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Family Fishing Event At Hebo Lake
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites new anglers to take part in its Family Fishing Event Saturday, April 15 at Hebo Lake from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free, and ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist youngsters who want to learn how to fish.
The lake will be stocked with more than 3,000 rainbow trout just prior to the event.
ODFW will provide equipment including rods, reels and bait for use during the event if needed. Angling education instructors and volunteers will be present to answer questions and offer assistance to less experienced anglers.
“This is an excellent opportunity for anyone to discover fishing, or get reacquainted if they have been away from the sport for a while,” said Ron Rehn, STEP biologist for ODFW’s North Coast Watershed.
Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers ages 11 and under can fish for free while those 12-17 will need to have a youth license. All fishing regulations continue to apply during this event.
Hebo Lake is a 2-acre lake located 3 ½ miles east of the Hebo Ranger Station on the Hebo Mountain Road. From Hebo, take Hwy. 22 ¼ mile east, then turn left onto Forest Road 14. The U.S. Forest Service, which manages the lake and campground, will waive the $5 day use fee during this event. Overnight camping fees will continue to apply.
ODFW Recreation Report – April 4th, 2017
First Of Several Free Fishing Days Will Take Place April 22-23
Anglers and would-be anglers can enjoy a weekend of free fishing on April 22-23. On these two days, Oregonians and visitors can fish, crab and clam for free anywhere in Oregon without a license, tag or endorsement. This is the first of eight Free Fishing days in Oregon this year. Additional free days are June 3-4, Nov. 25-26, and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.
Reel In Trout With The Kids At An ODFW Family Fishing Event
ODFW’s Outdoor Skills Program will host 28 Family Fishing Events at locations across Oregon this year. These events offer personalized fishing opportunities at stocked ponds across Oregon, with ODFW staff and volunteers on-site to provide equipment and instruction tailored to beginning anglers, all free of charge. Check out the online schedule for an event near you.
Learn to Hunt and Fish
Steelhead fishing, turkey hunting clinics coming up. See www.odfwcalendar.com for latest classes.
NORTH COAST FISHING
- If you haven’t purchased your license yet, now would be a good time to stop by one of our offices or website and get one. With lots of fishing opportunities coming up in 2017 you’ll want to have the paperwork out of the way already.
- Winter steelhead fishing is in full swing so now’s the time to get out and get after Oregon’s signature winter steelhead. Winter steelhead season is open and hatchery steelhead are available on the Kilchis, Nehalem, Nestucca, Salmon, Siletz, Alsea, Siuslaw, Trask, and Wilson.
Send Us Your Fishing Report!
We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experiences. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.
NORTH COAST LAKES
So far this season, Town Lake near Pacific City has been stocked with nearly 200 surplus summer steelhead from Cedar Creek Hatchery. In addition, 66 early run winter steelhead were released there on Jan. 11. Nehalem Hatchery released 200 surplus winter steelhead into Vernonia pond, 57 into Lost Lake and 60 into Lake Lytle.
These fish get fairly active in the lake and offer a unique fishing experience, especially when the rivers are blown out. Once in the lake they are considered “trout” and do not require a Combined Angling Tag. Anglers are reminded, however, that only one trout per day over 20 inches may be retained, and these fish will almost all be in that size range.
Trout stocking began the week of March 20 in most district lakes.
ALSEA RIVER & BAY: Steelhead
Steelhead fishing is open on the Alsea River and listed tributaries. Fishing has picked up on the north fork around the hatchery. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.
KILCHIS RIVER: Steelhead
The river is in good shape as of mid-week. Fishing should be good for winter steelhead. The river will likely be lower and clearer by the weekend, depending on rainfall. Adjust your gear to the conditions. Fish are spread through the system.
NEHALEM RIVER: Steelhead
The Nehalem main stem is finally dropping into a fishable condition, and there should be wild steelhead throughout the system.
The Salmonberry and North Fork Nehalem rivers closed to steelhead angling March 31 to protect spawning wild steelhead.
NESTUCCA RIVER & THREE RIVERS: Steelhead
The Nestucca is in good shape and there are still plenty of hatchery and wild winter steelhead available. Anglers are reminded that the upper river from Moon Creek (Blaine) to Elk Creek closed to steelhead angling March 31 to protect spawning wild steelhead.
Three Rivers should still have some brood stock and wild winter steelhead available. With the water finally coming down it may be a little low by next weekend.
SALMON RIVER: Steelhead
The Salmon River is open for wild and hatchery steelhead. Fishing is fair. Wild winter steelhead can be retained on the Salmon River. Daily and annual bag limit on wild winter steelhead are 1/day and 3/year. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.
SILETZ RIVER: Steelhead
Steelhead fishing is fair. Drift boaters are having success from Moonshine Park to Siletz and bank anglers are catching hatchery fish in the Siletz gorge. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.
SIUSLAW RIVER: Chinook
Fishing is fair. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.
TRASK RIVER: Steelhead
The Trask is in prime shape and there are steelhead throughout the system. The Trask has mostly wild fish, but the occasional hatchery fish is caught.
WILSON RIVER: Steelhead
The Wilson is in good shape and fished really well last weekend. There are still plenty of hatchery and wild steelhead throughout the system.
YAQUINA RIVER: Steelhead
The Yaquina River and Big Elk Cr. are open for steelhead. Fishing is fair. Wild winter steelhead can be retained on Big Elk Cr. with a daily and annual bag limit of 1/day and 3/year. The Yaquina River is open for hatchery winter steelhead. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.
NORTH COAST HUNTING
Cougar are most effectively taken by using predator calls. However, cougar densities are relatively low on the north coast. Successful hunters, remember you must check in cougar (hide and skull) at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest and bring them in unfrozen. It’s also a good idea to prop their mouths open with a stick after harvest for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection, and tagging.
SHOW AND TELL
Another Amazing Fish!!!! Caught by Tony
Here is a nice deer taken back in 2010 by Joe Goodell of Toledo.