What’s Fishin’ In Oregon (5-4-11)

Even though the bonus bag limit for trout is now in effect at Diamond Lake, don’t trailer your boat up here just yet.

There’s as much as 20 inches of ice on the lake high in the Cascades, and the north ramp is under a couple feet of snow.

BUT ON THE FLIP SIDE, THERE'S NO LINE TO GET OUT ON THE LAKE. (DIAMOND LAKE RESORT)

So for now, it’s ice fishing, baby, and among recent catches, an estimated 5-pounder by Caleb Angerson of Roseburg, reports Diamond Lake Resort.

NO, THIS IMAGE DOESN'T COME FROM CANADA, AND YES, IT WAS TAKEN JUST DAYS AGO -- CALEB ANGERSON SHOWS OFF A 20-PLUS-INCHER CAUGHT THROUGH THE ICE AT DIAMOND LAKE, WHERE UP TO 20 INCHES OF ICE REMAIN AND NIGHTLY LOWS ARE STILL PLUMMETING WELL BELOW FREEZING. (DIAMOND LAKE RESORT)

“So far we have heard of a dozen, or so,  trout caught in the 22- to 24-inch range, weighing 5 pounds and lots of really nice fish for early in the season. Anglers fishing through the ice are using chartreuse PowerBait, single salmon eggs, Velveeta cheese, and nightcrawlers for bait,” the resort reports.

The daily limit is eight 8-plus-inch trout, but only one over 20 inches. The rule is in effect until late October this year.

But should you wish to fish in slightly warmer conditions, good news, most of the rest of the state of Oregon has (tentatively) entered that season we know of as spring, and the fish are biting.

Here’s the latest and greatest from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report:

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • Many area lakes, ponds and reservoirs have been stocked multiple times and fishing has been good.
  • Got a hankering for big trout? Check out Applegate Reservoir and Saunders and Tenmile lakes.
  • Striped bass have been biting on the Couquille, Smith and mainstem Umpqua rivers.
  • There will be a Family Fishing Event on Saturday, May 7 at Reinhart Pond from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • The spring chinook season continues on the Rogue and Umpqua rivers with good fishing when water conditions permit.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • The Willamette spring chinook fishery is in full swing now, with strong effort river wide and some excellent catch days recorded.
  • The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a family fishing event Saturday, May 7 at Commonwealth Lake from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 3,000 rainbow trout will be released for the event.
  • 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.
  • Several lakes and reservoirs in the areas, including South Twin, Odell, Crane Prairie and Wickiup, are accessible and open to fishing.

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Trout fishing has been good on Unity and Wolf Creek reservoirs.
  • Several area lakes and streams are now open for trout fishing including Burnt River, Wood River, Crooked Creek, Upper Williamson, Upper Williamson, Eagle Creek and Krumbo and Pilcher reservoirs.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • Fishing for holdover trout has been fair on Wallowa Lake.
  • There will be a family fishing event at Peach Pond (Ladd Marsh) on May 7 from 8:00 am-1:00pm. Fishing rods, gear and instruction will be provided.
  • Several area water bodies have been stocked with trout and have been offering some good fishing.
  • There will be a youth fishing event at McNary Ponds on May 7 from 9 a.m. to noon for kids 14 and younger. Fishing rods, gear and instruction will be provided.

BROWNLEE ZONE

COLUMBIA ZONE

  • Angling is CLOSED for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River from the Buoy 10 line upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border.
  • Walleye angling is excellent in The Dalles Pool.
  • Sturgeon anglers are catching a few keepers between Portland and Marker 82.

MARINE ZONE

  • Last week provided several good days where anglers could pursue bottom fish. Lingcod are still on the bite and both private and charter boats returned with good catches of rockfish and limits or near limits of lingcod.
  • While fishing in the ocean for chinook salmon (and other non-coho salmon) opened March 15 so far there are still no recorded sport catches. Some commercial boats are finding fish, however. Fishing will continue until April 30 from Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford.
  • With two morning minus tides series, May is an excellent month to go clamming. May starts with minus tides that continue until May 9 and another series goes from May 14 to the 22. If that weren’t enough, there are two early morning tides on May 30 and 31.Recreational shellfish harvesting status as of May 3:
    • Razor clam and mussel harvesting is open along the entire Oregon coast from the Columbia River to the California border.
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