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Trout season opens May 22

Grab your rod and head out as rivers and streams open for season


Trout fishing enthusiasts will turn their attention to Oregon’s rivers and streams this weekend when dozens of moving waters open on Sunday, May 22. Oregon is rich in trout fishing opportunities. While many lakes and some rivers are open year-round, the May 22 opener brings an expanded list of destinations, mostly rivers, including some of the smaller tributaries. PHOTO COURTESY ODFW - Redside trout.

Oregon’s famous spring chinook are here and ready to be caught in many of Oregon’s waters. Reports from fish biologists from around the state show chinook available in Tillamook Bay, the Trask, Nestucca, North Umpqua, Santiam, John Day, Umatilla Rogue and Snake rivers. So you want to catch a “Springer,” you’ve got plenty of opportunity right now … but don’t procrastinate, it won’t last forever.

Timothy Lake near Mount Hood has received a couple batches of trophy trout over the past several weeks -- and will get another 625 of the two-pound fish this week. The fun will continue through June, as Timothy is one of five venues across the state receiving extra trophy trout this year -- 5,000 of them in all -- to generate a little excitement over bigger trout.

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 is available 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.