Idaho Fish Report

ODFW Recreation Report

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Best bets for weekend fishing

  • The coho salmon run has been a bright spot this season, with a strong return and anglers success from the coast to the Willamette Valley to some eastern Oregon Columbia tributaries.
  • Recent rains will have pushed fall Chinook into the freshwater of coastal rivers. Look for fishing to be fair to good on the mid- and north coast.
  • Some fire closures have been lifted allowing access to popular locations like Hemlock Lake and Lake in the Woods. Fishing should be very good until the snow flies and the roads are closed.
  • Check out the Willamette Zone where a handful of waterbodies will be stocked, or have recently been stocked, with trout for fall fishing.
  • Steelhead anglers have been finding fish in Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers. 

Elk hunters: Get your elk tested for CWD

ODFW will set up voluntary CWD check stations during Rocky Mountain elk 1st season on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2021 from 9 a.m. – dusk at:

  • I-84 West at Celilo Park (Exit 97).
  • Prineville ODOT weigh station (just east of Prineville on Hwy 26).

Learn more about what hunters can do to prevent the spread of CWD to Oregon.

Several popular fisheries close Oct. 31

Anglers have just two more weekends to hit several popular fisheries before they close for the season. These include: all cutthroat fishing in coastal rivers and streams, Pacific halibut, Laurance Lake, Crane Prairie, Odell Lake, Wickiup Reservoir and the Metolius River above Allingham Bridge. These closures are to protect migrating salmon/steelhead smolts, and/or sensitive native species like bull trout. Check the regulations for more closures.

Game bird harvest statistics at ODFW wildlife areas

As upland bird and waterfowl hunting continue, hunters can use the harvest statistics from ODFW wildlife areas to help plan their next hunting trip.

Tips for e-tagging

Whether you plan to hit the field for deer or the water for salmon this weekend, here are some tips for tagging your harvest.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Snake River- Below Hells Canyon Reservoir: Bass fishing will be good throughout the Oregon section of the Snake River
Chewaucan River: Fishing will be poor this week due to rain
Upper Klamath Lake: Redband trout are scattering throughout Upper Klamath Lake
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Catch rates were low on opening day and effort was very high
Lake Of The Woods: Fishing for yellow perch will be your best bet
Sprague River: Opened to fishing through Oct. 31
Williamson River: Flows are very low, fishing is good
Wood River: Best section is from Fort Klamath to Weed Road for brown trout
Arizona Pond: The pond was stocked heavily this spring
Ben Irving Reservoir: Lots of rain has likely muddied the waters
Bradley Lake: Trout fishing has been good at Bradley Lake
Butterfield Lake: Anglers are reported great fishing at Butterfield Lake
Chetco River: Water levels have risen and color up some
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Cooper Creek Reservoir Report
Coos River: Boat and bank anglers (on the jetty) are still catching rockfish inside lower Coos Bay
Coquille River: There are still a few striped bass in the lower river
Diamond Lake: Recent reports show that anglers are easily finding fish
Elk River: Recent rain most likely brought the first few groups of early Chinook into the river
Galesville Reservoir: The boat ramp is unusable at this time!
Lemolo Lake: Lemolo Lake Report
Sixes River: Recent significant rainfall was enough to warrant lifting the low water closure
Tenmile Lakes: Yellow perch anglers are reporting decent catches
Umpqua River: Umpqua River Report
Kilchis River: Chinook salmon should be moving into the Kilchis river following these rains
Miami River: There should be some Chinook moving into the river with the recent rains
Necanicum River: There should be fish throughout the system
Nehalem River: Chinook and coho fishing in the bay has really slowed
Nestucca River: There should be good numbers of Chinook pushing into the Nestucca basin this week
Wilson River: Conditions may be challenging, but there should still be some opportunity to catch
Detroit Reservoir: Detroit Reservoir Report
Santiam River ( North Fork) : The coho salmon run this year appears to be shaping up well
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: The river level has increased from recent rains but should still be clear
Timber Linn Lake: Will be stocked this week
Grande Ronde River: Coho season opened on the Grande Ronde on Oct. 1
Imnaha River: Steelhead season is opened on the Imnaha
Umatilla River: The fall Chinook salmon and coho salmon fisheries will remain open through Nov. 30
Wallowa Lake : Wallowa Lake has continued to produce trout into the fall
Wallowa River: Fall fishing on the Wallowa River can be very good
Van Duzen River: Will be on a slow drop through the weekend
Eel River - South Fork: Probably the best opportunity for green water this weekend

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