GRANDE RONDE, WALLOWA, IMNAHA RIVERS:
UPDATE: The Grande Ronde is slowly coming back down - look for levels below 4000 cfs to resume your hunt!
Boggan's Oasis at (509) 256-3372
Despite the off color water and high levels, anglers have reported finding a few fish in the lower Wallowa River and at Minam state park. Anglers may find success by hiking into Rondowa from Palmer Junction. As steelhead move up out of the Grande Ronde in mid to late winter, anglers can sometimes have phenomenal days above the Rondowa Bridge. More steelhead will move into the Wallowa River as winter progresses and catch rates will improve through spring until closing on April 15.
Trout season closed Oct. 31; however, fishing for mountain whitefish remains open with the steelhead season and will produce throughout the winter.
Grande Ronde River Flows at Troy, Oregon
Real-time water flow data from USGS:
The lake is open for ice fishing if you can get there. Cold weather and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.
GRANDE RONDE RIVER: steelhead
The Grande Ronde has cleared of ice and is fishable. Pressure has been light but anglers are finding steelhead at respectable catch rates. Look for fish in the slow deep runs where they can conserve energy in the cold water temperatures. Fish may be a bit lethargic and slow deep presentations will increase the chances of hooking up.
Nymphing small flies such as glo-bugs and prince nymphs under an indicator can be a deadly method. Abundant road access is available near Troy though anglers still need to be aware of private property and respect landowner’s requests. Some parties have made the float from Minam to Wildcat Cr.; however, this float can be difficult under low flow conditions. Look for the gage at Troy to be above 900 cfs for an easier float. Check river flows
HOLLIDAY PARK POND: trout
The pond is frozen. Ice fishing is not recommended. The pond rarely freezes hard enough to support the weight of an angler.
- Photo by Wes Niestrath-
HUNTER POND: trout
The pond was stocked in May with legal-sized rainbow 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.
IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead
The Imnaha river is running low and clear. PIT tag detections at the array above the Cow Creek Bridge do not indicate fish are currently moving up the river. Fishing will likely be slow; however, a few anglers have reported finding fish between the mouth and Horse Creek. Anglers will find the most success using low water tactics and subtle presentations.
Fishing will pick up in the late winter/early spring when fish start moving out of the Snake R. toward the hatchery facility on Little Sheep Creek. Anglers can find success on spinners, bait and other lures. Fly anglers will be able to find success swinging flies and nymphing.
JOHN DAY RIVER: wild steelhead, smallmouth bass
The John Day River is largely free of ice and water clarity is improving. Boat travel is now possible throughout the navigable portions. Steelhead are primarily holding in the large slow holes in the lower river sections but should begin moving further upstream now that ice has receded. Fishing will be slow until water temperatures increase and catch rates will improve through spring until closing on April 15. Most angler reports of fish caught are still in the lower river sections.
Anglers are primarily drifting with jigs, shrimp or eggs with a bobber. Another popular method is drifting worm along the bottom. Fly anglers are primarily using nymphs. Hatchery catch percentage is low averaging near 5 percent in the lower sections. All wild steelhead need to be released unharmed.
Bass fishing is very poor during the winter until water temperature increase in the spring.
LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout
Both ponds are frozen and open to ice fishing. Use extreme caution when attempting to venture out on the ice on these ponds.
LUGER POND: trout
The pond was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in late April. This is a handicap accessible site in a beautiful forest setting.
MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout
Fishing for rainbow and brook trout is fair. The lake is open for ice fishing if you can get there. Cold weather and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.
MORGAN LAKE: Closed to fishing Oct. 31.
OLIVE LAKE: rainbow, kokanee
The lake is open for ice fishing if you can get there. Cold weather and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.
PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout
The pond received a fall stocking of both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout the week of Sept. 23.
ROULET POND: rainbow trout
The pond received a fall stocking of both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout the week of Sept. 23.
ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
The reservoir is very low and frozen. Rainbow stocked last spring did not survive through the summer. The reservoir will not be stocked again until next May.
TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout
This was a new stocking site in 2013 and was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout this spring. The pond is located in a gravel pit just off USFS Rd. 7740, approximately ½ mile south of the Jct. with USFS Rd. 7700.
TROUT FARM POND: rainbow and brook trout
Fishing for rainbow and brook trout is fair. The pond does not freeze and is open to fishing year-round if you can get there. Cold weather and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.
