From the High Cascades to the high seas, there’s something for just about every Oregon angler to target this weekend.
Today marks the start of an all-depths halibut weekend while the trout (and unfortunately bugs) are biting at highland lakes like Diamond.
Rick Rockholt at the resort there reports that most anglers are bagging their eight-trout limit (only one over 20 inches), even it it’s leaving them a wee bit welted from all the skeeters.
He says PowerBait is working from shore, flatlining Needlefish and FlatFish off the eastern side, and fly fishing with emergers and Buggers on the south end is all working.
Rockholt also notes there’s a big derby with $5,000 in cash and prizes for big fish at the lake this Saturday, June 25. Sign up at the resort, over in Medford at Blackbird Shopping Center or down in Roseburg at Waldron’s.
But if Diamond and the vast Pacific are a bit further than your budget allows, ODFW has rounded up a mess of other ideas, including close-to-PDX springers. Here are more highlights, ripped straight from their weekly Recreation Report:
- Warmer weather and weed growth has slowed fishing on many area ponds and lakes, but local streams are kicking out some nice cutthroat trout. Anglers should check fishing regulations for a particular waterbody before heading out.
- Spring chinook fishing continues to be fair to good in the Upmqua and Rogue rivers.
- The bass have been biting on Hyatt Lake.
- Coffenbury, Lost, Cape Meares, Hebo, and Town lakes were stocked with larger size trout the week of June 13. Due to a shortage of fish at Nehalem Hatchery, fewer fish were stocked than were planned; however fishing should still be good.
- Siletz River: Steelhead fishing is picking up with fish being caught throughout the main stem. Good numbers are expected to show up any time. Cutthroat trout season is open as well and can be very good during the early part of the season.
- Spring chinook fishing is picking up on the Sandy Rivers where a strong run of hatchery fish is expected this year. Good prospects are the mid-section of the River between the old Marmot Dam site and Oxbow Park.
- 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.
- 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.
- Crappie fishing has been picking up on several area reservoirs including Owyhee, Brownlee and Hells Canyon.
- Fishing for rainbow trout has been good at Priday Reservoir in Lake County.
- 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 continues to be good in the Pendleton area.
- Chinook fishing season has opened on Lookingglass Creek. Over 150 fish were caught at the weir as of June 20.
- Spring chinook also is open on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam.
- Crappie fishing has picked up and is good if you find a school. The crappie are fairly large this year, with many over 12 inches. They are about 10-15 deep. Use orange or chartruese jigs with a crappie nibble. Catfish angling is picking up as well. Bass fishing is fair. 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/
- 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; however, Buoy 10 to Wauna powerlines will be closed from Monday June 27 through Thursday June 30. Retention above Wauna powerlines is allowed Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
- Shad fishing is good at Bonneville Dam.
- Walleye fishing is good in The Dalles pool.
- Last week private and charter boats alike returned with good catches of rockfish but lingcod were harder to come by. About three or four lingcod for every 10 anglers was the norm for most ports, except Garibaldi. There, the 33 anglers surveyed who were fishing for lingcod landed 36.
- Fishery managers added three days to the all-depth sport halibut fishery off the central Oregon coast. Fishing for Pacific halibut will be open Thursday, June 23, through Saturday, June 25, at all depths. The spring all-depth season for the central coast area – from Cape Falcon (30 miles south of the Columbia River) to Humbug Mountain (south of Port Orford) – opened May 12 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only. It could have closed as early as June 11 if the 115,578-pound quota had been taken.
- 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.