GRANT COUNTY - Spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy Oregon's hunting, fishing and viewing opportunities.
Trout stocking has been done in the Northwest and Southwest zones, in anticipation of spring break.
The ODFW website has zone reports and stocking schedules, which can help people plan their next fishing trip. For a link, visit MyEagleNews.com.
Fishing opportunities in Grant County include trout fishing at Holliday Park Pond and Bull Prairie Reservoir.
Ice fishing is fair in both ponds. Recreators are urged to watch for thin ice.
Recent warmer weather has improved steelhead fishing conditions on the John Day River. Fish have made it up to Dayville on the Mainstem and Monument on the North Fork but are holding in slow deep pools and fishing is only fair. Bait and jigs under bobbers have produced the most fish. Too much rain or snowmelt will make the river unfishable. Only three fin-clipped steelhead may be harvested per day. All unclipped fish must be immediately released.
Ice has covered Magone Lake, and access is by snowmobile only. Anglers should be cautious of thin ice. Ice fishing success for brook and rainbow trout should be fair with rainbows and brook trout to 14 inches.
Trout and kokanee can be found at Olive Lake. The Lake is snowed in until about May.
Long Creek Pond has trout. Fishing for holdover rainbow trout is fair. These reservoirs and ponds are open all year but only stocked each spring.
Trout Farm Pond has rainbow and brook trout. The lake is now snowed in until spring.
Hunting in Grant County is open for cougar and coyote. Tracking cougar after snow can be effective.
Coyote numbers are good in most of the district. They may respond to distress calls.
Start scouting for spring turkey. Spring turkey season opens April 15. Hunters should use the Oregon Hunting Access Map to see where to hunt.
The hunting season is open April 10-11 (for hunters ages 17 and under) and April 15-May 31 for everyone. If you plan to hunt in western Oregon, hunters are encouraged to ask landowners in advance for permission to hunt on private land. Northeast Oregon is gaining as a popular spot to hunt turkeys and there are more public land opportunities.
This is also time to scout for spring bear. The mild winter and early onset of spring means bears are likely to be out earlier than usual in some areas.
Sports enthusiasts can also practice their shooting skills at their local shooting range.