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February 6, 2019

Apply now for spring bear tags
New this year: All spring bear tags are controlled hunt only.

The application deadline for controlled spring bear hunts is just days away. Sunday, Feb. 10 to be exact. Apply online (you’ll make your choices during check out), at a license agent or at an ODFW office that sells licenses.

Best bets for weekend fishing

  •          Winter steelhead on coastal rivers. North coast, mid-coast, south coast – the are winter steelhead in rivers, and being caught, coast-wide.
  •          Stocked hatchery rainbow trout in Willamette Valley and mid-coast lakes. LOTS of fish are going in this week! Check the trout stocking schedule.
  •          Ice fishing in the northeast and southeast Oregon. The recent cold snap should help firm up ice conditions, and both trout and yellow perch should be biting.

Find more details about all the weekend opportunities in the zone reports.

Trout stocking 2019

The 2019 trout stocking season in mid-coast and Willamette Valley lakes and ponds. For anglers who are willing to brave the elements and patient enough to let things happen, it’s not too early for trout fishing. Follow the stocking trucks in the weekly Recreation Report, or plan in advance using the interactive trout stocking schedule.

Hunters have until April 15 to report their 2018 hunts

The deadline to report all 2018 big game and turkey tags has been extended until April 15, 2019 (from Jan. 31) to give hunters more time to report under ODFW’s new licensing system.

Buy your 2019 license

ODFW’s new licensing system lets you decide how to carry your 2019 license, tags, and other documents. You can choose paper documents that you buy online and print at home, or purchase at a license vendor. Or, you can choose "electronic" and carry your documents on your smartphone.

Check out the How to buy a license or tag page, and the frequently asked questions if you have additional questions.

January 25, 2019

Join ODFW for Steelhead Week Jan.28-Feb. 1

ODFW biologists and local anglers will offer tips and tricks for winter steelhead fishing from the banks of the Chetco, Sixes, Coquille, Siuslaw and Tillamook (locations subject to change). To catch the action, follow MyODFW on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

2019 trout stocking schedule

Get a jump on planning your 2019 trout fishing adventures. The 2019 weekly trout stocking schedule is now posted on MyODFW.com.

Hunters have until April 15 to report their 2018 hunts

The deadline to report all 2018 big game and turkey tags has been extended until April 15, 2019 (from Jan. 31) to give hunters more time to report under ODFW’s new licensing system.

Best bets for weekend fishing

  • Winter steelhead fishing is in peak season on the north coast. Rivers should be in good shape for the coming weekend.
  • Winter steelhead season in the Umpqua is in full swing and the river should be in good shape.
  • Trout fishing at Eel Lake has been pretty good, with fish up more than 15-inches being caught. 
  • Fly-fishers can target redband trout on the Blitzen River throughout the year. Large streamers and other nymphs work well anytime. There also are periodic hatches, so keep a selection of dry flies handy.
  • This time of year, anglers look for something new should consider hybrid bass in Ana Reservoir.
  • Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing is a good option on the lower Willamette and can be productive this time of year.
  • Anglers are enjoying ice fishing on several waterbodies in the SE Zone including Pilcher and Wolf Creek reservoirs, Cottonwood Meadows and Dog Lake, Lake of the Woods, Warner Pond, Burns Gravel Pond, and Chickahominy and Malheur reservoirs.

Spring bear tags

The application deadline for controlled spring bear hunts is Sunday, Feb. 10. Apply online (you’ll make your choices during check out), at a license agent or at an ODFW office that sells licenses.

Buy your 2019 license

ODFW’s new licensing system lets you decide how to carry your 2019 license, tags, and other documents. You can choose paper documents that you buy on line and print at home, or purchase at a license vendor. Or, you can choose "electronic" and carry your documents on your smartphone.

Check out the How to buy a license or tag page, and the frequently asked questions if you have additional questions.

Public meeting on Central Oregon Coast spring all-depth halibut season Feb. 4 in Newport

Public meeting on Central Oregon Coast spring all-depth halibut season Feb. 4 in Newport

 
 

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Public meeting on Central Oregon Coast spring all-depth halibut season Feb. 4 in Newport

Thursday, January 24, 2019

NEWPORT, Ore.--ODFW will be asking for public input on the upcoming Central Oregon Coast spring all-depth halibut season at a meeting on Monday, Feb, 4 from 6- 7:30 p.m. at the ODFW Marine Resources Program Conference Room, 2040 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport.

ODFW staff will give an overview of the results of the International Pacific Halibut Commission Annual meeting and the resulting quotas. Then meeting participants will be able to provide input on the number and timing of “fixed” and “backup” dates for the Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain) spring all-depth halibut season.

People who cannot attend the meeting in person can still participate in several ways:

Anglers may also provide input by contacting Lynn Mattes (lynn.mattes@state.or.us) or Christian Heath (Christian.t.heath@state.or.us) at the ODFW Marine Resources Program, (541) 867-4741./

January 17, 2019

2019 trout stocking schedule

Get a jump on planning your 2019 trout fishing adventures. The 2019 weekly trout stocking schedule is now posted on MyODFW.com.

Hunters have until April 15 to report their 2018 hunts

The deadline to report all 2018 big game and turkey tags has been extended until April 15, 2019 (from Jan. 31) to give hunters more time to report under ODFW’s new licensing system.

Best bets for weekend fishing

  • The winter steelhead season is in full swing on the Umpqua River.
  • The best bets for winter steelhead on the mid-coast continue to be the Alsea and Siletz.
  • When ocean conditions permit, lingcod fishing has been excellent with many anglers bringing in limits.
  • Late winter can a good time for surfperch fishing on the Coos County beaches.
  • Northeast trout anglers should check out Willow Creek Reservoir, which typically stays ice-free and offers some good mid-winter trout fishing.
  • Anglers are continuing to catch a mix of wild and hatchery steelhead in the Coos and Coquille basins.
  • Surplus hatchery steelhead are being released into Town Lake, Coffenbury Lake, and Vernonia Pond. These fish brighten back up and get fairly active once in the lake.

