Southeast Zone fishing report, March 20 – Dalles Chronicle

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SOUTHEAST ZONE FISHING

Weekend fishing possibilities:

Ice conditions have deteriorated throughout recent warmer weather. Fishermen should use extreme care when going out to the ice.

Brown trout fishing around the lower Owyhee River continues to be good.

Striped bass fishing is obtaining in Willow Valley Reservoir.

Fishing for eight to ten-inch trout continues to be good on Bridge Creek and upper Blitzen River.

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ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Ana Reservoir remains ice-free throughout the wintertime due to springs creating constant 60°F water. Trout and hybrid cars remain active throughout the wintertime several weeks. Water level is presently 13 ft below full pool and it is likely to remain so until spring. Fishermen should be ready for grime/dirt conditions throughout this time around. Seafood could be caught using bait, fishing lures, and flies from shoreline or motorboats.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

Rainbow trout are active all year round within the river and fishermen happen to be catching seafood with bait, flies or fishing lures.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Closed to fishing March. 31.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

Balm Creek Reservoir was completely drained this fall and all sorts of seafood were lost. The reservoir is going to be restocked in May 2014.

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

Recent fishing reviews indicate catch minute rates are slow and couple of fisherman have tilted within the reservoir after ice-off. Average size trout vary from 12 to 18-inches. The reservoir water has elevated to 48 percent full and inflows were 160 cfs (March 17).

USBR deck hands is going to be sampling seafood populations within the reservoir. Should you catch a labeled trout report it towards the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: trout

Fishing for eight to ten-inch trout continues to be good on Bridge Creek and upper Blitzen River. Fishermen haven’t reported catching large redband trout within the lower river yet this spring. Flows within the Blitzen River averaged 121 cfs on March 17. Water temps at Page Springs gauge ranged from 39?F to 44?F. The Blitzen River and tributaries are catch-and-release just for trout until May 24. The Small Blitzen River is catch-and-release for trout all year long.

BULLY CREEK RESERVOIR:bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish, and trout.

The reservoir has elevated during the last handful of days it had been 60 % complete March 17.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Water-feature is freed from ice. Ice fishing for rainbow trout was good spring fishing for holdover trout is anticipated to become good too. Fishermen have lately caught striped bass along with a large funnel catfish. Twenty labeled seafood have been in water-feature. Should you capture a labeled seafood return the tag towards the Hines office (237 Hwy 20 S) for any prize.

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Automobiles can’t access Campbell and Deadhorse ponds.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout

The Forest IS CLOSED DOWNSTREAM From The HIGHWAY 31 BRIDGE IN PAISLEY. The forest upstream of Hwy 31 remains open and using bait is PROHIBITED! The forest is obvious and also the lower river is flowing at 41 cfs. Water temps have been in the reduced 30s and ice is developing around the river.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is about another full, free from ice, and incredibly turbid. The boat pier is functional and fishermen happen to be catching holdover trout using bait.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout

Don’t Attempt To Visit To The ICE! Unsafe ice conditions exist in the reservoir. The reservoir seems to become covered in ice, but it’s more slush than ice. The ice is anticipated to become gone over the following couple of days.

Fishing could be exciting for seafood hiding close to diminishing ice. Cast a lure, bait, or fly to the ice and pull it in to the water. Warmer water and much more oxygen are becoming seafood to give more positively compared to what they have winter.

COW Ponds: striped bass, whitened crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout

The ponds are low and likely to be low this summer time. By 2013, the ponds are no more filled with rainbow trout because of poor habitat quality. Ice fisherman reported poor success for decent water species and trout.

DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout

Automobiles can’t access Campbell and Deadhorse ponds.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

The street is rutted in deep ice and snow for many miles high clearance automobiles with four-wheel drive is suggested. The river continues to be covered in ice but is starting to spread out round the edges. Ice fishing isn’t suggested.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Closed to fishing March. 31

Demons LAKE (FISHHOLE CREEK): striped bass, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead

Demons Lake is probably frozen.

