Recreation Report

Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of December 12, 2018
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see
e-regulations for permanent regulations.

HUNTER CREEK

  • Beginning October 15 through December 31, 2018 angling is closed for Chinook salmon.

WILD COHO

There will be no special seasons for wild coho in rivers of the SW Zone for 2018.

  • Hatchery coho salmon may be retained as part of the daily bag limit in all waters that are open to angling for Chinook or steelhead.
  • Retention of wild coho salmon allowed in Tenmile (SW Zone) Lake under permanent rules.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Charleston Field Office 541-888-5515 
  • Roseburg Umpqua Watershed District Office  541-440-3353
  • Gold Beach Field Office 541-247-7605 
Recreation Report

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • There is snow in the forecast and that could limit access to some higher elevation lakes. Check ahead for road conditions, and be prepared for sudden changes in the weather.
  • Lost Creek Reservoir will be the premiere trout destination in the Rogue Valley throughout the winter.
  • A few winter steelhead are beginning to slip into the Umpqua and look for numbers to increase throughout December.
  • Arizona Pond will be stocked this week – just in time for the school winter break.
  • Half-pounder steelhead are worth targeting this time of year on the middle Rogue from Lathrop downstream to Graves Creek.
  • This is probably the last week to target hatchery coho on the upper Rogue.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

Ice fishing safety

With several water bodies beginning to ice over, anglers need to be cautious during first-ice conditions. Take the following precautions: use the “buddy system,” wear a PFD in case of thin ice, carry a throw-rope, and use a heavy metal staff to check for thin-ice. The Minnesota DNR has developed guidelines for ice thickness and other safety tips.

AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The boat ramp is unusable with the low reservoir level. Anglers can fish from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Boat access is limited to the low water ramp at French Gulch now and through the winter.  Trout anglers have reported success trolling a flasher/wedding ring/worm combination, or just a nightcrawler behind a flasher. Fishing should be good. Surface temperatures are 44 degrees.

APPLEGATE RIVER: trout

The Applegate River is open to trout fishing through Dec. 31. Only hatchery rainbow trout may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Just in time for winter break from school, this little pond will be stocked with rainbow trout early next week. Many holdover trophy trout from earlier this year are also still lurking in the deeper water. Youth anglers fishing this pond are allowed to keep five trout per day; one of which can be over 20-inches. Oregon State Parks manages Arizona Pond for youth fishing ages 17 and under.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BEN IRVING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie

Trout fishing can be tough, but some anglers are having success on some of the warmer days. Trout anglers have had the best success trolling lures in the deeper areas of the reservoir. Warmwater fishing should be decent as well. Try fishing for bass at the head of the reservoir and shallow structure in the mid-morning and late afternoon hours using a slow retrieve.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BLUEBILL LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Will be stocked in spring of 2019 with legal-size trout.

Located in the USFS’ Dunes National Recreation Area, on the north spit near North Bend. There is a campground and trail around the lake, but no boat ramp.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BRADLEY LAKE: trout

Bradley Lake was stocked with fall trophy trout in mid-October. Anglers trolling a wedding ring or other type of spinner are still having luck catching trout.   

No bank fishing without permission from land owners, but an ODFW boat ramp allows anyone to fish from a boat. Anglers can also fish from the new dock at the boat ramp. Located about three miles south of Bandon and is one mile west of Hwy 101.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BUTTERFIELD LAKE: trout

Butterfield Lake was stocked with 1,300 fall trophy trout the week of Oct. 15. Anglers have had success catching trout with spinners or by fishing PowerBait. 

Excess hatchery steelhead juveniles were also stocked in Butterfield Lake this past month.  Most of these fish are under 8-inches long but should grow to a legal-size fish by next spring.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CHETCO RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Nook Creek through Dec. 31. The Southwest zone recently received significant rain and flows are back on track for the year. As of Nov. 27, the temporary strike indicator/bobber rule has been lifted. Beginning January 1, 2019, wild Steelhead may be harvested one per day and three per year as part of the daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.  Please see the Southwest zone special regulations and exceptions for current regulations. A visual and status update on the river bar crossing can be found here at the NOAA bar camera webpage.

