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Trojan Pond, located at the old nuclear site near Rainier, will be stocked this week with 500 trophy trout this week. The pond is one of five venues that will receive an extra allocation of the two-pound or better trout this year under ODFW’s new “Trophy Trout” program.

Trout stocking is in full swing around the region and state. This week’s Willamette Zone stockings include Haldeman Pond, Henry Hagg Lake, St. Louis Ponds, Alton Baker Canal, EE Wilson Pond, Freeway Lake East, Green Peter Reservoir, Junction City Pond, Timber Linn Lake, and Waverly Lake.

— Due to unsafe conditions, Linn County Parks has temporarily closed the boat ramp at the Stayton-Scio bridge. No time frame has been provided as to its re-opening. More information at 541-967-3917. Serious navigation hazards also have been reported between Shelburn and Green’s Bridge boat ramps on the North Santiam. Boaters are advised not to use that stretch of river.

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

The canal will be stocked this week with 965 trout. It will be stocked approximately every other week through mid-November. The canal is located within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of Club Road in Eugene. A 4-acre pond at the midpoint of the canal is a good spot but it can be fished all along its two-mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield. The canal is open to fishing all year.

BENSON LAKE: rainbow trout, white crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Stocked the week of March 7 with 2,000 8-inch “legal” rainbow trout. This is a 40-acre lake located in Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. From Portland, head east on I-84; the park is located on the south side of the freeway about 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

BETHANY POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead

Stocked the week of March 14 with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 10-acre pond located at Bethany west of Portland. The pond is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, and a paved, ADA accessible trail.

BLUE LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, black crappie, bluegill

Stocked the week of March 7 with 1,500 8-inch “legal” rainbow trout. This is a 64-acre lake located in Blue Lake Park three miles west of Troutdale. This family-friendly park with picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Multnomah County.

BLUE RIVER: trout, steelhead

Blue River is open to fishing using lures and artificial flies as of Jan. 1. Two wild trout may be harvested per day above Blue River Reservoir only. Note that tributaries to Blue River will open to angling May 22.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Hwy. 126 and is open to year-round fishing. The reservoir was stocked the week of April 4 with 2,000 hatchery trout, including 100 larger trout. Saddle Dam boat ramp is accessible.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

Regulation changes for 2016 year will allow fishing on this river year-round. Trout stocking will remain the same, with the first release scheduled for some time in May. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day. Note that the river is closed to salmon fishing year-round.

CANBY POND: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill

Stocked with trout the first week of April.

Canby Pond is a one-acre pond located on the south end of Canby, in Canby City Park. This pond is open only to youth 17 years old and under, as well as persons who possess ODFW's Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permits.

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Carmen Reservoir is accessed via USFS Road 750 off Hwy. 126, about two miles south of Clear Lake. It is open to fishing all year. Motor boats are prohibited on Carmen Reservoir.

CLACKAMAS RIVER: winter steelhead, summer steelhead

Conditions on the Clackamas River are very similar to last week as far as flows and water temperature are concerned with winter steelhead catches slowing down; the fish seem to have moved further upstream towards Dog Creek near the hatchery at McIver Park. There are still some bright fish in the river however with much of the action taking place from Barton on up Rivermill Dam. Summer steelhead are showing up a bit more regularly in the catch and this fishery will only improve as we head further into April.

It’s been an exceptional season for winter steelhead on most local streams and Clackamas Hatchery at McIver Park has now had over 3,800 winters swim in, a return that obliterates the previous season record 1,947 set in 2013. The sensational return allowed the hatchery to complete their spawning of winter steelhead earlier than normal, with all of the excess fish now going to community food banks or stream nutrient enrichment.

Good bank access for can be found in many locations along the river from Gladstone, Cross Park, Riverside Park, along Clackamas River Road, Carver, Barton, and McIver parks. Clackamas River Drive closely follows the river below Carver Park, but be sure to not trespass on private property. If you have a drift boat, you can put in at Riverside Park, Carver Park, Barton Park, Feldheimer’s off Springwater Road, and at both lower and upper McIver Park ramps.

USGS hydrological data for April 11 shows river flows down from last week at 3,170 cfs, with a gauge reading of 12.90 feet and the water temperature now up over 48° F. Showers this week could provide a slight bump in flows come mid-week. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park.

