Monthly Archives: May 2013

Some Info From My Friends

Received some fishing info from a couple of my friends. Matt Wagner, of Florence, sent me the halibut update from the ODFW for the first opener. Here it is:
Halibut Update through week 19 (May 12)

Columbia River Subarea—

There has been a total of 1,435 pounds landed in the first two weeks. This leaves 8,081 pounds (85%) of the spring quota remains. Average weight so far this season is approximately 18 pounds.

Central Oregon Coast Subarea

Spring All-Depth season—Weather the opening weekend was great. Many anglers were out fishing for halibut, though the bite was really hit or miss. Some folks limited out quickly and other scratched all day with limited success. Through May 12, the total harvest is 34,712 pounds. This leaves 86,235 pounds (71%) of the spring all-depth quota remaining. This weekend (May 16-18) is the 2nd “fixed” opening for the spring all-depth season. The remaining “fixed” dates (after this weekend May 16-18) are: May 30-June 1 and June 6-8. The average weight from the all-depth fishery so far this season has been approximately 16 pounds.

Nearshore Season—through May 12, total harvest is 775 pounds, leaving 22,263 pounds (97%) of the nearshore quota remaining. The average weight from the nearshore fishery, so far this season is approximately 20 pounds.

South of Humbug Mountain subarea– this fishery opened May 1, seven days per week.

Gary Sellers, of Sutherlin, sent me some news from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding fileting fish promptly while on guide fishing trips. It makes good sense and here it is:

Word from Stafford Lehr, California Fish & Wildlife’s Inland and Anadromous Fisheries Branch Chief, is that the Department has decided to allow for the filleting of salmon and steelhead on inland waters by licensed guides.

With the new “no fillet” rule as it was being called, the guiding community was concerned that the regulation, which says these fish “must be kept in such a condition that species and size can be determined until placed at the anglers permanent residence, a commercial preservation facility or being prepared for immediate consumption…” would make it difficult on clients — particularily ones that travel long distances to fish. They’d have to haul around large coolers for their whole fish and then figure out how to clean them upon arrival home.

Guided anglers are responsible for the capture of thousands of salmonids each season and guides were also concerned that the nutrients from those fish would not be returned to the system if the fish were to be taken home whole.

The DFW listened to these concerns and came up with a possible solution earlier in the week, which they aired to me. In section 1.45 quoted above, you’ll notice the bit about “commercial preservation facility.” The proposed solution involved including licensed fishing guides of the state under that description. I thought that it was quite reasonable and appreciated the fact that they were willing to work with us. The proposal was then put to top enforcement officials for feedback. The wardens were okay with it as well and so here we are.

The Deal

As it stands now, licensed guides will be able to fillet their catch for clients but the DFW recommends that they provide each client with a receipt that includes the following: The date of capture, river caught on, the client’s name and Species Information (type of fish, length, number filleted). Then a signature of the guide competes the receipt. With this proof, clients are then covered if they were to be stopped on the way home.

Lehr suggested using the back of the guide’s business card, but 3×5 index cards or pages from receipt book will also work.

There will be an official press release regarding this new change soon, so check the www.dfg, for more details


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Mardon Fishing Report on Potholes Reservoir

This weekend, Mardon will host the Mardon Bass Open Tournament which will feature a staggered start with the Saturday weigh-ins being 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm and Sunday being 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm. This is a Fish Habitat Fundraiser and will also offer a great raffle with lots of fishing tackle and equipment.  The raffle will take place on Sunday after the weigh-in’s are over.  For more information please call (509) 346-2651.

As for a Potholes fishing report – Improved perch fishing has been reported all over Potholes Reservoir.  This past week many fishers have limited on perch up to 12 inches at the MarDon Marina.  Othello Resident, Levi Rodello, reported a 13 inch jumbo perch from the MarDon Dock, this was the largest Perch we had heard of all week.

Sand dune bass fishers, while having good bass action, are commenting on clouds of bluegill and crappie throughout the dune area.

