Recreation Report

Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of August 7, 2018

COOS BASIN, ROGUE RIVER

(1) Anglers with a valid 2018 Two-Rod Angling Validation may use up to two fishing rods when angling for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead in the following waters:

  • August 1 through September 3, 2018 in the Rogue River from the mouth upstream to the upstream deadline at the Ferry Hole Boat Ramp (RM 5) near Gold Beach.
  • August 1 through September 30, 2018 in the Coos Bay, Coos River (mainstem), Coos River (South Fork) from mouth to the head of tide at Dellwood, Millicoma River (mainstem).
  • Youth anglers under 12 years of age may use two rods in these areas without purchasing the Two-Rod Angling Validation.
  • Only a single rod may be used when angling for any other game or non-game species.
  • All other rules and licensing requirements specified in the 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect.

UMPQUA RIVER

  • Beginning July 28 through September 30, 2018 all angling is closed within a radius of 200 feet from the mouths of all tributaries (including 200 feet into the tributary) of the Umpqua River mainstem between the Scottsburg Bridge (Hwy 38) and the River Forks Park Boat Ramp.
  • Beginning Monday, Aug. 6, angling in the North Umpqua River fly area is closed from 2 p.m. to one hour before sunrise. The closure extends from the fly area boundary at Deadline Falls to the marker below Soda Springs Dam near the power plant enclosure and is in effect through September 30.

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

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:

  • A number of fire closures are in effect near various southwest water bodies.  ODFW personnel have done their best to compile the most up to date closures for specific angling destinations below. However, due to dynamic fire behavior, situations can change and anglers should consult with web links and phone numbers, and response agencies before they decide to visit.
  • The hot spell continues in Southwest Oregon, and water temperatures are heating up, especially in lakes and reservoirs. To reduce stress on fish, fish early in the day when water temperatures are cooler. Avoid handling large numbers of fish.  When releasing fish, handle the lure or hook and not the fish. Minimize the use of baited treble hooks if you plan to release trout.
  • Anglers are catching fall Chinook on the lower Rogue River from the bay up to Indian Creek.
  • Anglers on the lower Rogue are also catching a few summer steelhead, half-pounders and surfperch.
  • The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir is a hot spot for summer trout fishing, offering a great place to escape the heat of the valley, enjoy some beautiful scenery, and catch some nice trout. See more here.  
  • Trout fishing continues to be good at Howard Prairie Reservoir despite low water conditions. Largemouth bass and yellow perch fishing have been hot at Tenmile Lakes.
  • Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good in the south and mainstem Umpqua. But please be aware that through Sept. 30, 2018 all fishing is closed within a radius of 200 feet from the mouths of all tributaries (including 200 feet into the tributary) of the Umpqua River mainstem between the Scottsburg Bridge (Hwy 38) and the River Forks Park Boat Ramp.
  • During the hot weather the best trout fishing will be early in mornings at higher lakes like Diamond, Lemolo, Hemlock, Lake in the Woods, and the high Cascade lakes in the Umpqua basin.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

Fishing during blue-green algae blooms

Oregon sees an increase in algae blooms in lakes, rivers and reservoirs during the summer. Not all algae blooms are harmful, but blooms caused by cyanobateria (blue-green algae) can cause serious illness in pets and humans. The Oregon Health Authority issues Harmful Algae Bloom Advisories and offers these guidelines for fishing during an algae bloom.

AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth bass, black crappie

Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish should be good. Fishing will be best early and late in the day. The reservoir is 49 percent full. The county park is open during daylight hours.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Anglers will need to adjust for the hot weather. Applegate Reservoir offers fishing for rainbow trout, bass and panfish. Fishing for smallmouth bass and other warmwater species should be good. You can target the smallmouth bass by casting lures along the rocky shorelines. Fishing should be best early or late in the day. Look for fish to be deeper mid-day.

Applegate Lake is at 59 percent capacity. Current reservoir elevation is 1953 feet with a surface temperature of 75F. French Gulch boat ramp is still usable.  Hart-Tish Park is open with camping and a boat ramp.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

APPLEGATE RIVER: trout

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

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Trout fishing has slowed down significantly and the pond is not scheduled to be stocked again this year. There are still some stealthy fish lingering in the deeper water. Anglers fishing spinners, flies, and bobber and worms all have been doing well. 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 in Ben Irving will be best in the cool morning hours. Trout anglers have had the best success trolling lures in the deeper areas of the reservoir.  Warmwater fishing should be good as well. Try fishing for bass at the head of the reservoir in the morning and late afternoon hours. 

