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Default ODFW Summer Fishing Forecast (long)

For Immediate Release Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Trout season opens Saturday, April 24
2004 Zone by Zone Oregon Spring Fishing Forecast

SALEM - Trout season officially opens Saturday, April 24, kicking off the spring and summer angling seasons for thousands of Oregon families and fishing enthusiasts. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will stock nearly 3 million catchable trout this year in 300 lakes and reservoirs, giving anglers plenty of fishing opportunities statewide.

In addition, millions of trout stocked as fingerlings in 330 high mountain lakes with the aid of a helicopter are now about 10 inches long and ready to be caught.

ODFW has several resources for people new to or returning to fishing. They include:

* ODFW Web site at www.dfw.state.or.us. Information on warm water fishing, the weekly recreation report, the annual trout stocking schedule and the 2004 Spring Fishing Forecast can be found on the Main Fish Page.
* ODFW publications. "Let's Go Fishing" provides information on 24 places to fish statewide that are easy to reach do not require specialized equipment or boats.
* ODFW regional and district offices have personnel that can answer questions for anglers planning ahead. ODFW reminds anglers that calling ahead is especially important when heading out to desert rivers or lakes. Low snow packs and water levels can lead to poor fishing conditions late in the year.
In addition, several excellent fishing guides published about fishing in Oregon can be borrowed from local libraries or purchased from bookstores.

ODFW also sponsors events for novice youths to learn to fish. Free Fishing Weekend occurs June 12-13, 2004. A license is not needed to fish in Oregon that weekend. More than 50 fishing clinics are planned at hatcheries, lakes and ponds in Oregon, including a clinic at Bonneville Hatchery in the Columbia River Gorge. ODFW coordinates the statewide Angler Education Program to teach young people to fish. More information about Free Fishing Weekend and the Angler Education Program can be obtained through ODFW's Information and Education Division at 503-947-6002 or by checking the ODFW Web site at www.dfw.state.or.us for more information.

Anglers are reminded to review the 2004 angling regulations and remember that using live fish for bait is illegal in Oregon.

2004 OREGON SPRING FISHING FORECAST

Trout stocking schedules are posted on the ODFW website at www. dfw.state.or.us. Click on "Main Fish Page" and scroll down to "Trout Stocking Schedule" or contact an ODFW office. Please note that stocking schedules may change due to water temperature or other unforeseen conditions.

Northwest Zone______________________________________________ ____________
Most lakes in the Northwest Zone are open all year for trout angling and many will be stocked just before the traditional trout opener. Spring stocking will occur as scheduled. Fall "trophy" trout stocking may occur earlier or later depending on water temperatures and hatchery water supplies. Many north coast lakes and sloughs also provide bass and panfish angling opportunities.

Trout fishing in western Oregon coastal streams and lower Columbia River tributaries opens Saturday, May 22 to provide protection to salmon and steelhead smolts migrating to the ocean. Streams north of the Salmon River (near Otis) and up to the Columbia River, including Columbia River tributaries, remain catch and release only to protect sea-run cutthroat populations. The Salmon River and coastal streams south of it, where wild cutthroat populations are healthy, are open again this year to a consumptive trout fishery in many areas, but a few areas remain closed. Consult the 2004 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations to check the status of specific streams in your area. Trout are no longer stocked in coastal streams, but trout stocking has been increased in coastal lakes.

Alphabetical listing:

Big Creek and Gnat Creek (Lower Columbia): Expected large returns of spring chinook to the Columbia River should provide good angling opportunity in these streams. The season is open Jan. 1-July 31 for adipose fin-clipped spring chinook. The daily bag limit is two adipose fin-clipped adult chinook and/or steelhead and five adipose fin-clipped jack chinook.

Coffenbury, Lost, Sunset and Cullaby lakes, and Vernonia Pond: Will be stocked throughout the spring. The lakes are open all year, but were stocked heavily before spring break to meet the anticipated angling pressure. Additionally, larger "trophy" trout will be stocked later in the year in some lakes. Coffenbury, Sunset, and Lost lakes, and Vernonia Pond also received surplus adult steelhead.

Alsea River: Good angling is expected for fall chinook in the bay and lower river. Sea-run cutthroat trout are expected from July through September.

Devils Lake (Lincoln City): Will have adipose fin-clipped trout available for anglers.

Mid Coast lakes, Florence area (Alder, Buck, Dune, Elbow, Erhart, Georgia, Lost, Mercer, Munsel, N. Georgia, Perkins, Siltcoos and Sutton lakes): Will be stocked before the early trout opener. Carter Lake, Cleawox Lake and Woahink Lake also will have catchable trout available to anglers. Fishing for warm water game fish, in Mercer, Siltcoos, Sutton, Tahkenitch and Woahink lakes including largemouth bass, perch and bluegill, will pick up as the weather warms. Siltcoos and Tahkenitch also provide good fishing for cutthroat trout.

Nehalem Bay: Open for spring chinook April 1-July 31. Chinook begin arriving in fishable numbers in July.

Nestucca and Tillamook bays and rivers: The spring chinook season is open April 1-July 31 in the bays and the Wilson, Trask, and Nestucca rivers. The Little Nestucca, Tillamook, Kilchis, and Miami rivers are open May 22-July 31. Three Rivers is open May 22-June 30 below the hatchery for spring chinook and summer steelhead. Summer steelhead are also available in the Wilson, Trask, and Nestucca rivers. The spring chinook and summer steelhead runs are expected to be similar to last year, which produced a good return of hatchery fish. The daily bag limit is two fin-clipped adult chinook and/or steelhead and five fin-clipped jack chinook. Sturgeon fishing in Tillamook and Nestucca bays can be productive throughout the spring.

Newport area Lakes (Big Creek Reservoirs 1 & 2 and Olalla Reservoir): Will be stocked before the early trout opener. Olalla also receives surplus steelhead adults.

Siletz River: Winter steelhead angling is expected to slow as the run winds down. Summer steelhead angling is expected to pick up in the Siletz River by late May.

Siuslaw River: Good angling is expected for fall chinook in the bay and lower river. Sea-run cutthroat trout are expected from July through September.

Thissell Pond (Near Fall Creek Hatchery): Will be stocked with catchable and trophy trout just before the April 24 trout opener.

Tillamook area Lakes (Hebo, Cape Meares, Smith, Spring, Lytle, Town, Tahoe, Battle, North and South lakes, and Lorens Pond): Will be stocked throughout the spring. The lakes are open all year, but are stocked heavily before spring break to provide good angling opportunity for youth and adults. Several of the lakes have some carryover trout (up to around 18 inches) from last year. Additionally, larger "trophy" trout will be stocked later in the year in some lakes. Cape Meares Lake, Spring Lake, Smith Lake, Town Lake, Lorens Pond, and Tahoe Lake also received surplus adult steelhead. Events for kids are planned at Hebo Lake, Nedonna Pond, and Trask Hatchery for Free Fishing Weekend (June 12-13). Youth Angling Enhancement Program events are scheduled at Nedonna Pond, Hebo Lake, Vernonia Pond, and Spring Lake during the spring and summer (contact the Tillamook ODFW office at 503-842-2741 for details).

Yaquina River: Good angling is expected for fall chinook in the bay and lower river. Sea-run cutthroat trout are expected from July through September.

Southwest Zone______________________________________________ __________

Alphabetical listing:

Applegate Lake: The Copper boat launch is open. The Hart-tish boat launch may not open until early May, and the French Gulch launch is temporarily closed due to work at the site. Updated boat access information is available by calling the Applegate Ranger District at 541-899-1812. Large and smallmouth bass are available along with stocked legal-sized trout.

Agate Lake: The lake was stocked in early April with precocial juvenile steelhead from Cole Rivers Hatchery. Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and brown bullhead also provide good fishing at the lake.

Big Butte Creek above Cobleigh Bridge and Little Butte Creek above the forks: Open to trout angling May 22. Angling is restricted to flies and lures only in both streams. Anglers may keep two trout per day at least eight inches in length in Big Butte Creek, while catch and release rules apply to Little Butte Creek. Both streams are closed to angling for salmon and steelhead. There is no limit on brook trout in the headwaters of both streams.

Cascade Mountain Lakes: These small high lakes should offer excellent fishing opportunities for brook trout, some rainbow and brown trout. Fire closures prevented access to many of these lakes last summer. Combined with the mild winter and high winter survival, fishing should be good. These lakes are open to angling all year, but check on access into higher elevation areas before venturing into these isolated areas.

Cooper Creek, Plat I, Ben Irving and Galesville reservoirs, Loon Lake and Lake Marie: Local reservoirs and lakes have been stocked with legal sized trout. Several thousand rainbow trout have been stocked to provide ample fishing opportunities for family outings. Surplus winter steelhead adults have been stocked in Galesville Reservoir. The surplus winter steelhead are considered trout and trout regulations apply. Only one trout over 20 inches may be kept per day.

Coos Bay and Coquille estuaries: Crabbing was excellent this past winter in Coos Bay and the Coquille estuary. Crabbing typically slows down in the estuaries during spring and summer, and many crabs will become soft-shelled with the molt. Numerous clam species are available on sand and mud flats of Coos Bay nearly year-round. Marine perch species are caught in the bays around concentrations of pilings and rock formations.

Coos Bay, Coos River, and Lower Coquille River: Striped bass, shad, and sturgeon fishing typically picks up in the spring of the year. Green sturgeon and white sturgeon were tagged in Coos Bay in previous years, and anglers are asked to report tags recovered, even if fish are released. If you release a tagged fish, please leave the tag in place. Shad will appear with warm, sunny weather in late May and into June. Local folklore says that shad are available in the Coos from Mother's Day to Father's Day. Striped bass congregate in the estuaries and lower portions of the Coos and Coquille basins in the spring. The bite usually slows down during the spawning period in late May and early June, but picks up again post-spawning.

Coos County Lakes and Ponds (Powers and Johnson Ponds, Bradley, Upper and Lower Empire, Saunders, Bluebill, Eel, and North and South Tenmile Lakes): Stocked with legal trout from March to early June. The early June stocking is just prior to Free Fishing Weekend events held at Eel Lake and Powers Pond. Empire Lakes, Bradley Lake, Powers Pond, and Johnson Pond receive trophy rainbows from late March to early June. Those water bodies plus Saunders Lake will receive a fall stocking of 14 to 16-inch trout in October. Public lakes are open the entire year. Tenmile Lakes have fair numbers of holdover rainbow trout up to 17 inches and abundant bluegill, brown bullhead, black crappie, and largemouth bass. Johnson Pond, Saunders Lake, Beale Lake, Eel Lake, and Horsfall Lake also have a mix of warm water fish available in the spring and summer.

Coos County streams: Open May 22 for trout fishing. Trout regulations for open streams allow harvest of two fish per day, with an eight-inch minimum size. Note that some streams remain closed to all angling. Native trout in area streams are primarily coastal cutthroat. Check regulations carefully for stream closures, gear restrictions, catch and release areas, and season dates.

Curry County Streams: Streams are open May 22 through Oct. 31 for trout angling with a daily bag limit of two trout greater than eight inches, unless noted under special regulations.

Diamond Lake: This year's opener is April 24. Nearly 123,000 catchable fish will be stocked this year. Approximately 60,000 catchable sized hatchery spring chinook will be stocked, plus 60,000 catchable-sized Eagle Lake and Kamloop rainbow trout. In addition, 3,000 two-pound rainbow trout will be stocked this year. Winter survival for trout should be good due to mild winter conditions.

Emigrant Lake and Medco Pond: Emigrant Lake is stocked with legal rainbow. Both Emigrant Lake and Medco Pond are scheduled to be stocked in mid-April. Emigrant Lake also has good opportunities for large and smallmouth bass, crappie and brown bullhead.

Expo, All Sports, Spaulding, Burma, and Dutch Herman ponds: Scheduled for stocking with legal-sized trout. Road access to Spaulding Pond should be clear. Updated road access information is available by calling the Siskiyou National Forest office at 541-471-6500.

Fish Lake: Scheduled for stocking with legal-sized trout . Brook trout are also available. The lake is free of ice and the resort and boat ramp will be open. However , Fish Lake and Doe Point campgrounds are not scheduled to open until May. Campground information is available by calling the Ashland Ranger District office at 541-482-3333.

Floras Lake Stocked monthly from late March through May with 400 to 800 legal-sized rainbow trout. Access is limited to the boat ramp and a short bank section at the northwest end of the lake.

Garrison Lake Stocked monthly from late March through May with 400 to 800 legal-sized rainbow trout. There is also good carryover of rainbow trout up to 14 inches. Access is good at the boat ramp and the city park.

Illinois River Closed to all angling April 1 - May 21. The Illinois River below Pomeroy Dam opens to catch and release of steelhead and trout on May 22, using artificial flies and lures, no bait. The rest of the Illinois River and its tributaries are closed to all angling.

Jackson and Josephine county Lakes: Open all year for angling except Howard Prairie and Hyatt lakes, which open April 24. Both Howard Prairie Lake and Hyatt Lake should provide good fishing for rainbow trout opening weekend. The resorts, boat ramps, and campgrounds are expected to be open at both lakes.

Libby Pond: Has a good population of rainbow trout and some catfish. The pond is stocked monthly from late March through May with 800 to 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Bank access is excellent. Boat access is limited to rafts, prams, and canoes.

Lost Creek Lake: Should be good for stocked rainbow trout. Smallmouth bass are also available. Boat ramps are accessible.

Rogue and Applegate below the dams: All rainbow trout over 16 inches are considered steelhead and must be recorded on the Salmon/Steelhead tag. Trout and steelhead caught in these areas with the adipose fin intact must be released unharmed (see regulations for exceptions). Rogue River below Cole Rivers Hatchery and Applegate River below Applegate Dam open to trout fishing May 22. All tributaries to the Rogue River below the deadline at Cole Rivers Hatchery not listed in the 2004 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations are closed to angling. Catch and release rules apply for trout with intact adipose fins.

Anglers are reminded of a new regulation on the upper Rogue River. From the ODFW markers downstream from the fish ladder at Cole Rivers Hatchery to the Highway 62 bridge at McGregor Park, the river is closed to all angling from 7 pm to one hour before sunrise April 1-July 31. The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted the rule to reduce unethical and illegal behavior in the area.

A new regulation has also been implemented for the Rogue spring chinook fishery. For non-adipose fin-clipped spring chinook salmon, no more than one per day and three per year may be retained as part of the salmon/steelhead catch limit. Returning hatchery spring chinook are adipose fin-clipped.

Rogue River, mainstem and tributaries above Lost Creek Lake: Opens to trout on April 24. Native trout are available in most streams, and use of bait is allowed. No limit on size and number of brook trout.

Rogue River, Lower: The spring chinook run is expected to peak in April and May. Anglers are reminded of a new regulation for the Rogue spring chinook fishery. For non-adipose fin-clipped spring chinook salmon, no more than 1 per day and 3 per year may be retained as part of the salmon/steelhead catch limit. Returning hatchery spring chinook are fin-clipped.

Rogue River, North Fork: Will be stocked with legal-sized trout beginning in late May.

Selmac Lake: Should be good for stocked legal rainbow trout. Bass and crappie are also available.

Squaw Lakes: Lower Squaw has cutthroat trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, and black crappie. Upper Squaw has angling opportunities for cutthroat trout.