Anglers are encouraged to drop hatchery fish snouts in the kiosk at the Port of Brookings cleaning station (instructions on how to remove and package snouts are available at the kiosk). Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the regulations book for more details.

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, coho smolts

Trout fishing can slow as we head into winter. While some anglers are having success on warmer days, a recent report indicates very slow fishing.

In the last two years, Cooper has been stocked with coho salmon juveniles. These are often mistaken for kokanee. Anglers may retain up to 5 coho juveniles in the reservoir as part of their daily trout bag limit. Please remember to release coho and trout less than 8-inches.

Warmwater fishing should still be good as well. Try fishing for bass around aquatic vegetation in the mid-morning and late afternoon hours.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

COOS RIVER BASIN: rockfish, steelhead

There has not been enough rain to get steelhead moving up the rivers yet. Steelhead should be entering the rivers with the next big rain. Steelhead anglers wanting to fish the South Fork Coos River will need to purchase a Dellwood Fishing Permit from the Weyerhaeuser website.

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is open in the ocean along with bays and estuaries. The daily bag limit for marine fish is back to 5 plus 2 lingcod. The cabezon retention is closed for the rest of the year.

Trout fishing in streams and rivers will reopen May 22, 2019.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN:  steelhead

Steelhead anglers have started plunking the upper reaches of tidewater in hopes for the first returning steelhead. Steelhead should be entering the rivers with the next big rain.   

Trout fishing in streams and rivers will reopen May 22, 2019.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

Fishing at Diamond is slow with recent snowfall. If the weather stays cold for a while the lake might ice up.

Make sure to contact Diamond Lake Lodge for up-to-date conditions. Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at Diamond Lake on the Diamond Lake Resort Facebook page, or call 541-793-3333 for updates. Diamond Lake is open year-round. Anglers should also check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on seasonal camp and ramp closures.

Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger and brown trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. These trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught.

As part of the 2016 regulation simplification process, Diamond Lake is now back to the Southwest Zone regulation of 5 rainbow trout per day.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

EEL LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Fishing for trout has been decent fishing in deep water near the boat ramp.  

Approximately 13 miles north of North Bend off Hwy 101.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ELK RIVER: Chinook, steelhead

Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Bald Mountain Creek through Dec. 31. With recent rainfall, fish have really begun moving into the river system. Water levels are now high enough for anglers to consider floating in addition to bank fishing. Anglers please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details. Please note: there is a wild Chinook aggregate bag limit rule for Floras/New, Sixes, and Elk Rivers.

To check river current conditions, call 541-332-0405.

EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie

All boat ramps are closed or very inaccessible, but the reservoir is beginning to fill. Anglers would do best to plan on fishing from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft. The RV park is open year round but tent camping is now closed for the season.

EMPIRE LAKES: trout, warmwater species

Upper Empire Lake was stocked with over 3,000 fall trophy trout the week of Oct. 15. The lake has had lot of fishing pressure and the success rate has started to slow down.   

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

EXPO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie

Fishing for bass and panfish should be good. The Southern Oregon RV Park developed by Jackson County offers parking in the lot to the right as you drive in Gate 5. A $4 day use fee to park applies here, or an annual parking permit can be purchased from Jackson County Parks Department.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Expect snow at Fish Lake for the weekend. Water levels have been rising and resort ramp is now usable for small boats. The resort is on winter hours and open Friday-Sunday, but anglers should call ahead to check on conditions and open hours. The USFS ramp offers a launching point for small boats, individual watercraft and inflatables; however, watch out for  stumps.

