- We’re getting really good reports of winter steelhead fishing throughout the mainstem Umpqua.
- River forks in the South Coos and Millicoma basins were back in shape over the weekend and steelhead fishing conditions are good. The Coquille is a bit high, but should drop into shape for the weekend.
- Fly-fishers can target redband trout on the Blitzen River throughout the year. Large streamers and other nypmhs work well anytime. There also are periodic hatches, so keep a selection of dry flies handy.
- Lingcod fishing out of Newport has been hot in nearshore waters.
- Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing is a good option on the lower Willamette and can be productive this time of year.
- In the Willamette Valley, 5,000 trout (total) are going into Sheridan Pond, Junction City Pond, Walling Pond, Huddleston Pond, Mt. Hood Pond, EE Wilson Pond and Walter Wirth Lake.
- Redband trout on the lower Deschutes will start actively feeding in February. Anglers using nymphing techniques and large stonefly imitations will be most successful.
Trout stocking 2019
It’s official. The 2019 trout stocking season has kicked off in the Willamette Zone and will being in other areas as early as February. Follow the stocking trucks in the weekly Recreation Report, or plan in advance using the interactive trout stocking schedule.