, bluegill and crappie. Boat access available at Harms Park and Baker Bay at current reservoir elevation.
  • Fern Ridge Reservoir – West of Eugene, Fern Ridge Reservoir offers a bounty of warmwater fishing opportunities, including largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. The reservoir is currently being maintained near full pool and all boat ramps are accessible at current water elevations.
  • Kirk Pond – immediately north of Fern Ridge Reservoir off of Clear Lake Road, this 10 acre pond has good bank access and picnic facilities. White crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill and brown bullhead.

Linn County

  • Bond Butte Pond – 35 acres; adjacent to I5 between the exit for Hwy 228 and the exit for Diamond Hill Road, this pond features bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. A small boat ramp is available.
  • Freeway Lakes – 20 acres; adjacent to I5 between the exit for Hwy 34 and Hwy 20 just south of Albany. This water-body actually consists of three interconnected ponds and features bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available at East Freeway Lake.

Marion County

  • Bluegill Lake – 7 acres; Cascade Gateway Park in Salem off Hwy. 22. Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie.
  • Goose Lake – 9 acres; 7 miles north of Salem. White crappie, largemouth bass.
  • Mission Lake – 40 acres; about 5 miles north of Keizer in Willamette Mission State Park. White crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, black crappie.
  • Santiam River – From confluence with Willamette River upstream to Jefferson. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass.
  • St. Louis Ponds – 7 ponds comprising 54 acres; 2 miles west of Gervais on the west side of I-5 freeway. No boats allowed. Special regulations apply. Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass, redear sunfish, green sunfish, white crappie, black crappie.
  • Rainbow Trout

    Rainbow Trout
    -Photo by Jim Yuskavitch, ODFW-

    Walling Pond – 8 acres; 16th and McGilchrist Streets in Salem. Largemouth bass, stocked rainbow trout.
  • Walter Wirth Lake – 20 acres; Cascade Gateway Park in Salem. Largemouth bass, bluegill, brown bullhead, channel catfish.
  • Woodburn Pond – 14 acres; east of I-5 from Woodburn north on Boones Ferry Road to Crosby Road, then north on Edwin Road to the pond. Largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, white crappie, channel catfish.

Multnomah County

  • Benson Lake – 40 acres; Multnomah Falls. White crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead.
  • Blue Lake – 64 acres; 3 miles northeast of Troutdale off Marine Drive. Largemouth bass, brown bullhead, black crappie, bluegill.
  • Bybee Lake – 275 acres; north Portland Road, Portland. White crappie, brown bullhead, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, yellow perch
  • Delta Park Ponds – 100 acres; north Portland in west Delta Park. Brown bullhead, bluegill, largemouth bass.
  • East Salish Pond – 12 acres; located in Fairview next to Reynolds Middle School. This pond is occasionally stocked with crappie, bass and other warmwater species by members of the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club.
  • Hartman Pond -- – 29 miles east of Portland via I-84. This is a year-around warmwater fishing pond next to the freeway in the Columbia River Gorge. Warmwater species include bass, crappie and perch. This pond is popular with the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club and is named after one of the club’s leaders, Bud Hartman.
  • Multnomah Channel – Adjacent to Hwy. 30 between Portland St. Helens. Access off Hwy. 30 and off the dike road on Sauvie Island. Crappie, yellow perch, walleye, bullhead, bluegill, largemouth bass.

Columbia County

  • Clatskanie Slough – north of Clatskanie off Hwy. 30. White crappie, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bluegille, largemouth bass, black crappie.
  • Deer Island Slough – 68 acres; northwest of Columbia City off Hwy. 30 at Riechold Chemical (access only at the south end). White crappie, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch.
  • Scappoose Bay – 600 acres; south end of St. Helens, off Multnomah Channel. Brown bullhead, white crappie, black crappie yellow perch largemouth bass.
  • Vernonia Lake – 45 acres; southeast part of Vernonia off Hwy. 47. Bluegill, yellow perch, largemouth bass. Excellent bank access, improved boat launch.

Washington County

  • Henry Hagg Lake –1,110-acre lake seven miles southwest of Forest Grove.

Hagg lake is one of the top warm water fisheries in the state. It is big, diverse, and accessible and has healthy population of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and brown bullhead. In fact the Oregon state record largemouth – an 8 lb. 1½ -oz. bass caught in 2005, came from Henry Hagg Lake, which also holds the state record for a 3 lbs. 7 oz. bullhead catfish pulled out in 2001 by Bob Judkins. A park next to Hagg Lake is owned and managed by Washington County. It features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

Alton Baker Canoe Canal will be stocked again this week with a total of 965 rainbow trout, including 150 larger trout. Fish are released at multiple locations along the length of the canal, which will be stocked near weekly through early November.