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BLUEBILL LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Bluebill Lake was stocked last month with legal-size hatchery rainbow trout. The lake is also full of yellow perch.

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, warmwater species

Bradley Lake was stocked in May with 3,000 legal-size trout.

Boat anglers are catching largemouth bass along the shoreline of Bradley Lake. Fishing will be best in the mornings and late evenings.

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, warmouth, largemouth bass

Butterfield Lake was stocked in May with 3,000 legal-size and 400 larger-size rainbow trout.

Largemouth bass and bluegill/warmouth fishing is best in the early mornings and late evenings. Anglers are having best success for bass using crankbaits or jigs. 

Located seven miles north of North Bend in Riley Ranch County Park. There is a campground, dune access, and a primitive launch for small float craft.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CHETCO RIVER: trout

The Chetco is open for trout through Aug. 31. The mainstem is starting to warm up.  Adventurous anglers may be interested in exploring the tributaries for trout. The daily limit is 2 fish with an 8-inch minimum length. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.

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

Trout fishing is best during cool mornings. Cooper was also stocked in the last two years with coho salmon juveniles. These are often mistaken for kokanee. Anglers may retain up to 5 as part of their daily trout bag limit. Please remember to release those less than 8-inches. Warmwater fishing should still be good as well.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, rockfish, trout, salmon

Streams and rivers are open to trout fishing. Trout fishing in streams and rivers is slow to due to low water conditions. Anglers can use only artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater. The daily limit for trout in streams is 2 fish per day and they must be 8-inches or longer.

From Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 salmon anglers with a two-rod validation will be able to use rods while fishing for Chinook salmon and hatchery coho salmon in Coos Bay. A few anglers have been trolling for salmon in the lower portion of the estuary. The best Chinook salmon fishing will occur in late August and September. 

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is open in the ocean along with bays and estuaries. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 4 plus 2 lingcod. The retention of cabezon started on July 1 with a 1-fish sub-bag limit. Anglers have reported catching rockfish and greenling inside Coos Bay near the north jetty and other submerged rock structures. 

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: crab, trout, smallmouth bass

Streams and rivers are open to trout fishing. Trout fishing in streams and rivers is slow to due to low water conditions. Anglers can use only artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater, except the use of bait is allowed on the South Fork Coquille up to the Forest Service boundary upstream of Powers. The daily limit for trout in streams is 2 fish per day and they must be 8-inches or longer.

Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be very good on the mainstem Coquille River, South Fork Coquille and Middle Fork Coquille rivers. Smallmouth are hitting on crankbaits, jigs and bait. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on the number of smallmouth bass you can keep in the Coquille River Basin.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

Fishing continues to be good at Diamond Lake. Most anglers are taking home fish averaging 15-inches and we are starting to see more 17-inch or larger fish in creel surveys. Trolling seems to be the most effective technique, but using bait or flies has also been showing positive results.

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

Anglers are continuing to catch largemouth bass, crappie and bluegills from the fishing dock and along the weedlines in Eel Lake. Fishing is typically the best in the mornings before the wind starts blowing in the afternoons.

Eel Lake was stocked in May with legal-size trout. Boat anglers are catching trout while trolling spinners tipped with a worm on the main part of the lake.

Approximately 13 miles north of North Bend off Hwy 101.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ELK RIVER: trout

Open for trout through Oct. 31. Anglers might be interested in exploring the cooler waters of the Elk’s tributaries. Two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. To check river current conditions, call 541-332-0405.

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

Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish should be good. With the warm weather anglers will have to fish deeper or fish early or late in the day. This is a popular recreational area, and with other water users and the warm weather, anglers will do best fishing deeper and early and late in the day. The lake is currently 39 percent full.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

EMPIRE LAKES: trout, warmwater species

Upper Empire Lake was stocked with trout in early June. Bank anglers have been catching trout fishing PowerBait near the bottom while anglers in small boats/kayaks are doing very well trolling spinners in the middle of the lakes.

