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Grande Ronde and Wallowa River Fishing Report November 24, 2014


Grande Ronde River Fly Fishing ReportGRANDE RONDE, WALLOWA, IMNAHA RIVERS:
The Grande Ronde River is open for steelhead as of Sept. 1.

We have been getting floating ice with some ice dams, which rules out swinging, but the river has been fishable in the afternoons with the steelhead very receptive to big nymph patterns.

Check on conditions before you go!  Boggan's Oasis (509) 256-3372

Wallowa River: A couple of early steelhead catches reported in the canyon bode well for this season - fish on!









Grande Ronde River Flows at Troy, Oregon


Real-time water flow data from USGS:




ALDRICH PONDS: rainbow trout

Anglers can make either a 2 mile hike to Roosevelt Lake (Lower Lake) or a 2.5 mile hike to Stewart Lake (Upper Lake). Fishing is good for carryover rainbow trout at both ponds.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing for carryover rainbow and brook trout is fair. Trout are now concentrated in the deeper part of the reservoir near the dam. Vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, bass, chinook

The Grand Ronde River flows are beginning to drop and bass fishing will pick up soon. Look for bass near rocky outcrops and shelves. Look for trout in the slow margins and around structure. A variety of methods will be successful including bait, lures and flies. The river often offers up some large trout this time of year.

Remember, only adipose-fin clipped trout may be retained and all bull trout must be released unharmed.

HATROCK POND: trout

The Hat Rock State Park provides a trail system with easy angler access to the pond for the entire family. Fishing for rainbow trout should be good.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: trout

Trout fishing is fair but vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers.

HUNTER POND: trout

Hunter Pond is located about 3 miles south of Hwy 244 off of USFS Rd 5160. The pond is located on the 710 spur just west of 5160. The pond was stocked the last week of May.

The Imnaha River
The Imnaha River
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

IMNAHA RIVER: trout, bass, Chinook

The Imnah River is open for jacks from the mouth to the Summit Creek Bridge (river mile 45) with a daily limit of five fin-clipped fish. All adult Chinook must be released unharmed. The jack fishery will remain open until a closure is announced (jacks are salmon less than 24-inches long).

The Imnaha River is open for trout. Flows are slowly coming into shape but the water clarity is good so fish close to the banks and in back eddies behind large structure. Some stoneflies may be around and fish may be keying in on them; however, many techniques will catch fish. Bass fishing will likely be slow in the lower river until flows drop and water temperatures come up. Remember, below the mouth of Big Sheep Creek only adipose-fin clipped trout may be harvested. All bull trout must be released unharmed.

Bass angling will begin to pick up soon as water temperatures rise. Some anglers find healthy smallmouth during the summer on a variety of gear.

JOHN DAY RIVER: smallmouth bass, trout

Smallmouth bass fishing is good in the lower river but flows have dropped to 250 cfs making boat travel very difficult. Trout fishing is fair on the South Fork and on the Middle Fork but flows will remain very low for the remainder of the summer.

Check John Day River flows

JUBILEE LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake has been stocked and should provide good fishing for rainbow trout.

JUMP-OFF-JOE LAKE: brook trout

This high lake near Desolation Creek fishes well all summer and presently has large brook trout available. It requires a ½ mile hike. Fishing is poor from the bank but packing in a float tube or raft will greatly improve your chances.

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

Bass fishing is fair but trout fishing is poor. Fish activity is limited by high water temperatures and vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers.

LUGER POND: trout

The pond was stocked the last week of May.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

The fishing has slowed for brook trout as the lake temperature is over 65 degrees. Carryover and legal sized rainbows were stocked recently and are available.

McNARY PONDS: trout

A trail system provides access to both pond and stream fishing and the area also has several handicap accessible fishing platforms.

The ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent report.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow, kokanee

This high lake stays cool all summer and is accessible by vehicle for bank or boat angling. There is a campground with boat launch. Kokanee fishing has slowed down as water temperatures warmed but can still be caught in deeper water. Carryover rainbows are available along with recently planted jumbo trout.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked several times this spring, the last being early June. Catch rates will decline as the season progresses into summer and water temperatures warm.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked several times this spring, the last being early June. Catch rates will decline as the season progresses into summer and water temperatures warm.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fish activity is limited by high water temperatures. Low water and vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers. Fishing is poor.

