All  ODFW offices remain closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

All state-owned fish hatcheries remain closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.

Recreation Report

Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  Jan. 4, 2021

These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

Mainstem Umpqua River

  • Effective February 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021, the Mainstem Umpqua River is closed to the retention of all wild Chinook (adult and jack) salmon. 

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Central Point, Rogue Watershed District 541-826-8774
  • Charleston Field Office 541-888-5515 
  • Roseburg Umpqua Watershed District Office  541-440-3353
  • Gold Beach Field Office 541-247-7605 
Recreation Report

Steelhead on the Rogue River
11th Birthday done right! Steelhead on the Rogue River. -Photo by Bob Farris-

If there’s not a photo, it didn’t happen

Submit your fishing photo  to ODFW and we might use it here or elsewhere on MyODFW.com.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports―the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the weekly Recreation Report.

During winter, trout fishing will slow as fish start to lay low. Look for trout in shallower waters during the warmest parts of the day.

While bass and other warmwater fish don’t go fully dormant in the cold months, fishing slows significantly.

Lakes and ponds to fish this week:

  • Lake Selmac (Selma) should have some recently stocked rainbow trout hanging around, and the bass bite should pick up with the warming weather. 2/24/21
  • Reinhardt Pond in Grants Pass and Expo Pond in Central Point will be receiving rainbow trout stockings this week. 3/3/21
  • Lost Creek and Willow lakes are good bets for trout fishing. Both have good boat access and weather looks great over the next week. 2/24/21

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Trout fishing on most rivers and streams remains closed until May 22.

Winter steelhead should be just starting to get going on inland rivers, and should continue for another few weeks on the south coast rivers.

All tributaries to larger river systems such as the Rogue, Applegate and Illinois are closed to fishing, unless noted in the regulations exceptions section of the SW Zone.

Local fish biologist Mike Gray offers these video tips for winter steelhead fishing in the Coos, Coquille and Tenmile systems.

Rivers and streams to fish this week:

  • Middle Rogue is seeing some winter fish being picked up, but still relatively slow.  Lower Applegate should be starting to have a chance of picking up some winter fish. Try throwing spoons here.  3/3/2021

RECENTLY STOCKED

Where’s the stocking schedule?

Our plans to begin posting the trout stocking schedule have been scrambled by last summer’s wildfires in the state. Several state-owned hatcheries were damaged in the fires, and thousands of fish were lost or released early.

It will take us a while to re-figure the current schedule to reflect these changes.

In the meantime, check the waterbody updates for recent stocking activity.

TROUT STOCKING MAPS: Find your place to fish

Check out the ODFW fishing and trout stocking maps to find nearby fishing locations, driving directions and descriptions of amenities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: closures, special events, etc.

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.

Umpqua winter steelhead study

Anglers who catch a hatchery winter steelhead in the Umpqua Basin are being asked to turn in the snouts from those fish. Some of these snouts contain small tags. Anglers who turn in snouts that contain these tags will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card. Snouts may be turned in at barrels located around the basin, Sportsman’s Warehouse in Roseburg, or the Roseburg ODFW office. Tags obtained from the fish will inform ODFW on the best release strategy for juveniles to provide the most fish back to anglers in the future.

Tips to recreate responsibly

We continue to urge anglers and others recreating outside to stay close to home, keep your social distance, and travel safely. Here’s more information about how to recreate responsibly.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullheads, yellow perch

Agate Lake is on the rise and is at 39 percent capacity. Look for muddy water, but an accessible boat ramp. Boat ramp and day-use facilities here are open and managed by Jackson County Parks. There is a 10mph speed limit on this reservoir.

Agate Lake has a good population of black crappie and introduced yellow perch, as well as brown bullhead. Last updated 2/3/21.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout

French Gulch boat ramp is usable and should not be muddy. 

The reservoir is 23.74 percent full with an elevation of 1,908.75ft. The lake rose 7 feet from last week. Surface temperatures are in the low 40s. Anglers can get the latest surface temperatures by calling the US Army Corps Lost Creek Lake and Applegate Reservoir projects information line at 1-800-472-2434. Last updated 2/17/21.

APPLEGATE RIVER: winter steelhead, trout

Anglers have reported catching a few winter fish, mostly down low in the system. March is the month on the Applegate. Zero winter fish have shown at the trap near the dam as of Feb. 23.