Spring bear tags

The application deadline for controlled spring bear hunts is Sunday, Feb. 10. Apply online (you’ll make your choices during check out), at a license agent or at an ODFW office that sells licenses.

Buy your 2019 license

ODFW’s new licensing system lets you decide how to carry your 2019 license, tags, and other documents. You can choose paper documents that you buy online and print at home, or purchase at a license vendor. Or, you can choose "electronically" and carry your documents on your smartphone.

Check out the How to buy a license or tag page, and the frequently asked questions if you have additional questions.

January 9th, 2019

ODFW licensing system down to new customers on Sunday

On Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. the ODFW licensing system will be offline in order to install new security measures. This will only affect people who are buying a fishing or hunting license for the first time in over three years. This will not affect people who have a current hunting or fishing license or who have had one within the last three years. Hunters and anglers who already have an ODFW account (under the new OR old licensing system) will be able to access the system to purchase documents, report hunts, tag their harvest, etc.

2019 trout stocking schedule

Get a jump on planning your 2019 trout fishing adventures. The 2019 weekly trout stocking schedule is now posted on MyODFW.com.

Best bets for weekend fishing

         There’s a mix of both hatchery and wild steelhead in the Clackamas and Sandy Rivers.

  • Winter steelhead fishing is coming to peak season on the North Coast. The Nestucca, Trask, and Wilson rivers should be in prime shape for the weekend.

·         Half-pounders are worth targeting on the middle Rogue throughout the winter from Lathrop downstream to Graves Creek.

·         Anglers are catching a mix of wild and hatchery steelhead in the Coos and Coquille basins.

·         Ice fishing is underway at locations in eastern Oregon, including Dog Lake, Pilcher, Wolf Creek, Malheur and Chickahominy reservoirs and Kinney Lake. Ice-fishers also are having some success at Diamond Lake.

·         This week extra-large brood trout will be released at several locations around the Willamette Valley, including Sheridan Pond, Cottage Grove Pond, Timber Linn Lake, Waverly Lake, Walling Pond, and Walter Wirth Lake.

Buy your 2019 license

ODFW’s new licensing system lets you decide how to carry your 2019 license, tags and other documents. You can choose paper documents that you buy on line and print at home, or purchase at a license vendor. Or, you can choose digital and carry your documents on your smartphone.

Check out the How to buy a license or tag page, and the frequently asked questions for more information.

Hunters have until April 15 to report their 2018 hunts

The deadline to report all 2018 big game and turkey tags has been extended until April 15, 2019 (from Jan. 31) to give hunters more time to report under ODFW’s new licensing system.

Download the MyODFW app update

A glitch in the app has been fixed and anglers/hunters who are out of cell phone range can now record their harvest online. Anglers can get the update through the Google Play store (Android) and the Apple app store.

 

January 2, 2019

Shotgun skills workshop Jan, 12 and 13

Whether you plan to bird hunt or shoot clays, or just want to try your hand at hitting a moving target, these hands-on workshops focus on safe and effective shooting. Learn more and register.

Best bets for weekend fishing

·         Several Willamette Valley ponds have been regularly stocked with trout – including some big ones – in recent weeks and should offer fair to good fishing for hardy anglers willing to brave the winter weather.

·         Conditions look good for winter steelhead fishing on some north coast rivers, including Alsea, lower Columbia tributaries, Neccanicum, N Fork Nehalem, Nestucca/Three Rivers, Trask and Wilson. It will be a while before runs hit their peak, but there are early fish to be caught.

·         Other reports of winter steelhead being caught are coming in from the middle Rogue, Hood, Umpqua, John Day, Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers.

·         Ice fishing is underway at locations in eastern Oregon, including Dog Lake, Pilcher and Wolf Creek reservoirs and Kinney Lake.

·         Several rivers throughout the state offer good winter fishing for trout, including the Crooked, lower Deschutes, Metolius, Blitzen, Chewaucan and Wallowa.

Buying your 2019 fishing and hunting licenses

ODFW’s new licensing system allows you to carry your licenses and tags on your smartphone. (Though you can still print them to paper at home or at a license vendor.) The first step is to go to the MyODFW licensing page to locate and verify your account. Next, you’ll want to download the MyODFW app, which will store your documents even when you’re out of cell phone range. Be sure you verify your account at MyODFW.com BEFORE you try to log into the MyODFW app.

Check out the How to buy a license or tag page, and the frequently asked questions if you have additional questions.

December 26, 2018

 

Add Bird Watching to your Holiday Week To-Do List

Join other birders from around the state in the Audubon Christmas bird count around the holidays this year. Depending on the area, the typical one-day counts start in mid-December and continue into early January. Experienced and novice birders are invited. This nationwide, citizen science project celebrates 119 years this year.

 

20,000 gray whales will be swimming past Oregon – how many can you spot?

Mid-December to mid-January is the peak of the winter gray whale migration along the Oregon coast, and a prime time to do a little whale watching. If you’re headed to the coast for the holidays, take a warm coat and some binoculars. Our friends at Oregon Parks have some great advice about where to go, including the 24 places that will be staffed with knowledgeable volunteers during the Whale Watching Spoken Here program, Dec. 27-31.

 

Shotgun skills workshop Jan, 12 and 13

Whether you plan to bird hunt or shoot clays, or just want to try your hand at hitting a moving target, these hands-on workshops focus on safe and effective shooting. Learn more and register.

 

Best bets for winter steelhead

Savvy anglers will monitor water levels after rain events and hit the river when high flows begin to drop.

·         There is winter steelhead in several North coast rivers -- Alsea, lower Columbia tributaries, Neccanicum, N Fork Nehalem Nestucca/Three Rivers.

·         There is winter steelhead throughout the mainstem Umpqua and the river might just come into shape for the weekend.

·         Anglers are starting to catch hatchery steelhead in the Coos and Coquille basins.

