The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Report
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December 19, 2019
Highlights from this week’s Recreation Report:
Upcoming shotgun skills, small game, and predator hunting workshops
- Bear and Cougar Workshop, Jan. 28, Denman Wildlife Area, Central Point
Whale Watching Week
During the winter, nearly 25,000 gray whales travel along the Oregon coast on their way to the warm lagoons of Baja Mexico (lucky whales). Come and wave hello as they pass by during Whale Watching Week Dec. 27 through Dec. 31. Oregon State Parks lists 24 whale watching spots along the coast – each staffed by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers as part of the Whale Watching Spoken Here program.
Rain and holidays in the forecast: best bets for fishing
- This week’s rain should get more steelhead moving into the rivers. They also will create challenging fishing conditions as water levels rise. Best bet, keep an eye on river levels and once they begin to drop, hit the river!
- About 196 king-size rainbow broodstock will be stocked in Row River Nature Park Pond near Cottage Grove, Walling Pond in Salem, Timber Linn Lake in Albany, and Walter Wirth Lake in Salem.
- Lost Lake Reservoir is a go-to trout fishing destination throughout the winter.
- Trout anglers also can target the Crooked, lower Deschutes, Metolius, Klamath, Blitzen and Owyhee rivers, where fishing for native red bands is open throughout the year. Here are 7 tips for winter trout fishing.
- The Ana Reservoir and River are good bets for winter fishing. Both are spring-fed waterbodies and remain a constant temperature throughout the year.
It’s not too early to report your hunt
You’re right. The reporting deadline for 2019 hunts isn’t until Jan. 31, 2020. But now that we’ve got you thinking about it, why not report early and get it over with?