The Applegate is open to the retention of hatchery winter steelhead and hatchery rainbow trout. Wild steelhead and trout must be released immediately and unharmed. It is illegal to fish from a floating device on the Applegate, but bait is allowed. Anglers are finding success throwing spoons and roe.

Anglers should do their part to harvest and remove non-local pikeminnow they encounter on the Applegate River. All tributaries are closed below Applegate Dam, except Glade Creek. Tributaries upstream of Applegate reservoir are open year-round for trout and bait is allowed. 

Releases from the reservoir should be steady at 200 cfs for the foreseeable future, as fill season is underway. The Wilderville gauge was 644 cfs on Tuesday evening, and expected to continue slowly dropping into next week.

If choosing to float, a small pontoon boat or inflatable kayak is the preferred method for navigating to public parcels along the Applegate. Remember, fishing from the boat itself is not allowed. Flows from 600-1000 are ideal conditions for floating and generally good water conditions for winter steelhead.

There is good bank access around the Hwy 199 bridge, Fish Hatchery Park, Cantrall Buckley Park, upstream of Murphy, and near McKee Bridge. There are also scatterings of BLM lands in the upper river around McKee Bridge. You can check the flows on the Applegate when planning a trip. Last updated 2/24/21.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked over the holidays, but anglers may still find a few trout milling around. You may notice several buoys in the middle of the pond. These are marking vegetation suppression mats designed to limit the pond weed growth. Please use care to not snag the submerged line as you may find it quite difficult to get your gear back.

Oregon State Parks manages Arizona Pond for anglers ages 17 and under. This is a great place for new anglers to learn fishing techniques. Last updated 3/3/21.

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

With the weather warming, fish should start being a little more active. Ben Irving is likely still murky, so larger flashier presentations might be in order. Last updated 3/3/21.

CHETCO RIVER: winter steelhead

Slow. With mostly clear skies in the forecast, expect water levels to drop. Be prepared for clear and low water conditions this week. Spawning ground surveys are showing signs of fish distribution into the tributaries and the upper watershed regions. Last updated 3/3/2021.

Local fish biologist Steve Mazur in Gold Beach offers these video tips for winter steelhead fishing in south coast rivers.

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

The weather is going to be wet again for the weekend, but warmer weather might have the fish on the bite.

Beginning in 2016, Cooper has been stocked with coho and Chinook salmon juveniles (20,000 coho in 2019). These are often mistaken for kokanee. Anglers may retain up to 5 salmon juveniles in the reservoir as part of their daily trout bag limit. Please remember to release salmon and trout less than 8 inches. Last updated 3/3/21.

COOS RIVER BASIN: marine perch species, steelhead

Fishing for rockfish and lingcod in lower Coos Bay estuary has been good for anglers fishing  along the jetty and submerged rock structures. Smaller jigs with a twister tail or 1-ounce jigging spoons have been working to catch rockfish. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 6, which includes a one fish sub-bag limit for China, copper and quillback rockfish. Anglers can still harvest 2 lingcod per day. 

Steelhead fishing has been slow in the Coos Basin. March is typically past the peak of the steelhead fishery in the Coos Basin. It looks like there are very few 2-salt steelhead returning this year, these fish typically make up the large portion of the run each winter. 

There is good but typically crowded public access at the Millicoma Interpretive Center on the West Fork Millicoma River and at Nesika Park on the East Fork Millicoma River. There is lots of bank access on the South Fork Coos River but anglers fishing above Dellwood will need a fishing permit from Weyerhaeuser. 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is now closed until May 22. Last updated 3/3/21.  

Local fish biologist Mike Gray in Charleston offers these video tips for bank fishing the East Fork Millicoma River.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: steelhead

Steelhead fishing on the North Fork Coquille has been slow the past week. There were a few new steelhead caught the past week on the South Fork Coquille River Overall, steelhead fishing has been slow in the Coquille Basin. It looks like there are very few 2-salt steelhead returning this year, these fish typically make up the large portion of the run each winter. Last updated 3/3/21.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

There have been some anglers catching some nice trout. The lake is frozen over, but always follow ice fishing safety tips. There is also an ice-fishing derby going on now through April 15, hosted by the Umpqua Fisheries Enhancement Derby.

Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camps and ramps. Seasonal closures are occurring for campgrounds and boat launches. 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.

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. Last updated 3/3/21.