Serious walleye anglers are catching good numbers of walleye, many of which are miniature under the 12 inch legal minimum.  Walleye fishermen trolling, using spinners and night-crawlers behind bottom cruisers are reporting a number of perch under 6 inches being caught.  At this time 80% of the walleye caught are small males.  Many Lind Coulee and Crab Creek fishermen trolling are reporting walleye limits.

Suprisingly, trout fishers trolling at the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway are beginning to have good trout action near the surface with spinners and night-crawlers.  This week trout action has been occurring with Needlefish and Rapala Shad Rap’s.

After the amazing March and April bank fishing for rainbows we can only expect some quality trolling as the May weather warms the lake.

Crappie action continues to be challenging.  On May 15th one of the many secret holes in the seep lakes produced 10 crappie over 12 inches…….this report was anonymous so you can draw your own conclusions.

Another jumbo yellow perch from Mardon's Resort on Potholes Reservoir.

Another jumbo yellow perch from Mardon’s Resort on Potholes Reservoir.

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Pete Heley Outdoors 5/15/2013

The first all-depth halibut opener was disappointing for most. Success was mostly spotty and many of the halibut taken were rather small by halibut standards. There were a few exceptions. One of the anglers staying in one of Winchester Bay’s RV parks landed a 68 pound fish and an angler in Charleston, who decided to “play it both ways” landed a number of lingcod and an 80 pound halibut. He was fishing in around 150 feet of water.

Fishing for spring chinook has been disappointing, but a fish are still entering the Umpqua River and a few of them are being caught. The feeder chinook have moved farther offshore making them difficult to target for sport anglers, but not fazing the commercial salmon anglers too much. The Spring Chinook Contest sponsored by the Wells Creek Inn will continue through June and Joe Hudson is still leading with his 39.9 pound springer. The contest has other prizes besides the one for the heaviest springer taken.

Most of the lingcod that moved close to the Triangle/South Jetty area to spawn have moved to deeper water. There are still some left that remain there all year, but most of the anglers are using sand shrimp to target the striped surfperch and greening which are the most common fish hanging around the South Jetty.

While at work, I have  been getting numerous phone calls and drop bys asking about the Umpqua River’s spring redtailed surfperch run and was all set to email my column in telling people to stay tuned, because it could happen any day – when our senior fish checker, Bill Gates, dropped by Sunday afternoon to let me know that he had checked two guys who fished near Marker 12 that morning and they had caught 17 “pinkfins”. Those perch could be “scouts”, but chances are there are plenty more up there.

Striped bass are gradually dropping downstream to points on the Smith River where bank anglers can target them. Except in a few spots, striper anglers on the Umpqua have to use boats. Sturgeon fishing, except for the fish residing above tidewater on the Umpqua, remains very slow. Shad fishing is improving and is at the point where good catches might be made at any time. Hot pink or chartreuse, as usual, are the popular colors – with anglers and shad.

If one happens to look at any of the area’s lakes or ponds, at dusk, that are stocked with trout they will be surprised by how many trout are still swimming around in these spots. That is a good thing because the next trout plant for the Florence-area lakes will be the week beginning May 27th. Virtually all the Florence-area lakes that receive trout plants will be stocked that week with many of the lakes receiving trophy trout and Cleawox receiving all three trout sizes. The same week, Empire and Tenmile lakes will receive 6,000 legal trout each and the Empire Lakes will also receive 300 trophy trout. Millicoma Pond will also receive 500 legal rainbows. Also on the week beginning May 27th, Loon Lake and Lake Marie will each receive 1,000 legal rainbows. The reason for the timing of these trout plants is to make sure that the area lakes are well-stocked immediately prior to Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend for this year which is on June 1st and 2nd.

There has been some very good catches of trout and kokanee taken from recently opened waters in central and eastern Oregon, but the thing that has me looking forward to fishing that area is the reduced snowpack which should allow for effectively fishing some of the streams later this summer and fall that have been running too high to fish even in late October in recent years.

