ODFW Recreation Brief Includes Fishing Report

A recreation report for June 19 submitted by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife indicates “good fishing” in the Santiam River.

Best bets for weekend fishing

Chinook, steelhead, trout and bass – they all apply.

  •  Spring Chinook fishing on the North Coast remains fair in the Nestucca and Trask Rivers.
  • Anglers are starting to catch more summer steelhead on the Siletz.
  • Spring Chinook fishing on the North Coast picked up last week in the Nestucca and Trask Rivers as rain brought in a push of fresh fish.
  • Hyatt and Howard Prairie continue to put out large trout in the 15- to 18-inch range.
  • On Diamond Lake, fishing for brown trout has been good (catch-and-release only) with some anglers catching fish in the 24-inch range.
  • Anglers have been catching cutthroat trout in the Chetco, Elk and Sixes rivers. Anglers looking for a bit more adventure might try exploring the upper reaches of these rivers.
  • As of July 13, more than 11,500 summer steelhead have passed Willamette Falls – meaning there’s been some good fishing in the Middle Fork Willamette, McKenzie and North and South Santiam.
  • Chinook fishing on the lower Willamette picked up last week, with most of the effort at the head of the Multnomah Channel.
  • Trout stocking has started to shift to some higher elevation lakes on the flanks of Mt. Hood.
  • At the same time, bass and warm water fishing has picked up in most locations as water temperatures continue to get warmer.
  • Anglers have been catching spring Chinook on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam.

These examples are for demonstration purposes only. Check the zone reports for details and more options.

Hunting updates will resume in August

The big game and game bird hunting reports will be taking the summer off and will be back in August in time for opening of big game archery and upland game bird seasons.

Take a workshop with ODFW

The ODFW event calendar currently features the following seminars and classes:

  • Introduction to hunting in Oregon – Tualatin, Newport
  • Shotgun skills – Bend
  • Bowhunting skills – La Pine
  • Surfperch fishing – Newport
  • Plunking for sockeye – Sauvie Island (Portland)

To learn more and to register, visit the ODFW Workshop and Events page at myodfw.com/workshops-and-events.

Razor clamming reopens on North Coast

However, all other clamming and mussel harvest remains closed. Be sure to call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or visit the  ODA shellfish closures website before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures.

Sign up for hunter education

The fall hunting season will be here sooner than you think. If you’ve got a young, would-be hunter that hopes to hunt for the first time this fall, help them sign up for hunter education now. Because the closer we get to opening days, the harder it will be to find an open class or field day. To learn about the ways to take hunter education, visit myodfw.com/articles/hunter-education-classes-and-field-days-schedule.