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year. The lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork Willamette River is open to angling using lures and artificial flies only. Two wild trout may be kept daily (8” minimum length).

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Stocked with trout the first week of April.

This is a three-acre lake within the Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, the park is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include ADA accessible trail, picnic tables, playground and restrooms.

COTTAGE GROVE POND (ROW RIVER NATURE PARK POND): trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Ponds are open to year round angling and are accessed via an asphalt pathway behind the truck scales on Row River Road. These ponds also offers wildlife viewing opportunities. The pond with the dock was recently stocked with 2,000 fish (listed as Row River Nature Park on stocking schedule).

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to fishing all year. Both boat ramps should be accessible. The reservoir was stocked the week of April 4th with 3,000 rainbow trout.

CRESWELL POND (GARDEN LAKE): trout, warmwater species

Stocked the week of March 28 with 1,500 rainbow trout. This was the last stocking of the season.

Garden Lake (Creswell Pond) is located in Garden Lake Park on the east side of I-5 in Creswell and is open to fishing all year. The pond and park offer additional wildlife viewing opportunities.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

This reservoir receives over 100,000 trout throughout the year. There are plenty of trout available, especially near submerged tree stumps and ledges. Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit for fishing conditions.

Water storage season has begun which means we are starting to see reservoir levels increase. Reservoir elevation is about 19 feet below full pool and rising. Mongold boat ramp and several others, including Kane’s Marina, are currently usable. It was stocked last week for the first time this year with 10,000 legal sized hatchery rainbow trout.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Dexter Reservoir near Lowell is visible from Hwy. 58. Boat and bank access is available from state and county parks. Parking and bank access are also available from the causeway near Lowell. Dexter Reservoir was stocked the week of April 4 with 2,800 catchable rainbow trout. Largemouth bass and some smallmouth are also available to anglers in this reservoir.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Dorena Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open to fishing all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available. Baker Bay boat ramp is accessible at the current reservoir level. Dorena was stocked in late March with 5,500 hatchery trout and is scheduled to be stocked again the week of April 18.

DORMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of March 14 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is an eight-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6.

EAGLE CREEK: winter steelhead

The winter steelhead run on Eagle Creek appears to be winding down after a very good season was enjoyed by local anglers. Fishing effort over the weekend was light, a good indication that things could be slowing quite a bit while the creek is also getting very low with extremely clear water conditions, making for some tough fishing.

Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery had a great return this winter with over 2,800 steehead coming back, a big improvement over what’s been experienced in the past couple of years. If flows hold up into May the creek should see a return of spring Chinook from smolt releases at the acclimation pond and the hatchery.

Keep in mind that long stretches of Eagle Creek run through private property, particularly up near the hatchery and from an area below the lower ladder on down past Bonnie Lure to the mouth. Anglers are advised to pay close attention to where you fish and we encourage you to ask permission prior to accessing or crossing private lands on your way to your favorite fishing hole. See Page 15 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation pamphlet for more information on “Your Rights to Use the Surface, Bed, and Banks of Oregon’s Rivers and Lakes.”

EE WILSON POND: warmwater, trout

This pond is located at EE Wilson Wildlife Area, about a ¼ mile hike from the main parking lot. Recent changes to the fishing regulations now make this a year-round open fishery. It will be stocked this week with 800 legal, 100 larger, and 25 trophy size hatchery trout. A valid wildlife area parking permit is required.

ESTACADA LAKE: trout

Closed to trout fishing on Nov. 1; open to retention of hatchery (adipose fin-clipped) Chinook salmon and hatchery (adipose fin-clipped) steelhead all year.

Estacada Lake is a 150-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam. There is a boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at the lower end of the reservoir. A fishing dock next to the boat ramp provides non-boating access to the lake.

FALL CREEK: trout

Open all year for trout, with bait allowed April 22 – Oct. 31. Open all year for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and wild steelhead greater than 24 inches below Fall Creek Dam.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek Reservoir was stocked the week of April 4 with 3,100 larger trout, including 100 one-pounders. North Shore and Winberry Creek Park boat ramps are open.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

This is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant. No boats, walk-in only.

FERN RIDGE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead

This 9,000-acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000.

