Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Oregon Report August 7, 2013

Warmwater fishing

While trout fishing has slowed in many locations due to high air and water temperatures, warmwater fish like bass, bluegill and yellow perch continue to offer opportunities for good fishing. Our warmwater fishing webpage is a great place to get started, and you’ll find the latest condition updates here in the Recreation Report.

Head out to the high lakes

With temperatures high now might be a good time to head out to Oregon’s high mountains. Many mountain lakes available for day use or overnight camping that require only a short hike into them. Some of these waters get very little use, and anglers will often find the solitude incredible. If you plan to camp keep in mind that overnight temperatures at the higher elevation can be quite chilly. Maps should be available from the local U.S. Forest Service office. Be aware of fire restrictions because fire danger is high in many areas.

Late point savers available July 1-Nov. 30 - Mail order application only!

If you forgot to apply for a controlled hunt and only need a point saver, remember you can now get point savers from July 1 – November 30. Get the mail order application here

Check fire restrictions before heading afield!

Fire danger is at record levels according to the Oregon Dept of Forestry. Follow all fire restrictions while hunting, fishing or viewing wildlife and see ODF’s webpage for the latest on restrictions (click Landowner/Corporate Closure Chart for private land closures)

Pre-scouting for bow hunting season

Now is the time for archers to begin their annual pre-scouting trips to the woods. August 24 is not far away, hunters should be spending this next month locating the elk and deer herds. Much of the animals found now will be in that general location come opening season. High elevations are the place to look. Besides, it’s a great time to be in the woods to avoid most of the heat found in the valleys.

ODFW pheasant hunts are perfect for beginners!

ODFW is planning a variety of pheasant hunting clinics for youth and adults this September. These are perfect for people new to hunting. See details here:



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