Recreation Report for July 12, 2018

Father and Son fishing (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,  Flickr )

Father and Son fishing (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Flickr)

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Highlights from the week's Recreation Report

Tips for hot weather fishing

Fishing can get a little tough during these hot summer days – water temperatures increase, aquatic weed growth accelerates and fish get lethargic. Here are some ideas to help you beat the dog days of fishing:

  • Fish early in the morning when waters are cooler and fish are more active.
  • Look for fish in deeper water, where it’s cooler.
  • Focus on warmwater species like bass, crappie, bluegill and walleye.
  • Travel to higher elevation lakes and streams where the water, and you, will be cooler.
  • Consider a trip to the coast where ocean and bay fishing hold up throughout the summer.

Sign up for hunter education

The fall hunting season will be here before you know it. Hunter education is required for all hunters 18 and under, and is required for adult hunters in many popular, nearby states. Sign up now for a hunter education course (online, workbook or traditional) or field day.

Apply for controlled sage-grouse season

The sage-grouse season is eight days in September and is open by permit only. The application period is from July 1 to Aug. 20. Check page 17 of the 2018-19 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for a list of open areas.

Information provided by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.