Loon Lake, which is my favorite western Oregon bass lake, has almost always treated me poorly when it comes to crappie catches. Much of the reason is that I cannot keep from targeting its sometimes jumbo bass for any length of time. But last Thursday, when I checked out what used to be the Fish Haven dock at the upper campground at Loon, I was surprised to see some crappies mingling with the bluegills and smaller bass. I decided to try to catch some of the crappies before launching my float tube and was surprised to see that the crappies were more active and aggressive than the bluegills. In less than a half hour I landed and released 32 crappies with the largest ones measuring between ten and a half inches and 11-inches. Although they were aggressive in going after my Berkley one-inch power grub, they were not that aggressive when it came to actually biting the lure. I lost about 60 percent of my bites. I then spent the next three hours targeting bass in my float tube and arrive back at the upper dock right at dark. I cast around the outside edge of the dock and landed about ten more crappies and then after taking my float tube out of the water and getting out of my waders, I, once again, targeting the crappies off the dock. I quit after reaching a count of 52 and the only reason I quit was that the smaller crappies were taking over the bite and they were literally swallowing the jig. Somehow, I managed to catch all 52 crappies on ond single white grub and it was in pretty bad shape. I would have changed it out long before I quit fishing – if I had remembered to bring any more with me.

Fishing for bass and various species of panfish should be good in virtually all of our local waters that contain them. Smallmouth bass should be either be done spawning in the Umpqua River – or very close to it. A little more of our recent nice weather and it will be relatively easy to catch 100 smallmouths in a single day – but it will be difficult to catch fish longer than 14-inches. The new daily limit on the Umpqua this year is 15 smallmouths. Most of the largemouths along the Oregon coast have not spawned yet, but inland, along Interstate 5, many of the largemouths have finished spawning – although there should be some male bass guarding nests. Unfortunately, the male largemouths in Oregon that weigh more than three pounds are few and far between.

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Winchester Bay Surfperch Alert

Early Sunday afternoon (May 12th), our senior fish checker at Winchester Bay (Bill Gates) reported that he had checked two anglers that were fishing near Marker 12 upriver from Winchester Bay and they had landed 17 redtailed surfperch while fishing that morning.

The redtailed surfperch, commonly called “pinkfins”, run on the Umpqua River is a unique and very popular fishery that starts in middle to late May and may last until the end of July or beyond.

Most anglers use sand shrimp or a combination sand on the top hook and a hardier bait like clam necks or a three inch chunk of Berkley Gulp sandworm on the bottom hook which gets the most nuisance bites from sculpins.

A few tips to maximize your catch:

(1) When you first pull up to a spot, make casts out to the sides and ahead of you (in water you didn’t take the boat through yet). The perch won’t stay beneath you boat until it has been there for several minutes so use the intervening time to explor as big an area as your casts allow.

(2) If a nearby boat starts catching fish, move to a spot far enough down current that you are not crowding them. In almost every case, the perch will be slowly moving with the current and should be approaching your new location.

(3) When a lot of boats are fishing for the perch, sometimes the people that catch the perch are the ones who begin fishing at daybreak before the onslaught on boats arrive – no matter what the tide is doing

(4) The perch will go on and off the bite as they move around. But usually, they just moved off. People that pay excessive attention to the tide are really just having the perch arrive at their location at a certain tide stage. They could be almost anywhere else at other times. Don’t get locked into the tide status – it often is over rated.

For these and other Surfperch fishing tips, check out the book “Winchester Bay Surfperch Guide” for many tips and even maps on surfperch fishing. It is available at the Stockade Market in Winchester Bay or on this website for $3.99 plus $2.00 per order shipping and handling.

Mike Shubin with a nice-sized striped surfperch.

Mike Shubin with a nice-sized striped surfperch.

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Medford Fishing Maps

A new fishing map book is now out. You will not be able to order it through this website for a couple of more weeks, but if you are in a hurry, you an order the book for $6.99 + $2.00 per order shipping and handling from the author (Pete Heley). You can either send a personal check or order via PayPal (ten.retrahcnull@yelehetep) – or you can purchase the book at the Stockade Market in Winchester Bay – where Pete works.

The book has 15 detailed Medford-area fishing maps with contour depths and lots of fishing information. Fishing info is also included on more than 50 other Medford area waters.