The reservoir produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years. Best time of year for crappie is April to June, after the water temperature reaches the mid-50s, but fish can still be found in deeper water year round. July and August are peak months for largemouth bass. Fish the shoreline along the southern part of the reservoir, especially the sloughs and inlets where there is underwater structure. Currently, all boat ramps are available.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. At the moment, only Sunnyside Park boat ramp is currently available. It was stocked last week with another 5,000 legal size hatchery rainbow trout. Look for smallmouth bass and yellow perch near underwater structure and drop-offs.

Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept and there are no limits on size or number of bass.

From I-5 take US 20 east from Albany to the town of Sweet Home. The reservoir is 3 miles past the town on the left.

FREEWAY LAKE, EAST: bass bluegill crappie

About 800 legal and 100 larger size hatchery rainbow trout will be released into the pond this week. This water-body actually consists of three interconnected ponds and features some good size bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available at East Freeway Lake, and there is good bank access around Middle Freeway Lake. Fishing for warmwater gamefish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish can be very good, especially early and late in the day.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

This large reservoir east of Sweet Home is a premier kokanee fishery with a bag limit of 25 fish per day. It also supports stocked rainbow trout and a good population of smallmouth bass. Holdover trout and smallmouth bass can be found near tree stumps and near drop-offs in all parts of the reservoir. It will be stocked this week with 9,000 legal size hatchery trout.

Water storage season has begun and the reservoir is starting to fill up again. Reservoir elevation is currently about 17 feet below full pool. At the moment, both Whitcomb Creek and Thistle Creek boat ramps are available to launch boats.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

Stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout the week of April 11.

This is a stocked 2-acre pond on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area that offers good bank access. Ideal for kids. A parking permit is required while on the wildlife area. Permits are available from all ODFW license vendors.

HARRIET LAKE: trout

Scheduled for stocking the week of April 18, with the release of more than 4,000 trout, including several dozen trophy-sized fish.Harriet is a 23-acre reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River in the Mount Hood National Forest. Boat ramp is just past campground.

HARTMAN POND: trout

This is a year-round warmwater and spring trout fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge. Excellent for non-boating anglers. From I-84, take the Benson State Park exit. The pond is adjacent to the Columbia River adjoining Benson State Recreation Area.

HENRY HAGG LAKE: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, native cutthroat trout

The lake will receive an additional 6,000 rainbow trout this week, bringing to 24,000 the total number of trout released so far this year.

Henry Hagg Lake is now open year-round and is stocked regularly throughout the spring and fall. This is a 1,110-acre lake and premier fishery located seven miles southwest of Forest Grove. Maintained and operated by Washington County, the park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

This reservoir is located about four miles southeast of Oakridge and is open to year round fishing. Hills Creek Reservoir is stocked with 60,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings and 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon fingerlings annually to provide a harvest fishery the following year. Fingerlings are in addition to catchable trout releases, including 4,100 trout released the week of April 4. Trout and salmon must be adipose-fin clipped to be harvested. Large native trout are available for catch-and-release fishing.

All three boat ramps are accessible.

HILLS CREEK and Hills Creek Tributaries above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Hills Creek and its tributaries above Hills Creek Reservoir are open to angling using lures and artificial flies. Two wild trout 8” or longer may be kept per day. Hills Creek is not stocked.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked with trout the first week of April.

Huddleston is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, it contains good habitat for bass and bluegill. It gets stocked with trout in the spring.

The pond reaches a maximum depth of about 10 feet, with shallow "kid-friendly" edges. It is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby. There is paved parking lot and small ramp for people who want to launch small, non-motorized boats.

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

Junction City is a popular stocked trout fishing pond located about two miles south of Junction City on Hwy 99W on the west side of the highway. There is excellent access around the entire 5-acre pond. It will be stocked again this week with 850 legal size, 100 larger size, and 25 trophy hatchery rainbow trout. As a reminder, zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20-inches.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake is open to angling using lures and artificial flies. Only hatchery fish may be kept. Hatchery trout releases into Leaburg Lake will commence in late April. All wild trout must be released. Leaburg Dam is scheduled to remain open without restrictions to vehicular and pedestrian traffic until construction work on the dam resumes in June 2016.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from the Leaburg Town Landing downstream to Hendricks Bridge from late April through early September. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. The river is currently open to angling using lures and artificial flies only.

