Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Recreation Report

ODFW Recreation Report
September 26, 2019

Deer season opens Saturday: Have you bought your tag?

If not, DON’T WAIT! If you’re e-tagging or purchasing online, you MUST:

  • Log in to the ELS now to make sure you can get into your account.
  • Download the most recent version of the MyODFW app. If you don’t see your tag in the app, make sure you have the most recent version.
  • Buy your tag, or redeem your SportsPac voucher, by 11:59 p.m. Friday.
  • Remember to also buy your bear and cougar tag by 11:59 p.m. Friday.
  • E-mail ODFW.websales@state.or.us if you have problems, or message us on social media.

Here are some additional tips for tagging – electronic and paper. See our 9 tips for tagging

Fall bird migrations make for great wildlife viewing

The fall migration of ducks, geese, and other birds is underway across the state. Both serious birders and casual viewers look forward to this annual passage. Don’t miss out. Track down your binoculars and read the zone reports to find a great viewing spot near you.

Best bets for the weekend fishing

  • Non-selective ocean coho fishing will be open through Sunday, Sept. 29.
  • Fall Chinook fishing is picking up in the estuaries and lower sections of many north and mid-coast rivers.
  • With temperatures cooling and mosquitoes gone, the fall is a good time to plan a trip to one of the high cascades hike-in lakes — trout are hungry and active this time of year. Find more information about which hike-in lakes are stocked.
  • Good numbers of coho have been moving into the Sandy and Clackamas basins.
  • Don’t give up on bass and other warm-water fish. In several water bodies in the SW Zone, the water temperatures are warm enough that fishing is still very good.
  • If you’re hunting in the area of the Umatilla and South Walla Walla forest ponds in NE Oregon, take a fishing rod with you and enjoy a cast-and-blast weekend.
  • Fall trout stocking is underway – this week in the Willamette and Northeast zones.

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