Many trout streams open May 22
That’s next Saturday
Several popular trout streams, especially in the NW, SW and Willamette zones, will open to trout fishing on Saturday, May 22. These streams are closed in the spring to protect outmigrating smolts.
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Locations that are family-friendly, close to home
Easy Angling Oregon includes 101 family-friendly, biologist-recommended places to take the family fishing throughout the state. Don’t have a lot of time and would like to stay close to home? Here are lots of locations close to Portland, Bend, Roseburg, Medford, within Lane County and on the South Coast.
Best bets for weekend fishing
This week’s Rec Report features updates on Chinook, summer steelhead, shad, stripers, walleye, trout and bass fishing. Here are some highlights:
- Anglers have been catching spring Chinook in the lower Rogue and Umpqua.
- Further north, the Lower Columbia Tributaries, Nestucca River, Tillamook Bay and Trask River offer the best opportunities to catch a spring Chinook.
- There are summer steelhead throughout the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers.
- Shad fishing as been good on the mainstem Umpqua. The season opens May 16 on the lower Columbia.
- Walleye fishing has been excellent in the John Day pool of the Columbia River. Don’t have a boat? Word has it the McNary Channel Ponds hold a surprisingly good population of walleye that can be caught from the bank.
- Stripers are being caught on both the Smith and Coquille rivers.
- Many neighborhood and low elevation ponds have been stocked. These ponds will get harder to fish as water temperatures rise and aquatic weeds grow – helped along by the warmer temperatures. Trout anglers should hit these ponds while the fishing is good.
- Fishing for bass and other warmwater species has been picking up in several locations, including: Emigrant Lake, Mainstem Umpqua, South Fork Coquille, Tenmile Lakes, Henry Hagg Lake, and the Tualatin, Molalla and Willamette Rivers.
- Several lakes in the Florence area offer excellent bass fishing, including Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, Mercer, Woahink and Munsel.
- Finally, check the trout stocking schedule for dozens of waterbodies that have been or are scheduled to be stocked with trout.
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LAKE, PONDS, RESERVOIRS
Warmwater anglers should keep an eye on water temperatures. Once they hit 50 degrees consistently, look for bass to be moving into the shallows to spawn.
Look for trout stocking in this zone to really kick off beginning next week (May 10).
RIVERS AND STREAMS
River levels have been relatively good in the Grande Ronde and Imnaha Basins. Trout fishing can be good this time of year where streams are open to fishing. Anglers should be aware that steelhead may still be around but the season has closed.
River levels in the John Day are on the rise, so be sure to check river gages before planning a trip. The river is currently running high with poor visibility, but as the water levels drop it should clear and provide a chance for some steelhead fishing.
Scheduled to be stocked this week (week of May 10): Cutsforth Pond, Luger Pond, Penland Lake, Umapine Pond, Victor Pond, Wallowa Wildlife Pond (Weavers Pond), Rowe Creek Reservoir, Magone Lake, Hunter Pond (Starkey Forest Ponds), Bull Prairie Reservoir, Roulet Pond, Victor Pond
Stocked last week (week of May 3): Ladd (Peach) Pond
TROUT STOCKING MAPS: Find your place to fish
Check out the ODFW fishing and trout stocking maps to find nearby fishing locations, driving directions and descriptions of amenities.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: closures, special events, etc.
New map shows wildfire impacts on recreation
Hunters, anglers and wildlife viewers will be living with the impacts of the 2020 wildfire season for a long time. To help you navigate the status of popular recreation sites, natural resource management agencies in Oregon have released an interagency status map that shows open, closed and reduced service areas on a single map, regardless of reason for closure.