Toketee and Lemolo reservoirs: Both reservoirs have a good brown trout population with sizes ranging from 11-14 inches. Rainbow trout will be stocked in Lemolo Reservoir after opening day. Anglers should check reservoir level conditions and boat access for Lemolo Reservoir prior to planning a fishing trip. Toketee Reservoir is open year around and provides excellent brown trout fishing in late spring and fall

Umpqua Basin Rivers and Streams: Trout angling in many local streams, primarily for resident cutthroat, will be open this year on May 22. Anglers should check regulations carefully for stream closures, gear restrictions, catch and release areas, and season dates prior to fishing. Rainbow trout are not stocked in Umpqua basin streams and rivers.

Umpqua River, Lower and North: Spring chinook fishing should be good this year as an estimated run size of 12,000-17,000 fish is expected. Spring chinook fishing declines as warmer water temperatures and algae blooms occur. Fishing in the North Umpqua River for spring chinook began as the first fish passed over Winchester Dam on March 17. Anglers will have great opportunities to catch the large expected run this year.

Willow Lake: Should have good numbers of stocked trout, as well as largemouth bass and black crappie. The campground will be open, but the store is closed until late May. The main county campground will be open on a first come-first serve basis beginning April 1. Cabins and the group campground can be reserved through Rogue Recreation at 541-865-3474.

Willamette Zone______________________________________________ ___________
Trout anglers are reminded that most streams draining the Cascades on the east side of the north Willamette Valley are closed to trout angling until May 22. Estacada Lake behind River Mill Dam on the Clackamas River and North Fork Reservoir on the Clackamas River opens May 22 for adipose fin-clipped trout. Anglers should check the 2004 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for these special regulations.

ODFW anticipates that good runs of both spring chinook salmon and summer steelhead will provide good angling opportunity and high catch rates in the upper Willamette River system. Summer steelhead are already in the Santiam system in significant numbers, particularly in the lower reaches of the North and South forks. Chinook usually show up in catchable numbers around the first of May. Only salmon and steelhead with a missing adipose fin may be retained. Streams that support winter steelhead, including the North and South Santiam Rivers, will remain closed to trout fishing until late May to protect out-migrating juvenile steelhead. On May 22, many of these waters will open to catch-and-release for trout with angling restricted to artificial flies and lures. Check the 2004 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more information.

Please note: All bull trout must be released unharmed from the McKenzie River, Cougar Reservoir, Trail Bridge Reservoir, Hills Creek Reservoir and the Middle Fork Willamette. A picture of a bull trout is in the angling regulations on page 61. Anglers are asked to call ODFW in Springfield at 541-726-3515 ext. 26 to report any bull trout you catch.

Alphabetical listing:

Clackamas River: The mainstem Clackamas River and all tributaries below River Mill Dam allow catch and release only and open May 22. The mainstem Clackamas and tributaries above North Fork Reservoir are catch and release only for trout with artificial flies and lures. One exception is that all tributaries above the U.S. Forest Service bridge located on Road 57 to Timothy Lake are open to two trout per day.

Detroit, Foster, and Green Peter reservoirs: Recently stocked for the first time this season and will provide good opportunities for the trout angler. Detroit and Green Peter also support healthy populations of kokanee that are specifically targeted by many anglers. The gate at Silverton Reservoir will be opened for the April 24 weekend and the lake stocked with rainbow trout.

Dorman Pond: This pond near Balm Grove was stocked in March and is scheduled to be stocked again in mid-April.

Estacada Lake: The trout season is open May 22 - Oct. 31. Anglers are reminded that the bag limit is five adipose fin-clipped trout. This lake should be a good prospect for boat anglers wanting to stay close to the metro area. However, there is not much bank fishing access.

Gales Creek: Opens May 22 to catch and release of trout. This stream now has a late opening date to reduce the catch of steelhead smolts, which are abundant in the creek during April and May.

Haldeman Pond: This pond on Oak Island at Sauvie Island will be stocked again with rainbow trout before April 24. Anglers are reminded the bag limit is five trout and that a permit is necessary to park on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

Harriet Lake: Will be stocked mid April and throughout the spring and summer.

Henry Hagg Lake: Open Feb. 28 - Nov. 21, 2004.

Huddeston Pond: Formerly known as Hampton Pond in Willamina. Trout stocking will continue into early June depending on water conditions.

Luckiamute River and Rickreall Creek: Open May 22 to catch and release of trout; artificial flies and lures only.

Marys and Long Tom Rivers: Open April 24 to harvest of trout; bait allowed. Angling is restricted to catch and release/artificial flies and lures before April 24.

McKenzie River: Good angling is expected. The river will be stocked with 7,000 rainbow trout from Leaburg Lake up to Blue River with an additional 3,000 in Leaburg Lake for opening day. Rainbow trout will not be released into the McKenzie River below Leaburg Dam until the last week of April. All hatchery rainbow trout released into the McKenzie River are marked with an adipose fin clip and anglers must release all non fin-clipped (wild) trout in the mainstem McKenzie. The lower 11 miles of the McKenzie River below the Hayden Bridge and the McKenzie River upstream from Forest Glen Boat Ramp at Blue River are restricted to angling with lures and flies only, and all trout must be released. A few summer steelhead are available below Leaburg Dam. The McKenzie River is open to salmon angling from the mouth to 200 feet below Leaburg Dam. Only adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon may be harvested during the season that will extend to Aug. 15. Every effort should be made to rele
ase wild (non fin-clipped) chinook without taking them out of the water. Bait is not allowed for salmon downstream from Hayden Bridge. Bait may be used beginning April 24 in the area between Hayden Bridge and Leaburg Dam.

Molalla and Yamhill rivers: Open May 22 to catch and release of trout. The use of bait is allowed up to Horse Creek Bridge on the Mollala River, and up to the North and South Forks on the Yamhill River.

Portland area Lakes (Roslyn, Faraday, Benson, Hartman (formerly Wahkeena), Blue, Commonwealth and Bethany lakes and Trojan, West Salish and Mt. Hood Community College ponds): Lakes are stocked and will receive additional trout before April 24. These lakes and reservoirs should provide some of the best catches on opening weekend. However, water levels could be reduced at Roslyn. No trout will be stocked in the upper Clackamas in 2004.

North Fork Reservoir: Trout season is now May 22 through Oct. 31 for adipose fin-clipped trout.

North Santiam (above Big Cliff Dam), Breitenbush Rivers, Quartzville Creek and streams above Detroit and Green Peter reservoirs: Will open for trout fishing on April 24 and several, including Breitenbush River, upper North Santiam River and Quartzville Creek, will be stocked with rainbow trout for Memorial Day weekend. These streams will provide anglers an opportunity to retain a standard bag limit of five trout per day and the use of bait is allowed.

Salmonberry Lake: This small reservoir in the Milton Creek drainage west of St. Helens is scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout before April 24.

Timothy and Trillium lakes: Will receive trout in late April or early May depending on accessibility due to snow. Check with the U.S. Forest Service Information Center at 503-622-7674 to ask when roads are open.

Tualatin River: Lower elevation streams in the drainage are expected to be good for native cutthroat trout. The season is open from May 22 through Oct. 31 to catch and release only. The use of bait is allowed in the Tualatin River up to the Hwy. 210 Bridge at Scholls.

Willamette Basin, Upper Reservoirs (Blue River Reservoir, Cottage Grove Reservoir, Dexter Reservoir, Hills Creek Reservoir, Dorena Reservoir, Clear Lake and Carmen Reservoir): Open to year-round trout angling and will be stocked with rainbow before April. 24. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Hills Creek Reservoir to protect native trout. There are both adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon available for harvest in Hills Creek Reservoir. Vehicle access to Cougar Reservoir has been closed by construction at the dam and no fish have been stocked in the past three years.

