News for those who live, work and play in the Santiam Canyon

Spring bear season opens next week

Things to know this season for hunters who drew a tag:

The deadline to buy your tag is March 31. If you bought a Sports Pac, you still must redeem the bear tag voucher for an actual bear tag.

All successful hunters are required to present the skull to an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. In 2022, successful bear hunters must check in their harvest at ODFW offices in person. 

Look for the 2022 spring bear hunting forecast the week of March 14 on

Fishing next week

Several lakes and ponds in the NW, SW and Willamette zones are scheduled to be stocked this week. And several more have been stocked recently.

The Nestucca, Wilson, Alsea and Siletz are good options for steelhead fishing this weekend.

Rockfish fishing has been good off the coast, with many anglers taking home some lingcod as well.

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