The canal is located within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of Club Road in Eugene. A 4-acre pond at the midpoint of the canal is a good spot but it can be fished all along its two-mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield. The canal is open to angling all year.

BENSON LAKE: rainbow trout, white crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Stocked in June with 4,000 rainbow trout. This is a 40-acre lake located in Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. From Portland, head east on I-84; the park is located on the south side of the freeway about 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

BLUE LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, black crappie, bluegill

This is a 64-acre lake located in Blue Lake Park three miles west of Troutdale. This family-friendly park as picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Multnomah County.

BLUE RIVER: trout, steelhead

Recently stocked for the last time this year. Wild and hatchery trout are available for harvest upstream of the reservoir. All wild trout caught downstream of the reservoir must be released unharmed.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Hwy. 126 and is open to year-round fishing. The reservoir was recently stocked with approximately 3,800 fish. Neither boat ramp is accessible at current reservoir elevation.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

This fishery is currently open for trout. The river will be stocked this week with 1,800 legal size rainbow trout. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day. It is closed to salmon fishing year-round.

The Breitenbush River is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remain open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Carmen Reservoir is accessed via FS Road 750 off Hwy. 126, about two miles south of Clear Lake. It is open to fishing all year. Motor boats are prohibited on Carmen Reservoir. Carmen Reservoir will be stocked this week with 2,375 rainbow trout, including 375 larger trout.

CLACKAMAS RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

NOTICE: The Clackamas River is closed to fishing from the I-205 near High Rocks downstream to its confluence with the Willamette under a temporary closure implemented July 18. Under this closure, fishing for trout, steelhead and salmon in this area is prohibited. The remainder of the river remains open under statewide hours restrictions closing the Clackamas and other rivers after 2 p.m.

Cooler weather and precipitation brought some relief over the past week. However, warm, dry weather keeps its grip on the Pacific NW with low stream flows and high water temperatures. The Clackamas is down 2° following a light rainstorm that moved through the area over the past week but is still high at 65° with river flows at near record lows. Anglers shouldn’t expect any change now that it’s late-July, early-August so travel by sled is impossible and the few anglers out in drift boats or bank fishing will surely encounter a large flotilla of recreational rafters and tubers.

Fishing conditions are very challenging and will hold this way for the foreseeable future. Try fishing early or late in the day when the sun is off the water for increased chances of success for springers or summers.

A scattering of summer steelhead are around while anglers are picking up an occasional springer from the lower river on up to Rivermill Dam. If you’re interested in catching steelhead concentrate below Barton Park. Spring Chinook are now spread from Carver on up to the dam. Of note is the hatchery at McIver Park has already seen over 3,500 spring Chinook adults show up in their trap, much earlier than normal for that number of Chinook. Anglers should make note that a fishing deadline is clearly marked up near Rivermill Dam and the fishway; it is illegal to fish or even cast above this deadline.

Good bank access for can be found in many locations along the river from Gladstone, Cross Park, Riverside Park, along Clackamas River Road, Carver, Barton, and McIver parks. Clackamas River Drive closely follows the river below Carver Park, but be sure to not trespass on landowners properties. If you have a boat, you can put in at Riverside Park, Carver Park, Barton Park, Feldheimer’s off Springwater Road, and at both lower and upper McIver Park ramps.

USGS hydrological data for July 21 shows river flows down 85 cfs from a week ago to 737 cfs, a gauge reading of 10.52 feet and the water temperature at 65°. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year. Stocked the week of July 27 with 3,625 rainbow trout. In addition to seasonally stocked hatchery rainbow trout, naturally reproducing brook trout are also available.

The lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Cabins and row boats are available for rent from Clear Lake Resort.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork Willamette River was last stocked for the season in mid-May. Fish are released from approximately Harrison Avenue Bridge to Bennett Creek Road. Both native and hatchery trout are available for harvest from April 25 through Oct. 31. Bait use is allowed during the same period.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

This is a three-acre lake within the Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, the park is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include ADA accessible trail, picnic tables, playground and restrooms.

COTTAGE GROVE POND (ROW RIVER NATURE PARK POND): trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Ponds provide good warmwater fishing opportunities (see Warmwater Fishing Opportunities in Eastern Lane County). To access this family-friendly fishery, travel east from Cottage Grove on Row River Road. The pond is located behind the truck scales and may be accessed via an asphalt pathway. This pond also offers wildlife viewing opportunities and is open to fishing all year.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Reservoir provides good warmwater fishing opportunities (see Warmwater Fishing Opportunities in Eastern Lane County). Cottage Grove Reservoir was last stocked for the season in April. The reservoir will be stocked again in October. The reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to fishing all year. Only Lakeside Park boat ramp is accessible at the current reservoir elevation.

