2008 Fishing Forecast

Agate Lake - The lake was stocked in early April with juvenile steelhead from Cole Rivers Hatchery. Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and brown bullhead also provide good fishing.

Babyfoot Lake - Babyfoot is a hike-in lake located in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Anglers wishing to fish Babyfoot Lake should contact the Cave Junction Forest Service office for maps and road conditions. The lake is stocked in the fall prior to ice-up. Summer is usually the best time to fish the lake.

Big Butte Creek above Cobleigh Bridge and Little Butte Creek above the forks - Open to trout angling May 26. Angling is restricted to flies and lures only in both streams. Anglers may keep two trout per day at least eight inches long in Big Butte Creek, while catch-and-release rules apply to Little Butte Creek. Both streams are closed to angling for salmon and steelhead. There is no limit on brook trout in the headwaters of both streams.

Cascade Mountain Lakes - These small, high lakes offer excellent fishing opportunities for brook trout, some rainbow and brown trout. The cold winter and good snow pack may have decreased winter survival but there still should be plenty of holdovers to catch. Many of these lakes see very few visitors during the summer months. These lakes are open to angling all year, but check on access before venturing into these isolated, high-elevation areas.

Cooper Creek, Plat I, Ben Irving and Galesville reservoirs, Loon Lake and Lake Marie - Local reservoirs and lakes were stocked in early April. Low water temperatures have slowed the growth rates at the hatcheries causing the stocking dates to be pushed back. Lake Marie has been stocked with legal trout. Cooper Creek was stocked with large brood trout in February and there are still plenty of fish to catch. Only one trout over 20 inches may be kept per day.

Coos Bay and Coquille estuaries - Recreational crabbing is a popular family activity in the Coos Bay and Coquille estuaries. Popular areas for crabbing from docks are the Bandon and Charleston marinas. For those with a boat, the inside of Coos Bay's North Spit, between Charleston and the BLM boat ramp, produces a lot of dungeness and red rock crabs. Crabbing can be excellent in the winter and early spring, but typically slows down in the estuaries during late spring and summer, as many crabs will become soft-shelled with the molt. Numerous clam species such as gapers, cockles, and butter clams are available on sand and mud flats of Coos Bay nearly year-round. Marine perch species are caught in the bays around concentrations of pilings and rock formations, and will begin congregating in the estuaries in the next several weeks.

Coos Bay, Coos River, and Coquille River - Striped bass, shad, and sturgeon are available for anglers in the spring. Both green sturgeon and white sturgeon were tagged in Coos Bay by researchers a few years ago, and anglers are asked to report tags recovered, even if the fish are released. If you release a tagged sturgeon, please leave the tag in place, but report information on date, location caught, size of fish, and tag number. Popular sturgeon fishing areas for the Coos estuary are near Highway 101's McCullough Bridge and upriver near the confluence of the South Coos and Millicoma rivers. Green sturgeon catch is very low, but white sturgeon are commonly harvested in the Coos tidewater.

Shad will appear with warm, sunny weather in late May and into June. Locals say shad are available in the South Coos, Millicoma and Coquille river tidewater from Mother's Day to Father's Day. Popular shad fishing areas are near Myrtle Tree, Doras Place, and Rooke-Higgins boat ramps in the Coos/Millicoma, and near Sturdivant Park on the Coquille. Striped bass congregate in upper tidewater of the Coos and Coquille rivers in the springtime.

Emigrant - The lake is stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Good opportunities for largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, perch and brown bullhead.

FISH LAKE - Set to be stocked with legal-sized trout. Brook trout also are available. The lake is free of ice and the resort and boat ramp will be open. However, Fish Lake and Doe Point campgrounds are not scheduled to open until May. Campground information is available by calling the Ashland Ranger District office at 541-482-3333.

MEDCO POND - The lake was stocked recently with legal-sized trout.

Selmac Lake - Should be good for stocked legal rainbow trout. Bass and crappie also are available.

Tenmile - The Tenmile Lakes have fair numbers of holdover hatchery rainbow trout up to 17 inches or more and abundant bluegill, brown bullhead, black crappie, and yellow perch. Tenmile Lakes provide one of Oregon's premier largemouth bass fisheries.

TOKATEE and LEMOLO RESERVOIRS - Both reservoirs have good brown trout populations with sizes ranging from 11-14 inches. Rainbow trout will be stocked in Lemolo Reservoir after opening day. Anglers should check reservoir level conditions and boat access for Lemolo Reservoir prior to planning a fishing trip. Tokatee Reservoir is open year round and provides excellent brown trout fishing in late spring and fall.

WILLOW LAKE - The lake should have good numbers of stocked trout, as well as largemouth bass and black crappie. The campground will be open, but the store is closed until late May. The main county campground is now open on a first come-first served basis. Cabins and the group campground can be reserved through Rogue Recreation at 541-865-3474.