Willamette River, Lower, and Sandy River systems: Closed to the taking of non-adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead. Good numbers of spring chinook and summer steelhead are anticipated. Anglers are reminded to use care when handling and releasing unclipped fish. The regulations pertaining to trout and other species remain unchanged from those printed in the 2004 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. The Sandy River and its tributaries opens May 22 for catch and release only of trout, with the exception of nonnative brook trout which has no limit on size or number. The use of bait is allowed up to Marmot Dam on the Sandy River.

Willamette River, Mainstem: Prospects are good for native trout upstream of Corvallis. Trout angling is restricted to catch and release/artificial flies and lures between the Hwy. 99 Bridge at Harrisburg and the mouth of the McKenzie River.

Willamette, Middle Fork, below Dexter Dam: ODFW anticipates spring Chinook and summer steelhead will arrive in good numbers during May and early June, although a few will be caught before then. Only adipose fin-marked salmon and steelhead may be harvested in the Willamette and Middle Fork Willamette from the mouth of the McKenzie to Dexter Dam.

Willamette, Middle Fork, from Lookout Point Reservoir to Hills Creek Reservoir: Open to angling all year with lures and flies. This is a wild trout area and all trout must be released. The Middle Fork Willamette above Hills Creek Reservoir will be stocked with 1,350 fish but anglers must use lures or flies and may only keep trout with an adipose fin-clip.

Willamette, Upper, tributaries: Salmon Creek above Oakridge (3,000 fish), Blue River (1,500 fish), Fall Creek (2,000 fish) near Lowell, Coast Fork Willamette River (1,500 fish) in Cottage Grove and the Canoe Canal in Alton Baker Park (2,000 fish) will be stocked for Opening Day.
Willamette Valley Lakes (Freeway Lakes, Waverly Lake, Walter Wirth Lake, St. Louis Ponds, Wilsonville Pond, and Woodburn Pond): Warmwater fish angling will start to pick up as water temperatures become warmer. Bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish are available in many of the valley ponds. Sloughs and backwaters of the Willamette River also offer good opportunities for warm water angling. Junction City Pond, EE Wilson Pond, Freeway lakes, Timber Linn Lake, Roaring River Pond, Waverly Lake, Walter Wirth Lake, Walling Pond, St. Louis Pond #3 and Canby Pond: Trout stocking will continue through mid-May or early June, depending on the water body and water conditions.

Central Zone______________________________________________ ______________
The Upper Deschutes River Sub-basin received average snowfall. Access information also is available through the Deschutes National Forest. Current flow conditions for many Upper Deschutes Basin rivers can be accessed at . Angling for brook and brown trout should be good early in the season. Angling for rainbow trout and kokanee is expected to be fair, improving as water temperatures begin warming. The Central Zone Stream Regulations allow the harvest of two trout per day, flies and lures only beginning May 22. Streams where bait is allowed are noted specifically in the Special Regulations for that water body. Lake regulations remain basically unchanged from 2003 but anglers should consult the Sport Fishing Regulations for specifics.

Some lower elevation Cascade mountain lakes may be ice-free and accessible by April 24.

Alphabetical listing:

Antelope Flat Reservoir: Open to year-round angling, however, anglers should contact the Prineville Ranger District, 541-447-9641 to check on road conditions to the reservoir. Snow pack or wet road conditions may block access. Angling is generally best in spring through mid-summer. By late summer, low water levels and warm water temperatures limit success. There is an unimproved boat ramp for small to medium-sized boats; however, this is often not operational by late summer. Trout numbers have decreased the last two years. Trout up to 18 inches are present in the reservoir, and fingerlings will be stocked in mid-May. Daily bag limit is five trout. Camping opportunities are available at a managed Ochoco National Forest campground.

Big Lava Lake: Opens to angling April 24. Big Lava Lake should be good for rainbow trout. Most fish will run 10 to 13 inches with occasional fish from 14 to 16 inches.

Billy Chinook, Lake: Kokanee angling should be good. Numbers will be similar to 2003, with the average size ranging from 11 to 13 inches. Peak angling for kokanee is typically in July and August. The daily catch limit is 25 kokanee of any size in addition to the regular trout limit of five fish. Angling for trout should be fair in the uppermost reaches of all three arms. Anglers are reminded of the one bull trout bag limit with a 24-inch minimum length. Please consult signs and photos posted around the lake to aid in identification of bull trout. This species is protected under the Endangered Species Act and harvest of bull trout less than 24 inches is a violation. Bass angling should be fair in all three arms as the water warms. A tribal angling permit is required in addition to an Oregon State angling license to fish in the Metolius Arm. There is a closed-to-angling sanctuary from the cable downstream 350 yards at the head of the Metolius Arm. The Metolius Arm is open to an
gling from March 1 through Oct. 31. The balance of the reservoir is open the entire year.

Clear Lake and Frog Lake: May be inaccessible through April because of snow. Anglers are reminded the lakes are open to angling all year. Clear Lake (actually an irrigation storage reservoir) is likely to by at low pool by late summer but Frog Lake will remain at its normal level.

Crane Prairie Reservoir: Opens to angling April 24. Crane Prairie is expected to be similar to last season. Fair numbers of wild and hatchery rainbow trout are available. Hatchery fish are 100 percent marked with an adipose fin clip or left ventral clip, so please voluntarily limit your harvest of wild trout to protect this fishery. Expect fish to be scattered early in the season. Anglers should target shallow water areas for best early season success. Good numbers of brook trout are available, and the best angling is early in the season. Bass angling should improve as water temperatures increase; target willow areas early in the season. Recent illegal introductions of black crappie and bluegill have occurred. There is no limit on size or number of crappie or bluegill.

Crescent Lake: Open year around for angling, however, as of early April snow prohibits access to the Crescent Lake Campground boat ramp. Angling should be fair to good for brown and lake trout early in the season. Kokanee angling is predicted good, though it may be slow early in the season with improved catches expected in May and June.

Crooked River, Mainstem, below Bowman Dam: Good for trout. Trout are averaging eight to 12 inches. Best opportunities are in the nine miles immediately below the dam. River levels will be variable during the spring months (Call ODFW at 541-447-5111 or check the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation website for current flow conditions). Daily bag limit is two trout per day using flies and lures. Use of bait is permitted May 22 through Oct. 31. Numerous overnight and day use areas are available for use on BLM lands.

Davis Lake: Water levels were very low in 2002 and 2003. Water levels for 2004 will not be known until late May or June but are anticipated to be better than the past two years. Lava Flow Campground and boat launch will again be closed until late summer. All of the Davis Lake campgrounds and boat ramps were closed following last years Davis Lake Fire. The USFS has no plans to re- open West Davis Campground or boat ramp at this time. Please call the USFS Crescent Ranger District at 541- 433-3200 for current information on campground and boat ramp conditions. Angling is expected to be fair through the early part of the season and again late in the season. Expect numbers of rainbow trout to be reduced due to low water conditions. Most fish are in the 12 to 16-inch size class, and a fair number of fish are larger than 20 inches. Davis Lake is fly angling only with a bag limit of two trout per day between 10 and 13 inches. Anglers fishing for bass in Davis Lake are restricted to f
ly angling only using barbless flies. Bass were illegally introduced into Davis Lake and there is no limit on size or number harvested. Consult the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for additional special regulations on Davis Lake. Please note that Odell Creek and the Odell Creek channel are closed upstream of West Davis Camp Ground boat ramp until May 22.