STRAWBERRY AND SLIDE LAKES: rainbow and brook trout

These high lakes in the Strawberry Mountain wilderness area provide good fishing all summer. Strawberry lake requires a 1.5 mile hike and Slide Lake is another mile further.

Fish can be caught from the bank but packing in a float tube or raft will improve your chances.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

This was a new stocking site in 2013. The pond is located in a gravel pit just off USFS Rd. 7740, approximately ½ mile south of the Jct. with USFS Rd. 7700. The pond was stocked the last week of May. Fishing is good.

TROUT FARM POND: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing for rainbow and brook trout is fair. Carryover and legal sized rainbows are available. Vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers.

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

The following ponds have been stocked to date: Ninemile, Shimmiehorn, skyline, Boundary, Key hole, Pearson Ridge Twin, Goldfish, 5412, Yellow Jacket, Granite Meadows, French Corral, Four Corners and Frog Heaven. The South Umatilla Ponds will be stocked this week (Ellis, Gopher springs, Divide well, Rock pit, Sugarbowl, 5320, Thompson and Stinkwater) All should provide good fishing.

UMATILLA RIVER: trout

The upper Umatilla is open to catch-and-release trout fishing and fishing for rainbow trout has been good. Anglers should consult the synopsis for detailed regulations.

Threemile Dam fish counts

Wallowa Lake
Wallowa Lake
- Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Anglers reported great success for stocked and holdover rainbow trout over the holiday weekend. The lake was stocked with tagged rainbow trout in an effort by ODFW to better understand the utilization of this fishery. Tagged fish have been caught at very high rates and over $750 in rewards have been paid.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish, chinook

The Wallowa River is currently running high with snowmelt coming from the high country. Anglers are still finding a few trout and whitefish and the bug hatches have been thick. The best dry fly angling is in the late evening. During mid-day fishing large large attractor nymphs under an indicator can be deadly. Most spinner and bait angling techniques will also be very effective. Anglers will find fish by fishing in the slow margins of the river where trout hold up to conserve energy. Remember, below Rock Creek only adipose-fin clipped trout may be harvested. All bull trout must be released unharmed.

The Wallowa River is open for spring Chinook fishing. Anglers have harvested a few fish mostly coming from the hole at Minam State Park. Salmon angling is open from Minam State Park upstream to the mouth of the Lostine River. Anglers may retain two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and five adipose fin-clipped jacks per day, with two daily jack limits in possession. Chinook jacks are salmon between 15 and 24 inches in length. Anglers do not need to record jack catch on their combined angling tags, but it is illegal to continue fishing for jack Chinook once the adult bag limit is met. Unmarked (wild) fish must be released carefully and unharmed. A valid Columbia River endorsement is required for this fishery.

Check the ODFW website regularly for closure information.

WESTON POND: trout

The pond has been stocked and fishing for rainbow trout should be good.

SOUTHEAST OREGON FLY FISHING REPORT

BEULAH RESERVOIR: redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout

Recent fishing reports indicate catch rates are fair. Average size of trout range from 12 to 18-inches. The reservoir water has increased to 64 percent full and inflows were 208 cfs (April 15). The boat ramp is usable again.

USBR crews have been tagging fish populations in the reservoir over the last several years. If you catch a tagged trout report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: trout

Fishing for 8 to 10-inch trout has been good on Bridge Creek and upper Blitzen River. Anglers have not yet reported catching large redband trout in the lower river this spring. Flows in the Blitzen River averaged 151 cfs on April 15. Water temperatures at Page Springs gauge ranged from 42°F to 54°F. The Blitzen River and tributaries are catch-and-release only for trout until May 24. The Little Blitzen River is catch-and-release for trout all year.

BULLY CREEK RESERVOIR: bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish, and trout.

