Following is the recent outdoor recreation report from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
No stockings are scheduled this week but last week ODFW stocked McNary Ponds, Hatrock Pond and Tatone Pond.
IMNAHA RIVER: River flow has increased recently and will likely reduce angler success. Results of the most recent creel survey indicated catch rates of 5.8 hours per fish. Steelhead angling success is generally best between 200 and 600 cfs. Steelhead season on the Imnaha River ended on April 15.
JOHN DAY RIVER: All angling is closed from April 15 through May 25 upstream from Kimberly, but remains open below Kimberly year long. Smallmouth bass angling is just starting, with cool water temperatures making them pretty lethargic. Streamflow at the time this report was filed measured 3,780 cfs at Service Creek which is good level for angling, although slightly off color.
LADD POND (Peach Road): Was stocked with legal rainbows week of April 9th.
LONG CREEK POND, SEVENTH STREET POND, ANSON WRIGHT POND, AND BRANDON'S POND: Have all been recently stocked with legal sized rainbow trout.
LOWER GRANDE RONDE RIVER: Steelhead angling success has been poor because of high flow. Angling success should improve somewhat if flow recedes, but many fish bound for Wallowa system hatcheries are already upstream.
MAGONE LAKE: Angling success for brook and rainbow trout is good. Access is still blocked by snow from Four Corners, but is open through the Beech Creek route.
MARR POND: Was stocked recently with a small group of trout and a few early surplus steelhead, angling prospects are good. Stocking is scheduled for this week.
COUGAR: Harvested cougars are required to be checked into an ODFW field office within 10 days of the hunt.
SQUIRRELS: Excellent squirrel hunting can be found this time of year in the agricultural valleys. Many private landowners are happy to grant access to hunters who ask permission.
TURKEYS: Turkey hunters have experienced good success. Turkeys are found in varying densities around Baker County. Hunter should try the northern portions of Keating and Pine Creek Units, as well as the eastern edge of the Elkhorn Mountains in the Sumpter Unit.
BEARS: Bears are starting to become more active in low and mid elevation areas. Many high elevation areas are still covered in snow. Look for bears on south facing slopes with abundant forage.
COUGARS: Cougar numbers remain at high levels. With the absence of fresh snow, cougar hunting is best accomplished with the use of calls and patience.
COYOTE: Good numbers of coyotes can be found throughout Baker County. Calling is most successful in areas of reduced human activity.
COUGAR: Cougars are well distributed in forested areas of the Walla Walla, Mt. Emily, and Ukiah units. Hunters will have best success by finding a fresh naturally made kill and sitting on it, or by using predator calls. Some success has come from following tracks until the cougar is located.
COYOTE: Coyotes are numerous throughout the District and hunters should have good success calling. Remember to ask permission before hunting on private lands.