Medford Cover WEB

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In Memory of Doug Hannon

Doug Hannon 1946 - 2013

Doug Hannon 1946 – 2013

Although it has been a few months since Doug’s passing, I feel an obligation to explain how he has affected my life.

I am an avid bass angler and I love to fish at night for bass – and almost all of my largest bass have come well after the onset of darkness.

Fishing at night for bass brings its own set of problems and one of the biggest is not being able to see any problems or potential problems involving how your line is going on the reel. I prefer to use a spinning reel.

About a year ago, I decided to purchase one of Doug’s “Wave Spinning Reels” after finding them at a deeply discounted price on ebay. It seems that the reel had not really taken off yet and the reels were available on ebay through a marketing firm for about 30 percent of their list price.

Although a little dubious, I forked over the money via paypal and awaited the arrival of a very strange-looking reel. I couldn’t wait to test it out.

I went to one of my favorite Grants Pass area lakes and it was about about 10 pm on a relatively warm April night and I began walking along the shoreline casting a black buzzbait. The fishing was fairly good and I soon landed a nice three pound largemouth. It was then that I discovered that I had not brought a flashlight or even a penlight with me. I figured I could still get a picture and laid the bass on the pavement and then discovered that the camera that I leave at work when I am not fishing had a dead battery. It seems that I couldn’t see anything and no one else was going to either.

After catching several nice bass, I got back into my car and tried to get comfortable while awaiting daylight – but couldnn’t, so I started fishing the same water I had fished before midnight from 4 am until daylight and enjoyed similar fishing on the black buzzbait landing several bass to three pounds.

However, when daylight was advanced enough for me to take a look at my new reel, I was amazed. The 20# Power Pro braid looked as if it had just been professionally put on the reel. I had never, in the past, spend several hours fishing at night and not had at least minor problems with my line. Since then, I am convinced that the Wave Reel with its weird-looking cogs does a great job of taking out any potential knots or loose line areas before they become a problem.

It also casts much better than I thought it would – because the cogs flip the line out away from the reel lip reducing line drag on the casts at least as much as occasionally touching the cogs adds to it. Add a much better than average drag (for a spinning reel) and I am very happy with my purchase.

In fact, I now have five wave spinning reels in three different sizes. Unfortunately, should I want to buy more, they are no longer deeply discounted. It seems that they have caught on with the fishing public and are selling very lose to their suggested retail price.

When you factor in what is now my favorite spinning reel with Doug’s many other fishing-related products, he cut a very wide swath in ahead of the curve angling products – and in addition to all the other ways he will be missed is the one where many of us were curious about what new product he was going to come up with next.

A side view of the Wave Spinning Reel.

A side view of the Wave Spinning Reel.

The front view of the Wave Spinning Reel reveals its unique design

The front view of the Wave Spinning Reel reveals its unique design

Doug Hannon with two of the more than 800 bass he caught weighing more than ten pounds.

Doug Hannon with two of the more than 800 bass he caught weighing more than ten pounds.



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Potholes Reservoir Fishing Report

The water on Potholes Reservoir has come alive.  Our surface water temperatures have begun to eclipse the 70 degree mark.  Shore fishers have been commenting on seeing vast numbers of both small mouth bass and largemouth bass cruising the shoreline to locate their spawning areas to prepare for their annual spring detail.  The water under the MarDon Fishing Dock is visibly filled with several age classes of Yellow Perch, it looks like an aquarium.  Serious bass anglers competing in the The Bass Federation Northwest Qualifier are weighing in largemouth and small mouth bass over 6 lbs.  The comment that makes me so happy is how many bass federation fishers never having fished Potholes Reservoir are not only catching the largest smallmouth bass but they are also witnessing vast schools of crappie, bluegill, and perch throughout the 18,000 square acre sand dune area.  Our warm water fishing on Potholes Reservoir is showing increased populations.

