The degraded water quality due to an algal bloom is slowly clearing up

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

The degraded water quality due to an algal bloom is slowly clearing up with  water temperatures dipping into the 50s. Despite poor water quality, anglers are still having success catching trout from shore or from a boat. Anglers continue to find good numbers of fish over 18 inches and 2-3 pounds on average. Anglers wishing to target trout in these conditions should focus on using lures such as rooster-tails, spoons, or Rapalas. Anglers fishing from a boat could do well trolling flashers, spoons, and Rapalas, in shallower depths. Anglers that are fly fishing may have success stripping woolly bugger or leech patterns, or fishing balance leeches and midge patterns under an indicator. Bass fishing is slowing down, but some are still being caught on soft plastics and crankbaits. Perch fishing will remain slow due to the die off last year. Special Regulations: Anglers may keep 1 black bass and 1 wiper measuring a minimum of 15 inches.

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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, October 4th, 2023

John Day River: Flows remain low but not impossible for a drift boat to navigate
Deschutes River: Anglers have been reporting good trout fishing lately
Fall River: Fly-anglers report excellent autumn fishing in the Fall River
Ochoco Reservoir: The reservoir is 32 percent full
Prinevile Reservoir: Prineville Reservoir at 61 percent full
Wickiup Reservoir: Anglers report fair kokanee and bass fishing
Breitenbush River: With nice weather forecasted this week this river looks to be a nice option for trout fishing
Detroit Reservoir: Water levels are slowly dropping and will continue to drop through the fall
Foster Reservoir: The reservoir was stocked several times this spring
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Coho fishing looks very promising these next few weeks
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 2,250 cfs
Alsea River: Fall Chinook is open on the Alsea
Kilchis River: Cutthroat are available throughout the river
Necanicum River: The Necanicum had some fall Chinook move into the river on last week's rain
Nehalem River: Chinook fishing has slowed some but remains fair in Nehalem Bay
Nestucca River: Fall Chinook fishing in the Nestucca has been fair
Siuslaw River: Fall Chinook has started to pick up the last few weeks on the Siuslaw river!
Trask River: Trask River Report
Chetco River: Salmon fishing in the estuary continues to be good
Coos River: Anglers can catch rockfish around the jetties in the lower Coos Bay estuary
Coquille River: Coho salmon has been good for anglers fishing from the Highway 101 Bridge to Rocky Point
Elk River: Recent rains have brought a few Chinook into the river
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant is 13 percent full
Fish Lake : Trout fishing should be good
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie is 34 percent full
Hyatt Lake: Hyatt is currently 40 percent full
Illinois River: The Illinois is now closed to fishing between 8 Dollar Bridge and Pomeroy Dam
Lost Creek Lake: Trout and bass fishing should be good
Rogue River- Lower: Angling pressure has dropped considerably in the Rogue Bay
Rogue River - Middle: The current flow is 1280cfs, and the average river temperature is 56 F
Rogue River- Upper: The focus on the upper Rogue continues to be summer steelhead and trout fishing
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): The river upstream of Lost Creek remains a good place to fish
Sixes River: The low flow closure is currently in place for the lower river
Tenmile Lakes: The lake surface water temperature is in the low 60s
Chewaucan River: Fly-fishing with beadheads is probably your best bet throughout the day
Dead Horse Lake: Fishing should be great at this lake as it was stocked
Fourmile Lake: A few lake trout are also showing up in the catch
Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir is 16 percent full
Holbrook Reservoir: Holbrook Reservoir Fishing Report
John C Boyle Reservoir: Water levels generally remain very similar and drop as the day progresses
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Lake Of The Woods: Fishing should be fair for rainbow trout
Lofton Reservoir: The water is still low, and the boat ramp is roughly 20 feet from the boat launch
Long Creek Reservoir: Fishing should be good for brook trout and redband trout lower in the creek
Miller Lake: Fishing will be slow as most rainbow trout have been caught
Sprague River: Fishing has been slow for redband trout
North Fork Sprague River: Fishing for brook trout is good above Sandhill Crossing and excellent at Lee Thomas Campground area
South Fork Sprague River: Fishing will be fair due to past drought and fire in the watershed