What’s Fishin’ In Oregon

Trout from the coast to the Snake, California to Washington highlight the weekend recreation opportunities in Oregon.

But Chinook are also available in the Beaver State’s northwest and southwest corners, plus bottomfish and shellfish.

Here are highlights from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report:

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • Trout fishing has been excellent on Powers Pond and Butterfield Lake with anglers landing a combination of newly stocked trout and larger holdovers from last fall.
  • Lost Creek Reservoir will be stocked with 10,000 legal-sized trout this week.
  • On the lower Rogue River, winter steelhead fishing overshadowed chinook fishing thanks to a nice push of steelhead over the weekend. However, look for chinook fishing to improve this week as water levels drop and water temperatures rise.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • Spring chinook are now being taken on the Willamette River and in the Multnomah Channel.
  • Winter steelhead fishing is good in the Clackamas and Sandy rivers and Eagle Creek. Steelhead are spread throughout both systems and some good catches have been reported.
  • A youth angling event will be held from 9:30-1 p.m. at Cottage Grove Pond east of Cottage Grove on Saturday, April 10. All necessary equipment will be provided at this free event and volunteers will be available to assist young anglers. Call the Springfield ODFW office for more information at 541-726-3515.
  • A youth angling event will be held from 9-2 p.m. at St. Louis Ponds north of Salem, with all necessary equipment provided and volunteers on hand to assist young anglers. Call the Clackamas ODFW office for more information at 971-673-6034.
  • Henry Hagg Lake will be stocked this week with 12,000 legal-sized rainbow trout.

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Trout fishing on the Blitzen River has been good and should remain so until flows and turbidity increase during spring runoff.
  • Several area lakes and ponds have been stocked with legal-sized trout including upper Cow Lake, Haines Pond and Hwy 203 Pond.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • Several area lakes and ponds are being stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout as well as some surplus steelhead. Check out Peach, Weston and Seventh Street ponds.
  • Anglers are reminded that steelhead season closes on northeast Oregon Rivers April 15 (except the Snake River which is open through April 30).

COLUMBIA ZONE

  • Spring chinook fishing was good last week above St. Helens. Angling should be excellent downstream of there when the water clears.
  • A few legal-sized sturgeon are being caught by boat and bank anglers in the gorge as well as in the Portland to Longview area.
  • Walleye angling is excellent in The Dalles Pool.

MARINE ZONE

  • This month ODFW started its seasonal surveys of ocean fishers. Currently ODFW surveys Garibaldi, Depoe Bay, Newport, Charleston and Brookings. Although the ocean has been very rough during most of April, some anglers were able to get out. The survey showed most of effort coming out of Depoe Bay and Newport where fishers reported catches of between two and three rockfish and less than one ling cod per angler. The best catches of crab were out of Brookings with more than five per angler and the worst was Newport with one crab per angler.
  • A morning minus tide series begins April 14 and continues through April 20 providing opportunity for clam diggers. Razor clam diggers should watch for days when the marine forecast calls for combined swell and wind waves of less than eight feet.
  • The entire Oregon coast is now open to recreational and commercial clam harvesting.
  • Mussel harvesting is open on the entire Oregon coast, from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border. The consumption of whole, recreationally-harvested scallops is not recommended. However, coastal scallops are not affected by toxins when only the adductor muscle is eaten.
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