The 2013 Rod Meseberg Spring Walleye Classic was 9 teams less than the 2012 tournament. Total earnings paid out for the tourney of 58 boats was $16,200.00.  295 fish were caught for an average weight of 2.34 lbs.  Contestants weighed 36 more walleye at the scales compared to the 2012 tournament.  These fish weighed an average of 12 ounces more than last year’s average fish weight.   Each year Spokane Resident, Don Ghramm is the first team to register.  Don and his fishing partner Brett McKern won the 2013 Spring Walleye Classic with a total 2 day weight of 30.74 lbs.  Congratulations to Don and Brett!!

Moses Lake Resident’s, Bill and Wayne Conley, earned 4th place with a total weight of 27.88 lbs. While Potholes Reservoir is getting ever more famous for its walleye fishing . . . .

Moses Lake Resident’s, Bill and Wayne Conley, earned 4th place with a total weight of 27.88 lbs. While Potholes Reservoir is getting ever more famous for its walleye fishing . . . .

 some of the yellow perch taken from Potholes Reservoir, like these caught off the Mardon Resort Dock by Travis Hobbs from Wenatchee, are as large as the walleyes in some Washington lakes.

some of the yellow perch taken from Potholes Reservoir, like these caught off the Mardon Resort Dock by Travis Hobbs from Wenatchee, are as large as the walleyes in some Washington lakes.


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All-Depth Halibut

Halibut fishing out of Winchester Bay was somewhat slow, but there was some nice fish taken. The next all-depth halibut opener will be Thursday through Saturday (May 16th – 18th). Anglers need to check the regulations as there were some changes, especially in regards to the near-shore halibut fishery, this year.

This nice halibut was taken by Matt Plumb while fishing with Brian Gill of The Umpqua Anghler (541-852-9889 - They launched at Winchester Bay and fished the "mud hole" located 21 miles north of Winchester Bay. They used shad for bait.

This nice halibut was taken by Matt Plumb while fishing with Brian Gill of The Umpqua Angler (541-852-9889 – They launched at Winchester Bay and fished the “mud hole” located 21 miles north of Winchester Bay. They used shad for bait.

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Pete Heley Outdoors 5/08/2013

Fishing for spring chinook has been slow, except for the area below where Rock Creek enters the North Umpqua. The entire mainstem Umpqua has been fishing very slow. Another small springer was reported takenat Half Moon Bay last week, but the lower river has not been productive for any salmon and even the feeder chinook out in the ocean were tough to find last week – partly because of bar and ocean restrictions that did not give the ocean salnon anglers much time to try to find fish. Ocean salmon anglers should definitely look forward to July 1st when the ocean finclipped coho season opens in the ocean and there should be a few fall chinook around getting ready to begin their ascension of the Umpqua River.

The Triangle/South Slough area, usually the most consistent fishing spot in our area, was off a little over the weekend as the water was a little murky after some minus tides.

The information of the ODFW website regarding Halibut fishing is a little confusing. The first paragraph goes like this: Staff Recommended 2013 Pacific Halibut Sport Regulations. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will make the final decision on the 2013 halibut regulations, including open dates, at their meeting on May 10. But later in their halibut post, the dates for the spring all-depth halibut season are given and the the first four three day openers are as follows (all Thursday through Saturday): May 9th-May 11th; May 16th-18th; May 30th-June 1st and June 6th-8th.

The ODFW paragraph I referred to in the preceding paragraph obviously is referring to the inshore halibut fishery, but is poorly written or explained. The inshore halibut fishery will be open Thursday through Saturday beginning on May 2nd and will run through October 31st or when the quota for the Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain section of 23,038 is reached. All-depth halibut fishing south of Humbug Mountain to the Oregon/California border is open seven days a week from May 1st through October 31st. The all-depth halibut quotas were set at the same quotas as last year by the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Sturgeon fishing on the Umpqua River remains slow, but a few striped bass have shown up in the lower to middle tidewater areas of the Smith and Umpqua rivers. Most of the stripers are still in the upper tidewater areas, but will be dropping downriver over the next few weeks. Striper fishing has been very slow.

Shad fishing is starting to heat up on the Umpqua and should get even better with warming water temperatures. Popular spots for non-boaters include Sawyers Rapids; Elkton, Yellow Creek, Tyee area and near the community of Umpqua. Most popular colors for the shad darts and jigs remains chartreuse and hot pink.