BIG LAVA LAKE - The lake opens to angling Saturday. Big Lava Lake is always a solid bet for nice rainbow trout. Most fish will run 10 to 13 inches with some fish in the 14- to 16-inch range and an occasional fish up to 20 inches. Please check with Deschutes National Forest or Lava Lakes Resort for Boat Ramp accessibility and campground access.

CRANE PRAIRIE - Opens to angling Saturday. Crane Prairie is expected to be similar to last season. Fair numbers of wild and hatchery rainbow trout are available. All hatchery fish are fin-clipped and anglers are asked to limit their harvest of wild trout to conserve the fishery. Expect fish to be scattered early in the season. Anglers should target shallow water areas for best early season success. Large numbers of brook trout are available, and the best brook trout angling is early and late in the season. Fish for brook trout at dawn and dusk. Small spinners or spoons are often quite effective as are both wet and dry flies. Worms also work well. Anglers after bigger brook trout should cast their fly, lure or bait close to cover such as submerged logs or undercut banks. Once you hook your brook trout head for open water as they are notorious for tangling the angler's line around logs and rocks. Crane Prairie offers good largemouth bass angling. Opportunities for largemouth should improve as water temperatures increase, especially around submerged willows.

CRESCENT LAKE - Open year round for angling. Fishing has been very good for brown trout and fair for lake trout. Kokanee angling is predicted to be good this year, though it may be slow early in the season with improved catches expected in May and June. Call the USFS Crescent Ranger District at 541-433-3200 for current information on campground and boat-ramp conditions.

DAVIS LAKE - Davis Lake has good water levels for the second straight year. Angling is expected to be fair through the early part of the season and again late in the season. Numbers of rainbow trout have been at reduced levels but the hope is that the population will be up this year as a result of last year's higher water levels. Most fish are in the 12- to 16-inch class, with a number of fish larger than 20 inches. Davis Lake is fly angling only with a bag limit of two trout per day between 10 and 13 inches. Davis Lake provides good opportunity for largemouth bass. Anglers fishing for largemouth in Davis Lake are restricted to fly angling only using barbless flies. There is no limit on the size or number of largemouth bass. Bass angling has been good in past years in May and June tapering off as the lake level decreases and the water warms up later in the summer.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR - Open to year-round angling. Legal-sized rainbows are stocked in mid-April. Moderate numbers of large brown trout are present. Kokanee angling should be fair in the spring, while angling for bass, bluegill and crappie should improve as the water warms. Angling for brown bullhead should be good.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK - Kokanee angling should be fair in 2008. ODFW's spring sampling indicates kokanee are in good condition and are ranging in size from 9 to 15 inches. Emergency regulation change beginning May 1 will suspend the 25-fish bonus bag for kokanee. Lake bag limit will be five trout (including kokanee). Peak angling for kokanee typically is in July and August. Angling for trout should be fair in the uppermost reaches of all three arms. Opportunities for bull trout are fair, particularly during the spring and early summer months. Most anglers concentrate their efforts in the Metolius Arm. Anglers are reminded of the one bull trout bag limit with a 24-inch minimum length and are encouraged to consult the angling synopsis regarding special regulations on bull trout angling.

LAURANCE LAKE - Above-average snow pack will likely prevent early season access into the lake. Anglers should contact the Mt. Hood National Forest Hood River Ranger District at 541-352-6002 for access and camping information. All non-fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed, and only artificial flies and lures can be used. All bull trout must be released unharmed. Tributary streams are closed to all angling. Laurance Lake opens Saturday.

LOST LAKE - Access will be later than normal this season, due to the extremely heavy snow pack in the area. Anglers should contact the Mt. Hood National Forest Hood River Ranger District at 541-352-6002 for access and camping information. The lake will be stocked with legal- and trophy-sized trout as soon as access allows. Lost Lake should remain at normal surface levels throughout the summer.

NORTH TWIN LAKE - Open year round and provides a "put and take" fishery for 9- to 11-inch rainbow trout. Some carryover fish up to 14 inches are available. North Twin is a nice setting to take children to fish. It provides good shelter from the wind and has nice shoreline for kids to fish from, as well as room to run and play.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR - The reservoir will fill this spring. The boat ramp should be operational through summer and early fall. Angling for hold-over rainbow trout has been good with fish ranging from 12 to 16 inches. Anglers are effective with a wide range of bait and tackle. Boat anglers should concentrate in the upper end of the reservoir near the mouths of Ochoco and Mill Creeks during the months of April and May. The reservoir will be stocked with fingerling rainbows in mid-April, and the daily bag limit is five trout. Black crappie fishing should be excellent after the water warms. Crappie average 8 to 10 inches. Brown bullhead angling in the upper part of the reservoir is excellent in April and May.