CRESWELL POND (GARDEN LAKE): trout, warmwater species

Garden Lake (Creswell Pond) has been stocked for the last time this season. Warmwater fish should continue to be available, although aquatic vegetation can be a challenge for anglers. This family-friendly fishing pond is located in Garden Lake Park on the east side of I-5 in Creswell and is open to fishing all year. The pond and park offer additional wildlife viewing opportunities.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

This reservoir receives over 100,000 trout throughout the year. It was stocked most recently in mid-July with 4,500 legal size rainbow trout, and there should be plenty of holdover trout as well. Fishing has been very good despite the low water conditions, with many anglers reporting catching their five fish limit of trout and kokanee. Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit for fishing conditions. Currently the reservoir is about 75 feet below full pool. Only Mongold State Park boat ramp is available.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Dexter Reservoir has been stocked for the last time this summer. It will be stocked again in late September. Boat and bank access is available from state and county parks. Parking and bank access are also available from the causeway near Lowell. The reservoir near Lowell is visible from Highway 58. Largemouth bass and some smallmouth are available to anglers in this reservoir.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Dorena Reservoir provides good warmwater fishing opportunities (see Warmwater Fishing Opportunities in Eastern Lane County). Dorena Reservoir has been stocked for the last time this summer. It will be stocked again in mid-October. The reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open to fishing all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available. Both Baker Bay and Harms Park boat ramps are accessible at current reservoir levels.

Fishing Dormand Pond
Fishing Dorman Pond
-Photo by Meg Kenagy-

DORMAN POND: trout

Stocked in the spring. This is an eight-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6.

EAGLE CREEK: spring Chinook

Eagle Creek is extremely low and clear, looking like it would in late summer right now. It’s that time of year when spring Chinook would be moving into the creek as fish return from acclimation releases of two years ago. Unfortunately the low water conditions will make entry into the creek very tough for these springers.

Long stretches of Eagle Creek run through private property, particularly up near the hatchery and from an area below the lower ladder on down past Bonnie Lure to the mouth. Anglers are advised to pay close attention to where you fish and we encourage you to ask permission prior to accessing or crossing private lands on your way to your favorite fishing hole.

See Page 15 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation pamphlet for more information on “Your Rights to Use the Surface, Bed, and Banks of Oregon’s Rivers and Lakes.”

EE WILSON POND: warmwater, trout

Due to warm summer water temperatures, trout will not be stocked until next winter. This pond is located at EE Wilson Wildlife Area, about a ¼ mile hike from the main parking lot. A valid wildlife area parking permit is required.

ESTACADA LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of July 13 with 1,800 legal-sized rainbow trout. Estacada Lake is a 150-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam. There is a boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at the lower end of the reservoir. A fishing dock next to the boat ramp provides non-boating access to the lake. Estacada Lake is not subject to the statewide daily fishing hours restrictions announced July 18, and remains open for fishing all day.

FALL CREEK: trout

Fall Creek upstream of Fall Creek Reservoir (northeast of Lowell) was stocked in mid-June with 1,750 rainbow trout for the last time this season. Fish are released at multiple locations on the stream above the reservoir up to Gold Creek. Native trout are legal to harvest in Fall Creek upstream and downstream of the dam through October.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek Reservoir is open to fishing all year, but boat access is limited due to low flows this spring. The North Shore boat ramp near the dam is unlocked from approximately 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is accessible to boaters.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of July 13 with 1,800 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant.

A boy with a String of Bass
A boy with a String of Bass
-Photo by Matt Frank-

FERN RIDGE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead

This 9,000 acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body.

For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000. This lake is mostly shallow with a band of deep water from the original channel of the Long Tom River.

The reservoir produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years. Best time of year for crappie is April to June, after the water temperature reaches the mid-50s, but fish can still be found in deeper water year round. July and August are peak months for largemouth bass. Fish the shoreline along the southern part of the reservoir, especially the sloughs and inlets where there is underwater structure.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. All boat ramps are currently open. It was last stocked with hatchery trout in May. Smallmouth bass and yellow perch fishing is very good at the moment. Best places for these fish are near underwater structure and drop-offs.

Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept and there are no limits on size or number of bass.

From I-5 take US 20 east from Albany to the town of Sweet Home. The reservoir is 3 miles past the town on the left.

FREEWAY LAKE, EAST: bass bluegill crappie

Trout stocking season is over for Freeway Lake this year, although there could be some holdovers. This water-body actually consists of three interconnected ponds and features some good size bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available at East Freeway Lake, and there is good bank access around Middle Freeway Lake.