ELK RIVER: winter steelhead

We’re between storm events currently and water levels are dropping and clearing up. Anglers have been doing pretty good on steelhead. The fishing area boundary is Bald Mountain Creek.  Last updated 3/3/21.

Local fish biologist Steve Mazur in Gold Beach offers these video tips for winter steelhead fishing in south coast rivers.

EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead, catfish, rainbow trout

The RV Park is usually full. Tent camping is closed for the season. All boat ramps are currently unusable due to extremely low reservoir levels. There is very little fishing pressure here.

For more information on park facilities closures visit the Jackson County Parks website.

The reservoir continues to slowly rise and is at 7 percent. Water Clarity shouldn’t be bad unless the reservoir makes a dramatic bump with some of the low elevation snow melt. Last updated 2/17/21. 

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

Day use permits are required. Expo pond is scheduled to receive its first rainbow trout stocking of the year this week.

Any fishing here would be better in the late afternoon as water temperatures warm up. If you have access to personal watercraft, trout fishing can be best along the steep, blackberry-laden bank.

Chinese mystery snails are present here in the most northern pond. Please do not move these creatures and drain and dry any personal water craft before using them in another waterbody. Last updated 3/3/21.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake Cabins are currently available. The lodge and café are still closed. It’s best to call ahead to confirm the most current status of the lodge and café: 541-949-8500 or check their Facebook page.

No recent reports on ice conditions, but with the recent warm weather, venturing out is not advised. It looks like some cold temperatures may be returning over the weekend and into next week. Anglers are reminded that a human-made ice hole can be no larger than 12 inches in diameter or length. Anglers should proceed with extreme caution if venturing out on the ice, and watch the weather fluctuations.

The Hwy 140 webcam at Lake of the woods will give you a good idea of the road conditions. Anglers are reminded that a Snow Park permit is necessary if parking around Fish Lake.

More information on National Forest Developed recreation sites and campground closures for the Rogue Siskiyou Forest please visit here.

Any tiger trout caught should be immediately released unharmed. Anglers are encouraged to report their catch or any other fish stories to Rogue Fish District Staff 541-826-8774 ext. 72411. Last updated 3/3/21.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

No recent fishing reports. Last updated 12/23/20.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

The reservoir is on the rise, which might get the fish moving. The water also should be warming, which could make for a good outing. Anglers have been talking about how great Galesville has been last year

Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions. Check out the Lake Level Gage for more information.

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. Last updated 3/3/21.

GARRISON LAKE: trout

The winter months can be a good time to fish the lake. A lot of times, this is the only place to fish when the rivers and creeks are too high and muddy to fish. Bank anglers can find access at the 12th street or Pinehurst boat ramps and off Paradise Point Road. The lake can be very windy so anglers will want to check the weather before heading out. Last updated 12/9/20.

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

The snow level is bouncing between 2,000 to 6,000 feet, so access may be difficult. Anglers who can make it to the lake will find little pressure and hungry fish.

The USFS has closed the campgrounds at these sites due to COVID-19. Anglers should be able to access the lakes from other areas. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-496-3532) for information on camp and ramp closures.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Remember to only keep trout at least 8 inches long, and only one trout over 20 inches per day. Last updated 2/24/21.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass

Expect a sunny cold weekend and ice on the water. No reports on ice thickness, but it is likely not safe enough to walk on. There’s some open water near the Dam, but very little pressure.

There is a Hwy 66 and Hyatt Lake Rd webcam that may help if you’re planning an adventure up here to cross country ski or snowshoe. Fishing is probably off the table for now. We recommend using Dead Indian Memorial Rd. to access Howard Prairie. There is a Jackson County webcam at the Dead Indian Memorial Summit.

All campgrounds and facilities are currently closed until further notice. More information on facilities can be found on Jackson County Parks website.

The reservoir is hovering at 8 percent full. Last updated 2/24/21.

HUNTER CREEK: winter steelhead

Anglers are finding steelhead scattered through the watershed, but a slide in the upper watershed has made for tougher fishing conditions after it rains. Last updated 1/25/21.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The ice at Hyatt is likely not thick enough to safely ice fish. Don’t expect a fishing destination until early spring. Rather this is more of a destination for a winter weekend adventure. Hyatt Lake Resort is open, serving food to go. Check out their Facebook page for more information or call the resort: 877-411-5545. There are a number of groomed cross-country trails in the area as well and the Table Mountain snow park. Visitors should have a USFS snow park pass.

