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The statewide Veterans and Active Military Personnel Waterfowl hunt is coming Feb. 5. This is a chance for these hunters to have the fields and ponds to themselves for duck and goose hunting.

Learn more on page 25 of the Oregon Game Bird Regulations.

Report 2021 hunt by Monday

Hunters have until Jan. 31 to report their 2021 hunts. You can now report online or at a license vendor. Learn more about how to report.

Best bets for weekend fishing

We’re approaching the peak of the winter steelhead run in many areas. With the recent dry weather anglers should focus on smaller presentations in the deeper pools.

• Anglers are ice fishing in several locations in the SE and NE zones, including Lake of the Woods, Fish and Diamond lakes (SW Zone), and Unity, Krumbo and Yellowjacket reservoirs.

• Fly-fishers on the Fall, Metolius, Crooked and Blitzen rivers can sleep in. The best hatches, and fishing, will occur in mid-afternoon when water temperatures are the warmest.

• White sturgeon retention is open in the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools on the Columbia River.

• When ocean conditions permit, anglers have landing nice catches of bottomfish and lingcod.

Apply for your spring bear tagIf you plan to hunt spring bear this year, you have until Feb. 10 to apply for your tag.