Check out my recent blog entries and it’s all springer this, springer that, springer, springer, springer.
I say, enough with those fickle finners!
There is more to Oregon — and life — than delicious, delectable …
Sorry about that.
As I was saying, as April gets rolling, the fishing opportunities seem to multiply by the day across the Beaver State.
For the latest highlights, we turn to ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report. To wit:
- Several area lakes and reservoirs have been stocked this spring.
- Striped bass, stripers, are moving into tidewaters for spawning on the Coquille, Smith and Umpqua rivers.
- Spring chinook fishing has been good on the lower Roque River.
- In spite of high flows, fishing for winter steelhead in the middle and upper Rogue has picked up for anglers willing to adjust their angling tactics to higher flows.
- Cape Meares, Smith, Tahoe, Lytle, North, South, Town and Hebo lakes, and Lorens and Nedonna ponds were scheduled to be stocked the week of April 4. Stocking at North and South Lake is contingent upon access to the lake as snow continues to linger in the higher elevations of the coast range.
- Coffenbury Lake, Lost Lake, and Vernonia Pond are scheduled to be stocked the week of April 11.
- Trask River: Fishing for steelhead was poor over the weekend as high flows brought muddy river conditions. The river should be in good shape by early to mid-week. The catch has been a mix of hatchery and wild fish. Fish are distributed through all open areas. Good bank access is available along Trask River Road in places. The north and south forks closed to angling at the end of March.
- Wilson River: Fishing for winter steelhead was very good last week before the river blew out. Fishing should continue to be good for a couple more weeks when water conditions allow. Good numbers of fish are in the system throughout the open fishing areas. Angling pressure has been high. The upper river will clear sooner and should provide good opportunities. Drifting brighter colored presentations near the bottom has been the most productive, but bobber and jig will become more effective as the water clears. Boaters need to use extreme caution around MP 6 due or avoid that section of river due to a large tree partially blocking the river.
- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host free Family Fishing Events this Saturday at Cottage Grove and St. Louis Ponds. The department will be stocking these systems with trout ranging from 8 inches to upward of two pounds. Staff and volunteers will be on hand from to provide equipment and instruction to participating youths.
- Henry Hagg Lake will be stocked this week with 12,000 legal-sized rainbow trout, and Detroit Reservoir will be stocked with 10,000 legal-sized trout.
- A few confirmed reports of spring chinook landings in the Willamette River have been reported and angler effort is increasing.
- While sturgeon retention on the Willamette River closed March 17, the river remains open to catch-and-release fishing.
- Blue wing olive hatches on the Crooked River can be big in April, but be sure to check water levels before planning a trip.
- Kokanee fishing continues to be good on Haystack Reservoir near Madras.
- Spring hatches have begun on the lower Deschutes River near Maupin, offering good dry fly opportunities during mid-day.
- Trout fishing on the Metolius River has been good.
- Trout fishing in Klamath and Agency Lakes has been good at the spring areas as well as along shorelines. Wild redband trout from 4 to 10 pounds have been reported caught.
- While cold water temperatures in some water bodies may have slowed the trout bite, Ana Reservoir and River remain at relatively constant temperatures throughout the year and can be good choices in winter and early spring.
- Unity Reservoir was producing 12 to 16-inch rainbow trout the first weekend of April.
- The ice is melting quickly on many area lakes and reservoirs, which can lead to some good fishing in open waters but dangerous conditions on unsafe ice. Anglers should use caution.
- Surplus hatchery steelhead have been stocked in Marr and Wallowa Wildlife ponds – fishing for them and holdover trout has been fair.
- Peach and Roulet ponds have been stocked with surplus steelhead.
- ODFW and local partners will be hosting a fishing event for kids at the McNary Channel Ponds near Hermiston on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is open to kids from 2 to 12 years old.
- Crappie and perch were biting until the water levels started fluctuating. Fish should start biting again when water levels stabilize. Levels are very low now and as of Monday, April 4 no boat ramps were operable. Call Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites or visit their website http://www.idahopower.com/OurEnvironment/WaterInformation/Reservoir/
- Ocean conditions did allow some charter boats to go out on bottom-fishing trips last weekend and they returned with good catches of rockfish and limits or near limits of lingcod.