The Mountain View boat ramp and all federal and state campgrounds are closed and inaccessible.

There is a Hwy 66 and Hyatt Lake Rd webcam that may help you if you are planning an adventure up here. Also, ODOT trip check is worth looking at. Last updated 2/17/21.

ILLINOIS RIVER: winter steelhead

Conditions are extremely clear and under 1000 cfs through Thursday. This can actually be good conditions as fish will be more congregated in the deeper slots. Last weekend, success rates were pretty low in speaking with anglers. The river is forecast to bump up on Friday.

Wild steelhead may be harvested if they are over 24 inches long and caught between Klondike Creek and Fall Creek, or from 400 feet above Illinois Falls to Pomeroy Dam. Only 1 may be kept per day and 3 per calendar year, zone-wide. Additionally, it’s illegal to fish 200 feet below the fishway at Pomeroy Dam. The river and tributaries above Pomeroy are always closed to fishing.

There is good public bank access along 8 Dollar Rd. just north of Kerby, and Illinois River Rd. outside of Selma, all the way downstream to Miami Bar. Most anglers fish along the road, or choose to hike in at various trailheads along the river.

Check the USGS Kerby guage which provides up to date river flow information. Flows about 2500-1000 are pretty ideal conditions especially with a dropping river. Last updated 3/3/21. 

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

Selmac Lake received its first stocking of 5,000 legal rainbow trout two weekends ago.  There should still be rainbow trout out here, however they should be dispersed pretty well by now. Spring bass fishing can be very good out here with the onset of warming weather.  It’s still cold, so don’t expect red hot conditions, but trolling or stripping a leach pattern along the weeds can be very good this time of year.

Water conditions should be very good.

Lake Selmac facilities operated by Josephine County Parks are currently open. More information about Josephine County Parks can be found on their website.

Lake Selmac also has a recent non-native introduction of a bryozoan. Bryozoans are mossy like creatures that usually help to clean water and that are not typically harmful to humans.  However, this particular species has been known to harbor a disease that can be transmitted to salmon and steelhead. Please drain and dry your vessel if you are going to another water body and help stop Oregon’s aquatic hitchhikers!

Anglers are reminded that only 1 bass may be harvested from Selmac per day. Last updated 2/24/21.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camp and ramp closures. Contact the resort at 541-643-0750 for weather/road conditions and additional information. The latest info is that both the resort and the campgrounds are closed.

It sounds like the road to the resort is open, but since the resort is closed access will still be difficult. Fishing will likely pickup in the spring. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and fall under the daily limit for trout of 5 per day, with only one of those measuring over 20 inches. Last update 2/17/21.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

The Takelma ramp is currently the only ramp open and usable. There’s still a few more days of nice weather before we enter another wet patch. Look for members of Crater Bass this weekend helping to plant willows along the banks of Lost Creek near the flats SW of the marina. Over the past 15-20 years, the Crater Bass Club and ODFW have established great warmwater habitat in the drawdown zone of Lost Creek lake, that’s also used as habitat for neotropic songbirds! This also helps improve water quality!

Anglers have reported good success over by the marina, still fishing off the bottom with a suspended nightcrawler. A small piece of marshmallow works well to float your nightcrawler just enough. PowerBait also will work. Trolling a wedding ring tipped with a nightcrawler and sliding egg sinker above your wedding ring leader is a very effective setup here as well. 

The lake is over 60 percent full with an elevation and 44-degree surface temperature.

Anglers can get the latest surface temperatures by calling the US Army Corps Lost Creek Lake and Applegate Reservoir projects information line at 1-800-472-2434. Last updated 3/3/21.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond is at 3,054 feet elevation and located between Butte Falls and Prospect. No recent reports here. Friday and Saturday should see partly cloudy conditions, with scattered showers into early next week. Bluegill fishing will be pretty tough with the cold weather, but they are found here close to shore. Try fishing a nightcrawler under a bobber later in the day.

Medco Pond is a private pond and access can be revoked at any time. Medco recently received 15,000 fall fingerling trout that should overwinter and be catchable size by the spring. To help keep access open, anglers should make sure to pick up their trash, as well as other trash when they are there. The owners of Medco have restricted vehicle access to along the roadway because of vandals and dumpers. If you see someone doing something that may risk access for everyone, please let ODFW know.  Last updated 2/3/21.