ODELL LAKE - The lake opens Saturday. Expect fair kokanee catches early in the season with improved catches when the water warms in May and early June. Those anglers targeting kokanee will see the best success at dawn and dusk. Kokanee should be running 11 to 13 inches and in good condition. Early-season lake trout angling should be good. Only one lake trout per day is allowed as part of the daily trout limit and must be at least 30 inches in length. Bull trout are federally listed as threatened and their numbers are extremely low in Odell Lake. Targeted angling for bull trout is not allowed and any incidentally caught bull trout must be released unharmed. Angling is closed within 200 feet of the mouth of Odell Creek to protect bull trout, which should not be removed from the water if hooked.

OLALLIE LAKE - Access will be later than normal this season, due the extremely heavy snow pack in the area. Anglers should check with Mt. Hood National Forest Zigzag Ranger District at 503-622-5741 for access and camping information.

PAULINA LAKE - The lake opens Saturday. Paulina provides great opportunity for brown trout of all sizes. Expect the best catches of large brown trout early in the season and early and late in the day. Kokanee angling is expected to be fair with most fish ranging 9 to 12 inches. Kokanee catches will improve as lake productivity increases in May and June. As with the brown trout, early morning is best for bringing home kokanee. There is a five trout daily bag limit (includes kokanee), which may include one trout longer than 20 inches.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR - The reservoir is full. Angling for rainbow trout has improved significantly in recent years, with fish averaging 13-16 inches. Opportunities remain good for black crappie 7-10 inches long and for brown bullhead and bass. Crappie numbers are down from three years ago but are still readily available and support a popular fishery. Anglers are reminded of the 12-inch minimum for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most largemouth bass anglers concentrate on the upper end of the reservoir, while smallmouth are available in rocky shoreline areas throughout the reservoir. The Powder Cove boat ramp remains inaccessible.

WICKIUP RESERVOIR - Opens to angling Saturday. The reservoir is full. Most large brown trout are caught early in the season, both early and late in the day. Some large rainbow trout are available. Target shallow water flats early in the season and river channel areas as the water warms. Kokanee numbers are expected to be fair to good again this year. Kokanee will be scattered early in the season and begin schooling in channels sometime in June. There is a bonus bag limit on kokanee of 25 fish in addition to the trout bag limit. Largemouth bass anglers should target the willow flats.

AGENCY LAKE - The lake is open all year with a bag limit of one trout. Angling for trophy native redband trout will be fair in the spring and late fall. The most productive methods on Agency Lake are trolling lures or casting flies from a boat. Bank fisherman are successful using bait at Henzel Park boat ramp. Most of the shoreline is on private property.

BLITZEN RIVER - Special regulations exist for the whole drainage. All radio-tagged fish must be released. The river and its tributaries have good numbers of wild redband trout. Fishing conditions will vary in the spring depending on weather and the rate of snowmelt.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR - This reservoir provides good opportunities for shoreline and boat access, and a campground is available. Angling should be good this spring for rainbow trout 12-18 inches, with a few trout reaching 20 inches.

KLAMATH LAKE - Open all year with a bag limit of one trout. Angling for large native redband trout will be fair. Most trout caught this year will be 18-20 inches. All types of methods will catch trout in Klamath Lake. The key to catching the large trout in Upper Klamath Lake is knowing where to fish in the lake. Most trout are found close to shore. The most popular methods for fishing Upper Klamath Lake for trophy redband trout are bait fishing from shore at Eagle Ridge, Howard Bay or near Pelican Marina or trolling lures at Eagle Ridge. Other anglers are successful fishing from an anchored boat and casting lures at Eagle Ridge or Pelican Marina. Fly-fishing can be successful and most occurs in the Pelican Bay and surrounding area. Trout in Upper Klamath Lake feed primarily on minnows, leeches and midges, therefore PowerBait and lures/worms behind flashers are not productive in Upper Klamath Lake.

LAKE OF THE WOODS - Open to angling all year. The lake is annually stocked with fingerling rainbow, brown trout and kokanee. Legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout (averaging about 3 pounds) are stocked throughout the spring and summer. Additional trout will be stocked for the youth angling and free fishing events in June.

MANN LAKE - Angling should be fair for Lahontan cutthroat trout. Unfortunately, illegally introduced goldfish may compete with smaller Lahontan cutthroat trout, limiting growth and survival. The lake is managed as a trophy fishing lake. Artificial flies and lures only (no bait). The bag limit is two fish over 16 inches, and only one may be over 20 inches.

MOON RESERVOIR - Bass angling should be good and trout angling should be fair this year.

OWYHEE RESERVOIR - Angling should be good for largemouth and smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Crappie fishing will be fair this year. The reservoir is expected to reach 90 percent of capacity this year. All boat ramps should remain available throughout the season.

WARM SPRINGS RESERVOIR - The reservoir did not fill in 2007, and was drained to minimum pool by late August. The reservoir will probably not fill this year. Based on angler reports last year, bass and perch fishing should remain fair to good.

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