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It’s spring and the fishing is good: ODFW releases Spring Fishing Guide

May 23, 2012

SALEM, Ore. – It is time to go fishing, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has some ideas for anglers of all levels and interests in the new Spring Fishing Guide. Available on the ODFW website, the guide includes a statewide overview of conditions and fishing opportunities throughout the state.

In the guide, ODFW district fish biologists describe available access for boats and bank anglers, water levels, recent regulation changes, best time of year to fish, where to target your efforts, and tips on gear, lures and techniques for hundreds of rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs throughout the state.

Trout season opens statewide on Saturday, May 26 and dozens of lakes, ponds and reservoirs have been stocked with legal-sized and larger trout and anglers should expect some very productive days on the water. The stocking schedule is online.

Oregon has a wide range of fishing opportunities—from creeks to rivers to reservoirs to the ocean—there is something from everyone ODFW’s how-to publications offer tips on gear and techniques for trout (pdf), steelhead (pdf), bass (pfd) and surfperch (pdf).

Other Resources

  • Sign up to receive ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report updates fishing conditions on hundreds of water bodies throughout the state.
  • Families with children should check out “Easy Angling Oregon” that describes more than two dozen places to fish throughout the state that are easy to reach and do not require a boat or specialized gear.

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Find the Spring Fishing Guide online,




Meg Kenagy, ODFW Communications coordinator, (503) 947-6021

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