  • Anglers have been catching some steelhead on the Grand Ronde, John Day and Wallow rivers. Keep an eye on ice conditions.

 

Buy your 2019 fishing and hunting licenses

ODFW’s new licensing system allows you to carry your licenses and tags on your smartphone. (Though you can still print them to paper at home or at a license vendor.) The first step is to go to the MyODFW licensing page to locate and verify your account. Next, you’ll want to download the MyODFW app, which will store your documents even when you’re out of cell phone range. Be sure you verify your account at MyODFW.com BEFORE you try to log into the MyODFW app.

Check out the How to buy a license or tag page, and the frequently asked questions if you have additional questions.

 

Join other birders from around the state in the Audubon Christmas bird count around the holidays this year. Depending on the area, the typical one-day counts start in mid-December and continue into early January. Experienced and novice birders are invited. This nationwide, citizen science project celebrates 119 years this year.

20,000 gray whales will be swimming past Oregon – how many can you spot?

Mid-December to mid-January is the peak of the winter gray whale migration along the Oregon coast, and a prime time to do a little whale watching. If you’re headed to the coast for the holidays, take a warm coat and some binoculars. Our friends at Oregon Parks have some great advice about where to go, including the 24 places that will be staffed with knowledgeable volunteers during the Whale Watching Spoken Here program, Dec. 27-31.

 

Shotgun skills workshop Jan, 12 and 13

Whether you plan to bird hunt or shoot clays, or just want to try your hand at hitting a moving target, these hands-on workshops focus on safe and effective shooting. Learn more and register.

 

The best holiday fishing

Winter weather doesn’t mean you have to be done fishing for the year. Bundle up, adjust your techniques and consider some of these holiday recommendations in this week’s Rec Report:

  • Alsea, lower Columbia tributaries, Neccanicum, N Fork Nehalem and Nestucca/Three Rivers all get early returning steelhead and conditions should be good for the weekend.

  • Lost Creek Reservoir is the premiere trout destination in the Rogue Valley.

  • The Deschutes, Crooked, Metolius and Bitzen rivers can be good bets for a day of trout fishing.

  • Junction City Pond has been getting a lot of big hatchery trout recently. Check the Willamette Zone for other stocking locations.

  • Flow management on the Klamath River below the powerhouse continues to be ideal for a great fishing outing until late afternoon.

  • The Ana River is spring-fed and with its constant water temperature should provide fair to good fishing.

  • Persistent steelhead anglers are finding some success and respectable catch rates on the Grande Ronde. Warmer weather and a bit of rain have caused any ice to thaw making the river a good destination over the holiday.

 

ODFW launches a new licensing system

Carry your licenses and tags on your phone

ODFW’s new licensing system allows you to carry your licenses and tags on your smartphone. (Though you can still print them to paper at home or at a license vendor.) The first step is to go to the MyODFW licensing page to locate and verify your account. Next, you’ll want to download the MyODFW app, which will store your documents even when you’re out of cell phone range. Be sure you verify your account at MyODFW.com BEFORE you try to log into the MyODFW app.

Check out the How to buy a license or tag page, and the frequently asked questions if you have additional questions.

2019 recreational bottomfish season/regulations

2019 Recreational Bottomfish Season/Regulations

What's the same as in 2018?

  • The general marine fish daily bag limit will be 5 fish
    • no more than 1 of which may be cabezon when open (opens July 1)
  • The bag limits for lingcod (2), flatfish (25), and the longleader gear fishery(10) 
  • Descending devices are mandatory on any vessel fishing for, or possessing, bottom fish including flatfish species, or Pacific halibut in the ocean.
  • The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, approximately 15 miles west of Newport, remains closed to fishing for bottom fish or Pacific halibut.
  • Yelloweye rockfish are prohibited at all times and in all waters.

 

What's new for 2019?

  • During the seasonal depth restriction, angling for bottom fish will be allowed out to the 40-fathom line (rather than the 30-fathom line) AND the restriction begins one month later, on May 1 (rather than April 1)
  • In the offshore longleader fishery, retention of two additional species will be allowed — blue rockfish and deacon rockfish.

 

Additional information can be found on the ODFW sport bottomfish webpage, available by clicking here.

December 12th, 2018

Help ODFW celebrate the #25DaysOfFishmas

Follow #25DaysOfFishmas on Instagram to learn more about some of Oregon’s more interesting and unusual fish.

Add bird watching to your holiday to-do list

Join other birders from around the state in the Audubon Christmas bird count around the holidays this year. Depending on the area, the typical one-day counts start in mid-December and continue into early January. Experienced and novice birders are invited. This nationwide, citizen science project celebrates 119 years this year.

20,000 gray whales will be swimming past Oregon – how many can you spot?

Mid-December to mid-January is the peak of the winter gray whale migration along the Oregon coast, and a prime time to do a little whale watching. If you’re headed to the coast for the holidays, take a warm coat and some binoculars. Our friends at Oregon Parks have some great advice about where to go, including the 24 places that will be staffed with knowledgeable volunteers during the Whale Watching Spoken Here program, Dec. 27-31.

Favorite time of year for duck hunters

Duck hunting provides some of the best hunting opportunities in December and January. Cold stormy weather to the north will push birds into our area and increasing rains will fill ponds and flood fields. Many ODFW wildlife areas are reporting ice, but hunters willing to search for open water and hunt over decoys can still do well.

Winter belongs to steelhead

Technically winter doesn’t begin for a few weeks but don’t tell winter steelhead that. Fish already are moving into many rivers, and if they’re not in your home waters yet, they will be soon. In the meantime, it’s not too soon to fine tune the gear, and start monitoring water levels and early fishing reports in the weekly Recreation Report updates.

ODFW launches a new licensing system
Carry your licenses and tags on your phone

ODFW’s new licensing system allows you to carry your licenses and tags on your smartphone. (Though you can still print them to paper at home or at a license vendor.) The first step is to go to the MyODFW licensing page to locate and verify your account. Next, you’ll want to download the MyODFW app, which will store your documents even when you’re out of cell phone range. Be sure you verify your account at MyODFW.com BEFORE you try to log into the MyODFW app.

