Southeast Zone

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but Ana River is still a great winter trout fishery that will produce 9- to 19-inch rainbow trout. Fish are probably still rising throughout the day. Small beadhead flies will be the most effective, but bait can also catch plenty of fish.

Ana River is a great year-round fishery with a rainbow trout limit of 5 fish with an 8-inch minimum length. The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a float tube or by walking the banks. Bait is allowed and fly-fishing can be great.

Caddis flies are the dominant invertebrate, but small blue winged olive (size 18) mayflies are always a good bet. Ana River is a great match the hatch fly fishing river with good hatches throughout the year. Hatches typically occur during the afternoon from 12-3 p.m. the best time. Small mayfly hatches are typically best on overcast days with light rain or snow. Tui chub and pit roach are abundant in the river therefore casting large flies or lures can be effective for catching larger fish. Ana River has good trout fishing 365 days a year.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Open year-round. Fishing in Annie Creek is slow due to high flows and cold water temperatures. Annie Creek turns turbid quickly due to the large watershed and snow in the upper elevations. Access is available off Hwy. 62 at the USFS snow park. There is plenty of public property on USFS, State Forest and Crater Lake National Park -- fishing is regulated by the National Park (541-594-3000).

Several waterfalls occur on the creek inside Crater Lake National Park offering exceptional views. Fishing is very slow due to very cold and low productivity water. Fishing with bait allowed.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake is ice-covered with limited access for fishing.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir should be ice-covered with limited vehicle access.

BEULAH RESERVOIR: redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout

Reservoir conditions are currently unknown, but it is likely ice-free with water temperatures in the low 40s. 

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir will be iced over this weekend but it’s unlikely to be thick enough to fish. Access should be available for 4-wheel drive vehicles depending on snow drifts.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The gage above Page Springs campground has been fluctuating from 30 to 50 cfs during the week of February 5-11 and water temperatures have dropped from the low 40s to the mid to low 30s with night temperatures into the teens or 20s. Colder weather will keep flows and temperatures lower for the coming week or longer. Check this link to the Blitzen gage.

Large streamers and other nypmhs work well on the Blitzen throughout the year. There are also various hatches that occur that anglers can take advantage of so keep a selection of dry flies handy.

BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

BURNS GRAVEL POND: trout, bass

The pond has some ice and some open water. A string of warm days and/or wind will completely open it again. Fishing activity has been spotty since ice-off. Fishing success is unknown, but likely slow to fair. Using PowerBait, worms, flies, and lures throughout the day are the best bets for fishing success. Small curly tailed jigs also have been productive.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

Due to flash flooding on Sept. 8, the South Fork Burnt River Road is closed at the National Forest Boundary. For more information contact the Wallowa Whitman National Forest.

CALAHAN CREEK (LONG CREEK-SYCAN AREA): brook trout and redband trout

Open all year but access can be challenging due to snow. Bait allowed. Brook trout are extremely abundant but very small with an 8-inch brook trout a trophy. Most of the stream is on Green Diamond Property. Green Diamond currently allows access. There are several road crossings on the creek. The lowermost crossing at the 400-00 road provides the best fishing.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Access is only available to snowmobiles and ice thickness is unknown.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

Open all year and currently accessible. Fishing is currently slow for crappie and bass. There are no boat ramps on the reservoir. The southeastern part of the reservoir is on BLM property. The reservoir is fed by water from Deming Creek. Access is available off the FS 34 (Dairy Creek road) and 335 roads near Bly. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please respect this area.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

The river is mostly frozen above Paisley and water temperatures are very cold. Expect fishing to be extremely slow. Fish midday to the evening after the river has had a chance to warm up.

Bait is allowed downstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley, however the use of bait is prohibited upstream of Hwy 31. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is ice-covered again and has variable ice thickness ranging from 4 to 6 inches.  Anglers are fishing and having success for 12- to 15-inch trout, but aren’t venturing far from the dock area. A string of warm days and/or wind will likely open areas of ice-free water and fishing can be great for fish sitting under the ice shelf. Anglers have been interested in fishing the reservoir, but success is unknown. 

Chickahominy was stocked this fall with half-pound size rainbow trout. The holdover trout in Chickahominy are looking really healthy and are hopefully in indication that the fishery is rebounding following years of drought conditions. Many trout 14-inches or longer were caught and released during fall sampling and there may be fish over 18-inches in the reservoir. 

CORRAL CREEK (SF Sprague): brook trout and brown trout

Open all year. Access may be limited by snow. Fishing is likely very good for brook trout. Bait is allowed. There is a campground at the confluence with South Fork Sprague. Most brook trout in the stream are less than 8-inches.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: hatchery rainbow trout, redband trout, brook trout

Access is only available to snowmobiles and ice thickness is unknown.

