What’s Fishin’ In Oregon (12-2-10)

What’s in store for you should you venture to the water this weekend in Oregon?

Well, cold water, for starters — cold, fish-filled water.

From “very good” trout and perch fishing in Southwest Oregon to “strong” early returns of winter-runs around Portland to continued good steelhead fishing in the Umatilla, options abound.

And with continued cold in central and eastern portions of the Beaver State, ice fishing isn’t that far off.

Here are some great ideas, ripped straight from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report.

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • Trout fishing continues to be very good on Fish Lake and Lost Creek Reservoir.
  • The wild coho salmon season on Tenmile Lakes is open through the end of the year.
  • Also, if salmon is not your thing, the yellow perch fishing on Tenmile Lakes has been very good.
  • Winter steelhead are being caught on the Chetco, Coos and Rogue rivers.

AVID ANGLER AND NORTHWEST SPORTSMAN READER ETHAN FORSTER, 5, SHOWS OFF A TURKEY DAY CHROMER HE CAUGHT ON THE ROGUE WHILE FISHING WITH HIS FATHER, BO. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

NORTHWEST ZONE

  • Lower Columbia tribs: Early winter steelhead are beginning to arrive in Big Creek, Gnat Creek and the North Fork Klaskanine River. Hatchery fish are released in all three streams. Fishing is slow overall, but will improve over the next several weeks. These can be very productive early season streams for hatchery steelhead. Use lighter gear and approach holes carefully with the clear water conditions.
  • Necanicum River: The first winter steelhead of the season are arriving, but fishing will be sporadic until larger numbers of fish enter the river in December. Concentrate on the lower river during the cold weather, as fish will likely hold just above tidewater until rains raise the river level.
  • Trask River: Fishing for chinook is slow to fair, depending on water conditions. Good numbers of fish moved upstream on the last high water. Bobber and bait, plugs, or back-bouncing from a boat will all produce fish. With colder water recently, slowly fished baits in the slower moving water produced the best results. Fishing for steelhead is slow, but should begin to improve over the next few weeks as winter steelhead begin to arrive in better numbers. Concentrate on the lower river for steelhead.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • Strong early returns of winter steelhead are now moving into the Clackamas and Sandy rivers.

CENTRAL ZONE

  • The Fall, Metolius and Crooked rivers offer good winter trout fishing for the hardy fly fisher.

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • The Ana Rivers offers good trout fishing opportunities throughout the fall and winter.
  • With recent cold temperatures ice is starting to form on many lakes and reservoirs. Anglers should exercise caution and be sure of conditions before walking out on the ice.
  • The Owyhee River can offer some good brown and rainbow trout fishing throughout the winter.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • Steelhead fishing continues to be good on the Umatilla River near Hermiston.

SNAKE RIVER ZONE

  • Hells Canyon Reservoir: Approximately 1,100 steelhead have been put in the reservoir. These surplus steelhead are considered trout in the reservoir. No tag is needed but only one can be kept per day if over 20 inches. Fishing for other species is slow but trout can generally be picked up near creek mouths.

COLUMBIA RIVER ZONE

  • Steelhead angling is fair in the Columbia River above the John Day Dam and in the John Day Arm.
  • Sturgeon retention is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday during October 1 – December 31 from Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.
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