What’s Fishin’ In Oregon

The ice is all gone, wild springers are opening early on the Rogue, shad are showing, the trout truck driver’s on overtime, bugs are blooming and it’s an all-depths halibut weekend — what’s not to like about your prospects around Oregon?!?!

Here are highlights from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report:


  • Diamond Lake is now ice-free and the fishing has been very good, with several people getting their limits.
  • The lower Rogue River will open to the retention of wild spring chinook on Saturday, May 22 – about 10 days earlier than normal.



  • Steelhead and spring chinook are starting to show up in the McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette Rivers.
  • Lake of the Woods
    A boy and his fish
    – Photo by Lance Johnson-

    A few shad have been caught recently on the Willamette River near Oregon City.

  • ODFW will host a free youth fishing event Saturday, May 22 at Mount Hood Pond on the Mount Hood Community College campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pond will be stocked with approximately 4,000 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 28,000 spring chinook have crossed Willamette Falls and are moving into the upper Willamette and its tributaries. Try fishing at San Salvador and Wheatland Ferry on the Willamette and around the mouths of the Tualatin, Molalla, and Santiam rivers.
  • Steelhead fishing is good on the Clackamas River, with both summers and winters being caught. A few spring chinook have been caught in the lower river over the past week.
  • Detroit Reservoir will receive its fourth stocking of 10,000 trout this week.


  • There have been good hatches of stoneflies – golden stones and salmonflies – on the Deschutes River.
  • Crane Prairie Reservoir trout fishing has been great.
  • Big Lava Lake trout fishing has been very good.
  • Odell Lake kokanee fishing has turned on and anglers are having great success.
  • Please note that through temporary rule, the opening date for the mainstem Metolius River upstream from Allingham Bridge has been changed to coincide with the Saturday May 22 stream opener date, not Sunday May 23 as stated in the 2010 angling synopsis.


  • The Umatilla spring chinook season is under way with the area downstream of Threemile Dam producing good catches of spring chinook.
  • Wallowa Lake continues to put out record-setting kokanee.


  • Summer steelhead opened May 16 between Tongue Point and the I-5 Bridge.
  • The shad fishery opened May 16 below Bonneville Dam.
  • Sturgeon fishing is good in the gorge below Marker 82.


  • For the first all-depth halibut weekend anglers scored a near perfect nine fish for every 10 anglers out of Garibaldi, Newport and Charleston; seven halibut per 10 anglers out of Winchester Bay, and five halibut for every 10 anglers out of Astoria and Depoe Bay.
  • The bottom fish bite was good out of Astoria with most anglers landing two ling cod and an average rockfish catch of about five. Fishers out of Depoe Bay had a catch rate of about one ling per angler and four rockfish. Other ports reported catches of one ling for every two anglers and between three and four rockfish. Success in catching lings and most other bottom fish improves as waves moderate.
  • The last week of the month, May 24-31, is a minus tide series providing good 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.
  • Garibaldi and Charleston reported the best crab catches with four and five crab per angler. Other ports were in the one to two crab per angler. Crabbing in the ocean this time of year can be very productive, but also dangerous because of wind, sea and bar conditions.

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