COW LAKES: largemouth bass, white crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but it is expected that fishing is slow at the Cow Lakes. Fishing reports and sampling data indicate that there is an overabundance of brown bullheads in the lakes. White crappie, bluegill, and large scale suckers were also found during sampling in 2016 with a few of the crappie being very large. ODFW will continue to monitor conditions in the Cow Lakes to hopefully improve the fishery.

CROOKED CREEK (Klamath Co): redband trout, brook trout and brown trout

Closed to fishing. Will reopen on May 22, 2018.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Closed to fishing. Will reopen on May 22, 2018.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available to snowmobiles only and the ice condition is unknown.

DEEP CREEK (Lake County): redband trout and brook trout

The river is open in places near Hwy 140 near Adel, but the water is extremely cold due to freezing temperatures. Expect fishing to be extremely slow.

The creek is unpredictable at this time of year. Check the Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow website for current flow information.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

Likely iced-over, but there have been no recent reports. Access to the reservoir may be blocked by drifted snow as well.  

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Open all year but closed to fishing for bull trout. Any bull trout captured should not be removed from the water.

DEVILS LAKE (FISHHOLE CREEK): largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead

Open all year. Unknown ice conditions at the reservoir but there is likely open water. Catching fish here is always a challenge. The reservoir is turbid and visibility is 4- to 6-inches. Access is available along the Fishhole Creek road. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please clean up and respect this property. Small boats without trailers can be launched at several locations. The reservoir on the east side nearest to the Fishhole Creek road is on private property.

DOG LAKE: largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead, redband trout

The lake is probably frozen, and ice thickness will be too thin to fish on. Perch fishing would be fair if the ice is thick enough, or there might be a few open spots later in the day.

Yellow perch and largemouth bass are the best species to target on this lake, but crappie, brown bullhead and redband trout are present. Only one rainbow trout per day, 15-inch minimum length may be harvested.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout and brown bullhead catfish

There have been no recent fishing reports for this reservoir.

A recent illegal introduction of brown bullhead will negatively impact the trout fishery in the future. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

FISH LAKE (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake is ice-covered and not accessible by automobiles.

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Closed. Will reopen for fishing May 22, 2018.

FOURMILE CREEK (tributary to Agency Lake): brook, brown, and redband trout.

Open all year. Access is available off Westside Road at Fourmile Springs. A small car topper boat or canoe can improve fishing access at this area. Anglers should be aware of private property around this area and can check Klamath County Land Ownership for information. Bait is allowed.

FOURMILE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout

Open all year. Access is unknown and could be limited by snow. Road conditions into the lake might be poor. You will likely encounter snow-covered and washboard roads. The lake is likely frozen and ice thickness is unknown. The warmer weather with rain might have made the ice rotten. Take extreme precautions if ice fishing on the lake.

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake is ice-covered and not accessible by automobiles.

GERBER RESERVOIR: crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead and largemouth bass

Open all year. The reservoir is likely ice-free. Fishing is likely slow but yellow perch and brown bullhead catfish can be caught this time of year. The reservoir is 67 percent full. Water temperatures are near freezing, therefore catch rates are very low.

HAINES POND:  hatchery rainbow trout

The pond is fully ice-covered. The pond was stocked mid-October with legal- and pounder-size rainbow trout. 2018 stocking of rainbow trout will occur mid-April.

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in the spring at Haines Pond, ODFW marked a portion of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

HEART LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, brown bullhead catfish

Access is only available to snowmobiles and ice thickness is unknown.

Illegal introductions of brown bullhead catfish have been negatively impacting overwinter survival and the rainbow trout fishery. People have been catching brown bullhead over 15-inches with worms. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead caught in tis fishery.

HIGHWAY 203 POND: rainbow trout, panfish, bass

The pond is ice-covered.

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked at Hwy 203 Pond, ODFW marked approximately 240 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is only available to snowmobiles and ice thickness is unknown.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Fishing is open and bait allowed. This stream is very small with a large brook trout being 8-inches. There is a campground on the creek.

J.C. BOYLE RESERVOIR (Topsy Reservoir): Largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, crappie, goldfish, Sacramento perch, tui chub and blue chub

Open and accessible all year. Water levels generally remain very similar and drop as the day progresses as water is released for power generation. There are numerous points of access on the reservoir as most property surrounding the reservoir is BLM or PacifiCorp property. There are three boat ramps on the reservoir. The BLM campground and boat ramp are closed for the season.