Tiger trout, Chinook salmon, brook trout, and larger rainbow trout are available. Larger tiger trout can be targeted by casting lures or streamer flies around structure, but remember that tiger trout must be immediately released unharmed. Anglers are encouraged to report their catch of tiger trout to fish district staff at 541-826-8774.

FLORAS CREEK/NEW RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

The season for Chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead is open through Dec. 31. Chinook retention is open from the mouth to the bridge at mile post 1.5 on Floras Creek. The fishery typically turns on when the bar opens up after fall rainfall. Please note: there is an aggregate bag limit rule for Floras/New, Sixes, and Elk Rivers for wild Chinook. For further detail on this water body, please consult the southwest zone section of the ODFW Sport fishing Regulations book. And as always, please obtain landowner permission before crossing private land.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bass

The best fishing will be from a boat. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. Anglers are allowed five trout daily; only one over 20 inches. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals. The lake can be very windy, so anglers will want to check weather before heading out. Early mornings or late evenings tend to be the best. 

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

FORD’S POND: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, crappie

This shallow pond supports populations of warmwater fish. As temperatures cool, bass should be showing up in that shallows making them more accessible for bank anglers. In addition to bass, there are other warmwater fish species that can make for a fun outing.

Ford’s Pond (just west of Sutherlin) was purchased by the city of Sutherlin in 2016. The pond is open to the public and has a lot of bank access. Ford’s is restricted to non-motorized boats and does not have a good access point for larger boats.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville has been stocked several times this year and should have trout from previous stockings. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015. The reservoir is very low and fish should be kegged up.

In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest.

Fishing for bass and other panfish should be decent. Good areas are near dead snags and the boat ramp. Try a slow retrieve with a diving crank bait.

Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions as the reservoir is well below normal.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass

Garrison Lake was stocked for the last time this year with a little over 800 trout the week of Oct. 29. Anglers slow trolling spinners, flies, or wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm all did well. Five trout per day/2 daily limits in possession; 8-inch minimum; only one trout over 20-inches long may be taken per day. Bank anglers can find access at the 12th street or Pinehurst boat ramps and off Paradise Point Road. Bass have been hanging around riprap areas in shallower portions of the lake. The lake can be very windy. Anglers will want to check the weather before heading out.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS (Douglas County): trout

Fishing for fall trout in Hemlock and Lake in the Woods can be great. Spinners or “plunking” with worms and/or PowerBait can be effective methods for fishing these lakes. Some anglers are having success with flies. Recent snow and cool temperatures might slow things down.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions and potential road closures. Remember to only keep trout at least 8-inches long, and only one trout over 20-inches per day.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule Hemlock Lake & Lake in the Woods.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Expect snow for the weekend. Fishing at Howard is now limited to bank fishing, although smaller watercraft such as kayaks or canoes can still be launched. Reports from anglers indicate that PowerBait continues to produce some very nice size trout. 

The access road to the damremains locked. Anglers can still walk the shoreline and fish the point to the south of the dam. There is good bank access via BLM property on the NW side of the lake via the Keno Access Road.

Fall fingerling trout have been stocked this season. Please handle these undersized trout with care and release them unharmed. The shoreline near the dam and near Fawn Island can be very productive during periods of low water. 

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Expect snow for the weekend. Low water means that anglers are limited to fishing from shore around the dam, or fishing from inflatables or personal watercraft. Trout fishing should be fair and expect to hook many smaller bass before you even have a chance at a trout. Bass anglers are encouraged to harvest largemouth bass smaller than 14-inches while releasing larger bass. Larger bass may help reduce the chance of stunted populations when Hyatt fills again.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois River is open for trout fishing. Since only hatchery trout may be retained, fishing will be primarily catch-and-release for wild trout.

JOHNSONS MILL POND: trout, warmwater species

Largemouth bass are active with the warm, sunny days and anglers should try fishing weedless jigs, topwater lure, or rubber worms to catch bass. Bank anglers are catching crappies and bluegills fishing a small jig tipped with a worm that is suspended under a bobber.