Check out the How to buy a license or tag page, and the frequently asked questions if you have additional questions.


Dec. 5, 2018

Look for duck hunting to heat up as the weather cools down

Duck hunting provides some of the best hunting opportunities as we head into December. Cold stormy weather to the north will push birds into our area and increasing rains will fill ponds and flood fields. ODFW Wildlife Areas like Sauvie Island, Klamath, Summer Lake, Fern Ridge, and Ladd Marsh are great places for both the novice and experienced hunter. Check the zone reports for the latest updates.

Winter belongs to steelhead

Technically winter doesn’t begin for a few weeks but doesn’t tell winter steelhead that. Fish already are moving into many rivers, and if they’re not in your home waters yet, they will be soon. In the meantime, it’s not too soon to fine tune the gear, and start monitoring water levels and early fishing reports in the weekly Recreation Report updates.

ROSEBURG, Ore – Wild winter steelhead are starting to show in some Southwest Zone rivers, and ODFW reminds anglers of harvest limits.

In August, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted a regulation to decrease the wild winter steelhead harvest limit in Southwest Zone rivers from one per day/five per season to one per day/three per season. However, this regulation is not in effect until January 1, 2019.

Currently, the East Fork Coquille River already has a one and three harvest limit for 2018.

Other coastal rivers with wild winter steelhead harvest retain the one and five limits through the end of the year. These include the Chetco, Elk, Illinois, Pistol, Sixes, and Winchuck rivers, and Euchre and Hunter creeks. The Rogue River opens for wild winter steelhead harvest January 1 from the mouth up to Hog Creek.

Beginning January 1, 2019, for all rivers and streams in the Southwest Zone where wild winter steelhead harvest is allowed, the regulations convert to the one per day/three per season harvest limit.

The Umpqua River and many other Southwest Zone streams remain closed to wild winter steelhead harvest.

ODFW launches a new licensing system
Carry your licenses and tags on your phone

ODFW’s new licensing system allows you to carry your licenses and tags on your smartphone. (Though you can still print them to paper at home or at a license vendor.) The first step is to go to the MyODFW licensing page to locate and verify your account. Next, you’ll want to download the MyODFW app, which will store your documents even when you’re out of cell phone range. Be sure you verify your account at MyODFW.com BEFORE you try to log into the MyODFW app.

Check out the How to buy a license or tag page, and the frequently asked questions if you have additional questions.

 

November 28, 2018

Cougar hunting now closed in Zone A

Zone A (coast/North Cascades) has reached its mortality quota for the year (180), so cougar hunting is now closed in Zone A through the end of 2018.

The closure includes the entire Oregon Coast and much of NW Region. See a map of Zone A. Cougar hunting in Zone A will reopen on Jan. 1, 2019.

Rain + cold = better duck hunting

Several of our biologists are reporting an uptick in duck hunting thanks to the recent cold, wet weather. This has put ducks on the move in areas throughout the state, including ODFW Wildlife Areas like Sauvie Island, Klamath, Summer Lake, and Ladd Marsh.

Trout or steelhead? There’s a river for that

Even as winter approaches trout and steelhead anglers to continue to find good fishing. Some rivers to consider:

  • ·         The Alsea is the place to be for winter steelhead this Thanksgiving.
  • ·         Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout on the Fall and bull trout on the Metolius.
  • ·         Steelhead are still being caught on the lower Rogue thanks to an exceptional run of half-pounders and adults running upriver this fall.
  • ·         The Ana River was stocked in late October. This spring-fed river, with its constant water temperature, is a great late fall and winter destination.
  • ·         Flows in the Klamath River have been just about right for trout fishing.
  • ·         The Crooked River is a favorite destination for whitefish (they are excellent when smoked) and redband trout.
  • ·         River flows have increased on the John Day and steelhead are beginning to enter the lower river.
  • ·         Steelhead is spread throughout the lower 100 miles of the lower Deschutes with anglers reporting fair fishing in the Warm Springs, Trout Creek, and Maupin areas.

Coming soon – New ELS launches Dec. 1

ODFW will launch a new modernized electronic licensing system (ELS) on Dec. 1 for the sale of 2019 licenses and tags. Customers will be able to:

  • ·         Buy license/tags online at MyODFW.com
  • ·         Carry documents and tag animal/fish with the app on your smartphone (works offline)
  • ·         OR buy online, print paper license/tags at home
  • ·         OR buy paper or electronic tags from a license sales agent

ODFW recommends you hang onto your hunting/fishing license until you verify your new account. To find out more, visithttps://myodfw.com/articles/odfws-new-electronic-licensing-system-els

November 19, 2018

 

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Rogue River Spring Chinook Conservation Plan draft assessment released:
Public meetings scheduled in Gold Beach, White City

Friday, November 16, 2018

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – ODFW is hosting public meetings in Gold Beach and White City to discuss a comprehensive assessment and update of the 2007 Rogue River Spring Chinook Conservation Plan.

Gold Beach: Nov. 28 at Curry Public Library, 94341 3rd Street, Gold Beach from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

White City: Dec. 3 at the Jackson County Auditorium, 200 Antelope Road, White City from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enter through gate on Mosquito Lane off Table Rock Road.

Public comments will be taken at the meetings. Written comments about the draft comprehensive assessment and update can also be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 16 to Daniel.J.Vandyke@state.or.us or Attn: Spring Chinook Review, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1495 E Gregory Road, Central Point, OR 97502.

The 2007 conservation plan, the first of its kind in Oregon, directs management of both hatchery and wild Rogue River spring Chinook. It sets conservation criteria and desired status goals for wild spring Chinook and defines the management strategies to reach desired status. This 2018 draft review is the first comprehensive assessment
(https://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/CRP/docs/rogue_spring_chinook/Rogue_CHS_Comprehensive_Assessment_11-15-18.pdf) and summarizes progress toward attaining desired status.

