dr marten triumph Oregon Recreation Report Feb
Not too early to think spring Chinook
Managers are expecting a good return in the Columbia River this year 227,000 upriver fish and 58,700 fish to the Willamette. Expect some good fishing if the fish and water conditions cooperate. Columbia River regulations and in season updates are posted here.
Oregon offers diverse winter trout fishing opportunities Garrison Lake and Lost Creek Reservoir in the SW Zone, Crooked and Metolius rivers in Central, Walter Wirth Lake in the Willamette and ice fishing on Campbell Lake and Wolf Creek Reservoir in SE, to name a few. Check out the zone reports for even more winter trout opportunities.
Visit ODFW at the Pacific NW Sportsman Show, Feb. 5 9, Portland
ODFW’s booth is right next to the kid’s trout fishing pond. Stop by to pick up a copy of the regulations, get the latest on spring fishing opportunities, or chat with biologists about fishing and hunting issues across the state.
Thanks to all hunters who reported tags on time
About 81 percent of 2013 deer and elk tags were reported by the deadline last week.
Spring bear hunt applications due Feb. 10
Apply for a controlled hunt no later than Feb. 10, or purchase one of the SW Oregon first come, first serve tags, which have been selling out by about Feb. 15 every year.
Keep your dog safe this trapping season
Trapping seasons are underway. Keep your dog safe with these tips.
Winter steelhead are moving into the Willamette River basin and fishing conditions are good on the Clackamas,
Molalla, Sandy, and Santiam rivers.
Hills Creek Reservoir has been fishing well for trout.
Alton Baker Canoe Canal and Junction City Pond, Walling Pond and EE Wilson Pond have been stocked with rainbow trout.
200 brood trout averaging 8 pounds each will be going into Walter Wirth Lake this week.
New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement
Anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries are now required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.
If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed
It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These waterbodies will re appear in the Recreation Report when they re open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.
We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.
The 2014 trout stocking schedules for the North Willamette Watershed District and the South Willamette Watershed District are now posted on line on the ODFW trout stocking page.
Check out the new trout stocking map
Find the location and details about the many lakes ponds and streams that receive hatchery trout from ODFW’s fish hatcheries on the new Google based stocking map.
ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout
Alton Baker Canoe Canal was recently stocked with 1,086 legal sized and 200 larger sized rainbow trout. Fish were scattered at multiple locations along the length of the Canal. Summer steelhead are occasionally caught in this system and anglers are reminded they will need a combined angling tag and a Columbia River Basin Endorsement to legally target or harvest a steelhead. It is legal to fish with two rods in the Alton Baker Canoe Canal, provided the Two Rod Validation has been purchased.
The canal is located within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of Club Road in Eugene. The Canoe Canal is located in downtown Eugene behind Autzen Stadium. A 4 acre pond at the midpoint of the canal is a good spot but it can be fished all along its 2 mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield.