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Effective 9/19 to 12/31, Chinook and coho retention are open from Buoy 10 to the Hwy 395 bridge.

Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Effective March 18, all state-owned fish hatcheries are closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.

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Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  June 11, 2020.

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

There will be no wild coho fisheries in coastal bays and rivers for 2020. Hatchery coho can be retained during open Chinook fisheries.

2020 Summer/Fall Regulation Changes 

SW Zone Salmon Fisheries
Period Dates Bag Limits Closure Areas
UMPQUA RIVER, SMITH RIVER, NORTH FORK SMITH RIVER
February 1 through June 30 Retention of wild Chinook Salmon is prohibited during this period.
Retention of hatchery Chinook Salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
   
July 1 through November 30 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon daily / five (5) for the period.

Five (5) jack salmon per day. Chinook jacks can be wild or hatchery. 
COOS RIVER BASIN, FLORAS CREEK/NEW RIVER, SIXES RIVERS
August 1 through December 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon daily / five (5) for the period in aggregate from all waters of the Coos River basin, Floras Creek/New River, and Sixes River, and no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon may come from Floras Creek/New River for the period.

Five (5) jack salmon per day. Chinook jacks can be wild or hatchery. 
Coos River, Floras Creek/New River:
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
Sixes River low water closure:
Closed to angling from the mouth of Crystal Creek downstream to
Hughes House Boat Ramp Oct. 1 until the arrival of fall rains
 and increased river flows.**
COQUILLE RIVER BASIN
August 1 through December 31 Closed to retention of adult wild Chinook Salmon.
Open to retention of hatchery Chinook Salmon in specified open salmon angling area only (permanent rule bag limits apply).

Five (5) jack salmon per day. Downstream of the Hwy 101 bridge, both wild and hatchery Chinook jacks may be retained. In Randolph Slough, only hatchery jacks may be retained.

 

Closed to salmon angling upstream of the Highway 101 bridge,
except open to bank angling for salmon in Randolph Slough between sign
markers located at the West and East ends of the slough.*
ELK RIVER 
August 1 through December 31

Closed to retention of adult wild Chinook Salmon.
Open to retention of hatchery Chinook Salmon (permanent rule bag limits apply).

Five (5) jack salmon per day. Chinook jacks can be wild or hatchery. 

Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
ELK RIVER OCEAN TERMINAL FISHERY (recreational and commercial)
Closed
ROGUE RIVER 
No changes
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations
HUNTER CREEK, PISTOL RIVER
October 1 through December 31 Closed to angling for the period
CHETCO RIVER (in-river)
October 1 through December 31 One (1) adult Chinook Salmon daily / two (2) adult wild Chinook Salmon for the period.
Five (5) jack salmon per day. Chinook jacks can be wild or hatchery. 

Anglers may not continue to angle (for any species) after harvesting a single adult hatchery or wild Chinook Salmon on any day during the period ("rack your rod").

Low flow angling closure:
Oct. 1 closed to angling upstream of River Mile 2.2 until the arrival of fall
rains and increased river flows.
**
CHETCO RIVER OCEAN TERMINAL FISHERY (recreational and commercial)
Closed
WINCHUCK RIVER
October 1 through December 31 One (1) adult Chinook Salmon daily / two (2) adult wild Chinook Salmon for the period.
Five (5) jack salmon per day. Chinook jacks can be wild or hatchery. 

Anglers may not ontinue to angle (for any species) after harvesting a single adult hatchery or wild Chinook Salmon on any day during the period ("rack your rod").

Low flow angling closure:
Oct. 1 closed to angling from Peavine Bridge to the mouth of the
Winchuck River until the arrival of fall rains and increased flows.
**
* Coquille Basin areas closed to salmon angling will be open to winter steelhead angling starting on December 1, 2020. 
     
** Low flow angling closure may be lifted when fall-run Chinook Salmon have distributed and forecasted flows are expected to remain high enough to allow fish to migrate, expected for early to mid-November, based on historical river flows.
For more information, call the S. Coast District office in Gold Beach at (541) 247-7605.
 