Fishing for warmwater gamefish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish can be very good, especially early and late in the day.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

This large reservoir east of Sweet Home is a premier kokanee fishery with a bag limit of 25 fish per day. It also supports stocked rainbow trout and a good population of smallmouth bass. It was stocked again the first week of May with 6,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

Kokanee fishing has returned and with the warming temperatures the fish are becoming active. Most fish, including holdover trout, are being caught 50 feet below the surface.

Smallmouth bass can be found near underwater structure and at drop-offs. The reservoir level is currently about 60 ft. below full pool – only Thistle Creek boat ramp is currently available.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

This is a stocked 2-acre pond on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area that offers good bank access. Ideal for kids. A parking permit is required while on the wildlife area. Permits are available from all ODFW license vendors.

HARRIET LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of July 13 with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 23-acre reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River in the Mount Hood National Forest. Boat ramp is just past campground.

HARTMAN POND: trout

Last stocked in June with 1,250 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a year-round warmwater and spring trout fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge. Excellent for non-boating anglers.

From I-84, take the Benson State Park exit. The pond is adjacent to the Columbia River adjoining Benson State Recreation Area.

HENRY HAGG LAKE: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, native cutthroat trout

Last stocked in June with 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This popular lake has been stocked several times this year and has an impressive array of resident fish species.

This is a 1,110-acre lake and premier fishery located seven miles southwest of Forest Grove. Maintained and operated by Washington County, the park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching. 

HIGH MOUNTAIN LAKES: trout (rainbow, brook, cutthroat)

There are several mountain lakes available in the area for day use or overnight camping that require only a short hike into them. Many are easy day hikes, perfect for packing in a lunch and doing some fishing then heading home in early evening.

Some of these waters get very little use, and anglers will often find the solitude incredible. If you plan to camp keep in mind that overnight temperatures at the higher elevations can be quite chilly, even in mid-summer. Given the current high fire danger you should check on restrictions regarding open campfires. Be prepared for mosquitoes!

Maps should be available from the local U.S. Forest Service office. Lists of stocked Willamette basin high cascade lakes are available on-line – see Willamette Zone, North and South Willamette High Lakes.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

This reservoir is located about four miles southeast of Oakridge and is open to year round angling. Anglers can find largemouth bass and crappie in this reservoir in addition to trout. Hills Creek Reservoir was stocked in mid-April with 6,767 legal-sized rainbow trout. These legal-sized trout are in addition to the 60,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings and 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon fingerlings released annually to reach harvestable size the following year.

Adipose fin-clipped fingerlings get to good size and fight well! Trout and salmon must be adipose-fin clipped to be harvested. Large native trout are available for catch-and-release fishing.

HILLS CREEK above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Hills Creek above Hills Creek Reservoir is not stocked, but native fish are available for harvest. Use of bait is allowed through Oct. 31.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bluegill

Stocked the week of June 1 with 125 trout ranging in size from a half pound to two pounds each. Huddleston is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, it contains woody debris that provides habitat for bass and bluegill.

It reaches a maximum depth of about 10 feet, with shallow "kid-friendly" edges. It is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby. There is paved parking lot and small ramp for people who want to launch small, non-motorized boats.

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

Junction City is a popular stocked trout fishing pond located about two miles south of Junction City on Hwy. 99W on the west side of the highway. There is excellent access around the entire 8-acre pond. It was stocked for the last in June. Stocking will resume in November or December with the onset of cooler weather. As a reminder, zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20-inches.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake will be stocked again this week with 1,400 rainbow trout. Adipose fin-clipped trout may be retained; all wild trout must be released unharmed. Leaburg Lake will be stocked weekly through July, and then every other week through Labor Day. This waterbody also benefits from upriver stockings. Use of bait is allowed during trout season (through October).

Leaburg Dam is closed to vehicle and pedestrian access weekdays from 8am to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Check EWEB’s website for current information and updates.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from the Leaburg Town Landing downstream to Hendricks Bridge. Boat stocked the week of July 27 with 3,000 trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed.

This river reach is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie. Gear is restricted to flies and lures, except bait use is allowed upstream of Hendricks Bridge through the end of the year.

There are currently no scheduled closures for Leaburg Dam. Check EWEB’s website for current information and updates.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from the Goodpasture Bridge boat landing upstream to Finn Rock (through mid-June) or Forest Glen boat landing near the town of Blue River (beginning in late June). Boat stocked the week of July 27 with 1,250 rainbow trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed.

The river is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length up to Trail Bridge Dam. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie.

Bait use is allowed up to Forest Glen boat ramp, which coincides with the portion of the river stocked with hatchery trout.

Middle Fork of the Willamette
Middle Fork of the Willamette
-Photo by Martyne Reesman-

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above Hills Creek Reservoir: trout

The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir is open to catch-and-release fishing for trout through Oct. 31. This reach of river is not stocked, although there may be some adipose fin-clipped trout originating from the reservoir available for harvest in the lower river reach. Gear use is limited to flies and lures.

