Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Contacts: Anne Pressentin, Portland, 503-872-5264, Ext. 5356
Meghan Collins, Roseburg, 541-440-3353
Kathy Shinn, Clackamas, 503-657-2000, Ext. 285
Mary Hoverson, LaGrande, 541-963-2138
Fax: (503) 872-5700
For Immediate Release Wednesday, April 16, 2003
ODFW stocks 3 million trout for Oregon anglers
2003 Zone by Zone Oregon Spring Fishing Forecast
PORTLAND - Trout season officially opens Saturday, April 26, kicking off the spring and summer angling seasons. 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, 5 million trout were stocked as fingerlings two years ago in 330 high mountain lakes with the aid of a helicopter. Many of those fish are now about eight inches long and ready to be caught.
National uncertainties and an increase in gas prices may lead many Oregon families to enjoy summer vacations in state. ODFW reminds parents, teens, novice anglers and experienced anglers that fishing is a great way to connect with the outdoors and enjoy Oregon's abundant natural resources.
"Fishing for trout at a lake or reservoir near a campground requires very little equipment and can be a lot of fun - even for beginners," said Rhine Messmer, ODFW recreational fisheries manager. "I always encourage people to check with local tackle shops or sporting good stores for good information on the nearest fishing hole."
Messmer also said 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 warmwater fishing, the weekly recreation report, the annual trout stocking schedule and the 2003 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. Three versions of a brochure titled "Marine Recreational Fishing in Oregon" provide information and maps on coastal fishing opportunities on the north coast, central coast and south coast. Anglers may call 503-872-5268 to request copies.
* ODFW regional and district offices have personnel that can answer questions for anglers planning ahead. Messmer said 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 7-8. 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 Nancy Smogor at 503-872-5264, Ext. 5358, or by checking the ODFW Web site at www.dfw.state.or.us
for more information.
Anglers are reminded to review the 2003 angling regulations and remember that using live fish for bait is illegal in Oregon.
2003 OREGON SPRING FISHING FORECAST
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Trout stocking schedules are posted on the ODFW website at 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 May 24 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 low sea-run cutthroat populations. The Salmon River and coastal streams south of it, where wild cuttroat populations are healthy, are open again this year to a consumptive trout fishery in many areas, but a few areas remain closed. Consult the 2003 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.
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. Vernonia Pond also received surplus adult steelhead.
Devils Lake (Lincoln City): Will have adipose fin-clipped trout available for anglers.
Mercer, Siltcoos, Sutton, Tahkenitch and Woahink lakes: Fishing for warmwater gamefish, including largemouth bass, perch and bluegill, will pick up as the weather warms. Siltcoos and Tahkenitch also provide good fishing for cuttroat trout.
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.
Mid Coast lakes, Newport area (Big Creek Reservoirs 1 & 2 and Olalla Reservoir): Will be stocked before the early trout opener. Olalla also receives surplus steelhead adults.
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 24-July 31. The spring chinook run is expected to be similar to last year. Summer steelhead are also available in the Wilson, Trask, and Nestucca rivers. 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.
North Coast Lakes, Tillamook area (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 from last year. Trout up to 18 inches may be taken. Additionally, larger "trophy" trout will be stocked later in the year in some lakes. Cape Meares, 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 7-8).
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.
Thissell Pond (Near Fall Creek Hatchery): Will be stocked with catchable and trophy trout just before the April 26 trout opener.
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Applegate Lake: The Copper and French Gulch boat launches are open. The Hartish boat launch may not open by late April. 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.
Big Butte Creek above Cobleigh Bridge and Little Butte Creek above the forks: Open to trout angling May 24. Use of bait is prohibited in both streams and catch and release rules apply to Little Butte Creek. Anglers may keep two trout per day at least eight inches in length in Big 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.
Cooper Creek, Plat I, Ben Irving, and Galesville reservoirs, Loon Lake and Lake Marie: Have been stocked with legal sized trout. Several thousand rainbow trout have been stocked for family fishing opportunities. Surplus hatchery winter steelhead have been stocked in Galesville Reservoir and Herbert's Pond (near Canyonville). Once stocked, the steelhead are considered trout and trout regulations apply. Only one trout over 20 inches long can be kept per day.