UMATILLA RIVER: steelhead
The good steelhead fishing continues on the lower Umatilla, if you don’t mind mostly catch-and release-fishing. Anglers averaged 1.7 hours per steelhead caught last week. The return continues to be dominated by wild fish this year, with 90 percent of the run wild. Anglers are using a variety of techniques drift fishing techniques, eggs under a bobber, jigs and shrimp. The daily bag limit is 3 adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The salmon season ended Nov. 30. Anglers should consult the synopsis for detailed regulations.
WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout
Wallowa Lake is currently frozen with VERY THIN ICE. Anglers will have to wait until the ice thickens considerably or until the lake thaws.
ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
The reservoir has been stocked with rainbow trout within the last month. Fish can be caught using bait, lures, and flies from shore or boats.
ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout
Rainbow trout have been stocked in the river within the last month. Rainbow trout are active throughout the year in the river and anglers have been catching fish with bait, flies or lures.
ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout
Fishing regulations have changed on Annie Creek to protect rainbow trout in the stream. The daily limit is two brown trout per day. All redband trout and bull trout must be released unharmed. There is no limit on brook trout. Fishing is always slow on Annie Creek due to the low abundance of fish. Currently flows are low. Access to fishing is available at the USFS snow park just before you enter Crater Lake National Park. Any rainbow trout caught in the creek should be reported to the ODFW office in Klamath Falls.
ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout
The lake was stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout the week of Aug. 6. Fishing has been good.
BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie
The reservoir was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in early May. The water level is very low for this time of year.
BEULAH RESERVOIR: redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout
Recent fishing reports indicate catch rates are fair. Average size of trout ranged from 12 to 18-inches. The reservoir water level increased slightly last week; it was 3 percent full and inflows were at 42 cfs (Sept. 16). The water level is several hundred yards below the end of the boat ramp making launching and retrieving boats difficult.
USBR crews will be sampling fish populations in the reservoir. If you catch a tagged trout report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.
BLITZEN RIVER: trout
Flows in the Blitzen River averaged 29 cfs on Sept. 16. Over the last week, water temperatures at Page Springs gauge ranged from 56°F to 68°F. Water temperatures above 68°F greatly increase the chances of hooking mortality. The upper Blitzen opened to harvest on May 25; the Little Blitzen is open year around for catch-and-release.
-Photo by Kathy Munsel-
BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): rainbow trout, brook trout
Blue Lake is a beautiful 20 acre lake located in the Gearhart Wilderness Area northeast of Bly, Oregon. The lake has a maximum depth of 35 feet providing trout good over-winter conditions resulting in good survival. The lake is stocked annually with 2 to 3-inch rainbow trout and there are a very few brook trout. Hook and line sampling captured 11 rainbow trout ranging in size from 12 to 16-inches.
BULLY CREEK RESERVOIR: bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish, and trout.
The reservoir held constant last week; it was 1 percent full on Sept. 16. Anglers report crappie are running 5 to 7-inches but on the skinny side. Water level is far below the end of the boat ramp.
BURNS POND: trout, bass
The pond remains full and water temperatures are decreasing. Fishing has been slow for trout 8 to 10-inches, but fair for trout over 16-inches. 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: rainbow trout, brook trout
The lake was last stocked July 26 with legal (8 to 10-inches) and larger (longer than 12-inches) rainbow trout. Anglers reported successful fishing following the stocking. Plenty of rainbow trout should remain in lake and can be caught using various angling methods
CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout
The river upstream of Hwy 31 remains open and the use of bait is PROHIBITED! The river is clear and the lower river is flowing at 22 cfs. Water flow will increase as vegetation dies back in Sept. and October. Water temperatures are in the upper 60s and anglers should consider fishing early or late for two reasons: 1) the fishing is likely to be better during these times as fish are near the surface, 2) water temperatures are slightly lower reducing stress to the fish.
CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout
The reservoir is around a third full and the west end is dry and has thick algae. Fishing has been slow for trout in the reservoir; although fish caught are on the larger size (more than 12-inches long). No recent reports of fish dying in the reservoir have been received since July.
THE RESERVOIR WILL BE CLOSED BY THE BLM TO PUBLIC ACCESS FOR 24 HOURS BETWEEN SEPT. 24 AND 26 TO TREAT THE RECREATIONAL AREA FOR INVASIVE WEEDS.
COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout
Fishing should be good for legal (8 to 11-inches) rainbow trout. Anglers also have the opportunity to catch brook trout up to 14-inches and rainbow trout up to 20-inches.
COW LAKES: largemouth bass, white crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout
Neither lake filled this year. It is likely that both lakes have been or will be drawn down to very low levels soon. No recent fishing reports. The lakes are no longer stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality.
DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout
The lake was last stocked Aug. 28 with legal (8 to 10-inches) rainbow trout. Anglers reported successful fishing following the stocking. Plenty of rainbow trout should remain in lake and can be caught using various angling methods.
DELINTMENT LAKE: trout
Good fishing for holdover trout in the 10 to 12-inch size range. The lake was stocked in mid-May, and there are lots of trout in the 8 to 10-inch size range available to anglers.
DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout
Deming Creek is a very small stream with small redband trout. Fishing for bull trout is always closed.
DEVILS LAKE (FISHHOLE CREEK): largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead
Fishing is good for bass and bullhead. Large crappie are available. Target the areas around emergent vegetation.
DOG LAKE: largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead
Fishing for perch and panfish should be heating up as water temperatures cool during the fall. The reservoir is closed to the retention of trout to protect native redband trout.
DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
The reservoir was stocked in the last month with trout from 8 or 12-inches. The reservoir is 70-80 percent full and small boats can be launched at the boat ramp.
FISH LAKE (Steens Mountain): rainbow trout, brook trout
Fishing has been good for stocked rainbow trout.
FISH LAKE (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout
The lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good for both rainbows and brook trout.
FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout
Fourmile Lake was stocked last week with 2,000 larger rainbow trout (average 12-inches). Fishing will be excellent for rainbow trout. Anglers are catching lake trout around 20 inches and numerous rainbow trout. Most fish are consuming terrestrial insects (yellow jackets, carpenter ants, beetles) this time of year.
GERBER RESERVOIR: crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead and largemouth bass
Fishing has been slow with a few small yellow perch begin caught. Gerber Reservoir currently holds the State record for white crappie at 4 pounds 12 ounces. Gerber Reservoir is very low and approximately one-fifth full.
GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout
The lake was stocked the week of July 22 with legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.
HAINES POND: rainbow
The pond has been stocked with both legal-sized and larger one-pound rainbow trout. Fishing will slow as the weather warms.
HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee
Fishing has been fast for 8 to 10-inch rainbow trout. Bait or trolling have been working well. Anglers can access the reservoir using either the Fish Hole Creek road or the Quartz Mountain road (3715). The reservoir is day-use only and has a boat ramp, picnic tables, and a pit toilet.
HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
Fishing has been fast for 8 to 10-inch rainbow trout. Bait has been working well. Anglers can access the reservoir using either the Fish Hole Creek road or the Quartz Mountain road (3715). Local anglers are reporting some success using various methods. The reservoir has a few primitive camp sites, boat ramp, and pit toilet.
HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill
The pond was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of Aug. 19.
J.C. BOYLE RESERVOIR (Topsy Reservoir): Largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, crappie, goldfish
Fishing for warmwater fish is slow. Fishing for brown bullhead is best at the day use areas immediately upstream and downstream of the bridge crossing JC Boyle Reservoir.
JUNIPER LAKE: cutthroat trout
The lake is very low. Fishing in the pool at the SW end has been fair. 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.
Redband Trout and Fly Rod
-Photo by Roger Smith-
KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: redband trout and yellow perch
Fishing has been fair for lure and flyfisherman. Most fishing occurs out of a boat this time of year with little activity from shore anglers using dead minnows. Anglers are successful trolling lures or casting flies and lures. Most redband trout are concentrated in cold water areas of Pelican Bay and mouths of the Williamson and Wood Rivers. ODFW encourages catch and release as this fishery is managed for trophy trout. Water temperatures have declined which should improve angler success. 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. Redband trout should be landed and released as quickly as possible by pushing the fish towards deeper, colder 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) is closed to angling and reopens on Oct. 1.
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. size 12-14 elk hair caddis or stimulators. The smaller fish in this section usually can’t take larger flies or lures.
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 here. If flows are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns can be good. A four wheel drive vehicle is currently needed to access this area. 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 (peaking) throughout most daylight hours. Lower flows might be encountered in the morning until 8 a.m. and again in the evening at 8 pm. Fishing is slow unless fishing in the early morning or late evening hours before peak flows occur. Numerous caddis fly species are hatching.
KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout and largemouth bass
Fishing has been good for trout and bass. Temperatures are declining and fishing should improve in the fall months.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, hatchery brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, tui chub
Lake of the Woods was stocked last week with 2,000 larger rainbow trout (average 12-inches). Fishing will be good for hatchery rainbow trout. Rainbow trout are holding in the colder water at 15-20 feet.
Fishing is good for yellow perch using small lures, flies or bait. Fishing for largemouth bass is good around large wood in the lake and around the multiple docks along the lakeshore. Nighttime electrofishing showed good numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass. All smallmouth bass were less than 10-inches. Angling for brown bullhead near submergent vegetation should be good. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194 or visit their website.
LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
Public meetings regarding the rotenone treatment at Lofton Reservoir will be held in Lakeview Sept. 10 and Klamath Falls Sept. 12. For more information go to: http://dfw.state.or.us/news/2013/august/083013.asp.
Catch and size limits for rainbow trout have been removed prior to a planned rotenone project to remove Tui chub in October 2013. Fishing has been slow, but should pick up again in Sept. as water cools. The reservoir will close to fishing October 14, 2013 and remain closed to fishing through March 31, 2014. This will allow ODFW fish biologist to treat the reservoir and prepare for post-treatment stocking of rainbow trout. The reservoir is has a 26-unit campground, boat ramp, picnic tables, and a pit toilet.
LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch
Fishing is slow for brown bullhead at Crystal Springs Day use area. Largemouth bass and yellow perch are also available and fishing has slowed due to poor water quality. Boats can be launched at Crystal Springs and at the ODOT Mitigation Wetland off Highway 140 just east of Olene. Fishing for largemouth bass should be good in the vicinity of Big Springs in Bonanza.
MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
The water level is dropping, and is less than a third full. The boat ramp is challenging to use. Anglers are still catching fish. ODFW currently has no plans to remove the bag limit on the reservoir. Orchards Irrigation District has reported the reservoir will be 10 to 20 percent full at the end of irrigation season.
MALHEUR RIVER (Warm Springs Reservoir downstream to South Fork Malheur River): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout
Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir averaged 12 cfs on Sept. 16. Fishing the Riverside area is expected to be fair, the water is very turbid and water temperatures are in the upper 70s (F).
MALHEUR RIVER (from the South Fork Malheur River near Riverside, downstream to Gold Creek): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout.
Discharge at Juntura averaged 56 cfs on Sept. 16. No recent fishing reports, although it is expected that warm water and high turbidity is impacting the catch rates for trout in this area.
MALHEUR RIVER, NORTH FORK: redband trout, whitefish, and bull trout
Fishing for redband trout should be good. Bull trout are spawning in the tributaries and upper mainstem now thru October. Avoid fishing for actively spawning bull trout, it is illegal. Additionally watch for clean patches of gravel when wading streams to avoid stepping on incubating eggs or fry.
MALHEUR RIVER, MIDDLE FORK: redband trout, brook trout, and bull trout
Fishing for trout is fair to good. Flows have picked up in the river due to recent rains. Bull trout are spawning in the tributaries and upper mainstem now thru October. Avoid fishing for actively spawning bull trout, it is illegal. Additionally watch for clean patches of gravel when wading streams to avoid stepping on incubating eggs or fry.
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-
MANN LAKE: trout
Catch rates are fair for cutthroat trout in the lake. Most fish are 14 to 16-inches long, with several over 20-inches being caught. Water temperature is declining, and catch rates should increase through the fall into winter.
MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout
Miller Lake was stocked last week with 2,000 larger rainbow trout (average 12-inches).Fishing will be very good for rainbow trout and most of the mosquitoes are gone from the camping area. Miller Lake has excellent bank access especially near the swimming beach. Callibaetis mayflies are still hatching. Fishing should be good from boat or bank. The brown trout population is robust but difficult to catch due to clear, deep water. Trolling through the kokanee schools is likely the most effective method. Fishing in Miller Creek at the outlet of Miller Lake can be good for small brook and brown trout. Bait is allowed in Miller Creek. 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
No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is at less than 5 percent full. Bass fishing has been fair; turbid, low water conditions are making fishing challenging. Carp are plentiful in the reservoir and easily harvested with a bow or bait.