MOLALLA RIVER: spring Chinook

The Molalla River is running extremely low, clear, and warm making for some tough fishing conditions. For increased success, try early and late in the day when the sun is off the water. Reliable reports indicate a few springers have been caught from down in the lower reaches all the way up well past the Glen Avon Bridge.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

Last stocked in June, this 5-acre pond is on the campus of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. Angling is restricted to youths age 17 and under and holders of ODFW's Disabled Anglers permits from April 1 - Aug. 31.

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout

This reservoir was last stocked with trout the week of June 29 is scheduled for stocking again Aug. 17. North Fork is a 350-acre reservoir of the Clackamas River behind North Fork Dam approximately 5.2 miles east of Estacada, Ore.

Fishermen are reminded that the boat ramp and marina at Promitory Park is closed to all public access until the summer of 2016 while PGE constructs a surface collector to improve the downstream passage of native salmon and steelhead juveniles at North Fork Dam.

All other access points to North Fork Reservoir are open, and ODFW will stock the lake with hatchery trout as in the past. For more information about the closure, visit PGE’s website (pdf)

North Fork Reservoir is not subject to the statewide daily fishing hours restrictions announced July 18, and remains open for fishing all day.

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 29 with 2,800 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area. Located on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest it is a popular summer recreational destination for people from Portland and Salem, Ore.

There are three campgrounds and a rustic cabin resort on this lake as well as a hiking trail that encircles the perimeter. Yurts, cabins, and boat rentals are available at Olallie Lake Resort. There is a boat ramp at Peninsula Campground on the southwest shore of the lake. Camping is also available at Olallie Meadows Campground and Paul Dennis Campground. Olallie Lake is also a popular jumping off point for backpackers who want to fish the surrounding high lakes or access the Pacific Crest Trail.

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

This is a 4-acre pond next to the Progress Ridge Town Center in Beaverton, Oregon. The pond is an old rock pit and has a maximum depth of 54 feet. There is a sidewalk, fishing platform and viewing platform on one side of the lake. Boating and swimming are not allowed. 

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

This beautiful stream is located above Green Peter Reservoir and provides excellent opportunities to fish for trout. There is good bank access along most of its length. Trout season is currently open.

The river was stocked for the last time this year on July 22 with 2,000 rainbow trout. There are opportunities to catch some nice wild cutthroat trout as well. Light gear works best and fly fishing can be very good, but bait is also allowed. Flows are extremely low at the moment, so stealth will be necessary to catch fish.

There are two BLM campgrounds as well as numerous designated campsites along the road. To get there, follow the directions to Green Peter Reservoir and continue around the lake until the river begins.

The Quartzville Creek is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remain open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge and is open to trout harvest through October.

Salmon Creek will be stocked this week with a total of 850 hatchery rainbow trout released at several locations up to Black Creek. Bait use is allowed through Oct. 31. Both native and hatchery trout are available for harvest.

SALT CREEK: trout

Salt Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge and is open to trout harvest through October. This stream is not stocked, but native trout are available for harvest and bait use is allowed during trout season (April 25 through Oct. 31).

Fishing the Sandy River
Sacirovic Mustafa checks his bait while fishing on the Sandy River.
-Photo by Rick Swart-

SANDY RIVER: spring Chinook, summer steelhead

Sandy River water levels are extremely low, even lower than a week ago. The glacial melt is also setting in with hot weather turning the river a sandy, milky color resulting in very limited visibility. Angler effort has been light due to the poor fishing conditions, with only a scattering of folks out in the early morning hours.

Steelhead returns are low this summer but a few fresh summer steelhead should be in the river from Cedar Creek downstream, with the best areas for hooking steelhead being near Cedar Creek, Dodge Park, and Revenue. There’s also been a few spring Chinook caught in the lower river.

If you’re targeting spring Chinook, get going early in the morning and concentrate your efforts in the lower river below Dodge Park. Springers are acclimated near the mouth of the Bull Run River and dropping flows should cause fish to begin to hold below Dodge Park. Several dozen of these fish have shown up in the ODFW trap on the Bull Run River so there are Chinook around.

USGS hydrological data for the Sandy River on July 14 shows flows down again this week at 343 cfs with a gauge reading of 7.77 feet. The water temperature is down a bit due to cooler nights at 62°.

Sandy Hatchery – Cedar Creek temperatures are down this week following the recent rainstorm. This week’s temperatures ranged from a low of 59° and a high of 62°, compared to a low of 63° and a high of 70° F the week before.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

Due to warm water temperatures (over 65° F), adult Chinook salmon are dying in the Santiam River Basin. If you see a dead adult salmon in the North Santiam, South Santiam, Little North Fork, or mainstem Santiam River, please call the ODFW Corvallis District Office at (541) 757-4186. District staff are monitoring river conditions and tracking the locations of dead salmon.