Coos Bay and Coquille estuaries: Crabbing was excellent this winter in Coos Bay, and good in 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.
Coos Bay, Coos River, and Lower Coquille River: Striped bass, shad, and sturgeon fishing typically picks up in the spring of the year. Sturgeon were tagged in Coos Bay in March, 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 streams: Open May 24 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.
Diamond Lake: Opens April 26. Nearly 100,000 fish will be stocked this year. About 60,000 catchable-sized hatchery spring chinook will be stocked, plus 24,000 catchable-sized Eagle Lake rainbow trout, and 15,000 two-pound rainbow trout will be stocked this year. In addition, mild winter conditions should have helped the winter survival of last year's releases.
Emigrant Lake and Medco Pond: Stocked with legal rainbow. 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: Stocked with legal rainbows. 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 2 and 16, respectively. 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 800 to 1,000 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 800 to 1,000 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 23. The Illinois River below Pomeroy Dam opens to catch and release of steelhead and trout on May 24, using artificial flies and lures, no bait. The rest of the Illinois River and its tributaries are closed to all angling.
Lakes, Cascade Mountains: 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.
Lakes and ponds, Coos County (Azalea, Bradley, Powers Pond, Upper and Lower Empire, Johnson Pond, Saunders, Bluebill, Eel, and North and South Tenmile Lakes): Stocked with legal trout. Empire Lakes and Bradley Lake were stocked before spring break with trophy rainbow trout up to four pounds each. Powers Pond, Empire lakes, Bradley Lake, and Johnson Pond will receive more trophy rainbows in early May and early June. Those waterbodies plus Saunders Lake will receive a fall stocking of 14 to 16-inch trout in October. 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 warmwater fish available in the spring and summer. Azalea Lake on the Siskyou National Forest above Powers has been stocked with fingerling rainbow trout the last two years. This fishery provides for a hike-in angling opportunity.
Lakes, Coos County: Public lakes are open the entire year. Most standing waters were stocked in March and will receive additional releases of rainbow trout in April and May, and just before Free Fishing Weekend. Free Fishing Weekend events are conducted at Eel Lake (Tugman State Park) and at Powers Pond (Powers County Park).
Lakes, Jackson and Josephine counties: Open all year for angling except Howard Prairie and Hyatt lakes, which open April 26. Howard Prairie Lake should provide good fishing for rainbow trout opening weekend. Hyatt Lake will be stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout before the opener to reduce the impacts to fishing caused by the low dissolved oxygen situation that occurred in the lake last summer. Fish population sampling data collected last fall indicates that a high percentage of the trout may have died from this event. 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 rivers 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 are closed to trout fishing April 1 - May 23. All tributaries to the Rogue River below the deadline at Cole Rivers Hatchery not listed in the 2003 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations are closed to angling. Rogue and Applegate rivers below the hatchery deadline and dam, respectively, open to trout angling May 24. Catch and release rules apply for trout with intact adipose fins.
Rogue River, above Lost Creek Lake: Opens to trout on April 26. Native trout are available in most streams.
Rogue River, Lower: Spring chinook run is expected to peak in April and May. All returning hatchery spring chinook are finclipped. Harvest of non-finclipped spring chinook is allowed.
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.
Streams, Curry County: Tributary streams are open May 24 through Oct. 31 for trout angling with a daily bag limit of two trout greater than eight inches. The exception is Hunter Creek and tributaries of the Rogue and Illinois rivers that are closed to trout angling.
Toketee and Lemolo reservoirs: Have brown trout in the 11 to 14-inch size range. Rainbow trout also will be stocked in Lemolo after opening day. Check reservoir level conditions and boat access points at Lemolo before Memorial Day. Toketee Reservoir is open all year and provides some excellent brown trout fishing in late spring and fall.