Deschutes River, Lower: The daily bag limit is two trout 10 to 13 inches in length and all rainbow trout 20 inches or more are considered steelhead. Only artificial flies and lures are permitted except from Sherars Falls downstream to the upstream-most railroad trestle where bait is permitted. Trout, whitefish and hatchery origin steelhead angling is open all year from the mouth upstream to markers at the northern boundary of the Warm Springs Reservation, which is 17 miles upstream from Maupin. The Deschutes from that point upstream to 600 feet below the Pelton re-regulation dam is open to angling from April 24 through Oct. 31 for hatchery originated steehead, rainbow trout and whitefish. Anglers may harvest three adipose fin-clipped steelhead per day in the Deschutes. The mouth upstream to Sherars Falls is open for chinook salmon angling April 1 - July 31, 2004. Anglers may harvest two adipose fin-clipped adult spring chinook and five adipose-clipped jack salmon per day. All
wild spring chinook must be released unharmed and should not be removed from the water. The river from Sherars Falls upstream to the Pelton re-regulation dam is closed to all salmon angling. Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to continue to angle for jack salmon after retaining a daily limit of adult salmon. This is a statewide regulation.

East Lake opens to angling April 24. Accessibility remains unknown for opening day. Kokanee, rainbow, brown trout, and Atlantic salmon are present in the lake. Expect fair to good catches of rainbow and brown trout early in the season. Brown trout numbers are excellent with good numbers of large fish. Catchable rainbow trout are stocked intermittently through the season. Expect fair to good numbers of carryover rainbow early in the season. East Lake is becoming a popular fly fishing destination for Atlantic salmon.

Haystack Reservoir: Open to year-round angling. Legal-sized rainbows are stocked in mid-April. Moderate numbers of large brown trout are present. Kokanee angling should be fair in the spring while angling for bass, bluegill, and crappie should improve as the water warms. Angling for brown bullhead should be good. Launch ramps on the east and west shores are in good condition. The daily bag limit is five trout including kokanee. This is an irrigation re-regulating reservoir, thus water levels fluctuate daily. However, there will be adequate boating water throughout the season.

Hood River System (excluding West Fork): Opens for catch and release trout angling May 22 through Oct. 31. Only artificial flies and lures may be used when trout angling upstream from Powerdale Dam. Anglers also are reminded that the Hood River system is closed to the harvest of bull trout. All bull trout must be released unharmed. Downstream from Powerdale Dam, anglers may harvest three adipose fin-clipped steelhead per day. Hood River is open for chinook angling Aug. 1 - Dec. 31 downstream from Powerdale Dam.

Hood River, West Fork, and tributaries: Closed to all angling for maximum protection of federally protected steelhead stocks.

Kingsley Reservoir: Will likely be accessible by mid-April and will be stocked prior to the "opening" weekend. Kingsley Reservoir is open all year.

Laurance Lake: All non-fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed and only artificial flies and lures can be used. All bull trout must be released unharmed. Tributary streams are closed to all angling. Laurance Lake is open April 24 - Oct. 31 and will likely be full at the start of fishing season.

Lost Lake: May not be accessible in mid-April but will be stocked in early May. Lost Lake should remain at normal surface levels throughout the summer. Lost Lake is open year round.

North Twin Lake: Open year-round and provides a "put and take" fishery for nine to 11-inch rainbow trout. Some carryover fish up to 15 inches are available. Brown bullhead catfish have been illegally released into the lake and will likely overpopulate and stunt growth of rainbow trout. Motors are prohibited.

Ochoco Reservoir is currently full. Water level will drop as the summer progresses. Angling for holdover rainbow trout has been good with fish ranging from 12 to 16 inches. Anglers are effective with a wide range of bait and tackle. Boat anglers should concentrate in the upper end of the reservoir near the mouths of Ochoco and Mill Creeks during the months of April and May. The reservoir will be stocked with fingerling rainbows in mid-April, and the daily bag limit is five trout. The boat ramp and camping facilities will be available for use. The boat ramp has been improved and extended allowing use at lower water levels. Black crappie fishing should improve as the water warms. There is no limit on this illegally introduced species. Bank anglers are asked to respect private property on the shoreline. The reservoir is open to year-round angling.

Odell Lake: Open to angling April 24 - Oct. 31. Expect fair catches of kokanee early in the season with improved catch as water warms in May and June. Only one lake trout per day is allowed as part of the daily trout limit and must be at least 30 inches in length. Bull trout are federally listed as threatened and their numbers are extremely low in Odell Lake. Targeted angling for bull trout is not allowed and any incidentally caught bull trout must be released unharmed. Angling is closed within 200 feet of the mouth of Odell Creek to protect bull trout. Do not remove fish from water when releasing. Anglers should consult the Sport Fish Regulations on how to release fish unharmed.

Olallie Lake: Will likely not be accessible until mid to late May at the earliest.

Paulina Lake: Opens to angling April 24. Expect best catches of large brown trout early in the season and early and late in the day. Kokanee angling is expected to be good with most fish ranging from 13 to16 inches. Kokanee catches will improve as lake productivity increases in May and June. There is a five trout daily bag limit (includes kokanee) and may include one fish greater than 20 inches.

Prineville Reservoir: The reservoir should be full by early April. Angling should be fair for rainbow trout, good for seven to 10 inch black crappie and eight to nine inch brown bullhead, and fair for bass. Anglers are reminded of the 12-inch minimum for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Low water levels will negatively affect the spring bullhead fishery in the upper part of the reservoir. The north shore access road will be open April 15. Both Jasper Point and the state boat ramp should be in operation through the season, and the reservoir is open to year-round angling.

Rock Creek and Pine Hollow Reservoirs have been stocked and are open all year. Pine Hollow should be good on the "opening" weekend since good numbers of fish over-winter in the reservoir. Good numbers of largemouth bass are also available in Pine Hollow reservoir. Both reservoirs will likely be full for the "opening" weekend, and boat ramps should be useable. Both reservoirs will likely reach low levels by late summer.

Simtustus Lake: Angling should be fair for kokanee, and rainbow trout (eight to 16 inches). Legal-sized rainbow trout will be stocked before opening weekend and through the summer. The store and campground at Pelton Park will be open, and a boat ramp is available. A tribal angling permit is required in addition to a state angling license to fish in the lake. The bag limit is five trout per day including kokanee. Some bull trout are available. Bull trout limit is one fish with a 24-inch minimum as in Lake Billy Chinook. Open to angling April 24 - Oct. 31.

South Twin Lake: Opens to angling April 24. South Twin is a popular lake for rainbow trout angling and provides sheltered angling opportunity when early season cold temperatures and wind become a problem on larger water bodies. Rainbow trout are typically 11 to 13 inches for the opener with a fewer carryover fish in the 14 to 16-inch size. South Twin provides good bank angling opportunity. Boat launching is available, however, motors are prohibited.

Suttle Lake: Open to angling year-round. Expect fair to good catches of brown trout and kokanee. Target brown trout early and late in the day along the north shoreline. Kokanee angling should improve as water warms. Suttle Lake has a kokanee bag limit of 25 fish per day in addition to the trout species catch limit.

Walton Lake: Open year-round. Anglers should contact Big Summit Ranger District, 541-447-9645 for updated lake and road conditions. Angling for holdover rainbow trout should be good early in the season. Legal-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in early May and through the season. Beginning in late May and continuing on a monthly basis throughout the summer, the lake will be stocked with trophy trout (one to two pounds each). The daily bag limit is five trout. Walton Lake is open to year-round angling.

Wickiup Reservoir: Opens to angling April 24. Wickiup Reservoir water levels should be improved over last year. Kokanee numbers are expected to be low again this year, however, size should be improved. Kokanee will be scattered early in the season and begin schooling in channels sometime in June. Target shallow water flats early in the season and river channel areas as the water warms. There is a bonus bag limit on kokanee of 25 fish in addition to the trout bag limit. Good numbers of brown trout are available. Growth of brown trout has been very good due to high feed abundance. Most large browns are captured early in the season, both early and late in the day. Some large rainbow trout are available. There is no limit on size or number of warmwater gamefish, including bass, in Wickiup Reservoir. Anglers interested in targeting brown bullhead should fish southeast areas of the reservoir.