COQUILLE RIVER SYSTEM

  • The use of bait, spears and spear guns to harvest smallmouth bass is allowed in the Coquille River system July 15 through October 31, 2020.
  • The temporary regulation applies in the mainstem Coquille River and the East, Middle, North, and South forks of the Coquille River. In the South Fork Coquille River, the regulation applies from the mouth to the U.S. Forest Service boundary near Powers.
  • Learn more about the reasons for this change.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR

Effective June 10, 2020 through September 30, 2020, size and harvest limits of game fish are lifted on Howard Prairie Reservoir.

Illinois River

  • Effective October 1, 2020 through November 30, 2020, the Illinois River from Green Bridge on Eight Dollar Road to Pomeroy Dam is closed to angling.

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 
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Smallmouth bass, Umpqua River
Jasmyne's First Bass, Umpqua River. Photo by Jason Potter

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With the onset of some fall-like weather – rain and cooler temperatures – trout fishing should pick up in most locations. As we move into fall, trout will move from the deeper, cooler waters to shallower areas near shore. Here the water will warm enough for plants and insects to continue growing and hatching, providing good foraging for trout.

Bass and other warmwater fishing should be continue to be good into October, but angler should expect the cooler water temperature to slow the bite.

Water temperatures have started to decrease by a few degrees over the past week in many of the area lakes in the Coos, Coquille, Tenmile District. Largemouth bass and bluegills are starting to shift to their fall patterns as water temperatures continue to decline and aquatic vegetation starts to die off.

Lakes and ponds to fish this week:

  • Lake Marie at the coast would be a good option with a recent stocking of trophy size trout. 9/16/20
  • Lake Selmac is still open and bass fishing should be ok with the temperatures dropping a bit due to smoke. Most other SW area lakes are closed right now due to fire. 9/16/20
  • Fish Lake along Hwy 140 is still open, but water levels are very low. Stop in the Fish Lake Marina and Store and get a bite to eat or ice cream, just please wear your face mask (both for Covid 19 concerns and for smoke). Smoke has been lighter here than in the Rogue Valley and Klamath Falls. Bank fishing or fishing from a smaller boat such as kayak or inflatables are probably your best bet. 9/16/20

RIVERS AND STREAMS

With the rain forecast for this week, expect rivers to rise. If the freshets materialize, anglers should see more Chinook and coho start to move from the bays into the lower sections of the rivers.

Cooler water temperatures may also revitalize the summer steelhead bite. These fish won’t spawn until December or January so they’re still in good shape.

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.

Rivers and streams to fish this week:

  • Fall Chinook fishing in the Umpqua has been decent and bass fishing is staying strong, but bass are becoming a little more finicky. 9/23/20
  • The Rogue River and tributaries above Lost Creek Reservoir are still open.  Road closures due to fires could be an issue, but currently the developed roads in the Rogue River Siskiyou Ranger District are still open. Trout were stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Target calmer pools and pocket water for resting trout. Stocking sites are from Woodruff Bridge all the way upstream to Minnehaha Creek. Trout limits here are 5 trout per day, only 1 over 20 inches, and bait is allowed. 9/23/20
  • Boat ramps are back open on the upper Rogue. Casey State park may still be closed, though, for fire personnel use. The fly-only season is in effect from Fishers Ferry to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Anglers have been picking up summer steelhead. Spin-casters can still employ a very effective set-up called the “bug and bubble.” Keep an eye out for excess summer steelhead from the hatchery; they are recycled downstream and given a left gill plate punch-some of these have tags in them as well.
  • A reminder: Fishing for Chinook is closed in the upper Rogue, anglers should be aware of spawning chinook and avoid fishing near them, and not walk on redds in the Touvelle and Modoc  9/23/20 

RECENTLY STOCKED

We have taken down the online trout stocking schedule in order to prevent public crowding at waterbodies when we deliver hatchery fish. We will continue stocking trout but we will deliver on a slightly different schedule and at some different locations to avoid a rush of anglers showing up along with the hatchery truck.

NOTE: Local ODFW offices will not be giving out the schedule either.

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.

2020 wildfire effects on fishing: Check before you go

ODFW can’t tell you whether to go fishing or not. We will try to steer you to information about fire closures, access issues and air quality considerations so you can make an informed decision about whether to go.

You’ll now find all wildfire information related to hunting, fishing and recreating, on both public and private land, in one central location on MyODFW.com. This page will be updated frequently, so be sure to check again before you go.