Returns of Rogue spring Chinook are well above levels that trigger conservation concerns, despite challenging environmental conditions in recent years. The assessment documents an increase in abundance of the wild run since plan adoption, evidence that the early run component of the population is rebuilding, and compares Rogue returns to spring Chinook populations in neighboring rivers. 

Extensive work has been done on a variety of management actions to produce more spring Chinook, and the assessment details projects that are planned for future years including gravel placement in the Rogue River below William Jess Dam and in Big Butte Creek, and several changes in the hatchery program intended to produce more hatchery fish for harvest. Fishery managers are also proposing to add back additional opportunity to harvest wild spring Chinook seasonally while the population is building towards desired status, based on specific abundance triggers.

Find the conservation plan, the draft comprehensive assessment and update, and other information at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/CRP/rogue_spring_chinook_conservation_plan.asp.

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Contact:
Dan Van Dyke, 541-826-8774
Steve Mazur, 541-247-7605

November 14, 2018

This Black Friday, opt to be outside and Include fishing in your outdoor plans
Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Nov. 23 & 24) are Free Fishing Days in Oregon – days you don’t need a license or tag to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state open to fishing/crabbing/clamming. (Remember, all other rules and regulations apply.) The weekly Recreation Report can help you find the best nearby opportunities.

Coming soon – New ELS launches Dec. 1
 

ODFW will launch a new modernized electronic licensing system (ELS) on Dec. 1 for the sale
of 2019 licenses and tags. Customers will be able to:
 Buy license/tags online at MyODFW.com
 Carry documents and tag animal/fish with an app on your smartphone (works offline)
 OR buy online, print paper license/tags at home
 OR buy paper or electronic tags from a license sales agent
 

ODFW recommends you hang onto your hunting/fishing license until you verify your new account. To find out more, visit https://myodfw.com/articles/odfws-new-electronic-licensing-system-els

Take a friend hunting – Chance win a statewide deer tag or other great prizes Take someone who is new to the sport out hunting—or even someone who hasn’t hunted in awhile! Then enter to win some great prizes including the grand prize of a statewide deer tag for 2020. Learn all the details. 

Save your Hunter/Angler ID# and get ready to verify your account:

New ODFW Electronic Licensing System on track to launch Dec. 1

 

What the new Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife APP looks like Get ready for the launch of ODFW’s new modernized licensing system on Dec. 1—hang on to your 2018 hunting or fishing license or take a photo of it now to make verification easy!

 

Once the new system launches on Dec. 1, hunters and anglers should use their Hunter/Angler ID# to verify their account in the new system, which can be done either online at MyODFW.com or at a license sale agent. The Hunter/Angler ID# number is printed on all ODFW licenses and tags and stays the same from year to year. It will be known as the “ODFW ID#” in the new licensing system.

 

Hunters and anglers can also enter a phone number or email associated with their ODFW account to verify it in the new system. Those who don’t have any of this information can visit a license sale agent or call ODFW Licensing at (503) 947-6101 for help.

 

Verifying your account will be an important step for hunters and anglers who have big game preference points or other certifications/special status in effect (such as a Pioneer License, Oregon Hunting and Fishing Disability Permit, Northwest Goose certification, etc.). Customers who have purchased a hunting, fishing, shellfish, combination or Sports Pac license in the last three years (2016-2018) should also verify their account in the new system. 

 

All others can choose “I am a new customer or have not purchased an annual license in the last 3 years” to open an account either at MyODFW.com or a license sale agent.

 

More about the new ELS

ODFW’s new modernized electronic licensing system (ELS), first announced in early August, remains on track for a Dec. 1, 2018 launch. With the new system, hunters and anglers will be able to carry their documents electronically (on their smartphone or tablet) and tag fish and wildlife with a mobile app that will even work offline. Or, they can continue to use paper documents but will be able to buy online at MyODFW.com and print licenses and tags directly at home on regular paper. 

 

Customers will also still have the option of purchasing licenses and tags at license sale agents (including many ODFW offices), but no special paper or computer equipment will be needed by theseVerify Account screen shot ODF APP businesses. The majority of current license sale agents including large retailers like Bi-Mart and Walmart have agreed to continue selling ODFW documents through the new system.

 

Note that all customers age 12 and over who purchase licenses/tags online or choose electronic tags will be required to have a unique email address (not shared by anyone else with a MyODFW account, including a parent or relative) for their account. Customers who purchase paper tags at license sale agents or ODFW offices will be encouraged (but not required) to include an email address in their profiles.

 

The unique email address is one way customers can be found and identified in the new system and tied to their specific licensing information. Also, with the new system, ODFW is switching its primary communication method with customers from mail to email for cost savings and efficiency. Customers who provide an email can opt out of receiving certain ODFW emails if they choose.

 

The old licensing system will stop operating at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 so the new system can launch sometime on Dec. 1. Not all license sales agents may have their new systems up and running immediately on Dec. 1, so customers who need to purchase 2018 licenses/tags to hunt, fish, crab or clam the first weekend of December are encouraged to purchase needed documents before Nov. 30.

 

To find out more about the new ELS, visit https://myodfw.com/articles/odfws-new-electronic-licensing-system-els

 

Read the entire REC Report here for best fishing Places by region!

October 30, 2018

Coming soon – New ELS launches Dec. 1

ODFW will launch a new modernized electronic licensing system (ELS) on Dec. 1 for the sale of 2019 licenses and tags. Customers will be able to:

·         Buy license/tags online at MyODFW.com

·         Carry documents and tag animal/fish with an app on your smartphone (works offline)

·         OR buy online, print paper license/tags at home

·         OR buy paper or electronic tags from a license sales agent

ODFW recommends you hang onto your hunting/fishing license until you verify your new account. To find out more, visit https://myodfw.com/articles/odfws-new-electronic-licensing-system-els

Fall trout stocking underway

If you thought trout season was over, think again. Over 25 waterbodies throughout the state will be stocked in October and November, making for some fine fall fishing. Check the zone reports or the trout stocking schedule for the names and the numbers.

