The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Report
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February 27, 2020
Highlights from this week’s Recreation Report:
Best bets for the weekend fishing
- North Coast Rivers are fishable and it appears to be a good year for winter steelhead. The Rivers are low and clear now, so anglers will need to adapt their tactics to find success.
- Anglers have been catching fish every day on the Alsea, Siletz, and Siuslaw. Water conditions are low, but fishable, and should remain so the rest of this week and into the weekend.
- Anglers have been catching lingcod while fishing along the jetty in Coos Bay.
- Excess hatchery steelhead from the Eel Lake fish trap has been planted in Butterfield and Saunders lakes.
- Anglers who are willing to hike in below Graves Creek on the middle Rogue report that there are fish holding in the Canyon. Boat and bankies are picking up winter steelhead in the Galice area more regularly.
- With dry weather in the forecast, fishing conditions on Quartzville Creek should be much improved by the weekend.
- It’s a busy week for trout stocking in the mid and southern Willamette Valley, with the following waterbodies on the schedule: Junction City Pond, Walling Pond, Cottage Grove Reservoir, Dexter Reservoir, Cottage Grove Pond, St. Louis Ponds, Walter Wirth Lake, and Alton Baker Canoe Canal.
- The best bet for the Klamath area is native redband trout in the Klamath River from Keno Dam to below the JC Boyle Powerhouse.
- Anglers from the south coast reported good catches of lingcod several days last week. Limits of rockfish were caught as well.
- Central coast crabbing has been fair to moderate with weeks of improved weather and lower rainfall.
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