What’s Fishin’ In Oregon (4-20-11)

Diamond Lake Resort sent out their first fishing report of the season today.

Well, preseason.

The famed Oregon Cascades trout lake opens this Saturday, April 23, but it’s on the doubtful side that anyone will be trolling around for those 400,000 holdovers.

Diamond is still covered by 24 inches of snow and ice, reports the resort.

A stake they’ve set up just above the lake reads 4 feet of the white stuff.

And the forecast calls for chances of more through the weekend.

But in the meanwhile, let’s give you a little taste of what’s to come:

JANET HALME SHOWS OFF HER THEN-BIGGEST TROUT, A DIAMOND LAKE RAINBOW THAT WENT 21 INCHES. IT WAS CAUGHT LATE IN THE 2009 SEASON. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

Starting May 1, the limit jumps from five to eight trout a day (only one over 20 inches) too.

Until the ice melts and May 1, here are some other fishing opportunities to be had around the Beaver State:

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • Several lakes and reservoirs in the upper Rogue watershed are being stocked this week in anticipation of the traditional opening of the early trout season. For a complete list, see the ODFW stocking schedules.
  • Fishing for hatchery winter steelhead has been very good on the South Umpqua. The South is open through April 30.
  • Spring chinook fishing continues to be good on the lower Roque River.
  • Anglers are still catching winter steelhead on the middle and upper Rogue river, and spring chinook are on their way.

NORTHWEST ZONE

  • North Coast lakes: Coffenbury Lake, Lost Lake, and Vernonia Pond were stocked the week of April 11. South Lake was finally stocked last week also, as access to the lake improved.
  • ODFW will host a family fishing event at Hebo Lake on Saturday, April 23. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Angling instructors and fishing gear will be available. The lake will be stocked prior to the event, so fishing should be good.
  • Tillamook Bay: Sturgeon fishing is fair, but a good tide series this week combined with higher flows could improve the prospects. Fish sand shrimp on the bottom near the channel edges during the outgoing tide, especially during low tide series. Move often to find fish if you are not getting bites. Spring chinook angling will be very slow. Generally fishing will begin to pick up near the end of the month.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • The North Willamette trout stocking program gets into full swing this weekend with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife releases more than 65,000 trout at more than 30 locations around the Willamette Valley for the traditional opening of early trout season.
  • The Willamette River below Willamette Falls is shaping up after the extended period of spring rain and should be in good condition for chinook salmon fishing by the end of the week. Chinook are starting to cross the falls in increasing numbers, with a couple of triple digit days last week.
  • While sturgeon retention on the Willamette River closed March 17, the river remains open to catch-and-release fishing.

CENTRAL ZONE

  • There have been several angler reports of good kokanee fishing on Haystack Reservoir.
  • Spring chinook seasons are open on both the Deschutes and Hood rivers.
  • South Twin and Odell lakes, and Crane Prairie and Wickiup reservoirs are accessible and open to fishing this Saturday (April 23).

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • 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.
  • Unity Reservoir was producing 12 to 16-inch rainbow trout the first weekend of April.
  • Haines, Hwy 203 and North Powder ponds have all been stocked with rainbow trout.
  • Several area lakes and streams open for trout fishing on April 23 including Burnt River, Eagle Creek and Krumbo and Pilcher reservoirs.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • There will be an Opening Day (April 23) youth fishing derby on Morgan Lake from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fishing for holdover trout has been fair on Wallowa Lake.

BROWNLEE ZONE

  • A few crappie, perch, and bass are being caught if you can get to them. Water levels are extremely low as of Monday, April 18 (64 feet below full). Sweed’s landing is the only place to get in right now. Call Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites or visit their website.

COLUMBIA ZONE

    • Angling is CLOSED for salmon, steelhead, and shad in the lower Columbia from the Buoy 10 line upstream to Bonneville Dam.
    • Spring chinook angling is open March 16 – April 24, between Tower Island and the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and Tower Island.
    • Walleye angling is excellent in The Dalles Pool.
    • Sturgeon anglers are catching a few keepers between Portland and Bonneville Dam.
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