Fishing for bluegills on Lower Empire Lake has been good but most of the fish are small.  Use a small jig tipped with a piece of worm to catch the bluegills. Largemouth bass anglers are having success fishing with topwater lures and swimbaits early in the morning or late in the evening.   

A paved trail encircling the lakes allows easy access bank fishing. Located in the City of Coos Bay’s John Topits Park, near the community college.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Angler access is now open at Expo Pond after last week’s music festival. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish should be fair to good, especially early or late in the day.

There are a number of ponds available here for anglers to walk to. 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

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.

The lake is currently 39 percent full. Water clarity has improved.  All boat ramps are currently open, but USFS ramp is getting low.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bass

The lake is best fished by boat. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. 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. Bass seem to be harder to come by recently, but there are still other species that offer 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 lots of trout from previous stockings. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015. Anglers have reported recent catches of coho measuring up to 14-inches. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. The coho smolts should be adipose fin-clipped, and please remember to release the ones smaller than 8-inches long.

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.

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

Trout fishing continues to be good. Anglers slow trolling spinners, flies, or wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm all did well. Bank anglers can access the fishery from the 12th street or Pinehurst boat ramps and off Paradise Point Road. Anglers can check the stocking schedule for the weeks the lake is expected to be stocked. 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

Hemlock and Lake in the Woods should be good for fishing trout with this prolonged hot weather as they are often cooler than the valley lakes.

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. Hemlock and Lake in the Woods received several stockings of trout in 2017. There also are opportunities to catch holdover rainbow trout that were stocked in previous years. Remember only trout over 8-inches may be harvested, and only one trout over 20-inches may be kept per day.

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

Kaiden Patrick with his monster 23 inch / 3.2 lb trout he caught in Howard Prairie reservoir
Kaiden Patrick from Klamath Falls recently caught a monster 23 inch/3.2 lb trout in Howard Prairie reservoir.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Trout fishing continues to be good at Howard Prairie Reservoir despite low water conditions. Trolling wedding ring/worm combinations behind flashers and dodgers in the channel between the marina and the dam is producing fish. Still fishing powerbait is also picking up fish: hoxie cove, red rock cove and near the dam. Chartreuse PowerBait with glitter and green garlic PowerBait were used by some anglers over the weekend. Holdover trout to 17-inches continue to be caught. A 23-inch, 3.2 pound rainbow trout caught by Kaiden Patrick, from Klamath Falls was caught 2 weeks ago.

Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is good. The lake is 46 percent full, and water clarity has been reduced somewhat due to some evidence of an algae bloom. All the boat ramps except Grizzly are open, but the ramps at Klum and Willow Point are limited to small boats. Larger boats should launch at the resort ramp.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

The lake is very low (26 percent full) and paved boat ramps are no longer available.  Bass fishing should be good but weed growth is making bank fishing difficult from the area around the dam.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois River is open for trout fishing. Since only hatchery trout may be retained, and hatchery trout are not likely to be to be found in the Illinois River at this time of year, fishing will be primarily catch-and-release for the native cutthroat 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.

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

Lake Marie has been stocked several times this year and recent fishing has been very good. 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. Anglers fishing Lake Marie are asked to e-mail Greg.F.Huchko@state.or.us, especially if they catch 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

East public Access of Selmac Lake is closed with Mallard Loop and Eagle Loop boat ramps and campsites being used for fire crew camps.  On the west, Osprey, Heron, and Teal Loop are open for camping, and boat and fishing access.

Fishing for bass and other warmwater species has been good. The lake is warm, so fishing will be best early or late in the day. Lake Selmac has a lot of aquatic vegetation, so anglers will have to adjust their techniques and locations accordingly.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Lemolo can be a good option for fishing during hot weather and recent reports indicate brown and rainbow trout fishing has been good. 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. 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

On the southeast access to Lost Creek Lake, Joseph Stewart State Park, Lost Creek Marina, and Casey State Recreation Site are open to the public. Effective Aug.4, the Takelma boat ramp on the southwest access of the lake is closed due to fire activities related to the Miles/Sugar Pine fire. Call 541-878-2255 for most recent information.

Anglers will need to adjust for the hot weather, since the surface temperature at Lost Creek is 76F. Anglers targeting trout will need to fish deeper or fish upstream of the Highway 62 Bridge. Trolling a wedding ring spiked with a piece of worm or Gulp worm behind an oval egg sinker can produce very well at Lost Creek.