The reservoir water level has increased over the last couple of weeks; it was 72 percent full on April 15. Fishing for trout has been fair; crappie angling has been slow.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing for trout has been fair. Legal-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in late April. Anglers have recently caught largemouth bass and a large channel catfish. Twenty tagged fish are in the pond. If you capture a tagged fish return the tag to the Hines office (237 Hwy 20 S) for a prize.

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Vehicles can’t access Campbell and Deadhorse lakes.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout

THE RIVER IS CLOSED DOWNSTREAM OF THE HIGHWAY 31 BRIDGE IN PAISLEY. The river upstream of Hwy 31 remains open and the use of bait is PROHIBITED! The river is flowing around 240 cfs with water temperatures in the low 40s.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is around a third full, free of ice, and very turbid. The boat dock is usable and anglers have been catching a few holdover trout.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout

Local anglers began accessing the lake and fishing within the last few weeks. The ice has pulled back from the edges making fishing from shore possible. A floating island of ice remains in the middle of the lake and boat use may be difficult for a few weeks. The OSP game officer reported good fishing success at the lake over the weekend. 

 COW LAKES: largemouth bass, white crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout

The upper lake is full and the lower one is dry. As of 2013, the lakes will no longer be stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality. Ice fisherman reported poor success for warm water species and trout.

DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout

Vehicles can’t access Campbell and Deadhorse lakes.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

The road is rutted in deep snow and ice for several locations. The lake is still covered in ice but is beginning to open around the edges (April 8). Ice fishing is not recommended.

DEMING CREEK:

Closed to fishing until May 24 to protect large spawning redband trout.

Yellow Perch
Yellow Perch
-Wikipedia-

DEVILS LAKE (FISHHOLE CREEK): largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead

Fishing at Devils Lake is likely slow for warmwater fish.

DOG LAKE: largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead

Dog Lake is ice-free. The few reports from anglers suggest that fishing is currently slow at the reservoir. Water temperatures are in the mid 50s and fishing for most species should improve over the next month. 

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is ice-free with water temperatures in the low 40s. Anglers might consider fishing this reservoir later in the day when water temperatures have warmed and fish are likely to be the most active.

FISH LAKE (Steens Mountain): rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake is covered in ice of unknown depth. The North and South Steens Loop access roads are closed. Contact Burns BLM for updates on road access this spring (541 573-4400).

FOURMILE CREEK (tributary to Agency Lake): Brook trout, brown trout and redband trout.

Fourmile Creek off Westside road just north of Cherry Creek is open all year with bait allowed. Fishing should be good for brook trout. A few large brown trout occur in the stream. Currently, this area is very wet thus fishing from a canoe or float tube is recommended.

FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout

Access to the lake and conditions on the lake is unknown. The road into Fourmile Lake might be closed to reduce damage to the road. Contact the Fremont-Winema National Forest for further information at 541-883-6714.

GERBER RESERVOIR: crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead and largemouth bass

Fishing is very slow. The lake is very low and 1/9 full which makes launching boats challenging if even possible.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond is ice free. The first stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout is scheduled for late April.

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

The lake is ice-free and water temperatures are around 43 °F. Water temperatures will warm and anglers should expect good to excellent fishing when temperatures reach 50 °F in 2-4 weeks.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Local anglers have reported spotty success with some days providing good fishing while others are fair or poor. 

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

The pond is ice free. The first stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout is scheduled for mid-April.

J.C. BOYLE RESERVOIR (Topsy Reservoir): Largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, crappie, goldfish

The reservoir is ice-free. Fishing is picking up with much warmer water temperatures. Crappie and pumpkinseed are increasing in the catch.

Cutthroat Trout
Cutthroat Trout
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

JUNIPER LAKE: cutthroat trout

The lake is very low (reduced to two small pools) but ice-free. The lake can be accessed on public land off the East Steens Loop Rd. on the SE side. A large portion of the lake is privately owned, as indicated by the fence lines; however, bank access is permitted. Please be respectful of private property.

KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: redband trout and yellow perch

Water clarity remains good for this time of year. The lake is a nice green color which is a change from the very turbid conditions the past five years. Fishing should remain stable this week with continuing warm weather but expect windier conditions in the late afternoon which will make fishing from a boat challenging. Fishing is generally slow with catch rates averaging 7 hours per redband from boat and 30 hours per redband from the shore. The most popular bank angling areas are at Howard and Shoalwater Bays. Most bank anglers are fishing with dead minnows. Water temperatures have increased dramatically to 58 degree which increases redband trout activity. Trolling lures and plugs from boat should improve with the increase in water temperatures. The lake is 1 foot below full pool. All boat ramps are accessible. ODFW encourages catch and release as this fishery is managed for trophy trout. Redband trout captured should not be removed from the water, resuscitated by cradling and pumping gills by moving fish back and forth through the water. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir (Topsy Reservoir) opened on Oct. 1. Angling for redband trout is good as larger redband trout have completed spawning. Flows are currently near ideal (980 cfs) for a successful spring outing. Anglers fishing this stretch should come prepared for difficult wading. Wading boot with studs, wading belt, and wading staff are highly recommended.  Look for caddis hatches in the afternoon and be prepared to match the caddis pupae. Fish the caddis pupae imitation on the dead drift near the bottom for best success. Mayflies are also hatching and can be matched well with tungsten bead headed pheasant tails. There is an abundance of food in this reach therefore fish rarely rise to flies on the surface. Flies and lures imitating minnows and sculpins can be very effective. Water temperatures have increased dramatically from 51 degrees last week to 58 degrees this week. Water temperatures in this reach were very warm this summer thus some mortality of redband trout might have occurred.

The Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse offers excellent spinner fishing as well as good dry fly fishing with small flies. Most fish in this section are small and average 10 inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The most effective method this time of year is dead drifting stonefly, pheasant tail and midge patterns. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. This area is the best bet for good trout fishing over spring break.
 
Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed sixteen inches. River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day. Fishing trips should be planned when flows are lower.

Check current flow levels. If flows are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns and/or bead head pheasant tails can be good. Blue winged olive mayflies are hatching around 1 p.m. and can continue to hatch sporadically until dusk. Look for rising trout in the slow backwater areas near tailouts of pools or in back eddies along foam lines. A few trout can be caught using small dry flies (size 16-18) that match blue winged olive mayflies. Most fish are in the 6-8 inch range but numerous 12 inch fish can be caught with 16 inches the maximum. Currently, operation at the hydro system below the powerhouse has operated with high flows 1670 cfs for all daylight hours. However, anglers should keep an eye on flow releases as low flow occurred all day on April 14.  Flow release estimates by PacifiCorp have been discontinued until May 2014. Fishing will be slow due to high flows.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: Closed to fishing until April 26.

Recreationists have reported the gate is open to Krumbo Reservoir; however, fishing is still closed as per 2014 Oregon state angling regulations until April 26. Contact Malheur National Wildlife Refuge at 541 493-2612 for access information to Krumbo Reservoir.

Small-mouth Bass
Small-mouth Bass
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-

LAKE OF THE WOODS: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, hatchery brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, tui chub

The lake is ice-free. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194. Lake of the Woods will be stocked with legal and trophy rainbow trout the week before opening day on April 26.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Lofton Reservoir currently has no fish available for anglers to catch due to the rotenone treatment last fall. The reservoir is scheduled to be stocked in mid-May. This stocking date was set last fall when biologists assumed that access to the reservoir will not be possible until mid to late May. ODFW realizes that anglers can currently access the reservoir but, at this time, is not able to reschedule the trout stocking due to hatchery commitments at other water bodies. The reservoir may be stocked earlier if a day frees up on the hatchery stocking calendar.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch

Lost River is ice-free. Fishing is slow for warmwater fish but should be improving with increasing water temperatures.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is ice free and around 50 percent full. Anglers have been catching a lot of fish in the 8 to 10-inch range, and a few over 18-inches. Please handle smaller fish with care when releasing them; they are next year’s holdover trout.

MALHEUR RIVER (Warm Springs Reservoir downstream to South Fork Malheur River): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir remain at or around 0 cfs. Fishing the upper river area is expected to be fair for a few holdover trout. Perch and smallmouth bass have been caught in the pool below the dam.

MALHEUR RIVER (from the South Fork Malheur River near Riverside, downstream to Gold Creek): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout.