Most chinook and steelhead are currently in the upper sections of this river where water temperatures and conditions are better. To avoid adding stress to these fish, anglers are encouraged to fish early in the morning or late in the evening and to land fish quickly. If practicing catch and release, avoid taking fish out of the water and minimize handling as much as possible so that these fish can conserve enough energy for spawning in the fall. The North Santiam below Detroit Reservoir was included in the statewide salmon and trout angling closure from 2:00pm until one hour before sunrise.

When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below Packsaddle Park (near the Minto Fish Facility) is open year-round to adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Trout fishing opened May 23. Anglers are allowed to keep up to 5 fin-clipped trout per day through Oct. 31.

River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (currently the Mehama gauge is around 1,100 cfs as of July 27. Current conditions

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

This section of the river is currently open to trout fishing. The river will be stocked again this week with 3,000 legal size rainbow trout. Holdover and resident trout can be found throughout the river. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day.

Closed to salmon fishing.

NOTICE: Statewide angling hour restrictions imposed on July 18 apply to the North Santiam below Big Cliff dam: Fishing for trout, salmon, and steelhead is closed on the North Santiam from 2 p.m. until one hour before sunrise.

SANTIAM RIVER (SOUTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook , bass

Due to warm water temperatures (over 65 F), adult Chinook salmon are dying in the Santiam River Basin. If you see a dead adult salmon in the North Santiam, South Santiam, Little North Fork, or mainstem Santiam River, please call the ODFW Corvallis District Office at 541 757 4186. District staff are monitoring river conditions and tracking the locations of dead salmon.

While the run is tapering off at Willamette Falls, Spring Chinook salmon and a few summer steelhead are in the basin now and can be found throughout the river. Over 2,400 Chinook arriving at the Foster Trap have been “recycled” downriver.

Best sections to fish are from Wiley Creek to Pleasant Valley boat ramps, around Waterloo County Park, and from Lebanon down to the confluence with the North Santiam. Flows have already reached summer flow conditions, currently 760 cfs at Waterloo. They should remain low for the foreseeable future.

Opened to trout fishing May 23, 2015.

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of June 8 with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 125 trophy trout. Sheridan Pond is a 2 ½-acre pond located on the edge of town. An old mill pond, it has plenty of bank access, parking, and a restroom. To get there take Hwy. 18 to Exit 33 onto Balston Rd. Go south on Balston Rd. approximately half a mile and turn left onto a gravel road leading about a quarter mile to the pond.

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

Stocked in June with 2,850 legal- and larger-sized rainbow trout. This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

Smith Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late June. Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following FS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around fishing. Both native and hatchery trout are available for harvest.

SOUTH FORK YAMHILL RIVER: trout

Stocked in June with 2,000 rainbow trout. The South Fork Yamhill from its confluence with the North Yamhill near McMinnville, upstream about 20 miles to Rock Creek near Grand Ronde is stocked with rainbow trout. Trout are released in multiple locations between Gold Creek Road Bridge and Willamina. This river has the distinction of being one of the few rivers in the state stocked with hatchery trout.

Yamhill River Road runs parallel to much of this section and provides adequate turnouts and parking at several locations near the river. The remaining 15 miles of river open to trout fishing has some public access but also meanders across private lands. ODFW reminds anglers to be aware of and respectful toward private property rights along the river.

St. Louis Pond
St. Louis Pond
- Photo by Rick Swart-

ST. LOUIS PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish

Last stocked with trout in June with a nice batch of rainbow trout. St. Louis Ponds is located 13 miles north of Salem and west of I-5. To get to there from the north, take the Woodburn exit off I-5. Then go east to Hwy. 99E. At Hwy. 99E, head south to the town of Gervais. At the light, go west on Gervais Rd. through Gervais. Gervais Rd. changes to St Louis Rd. Continue west on St Louis Rd. as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Lane, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Lane and follow the signs to the ponds.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. Trout stocking season has ended for Sunnyside Pond although a few holdovers may remain. The pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. Fishing for bass and bluegill should be improving as the water warms and fish become more active. The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is also boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir. To get there from I5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.

TIMOTHY LAKE: trout

Stocked in June with 5,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This stocking is in addition to 5,500 the previous week. Timothy is a 1,400-acre lake about 80 miles east of Portland past Mt. Hood. From Hwy 26 turn onto Forest Rd 42 (Skyline Rd), and then west to Forest Rd 57.

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

Trail Bridge Reservoir is open to year-round fishing. Stocked the week of July 27 with 2,000 adipose fin-clipped hatchery trout. This waterbody is adjacent to Hwy 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Only flies and lures may be used.