Fishing is slow for all species. Look for warmwater fish to begin to move into the warmer waters in the shallows.

UPPER KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: native redband trout and yellow perch

Open and accessible all year. Most of the lake had a thin layer of ice the morning of March 5. The ice will disappear quickly. Water temperature is near freezing at 33 degrees.

Fishing remains slow. Fish activity has slowed and many redband trout are spread throughout the lake or are currently spawning. 

ODFW and OSU radio tagged 33 redband trout April 14-15 at the Eagle Ridge Park boat ramp and an additional 9 in Agency Lake and 9 off the Skillet Handle on May 5. Tagged redband trout will have a long antennae protruding from the side of the abdomen. The antenna looks like very heavy fishing line. Please report the capture of any of these fish. Please do not remove these fish from the water. It is unlawful to retain radio tagged fish (Page 15 under number 14 of Sport Fishing Regulations).

The lake is 1.7 feet below full pool and slowly rising. Water temperature is peaking at 33 degrees in most locations.

Catch rates are slow but a few very large fish are being caught. All methods can catch fish. Currently best fishing is trolling lures slowly. Casting lures in certain sections can be productive. Anglers are also fishing with dead minnows along the shoreline of Howard and Shoalwater bays. Anglers typically use spoons or plugs that mimic bait fish in the lake such as blue chub, tui chub, fat head minnows or sculpin species.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

Open to fishing through June 15. Fishing for redband trout is uncharacteristically slow. The very warm water temperatures in this reach this summer might have resulted in higher than average mortality. The section from the top end of J.C. Boyle Reservoir to Keno Dam opened to fishing on Oct. 1. Flows have increased to 561 cfs and water temperature has decreased to 33 degrees.

ODFW/OSU have radio-tagged 14 redband trout below Keno Dam. Radio-tagged redband trout must be released.

J.C. Boyle Dam to J.C Boyle Powerhouse

Open all year. Fishing on the Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse is fair. Flows are stable below JC Boyle Dam and currently 117 cfs. Most fish in this section are very small and average 10-inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow and water temperatures are warmer in this section in the fall and winter.

Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately one mile below J.C. Boyle Dam. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Fishing is excellent for small redband trout for those willing to hike. Nymphs and leech patterns work well during this time of year. Casting black spinners upstream into the pools is also a great technique.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Open all year. Currently, flows are low and fishable on certain days until the afternoon. Fishing should be good during these times. Water temperatures are very cold right now but increasing air temperatures will warm the river and catch rates will improve. Best fishing is using small pheasant tails to mimic midges and blue-winged olive mayflies. Blue-winged olives and midges are hatching sporadically in the back eddy foam lines and fish are rising to them. Hatches typically take place from noon to 4 p.m.

Crayfish, isopods and aquatic annelids were found to be the most common food item along the margins of the river. Large wooly buggers or salmonfly nymph imitations that mimic large salmonflies work well this time of year. Black spinners and Panther Martins can also work but are currently not as affective during colder water temperatures as dead drifting flies. Below the JC Boyle Powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12-inches but rarely exceed 16-inches. Currently most redband caught are in the 10- to 14-inch range.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

A check of the reservoir on Feb. 28 found a thin layer of ice, but that may disappear with a string of warm days and/or wind. 

LAKE OF THE WOODS: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, hatchery brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, tui chub

Open and accessible all year. The lake is likely frozen but not safe for ice fishing. If the lake is ice-free fishing for yellow perch is likely slow.

Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is only available to snowmobiles and ice thickness is unknown.

LONG CREEK (Sycan River): brook, redband and bull trout

Open all year but access will be challenging due to snow. The riparian area can be quite lush and thick in certain areas making fishing difficult. The canyon and meadow area provide the best fishing. Most of Long Creek is on Green Diamond property and open to fishing.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch, Sacramento perch

Open and accessible all year. Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is slow. Access is available off Crystal Springs Road.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This lake will be iced over this weekend, but access should be available to 4-wheel drive vehicles depending on snowdrifts. Ice thickness might be too thin to fish on…use caution.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Reservoir conditions are unknown, but it is likely ice is receding from the edges, or it may be ice-free due to recent warmer weather. Road conditions to the reservoir are muddy and slick. 

Anglers are catching healthy trout in the 8- to 17-inch range all throughout the reservoir. The Hines District ODFW Office sampled Malheur Reservoir earlier this year and found plenty of healthy rainbow trout. The larger trout are holdovers from last year so this is a great indication that the fishery is rebounding following issues with the dam leaking and with prolonged drought in the region.