Learn to duck hunt

The ODFW adult waterfowl hunting workshop combines classroom training with hands-on activities, all while going on an actual hunt. You’ll walk away from the workshop with the skills and knowledge you need to successfully enter the field and hunt on their own.

Workshops are Dec. 1 and 2 – choose one – in Cornelius. To participate, you must also complete a Shotgun skills clinic on Nov. 17 or 18.

Learn more and to register.

Take a friend hunting – Chance win a statewide deer tag or other great prizes

Take someone who is new to the sport out hunting—or even someone who hasn’t hunted in awhile! Then enter to win some great prizes including the grand prize of a statewide deer tag for 2020. Learn all the details.

Oct. 16, 2018

 

Steelhead fishing 101, Nov. 3 and 10 in Troutdale

The workshop is for beginning anglers to learn the essential elements of steelhead fishing. On Nov. 3, the workshop runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and covers selecting the right gear, essential knots, fishing ethics, and tips and techniques. The Nov. 10 workshop will be an on-the-water session from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

To learn more and register.

Take a friend hunting – Chance win a statewide deer tag or other great prizes

Take someone who is new to the sport out hunting—or even someone who hasn’t hunted in awhile! Then enter to win some great prizes including the grand prize of a statewide deer tag for 2020. Learn all the details.

Best bets for weekend fishing

There’s a beautiful fall weekend in the forecast, and you really should get out and enjoy a day on the water. Here are just a few of the options from this week’s Recreation Report:

  •          Several waterbodies in the Coos Bay area will be stocked with one-pound trout this week.
  •          If you’re in the mood for a fish fry, yellow perch fishing on Tenmile Lakes has been very good.
  •          Coho season is underway on the Clackamas, Sandy and Willamette rivers.
  •          Anglers are catching fall Chinook at Sherars Falls on the lower Deschutes.
  •          Chickahominy, Yellowjacket, Cottonwood Meadows and Anthony lakes are all popular destinations for fall trout fishing.
  •          An October caddis hatch on the Wallowa River can lead to some good dry fly action.
  •          On the John Day, water levels have come up and steelhead has started to arrive.

 

If you didn’t apply for a tag, don’t miss getting a point saver

Point savers for deer, elk and pronghorn hunts can be purchased through Nov. 30.

Give us a wing and a tail - Map of collection barrels for grouse and quail now available

If you bag a bird, don’t forget to give us a wing and a tail for any forest grouse or mountain quail you harvest! Use paper bags in the bright blue collection barrels placed at major road junctions or highways in hunting areas and at some ODFW offices and popular rural markets. Mark your harvest date plus county and general location where you hunted.

Here are maps of collection barrels in the NWSWColumbia, and NE areas.

October 9, 2018

Hunting is for the birds

Duck, goose, pheasant, quail, grouse, and chukar to be specific. For even spur-of-the-moment trips, a little pre-planning can pay big dividends. A quick look at the game bird hunting forecast, recent harvest statistics and hunting access map can help set you up for success. You’ll find links to these and other resources on theGame Bird Hunting landing page.

Take a friend hunting – Chance win a statewide deer tag or other great prizes

Take someone who is new to the sport out hunting—or even someone who hasn’t hunted in awhile! Then enter to win some great prizes including the grand prize of a statewide deer tag for 2020. Learn all the details.

Wish for rain and fish for trout

Many salmon and steelhead anglers are waiting for a bit more rain to put fish on the move. In the meantime, trout anglers have been enjoying some great fall fishing in water bodies throughout the state. So, check out the zone reports for this weekend’s best bets, and keep an eye to the sky with fingers crossed.

If you didn’t apply for a tag, don’t miss getting a point saver

Point savers for deer, elk and pronghorn hunts can be purchased through Nov. 30.

Give us a wing and a tail - Map of collection barrels for grouse and quail now available

If you bag a bird, don’t forget to give us a wing and a tail for any forest grouse or mountain quail you harvest! Use paper bags in the bright blue collection barrels placed at major road junctions or highways in hunting areas and at some ODFW offices and popular rural markets. Mark your harvest date plus county and general location where you hunted.

Here are maps of collection barrels in the NWSWColumbia, and NE areas.

September 18, 2018

Have you got your big game tag?

General deer and many controlled deer hunts open in less than two weeks, which means you have 11 days to buy your tag before your hunt begins. Might as well pick your elk tags while you’re at it.

Fall features fantastic fishing and foliage

If you’ve put your rod away for the season, you’ve packed it in too soon. Fall can be some of the best trout fishing of the year. Trout perk up as water temperature cool down and we’re getting good fishing reports from across the state. Check the Recreation Reports for a lake, river or reservoir near you. Or, put on your hiking boots and walk into one of the hundreds of high lakes that hold trout. There’s good fishing, good weather and, best of all, no mosquitoes.

Fee pheasant hunts

The fee pheasant hunts on the Denman, E.E. Wilson, Fern Ridge, and Sauvie Island wildlife areas kick off this month and next. This is your chance to bag a couple of pheasants in a part of the state where public-land bird hunting can be hard to find. Check out the wildlife area updates in this week’s report for more information.

August 21, 2018

Remember to buy your archery tags

General archery deer and elk seasons start this Saturday, and you must buy your tags before the season starts. And if you’re waiting for rifle season, why not buy your tag now while we’re reminding you?

Include fishing in your holiday weekend plans

Sept. 1-2 is a Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon – you can fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon without a license or tag. That’s no fishing or shellfish license, no Combined Angling Tag and no Columbia River Basin Endorsement. Reason enough to share your fishing adventure with a friend.

Big game seasons start soon – are you ready?

Have you bought your tags? And sighted-in your rifle? And sharpened your knives? And found the right map? And, and, and…. If it’s all too much to keep track of, use this hunter’s checklist to help make sure you don’t forget something important in the days leading up to your hunt.