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, surfperch

Bottom fishing is open to all depths. Fishing has been good when anglers can get out on the ocean with anglers catching some big lingcod. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 6 fish, which includes a one fish sub-bag limit for China, copper, and quillback rockfish. Anglers can still harvest 2 lingcod per day. Anglers must release all cabezon through June.

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, blue, deacon, redstripe, greenstripe, silvergray, chillipepper, 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.

Fishing for surfperch is starting to pick up on many of the Oregon beaches.  Anglers have been catching surfperch when the ocean swells are calmer using sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp sand worms. Last updated 2/10/21.

2021 Sport Bottomfish Seasons

PISTOL RIVER: winter steelhead

Steelhead are scattered throughout the watershed. Water levers are dropping and clearing this week. With little rain in this week’s forecast, anglers should expect clear water conditions. Last updated 3/3/21.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout

The weather is getting warmer, but it still looks wet this weekend. The reservoir should still have lots of fish and, with a little patience, anglers might get a few bites.

Plat I offers some of the best disabled access in the area. Last updated 3/3/21.

Reinhardt Volunteer Park pond: trout, bass

Reinhardt is scheduled to receive its second stocking of rainbow trout this week. A simple setup of a nightcrawler under a bobber, or a dime size piece of PowerBait fished off the bottom is a good bet…plus some patience. Last updated 3/3/21.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: winter steelhead

With low and clearing river conditions, fishing effort has been down a bit. Folks are still picking up good-size hatchery and native steelhead from anchored boats and the shore.  Most boat anglers are anchoring and running plugs, but a few boats are side drifting. Last updated 3/3/21.

When water levels are high, plunking can be a good technique on the lower Rogue. Here are some gear and technique video tips for plunking on the Rogue.

Rogue River, middle: Chinook salmon, hatchery coho, steelhead, rainbow trout

Wild steelhead can now be retained in the whole Rogue basin, as long as the fish is a minimum of 24 inches long. Only 1 wild fish per day, and 3 per year zone wide in aggregate may be kept. 

More winter fish are showing in the fishery every day, but it is still relatively slow. A small bump in flows on Friday and Saturday should help with color and water conditions. Running plugs from a drift boat or drifting nightcrawlers or eggs, eggs/shrimp, soft beads, or yarn balls are all good bets.

Locally-owned and operated tackle and fly shops in Grants Pass have excellent gear and very fresh bait, local flies and knowledge that is specific to the Rogue and to your particular technique. Go check them out and offer them support during this time.

It is illegal to snag and keep a snagged fish, whether it’s wild or hatchery! Report violations to Oregon State Police by calling *OSP.

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. Anglers can check all the USGS gaging stations, which have the most current temperatures and river flows here. Last updated 3/3/21.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, rainbow trout

There have been winter fish caught up here recently, but it’s still pretty early. Wild steelhead can now be retained in the entire Rogue basin, as long as the fish is a minimum of 24 inches long. Only 1 wild fish per day, and 3 per year SW Zone wide in aggregate may be kept. Wild trout must still be released. 

Trout anglers are especially encouraged to harvest adipose-fin clipped trout in the upper reach of river.  Some really nice early winter steelhead have been caught above Elk River  area and up at the Hatchery Hole, but they are few and far between. 

As of Feb. 23, 16 new summer steelhead entered the hatchery, bringing the total to 1,841 summer fish for the year. 5 chrome bright winter fish also entered the ladder, bringing this year’s total to 15 fish.

Locally-owned and operated tackle and fly shops in Medford, Shady Cove, and Ashland have excellent gear and very fresh bait, local flies and knowledge that is specific to the Rogue and to your particular technique. Go check them out and offer them support during this time.

For the latest fish counts, call into the Lost Creek Reservoir hotline or check the MyODFW.com fish counts page.

For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434. For real time streamflow from USGS gauges on the Rogue click here. Last updated 3/3/21.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

No recent fishing reports. As of Wednesday morning, the Hwy 62 webcam at Union Creek showed bare pavement. Check this before heading up. It may be worth a stop for a cast or two if folks are heading to Diamond Lake to ice fish, but certainly not a destination fishery at this time, except for the scenery.

More information on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest lands can be found on their website or calling the RRSNF office. 

This reach was stocked from Prospect to Minehaha creek with 3,000 rainbow trout every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. All tributaries above Lost Creek Reservoir are open year-round with a 5 trout limit.

With very cold water, presentation is usually the key, get your bait down and free drifting with as little drag as possible. Also plan on fishing later in the day when temperatures may be warmer. Last updated 2/24/21.

