The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Report
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March 20, 2020
Highlights from this week’s Recreation Report:
ODFW cancellations and closures
- All hunter education classes/field days, skills workshops, volunteer training, Family Fishing events, and other volunteer-led activities are canceled until at least April 13.
- All ODFW state-owned hatcheries are closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds will continue for now.
- The March 20 meeting of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has been canceled.
- Several other ODFW-related events also have been canceled. Please contact the meeting organizer for the latest information.
Best bets for the weekend fishing
Fishing has not been canceled, and with some good weather and liberal trout stocking, there’s no reason to postpone either.
- It will be a good week for trout anglers in most fishing zones, as dozens of water bodies are scheduled to be stocked this week.
- If you’re spending time on the coast, both surfperch and bay clamming should be good.
- Steelhead anglers continue to catch bright steelhead in the deeper pools of the South Fork Coquille River.
- There is a lot of fish in Garrison Lake. Fishing is good, so go catch some.
- Bank anglers willing to do a little walking on the Elk River have been very successful catching steelhead.
- Both bank and boat anglers have been catching a healthy number of trout at Hills Creek Reservoir.
- Anglers should find plenty of holdover trout as well as kokanee in Detroit Reservoir.
- Marr Pond has been stocked with a surplus steelhead. This is a good opportunity for little kids to catch big fish.
- Finally, don’t forget the leftovers. Trout stocked last summer and fall, and that didn’t go home in a cooler, can overwinter in larger lakes and reservoirs. With the onset of warmer weather, these larger, hungry fish get more active and ready to bite.
Things to do outside this week(end)
Need a break? A little fresh air? Something to do with the kids? Here’s a list of some of our best ideas for outdoor adventures. Remember, we’re Fish and Wildlife so we have some obvious favorites.