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

Fish at the lake are at low densities and may not even be in the reservoir due to low water levels. Low water levels make it difficult for fish to survive low dissolved oxygen levels during the winter and warm water temperatures in the summer.  Although the region had at least an average winter in 2016/2017, it still wasn’t enough to fill the lake and recharge the groundwater. Winter snow and rain has been sparse so far this year and it isn’t looking promising for water to fill Mann Lake…at least currently.  There is no water right for the lake and ODFW is discussing with the ranch the possibility of allowing some water reach the lake.

If conditions improve, fingerling cutthroat trout will be planted in the spring of 2018.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Access is probably only available by snowmobile and ice thickness is unknown.

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout, brook trout

Open all year but access is likely blocked by snow. Call the Chemult USFS office at 541-365-7001 for more information. The road into the lake is 12 miles of rough, gravel washboard.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir iced over, but access should be available to 4-wheel drive vehicles depending on snow drifts. Use caution when getting out on the ice.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir should be ice-covered. 

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

The pond is ice-covered. The pond was stocked with legal- and pounder-size rainbow trout mid-October. The pond will be stocked again in mid-April 2018.

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in spring at North Powder Pond, ODFW marked approximately 200 of these with an orange colored tag just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, ice thickness is unknown and access is only available to snowmobiles.

OWYHEE RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish

The Owyhee Reservoir is currently at 70 percent of capacity. Warmwater fishing is slow with the bass and crappie are starting to “suspend” in the middle of the water column.

The Owyhee Dam boat ramp is permanently closed due to safety concerns. The day use and Indian Creek boat ramps are both currently useable.

OWYHEE RIVER (Lower): brown trout and hatchery rainbow trout

Water releases below the dam have been around 36 cfs according to the USGS stream data. Ice will become an issue if it isn’t all ready. 

Fishing has been good for brown trout and rainbow trout in the area below the dam and throughout the typical fishing areas within a few miles of the dam. There has been lots of fishing on the Owyhee and anglers have been catching healthy-looking brown trout and also some very skinny brown trout.

Brown trout will spawn over the next few months and will be more stressed than normal. Anglers are asked to avoid walking in and around riffles where brown trout are or may be spawning and avoid targeting them while they are on the redds. Also avoid over-playing a hooked fish as they are expending a lot of energy spawning and will take a lot longer to recover.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

No recent fishing reports, but fishing is expected to be slow.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

The reservoir is ice-covered, and ice fishing is underway. Access for ice fishing is fair due to recent snow. A sizable portion of the reservoir is without ice cover, generally from Social Security Point to Union Creek Campground. The reservoir can be accessed at the Mason Dam boat launch, by Black Mountain Road and at Social Security Point. Anglers have been having good success near Mason Dam catching yellow perch averaging 9- to 10-inches. Fall fishing was good for rainbow trout up to 18-inches. Reservoir storage is at 51 percent of capacity.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

There reservoir is ice-covered and ice fishing is underway. Access is currently fair due to recent snow. Tucker Flat Road has been plowed, but not the access road to the reservoir.  The reservoir is accessible to 4x4 high clearance vehicles. Fishing is good for rainbows 12- to 15-inches long.

PINE CREEK and tributaries (Snake River tributary): rainbow trout, brook trout

Pine Creek and tributaries are open to trout fishing year-round, with a 5 rainbow trout bag limit.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is iced over, but access should be available to 4-wheel drive vehicles depending on snow drifts. Use caution if getting out onto the ice.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Reservoir conditions are unknown currently, but the ice may be receding or gone from the reservoir. No recent fishing reports.

The reservoir is unique in that it has a very robust population of large macroinvertebrates and this helps the trout to grow big rather quickly. The abundance of food for these trout may also be the reason that fishing is slow because the fish do not need to go far to find food so they move around less.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

No recent fishing reports.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

There is limited ice cover on the river immediately downstream of mason Dam providing access for some winter fishing.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is probably iced over, but thickness is unknown. If the ice is thin enough fishermen have had success breaking open a small opening and fishing close to the bank. Pockets of open water might also open up by the end of the day.

Priday Reservoir is on some BLM property, but the majority of the reservoir is on private property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property by staying on the main roads and cleaning up trash from others.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports; ice thickness is unknown and access is limited to snowmobiles.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

Open all year. Sand and Scott creeks are very small spring fed streams west of Hwy 97 near the Silver Lake highway junction. Fishing on these small streams is open year-round with bait allowed. Most fish are less than 8-inches long.

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Open all year. Access will be limited by snow but you should be able to get to the bridge crossing at Nicholson Road. Fishing is fair for 6- to 8-inch brook trout. Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Fishing is best in the beaver dam pools above Nicholson Road.