There are planted trout left in all the area lakes that have been planted. The Florence-area lakes that are slated to be stocked this week are: Carter Lake (2,500 legal trout); Cleawox Lake (2,000 legal and 150 trophy trout); Munsel Lake (1,500 foot long and 150 trophy trout) and Sutton Lake (1,000 foot long rainbows). Area trout plants will be less frequent this year except for the period preceding Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend on June 1st and 2nd. This year, Washington’s Free Fishing Weekend is June 8th and 9th and California’s Free Fishing Days are July 6th and September 7th. Idaho’s Free Fishing Day is the second Saturday in June each year and is June 8th this year.

Some of the better trout fishing in our area have been in the larger lakes for native and carryover trout. Eel and Tenmile lakes have been quite productive for trout recently and some good catches have also been made at Siltcoos, Sutton and Tahkenitch lakes. Area streams will open on May 25th of this year.

Despite windy conditions, bass and panfish angling has been very good in most waters that harbor them. Largemouth bass in most coastal lakes are in their immediate pre-spawn stage and bluegills and bullhead catfish are becoming more active. The Umpqua is producing some very good smallmouth bass angling, but to a limited number of anglers. The best crappie and yellow perch angling usually occurs during March and April of each year.

A rather humbling article in the current issue of Naitonal Geographic illustrates how much we don’t know about our planet’s animal species. The article written by A. R. Williams and titled “Species Hunt” breaks down nine animal catagories into estimated number of species and number of species already discovered. Here goes in order of decreasing ratios:

Mammals (5,501 discovered species / 5,600 estimated total species = 98%)
Birds (10,064 discovered species / 10,500 estimated total species = 96%)
Reptiles (9,547 discovered species / 12,000 estimated total species =80%)

Fish (32,400 discovered species /45,000 estimated total species =72%)
Amphibians (6,771 discovered species / 15,000 estimated total species =45%)
Mollusks (85,000 discovered species / 200,000 estimated total species =43%)

Crustaceans (47,000 discovered species / 150,000 estimated total species =31%)
Insects (1,000,000 discovered species / 5,000,000 estimated total species =20%)
Arachnids (102,248 discovered species / 600,000 estimated total species =17%)

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Central Oregon Fishing Report

OR Central FR-Brown


The roads leading to the reservoir are clear.  Fishing has been fair due to the turbidity but anglers are reporting catching large trout. These are some of Oregon’s fastest growing trout and when the lake was rehabilitated about three years ago, there were trout weighing as much as 15 pounds present among the thousands of bullhead catfish.


The pond has been stocked and fishing is good.

BIG LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout

Accessible and fishing was good on opening weekend, but windy conditions hampered some anglers..


Snow will limit access.

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, kokanee, largemouth bass. Rainbow and brook trout dominated the catch over the opening weekend. Winds kept some anglers off the lake, but cool water temperatures allowed the trout to be scattered throughout the reservoir. Some large rainbows and brookies were caught.

CRESCENT LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee
Some nice brown and rainbow trout were caught opening weekend, but the macs and kokanee were a little slow.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout and mountain whitefish

Fishing will probably be slow with the current flow conditions. Fishing will be better once the flows are lower and stable during the irrigation season. The trout may be spawning now so anglers are reminded to be careful if wading so as to not trample the redds. The use of bait is prohibited until May 2013. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.

Flows below Bowman Dam

A sample of redband trout and mountain whitefish are tagged with a numbered floy tag protruding from the back. Anglers who catch a trout or whitefish with a floy tag are encouraged to release the fish with the tag intact after recording the tag color and number, fish length and location caught. Anglers can send the information to ODFW at (541) 447-5111 ext. 24 or

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

No recent reports.

DAVIS LAKE: redband trout, largemouth bass

Davis lake is accessible, and as usual in the spring, some nice rainbow trout were caught in the lake near the Odell Creek inlet.

