What’s Fishin’ In Oregon

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the public pier off the Rogue Ales brewhouse in Newport so crowded as I did last weekend. On one tide, crabbers lined it from one end to the other practically.

Yaquina Bay itself was also pretty packed with boaters tending their pots.

Out on the ocean, I counted no less than 15 sport and charter boats making repeated southeasterly passes off of Lost Creek.

And up on the Siletz there were several steelheaders’ trailers at Twin Bridges, and a report of cutthroats, or bluebacks, down low.

Seems like that weekend just ended, but at midweek, we’re on the downhill slide to this weekend.

With that in mind, ODFW’s updated their weekly Recreation Report; here are highlights.

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • Trout fishing on Applegate and Howard Prairie reservoir has been very good.
  • Many boat anglers have been catching their limit of trout on Fish Lake, which is scheduled to be stocked again this week.
  • Bass, bluegill and crappie are starting to move into shallow waters and fishing for them has been good on several lakes and reservoirs. Largemouth bass are on their spawning beds in several waters including Powers Pond and Tenmile lakes.

NORTHWEST ZONE

  • Coffenbury, Cape Meares, Town, and South lakes will be stocked with legal size rainbow trout the week of June 7, prior to free fishing weekend. Angling should be good.
  • Hatchery winter and summer steelhead have been released into Olalla Reservoir multiple times this spring and will continue into June. Hatchery steelhead are considered “trophy trout” and a hatchery harvest card is not necessary.
  • Tillamook Bay: Fishing for adipose fin-clipped spring chinook has been consistently good. Fish are available throughout the bay and tidewater. Try trolling herring along the jetties or near the coast guard station, especially on softer tide series. Spinners usually produce best in the upper bay, with bobber and eggs/shrimp productive in tidewater areas. Fishing for sturgeon has been slow. Best catches generally come from the upper bay and Tillamook River tidewater as the spring goes on.
  • Trask River: Steelhead angling has been fair. Fish are spread out through the river. Fishing for adipose fin-clipped spring chinook has been good. Fish are being caught throughout the lower river and up to the Dam Hole. Due to the apparent good return of spring Chinook, the season in the hatchery hole at Trask Hatchery has been extended through June 15.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • ODFW will host a free youth fishing event Saturday, June 5 at the Alton Baker Canoe Canal from 09:30 AM – 1:00 PM. The site will be stocked with 1500 legal, 250 larger sized, and 5 trophy trout. ODFW staff and volunteers will be onsite to assist youth anglers during the event.
  • Steelhead and spring chinook are being caught in the McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette Rivers. Anglers should pay attention to water levels and temperatures to increase success.
  • Shad fishing is picking up on the Willamette River and Multnomah Channel.
  • Spring chinook are still being taken on the Willamette River and in the Multnomah Channel.
  • More than 42,000 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 fair 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.
  • Summer steelhead fishing is picking up on the Sandy River.

CENTRAL ZONE

  • There are still good hatches of golden stone and salmonflies on the Deschutes River from Maupin to Warm Springs.
  • Antelope Flat Reservoir has been stocked with trout and is open for fishing.
  • Fishing on Lake Billy Chinook has been good for both kokanee and bull trout.
  • Kingsley Reservoir has been stocked and should offer some excellent spring fishing.

GUIDE CRAIG MOSTUL'S BEEN FINDING GOOD FISHING IN CENTRAL OREGON. (CRAIG MOSTUL)

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Recent unstable weather has hindered fishing success throughout the zone, but persistent anglers have been rewarded.
  • Fishing on Ana Reservoir has been very good for anglers using bait.
  • Rainbow and brown trout fishing also is improving on the lower Owyhee River.
  • The Powder River is open for spring chinook with a daily bag limit of two fish.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • Fishing for 8 to 10-inch crappie has been good on McKay Reservoir.
  • Several are lakes and ponds have been recently stocked and should provide some good fishing over the holiday weekend. Check out Kinney Lake and Marr, Honeymoon, Tepee and Wallowa Wildlife Area ponds.
  • Peach Pond and Morgan Lake have been stocked with legal and trophy-sized trout.

SNAKE RIVER ZONE

  • Brownlee: Crappie are spawning and fishing is good. Bass are biting but are fairly small. Catfish are also biting. Trolling for trout is good. The reservoir is almost full. Call Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites or visit their Web site under the “Rivers and Recreation” heading.

MARINE ZONE

  • The “All Salmon Except Coho” salmon season from Cape Falcon to Oregon/California  border opened May 29 and runs through Sept. 6. Preliminary reports from Newport show a catch rate of one chinook for every seven anglers among private and charter-boat fishers. No other reports were in by the deadline. Bag Limit: Two salmon, closed to retention of coho until June 26 when the “Selective Coho Season” also opens. Only marked coho (all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip) may be retained. That season will run through Sept. 6 or until the quota of 26,000 marked coho is met, which ever comes first. The bag limit is two salmon.
  • June 3-5 is the last regular all-depth halibut fishing weekend. Fishery managers will evaluate the catch next week to determine if there is enough quota remaining for additional all-depth openings. Extra back-up dates of June 17-19, July 1-3, July 15-17, and July 29-31 are available as long as the total catch does not exceed 105,948 pounds. The summer sport halibut season will be every other Friday and Saturday from Aug. 6 to Oct. 30 or until the entire sub-area all-depth catch limit of 141,265 pounds of halibut is harvested. The near-shore season, for ocean waters inside the 40 fathom line, will be open seven days a week from May 1 until Oct. 31 or until the harvest quota of 12,284 pounds is achieved.
  • No bottom fishing reports were in before deadline. Success in catching lings and most other bottom fish improves as waves moderate.
  • June has two minus tide series in the afternoon and early evening: June 9-18 and 22-30. 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.
  • Most crabbers had average catches between one and three crab. 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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