And by we, I mean water in southeast Oregon! The winter of 2022-23 provided some much needed water in our local streams and reservoirs. Stillwaters were re-stocked this past spring, and trout growth was everything we hoped it would be. Waters were mostly rested, in that they weren't hit hard by trout fishers while the fish grew. Several local reservoirs produced fish to 17" for those who did go out before they froze over. This coming spring should see good fishing, with fall fishing for 20" trout a strong possibility.
The Blitzen showed signs of what I'm calling "recovery" after the low water and high temperatures of the past few years.
While this winter has seen a slow start in terms of snowfall, we are to get several inches this week. Here's hoping that the watersheds see a good amount of snowfall in the coming weeks, and even spring rains to maintain, or even increase, current water levels in our beloved stillwater fisheries.
With this said, and our local fisheries making a comeback, check back this spring for updated fishing reports.
Until then, Happy New Year!