SIXES RIVER: winter steelhead

When river conditions have allowed, anglers are doing fairly well. Sixes is best fished from a boat as bank anglers have limited access. Last updated 1/25/21.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: steelhead

The river forecast for the Smith is looking favorable and there should be steelhead throughout the river.

Trout season reopens May 22.

The Smith sees only light pressure for most of the season and can provide a great experience for anglers looking to get away from the crowds. Last updated 2/24/21

SPALDING POND: rainbow trout

Spalding Pond received a fingerling release last fall. These fish should grow all winter and be ready to catch next spring. There should be trout around. This area is within the Forest Service Wild Rivers Ranger District. Last updated 10/7/20.

TENMILE LAKES/TENMILE CREEK: steelhead, largemouth bass,

Steelhead fishing continues to be slow on Tenmile Creek. Eel Creek is now open to steelhead fishing.

Largemouth bass in Tenmile Lakes will start picking up as the water temperature warms up.  Current water temperatures have been in the upper 40s. Largemouth bass will start to move into shallow water as the water warms and can be caught on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs, or plastic worms. Last updated 3/3/21.

UMPQUA HIKE-IN LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Depending on the snow level, most of the lakes are still likely difficult to access. Anglers can check with the Umpqua National Forest for updates (541-498-2531).

Most of the lakes are likely a little snowy this time of year and may not be accessible except by snowmobile. Lakes typically accessible from hiking trails and that were stocked in the last couple years are: Calamut, Connie, Bullpup, Fuller, Cliff, Buckeye, Maidu, Pitt, Wolfe and Skookum lakes.

Clearwater Forebay Two can be a great place to fish as well with brook trout and rainbow available.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Last updated 2/24/21.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead

The river is continuing to drop, but it might start creeping back up by the weekend. Fishing seems to be picking up as we are in the middle of the season now. Don’t forget to turn in hatchery winter steelhead snouts for a chance to win a gift card (see note below.)

Bass fishing is likely going to slow with cold conditions.

Trout fishing will reopen May 22. Last updated 3/3/21

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout

Access may be limited due to impacts from last summer’s wildfires. The section from Steamboat Creek to Susan Creek is closed to access by the Forest Service. Sections of Bureau of Land Management lands also are closed.

Fishing should improve with the river turning to the classic steelhead green. Remember to turn in snouts from hatchery fish for a chance to win a $50 gift card (see below).

Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout (those above Slide Creek Dam). These areas may be tough to access during the winter months. Check the fishing regulations to see which areas are open.

Note that as of Oct 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, artificial fly. Last updated 2/24/21.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: winter Steelhead      

Fishing seems to be picking up on the South. March can be a great time to catch steelhead. Don’t forget to turn in snout from hatchery winter steelhead for a chance to win a gift card (see note below). Last updated 3/3/21

NOTE: Umpqua winter steelhead study

Anglers who catch a hatchery winter steelhead in the Umpqua Basin are being asked to turn in the snouts from those fish. Some of these snouts contain small tags. Anglers who turn in snouts that contain these tags will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card. Snouts may be turned in at barrels located around the basin, Sportsman’s Warehouse in Roseburg, or the Roseburg ODFW office. Tags obtained from the fish will inform ODFW on the best release strategy for juveniles to provide the most fish back to anglers in the future.

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

No recent reports here. Expect rain and rain/snow over the weekend and into next week. If you’re a trout angler and you’re not interested in heading to Lost Creek Lake, Willow may be a great alternative.

Campgrounds at Willow Lake are currently closed for the season, but boat ramps and day-use areas are open. Facilities at Willow Lake are managed by Jackson County. For more information please visit their website.

Willow Lake is over 80 percent full. There are large numbers of illegally introduced yellow perch up here and anglers are always encouraged to take as many of these as they want. This illegal introduction has only resulted in stunted perch and impacts to the bass and trout fishery in this lake and numerous others around the Southwest District.  If you see someone transporting live fish from or into a water body, please get a photo and/or call OSP with this information. Last updated 3/3/21. 

WINCHUCK RIVER: winter steelhead

Rain last week has greatly improved fishing conditions. Anglers will find steelhead scattered throughout the watershed. Last updated 2/3/21.

Local fish biologist Steve Mazur in Gold Beach offers these video tips for winter steelhead fishing in south coast rivers.