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Oregon Department of Fish And Wildlife Recreation Report

THIS WEEK'S OREGON FISH & WILDFIRE REPORT
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ODFW Recreation Report

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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