Two and a half miles south of Coquille off Hwy 42 down Johnson Mill Road.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LAIRD LAKE: trout

This little body of water nestled in the Elk River watershed was stocked earlier this season with 400 legal-size and 25 trophy-size trout. Anglers may keep 5 trout per day. There is an 8-inch minimum size and only one trout over 20-inches may be taken daily.

LAKE MARIE (Marie Lake): rainbow trout, yellow perch

Lake Marie has been stocked several times this year. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms to catch trout and yellow perch. The local STEP hatchery released clipped rainbow trout into Lake Marie in the spring of 2017. Please e-mail Greg.F.Huchko@state.or.us if you catch an adipose fin-clipped fish. This information will help inform ODFW and the local STEP group on the possibility of continuing the project.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LAKE SELMAC (Selmac Lake): trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Fishing for bass and other warmwater species has fair with the cold weather. Lake Selmac has a lot of aquatic vegetation, but it has been dying off. Anglers will have to adjust their techniques and locations accordingly.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Recent cool temperatures and snow will likely slow fishing down. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of 5 per day with only one of those measuring over 20-inches. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Loon Lake should have plenty of trout from recent stockings including trophy-size trout. Fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass has been decent. Slower presentations such as jigging can be a good technique. Visit the BLM and Loon Lake Resort websites for information on opening dates and camping.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Lost Creek will be the primary draw for trout anglers in the Rogue watershed now through early spring. Large rainbow have been stocked to complement fish remaining as holdovers from earlier releases. Water levels are lower than usual right now, so trailered boats can only launch at the Takelma boat ramp currently. Surface temperature is 47 degrees.

Last weekend the action was sporadic but anglers were catching fish up to 16-inches long. Red wedding rings fished with a worm behind a dodger or flashers produced fish, as did PowerBait fished deep while trolling. 

Some of the trout have external parasites called copepods. Fish parasites generally do not pose a threat to humans when fish are cooked, and copepods can be scraped off prior to cooking. Anglers are encourage to keep fish that have copepods while staying within the daily limit, since release simply allows the parasite to expand to other hosts.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill should be good. Anglers are reminded that Medco Pond is privately owned. Gas engines are not allowed on the pond, and bank access is restricted to the west shore.

MILLICOMA POND: trout

All of the trout in Millicoma Pond have been caught. The pond will be stocked again next year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

MINGUS PARK POND: trout, warmwater species

Fishing for largemouth bass has been slow. Bass fishing in this shallow pond is best during low light periods of the day.

Located in Mingus Park in the City of Coos Bay.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, salmon, halibut, surfperch

Bottomfishing should be decent if the ocean lays down.

Bottomfish anglers may now fish at all depths for the remainder of the year. Fishing for lingcod and rockfish has been good when the ocean is calm enough to fish. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 plus 2 lingcod. The retention of cabezon is closed for the remainder of the year.

Anglers may also choose to fish the offshore longleader fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line, which is open year round. The longleader fishery has a daily bag limit of 10 fish made of yellowtail, widow, canary, redstripe, greenstripe, silvergray, and bocaccio rockfish. No other groundfish are allowed and offshore longleader fishing trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish or halibut trips. Find information about a longleader setup here.

Ocean salmon fishing is closed.

PISTOL RIVER: Chinook, steelhead

Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open through Dec. 31 from the river mouth to Deep Creek. One adult salmon per day and 5 per year are allowed. As a result from recent heavy rain, the river flow increased significantly enough to breach the mouth of the river allowing entry of salmon and steelhead. Please remember that anglers will need to obtain landowner permission before crossing private land adjacent to the river.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Plat I should have plenty of trout from earlier stockings. In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bass fishing. Where access is available, anglers may have success catching trout and bass with bait such as PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Water levels may be low this time of year so contact the Sutherlin Chamber of Commerce (541-459-3280) for lake level information.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

POWERS POND: trout

Powers Pond was stocked with fall trophy trout the week of Oct. 15.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: steelhead, hatchery coho, Chinook

After a significant rainstorm, the Rogue received some much needed water. This has encouraged fish to move upriver as well as into the tributaries for spawning.    