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.

No wild coho fisheries this year

A reminder that there are no wild coho fisheries on coastal rivers and streams this year. However, hatchery coho may be retained during open Chinook fisheries.

NOTE: Tenmile, Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes are all open for wild coho harvest starting on Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. 

Special fall Chinook regulations for south-coast rivers

Beginning Aug.1, special regulations for fall Chinook go into effect on south coast rivers.

Rogue River – The Cole Rivers Hatchery hole opened again on Aug. 1. However, fishing for chinook salmon between Dodge Bridge and the hatchery closed Aug. 1 through the end of the year.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

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

Agate Lake has been dropping quickly over the last month and is now at 14 percent capacity. The boat ramp and day use facilities here are open and managed by Jackson County Parks. The boat ramp has a light layer of mud at the water line, but the concrete looks to extend a ways out still. There is a 10 mph speed limit on this reservoir.

Agate Lake has a good population of crappie and yellow perch, as well as brown bullhead. Expect poor water clarity. Last updated 9/23/2020.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout

The Siskyou Mountains Ranger District has implemented a complete Ranger District Emergency Fire Closure. As of 9/23/2020 this closure is still in effect. Essentially all lands surrounding Applegate reservoir are closed to vehicle and foot traffic, so this would apply to fishing in the Applegate Reservoir, Squaw Lakes, and Miller, Bolinn and Tannen lakes, and tributaries above Applegate Reservoir, as well. Check the website or call the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest 541-618-2200 or the STAR ranger district. 

The reservoir is 24 percent full with an elevation of 1,912.1 ft. Reservoir operations, elevations and boat ramp levels can be viewed by hovering over icons on the US Army Corps Rogue Basin Teacup webpage.

The USFS had already closed Hart-tish boat ramp for the season due to low water. Copper ramp becomes unusable around 1920 feet elevation, so the best bet is French Gulch for the rest of the year whenever the area closures are lifted. Last updated 9/23/2020

APPLEGATE RIVER: winter steelhead, trout

No recent fishing reports.

Remember, the Applegate River is closed to Chinook fishing and retention. If you see someone fishing for Chinook, trying to snag, or otherwise actively poaching Chinook salmon, please call *OSP to reach local dispatch to report to the local game trooper on duty.

The Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District has implemented a complete Ranger District Emergency Fire Closure. As of 9/23/2020 this closure is still in effect. Essentially all lands surrounding Applegate reservoir are closed to vehicle and foot traffic, so this would apply to fishing in the Applegate River and tributaries above Applegate Reservoir as well.

Some of the Applegate River downstream of Applegate Reservoir is SMRD lands as well, such as McKee Bridge. More information can be found on their website or by calling the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest 541-618-2200.

Applegate River is currently open for trout fishing, and bait is allowed. Only adipose fin clipped (hatchery) trout may be kept, all wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.  However, the ranger district closures in effect means there is no public access along the upper Applegate River below Applegate Reservoir.

With air temperatures expected to be well above normal for early September, anglers should fish here early in order to reduce stress to trout.

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.

You can check the flows on the Applegate when planning a trip. Last updated 8/2/2020.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Slow. The pond is pretty weedy and increased water temperatures have slowed the trout fishing. Get an early start and fish in the morning when the temperatures are a bit cooler.

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 8/19/20.

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

Temperatures have been dropping and fish should be on the bite. With recent stockings, trout should be a good bet. The smoke has cleared, and temps are forecasted to be mild. Last updated 9/23/20.

CHETCO RIVER: cutthroat trout, Chinook

Temporary regulations take effect Oct. 1. Anglers are entering into the second year of a restrictive in-river Chinook fishery. Anglers will want to take note of temporary regulations (see Regulation Update section above) before heading out. The big change this year is that anglers can no longer fish once they have retained a single adult hatchery or wild Chinook. Anglers can still keep 5 hatchery or wild Chinook jacks a day. Last updated 9/23/20.

See a map of the low water closure area on the Chetco.

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

There should still be some trophy trout running around Cooper and smallmouth fishing should be good as well. The mild temps and wet forecast should mean some good fishing.

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 9/23/20.

