Have you ever wanted to try trout fishing but weren’t sure how? An upcoming trout fishing course will give you all the knowledge you need to fish for trout on your own, from where to go, how to start, what gear to buy, and how to process your catch.
Join the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife for a two-hour course in Sportsman’s Warehouse where we talk about everything trout fishing. From there, we will lead you to a local pond and test your knowledge in a practical situation with ODFW employees and angler education instructors there to help you catch trout on your own.
We have all the equipment you need, but if you have your own fishing setups and lures, you are welcome to bring them.
Due to concerns over potential spreading of COVID-19, we are asking participants to practice social distancing of at least six feet (especially between people of different parties). Masks are required to be worn indoors at all times. Gloves, sanitizer and masks will be provided but you are encouraged to bring your own if you would like.
Each participant must have in possession:
• A valid angling license if you are 12 and older.
• Appropriate clothing, food/water, and a cooler with ice if you would like to keep fish. A detailed email of the plan of the day will be provided after registration.
• Anglers age 17 years and younger are eligible to participate while accompanied by an adult 21 years or older.
For information and instructions on how to register, go here.
Report your 2021 hunt by Jan. 31
Just a reminder that all big game and turkey hunters who bought a tag need to report their hunt, even if they didn’t hunt or take an animal. Also a reminder that reporting early will help you avoid the last minute crush of procrastinators. Learn more about how to report.
Best bets for weekend fishing
• Our fish biologists report good steelhead fishing in coastal rivers from the Necanicum to the Winchuck. With dry weather in the forecast, there should be good fishing conditions all along the coast through the weekend.
• Steelhead fishing on the Sandy and Clackamas rivers has been good when conditions allow.
• Winter trout fishing can be good in several rivers in eastern Oregon, including the Fall, Crooked, Metolius, Blitzen and Wallowa.
• Lower elevation lakes that were stocked throughout the summer should offer some fishing for holdover trout. Think of places like Henry Hagg Lake, Lost Creek Reservoir and Detroit Reservoir.
• Conditions over the weekend should be good for a boat ride on the ocean. Bottomfish fishing can be very good in the winter months whenever boats can get out on the water.
• Low to minus tides, and great weather, through the weekend should favor some bay clamming along the coast.
• Clear, dry conditions later in the week should also improve crabbing in bays and estuaries by reducing the freshwater influence from rivers flowing into ocean waters.
Ice fishing workshop Feb. 18-19 in Klamath Falls
In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn and practice everything you need to know to go ice fishing — from reading the ice to cleaning your catch, and all steps in between. Learn more and register.