What’s Fishin’ In Oregon

Postcard from K. Falls:

We caught this monster trout last weekend near Moore Park in Klamath Falls. It was a family effort to reel it in and net it as it was almost too big for our net! Some locals told us that was typical size for trout there! It was very exciting.


The happy little guy is Matthew Noteboom, age 8. He loves fishing with his dad (everyday if he could). And we used size 6 Eagle Claw hook with minnow bait as recommended by a local tackle shop.

Julie Noteboom

If Klamath Falls is slightly outside the range of your fuel budget, there’s a host of other fishing opportunities to be had around the Beaver State. Here are highlights ripped straight from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report:


  • Trout fishers should consider several local area lakes and reservoirs including Fish and Willow lakes and Lost Creek and Howard Prairie reservoirs.
  • Diamond Lake is ice-free and fishing will be improving with warmer, stable weather.
  • Spring chinook fishing in the North Umpqua in the Swiftwater area has improved recently.


  • Coffenbury, Lost, Cape Meares, Hebo, and Town lakes will be stocked with larger size trout the week of June 13. Fishing should continue to be good in those lakes over the next week or two.
  • Alsea River: Cutthroat trout season is open and producing fair to good results.  Most all streams in the basin are open to cutthroat trout angling unless specifically stated in the 2011 sport fishing regulations. Trout fishing is productive this time of year using traditional spinning gear or fly fishing.
  • Nestucca, Three Rivers: Spring chinook angling is fair. Fish are spread out in tidewater and the lower river, and in Three Rivers. Bobber fishing will produce the best results as flows drop, although trolling herring in the lower bay is still producing some fish. Summer steelhead angling is improving as more fish enter the system. Angling for cutthroat is fair throughout the river.
  • Siletz River: Steelhead fishing is starting to pick up. Summer steelhead are pulsing in and can be found throughout the entire river. Trout season is open as well and can be very good during the early part of the season.
  • Tillamook Bay: Spring chinook fishing remains fair to good. Trolling spinners or herring should produce some bites. A few sturgeon are still being caught. Try the upper bay and Tillamook River tidewater for the best opportunity this time of year.


  • Detroit and Henry Hagg lakes have been chosen as venues for Cabela’s and the Outdoor Channel’s “Wanna Fish for Millions” promotion, which runs through July 14. Large trout and bass have been tagged with spaghetti tags that could be worth up to $2 million to the angler lucky enough to catch one. Anglers have to be registered at Cabela’s website to participate. To register, go to www.cabelas.com/fishformillions.
  • Fishing for spring chinook and catch-and-release sturgeon continues on the Willamette River. Reports indicate that chinook fishing remains good but the sturgeon bite has been red hot.
  • Summer steelhead and spring chinook have entered the Santiam basin and will be the main focus of anglers for the next several weeks.
  • Warmer weather and recent trout stocking should make for some excellent family fishing on lakes, ponds and streams throughout the zone. Read on to find a fishing hole near you.


  • Several of the Central Oregon lakes are accessible, stocked and providing great trout fishing.
  • Spring chinook fishing on the Deschutes continues to be good thanks to a later returning run.
  • Lake trout fishing has been good on Odell Lake, and kokanee fishing has been improving as the weather warms.


  • Anglers are reporting good catches of 8 to 10-inch crappie on Owyhee Reservoir.
  • Fishing for wild redband trout has been good for boat and bank anglers on Upper Klamath Lake.
  • Access is now available for most desert Reservoirs. Angling for rainbow trout has been good at Duncan, Holbrook, Lofton, Thief Valley and Wolf Creek reservoirs, and at Lake of the Woods.


  • High water levels continue on many rivers so the best bets are still Wallowa Lake for trout and kokanee, and Kinney and Magone lakes and the valley ponds for trout.
  • Salmon season has been extended on the lower Umatilla river through June 30 and fishing has been good in the Pendleton area.
  • Chinook fishing season has opened on Lookingglass Creek. Approximately 24 fish were caught at the weir as of June 6.
  • Spring chinook also is open on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam.


  • Effective Wednesday June 16 through Saturday July 31, angling is open for adipose fin-clipped summer chinook and steelhead in the Columbia River from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam.
  • Sturgeon angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Marker 82.  Retention above Wauna powerlines is allowed Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Shad angling is good at Bonneville Dam.
  • Walleye angling is excellent in The Dalles pool.


  • Last week private and charter boats alike returned with good catches of rockfish and lingcod with an occasional kelp greenling and cabezon; many anglers had limits or near limits of rockfish. Lingcod catches improved over last week with many anglers getting at least one lingcod.
  • Ocean-caught chinook are still few and far between. Anglers fishing out of Charleston, Newport, Garibaldi, Bandon and Winchester Bay landed a few fish, but no other ports reported chinook landings. Fishing will continue until Sept. 30 from Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford.

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