Umpqua Basin Rivers and Streams: Trout angling in many local streams, primarily for resident cutthroat trout, will be open this year on May 24. Check regulations carefully for stream closures, gear restrictions, catch and release areas, and season dates. Rainbow trout will still be stocked in reservoirs and lakes only.
Umpqua River, Lower and North: The lower Umpqua River should be good for spring chinook this year until the water warms and algae begins to form. On the North Umpqua River, we're expecting another excellent run of about 20,000 spring chinook. The first spring chinook passed Winchester Dam this year on March 30. Fishing for summer steelhead should be about average 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 resort is closed. The main county campground will be open on a first come-first serve basis beginning April 15. Cabins and the group campground can be reserved through Rogue Recreation at 541-865-3474.
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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 24. Estacada Lake behind River Mill Dam on the Clackamas River and North Fork Reservoir on the Clackamas River opens May 24 for adipose fin-clipped trout. Anglers should check the 2003 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 24, many of these waters will open to catch-and-release for trout with angling restricted to artificial flies and lures. Check the 2003 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more information.
Please note: All bull trout must be released unharmed from McKenzie River, Cougar Reservoir, Trail Bridge Reservoir, Hills Creek Reservoir and the Middle Fork Willamette, mainly above Hills Creek Reservoir. A picture of a bull trout is in the angling regulations on page 14. Anglers are asked to call ODFW in Springfield at 541-726-3515 ext. 26 to report any bull trout you catch.
Clackamas River: The mainstem Clackamas River and all tributaries below River Mill Dam allow catch and release only and open May 24. The mainstem Clackamas and tributaries above North Fork Reservoir are catch and release only 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 26 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 late April.
Estacada Lake: The trout season is open May 24 - Oct. 31. Anglers are reminded that the bag limit is five adipose fin-clipped trout. Should be good prospects for these stocked trout.
Gales Creek: Opens May 24 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 26. Anglers are reminded the bag limit is five trout and that a permit is necessary to park on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.
Hampton Pond: The pond replaces Willamina Pond as an angling opportunity in the Willamina area. It will be stocked in mid-May.
Harriet Lake: Will be stocked late April.
Henry Hagg Lake: Open March 1 - Nov. 23, 2003.
Lakes, Portland area (Roslyn, Faraday, Benson, 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 26. 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 2003.
Lakes, upper Willamette system (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.
Lakes, upper Willamette system (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.
Luckiamute River and Rickreall Creek: Open May 24 to catch and release of trout; artificial flies and lures only.
Marys and Long Tom Rivers: Open April 26 to harvest of trout; bait allowed. Angling is restricted to catch and release/artificial flies and lures before April 26.
McKenzie River: Good angling is expected. The river will be stocked with 6,600 rainbow trout from Leaburg Lake up to Blue River with an additional 2,100 in Leaburg Lake. Rainbow trout will not be released into the McKenzie River below Leaburg Dam until early May. 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 will be open to salmon angling from the mouth to 200 feet below Leaburg Dam. This extends the area open in 2002 by about two miles. Only adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon may be harvested during the season that will extend to Aug. 15. Every effor!
t should be made to release wild (non fin-clipped) chinook without taking them out of the water. Bait will not be allowed for salmon downstream from Hayden Bridge or before April 26 in the area between Hayden Bridge and Leaburg Dam.
Molalla and Yamhill rivers: Open May 24 to catch and release of trout. The use of bait is allowed up to the north and south forks on the Yamhill River.
North Fork Reservoir: Trout season is now May 24 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 26 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.
Timothy and Trillium lakes: Will receive trout in late April 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 (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. 26. Access to Cougar Reservoir has been closed by construction at the dam and no fish have been stocked in the past two 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 2003 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. The Sandy River and its tributaries opens May 24 for catch and release only of trout, with the exception of nonnative brook trout which has no limit on size or number.
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, but anglers must use lures or flies and only can keep trout with an adipose fin-clip (1,500 fish).
Willamette, Upper, tributaries: Salmon Creek above Oakridge (2,400 fish), Blue River (1,000 fish), Fall Creek (2,000 fish) near Lowell, Coast Fork Willamette River (1,000 fish) in Cottage Grove, and the Canoe Canal in Alton Baker Park (2,900 fish) will be stocked for Opening Day.