SKY LAKES AND MOUNTAIN LAKE WILDERNESS: brook trout and rainbow trout

Fishing is not recommended at this time due to snow limiting access.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available to 4-wheel drive vehicles, but the reservoir is iced over and might be thick enough to fish on. Use caution when getting out onto the ice.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is restricted due to drifting snow, and the reservoir will be iced over.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is probably available but the reservoir will be iced over.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Closed to fishing. Spencer Creek will open to fishing beginning May 22, 2018.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Closed to fishing. Will reopen on May 22, 2018.

SPRAGUE RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, largemouth bass and yellow perch

Closed. Will open to fishing on April 22, 2018. All tributaries to the Sprague River are open to fishing all year.

NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout

Open all year but snow will limit access. Fishing through the canyon is very slow; high flows are making fishing challenging.

Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Flows are 68 cfs. Larger brown trout and redband trout occur in this section.

SOUTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout

Open all year but snow will limit access. The South Fork Sprague River is open to fishing all year. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Flow is remaining steady (11 cfs) at the USFS day use park east of Bly. Fishing for brook trout can be good below the Camp Creek confluence.

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports; ice thickness is unknown and access is probably still limited to snowmobiles.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

The gate is closed to the Sun Pass State Forest. Open to fishing all year but closed to fishing for bull trout. Only bull trout occur in upper Sun Creek just above the Sun Pass Forest bridge crossing. Fishing is not recommended at this time as fish density is low.

Redband trout were reintroduced to Sun Creek in 2016 and 2017. These redband trout were small, most are less than 4-inches, and salvaged from the Wood River irrigation system. The Sun Creek channel has been rerouted into the historic channel and is connected to the Wood River below Kimball Park.

SYCAN RIVER: brook, redband and brown trout (below marsh)

Open all year. Access is very challenging to the lower and upper river due to snow. Fishing is slow below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows are 21 cfs. The best area to fish is in the Canyon near the Coyote Bucket area on USFS property. Above the Sycan Marsh, fishing should be excellent for brook trout and few redband trout near Rock Creek campground. Fishing near Pikes Crossing will be fair for mostly brook trout especially in and near Paradise Creek. Fish are bigger as you head downstream toward the marsh and in the canyon section. Most trout are in the 6- to 12-inch range.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

There have been reports of people catching fish near the dam this past week, but with freezing temperatures it will be iced over this weekend. Access is also unknown due to snow in the forecast.

In 2017 there were 15,000 legal-size and larger rainbow trout planted along with 51,000 fingerlings. With food availability and higher water, expect a great fishing year at Thompson Valley Reservoir.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was drained in September 2017 by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District and is now full. The reservoir will be restocked with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout April 2018. Due to the return or more seasonable weather, much of the reservoir is ice-covered.

TWIN LAKES (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout

The lakes are ice-covered and not accessible by automobiles. The lake was stocked in early July with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Anglers are reminded that regulations have changed. The daily bag limit is one trout, 15-inch minimum length.

UNITY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir storage is at 62 percent of capacity and should be ice-covered.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, ice thickness is unknown and access is only available to snowmobiles.

WARM SPRINGS RESERVOIR: smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, perch, rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. Roads can be muddy and slick this time of year and anglers should be prepared for these conditions. 

There is holdover water this winter so hopefully the trout continue to grow and help to restore the fishery. The reservoir is currently at 62 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is still useable.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Ice thickness is unknown, but more than likely too thin to walk on and fish. You may also have to hike in the last 1/8 mile due to snow levels.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

Closed to fishing. Will reopen April 22, 2018.  

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

Closed to fishing. Will reopen on May 22, 2018.

WILLOW VALLEY RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, Lahontan cutthroat

There have been no recent fishing reports but best fishing will be from a boat. The largemouth bass population is currently small but reproduction should have been excellent the last two years. Crappie are rare in the reservoir but can be found suspended near the large wood placement and spider block structures.

Bluegill are abundant in the shallows but typically small and difficult to capture. Lahontan cutthroat are very rare. Yellow perch can be the most dominant fish in the reservoir but tend to stunt resulting in very small adult size (6-inches). The reservoir is turbid thus reducing catch rates.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is ice-covered and ice fishing has been good for rainbow trout 10- to 12-inches. Access is currently good due to limited snow pack.

WOOD RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout and bull trout

Closed to fishing. Will reopen on April 22, 2018.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

The reservoir is covered with 9 inches of ice, however ice conditions are changing with warmer weather. Fishing through the ice was good during a recent trip to check ice thickness. Recent snow storms may have limited access to high-clearance vehicles. Anglers should be prepared for variable road conditions.