Anglers may want to consider plunking during these higher water events. As the water drops, anglers should switch to side drifting with eggs or tossing spinners.

Coho salmon are also still moving up river. Anglers have reported catch in the lower sections of the Rogue. Only hatchery coho may be kept as part of an angler’s adult and jack salmon daily bag limit.

For a current view of the Rogue from the Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge in Gold Beach, check out the ODOT’s camera.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, hatchery coho

Fishing for summer steelhead continues to be good, but many of these fish will be entering seasonal tributaries to spawn soon. Wild steelhead must be released unharmed. The river remains open for hatchery summer steelhead, and the 2018 runs appears to be very strong. Running plugs from a drift boat continues to be good, but drifting nightcrawlers and even throwing blue fox or mepps spinners have been producing. 

Gold Hill to Rogue River, Baker to Lathrop or Ferry Hole, or Griffin Park to Robertson Bridge are all good floats this time of year. Remember, upstream in the Fishers Ferry to Shady Cove reach, anglers can still only fish artificial flies and lures, no bait.

Half-pounders are worth targeting this time of year from Lathrop downstream to Graves Creek. Fishing for these from Hog Creek boat ramp to Graves Creek has been good, however only experienced driftboaters should be floating these floats as you will encounter Galice Chute and Argo Rapid; know where your take outs are if you don’t want to run these rapids. There are many BLM public access points to bank fish for these from Hog Creek to Graves Creek.

The Rogue River is also open for trout fishing. Only hatchery rainbow trout may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the flow in Grants Pass was 1,580 and rising cfs, the river temperature averaged about 42oF, and the clarity was 2 NTU. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, hatchery coho

Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures between the Shady Cove boat ramp and Fishers Ferry. Bait is allowed between Shady Cove and Cole Rivers Hatchery. There is good public access at McGregor Park, Casey Park, and Rogue Elk where bait is allowed. Most floats in the upper Rogue have been from the Hatchery or Rogue Elk downstream to Shady Cove. Dodge Bridge to Touvelle is an excellent float but anglers should be aware that they will encounter Rattlesnake Rapids. If you are not ready for Rattlesnake, many floats will start at the ODFW Modoc Access Site and float to Touvelle or Fishers Ferry.

Anglers are still picking up coho from the hatchery to Rogue Elk. Try fishing spinners or jigs as slow as possible in the deeper holes. This is probably one of the last weeks to target Coho. 

The upper Rogue water levels don’t typically fluctuate dramatically upstream of Elk Creek, but the rain forecasted throughout the week should get fish moving. Water color should also improve.

As of Dec. 12, 2,103 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery, with 157 new for the week. If past years are any indication, around half of the run has yet to enter the hatchery. For the week, 82 additional coho entered, bringing the total to 395 for the year. Anglers should be aware of their identification. Only hatchery coho may be retained, so when in doubt, release the fish. Find updated fish counts at Cole Rivers Hatchery here.

The river discharge from Lost Creek Reservoir on Tuesday was 1,164 cfs and 44oF. For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

Anglers will still find trout at most sites for the next several weeks but fishing has slowed with very cold water. Expect snow. The Prospect guage is reading 39 degrees. With cold water, you’ll want to swing your lure right in front of fish.

Anglers can cast flies or smaller lures like a Panther Martin or rooster tail. Often tipping the lure with bait helps to produce. In slower holes, fishing straight bait such as nightcrawler, Pautzke eggs, even PowerBait will produce.