Discharge at Juntura averaged 21 cfs on April 15. Fishing has been slow for anglers, but is improving with warmer weather and warmer water temperatures. Spring fishing near Riverside is expected to be fair this year.

MALHEUR RIVER, NORTH FORK: redband trout, whitefish, and bull trout

Fishing for redband trout should be slow; access is challenging due to snow drifting and ice.

MALHEUR RIVER, MIDDLE FORK: redband trout, brook trout, and bull trout

Fishing for trout is poor; access is challenging due to snow drifting and ice.

MANN LAKE: trout

Anglers are still catching good numbers of large cutthroat trout in Mann Lake. The lake is completely ice free and both boat ramps are usable. The reservoir is slightly turbid from wind action and spring run-off from the tributaries off Steens Mountain. Most fish are 14 to 16-inches long, with several over 20-inches being caught.

Brown Trout
Brown Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Conditions on the lake are unknown. Please report any circular wounds on trout that might be caused by lamprey to the Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732.

MOON RESERVOIR: bass, trout

The reservoir is increasing and is currently near full pool. Carp are plentiful in the reservoir. Trout numbers are expected to be in low, but bass still persist in the reservoir as well.

MUD LAKE: trout

This reservoir is ice-free with water temperatures in the low 50s. The road is dry making access to this reservoir easy. This water should warm faster because of the muddy water, making fish more active and easier to catch than other reservoirs.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is ice-free. Stocking of legal-sized rainbows is tentatively planned for late April.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond is ice-free. There was a significant winter kill of fish in the pond. The first stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout is scheduled for late April.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Snow is blocking access to this reservoir at this time.

OWYHEE RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish

The water level in the reservoir is 27 percent of full and inflows averaged 363 cfs (April 15). Three boat ramps appear usable on the Bureau of Reclamation webpage.

OWYHEE RIVER (Lower): brown trout and hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing has been good for brown trout this spring. Water releases below Owyhee Dam remain constant at winter flow rates; 21 cfs on April 15. Please use ethical angling practices; be respectful of other fisherman, use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep fish in the water at all times.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

Owyhee River flows averaged 363 cfs on April 15. Fishing for smallmouth and channel catfish is slow. The river is high and turbid, watch for debris.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

The reservoir is at 41 percent of capacity and is ice-free. Tiger muskie were released into the reservoir in the spring of 2013. Anglers are reminded that tiger muskie are restricted to catch and release only. No harvest or removal from the reservoir is allowed. Yellow perch are currently spawning in shallows.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: Closed to fishing until April 26.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Trout fishing has been good for fish 16 to 18-inches. The limit is 2 per day, please be respectful of the angling regulations for the reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is near half-full. Catch rates remain fair for holdover trout; however, several fish up to 17-inches have been caught recently using bait.

Spring Chinook

Spring Chinook
- Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

POWDER RIVER: trout, spring Chinook

Catch-and-release fishing with flies and lures is now allowed through April 25, 2014, from Hughes Lane in Baker City, upstream to Mason Dam. All other reaches of the Powder River and tributaries are closed to fishing. The reach immediately below Mason Dam is now near the winter minimum flow, but should supply anglers with good opportunity for holdover stocked trout or native trout.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is ice-free and the road was dry during the week of March 3 making access to this reservoir easy. This reservoir was stocked on March 21 with large trout (14-inches long). The water temperature was 53 °F. Fish should be active and anglers are encouraged to keep a limit of fish.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

Sand and Scott Creeks are very small spring fed streams west of Hwy 97 near the Silver Lake highway junction. Fishing on these small streams is open year-round with bait allowed. Most fish are less than 8-inches long.

SEVENMILE CREEK: trout

Flows will be low and ideal for a successful fishing outing on opening day on April 26.

SKY LAKES AND MOUNTAIN LAKE WILDERNESS: brook trout and rainbow trout

Most wilderness lakes are likely frozen and inaccessible.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

This reservoir is ice-free with water temperatures in the low 40s. The road was dry during the week of March 3 making access to this reservoir easy. This water should warm faster because of the muddy water, making fish more active and easier to catch than other reservoirs.

