The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife is offering several of its popular shotgun skills and pheasant hunting workshops beginning in June. A shotgun skills class is a prerequisite to a pheasant hunting workshop.
The classes fill quickly, so sign up soon. See more details and register.
Sign up for a youth pheasant hunt
Youth pheasant hunts give young hunters a chance to hunt in a controlled setting with a focus on safety and success. Here are five reasons they’re so popular:
• No adult competition. Youth hunts happen before the official pheasant season begins.
• Emphasis on safety. A review of safety procedures, controlled access and a defined hunting area characterize many of the hunts.
• Increased chance of success. ODFW releases pen-raised pheasants for each hunt, because early success can help build lifetime hunters.
• Available statewide. There are hunt locations from Ontario to the Willamette Valley to the Rogue.
• They’re free!
Check for emergency fishing regulations
ODFW has implemented emergency fishing regulations throughout the state to help protect fish during hot, dry weather. Be sure to check the “Regulation updates” section at the top of each fishing zone for the latest.
Best bets for fishing
• Summer steelhead fishing is an option in the Nestucca, Three Rivers, Wilson, Siletz and upper Roque rivers. The first summer steelhead should be hitting the Deschutes any time now.
• Anglers have been catching resident cutthroat trout in most coastal rivers and streams. And look for the larger, more aggressive sea-run cutts to start entering the rivers later this month.
• Lost and Hemlock lakes offer trout anglers reasonable fishing throughout the summer.
• Eel and Selmac lakes have been fishing well for warmwater species such as bass and bluegill.
• Salmon anglers fishing the Coos between the jetties may be able to pick up a Chinook salmon following baitfish into the Coos estuary.
• Spearfish anglers have been reporting some success harvesting smallmouth bass in the South Fork Coquille River.
• Quartzville Creek and North Santiam above Detroit have been stocked recently and are in excellent shape.
• Fishing for trout and warmwater fish at Lake of the Woods should be good. The lake is getting additional stocked trout originally intended for Fourmile Lake.
• Trout fishing has been good at Unity and Thief Valley reservoirs, where water levels remain good.
• Upper Deep Creek and tributaries in Lake County should be great right now. The streams should be cool and there are a lot of average-size redbands and brookies to be caught.
• July and August are the time to for bass in the lower reaches of the Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers.
• Wallowa Lake has been stocked with trout. Fishing for both trout and kokanee has been good.