Northeast Zone______________________________________________ ____________
Angling for bull trout is prohibited in the Northeast Zone except for the Wenaha and Imnaha rivers. Also, most northeast Oregon streams do not open until May 22. Check the angling regulations for details.

Alphabetical listing:

Cold Springs Reservoir: Open all year. The reservoir contains white crappie and largemouth bas. Fishing access is limited.

Grande Ronde, Wallowa, and Imnaha basin streams: Open for trout May 22.

Hat Rock and Weston Ponds: Open all year, and will be planted with catchable-sized trout during April, May and June. Hat Rock Pond is accessible year-round and Weston Pond should be accessible by mid to late April.

John Day Basin: All streams in the basin will be open to trout angling May 22. ODFW reminds anglers that all rainbow trout 20 inches and larger are classified as steelhead in streams in the John Day Basin. Anglers are also reminded that a slot limit is in effect for smallmouth bass in the John Day River from Kimberly downstream to Tumwater Falls.

Jubilee Lake: Open year round and fishing is expected to be fair to good for eight to 12-inch rainbow trout. The lake is usually not accessible by vehicle before mid-June because of snow.

Kinney Lake: Will not open until May 22 at the landowner's request. It will be stocked before opening. Kinney Lake is located on private property, and the landowner allows public access for angling. Please respect the property by cleaning up your trash, restricting vehicle travel to existing road, and helping maintain the privilege of angling on this property.

Long Creek, Rowe Creek Reservoir, Seventh Street, and Anson Wright ponds: Access will be good and all should be stocked by April 24.

Magone Lake, Bull Prairie: Roads should be open for the April 24 trout opening.

Marr and Wallowa ponds: Will be stocked with legal size rainbow trout before April 26. Angling should be good.

McNary, Channel Ponds: Open all year, and will be planted with catchable-sized trout during April, May, June and July.

Morgan Lake: Open to angling April 24 and should be good for eight to 12-inch rainbow and brook trout. Crappie angling should be fair.

Olive and Strawberry lakes: May not be accessible in April.

Peach Road pond (Ladd Marsh): Will be stocked with legal trout before April 24. Angling should be fair to good.

Penland Lake: Open all year and fishing is expected to be fair for rainbow trout. Snow conditions could limit access through the early part of April.

Roulette pond: Will be stocked with legal trout before April 24. Angling should be good.

Tepee and Honeymoon ponds: Will be stocked with legal trout in late May.

Umatilla River: About 5,000 spring chinook are expected to return to the Umatilla River this spring, and angling should be good. The spring chinook season is open April 16 to June 30. Consult the 2004 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations as special regulations are in effect.

Victor Pond: Will be stocked later in the season.

Walla Walla River and Tributaries: Open May 22. All streams within the Walla Walla basin are restricted to flies and lures only. Angling for bull trout is prohibited.

Wallowa Lake: Will be stocked with legal trout the first week of May. Good numbers of holdover rainbow should be available as well. Kokanee fishing should pick up with warmer weather in late April or early May. Good fishing is expected.

Willow Creek Reservoir: Open all year and fishing is expected to be fair for trout eight to 14 inches. Trout will be planted during April. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and brown bullhead are also available.

Willow, Rhea, and Butter creeks, and McKay Creek above McKay Reservoir: Open April 24. Willow Creek will be stocked with catchable trout in April and May through the cities of Heppner, Lexington and Ione.

Wineland Lake and Searcy Pond: Due to a change in ownership, these private ponds will not be stocked this year.

Southeast Zone __________________________________________________ _______
Angling opportunities in the Southeast Zone will vary by basin. In most basins precipitation has been near normal and streams and reservoirs will have higher water levels than last year with improved fishing conditions. Fisheries will be rebuilding in some areas where they were lost last year. Consult the local ODFW offices in Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Hines, Ontario or La Grande for more updated accounts of local stream and reservoir conditions.

To protect native populations of redband trout, hatchery trout stocking has been shifted primarily to standing water bodies. Consult the 2004 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for details before you go fishing.

In addition to the information listed below, anglers should be aware that emergency angling regulations might be enacted sometime during the summer to either protect wild fish by closing areas to fishing or to harvest hatchery fish that are going to die due to lakes or reservoirs drying up.

Alphabetical listing:

Agency Lake is open all year with a bag limit of one trout. Angling for large for large native redband trout will be good.

Ana Reservoir is open to angling all year. The reservoir is stocked annually with legal rainbow trout, and every other year with 2,000 fingerling hybrid bass (white/striped). The minimum size limit on hybrid bass is 16 inches with a bag limit of one hybrid bass per 24-hour period.

Ana River is stocked with fingerling rainbow trout. Legal size fish are abundant. Spring fishing should be excellent.

Balm Creek Reservoir: Should be fair to good for smallmouth bass and eight to 10-inch rainbow trout, with a few larger fish. Boat motors are restricted to electric motors only.

Beulah Reservoir: Angling should improve in late summer and fall, but early season angling will be slow. The reservoir was drained last fall to limit the expansion of illegally introduced crappie. It was stocked last spring, but the reservoir was emptied in early August. Snow pack was high through the winter, but is now slightly below average. The reservoir should fill this year. ODFW will stock fingerling rainbow trout this spring, and fingerlings should reach legal size by late September. There should also be a few wild redband trout that drifted into the reservoir from the river. Anglers may also catch crappie. There is a bull trout research project on the reservoir and river upstream, and some bull trout will have radio transmitters in them. Remember to release bull trout if you catch one.

Big Rock: This is a BLM reservoir located off of the Hogback Road between Plush and Highway 395. Water level was extremely low last year, but some fish survived. Water level looks to be extremely low this year also. Fishing should be fair early in the spring.

Blitzen River: Special regulations exist for the whole drainage. The river and its tributaries have good numbers of wild redband trout. Fishing conditions will vary in the spring depending on weather and the snowmelt. Snow pack was high through the winter, but is now slightly below average, so the river will likely be at low summer flow by early July. There should be good numbers of wild fish to catch. Anglers are encouraged to release all trout in this river system, which is managed as a wild trout fishery. No hatchery fish are stocked. East Canal access road on Malheur Refuge will be open to non-motorized traffic only.

Blue Lake: Rainbow trout angling for fish from 8 to 16-inches should be good.

Bully Creek Reservoir Fishing should be fair for small six to eight-inch crappie. The reservoir was low last fall and winter, which affected fish growth and survival. Storage levels are near normal this year, so the reservoir may not be drawn down to minimum pool.

Burnt River: Should provide slow to fair angling for eight to 14-inch rainbows for the April 24 opener. The water level in Unity Reservoir was low at the end of the irrigation season last year, and as a result, trout survival in the Burnt River may have been low.

Campbell Lake: This lake is stocked annually with legal rainbow trout throughout the summer, and every other year with fingerling brook trout.

Chickahominy Reservoir: Angling should improve in late summer and fall, but no trout will be available until ODFW stocks legal-size rainbow. The reservoir was extremely low last year, and was drained of the remainder to remove an illegally introduced goldfish. Good snow pack has filled the reservoir, so we plan to stock fingerling rainbow trout and several thousand legal-size rainbow trout in early May. The fingerling trout should reach legal size by late September.

Chewaucan River: Angling for native redband should be good. Low flow conditions are expected in the lower river as the summer progresses. The Chewaucan River above the town of Paisley is open to angling all year and has a bag limit of two trout, eight inch minimum length. Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Below the town of Paisley, the angling season is open from May 22 through October 31. The trout bag limit is two fish per day, eight inch minimum and the use of bait is allowed. Fish ladders are currently being installed on the lower river, which will improve the numbers of trout.

Cottonwood Meadows is annually stocked with fingerling rainbow trout. Angling should be fair.

