The recent spring-like weather has put trout in the mood to bite, so grab your rod, your kids, your friends and go catch dinner.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked 47 waterbodies with about 89,600 legal-size trout last week. See zone updates for a stocking location near you.
Check with the ODFW for free fishing events, recommended family-friendly fishing locations and how-to text and videos tutorials on everything from buying your gear to cooking your catch. You can visit www.myodfw.com/articles/take-family-fishing for more information.
In the southwest zone, the winter steelhead season continues with anglers catching fish on the Rogue and North and South Umpqua. The first spring Chinook of the season should be caught on the mainstem Umpqua any time now. Chinook anglers are also catching them on the lower Willamette.
Keep an eye on surf conditions and when conditions allow,
plan to hit the beach for surfperch fishing. Spring and early summer fishing can be excellent.
It’s springtime on the lower Deschutes River and trout fishing should be good from Mack’s Canyon to the locked gate. A push of winter steelhead has entered Hood River. Fishing should peak in the next couple of weeks.
Spring bird migration is underway at many eastside wildlife areas. Viewing choices include sandhill cranes at Klamath and Ladd Marsh, turkey vultures and swans at Summer Lake, and songbirds, waterfowl and shorebirds galore at wildlife areas throughout the state. Check out the latest arrivals in the zone reports.
2019 big game hunting season
To avoid the rush for big game tags, visit www.myodfw.com/articles/how-apply-controlled-hunt and apply now. Don’t forget to report your 2018 hunts by April 15. You can report online or by phone at 866-947-6339.
Preview of spring bear season
Late season snows will limit access and delay green-up. See what else is in store for the 2019 season in the spring bear hunting forecast now posted online at www.myodfw.com/articles/2019-spring-bear-hunting-forecast.