This river reach is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie.

Leaburg Dam is scheduled to remain open without restrictions to vehicular and pedestrian traffic until construction work on the dam resumes in June 2016.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from Finn Rock to Goodpasture Landing, with some summer releases from Forest Glen boat landing, from late April through mid-September. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. The river is currently open to angling using lures and artificial flies only.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above Hills Creek Reservoir: trout

The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir is open to angling using lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released upstream of Lookout Point Reservoir. Bait use is allowed below Dexter Dam. The Middle Fork Willamette River is not stocked with hatchery trout.

MOLALLA RIVER: winter steelhead

The Molalla River flows have seen a steady drop in the past couple of weeks, offering some slightly more challenging angling conditions but still worth trying for steelhead. The winter steelhead numbers moving upriver at Willamette Falls have seen a couple of pretty good days with fish moving through at a rate of 30 and 100 fish per day; this number is an indicator of how many fish could be available to catch as a few turn into the Molalla instead of heading further up the Willamette. With the numbers continuing to plug along, passage at the falls for winter steelhead has reached 4,689 fish through April 8. This number is running above the previous ten year average for winter steelhead passing above Willamette Falls.

USGS hydrological data for the Molalla River on April 11 shows flows down at 640 cfs with a gauge reading of 11.53 feet, as measured in Canby.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

Stocked the week of Feb. 20 with 1,500 legal- and larger-sized rainbow trout. Angling is restricted to youths age 17 and under and holders of ODFW's Disabled Anglers permits from April 1 - Aug. 31. Mt. Hood Pond is located on the Mt. Hood Community College campus in Gresham, at 26000 SE Stark St.

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout

Closed to trout fishing until May 22, 2016.

Fishermen are reminded that the boat ramp and marina at Promontory Park is closed to all public access until the summer of 2016 while PGE constructs a surface collector to improve the downstream passage of native salmon and steelhead juveniles at North Fork Dam. For more information about the closure, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.portlandgeneral.com/community_environment/parks_campgrounds/sites/clackamas_river/docs/promontory_closure.pdf" PGE’s website (pdf)

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Stocking has been completed for the season. This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area. Located on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest it is a popular summer recreational destination for people from Portland and Salem, Ore.

There are three campgrounds and a rustic cabin resort on this lake as well as a hiking trail that encircles the perimeter. Yurts, cabins, and boat rentals are available at Olallie Lake Resort. There is a boat ramp at Peninsula Campground on the southwest shore of the lake. Camping is also available at Olallie Meadows Campground and Paul Dennis Campground.

Olallie Lake is also a popular jumping off point for backpackers who want to fish the surrounding high lakes or access the Pacific Crest Trail.

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

Stocked with trout the first week of April.

This is a 4-acre pond next to the Progress Ridge Town Center in Beaverton, Oregon. The pond is an old rock pit and has a maximum depth of 54 feet. There is a sidewalk, fishing platform and viewing platform on one side of the lake. Boating and swimming are not allowed.

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

This stream above Green Peter Reservoir provides excellent opportunities to fish for trout, with good bank access along most of its length. Regulation changes for 2016 makes this a year-round fishery with a bag limit of 5 trout per day. It will receive its first trout stocking in May. Light gear works best and fly fishing can be very good, but bait is also allowed.

There are two BLM campgrounds as well as numerous designated campsites along the road. To get there, follow the directions to Green Peter Reservoir and continue around the lake until the river begins.

ROARING RIVER PARK POND: trout

This is a small one-acre pond in Roaring River County Park near ODFW’s Roaring River fish hatchery. To get there, drive highway 226 east out of Albany and turn right onto Fish Hatchery Road and continue for about seven miles. Park is on the right. It was stocked last week with 160 legal and 20 larger size rainbow trout.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek near Oakridge is open to angling using lures and artificial flies only. Two wild trout per day, 8 inch minimum length, may be kept in addition to 5 hatchery trout. Hatchery trout releases into Salmon Creek will resume in late April.

SALT CREEK: trout

Salt Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge. Salt Creek and its tributaries are open to angling using lures and artificial flies only. Two wild trout may be kept per day, 8 inch minimum length.