DOG LAKE: striped bass, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead

Dog Lake is ice-free. Overview of monthly reviews from 1972 to 1995 claim that fishing is going to be slow to fair until late March or early April, when perch and bullhead fishing starts to improve fishermen catch rates.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is ice-free with water temps within the low 40s. Fishermen might consider fishing this reservoir later within the day when water temps have warmed and seafood could be probably the most active.

Seafood LAKE (Steens Mountain): rainbow trout, brook trout

The river is included in ice of unknown depth. The South and north Steens Loop access streets are closed. Contact Burns BLM for updates on road access this spring (541 573-4400).

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

Fourmile Creek off Westside road is open all year long with bait permitted. Fishing ought to be great for brook trout.

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

Fourmile Lake is frozen. Accessibility lake is unknown.

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

Ice conditions around the reservoir are unknown but likely unsafe.

HAINES POND: rainbow

Water-feature is ice free. The very first stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout is scheduled for late April.

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

The river is ice-free and water temps remain 43 °F. Water temps will warm and fishermen should be expecting best to excellent fishing when temps achieve 50 °F by 50 percent-4 days.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The river is ice-free and water temps remain 43 °F. Water temps will warm and fishermen should be expecting best to excellent fishing when temps achieve 50 °F by 50 percent-4 days.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Water-feature is ice free. The very first stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout is scheduled for late April.

J.C. BOYLE RESERVOIR (Topsy Reservoir): Striped bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, crappie, fish

The reservoir is ice-free. Fishing is slow but a couple of yellow perch or brown bullhead could be caught through the patient angler.

JUNIPER LAKE: cutthroat trout

The river is extremely low (reduced to 2 small pools) but ice-free. The river could be utilized on public land from the East Steens Loop Rd. around the SE side. A sizable area of the lake is independently possessed, as shown by a fence lines however, bank access is allowed. Be sincere of non-public property.

KLAMATH AND AGENCY Ponds: redband trout and yellow perch

Water clearness remains great for this time around of the year. The ake is a fairly eco-friendly color that is a vary from the turbid conditions yesteryear 5 years. Fishing remains productive for bank and boat fishermen. Though fishing is slow with catch rates calculating 7 hrs per redband from boat and 30 hrs per redband in the shoreline. Typically the most popular bank angling areas are in Howard and Shoalwater Bays. Most bank fishermen are fishing with dead minnows. Water temps are peaking at 51 levels which increases redband trout activity. The river is 1.2 ft below full pool. All boat ramps are available but docks haven’t been placed at Henzel Park on Agency Lake and Shoalwater Bay at Upper Klamath Lake. ODFW encourages catch and release because this fishery is handled for trophy trout. Redband trout taken shouldn’t be taken off water, resuscitated by cradling and moving gills by moving seafood backwards and forwards with the water. It’s illegal to carry on to seafood for the similar kind of seafood after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir (Topsy Reservoir) opened up on March. 1. Angling for redband trout is slow as bigger redband trout are breeding. Flows are presently ideal (756 cfs) for any effective winter outing. Flies and fishing lures emulating minnows and sculpins can be quite effective during the cold months. Water temps happen to be growing to 47 levels. Water temps within this achieve were very warm this summer time thus some mortality of redband trout may have happened.

The Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Giant offers excellent spinner fishing in addition to good dry flyfishing with small flies. Most seafood within this section are small , average 10 inches. Underneath the springs this remains near a continuing 360 cfs of flow. Elk hair caddis or generators in dimensions 12-14 work nicely. The more compact seafood within this section usually can’t take bigger flies or fishing lures. Small blue winged olive mayflies are hatching.

Underneath the JC Boyle giant the seafood get slightly bigger compared to aforementioned achieve and average one foot but rarely exceed 16 inches. River flows within this section are usually extremely high throughout your day. Fishing outings ought to be planned when flows are lower.

Check current flow levels here. If flows are 900 cfs or lower the forest is fishable. Dead moving rubber legged stonefly designs could be good. A 4wd vehicle is presently required to access el born area. Most seafood have been in the 6-8 inch range but numerous 12 ” seafood could be caught with 16 inches the utmost. Presently, operation in the hydro system underneath the giant has operated rich in flows (peaking) throughout most daylight hrs. Lower flows may be experienced each morning until 8 a.m. and again at night at 8 pm. Fishing is slow unless of course fishing early in the day or late evening hrs before peak flows occur. Numerous caddis fly species are hatching.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout and striped bass

Recreationist have reported the gate is available to Krumbo Reservoir however, fishing continues to be closed according to 2014 Or condition angling rules. Contact Malheur National Widlife Refuge at 541 493-2612 for access information to Krumbo Reservoir.