TRILLIUM LAKE: trout

Last stocked in June with 5,000 rainbow trout of various sizes. Trillium is a 60-acre lake located approximately three miles east of Government Camp off of Hwy 26. This lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood. Adjacent Trillium Lake Campground is administered by the Zigzag Ranger District of the Mount Hood National Forest. The large campground features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.

TROJAN PONDS: trout

This is a 15-acre pond just east of Rainier on the north side of Hwy. 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility. The pond is located on the right side of the road as soon as you turn onto the Trojan Access Road.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: sturgeon, spring Chinook, shad

A boy with a String of Bass
Fletcher Erhard with his small-mouth bass
-Photo by Jack Erhard-

The Willamette River below Willamette Falls remains closed to fishing for coldwater fish – trout, steelhead, salmon and sturgeon. The area remains open to fishing for crappie, bluegill, catfish and other warmwater species under normal fishing hours.

Above Willamette Falls, the river is currently open to all fishing until 2 p.m. when it closes under the statewide fishing hours restrictions adopted to protect fish during drought conditions. Anglers are encouraged to fish early in the day.

ODFW biologists say this may be a good time to discover warm water fishing opportunities on the Willamette, which are abundant. Look for bass and small pan fish by working rocky shorelines and around areas with structure. Good sections for bass are between Albany and Buena Vista and from Independence to Salem.

Daily counts at the Willamette Falls fish ladder finally showed a few spring Chinook and summer steelhead crossings over the past week, after showing “zeros” for both species for weeks. The Chinook crossings started July 18, with a total of 35 of them over the next week. The cumulative passage count for spring Chinook adults now stands at 50,045 through July 25. This number is well above preseason expectations for spring Chinook, and hatchery needs in the basin have been met. Summer steelhead added eight fish to their season total with eight crossings July 20-25. The poor summer steelhead count sits at 2,592, well below the 10-year average.

Hydrological numbers for the Willamette on July 27 show flows at 5,590 cfs, a water temperature in Oregon City down a bit at 76°, and visibility very good at 7.2 ft.

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  Willamette Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR (opens Aug. 1)

Fall Bear season opens on August 1.Now is the time to get out and scout your favorite bear hunting spots to see if the berries are ripe. Most successful fall bear hunters target natural food sources. To be successful, hunters will want to become familiar with a variety of berry producing plants such as black cap raspberry, Armenian blackberry, trailing blackberry, cascara, blue huckleberry, and elderberry. Hunters that note the location of a variety of berry patches will be able to move throughout the season to stay on the best available food source. Experienced bear hunters may find that the berries in their favorite hunting spots are ripening about three weeks earlier than in a typical year.

Early in the hunting season bears will be spending the majority of their time in cool and shaded areas trying to avoid the heat. Although bears are most active in the mornings and evenings, on relatively cooler days bears may be active all day. They will be feeding on the abundant berry crops primarily in the early morning hours so hunters will need to be up and on stands before daylight. When out scouting, hunters should be looking for bear sign close to streams, lakes and adjacent to cool north slopes of timber.

Cougar
Cougar
- Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Except for cougar, big game hunting is closed during the summer months. This is a good time for hunters to scout for the upcoming fall hunting seasons. The antlers of buck deer and bull elk are in velvet and sensitive to being bumped. This contributes to bucks and bulls spending more time out in the open and visible. Hunters that spend some time hiking and scouting will not only stay in better hunting shape but may find an animal to target this fall. Try to avoid disturbing females with young when viewing animals. Also, be aware that many private landowners restrict access, particularly during fire season. Make sure you have permission before scouting on private lands. Hunters who drew a controlled tag in the controlled draw applications are reminded to purchase it no later than the day before the hunt begins.

The 2015 Cougar season is currently open in NW Oregon for those with a cougar tag. Opportunities to track cougars in the snow of the Cascade Mountains will be difficult due to the limited snowpack this winter. Hunters can use predator calls that mimic an animal in distress to draw cougar into the open. Hunters will have their best success calling cougars to them with predator calls that mimic a distressed deer fawn or elk calf. Approaching cougar can be difficult to see when you are predator calling so hunting with a partner is advised.

Successful cougar hunters will need to check-in any cougar taken at an ODFW office within 10 days of the kill. Hunters are reminded that biologists located in field offices may be out in the field handling other issues so call ahead to make arrangements to have your cougar checked-in. The hide and skull must be unfrozen and the skull and proof of sex must be attached to the hide. Cougar hunters are reminded that it is required to submit the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken. The reproductive tract provides valuable information on the number and frequency of kittens born annually in Oregon and is a critical part of ODFW’s cougar population models. Pick up the Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

Hunter orange required for youth

Don’t forget: hunters age 17 and under must wear a fluorescent orange upper garment OR hat when hunting upland game birds (except turkey) and game mammals (deer, elk, bear, cougar, pronghorn, goat, sheep, and western gray squirrel) with a firearm.