Cottonwood Reservoir: This reservoir, located off of highway 140 west of Lakeview, is managed for redband trout. The reservoir was drawn down for maintenance two years ago and has not full recovered. Fishing will be slow. An improved boat ramp is present. It should nearly fill this spring but anglers will have to wait for spring stocked fingerling trout to grow. They should be legal size by fall.

Cow Lakes: Largemouth bass, brown bullhead, white crappie, and yellow perch are available. It should be poor fishing for all fish species. The lakes have been very low over the last few years, but they may refill this spring.

Dairy Creek: Angling for native redband should be good. Dairy Creek is open to angling all year and has a bag limit of two trout, eight inch minimum length. Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures only.

Deadhorse Lake is annually stocked with approximately 5,000 legal size and trophy size trout, and fingerling brook trout.

Delintment Lake: The lake froze over early, and the ice was covered with heavy snow all winter. As a result, many fish may have perished. Angling will improve when the reservoir is stocked with legal-size and fingerling rainbow trout in early May. Legal-size trout make up the bulk of the catch until fingerlings begin entering the fishery by September. Snow pack was high through the winter, but is now slightly below average. Access should be available by early May l.

Dog Lake is a warm water fisheries reservoir with plentiful yellow perch, largemouth bass and crappie.

Drews Reservoir is large irrigation reservoir west of Lakeview that is primarily warm water fish. There are some trout, channel catfish, crappie, and yellow perch in this water body. An improved boat ramp is present. Fishing is always slow.

Duncan Reservoir is Located south of highway 31 between the town of Silver Lake and the Silver Lake bed. Fishing will be good this year for stocked trout. Water level is low. An improved boat ramp is present.

Fish Lake (Steens): Stocked annually with 5,000 legal rainbows in late June or early July. There also are naturally reproducing brook trout in the lake. The snow pack was high through the winter, but is now slightly below average. The road to the lake will likely open sometime in late June or early July.

Fourmile Lake is open to angling all year. The road in to the Fourmile Lake is normally accessible by late June. Prospects for kokanee and brook trout should be good. Lake trout angling should produce fish over 20 inches.

Gerber Reservoir is open to angling all year. Warm water fishing should be good for crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, and yellow perch.

Heart Lake: Fishing will be slow in this lake located south of Highway 140 west of Lakeview near Quartz Mountain. Water level will be good. An improved boat ramp is present.

Highway 203, North Powder 1 and 2, and Haines Ponds: Will be stocked with legal trout. Angling should be good for eight to12-inch fish.

Higgins Reservoir: Opens for angling April 24. It should provide slow to fair angling for 10 to 18-inch rainbow trout. The water level was very low at the end of irrigation season last year, and as a result, trout survival may have been low. This reservoir is located on private land, and the landowner allows public access for angling. Please respect the property, haul out your trash, and help maintain the privilege of angling on private land. The regulations allow two trout per day, artificial flies and lures only. In addition, boat motors are restricted to electric motors only.

Holbrook Reservoir is annually stocked with fingerlings and legal and trophy sized trout.

Juniper Lake: The lake has been dry for several years, and has very little water this year.

Klamath Lake is open all year with a bag limit of one trout. Angling for large for large native redband trout will be good.

Klamath River from Lake Ewauna downstream to the Keno Dam is open year round. Angling peaks in February and March.
-Keno Dam downstream to J.C. Boyle Dam is open from Jan. 1 through June 15 and from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Opportunities for native redband trout should be excellent.
-J.C. Boyle Dam to the Oregon/California border is open year-round. Angling should be good for native redband trout.
-Flows in the Klamath River can fluctuate widely depending on dam operations. Anglers can call 1-800-547-1501 for river flow information.

Krumbo Reservoir: Open for angling April 24. Angling should be good this spring and early summer for rainbow trout before the weeds become too thick. There should be some large carryover rainbows from past stocking. Bass fishing will be a little slow until the water warms up. Fishing is also good in the fall when water temperatures cool.

Lake of the Woods is open to angling all year and 24 hours a day. The lake is annually stocked with fingerling rainbow and brown trout and kokanee salmon. Legal and trophy sized rainbow trout are stocked throughout the spring and summer. Additional trout will be stocked for the youth fishing events on May 29 and June 12. Good catches of holdover rainbow trout occur early in the spring. Brown trout and kokanee fishing is also good in the spring. There are good angling opportunities for largemouth bass, yellow perch and bullhead catfish.

Lofton Reservoir: is annually stocked with fingerlings and legal and trophy sized trout.

Lucky Reservoir is stocked annually with fingerling trout. Angling should be fair for fish to 16 inches.

Malheur Reservoir: Angling should improve in late summer and fall, but no trout will be available until we stock legal-size rainbow. Last year the reservoir went dry and all fish were lost. The snow pack was high through the winter, but is now slightly below average, so the reservoir should fill this year. ODFW will stock fingerling rainbow trout and several thousand legal-size rainbow trout in mid May. The fingerlings should reach legal size by late September.

Malheur River drainage, Upper: Angling should be good for wild redband trout and brook trout after spring flows drop. The snow pack is about average so the streams in the basin will be at low summer flows by mid July. Remember to release bull trout.

Malheur River, Lower: Trout angling should improve in late summer and fall, but early season angling will be slow. Most of the fish died last summer when flows were cut off after Beulah and Warm Springs reservoirs were drained in early August. The river will be stocked with fingerling rainbow this spring, and they should reach legal size by fall.

Mann Lake: Angling should be fair to good for Lahontan cutthroat trout. The lake is managed as a trophy fishing lake. Artificial flies and lures only (no bait). The bag limit is two fish over 16 inches, and only one may be over 20 inches. The lake has been very low over the last few years, but the snow pack should help raise the water level this year. Unfortunately, illegally introduced goldfish may compete with smaller Lahontan cutthroat trout, limiting growth and survival.

Mill Flat Reservoir is small reservoir located North of Lakeview on Fremont National Forest. Fishing is usually good in the spring.

Moon Reservoir: Angling should improve in late summer and fall, but early season angling will be slow. The reservoir was drained for irrigation last year and the fishery was lost. ODFW will stock fingerling rainbow trout in mid May, and they should reach legal size by the fall. The warm water fishery may take several years to recover after the recent drought.

Mud Lake is a large productive reservoir located east of Adel. The water is turbid, but water level is about half full. Fishing should be fair this year.

Murphy Reservoir: Angling should improve in late summer and fall. The reservoir was not stocked last year because the reservoir had low water levels. However, the reservoir should fill this year, and will be stocked with fingerling rainbow trout.

Murray Reservoir will be stocked with legal trout in early May. Angling should be good for eight to 12-inch fish.
Owyhee Reservoir: Angling should be good for largemouth and smallmouth bass and channel catfish starting in April. Crappie fishing should be fair for eight to nine-inch fish from April on. Early in the season, some fish will be in poor condition due to lack of food from the low reservoir levels of last fall and winter. The reservoir may fill this year. Remember that there is a fish consumption advisory for mercury.

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Owyhee River, Lower: Angling should be good most of the season. It looks like the reservoir will come close filling this year, which means irrigation flows through the summer should be near normal. There are rainbow and brown trout over 20 inches; most are eight to 14 inches. All brown trout must be released.

Owyhee River, Upper: There are good numbers of smallmouth bass and channel catfish. The runoff will be about average this year and the river will be at low summer flow by mid-July.

Paiute Reservoir is a moderate sized waterbody located east of Adel along highway 140 at Guano Valley. It is a turbid reservoir that is about one-third full. Fishing should be fair in the spring before the water heats up.

Phillips Reservoir: The water level is still very low, and the reservoir may not fill this year. Angling should be slow to fair for 10 to 18-inch rainbow trout and good for small yellow perch.

Pilcher Creek Reservoir: The water level was very low at the end of irrigation season last year, and as a result, angling should be slow for rainbow trout and crappie. Angling is open all year.