Willamina Pond: This pond is no longer being stocked and has been closed. It has been replaced by Hampton Pond.
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The Upper Deschutes River Sub-basin received below average snowfall. Anglers are encouraged to check the ODFW Weekly Angling Report for the most recent access information. Access information also is available through the Deschutes National Forest. Angling for brook and brown trout should be good early in the season. Angling for rainbow trout and kokanee is expected to be fair with improvement when water temperatures begin warming. Please note the Central Zone Stream Regulations that reflect a general regulation of two trout per day, flies and lures only, and an opening day of May 24. Stream areas where bait is allowed are noted specifically in the Special Regulations for that waterbody. Lake regulations remain basically unchanged from 2002 but anglers should consult the Sport Fishing Regulations for specifics.
Some lower elevation Cascade mountain lakes may be ice-free and accessible by April 26. Many streams in Central Zone open May 24; check regulations for details.
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. Low water conditions may be encountered through during the 2003 season. 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 26. 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. 2002 produced good numbers of larger fish.
Billy Chinook, Lake: Kokanee angling should be good. Numbers will be similar to 2002, 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 a!
ngling 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 26. Crane Prairie is expected to be similar to last season. Fair to good 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. The trout bag limit is five fish and may include one fish greater than 20 inches. 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. Angling should be fair to good for brown and lake trout early in the season. Kokanee angling is predicted to be slow early in the season with improved catches expected in May and June.
Crooked River, Mainstem, below Bowman Dam: Should be 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 for current conditions). Daily bag limit is two trout per day using flies and lures. Use of bait is permitted between May 24 and Oct. 31. Numerous overnight and day use areas are available for use on BLM lands.
Davis Lake: Water levels were very low in 2001 and 2002. Water levels for 2003 will not be known until late May or June but are anticipated to be low. Lava Flow Campground and boat launch will again be closed until late summer. 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 fly 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 b!
oat ramp until May 24.
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 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 600 feet downstream of the Pelton Re-regulation Dam to the markers at the northern reservation boundary is open to angling from April 26 through Oct. 31 for rainbow trout and whitefish. From the mouth upstream to Sherars Falls will be open for chinook salmon angling from April 15 through July 31, 2003. 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 rem!
oved 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 26. 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 24 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 through Oct 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-to-late April and will be stocked. Kingsley Reservoir open all year.
Laurance Lake: All non-fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed and only artificial flies and lures can be used. Tributary streams are closed to all angling. Laurance Lake is open from April 26 through Oct. 31 and will likely be full at the start of fishing season.
Lost Lake: May not be accessible in 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: About 60 percent full by mid-April. Water level should rise through the spring months then 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, please respect private property on the shoreline. The reservoir is open to year-round angling.
Odell Lake: Open to angling April 26 - 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. Please note that 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. Please note that angling is closed within 200 feet of the mouth of Odell Creek to protect bull trout. Do not remove fish from water when releasing. Please consult the Sport Fish Regulations on how to release fish unharmed.
Olallie Lake: Will likely not be accessible until late May at the earliest.
Paulina Lake: Opens to angling April 26. Expect best catches of large brown trout early in the season and early and late in the day. A state record brown trout was caught in Paulina and weighed 28 pounds, 5 oz. 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: About 85 percent full by mid-April. The water level should rise through the spring months then drop as the summer progresses. 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. Rock Creek was drained last season for work on the dam outlet, but has been restocked and trout should thrive in absence of competition from non-game fish. 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 26 - Oct. 31.
South Twin Lake: Opens to angling April 26. 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 26. Wickiup Reservoir water levels will be similar to last year. Kokanee numbers are expected to be low 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.
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Reminder: 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 24. Check the angling regulations for details.
Cold Springs Reservoir: Open all year and contains white crappie and largemouth bas. Fishing access is limited.
Grande Ronde, Wallowa, and Imnaha basin streams: Open for trout May 24.