SAUNDERS LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Saunders Lake was stocked with 1,300 fall trophy trout in mid-October. Fishing has been good for anglers fishing with Powerbait or casting spinners or flies.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SIXES RIVER: Chinook, steelhead

Chinook salmon and Steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Edson Creek through Dec. 31. Recent rainfall encouraged fish to move into the river system.Anglers can target steelhead up to the South Fork of the Sixes River. Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details. Please note: there is an aggregate bag limit rule for Floras/New, Sixes, and Elk Rivers for wild Chinook.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: winter steelhead

Steelhead fishing opened on Smith River up to Sisters Creek Dec. 1. There should be a few fish coming into the river with recent rains and the river should be fishable.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: closed

Soda Springs remains CLOSED. The reservoir is closed to evaluate its use by salmon and steelhead.

SRU LAKE: trout

Due to trees in the road blocking the stocking truck, Sru Lake was not stocked this spring with legal-size rainbow trout.  

Located on the US Forest Service’s Powers Ranger District, nearly 20 miles south of Powers. 

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

TENMILE CREEK: steelhead

Trout fishing closes in streams and rivers after Oct. 31.

Steelhead should start entering Tenmile Creek in mid to late December.   

TENMILE LAKES: trout, coho salmon, warmwater species, largemouth bass

Trout fishing is starting to pick up again on Tenmile Lakes. Trout anglers are catching rainbow trout and cutthroat trout, some measuring nearly 20-inches long.   

The wild coho fishery opened in Tenmile Lakes on Oct. 1 and will run through Dec. 31. Salmon anglers may harvest 1 wild coho per day with up to 5 wild coho for the year in aggregate with Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes. A few wild coho were caught in the lake earlier in November but has been slow since. Fishing should improve when we get more rain.

Fishing for largemouth bass has been good. Bass are hitting plastics and jigs fished in deeper water.

Yellow perch fishing is very good this fall with lots of fish in the 9- to 12-inch range. Look for yellow perch in the deeper mudflats in the lake. Anglers are using small jigs or a worm on a hook fished near the bottom.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

Fishing is open in Toketee year-round, but fishing can be pretty slow this time of year. Water levels can fluctuate making launching boats difficult so contact the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531 for lake level information.

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions as lakes may be difficult to access.

Lakes typically accessible from hiking trails and that were stocked in the last couple years are: Calamut, Connie, Bullpup, Fuller, Cliff, Buckeye, Maidu, Pitt and Skookum lakes. These lakes can be tough to get to in the winter and with the cold temperatures, fishing will likely slow.

Red Top Pond offers excellent bank fishing opportunities and was stocked around Labor Day with large rainbow trout. In addition, there should be plenty of holdover legal-size trout from previous stockings in these waterbodies. Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: smallmouth bass, steelhead

There should be winter steelhead that are starting to poke their way into the river and the river should be in good shape. All wild steelhead must be released in the Umpqua so please follow good catch-and-release techniques.

Smallmouth bass fishing is still an option, but cool temperatures will likely slow the bite

Trout fishing will reopen in May 2019.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: trout, winter steelhead

Steelhead fishing will be transitioning to winter steelhead as we enter December. Usually winter steelhead are around in high numbers in mid- to late December.

Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout: check the fishing regulations to see which areas are closed.

Note that as of Oct. 1 fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless artificial fly.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: winter steelhead

The South reopened after the annual closure to winter steelhead on Dec 1. A few fish should start moving into the river in December, but more should follow as we get closer to January.

WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead

The boat ramp at Willow Lake is closed, but a temporary ramp has been set up along the shore in the campground. Fishing for bass and other warmwater species should be good.

WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch

Fishing in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful.

WINCHUCK RIVER: Chinook, steelhead

Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Wheeler Creek through Dec. 31. Due to significant recent rainfall, flow levels are back on track and the temporary strike-indicator/bobber rule has been lifted. Beginning Jan. 1, retention of wild steelhead will change to one per day and three per year as part of a daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.  Please see specific rules in the southwest zone of the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book prior to fishing. Also note: no fishing from a floating device is allowed on the Winchuck River.