LAKE From The Forest: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, hatchery brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, striped bass, crappie, tui chub

The ice is unsafe for fishing and you will find pockets of open water. Call Lake from the Forest Resort for recent reviews Toll-free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir closed to fishing March. 14, 2013 and turn into closed to fishing through March 31, 2014. This allows ODFW seafood biologist to deal with the reservoir and get ready for publish-treatment stocking of rainbow trout. The reservoir includes a 26-unit campground, boat ramp, have a picnic tables, along with a pit toilet.

LOST RIVER: striped bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch

Lost River is ice-free. Fishing is slow for warmwater seafood but ought to be enhancing with growing water temps.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Many tanks in Harney and Malheur areas are actually ice free and have very thin ice. Fishermen happen to be catching lots of seafood within the 8 to 10” range, along with a couple of over 18”. With level growing within the reservoir and temps within the 50s (F) any remaining ice around the reservoir is probably unsafe.

MALHEUR RIVER (Warm Springs Reservoir downstream to South Fork Malheur River): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir stay at or around cfs. Fishing top of the river area is anticipated to become poor because of turbidity and couple of holdover trout. Perch and smallmouth bass happen to be caught within the pool underneath the dam.

MALHEUR RIVER (in the South Fork Malheur River near Riverside, downstream to Gold Creek): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout.

Discharge at Juntura averaged 39 cfs on March 17. Fishing continues to be slow for fishermen, but is enhancing with warmer weather and warmer water temps. Spring fishing near Riverside is anticipated to become fair this season.

MALHEUR RIVER, NORTH FORK: redband trout, whitefish, and bull trout

Fishing for redband trout ought to be slow access is challenging because of snow moving and ice.

MALHEUR RIVER, MIDDLE FORK: redband trout, brook trout, and bull trout

Fishing for trout is poor access is challenging because of snow moving and ice.

MANN LAKE: trout

Fishermen are catching good amounts of huge cutthroat trout in Mann Lake. The river is totally ice free and both boat ramps are functional. The reservoir is turbid from wind action and spring run-removed from the tributaries off Steens Mountain. Most seafood are 14 to 16-inches lengthy, with several over 20-inches being caught. Seafood are trying to spawn and congregate close to the basins of Mann Creek and House Creek canal.

Burns LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Conditions around the lake are unknown. Please report any circular wounds on trout that could be triggered by lamprey towards the Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732.

MOON RESERVOIR: bass, trout

The reservoir is growing and it is presently near full pool. Carp are all around within the reservoir.

Dirt LAKE: trout

This reservoir is ice-free with water temps within the low 40s. The street was dry throughout a few days of March 3 making use of this reservoir easy. This water should warm faster due to the muddy water, making seafood more active and simpler to trap than other tanks.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

The ice cover is splitting up. Stoking of legal-sized rainbows is tentatively planned for late April.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

Water-feature is ice-free. There is a substantial winter kill of seafood in water-feature. The very first stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout is scheduled for late April.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Snow is obstructing use of this reservoir at this time around.

OWYHEE RESERVOIR: striped bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, catfish

Water level within the reservoir is 22 percent of full and inflows averaged 618 cfs (March 17). Two boat ramps appear functional around the Bureau of Reclamation web site http://world wide web.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/ramps/owyhee/owyhee.html.

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

Fishing continues to be great for brown trout this spring. Water releases below Owyhee Dam remain constant at winter flow rates 23 cfs on March 17. Please practice ethical angling practices be sincere of other fisherman, use barbless hooks, land seafood rapidly and seafood within the water whatsoever occasions.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and funnel catfish

Owyhee River flows averaged 618 cfs on March 17. Fishing for smallmouth and funnel catfish is slow. The forest is high and turbid, watch out for debris.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

The reservoir reaches 32 percent of capacity. Ice cover is roughly 75 %.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout, crappie

Closed to fishing March. 31.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Trout fishing continues to be great for seafood 16 to 18-inches. The limit is 2 each day, be sincere from the angling rules for that reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is near half-full. Catch rates remain fair to poor for holdover trout.