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 24. 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 24 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 26.
Magone Lake, Bull Prairie: Roads should be open for the April 26 date.
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 26 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 26. 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.
R.D. Mac pond: Will NOT be stocked with legal trout this year.
Roulette pond: Will be stocked with legal trout before April 26. Angling should be good.
Rowe Creek Reservoir: Will not be stocked this year because the dam is leaking and it will likely be dry by the time the trout were scheduled to be released.
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 30 to June 30. Consult the 2003 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 24. 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 26. 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.
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Angling opportunities in the Southeast Zone will vary by basin. In some 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. In other basins drought conditions still exist. In the drier areas, river and stream flows will be lower than normal and some reservoirs will be very low or dry. Some lakes and reservoirs will not have enough water to support fish and will not be stocked. Consult the local ODFW offices in Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Hines, Ontario or LaGrande for more updated accounts of local stream and reservoir conditions.
To protect native populations of redband trout, hatchery trout are not stocked in some streams. There are a number of protected fish species in the zone. Consult the 2003 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.
Ana Reservoir: Located at Summer Lake. It is stocked annually with legals and every other year with 2000 white/striped hybrid bass fingerlings. It is open all year and ice free all year. An improved boat ramp and restroom are present. Fishing will be similar to past years. Water level will be good.
Ana River: Located below Ana reservoir at Summer Lake. Stocked annually with 20,000 fingerling rainbow trout. It is open all year. Fishing is fair. Water level will be good.
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: Will not be good fishing this spring. The reservoir was drained last fall to limit the expansion of the illegally introduced crappie. It was stocked last spring, but all was lost when the reservoir was emptied in early August. Snow pack is barely 50 percent of average and the reservoir will probably not fill and will probably be emptied again this year, so it will not be stocked with fingerling rainbow this spring. There should be a few wild redband trout that drifted into the reservoir from the river. Anglers may 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: 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. The snowpack is about 40 percent of average so the river will likely be at low summer flow by late June. 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 trophy trout fishery. No hatchery fish are stocked. East Canal access road on Malheur Refuge will be open to non-motorized traffic only.
Blue Lake: Located in the Gearhart Wilderness Area. Stocked with 3000 fingerling rainbow last year. Water level should be good and fishing 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 well below average this year, which means this reservoir may be drawn down to minimum pool in early summer.
Burnt River: Should provide slow to fair angling for eight to 14-inch rainbows for the April 26 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: Located in the Fremont National Forest along Road 28. This is a high elevation lake that will have good water supplies. Early season can be good for brook trout, later season legal rainbow make up the bulk of the catch. A Forest Service campground is present.
Chewaucan River: Located in a mix of Fremont National Forest and private property and flow through the town of Paisley. The river continues on to Abert Lake through private property. It is managed for wild redband. Low water flows due to drought have caused the population to decline below previous levels, but the fishing will still be fair. Water levels this summer will be low once more. There are Forest Service campgrounds present.
Chickahominy Reservoir: Will not provide any angling this year. After several years of low precipitation, water levels have continued to drop. Last summer, water levels got so low most of the fish died. There was very little runoff into the reservoir this year and water levels are very low. The reservoir will be nearly dry again by fall.
Cottonwood Meadows: Water levels will be good this year at this reservoir located off of highway 140 west of Lakeview. Fishing should be good early in the season than fair throughout the remainder of the season. Brook trout and rainbow trout are both present. There is a Forest Service campground present.
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 and the bag limit is two trout. 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 are very low and probably will not refill again this spring.
Dairy Creek: A tributary to the Chewaucan River accessed off of Forest Road 28 from Lakeview. It is managed for wild redband trout. Low water flows due to drought have caused the population to decline below previous levels, but the fishing will still be fair. Two forest service campgrounds are present.
Deadhorse Lake: A high elevation lake accessed off of Forest Service Road 28. Water levels will be good. Fishing will be good this year. An improved boatramp and campground is present.