Industrial forestland owners will usually have information regarding access to their property posted on their gates and usually have a “hotline” devoted to providing up-to-date access for hunters. In addition, many private timberlands use the following link to provide information regarding the access policy for their private lands.

Hunters need to have permission to hunt or make sure hunting is allowed before accessing private lands.

BE PREPARED

Hunters are reminded to be prepared for emergencies by keeping survival equipment such as food, water, signal mirror, whistle, sleeping bag and first aid kit with you and in your vehicle during your outdoor adventures.

Don’t forget to wear the proper clothing; it is your first defense against the elements. Let someone know where you will be and when you expect to return just in case your vehicle becomes stuck or breaks down.

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 Willamette Zone Wildlife Viewing

Valleywide

If you’re out along the valley’s rivers you might see an osprey diving for a fish or otters, beavers, and other creatures out doing their morning chores. With heavy fly hatches be on the lookout for swirling bats right at dusk. As temperatures rise, you might see more critters looking for food in urban areas. Remember, it’s best not to feed or water wild animals so they do not become habituated to an urban area.

Ducks and geese will use the rivers as landing spots to cool off during the heat of the summer. Ospreys and eagles using trees as tall fishing platforms is common this time of year in the Willamette Valley. It’s a good time to start watching for big fish on the move toward the upper reaches to spawn. As fish die from spawning, look for scavengers such as turkey vultures to move in to clean things up. You may see deer moving closer to water.

Look toward briar patches and you might see a rabbit or a coyote hopping around.

Corvallis Area

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser
- Photo by Greg Gillson-

EE Wilson Wildlife Area.

There are lots of deer, shorebirds and waterfowl to see on the Wildlife Area—look for goose, mallard, hooded merganser and wood duck broods. Wildlife viewing remains good for waterfowl and shorebirds. Neotropical migrants in the area include yellow-breasted chat, American goldfinch, various swallows, warblers, thrush, kinglet and common yellowthroat.

Spring and summer are great times for birdwatching migrants as well as waterfowl including mallards, wood duck, hooded merganser, western Canada goose. Snipe and other shorebirds are periodically seen.

Note: Dogs are required to be on a leash inside the wildlife area boundary. Rifles and pistols are prohibited year round.

Directions to EE Wilson Wildlife Area.

Sauvie Island

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

Bird watching is excellent as summer residents have arrived and are initiating a lot of activity. Osprey are nesting and may be viewed from various observation points. Eagle nests are active as chicks are about ready to fledge. There’s a number of waterfowl broods around the wildlife area. Northern harriers, red-tailed hawks, and American kestrel may still be seen on the wildlife area and other points on the island.

The best opportunities for viewing are Coon Point, Eastside Viewing Platform and Rentenaar Road.

Sauvie Island is a main stopping point for migratory birds as they travel along the Pacific Flyway, and ODFW actively manages the Wildlife Area to provide food and cover for these creatures.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area is located on Sauvie Island, only 10 miles north of Portland off Highway 30. A parking permit is required for the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area and can be purchased at ODFW License vendors or at the Sauvie Island ODFW office, Monday through Friday during office hours. For more information, call (503) 621-3488.

Springfield Area

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area is open daily for public use providing great wildlife viewing opportunities. (One section of levee in the western portion of the Fisher Butte unit is posted closed to provide wildlife sanctuary.)

American Bald Eagle
American Bald Eagle
-Photo by Chuck Gardner-

Observant visitors may catch a glimpse of black tailed deer and furbearers including beaver and otter, mink, red fox and coyotes. Some of the unusual and special bird species to be on the lookout for include white pelicans, black terns, band-tailed pigeons, yellow-headed blackbirds, osprey and bald eagles. This is a great time of year to look for waterfowl, shore birds, wading birds, songbirds, raptors, reptiles, and amphibians. 

There is an elevated viewing platform in the Fisher Butte unit just south of Royal Avenue that is open year-round. A second viewing platform is under construction and scheduled for installation by the end of June. The new viewing platform will be located 1/4 mile north of the Fisher Butte unit parking lot on Hwy 126.

Visitors are reminded that dogs must be kept on leash at all times. Visitors are also cautioned that there have been recent vehicle break-ins at Fern Ridge and in local parks, so please secure your valuables before departing your vehicle. Parking areas are located along Highway 126, Nielson Road, Cantrell Road, Territorial Road, and Clear Lake Road. Contact the wildlife area headquarters, (541) 935-2591 if you have any questions.

Directions to Fern Ridge Wildlife Area.

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