COOS RIVER BASIN: trout, marine perch species, salmon

Anglers still continue to catch rockfish in the lower Coos Bay estuary 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 and greenling. The daily bag limit for marine fish was recently increased to 7, which for boat anglers cannot include any copper, quillback, China rockfish, or cabezon.

Bank anglers can still retain one copper, quillback or China rockfish and 1 cabezon as part of their daily bag limit. Boat and bank anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day.     

Temporary wild fall Chinook regulations are in effect starting Aug. 1 for salmon anglers fishing in Coos Bay. Anglers cannot harvest no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook salmon daily / five (5) for the period of Aug 1 – Dec 31 from all waters of Coos River basin, Floras Creek/New River, and Sixes River. See specific rules for Floras/New River and Sixes.

Salmon anglers continue to catch Chinook salmon throughout the bay from the Chip Pile/North Bend Airport upstream to the forks of the Millcoma/South Fork Coos rivers. Fishing has been the best for the last 3 hours of the incoming tide.

Wild coho have started to enter the lower part of the Coos estuary but there is no wild coho harvest this year in Coos Bay.           

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open through Oct. 31. Anglers may use bait in streams and rivers above tidewater starting Sept. 1. Last updated 9/23/20.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: striped bass, smallmouth bass, salmon, trout

Anglers continue to do well harvesting smallmouth bass on the South Fork Coquille.  Smallmouth bass fishing on the upper Coquille River has slowed down a little this past week. Anglers are having the best success using a worm on a plain hook. There are no daily bag limits or length limits on bass in the Coquille River.

Thanks to new temporary regulations in Coquille River system, anglers can now use bait, spears and spear guns to harvest smallmouth bass. This unique fishing opportunity is one of many efforts to reduce the impact of illegally introduced bass on Chinook populations.  

Temporary wild fall Chinook regulations are in effect starting Aug. 1 for salmon anglers fishing in the Coquille Basin. The entire Coquille Basin is closed to retention of adult wild Chinook Aug 1 – Dec 31. Anglers may harvest hatchery Chinook but must fish downstream of Hwy 101 bridge or can angle from the bank in Randolph Slough between sign markers located at the West and East ends of the slough. 

A few hatchery Chinook salmon have been caught downstream of Hwy 101 on the Coquille River this past week. 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open through October 31. Some anglers are reporting catching large sea-run cutthroat in the upper Coquille estuary. Last updated 9/23/20.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout (CLOSED DUE TO FIRE)

Diamond Lake is not accessible due to the Umpqua National Forest Closure because of wildfires in the area. When the forest reopens, reports from before the fire suggest anglers focus on areas around the streams that feed the lake. Anglers said they were doing very well while fly-fishing.

Most of the Forest Service campgrounds are now open at Diamond Lake as well as boat launches. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camps and ramps.

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 9/23/20.

ELK RIVER:  cutthroat, Chinook

Anglers will want to check temporary regulations in effect for Chinook this year for the Elk. The big change this year is anglers are only allowed to keep hatchery adult Chinook. ODFW is expecting an above average return of hatchery Chinook.  Last updated 9/23/20.

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

The RV Park is open but tent camping has closed for the season. All boat ramps are currently unusable. There is very little fishing pressure here.

For more information on park facilities closures visit the Jackson County Parks website. The water park is closed for the season.

Water surface temperatures have cooled significantly with the cooling evenings and smoky skies.

The reservoir is currently 3 percent full, lower than most staff have ever seen. Last updated 9/23/2020. 

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

No recent fishing reports.

The Expo Fairgrounds are serving as an evacuation hub for residents affected by the Almeda and South Obenchain Fire. Anglers should try and avoid this area as it is expected to be very congested for the next few weeks.

Expo pond does have Chinese mystery snails, and folks should remember to drain and dry and inspect any personal watercraft when leaving here, these critters are highly invasive and you don’t want to inadvertently carry them somewhere else. Last updated 9/16/2020.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake Marina and store is open, and the lake is 9 percent full. The reservoir has been dropping pretty significantly in the last few weeks. 

This facility has been very busy on weekends. Get here early, or if you’re fishing, try to get here during the week.

No boat ramps are currently usable. Personal water craft such as kayaks or inflatables, or fishing from shore are the best bet. Expect some mud.