SANDY RIVER: winter steelhead, summer steelhead

There’s a handful of winter steelhead anglers still giving it their best shot on the Sandy River although the run has tailed off in the past two or three weeks, with minimal effort up near Cedar Creek and the hatchery. There might be a few fresh fish left to be found but for the most part the excellent winter steelhead run is about done. Several nice summer steelhead have been landed however, so as the winter steelhead fishery wanes anglers have the opportunity to get in on the start of a summer steelhead run.

The Sandy Hatchery at Cedar Creek has had excellent return numbers and began recycling fish back down to the Lewis and Clark boat ramp several weeks ago. They’ve had over 3,800 steelhead return to the hatchery total for the season and earlier had recycled over 2,200 of these winters back downstream to give anglers another shot at hooking them. Interested anglers can identify a recycled steelhead by a simple hole punch found in the right side gill plate cover of the fish.

A typical rule of thumb for the Sandy River is if snow levels are above 4,000 feet it could be a bit off but when below 4,000 feet angling conditions get good. With snow levels moving down this week as cooler spring weather arrives we should see good water conditions.

USGS hydrological data for the Sandy River on April 11 shows flows down at 2,160 cfs with a gauge reading of 9.69 feet, and the water temperature near 47°.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

Returns of adult steelhead and Chinook are in full swing at Willamette Falls and some of them have started to show up in the Santiam basin. The first Chinook has arrived last week at Upper Bennett dam in Stayton, along with a handful of summer steelhead. As of April 8, they have counted 453 summer steelhead and 385 spring Chinook at the Willamette Falls fish ladder. Flows are coming down making for improved fishing conditions.

When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below Packsaddle Park (near the Minto Fish Facility) is open year-round to hatchery steelhead. Trout harvest season begins May 22. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (the Mehama gauge was at 2,630 cfs as of April 8). Current conditions

NOTICE: The City of Jefferson is holding a public meeting Thursday, April 14, at Jefferson City Hall to gather public input on usage of the boat ramp in town. Anyone who uses the boat ramp are encouraged to attend. Meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

Regulation changes for 2016 makes this section a year-round fishery. The river will be stocked as in previous years starting in May. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day. This section of river is closed to salmon fishing.

SANTIAM RIVER (SOUTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook, bass

Flows have moderated lately and will continue to decrease throughout the week as nicer weather moves in. This will make for improved fishing conditions – just in time, as more steelhead are moving into the basin. Current flows (as of April 12) are around 2,160 cfs as measured at Waterloo. HYPERLINK "http://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/current/?type=flow" Current conditions

Anglers can target winter and summer steelhead, which can be found in fair numbers in the upper sections. Best sections to fish are from Wiley Creek to Pleasant Valley boat ramps, around Waterloo County Park, and from Lebanon down to the confluence with the North Santiam.

The first summer steelhead of 2016 have been reported at Foster dam fish ladder. A few Chinook may have also arrived in the basin.

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked with trout the first week of April.

Sheridan Pond is a 2 1/2-acre pond located on the edge of town. It provides excellent access for families and kids. Good parking. There is an outhouse provided. It is stocked throughout the year with hatchery trout.

To get there take Hwy. 18 to Exit 33 onto Balston Rd. Go south on Balston Rd. approximately half a mile and turn left onto a gravel road leading about a quarter mile to the pond.

SHORTY’S POND: trout

This is a 4-acre pond located within Ivor Davies Nature Park in the city of Molalla. It can be accessed by the Fifth St. Trailhead across from Heckard Football Stadium.

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy 214.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy. 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following USFS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around bait fishing.

ST. LOUIS PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish

ODFW will host a free family fishing event at St. Louis Ponds near Woodburn Saturday, April 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ponds 1, 3 and 6 will be stocked with trout, and staff will be on hand to provide rods, reels, tackle, bait, and assistance to anyone who wants to come join in the fun. The event is free, although anglers 12 and older require a fishing license.

St. Louis Ponds is a 240-acre fishing complex of seven ponds owned and managed jointly by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Marion County Parks Department. The site has a 2,300-foot paved ADA footpath with turnouts, fishing platforms, restrooms and picnic tables. It is stocked throughout the year with hatchery trout and has many other species of warmwater fish.