Pole Creek Reservoir: Angling should improve in the fall, but no trout will be available until ODFW stocks legal-size rainbow. The reservoir went dry last year. ODFW will stock fingerling rainbow trout and over 1,000 legal-size rainbow trout in mid May. The fingerling should reach legal size by the fall.

Powder River, Pine Creek and tributaries should provide fair to good angling for 8 to 14-inch rainbow for the April 24 opener.

Rogger Pond: Fishing should be good early in this borrow pit located along the Twin Springs road in the South Warner mountains.

Sevenmile Creek below Nicholson Road Bridge will open April 24 and should be fair for native rainbow and introduced brown trout. Upstream of Nicholson Road Bridge also opens April 24 and has good brook trout opportunities. Access to upper Sevenmile Creek may be difficult early in the fishing season due to snow. Check with the Forest Service's Klamath Ranger District to determine road conditions.

Sherlock Gulch: Catch rates are slow for this reservoir located North of Plush near the Sunstone area on BLM property. Water level is good.

Sid Luce: Access is through private property to this moderately sized lake located off of the Drakes Flat road (Plush cutoff of Highway 140). It is a turbid lake that should be good for rainbow trout. There was an illegal introduction of largemouth bass.

Silvies River drainage: Should have fair angling for wild rainbow trout. The snow pack was high through the winter, but is now slightly below average. Streams will be low and fishable in late May or June. Warm water fishing in the mainstem should be good by mid to late May.

Slide Lake: An illegal introduction of brook trout is starting to take off in this small lake located on the face of Winter Rim above Summer Lake. Water levels will be good, and fishing will be good for stocked rainbow trout.

Snake River upstream of Brownlee Reservoir: Upper basin snow pack was high through the winter, but is now slightly below average. Channel catfish angling will be slow until the weather warms up in May. Smallmouth bass fishing will pick up when water temperatures rise.

Spaulding Reservoir: Water levels are low in this productive BLM reservoir located about 70 miles east of Lakeview and north along Doherty slide. Fishing should be good this spring for last year's plant

Sprague River System: The mouth of Sprague River to Chiloquin Dam opens May 22 and should be good for native redband trout. The Sprague River upstream from Chiloquin Dam opens April 24. Angling for native redband trout should be good. The area from Saddle Mountain Pit road upstream to Godowa Springs Road Bridge is open to the use of bait to take advantage of the brown bullhead that are available. The Sprague River System is closed to angling for bull trout.

Spring Creek: Opens May 22, and will be stocked with legal sized rainbow trout through out the summer.

Thief Valley Reservoir: The reservoir was very low at the end of irrigation season last year, but it has filled this spring. Angling should be fair for 12 to18-inch rainbow trout.

Thompson Reservoir: Annually stocked with fingerling and legal sized trout. Reservoir will be drawn down through out the irrigation season making for navigation hazards as the irrigation season progresses. Angling should be good for trout and largemouth bass.

Twin Lakes (Eagle Caps near Halfway): Snow may limit access early in the season. Later, angling should be good for eight to 12-inch rainbow trout. Brook trout are also available in Fish Lake.

Unity Reservoir: The water level in Unity Reservoir was low at the end of irrigation season last year. As a result, trout survival may have been low. Angling should be fair for 10 to 18-inch rainbow trout. Crappie angling should be fair.

Vee Lake is a moderate sized lake located on Fremont National Forest Property above Mud Creek Campground. Water levels should be good. Fishing will be fair. An unimproved boat ramp is present.

Warm Springs Reservoir: The reservoir was drawn to minimum pool last summer and most of the fish died as they were washed through the dam. Snow pack was high through the winter, but is now slightly below average, so the reservoir may fill. It will take several years for the warm water fish population to recover.

Warner Valley Lakes: Crappie will be available although the low lake levels going into the winter reduced the total number of fish. Expect the lakes to become very low as the summer progresses.

Wildhorse Lake: Located high on the south end of Steens Mountain, Wildhorse Lake has a naturally reproducing population of Lahontan cutthroat trout. The road and trail into the lake should be accessible by early to mid-July.

Williamson River: Special regulations are in effect for the Williamson River.Williamson River from mouth upstream to Kirk Bridge should provide excellent angling opportunities for large native redband trout. Very strong runs of returning fish have been observed during this spawning season. Angling for these large fish should peak in the months of July, August and September. Season opens May 22. Williamson River upstream of Kirk Bridge should provide very good angling for native redband trout and introduced brook trout. Season opens April 24.

Willow Valley Reservoir: Angling should be good for bass and crappie in the spring.

Withers Lake is located on the face of Winter Rim along Highway 31. This lake is up the Government Harvey road and is not stocked, but has lots of brook trout that reproduce on their own. It also has been stocked with brown trout. A short (1/4 mile) walk is needed to reach the lake.

Wolf Creek Reservoir: Should be fair to good for eight to 12-inch rainbow trout.

Wood River: Opens April 24. Brown trout angling should be fair. Brown trout and wild redband trout angling should be excellent with large numbers of returning adult trout recorded this spring.

Yellowjacket Lake: Many fish died during an algae bloom last summer, so there are probably few holdover trout. We will stock the lake with fingerling and several thousand legal-size rainbow trout in early April. The fingerling trout should reach legal size by early fall.

Marine Zone______________________________________________ __________

Anglers are reminded that a shellfish license is now required to harvest all shellfish except fresh water clams and crayfish.

Springtime provides excellent marine fishing opportunities. Catch rates for near shore species of ground fish are often best in spring, and several species are available from ocean and bay shores and jetties. In particular, lingcod, greenling, black rockfish, and perch species are popular with anglers. Black rockfish and lingcod are often on the bite after recently completing their annual spawning cycle.

Offshore opportunities include chinook salmon and Pacific halibut. The ocean recreational fishery for chinook salmon opened March 15 and will remain open through October. Dates, gear, locations, and the quota for ocean adipose fin-clipped coho will be announced near the end of April. May is a popular time for targeting Pacific halibut. The propositions for the all-depth halibut fishery between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain will be decided mid-April.

North Coast: Angling for chinook salmon and bottom fish is available, weather and ocean conditions permitting. Deep-water and near shore halibut seasons begin in May. Check current regulations for season dates and bag limits.

Tillamook bay and jetty: Lingcod, rockfish, greenling, and perch can be caught along the jetties of Tillamook Bay. Crabbing also is available in the bays and the ocean.

Coos County beaches and jetties: Redtail and silver surfperch, sand sole, and starry flounder are biting in the spring and early summer. Striped bass can be a welcome surprise to those surfperch anglers casting in the surf. Anglers will find a mix of pile, white, and striped surfperch in Coos Bay around structures and along the Coos jetties in the spring and early summer. Also available are grass, black, blue, and copper rockfish, rock and kelp greenling, cabezon, lingcod, and starry flounder. New regulations prohibit retention of yelloweye and canary rockfish and require a 16-inch minimum length for cabezon. Surf smelt are caught in spring and early summer off docks and piers around Coos Bay. Currently the only opening for the harvest or razor clams is north of Tillamook Head to the Columbia River due to a health advisory closure issued by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Contact the Department of Agriculture's Shellfish Hotline at 1-503-986-4728 for more information
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Curry County beaches: Redtail, striped, silver surfperch, and surf smelt are available in the spring and early summer. The most popular beaches are located at the mouth of Hunter Creek, Winchuck River, Elk River, and at Nesika Beach. Surfperch and smelt can also be caught from the Rogue River jetties.
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Old 04-13-2004, 02:07 PM   #4
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KT, what would I do without you scrutinizing my posts! :smile:

Indeed, I found the length limit for a single post and had to add the rest!
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Thanks Pete great report
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Sorry, Pete, no scrutiny intended - I had just never scrolled so far in my life so I had to say something!
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