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

There is a 10 mile/hour speed limit on Fish Lake, which does help provide a tranquil experience while you enjoy views of Mount Mcloughlin. 

Tiger trout, Chinook salmon, brook trout, and larger rainbow trout are available. 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 ext 234 or 226. Last updated 9/23/20.

FLORAS CREEK/NEW RIVER: trout

Temporary regulations are in effect that started Aug. 1. The big change from last year is anglers will be allowed to retain a single wild adult Chinook as part of bag limit for the year.  Last year, the river was closed to fishing. Last updated 9/23/20. 

Temporary fall Chinook regulations started Aug. 1. The special regulations for 2020 can be found here.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

No recent fishing reports.

October can be an excellent month to fish the lake. Lower water temperatures and usually light winds can make for a great day on the lake. There is limited bank access, so the lake is best accessed by boat. There’s a public boat ramp is available at Boice-Cope Park. Anglers will want to watch the weather forecast and try to fish when the wind is light. Last updated 9/23/20.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

The lake continues to drop, but the bass should still be biting in the morning.

The current info from Douglas County Parks is the parks are open. 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 9/2/20.

GARRISON LAKE: bass, trout

October can be an excellent month to fish the lake.  Lower water temperatures and usually light winds can make for a great day on the lake. 

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 9/23/20.

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

The Umpqua National Forest is closed due to fire danger. It likely will not reopen before the weekend, and this is in addition to the COVID-19 closures.

The USFS has closed the campgrounds at these sites due to COVID-19. You may still 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.

With warmer temperatures, fishing has slowed a bit at these lakes. Fishing in the morning may still produce a few trout.

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 9/23/20.

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

Due to the Grizzly Creek Wildfire, all campgrounds and facilities are currently closed at Howard Prairie Lake. Fire crews are active in the area and Jackson County Parks and ODF are asking people to avoid the area.

Emergency regulations are still in effect for Howard Prairie Reservoir through the end of September. All size and daily, and possession limits are off for all game species through the end of September. However, water levels are extremely low at Howard making all ramps unusable and an active fire in the area, ODFW also recommends other locations.

The reservoir is 7 percent full. This is the lowest that any current ODFW staff can remember seeing it. Last updated 9/23/2020.

HUNTER CREEK:  Closed to all fishing Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The Mountain View boat ramp is not accessible except for personal water craft such as kayaks. The ramp by the dam is pretty much limited to personal water craft as well

Bank access is readily available but vehicles should not drive on unimproved roads at this time.

The reservoir is 4 percent full. The deepest portion of Howard is over near the dam, which would be your best bet for trout or bass, fished as deep as you can get. Last updated 9/16/2020.

ILLINOIS RIVER: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

The Illinois River is currently closed to all fishing from 8 Dollar Mountain Road Bridge crossing the Illinois River outside of Kerby, upstream to the Forks near Cave Junction through Nov. 30, 2020.  Both the East and West Forks are normally closed as permanent regulations in the SW Zone.

This new closure is to protect returning fall Chinook salmon in the upper Illinois River. Lower streamflow prevalent in the last few years is making fall Chinook more susceptible to snagging, and drought conditions are again prevalent in Southwest Oregon. Additionally a low fall Chinook return to the Illinois River is anticipated.

All public lands encompassing the USFS Wild Rivers Ranger District are currently closed due to elevated wildfire risk (exception of Bear Camp Road/Forest Road 23). More information can be found on their website under the alerts and notices section.

The Illinois River is currently open for trout fishing and hatchery steelhead below the current all angling closure deadline of 8 Dollar Mountain Road bridge Only artificial flies and lures are allowed. Since there is no hatchery on the Illinois, the fishery is primarily catch-and-release for wild trout, as retention in not allowed.  However, access is currently restricted due to the USFS Wild Rivers Ranger District Area Closure (Forest Order 06-10-22-20-10).

Check the USGS Kerby guage which provides up to date river flow information.  Last updated 9/16/2020. 

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

Lake Selmac facilities operated by Josephine County Parks are currently open. More information about Josephine County Parks and responses to COVID-19 can be found on their website.