MUD LAKE: trout
The reservoir may be one of the best lakes to fish for rainbow trout in the Warner Basin (Plush-Adel) this year. Sampling in June of 2012 found fish up to 12-inches and they likely have increased in size since then. Target the margins of the reservoir were light penetration is better if using flies or lures. PowerBait is another good option at this reservoir.
MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout
The reservoir has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout.
NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout
The Pond has been stocked with both legal-sized and larger one-pound rainbow trout. Fishing is slow for trout.
OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
This small reservoir has trout up to 13-inches and provides a beautiful view of the Goose Lake valley. The reservoir does have duck weed that can make it difficult to fish at times from the shore. The best option for anglers is to use a small boat (row) or pontoon/float tube to access the open-water areas. The trout are very willing to take flies, lures, or bait.
OWYHEE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, catfish
The water level in the reservoir continues to slowly drop, it was 3 percent of full and inflows averaged 88 cfs (Sept. 16). The boat ramps at McCormack State Park and Leslie Gulch remain out of the water increasing the difficulty of launching and retrieval of boats. All other boat ramps are open for use. Fishing is improving. The best fishing for both bass and crappie occurred from Dry Creek arm to Doe Island.
OWYHEE RIVER (Lower): brown trout and hatchery rainbow trout
Water releases below Owyhee Dam averaged 91 cfs (Sept. 16). Fishing has been good. However, as the reservoir continues to decline the water exiting the dam supporting the brown trout/rainbow trout fisheries will also decline. Please practice ethical angling practices; fish in the early mornings when temperatures are at their lowest, use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep fish in the water at all times.
ODFW conducted spawning surveys in the Owyhee River below Owyhee Dam on Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 8-9. A total of 1,488 brown trout redds were counted for a density of 197.3 redds per mile. Only in 2009 and 2010 were more redds counted.
OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish
Owyhee River flows continue to be far below average for this period of time. They averaged 88 cfs on Sept. 16 due to recent rains; however, the river is very turbid. Fishing for smallmouth and channel catfish is good.
PAIUTE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout
The reservoir is low and fishing is slow.
PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch
The reservoir is at 18 percent of capacity. The boat ramp at Union Creek campground is no longer functional due to reservoir draw-down. The launch near the dam is functional on gravel. Fishing is improving for yellow perch, but remains slow for trout.
PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout, crappie
Fishing is fair for 10 to 14-inch rainbow trout. The reservoir is receding, but the low water ramp is still usable.
POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
Cooler weather has decreased water temperatures significantly in the reservoir. Fall fishing should be good, and lots of trout are in the 16 to 18-inch size class.
POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
The reservoir is below a quarter full and dropping. Catch rates remain fair; anglers are catching crappie that are 4-6”. This reservoir was stocked with legal-sized trout on May 28. Anglers report rainbows from 10 to 18-inches.
-Photo by Tom Friesen-
POWDER RIVER: trout, spring chinook
The reach immediately below Mason Dam has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout.
PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
The trout range in size from 13 to 15-inches, but are skinny because of competition from brown bullhead. Anglers should consider keeping a limit of trout. Anglers can catch rainbow trout using bait, lures and flies.
SKY LAKES AND MOUNTAIN LAKE WILDERNESS: brook trout and rainbow trout
Fishing at most wilderness lakes should be good. Try Badger Lake just northeast of Fourmile Lake or South Pass Lake near Aspen Butte. Angling at Weston Lake near Lake of the Woods is excellent for 8-inch brook trout. Fish the deeper of the two lakes adjacent to each other as some maps call the shallow lake Weston. Other good lakes to try are Sonya, Trapper and Margurette Lakes off the Cherry Creek trail.
SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
No recent report.
SPAULDING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
The reservoir is very low and will become dry by the end of summer. ODFW will restock the reservoir with fingerling rainbow trout (4-inches) once water is available. Fingerling rainbow trout do very well here if water remains and will be 8 to 10-inches by the end of summer.
SPENCER CREEK: redband trout, brook trout.
Fishing will be very good for small redband trout, most less than 8-inches.
SPRAGUE RIVER: wild redband trout, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, largemouth bass
River flows are very low for this time of year. Due to the low abundance of redband trout in most of the Sprague River fishing will be slow. The best locations to fish for trout are around Beatty. Fishing should be fair for redband trout. Due to recent thunderstorms and rain peak water temperatures have decreased and are 68 degrees near the confluence with the Williamson River.