POWDER RIVER: trout, spring Chinook

Catch-and-release fishing with flies and fishing lures has become permitted through April 25, 2014, from Hughes Lane in Baker City, upstream to Mason Dam. Other reaches from the Powder River and tributaries are closed to fishing. The achieve immediately below Mason Dam has become close to the winter minimum flow, but should supply fishermen with higher chance for holdover filled trout or native trout.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is ice-free with water temps within the low 40s. The street was dry throughout a few days of March 3 making use of this reservoir easy. This water should warm faster due to the muddy water, making seafood more active and simpler to trap than other tanks. Fishermen should think about keeping seafood caught only at that reservoir since it can become dry later within the summer time.

SAND AND SCOTT Streams: Brook trout and brown trout

Sand and Scott Streams are extremely small spring given streams west of Hwy 97 close to the Silver Lake highway junction. Fishing on these small streams is open year-round with bait permitted. Most seafood are under 8-inches lengthy. These streams are most likely frozen in most locations.

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Closed to fishing March. 31.

SKY Ponds AND MOUNTAIN LAKE Backwoods: brook trout and rainbow trout

Most backwoods ponds are most likely frozen.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

This reservoir is ice-free with water temps within the low 40s. The street was dry throughout a few days of March 3 making use of this reservoir easy. This water should warm faster due to the muddy water, making seafood more active and simpler to trap than other tanks.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout, brook trout.

Closed to fishing March. 31.

SPRAGUE RIVER: wild redband trout, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, striped bass

Closed to fishing March. 31.

NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER And All Sorts Of TRIBUTARIES: wild redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Closed to fishing March. 31.

SOUTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER And All Sorts Of TRIBUTARIES: redband trout, brook trout, brown trout

Closed to fishing March. 31.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Closed to fishing March. 31.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, bull trout

Closed to fishing March. 31.

SYCAN RIVER: wild redband trout, brook trout, brown trout

Closed to fishing March. 31.

THOMPSON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, striped bass

Accessibility reservoir isn’t blocked by snow. Fishing can be quite proficient at this reservoir from ice-off through June and fishermen have reported catching large seafood here throughout that point period.

Crook VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was drained through the Lower Powder River Irrigation District at the begining of September, meaning an almost 100 % lack of trout within the reservoir. The reservoir is going to be restocked, pending appropriate level, in November, and legal-sized trout is going to be available early in the year of 2014.

Oneness RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir reaches 83 percent of capacity. The ice cover is splitting up and really should be off soon. Fishermen are reminded that the new regulation limits the harvest of bass to individuals under 15-inches lengthy. No recent fishing reviews.

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Snow is obstructing use of this reservoir at this time around.

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

The reservoir was 24 percent full and inflows averaged 301 cfs (March 17). The forest and also the reservoir are extremely turbid and covered in patchy ice. The boat ramp has run out of water with a significant distance. No recent fishing reviews.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: wild redband trout, brook trout

Closed to fishing March. 31.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: wild redband trout, brown trout

Closed to fishing March. 31.

WILLOW VALLEY RESERVOIR: striped bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill

Fishing is enhancing for striped bass. Try the Antelope Creek funnel for the best success. Bass may also be within the shallow houses near the dam. The reservoir is turbid. Bluegill are abundant but small in dimensions. Crappie are scarce but could be abundant in the many habitat structures put into the reservoir by Klamath Bassmasters, BLM and ODFW. A great seafood finder can locate these structures. Some structures could be observed sticking out in the water’s surface. There’s a concrete boat ramp and also the outhouse continues to be fixed. Water levels are low therefore, starting motorboats may be challenging.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The ice cover is splitting up. No report.

WOOD RIVER and all sorts of tributaries: wild redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Closed to fishing March. 31.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Ice is off and spring fishing for holdover trout continues to be good. The street is obvious of the majority of the snow and ice. Cars and trailers were seen being able to access the river on March 15.

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