Bass and panfish are available here year-round. A recent visit here confirmed that weeds are thick near the SW portion of the lake such as the Trout Shelter boat ramp and Southwestern Shore. However near the dam, along the shore near the resort and at the docks near Teal Campground, there are nice patches of open water with vegetation nearby to cast to.

A recent visit out here found some boat anglers reporting good bass fishing and bank anglers picking up the occasional bluegill and bass. Bass anglers should fish a Texas style nighcrawler or plastic, or throw surface plugs in the morning.

Bluegill fishing should be fun along the veg lines. A simple setup here of a nightcrawler under a bobber can be an easy setup for kids. Last updated 9/23/2020.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

The Umpqua National Forest is closed due to wildfires in the area. It is unknown if the resort is open or not.

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.

Fishing near the inlet of the reservoir in the morning can be a good method in the later part of the summer. When the sun comes out try fishing deeper in the reservoir. Lemolo was just stocked with 1,000 trophy trout so fishing should be 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. Last update 9/23/20.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Due to current fire activity and fire camps, the US Army Corps of Engineers has closed all Lost Creek Lake and Elk Creek recreation areas. Joseph State Park is also temporarily closed due to nearby wildfire activity.

The boat ramp at Lost Creek Marina and Joseph Steward Park had already become unusable due to the dropping elevation of Lost Creek Lake.  For more information, please visit the Lost Creek Lake Facebook page or the Oregon State Parks website. Takelma boat ramp is usable, but closed due to current fire conditions. 

Lost Creek Lake just received its fall stocking, slightly ahead of normal due to contingency planning at Cole Rivers Hatchery. Once recreation areas are open again, fishing should be good in Lost Creek Lake.

Lost Creek Reservoir is 39 percent full and 1808.4feet elevation, and surface temperatures have dropped significantly with the smoke, going from 75 degrees a week ago to 66 degrees on Sept. 15. Water visibility is clear.

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 9/16/20.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Anglers are advised to stay away from the Medco Pond area with all the recent activity related to the South Obenchain Fire.

Medco Pond is a private pond and access can be revoked at any time. To help keep access open, anglers should make sure to pick up their trash, as well as other trash when they are there. Last updated 9/16/2020.

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

Bottomfishing is now open to all depths. The daily bag limit for marine fish was increased to 7. But anglers must release all cabezon, copper, quillback and China rockfish when fishing from a boat.

Anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day.

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.

Surfperch anglers are having some success on the beaches around Bandon using sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp sand worms.

The ocean Non-Selective Coho is closed for the season. Ocean Chinook salmon fishing is open from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain through Oct. 31. Ocean salmon fishing is closed from Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA Border.   

The Nearshore Halibut season for the Central Coast Subarea is open 7 days a week, inside the 40-fathom line, through the earlier of the quota of 32,591 pounds or Oct. 31. As of Sept. 13, there is 31 percent of the quota remaining.

The Summer All-Depth Halibut season for the Central Coast Subarea starts on Aug. 6-8 and continues every Thursday – Saturday until Oct. 31 or the quota is caught. As of Sept 12, there is 77 percent of the quota remaining.

The Southern Oregon Subarea for halibut is open 7 days a week through the earlier of the quota of 8,000 pounds or Oct. 31. As of Sept. 13, there is 18 percent of the quota remaining. Last updated 9/23/20.

2020 Sport Bottomfish Seasons

PISTOL RIVER:  Closed to all fishing Oct. 1 to Dec. 31

PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout

Bass fishing has been good recently and the forecast suggests that fishing could continue to be good

Plat I provides some of the best disabled access in the area. Most anglers target bass during this time of the year. The best time would be in the morning before the heat of the day. Last updated 9/23/20

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: Chinook, summer steelhead

Chinook fishing continues to be very good. Anglers are finding chinook scattered from the mouth of the river to Agness. Fishing should remain good through October.

Anglers are also catching quite a few coho in the bay. Most of the coho are wild so anglers need to take extra care in handling these fish. Preferably wild coho should be not be netted or anglers should use a rubber coated net.

The Huntley seining project started in mid-July. The project monitors fall chinook, steelhead, and coho escapement to the Rogue River. The two-week fish count updates from this project can be found on the ODFW website and can be helpful for anglers to see when it is a good time to fish

Current river flows are reported by the gage in Agness on the USGS website. Note that this gage is above the Illinois River mouth and does not account for that additional water flow.

