ODFW Weekly Recreational Report


Some of the best trout fishing of the year
Takes place in the spring. Water conditions are good, and lakes, ponds and reservoirs throughout the state have been and are being stocked. Check out the trout stocking schedules and Rec Report updates for the best opportunities near you.

Controlled hunt deadline is May 15
The deadline is approaching; don’t wait until the last minute and get stuck in a long line. Apply online, at a license sales agent or by mail/fax order. Remember there have been tag reductions in a few units in eastern Oregon due to the severe winter.

Salmon fishing remains open on coastal rivers and streams
Recently announced closures and restrictions for the southern Oregon ocean salmon fishery DO NOT affect coastal rivers and streams. Coastal rivers and streams will remain open to salmon fishing under the regulations found in the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Things are heating up for warmwater fishing
We’re getting the first reports of the year of good fishing for bass, crappie and other warmwater fish, especially in the Southwest Zone.

Spring turkey hunt until May 31
See the turkey hunting forecast for more on what to expect.

Better bear hunting
Significant green-up and warmer weather has led to an increase in bear activity. The best spring bear hunting usually happens later in the season which closes May 31. 

Take a Friend Hunting – Win a Prize
Experienced hunters who take a new or lapsed person out hunting can enter to win prizes. Both must be adults (18 years and older). More info

Ladd Marsh Bird Festival is May 19-21
Join birders, wildlife biologists and Mark Obmascik, author of Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession, who is the featured speaker at this annual festival.