Late summer fishing for the trout enthusiast

Trout get a little glum when water temperatures get too warm. This time of year, focus your trout fishing efforts in places where waters are cooler (and trout are more interested). Consider:

  •         Higher elevation lakes like Diamond, Anthony, Jubilee, Harriet, Lemolo, Hemlock and Lake of the Woods.
  •         Really high hike-in lakes – here’s a list of the high lakes we stock.
  • Central Oregon Cascade lakes and rivers like Crane Prairie Reservoir (fish the deeper channels), upper Deschutes River below Little Lava, Hosmer Lake, Big Lava Lake and Three Creek Lake.
  • The Fall River and McKenzie River above Leaburg, both of which will be stocked this week.

Fall Chinook seasons are underway

Fall Chinook are being caught on the Columbia River at Buoy 10 and in south coast rivers like the Coos, lower Rogue and the mouth of the Umpqua. On the north coast, look for Chinook to start entering the bays and estuaries later this month. Keep an eye on the weekly updates to track the run and angler success.

Youth pheasant hunts in September

These hunts give hunters 17 and younger a head start on the bird hunting season. ODFW and its partners stock pheasants at each location for a better chance to bag a bird or two. Locations including Madras, Corvallis, Prairie City, Tygh Valley, Central Point, Portland, Hermiston, and Eugene. Some rules apply so visit the MyODFW.com Workshop and Events page for dates, locations, and eligibility.

 

August 16, 2018

Get your 2019 license on paper or phone

ODFW will be launching a new electronic license system on Dec. 1 when 2019 fishing and hunting licenses go on sale. Under the new system, you’ll be able to print your license at home or download it to your phone. And traditionalists will still be able to buy their license at an ODFW office or participating vendor.

Big game seasons start soon – are you ready?

Have you bought your tags? And sighted-in your rifle? And sharpened your knives? And found the right map? And, and, and…. If it’s all too much to keep track of, use this hunter’s checklist to help make sure you don’t forget something important in the days leading up to your hunt.

Best bets for weekend fishing

Though the hot, dry summer can make fishing tough, the fishing enthusiast will find plenty of choices in this week’s Recreation Report. Some highlights:

  • Sea-run cutthroat trout are moving into many north coast rivers.
  • Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on the Columbia, Umpqua, John Day, Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers.
  • Halibut in the central coast all-depth fishery will be open this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18.
  • There is summer steelhead to be found in the Clackamas, the North and South Santiam, and McKenzie (below Leaburg dam) rivers.
  • Trout fishing continues to be good in higher elevation lakes like Diamond, Anthony, Jubilee, Harriet, Lemolo, Hemlock and Lake of the Woods.

Fall Chinook season… it’s off and running!

Fall Chinook are being caught on the Columbia River at Buoy 10 and in south coast rivers like the Coos, lower Rogue and the mouth of the Umpqua. On the north coast, look for Chinook to start entering the bays and estuaries later this month. Keep an eye on the weekly updates to track the run and angler success.

Youth pheasant hunts in September

These hunts give hunters 17 and younger a head start on the bird hunting season. ODFW and its partners stock pheasants at each location for a better chance to bag a bird or two. Locations including Madras, Corvallis, Prairie City, Tygh Valley, Central Point, Portland, Hermiston, and Eugene. Some rules apply so visit the MyODFW.com Workshop and Events page for dates, locations, and eligibility.

Sage-grouse hunting permit deadline is Aug. 20

The deadline to apply for a sage-grouse hunting permit is Monday, Aug. 20Review last year’s harvest success and check the 2018 permit allocation. Use the application here to help you with the application process.

Friday, Aug. 17 is the last day to keep cabezon

August 13, 2018

Sign up now for free youth pheasant hunts in September

Events in Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon/Umatilla, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland/Sauvie Island, The Dalles (Tygh Valley)

Youth hunters (age 17 and under) can sign up now for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state in September.

The events are being held in, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon/Umatilla, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland/Sauvie Island, The Dalles (Tygh Valley). See dates below and register online (see Register for a Class/Youth Upland Hunts), at a license sales agent or at an ODFW office that sells licenses. Note that the Ladd Marsh and Fern Ridge hunts do not require advance registration.

ODFW and partners stock pheasants at these special hunts that give youth a head start on regular pheasant seasons, which don’t begin until October. Quail and dove also can be hunted. Volunteers often bring their trained hunting dogs to hunt with participants. Some events begin with a shotgun skills clinic, so participants can practice clay target shooting before hunting.

These events are open only to youth who have passed hunter education. (ODFW has many hunter education classes and field days available before the events.) An adult 21 years of age or older must accompany the youth to supervise but may not hunt.

“Youth pheasant hunts are a great chance for young hunters to find early success and put the lessons learned in hunter education classes to work in the field. The experience and memories they make during these hunts will stick with them their entire life,” says Brandon Harper ODFW hunter education coordinator.

ODFW stresses safety during the hunts. Both hunter and supervisor must wear a hunter orange hat, eye protection and a hunter orange vest—equipment provided at the clinics by ODFW to anyone who doesn’t have it. Hunters also need to check in and out of the hunt.

The hunts are free, though participants need a valid hunting license ($10 for youth 12 and older, free for age 11 and under) to hunt. Youth hunters age 12-17 also need an upland game bird validation ($4). Purchase online, at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses. Licenses and validations will not be sold at the events.

While most areas have a hunt both Saturday and Sunday, youth hunters may sign up for only one hunt. They are welcome to hunt standby on the other day.

Find more details about each hunt, including who to contact for more information, on the Workshop and Events page of MyODFW.com.

