THE FOLLOWING IS FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RECREATION REPORT FOR JAN. 23, 2020
Highlights from this week’s Recreation Report:
Register your new hunter for a hunter education class/course
Hunters 17 years old and younger need to complete a hunter education course and field day before they hunt this fall. Traditional classes and field days are available now, and online courses can be taken anytime. Taking care of hunter education now will be one less thing to worry about as hunting season approaches.f
Best bets for fishing
- Ana Reservoir offers a unique fishing experience for hybrid bass throughout the winter. Fishing has been fair. See 12 tips for catching wipers.
- Fishing for native redband trout has been fair to good in the Klamath River between the Powerhouse and CA state line.
- Fishing conditions on the Umatilla are good. Water levels increased this week and over 40 steelhead have been counted at Threemile Dam in the past three days.
- Vernonia Lake, Lost Lake and Coffenbury lakes continue to get periodic stockings of surplus winter steelhead.
- The trout bite continues to be good in the Holy Water, the stretch of the upper Rogue between the hatchery and the Lost Creek Lake spillway.
And if you’re after winter steelhead…
- Almost all west side locations are reporting high flows [Editor’s note: click here to check realtime flows and flow forecasts] in popular steelhead rivers thanks to recent rains. These flows will put fish on the move, but can make fishing challenging. However, many of our biologists report some rivers might be in shape for the weekend – depending on how much rain we get.
- Best bets on the north coast may be the Kilchis and Necanicum rivers, which green up quickly and should be fishable this weekend.
- The best steelhead fishing on the mid-coast continues to be the bank fishery on the North Fork Alsea.
- In the Coos and Coquille basins, there are steelhead in the systems and some locations could be fishable by the weekend.
- Before the last week’s bump in river flow, anglers were starting to run into winter steelhead in the Galice area of the middle Rogue. Water color will be the limiting factor, so as the water drops into condition later this week and weekend, expect steelhead numbers to increase.
- The South Umpqua and Smith rivers have been running high, but should be falling back in shape for some weekend steelhead fishing.
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