Delintment Lake: The winter was mild, so there should be some holdover fish available before the reservoir is stocked with legal-sized and fingerling rainbow trout in early May. Legal-sized trout make up the bulk of the catch until fingerlings begin entering the fishery by September. The snowpack is below average in the area, so access should be available by mid to late April.
Dog Lake: This warm water fisheries reservoir is located west of Lakeview on the Fremont National Forest. Trout fishing is illegal. An improved boat ramp and campground is present. Water level will be good this year.
Drews Reservoir: A large irrigation reservoir west of Lakeview that is primarily warmwater fish. There are some trout, Channel catfish, crappie, and yellow perch in this water body. An improved boatramp is present. Fishing is always slow.
Duncan Reservoir: 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 and 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.
Fish Lake: 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 is about 40 percent of average so the road to the lake will likely open sometime in June.
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.
Higgins Reservoir: Opens for angling April 26. 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.
Highway 203, North Powder 1 and 2, and Haines Ponds: Will be stocked with legal trout before April 26. Angling should be good for eight to12-inch fish.
Holbrook Reservoir: Located south of highway 140 at Quartz Mountain. Water level is low and fishing will probably be slow. There is a tui chub problem developing in the lake. An improved boat ramp is present.
Juniper Lake: Has gone dry and the fishery has been lost.
Krumbo Reservoir: Should be good this spring and early summer for rainbow trout before the weeds become too thick. There also 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. Reservoir levels will be a few feet below normal but boat launching facilities will be operational.
Lofton Reservoir: Located south of highway 140 at Quartz Mountain. There is a developing chub problem in the lake, but fishing should still be good for stocked rainbow. A campground and improved boat ramp is present.
Lucky Reservoir: Located south-southwest of Adel. It is a turbid BLM reservoir that is very productive. Fishing should be good this spring.
Malheur Reservoir: Will not be good fishing this year. Last year it went dry and all fish were lost. Due to low snow pack this year the reservoir will not fill and will not be stocked this year.
Malheur River drainage, Upper: Angling will be slow early in the season but should be good for wild redband trout and brook trout after spring flows drop. The snow pack is about 50 percent of average so the streams in the basin will be at low summer flows by mid-June. Remember to release bull trout.
Malheur River, Lower: Will be poor trout fishing this year. Most of the fish died last summer in the hot muddy water when Beulah and Warm Springs reservoirs were drained in early August. The river will be stocked with fingerling rainbow this spring with the hope some survive till fall when they should be large enough to keep.
Mann Lake: Angling should be good for large Lahontan cutthroat trout, and most fish should be over 16 inches. 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 will be very low by fall due to low snow pack. There may be a fish die-off by late summer.
Mill Flat Reservoir: A small reservoir located North of Lakeview on Fremont National Forest. Fishing is usually good in the spring.
Moon Reservoir: Fishing will be poor. It was drained for irrigation last year and the fishery was lost. Due to continued dry conditions, it will likely be drained again this year.
Mud Lake: 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: Will be fair fishing for rainbow trout early. It was not drained last year for irrigation. Last year's fingerling rainbow trout should be eight to10 inches this spring. Due to low snow pack, it will not fill this year and may not be stocked.
Murray Reservoir: Will be stocked with legal trout in early May. Angling should be good for eight to 12-inch fish.
Owyhee Reservoir: 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 will not fill this year. Remember that there is a fish consumption advisory because some fish have high levels of mercury.
Owyhee River, Lower: Angling should be good most of the season. There are rainbow and brown trout over 20 inches; most are eight to 14 inches. All brown trout must be released.
Owyhee River, Upper: Has good numbers of smallmouth bass and channel catfish. The runoff will be below average this year and the river will be at low summer flow by mid-June so the boating season will be very short. There should be good hike-in fishing all summer.
Paiute Reservoir: 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: Will not be good fishing this year. Last year it went dry again. Due to low snow pack this year the reservoir will not fill and will not be stocked this year.
Powder River, Pine Creek and tributaries: Should provide fair to good angling for 8 to 14-inch rainbow for the April 26 opener.
Rogger Pond: Fishing should be good early in this borrow pit located along the Twin Springs road in the South Warner mountains.
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