Brown Trout and Leach
-Photo by Roger Smith-
NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: wild redband trout, brown trout, brook trout
Fishing should be good at most areas as flow is very low for this time of year. The North Fork Sprague River at the 3411 road crossing is a high gradient river with mostly pocket water. If you can receive permission to fish on private property below the 3411 road then fishing will be very good. Fishing regulations have changed to allow the harvest of two brown trout and two redband trout as part of your daily bag limit. Stonefly and caddisfly dry fly patterns work best for flyfisherman. There is no daily limit on brook trout.
SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout
Fishing is very good for brook trout. Best fishing is just above Nicholson Road. Most brook trout are small and less than 8-inches. Fishing regulations have changed on Sevenmile Creek to allow for the harvest of two brown trout per day. All redband trout must be released unharmed. There is no limit on brook trout. Public access occurs above Nicholson Road. Below Nicholson Road is private property.
SOUTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: redband trout, brook trout, brown trout
Fishing is slow as flow is very low. Fishing regulations have changed to allow the harvest of two brown trout and two redband trout as part of your daily bag limit. There is no daily limit on brook trout. Angling for bull trout is closed. Any bull trout captured should be reported to ODFW at (541-883-5732).
SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout
Fishing will be slow as the creek is very clear and cold with few adult fish.
SUN CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, bull trout
ODFW does not recommend angling on Sun Creek as most of the fish were removed last week.
SYCAN RIVER: wild redband trout, brook trout, brown trout
Fishing is fair at most areas as flow is very low for this time of year. Fishing regulations have changed to allow the harvest of two brown trout and two redband trout as part of your daily bag limit. There is no daily limit on brook trout.
THOMPSON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass
Anglers are reporting low water and limited ability to launch boats from either boat ramp. The Silver Lake Ranger District will have the most current information regarding boat ramps and can be contacted at 541-576-2107.
THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout
The reservoir is receding quickly and expected to drain fully in the near future. Bag and length limits have been removed, effective Aug. 24 – Oct. 31, to allow anglers to salvage fish that would have been otherwise lost. Harvest methods can include hand, dip net or angling.
TWIN LAKES (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout
The lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbows; fishing should be good.
-Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife -
UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie
The reservoir is at 34 percent of capacity and receding. No recent fishing reports. Anglers are reminded that a new regulation is in place allowing harvest of bass only under 15 inches in length.
VEE LAKE: rainbow trout
Trout were stocked in the reservoir in early June and fishing should be excellent throughout the summer.
WARM SPRINGS RESERVOIR: smallmouth bass, white crappie, catfish, perch, and hatchery rainbow trout
The reservoir was 0 percent full and inflows averaged 18 cfs due to recent rains (Sept. 16). The river and the reservoir are very turbid. The reservoir will remain at or below minimum pool level (1400 ac/ft) until next spring. The boat ramp is out of the water by a significant distance. No recent fishing reports.
UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: wild redband trout, brook trout
The Upper Williamson River (from Kirk Bridge to Headwaters) and all tributaries opened on April 27. The hex (large yellow mayflies) hatch is waning. Hexagenia limbata hatch at night around 9:15 pm. Casting large dry flies to large redband trout is exciting. There is no daily limit on brook trout.
Lower Williamson River: wild redband trout, brown trout
Fishing is good. Flows are low for this time of year. Redband trout have moved into the Williamson River from Upper Klamath Lake in good numbers. Public access areas include Collier State Park and the boat ramp in Chiloquin. Anglers can also pay to fish from the bank or launch a boat at the Waterwheel Campground below highway 97. The hex (large yellow mayflies) hatch is waning but bugs are still around. Hexagenia limbata hatch at night around 9:15 pm. Casting large dry flies to large redband trout is exciting.
Water temperatures have decreased below the confluence of the Sprague River and are peaking at 58 degrees. 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. Redband trout should be landed and released as quickly as possible by pushing the fish towards deeper, colder water. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.
WITHERS LAKE: brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout
This lake can be accessed from Paisley or from the Government Pass road. Brown trout range from 6 to 14-inches with a few larger fish. Brook trout are 5 to 7-inches and a few rainbow trout are larger than 10-inches. The lake is a short walk (100 yards) from the parking area and can be a great place for pontoons or float tubes.
WILLOW VALLEY RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill
Fishing for warmwater game fish has been good. Look for bass in the Antelope Creek arm or in the shallow bay just north of the dam.
WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout
The boat launch is no longer functional due to reservoir draw-down. No recent fishing reports.