SPENCER CREEK:
Closed to fishing until May 24 to protect large spawning redband trout.

SPRAGUE RIVER: trout

Fishing should be good on opening day on April 26 above Saddle Mountain Pit Road road as flows will be low and visibility will be good. Closed to fishing until May 24 below Saddle Mountain Pit Road

NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES:

Opens to fishing April 26. Fishing will be slow on opening day on public land above the first 3411 road crossing as the high gradient section will have high velocities. If anglers can access the area at Sandhill and Lee Thomas crossings angling should be good on the April 26 opener.

SOUTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES:

Angling will be slow for the April 26 opener due to low fish numbers.

SPRING CREEK:

Closed to fishing until May 24 to protect large spawning redband trout.

SUN CREEK:

The road into Sun Creek is closed to all motor vehicles until June 30. Anglers need to concentrate efforts below the bridge crossing on Sun Creek as the area above the road was treated in 2012 and 2013 to remove brook trout. The section of Sun Creek above the barriers upstream of the road crossing had bull trout only. Angling for bull trout is closed in the Klamath Basin. Opens to fishing April 26.

SYCAN RIVER:

Opens to fishing April 26. Fishing should be slow to fair for redband trout below the marsh due to low fish density due to 2013 drought. The Sycan River above Pikes crossing should be fair for brook trout and redband trout. Expect flows to be low and ideal for opening day.

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

THOMPSON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The reservoir is accessible. Fishing for trout can be very good at this reservoir from ice-off through June and anglers have reported catching large fish here during that time period.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was drained by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District in early September 2013, meaning a near 100 percent loss of trout in the reservoir. The reservoir currently is at 100 percent of capacity and is ice-free. The reservoir was restocked with sub-legal sized rainbow trout the first week of November 2013. These fish are not expected to be up to harvestable size until the spring of 2014. Sampling to determine average size will occur in April or May. A short section of dock has been installed at the boat launch.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at 98 percent of capacity and is ice-free. Anglers are reminded that a new regulation restricts the harvest of bass to those under 15-inches long. No recent fishing reports.

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Snow is blocking access to this reservoir at this time.

WARM SPRINGS RESERVOIR: smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, perch, rainbow trout

The reservoir was 32 percent full and inflows averaged 240 cfs (April 15). The river and the reservoir are very turbid. The boat ramp is out of the water by a significant distance. No recent fishing reports.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER:

Closed to fishing until May 24 to protect large spawning redband trout.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: trout

Fishing will be slow on the April 26 opener.

Cutthroat Trout
Cutthroat Trout
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

WILLOW VALLEY RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, lahontan cutthroat

Fishing is improving for largemouth bass. Try the Antelope Creek channel for best success. Bass will also be in the shallow flats next to the dam. The reservoir is turbid. Bluegill are abundant but small in size. Crappie are scarce but can be abundant at the many habitat structures placed in the reservoir by Klamath Bassmasters, BLM and ODFW. A good fish finder can locate these structures. Some structures can be observed protruding from the water’s surface. There is a concrete boat ramp and the outhouse has been repaired. Water levels are low; therefore, launching boats might be challenging.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is ice-free and the boat launch is functional, but the dock is in need of repairs and will not be installed until repairs can be made. No recent fishing reports.

WOOD RIVER and all tributaries: trout

Fishing should be good on the Wood River with low flows and good insect hatches on opening day (April 26). Anglers should also have success fishing spoons and plugs in the deep pools for brown trout. Anglers should concentrate their efforts from Fort Klamath the mouth. Most anglers use a low profile boat to float under and portage around the many obstacles on the river. A typical drift boat can be used from Weed Road to mouth.  Bank access is limited but public property is available on BLM property at the BLM wetland and the USFS Day use area above Fort Klamath. Small boats can be launched at Kimball State Park (breathtaking headwaters), USFS day use area, Highway 62 bridge crossing and Weed Road. This is the best bet for a successful outing on opening day in the Klamath Basin. Closed to fishing until April 26.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Ice is off and spring fishing for holdover trout has been good. The road was clear of ice and snow (April 15).