  • Central Point, Denman Wildlife Area, Sept. 15 and Sept. 16.
  • Corvallis (near Camp Adair), EE Wilson Wildlife Area, Sept. 29 and Sept. 30.
  • Eugene, Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Sept. 8 and Sept. 9. Registration not necessary but appreciated.
  • Irrigon Wildlife Area (between Irrigon and Umatilla), Sept. 22 and Sept. 23. Sign up for morning or evening hunt (morning only on Sunday).
  • Klamath Falls, Klamath Wildlife Area, Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. Additional hunt on Oct. 20 when Miller Island Unit open to youth hunters only on a first-come, first serve basis beginning at 10 a.m. Call 541-883-5732 for more information.
  • John Day Valley, Sept. 15 and Sept. 16.
  • La Grande, Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. No advance registration required.
  • Madras, private lands, Sept. 8 and Sept. 9. Sign up for one of several three-hour hunting shifts.
  • Portland, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, Sept. 15 and Sept. 16.
  • Tygh Valley/The Dalles, White River Wildlife Area, Sept. 15 and Sept. 16.

Contact:
See myodfw.com/workshops-and-events for the local contact for each hunt, or
Brandon Harper, (503) 947-6215

July 31, 2018

Youth pheasant hunts in September

These hunts give hunters 17 and younger a head start on the bird hunting season. ODFW and its partners stock pheasants at each location for a better chance to bag a bird or two. Locations including Madras, Corvallis, Prairie City, Tygh Valley, Central Point, Portland, Hermiston, and Eugene. Some rules apply so visit the MyODFW.comWorkshop and Events page for dates, locations, and eligibility.

Buoy 10 and other fall salmon fisheries open Aug. 1

The popular Buoy 10 coho/Chinook fishery at the mouth of the Columbia and other fall Chinook fisheries along the coast open Aug. 1. Check the weekly Recreation Reports for updates as the runs progress. In-season updates for the Buoy 10/Columbia fishery are posted at the top of the Columbia Zone of the Rec Report.

Start now to prepare for your 2018 big game hunt

If you’re counting the days until big game seasons, it’s not too early to start your pre-hunt planning. Visit the MyODFW.com Big Game page for links to the information you can use to plan and prepare for your hunt, including a hunter’s checklist, the hunting access map, hunting and fire danger, and CWD precautions.

Add wildlife viewing to your coast vacation

·        If you’re hiking in the north coast forest listen for the call of the Swainson’s Thrush. It’s a relative late-comer in the spring (early June), but persists in its very characteristic singing into August. Once you learn its unique, ascending call, you won’t forget it!

  •         Netarts Bay at low tide is a great place to see tall wading birds like herons and egrets.

·        Brown pelican numbers are increasing along the coast. These are large and entertaining birds to watch, especially as they dive to catch fish.

  •         Yaquina Head can be a good spot for both whale and bird (common murres, cormorants, gulls) watching.

Check the wildlife viewing reports for more information and ideas.

Improve your shotgun shooting skills

ODFW will host several shotgun skills workshops in Gervais, Portland and near Corvallis during July and August. Taking one of these shotgun skills classes is required to sign up for ODFW’s popular fall pheasant hunting workshops in September. Get more details and register.

Fall black bear opens Aug. 1

The general statewide black bear season opens Aug. 1. Hunters may harvest additional bears in the Southwest area if they drew a controlled hunt tag and/or purchase an SW additional bear tag.

 

July 10, 2018

Tips for hot weather fishing

Fishing can get a little tough during these hot summer days – water temperatures increase, aquatic weed growth accelerates and fish get lethargic. Here are some ideas to help you beat the dog days of fishing:

·         Fish early in the morning when waters are cooler and fish are more active.

·         Look for fish in deeper water, where it’s cooler.

·         Focus on warm-water species like bass, crappie, bluegill, and walleye.

·         Travel to higher elevation lakes and streams where the water, and you, will be cooler.

·         Consider a trip to the coast where ocean and bay fishing hold up throughout the summer.

Sign up for hunter education

The fall hunting season will be here before you know it. Hunter education is required for all hunters 18 and under and is required for adult hunters in many popular, nearby states. Sign up now for a hunter education course (online, workbook or traditional) or field day.

Apply for controlled sage-grouse season

The sage-grouse season is eight days in September and is open by permit only. The application period is from July 1 to Aug. 20. Check page 17 of the 2018-19 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for a list of open areas.

 

July 3, 2018

Beat the heat with high lakes trout fishing

Legal-size trout are still being stocked in lakes at high elevations – and cooler temperatures. In addition, ODFW stocks hundreds of hike-in lakes for backcountry anglers. Learn more about high lakes fishing.

Switch your fishing focus to bass and warm water

As water temperatures heat up and trout become lethargic, it’s time to focus on some bass, walleye, bluegill, yellow perch, and other warm water species. Check out the zone reports for all the opportunities.

Sign up for hunter education

The fall hunting season will be here before you know it. Hunter education is required for all hunters 18 and under and is required for adult hunters in many popular, nearby states. Sign up now for a hunter education course (online, workbook or traditional) or field day.

Apply for controlled sage-grouse season

The sage-grouse season is eight days in September and is open by permit only. The application period is from July 1 to Aug. 20. Check page 17 of the 2018-19 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for a list of open areas.

 

June 26, 2018

Beat the heat with high lakes trout fishing

Legal-size trout are still being stocked in lakes at high elevations – and cooler temperatures. In addition, ODFW stocks hundreds of hike-in lakes for backcountry anglers. Learn more about high lakes fishing.

Switch your fishing focus to bass and warm water

As water temperatures heat up and trout become lethargic, it’s time to focus on some bass, walleye, bluegill, yellow perch, and other warm water species. Check out the zone reports for all the opportunities.

Sign up for hunter education

The fall hunting season will be here before you know it. Hunter education is required for all hunters 18 and under and is required for adult hunters in many popular, nearby states. Sign up now for a hunter education course (online, workbook or traditional) or field day.

Didn’t get your tag? Here are some other options.

Leftover tags will go on sale July 1 at 10 a.m. They’ll go fast but here’s a list of what will be available. Also beginning July 1 you can purchase a point saver to gain a preference point and improve your future chances.

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