What’s Fishin’ In Oregon

Spend the next two days filling out your special permit applications — they’re due Saturday, May 15 — because there’s a mess of fishing going on across Oregon for this weekend.

The Rogue’s been hot for springers, stocker trout are still flooding into lakes across the western half of the state, hatches are coming off of Central Oregon rivers and there are lings and shellfish to be had on the coast.

Here’s more from ODFW’s latest 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.
  • Hatchery winter steelhead have been released into Olalla Reservoir several times this spring. Hatchery steelhead are considered “trophy trout” and a hatchery harvest card is not necessary.
  • Wilson River: Steelhead angling is fair to good. Fish should be spread out. Many fish are dark and should be released, but a few bright summer steelhead are available also. With water levels dropping, bobber and jigs will be very effective. Angling for adipose fin-clipped spring chinook is slow, but should improve over the next few weeks.


  • ODFW will host free youth fishing events Saturday, May 15 at Sunnyside Pond near Sweet Home and Alton Baker Canoe Canal in Eugene. These sites will be stocked with extra trout and ODFW staff and volunteers will be available to help youngsters with fishing gear and technique.
  • Spring chinook are still being taken on the Willamette River and in the Multnomah Channel.
  • More than 19,000 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.


  • Angling is CLOSED for spring chinook in the lower Columbia from the Buoy 10 line upstream to McNary Dam.
  • Summer steelhead angling opens May 16 between Tongue Point and the I-5 Bridge.
  • The shad fishery will open May 16 below Bonneville Dam.
  • Sturgeon fishing is good in the gorge below Marker 82.


  • The bottom fish bite was off and on last week; the weekend saw good landings in various ports. Success in catching lings and most other bottom fish improves as waves moderate.
  • There are two more minus tide series this month: May 12-19 and another 24-31. 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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