DESCHUTES RIVER: steelhead, redband trout

Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam: steelhead, redband trout, whitefish

Good to excellent reports of trout fishing from the Deschutes above Maupin were reported. Best trout fishing typically occurs around midday, as the best light reaches the canyon floor. Fly anglers will find best success with mayfly and caddis patterns, and the famous Deschutes salmonfly hatch should be starting in the near future.

Anglers, who catch a tagged hatchery steelhead with an orange anchor tag, are encouraged to report catch information to ODFW at 541-296-4628 or via the internet. Anglers catching a tagged wild fish should release it immediately without recording any information.

Anglers can check the trap the seasons catch at Sherars Falls as an indicator of fish movement in the Deschutes. The Sherars Falls trap went offline for the season Nov. 2.

Lake Billy Chinook to Bend: rainbow trout, brown trout

Flows have increased with the end of irrigation season. This will make the river more difficult to wade but often triggers trout to feed more heavily and seek out new territories. Rainbow trout average 10 to 16-inches, while brown trout up to 26-inches are available. Anglers will find better access downstream of Lower Bridge. Remains open year round; however, gear is restricted to artificial flies and lures only.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, Atlantic salmon, kokanee

Not accessible as of April 30.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

The river above the falls is open all year; the river below the falls opens May 25.  Fishing is restricted to fly fishing only with barbless hooks.

FROG LAKE: rainbow trout

Snow will limit access.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Fishing has been excellent for large trout and kokanee.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead, winter steelhead, spring chinook

Anglers are catching good numbers of winter steelhead, as the run peaks in the river in the next few weeks. Anglers are reporting the best success on bait, but spinners and other artificial baits are also effective. Few spring chinook have been caught recently, but recent numbers over Bonneville have substantially improved and catch in the Hood River should improve.

Spring chinook season opened on the Hood River on April 15, 2013 and will remain open until June 30, 2013.  Anglers may retain two adipose fin clipped adult chinook and five fin clipped jack Chinook.

HOSMER LAKE: Atlantic salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout

Inaccessible due to snow.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: bull trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass

Fishing for bull trout has been good. Catch rates are up compared to this time last year.  The Metolius Arm is open to fishing again and there are good numbers of legal-sized bull trout. A tribal angling permit is required in the Metolius Arm. Please check the special regulations for this area.

Anglers are reminded there are small numbers of spring chinook and summer steelhead in Lake Billy Chinook as part of the reintroduction effort. Please release these fish unharmed.
LITTLE LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent reports.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

Inaccessible due to snow. Anglers should check with the USFS Hood River Ranger Station for 541-352-6002 concerning access.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Trout fishing has been good. Insect hatches should offer lots of opportunities for good dry fly fishing. Angling for post spawning bull trout should be excellent. Large streamer flies fished in the deeper pools and slots are the best bet.

The mainstem above the Allingham Bridge closed to fishing Oct. 31.

NORTH TWIN: rainbow trout

Fishing was good opening weekend.


Fishing for trout has been good for trout averaging 8 to 10 inches.

Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures only; two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fishing for trout has been good. Anglers are reporting trout up to 18 inches long.

ODELL LAKE: kokanee, lake trout, rainbow trout

Trout fishing was good opening weekend and kokanee fishing should pick up as water temperature rises – although a few kokanee anglers did make good catches.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Not accessible as of April 30.


The reservoir has been stocked and should offer anglers a great chance to catch recently stocked legal and brood size rainbow trout.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Fishing has been slow but the trout that were caught were large.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

No recent reports but the trout are active.


The reservoir has been stocked and should offer anglers a great chance to catch recently stocked legal and brood size rainbow trout – some of the broodstock rainbows that were landed were big.


Shevlin Pond is fishing well.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: Good fishing for rainbow trout now that the bullhead catfish are gone. South Twin is one of two Oregon lakes that might have a tagged trout worth one million dollars in it (the other is Henry Hagg Lake).

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee
A few nice brown trout were caught and some of the kokanee landed opening weekend measured more than ten inches.

TAYLOR LAKE: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Taylor Lake has been recently stocked, and has provided consistent catches of rainbow trout.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

WICKIUP RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, largemouth bass. A few large brown and rainbow trout were caught and the kokanee that were landed have been big.

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