What’s Fishin’ In Oregon

Limits of rockfish out of Garibaldi and lings biting elsewhere; trout in a plethora of ponds; springers surging upstream into the Rogue and lower Columbia tribs;  youth angling events — sheesh, there’s a ton of fisheries around Oregon to check out this weekend!

Here are highlights from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report:


  • Trout stocking is well underway on area lakes and ponds. Check out the stocking schedule to help plan your next trip.
  • Chinook fishing on the middle and upper Rogue River is starting to pick up and should continue to improve as more fish enter the upper river.


  • South, Town and Cape Meares lakes are scheduled to be stocked with legal size rainbow trout the week of May 10. Trout scheduled to be stocked in Hebo Lake will instead be split between South and Town lakes, increasing the number fish released into those lakes. Fishing should be fair to good in many of the lakes and ponds that have been stocked this spring.  Warmwater species will begin to be more active as lakes warm up, although cool spring weather is slowing that process.
  • Spring Chinook are available in Big Creek, Gnat Creek, and the NF Klaskanine. Good opportunities are available in these streams for adipose fin-clipped Chinook that have passed through the select area fisheries. The select area fisheries remain closed at this time, allowing fish to continue to move into these tributaries.
  • Nestucca River: Steelhead angling has been fair. The catch is a mix of bright summer steelhead and winter steelhead in various conditions. Many of the winter steelhead are dark and should be released. Bobber and jigs are working well as the water drops, but drifting small lures or baits near the bottom is producing fish also. Spring chinook will begin to sow in small numbers any time now. Fishing will improve in May. Concentrate on tidewater or lower river areas early in the season. Bobber and eggs is a good technique. Casting spinners in tidewater areas will produce some fish also.


  • ODFW will host a free youth fishing event Saturday, May 8 at Commonwealth Lake. The lake will be stocked this week with more than 200 legal-sized and larger rainbow trout. ODFW staff and volunteers will be at the site from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help youngsters with fishing gear and technique.
  • Several huge brood trout will be released at various sites throughout the month of May. These are fish that have been used to produce eggs at ODFW’s Roaring River hatchery and need to be removed to make way for younger brood stock. The first one to be released was a 29-pound trout that was released in Timber Linn Pond near Albany. The other sites and release dates are as follows: Canby Pond (May 7), Walter Wirth Pond in Salem (May 13), Waverly Lake, Albany (May 14), Sunnyside Park Pond, Sweethome (May 21), and Thistle Pond, west of Alsea, (June 12).
  • Spring chinook are now being taken on the Willamette River and in the Multnomah Channel.
  • More than 14,000 spring chinook have crossed Willamette Falls and are moving into the upper Willamette and its tributaries.
  • Steelhead fishing is good on the Clackamas River, with both summers and winters being caught. Spring chinook should be moving into the system as well.
  • Detroit Reservoir will receive its fourth stocking of 10,000 trout this week.


  • Warmer days are bringing some good insect hatches on the Deschutes and Crooked rivers.
  • Crane Prairie Reservoir is ice-free and trout fishing has been great.


  • The Umatilla spring chinook season is under way with the area downstream of Threemile Dam producing good catches of spring chinook.
  • There will be a fishing event May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Peach Pond. The pond is located on Ladd Marsh near La Grande.  Loaner rods and reels, and bait will be available for new anglers who don’t have their own.


  • Ocean conditions did allow some fishers to get out for bottom fish last week. Only Garibaldi reported fishers getting limits of rockfish. Most other ports reported three or four rockfish per angler caught. About one in four anglers caught lingcod along the coast. Success in catching lings and most other bottom fish improves as waves moderate.

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