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.

Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass should be good. 

Both boat ramps are available.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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, tuna, halibut, surfperch

From April 1 through Sept. 30 bottomfish anglers will need to fish inside the 30 fathom curve. The daily bag limit for marine fish is now 4 plus 2 lingcod. The retention of cabezon is allowed with a sub-bag of 1 fish.

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. More information about a longleader setup can be found here.

Salmon fishing is open from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain with a limit of two salmon per day. The fin-clipped coho season opened on June 30 and will be open until Sept. 3 or attaining the quota of 35,000 fin-clipped coho.  As of July 15 there is 97 percent of the quota remaining. When the ocean is calm enough to fish, salmon anglers out of Winchester Bay are reporting good catches of fin-clipped coho when conditions allow.

From Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA border, salmon fishing opened May 19 with a limit of two salmon per day but no retention of coho. 

The Nearshore halibut season is open seven days a week and as of July 22 there is 57 percent of the quota remaining.

For the Southern Oregon Subarea, halibut is open 7 days a week through Oct. 31 or attaining the quota of 8,982 lbs. As of July 22 there is 83 percent of the quota remaining. 

Tuna fishing was spotty for anglers over the weekend launching from Charleston.  Those anglers that did find tuna were over 30 miles from Coos Bay.  

PISTOL RIVER: trout

Open for trout fishing through Oct. 31. Anglers are allowed to keep 2 per day; 8-inch minimum length.  Please note that landowner permission must be obtained prior to traversing 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. Try the early hours as Plat I is warm this time of year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

POWERS POND: trout, warmwater species

Powers Pond was stocked in May with legal-size trout. Anglers are reporting good catches of trout using PowerBait. Anglers are also catching largemouth bass, crappies and bluegills.

A great place for kids with fishing, swimming and lots of creature comforts.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook

From Aug. 1 through Sept. 3, anglers with a 2018 two rod validation can fish for Chinook salmon and hatchery Coho salmon with two rods on the Rogue River from the mouth upstream to the Ferry Hole Boat Ramp (RM 5). Please note that anglers may only use one rod when angling for any other species.

People are reporting catch from the bay up to Indian Creek. For the most part, Chinook are holding in the tidal water.

The Huntley seining project started July 16. Find updates on Huntley counts here.

A few anglers are catching summer steelhead, half pounders and surfperch. Lower flows are ideal fishing conditions for anglers swinging flies or tossing spinners.

Some anglers have reported goog fishing outside the mouth of the Rogue. Please remember to check the marine forecast and current ocean salmon regulations before heading out into this area as both change frequently.

Rogue River, middle: spring Chinook, steelhead, trout

Chinook salmon and summer steelhead are available. Anglers may keep both hatchery and wild Chinook salmon in the river downstream of Dodge Bridge. Anglers are picking up Chinook in the Gold Hill area by back-bouncing roe or quickfish. Wild steelhead must be released. Fishing for Chinook salmon upstream of Dodge Bridge to Cole Rivers Hatchery is closed, effective Aug. 1.

Effective Sat. Aug. 4, 2018, the Rogue River from Dunn Riffle to Galice is closed due to the Taylor Creek fire.  All boat ramps along the river between Galice and Whitehorse Park have limited entry. Hog Creek Ramp is open for take-out. Galice Ramp is open for put-on. Rogue River Trail is open, but Rainie Falls Trailhead is closed. Check Inciweb.nwcg.gov for Taylor Creek Fire Closures here for the most up to date information.

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

As of Tuesday morning , the flow in Grants Pass was 1,520 cfs, the water temperature averaged about 65oF, and the clarity was 2 NTUs. 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: spring Chinook, steelhead, trout

Anglers are reminded that all Chinook salmon fishing closes in the Upper Rogue from Dodge Bridge to Cole Rivers Hatchery effective Aug. 1. Below Dodge Bridge anglers may continue to fish for Chinook through Aug. 31. Fishing for summer steelhead remains open and anglers are picking these up with smaller plugs and drifted nightcrawlers and roe. However, only hatchery summer steelhead may be retained.

