ODFW Recreation Report Highlights


Best bets for fishing

  • Steelhead fishing has been fair to good in the Clackamas River, and water levels should be fishable later this week and into the weekend.
  • Fly-fishers will want to catch the mid-afternoon hatches on the Fall, Crooked and Metolius rivers.
  • After heavy rains this week, many north coast rivers will be back in shape for steelhead fishing this weekend, including the Kilchis, Necanimcum, North Fork Nehalem, Nestucca and Wilson.
  • Steelhead fishing conditions are prime on the Elk and Chetco rivers.
  • The following Willamette Valley ponds are scheduled to be stocked this week Huddleston, Sheridan, Sunnyside Park, EE Wilson, Junction City and Cottage Grove (Row River Nature Park).

2018 trout stocking schedule
It’s easy to find a trout stocking location near you using our new interactive stocking schedule. Filter by zone or date, or search for a specific waterbody. A link to the 2018 stocking schedule for each place listed in the weekly Recreation Report is now included at the bottom of each update.

Take a hunter education class or field day
Get a jump on the upcoming hunting season and take your hunter education course now. There are several ways to take a class, all require a field day for hunters under 18. Register for classes and field days online. Hunter education is required for all Oregon hunters 18 and under, and is required for adult hunters in many popular, nearby states.

Take the family fishing
Each year, ODFW hosts dozens of family fishing events throughout the state to introduce kids and families to the fun of fishing. These events are free, and we’ll even provide the gear and instruction you’ll need for the day. Check out the Workshops and Events page for an event near you,

Start planning your 2018 hunt
Though the controlled hunt deadline is still months away, it’s not too early to start planning your 2018 deer and elk hunts. You’ll find the harvest, population and point summary statistics you need to develop your tag application strategy on the Big Game Hunting page.