St. Louis Ponds is located 13 miles north of Salem and west of I-5. To get to there from the north, take the Woodburn exit off I-5. Then go east to Hwy. 99E. At Hwy. 99E, head south to the town of Gervais. At the light, go west on Gervais Rd. through Gervais. Gervais Rd. changes to St Louis Rd. Continue west on St Louis Rd. as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Lane, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Lane and follow the signs to the ponds, about a mile to the main parking lot.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. It was stocked March 25 with 1,000 legal and 50 larger size hatchery rainbow trout. The pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round.

The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is also boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir. To get there from I5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.

TIMBER LINN LAKE: rainbow trout

This beautiful, family-friendly fishing pond is located within the 8-acre Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. It will be stocked this week with 250 legal and 25 trophy size hatchery rainbow trout. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20-inches may be taken per day. Timber-Linn Lake can be reached by turning east off I-5 onto the Santiam Highway (Hwy. 20), then immediately turning north onto Price Road and proceeding to the park entrance.

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

Trail Bridge Reservoir is open to year-round fishing. This waterbody is adjacent to Hwy 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Only flies and lures may be used. Stocking will resume in May.

TROJAN POND: trout, panfish

The pond will be stocked this week with 5,000 rainbow trout, including 500 trophy-size fish.

This is a 15-acre pond just east of Rainier on the north side of Hwy. 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility. The pond is located on the right side of the road as soon as you turn onto the Trojan Access Road.

TUALATIN RIVER and tribs: trout

These are now year-round fishing streams under the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Open all year for catch-and-release trout fishing. Harvest allowed May 22-Oct. 31.

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

This pond was stocked last week with 400 legal and 50 larger size hatchery rainbow trout. There may still be a few surviving large brood trout weighing several pounds in there. As a reminder, only one trout over 20-inches can be kept per day.

This is an 8-acre privately owned pond located in Salem at the northeast corner of McGilchrist and 16th Streets, S.E.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

This pond was stocked last week with 2,000 legal size and 250 larger hatchery rainbow trout. As a reminder, only one trout over 20-inches can be kept per day. Walter Wirth is a 20-acre lake located within the City of Salem’s Cascades Gateway Park.

WAVERLY POND: trout, bluegill, catfish

Waverly Pond is located in Albany and is regularly stocked in fall, winter and spring. It will be stocked again this week with 750 legal size hatchery rainbow trout.

Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20-inches may be taken per day. From I-5 take exit 234 west towards Albany. The pond is located a quarter mile down Pacific Boulevard on the right. A paved ADA-accessible path runs all the way around the pond.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: sturgeon, winter steelhead, spring Chinook

The Willamette River spring Chinook fishery is in high gear, particularly with the Columbia River closure putting more anglers on the Willamette seeking out the elusive springer. The boating effort has been fairly spread out from Oregon City on down to the mouth of Multnomah Channel. Unfortunately so far the catch itself has been pretty poor for early April with only an occasional hot bite popping up but mostly slow fishing on any given day. The Willamette River creel checks for ODFW show no real exceptional fishing at any of the usual areas, Sellwood, the lower channel or Oregon City. Heading into the next couple of weeks in April would typically be prime springer fishing time when fish should be found riverwide. That’s as long as decent water conditions hold up. The water is a few degrees warmer than normal for mid-April, likely impacting the bite, but cooler weather this week should improve angling conditions.

Steelhead anglers working around Meldrum Bar and the mouth of the Clackamas River have managed to land a few winter fish, as the fish seek out the cooler water.

Winter steelhead crossings at Willamette Falls have held on well with daily numbers hitting 104 fish last Monday, while running between 30 and 100 fish per day. Total passage at the falls for winter steelhead through April 8 now reads 4,689. This winter steelhead passage number has actually climbed to the point of slightly exceeding the ten year annual average. We’ve also had 453 summer steelhead pass upstream through April 8. It’s a bit too early to give the spring Chinook passage a lot of consideration, as 385 adult springers have passed so far. With the warmer water temperatures and low flows that Chinook passage number should show a steady increase within the next couple of weeks.

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on April 11 shows flows down at 18,000 cfs, the water temperature moving up to 58° F and visibility improved to 6.2 feet.

YAMHILL RIVER and tributaries: trout

These are now year-round fishing streams under the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Open all year for catch-and-release trout fishing. Harvest allowed May 22-Oct. 31.