Due to Taylor Creek/Miles fire, all federal fishing access sites are closed upstream of Highway 62 (McGregor Park visitor center and fishing access, Cole Rivers Boat Ramp,  and the Holy Water until further notice,

Updated fish counts at Cole Rivers Hatchery can be viewed here.

The river discharge from Lost Creek Reservoir on Monday was 1,600 cfs and 52oF. For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking legal-size rainbow trout each week at most of the campgrounds and popular access sites along Highways 62 and 230. In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout. During the summer, this section of the Rogue River offers some of the best trout fishing in the Rogue Basin. Anglers can cast flies or smaller lures like a Panther Martin or rooster tail. Bait is typically best, however. Worms, Pautzke eggs, even PowerBait in some slower holes will produce.

SAUNDERS LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Saunders Lake was stocked in May with legal-size rainbow trout. Anglers are having success catching trout using PowerBait or flies.

Fishing for largemouth bass has been good in the mornings and late evenings. 

Located seven miles north of North Bend. Public access is available at the south end of the lake where there is a county park and boat ramp.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: trout, striped bass, fall chinook

Fall chinook fishing opens on the Smith River Aug. 1 from the mouth to the head-of-tide at Spencer Creek and in the North Fork Smith River from the mouth to the head-of-tide at Johnson Creek. Steelhead fishing is closed on Smith River above head-of-tide at Spencer Creek from May 1 through Nov. 30.

Open to trout fishing through Sept. 15. Retention of trout is allowed in some locations and not others. Consult the fishing regulations before heading out. Focus on the cooler morning hours.

Striper fishing has been decent with a recent increase in catch rates.

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: trout, steelhead

Streams and rivers open to trout fishing through Oct. 31. Anglers can use only artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater. The daily limit for trout in streams is 2 fish per day and they must be 8-inches or longer.

TENMILE LAKES: trout, warmwater species, largemouth bass

Trout fishing on Tenmile Lakes has slowed down with the best fishing is in the early mornings. Anglers should focus on fishing in deeper water.

Fishing for largemouth bass has been good with the best fishing in the early mornings or late evenings. Bass are hitting topwater lures in the low light conditions and anglers are switching to plastics and deeper water once the sun hits the water. 

Yellow perch fishing is very good fishing on the deep water side of the weedlines in water depths of 7-15 feet. 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 should be decent for fishing this time of year. For more information call the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531.

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 are great options for fishing during hotter weather.

Red Top Pond, which offers excellent bank fishing opportunities, has been stocked recently. 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, trout

Please be aware that through Sept. 30, 2018 all fishing is closed within a radius of 200 feet from the mouths of all tributaries (including 200 feet into the tributary) of the Umpqua River mainstem between the Scottsburg Bridge (Hwy 38) and the River Forks Park Boat Ramp.  These areas are critical for juvenile steelhead that seek refuge in the cooler tributaries as mainstem water temperatures reach 70+ degrees.

Fall Chinook fishing is starting to pick up in the lower estuary and should get better as we move into late summer.

Smallmouth bass fishing is good throughout the main.

Open to trout fishing through Oct. 31 and is catch-and-release only. Retention of trout is allowed in the tributaries, which are open to trout through Sept. 15.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: trout, summer steelhead

Please be aware beginning Monday, Aug. 6, fishing the North Umpqua River fly area is closed from 2 p.m. to one hour before sunrise. The closure extends from the fly area boundary at Deadline Falls to the marker below Soda Springs Dam near the power plant enclosure and is in effect through Sept. 30.

Chinook fishing closed on July 1. Summer steelhead fishing has been slow throughout the North Umpqua, it should pick back up again closer to fall when temperatures start to cool.

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

Note that fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless artificial fly. July 1 through Sept. 30 the fly may not be weighted.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: trout, bass

The South Umpqua and Cow Creek are open for catch-and-release trout fishing.

Bass fishing is good throughout the South Umpqua with particularly high catch rates from Canyonville to the mouth at River Forks/Singleton parks.

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

Fishing for bass and other warmwater species should be good. The lake is 94 percent full.

WINCHESTER BAY:  bottomfish, perch

Fishing in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful.

WINCHUCK RIVER: trout

Open to trout fishing through Oct. 31. Anglers can keep 2 fish per day; 8-inch minimum length. Please note that landowner permission must be obtained prior to traversing private land adjacent to the river.