For a current view of the Rogue from the Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge in Gold Beach, check out the ODOT’s camera. Last updated 9/23/20.

 

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

ODFW monitoring in the lower river has shown Chinook movement the last few weeks.  Chinook are throughout the river from Galice to Gold Hill. One week remains for Chinook angling upstream of Hog Creek, as it closes on October 1. Upstream of Fishers Ferry, Chinook angling is already closed.

As of Sept. 1, only flies and artificial lures may be used between Whiskey Creek and Foster Creek (Wild and Scenic section). The fly-only season is also in effect upstream of Fishers Ferry.

Locally-owned and operated tackle stores in Grants Pass have excellent gear and very fresh bait that is specific to the Rogue and to your particular technique. Go check them out and offer them support during this time. Local guides are also getting into Chinook, so find one and book a trip.

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.

As of Wednesday morning, the flow in Grants Pass was approximately 1080 cfs, temperatures in the high 50s/low 60’s, turbidity at 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. Anglers can check all the USGS gauging stations, which have the most current temperatures and river flows here. Last updated 9/23/20.

Rogue River, upper: hatchery Chinook, steelhead, rainbow trout

All Chinook fishing is closed from Fishers Ferry upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Anglers should be avoiding areas of congregating and spawning Chinook salmon, and avoid casting at them. They are not good eating, let them spawn! Also, please be aware of their gravel nests (redds) and do not step on these. 

As of Sept. 1, the fly-only season is in effect upstream of Fishers Ferry. No bait or added weights or attachments can be on your line. Spin-casters can employ a bubble or similar floating device, and a fly; this can be a very effective set-up when fished with a good presentation.

All boat ramps are open again, except Casey Park which is being used by fire crews periodically. Camping is closed at Rogue Elk Park.

Trout anglers are especially encouraged to harvest adipose-fin clipped trout in the upper reach of river. Summer steelhead should be picking up throughout the upper Rogue. Black and black/purple flies have been the ticket for some local fly anglers. Copper johns and egg imitations will begin getting hot as fish start keying into spawning salmon. Anglers should be very aware of spawning spring Chinook and their gravel nests called redds. Please do your best to not disturb these fish and do not walk on gravel nests.

For week of Sept 14, 93 new summer steelhead entered the hatchery, bringing the total to 988 fish for the year, down a bit from past years. The hatchery recycled excess summer steelhead downstream a few weeks ago. Some of these fish are tagged with colored and numbered tags in their backs. Anglers should call 541-826-8774 ext. 226 if they catch these fish.

If you plan on releasing the fish, leave the tag in it, but please try and get a 4 digit number on the tag (please don’t report the phone number!!). Participants will be entered into a raffle for donated prizes including gift cards to a local sporting goods store and even a box of hand tied flies.  

There were 30 spring Chinook last week, bringing the total to 1,841 fish for the year. The collection pond is typically sorted on Wednesdays, and new numbers are typically available to the public by Thursday or Friday. Call into the Lost Creek Reservoir hotline or check the MyODFW.com fish counts page.

Flows have dropped, so be aware of where you plan to float. 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 9/23/2020.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

No recent fishing reports.

The Rogue River Siskiyou Ranger District has public use restrictions in place. As of 9/23/2020, Forest Development Roads are still open as are designated parking areas so anglers should be able to park on main roads and walk to fishing access points.

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 3000 rainbow trout every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, so there should be trout around. 

All tributaries and the mainstem are open to trout fish with a daily bag limit of 5 trout. Trout are stocked from river bridge/natural bridge area in and above Minnehaha Creek from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Areas around the Union Creek, Farewell Bend and Woodruff Bridge can have pretty swift flows, and anglers should be aware of bedrock crevices when wading.

Above the Hwy 62/234 interchange, the river gradient starts to lessen. Target slower water at the top of a riffle, or pocket water within a riffle, or pools were fish are resting or waiting to ambush.

Flies, small spinners, or even drifting a nightcrawler under a bobber work up here. Pautske eggs on a small hook under a strike indicator work as well, just have some split shot above it. Fishing a bug and bubble will also do well here for anglers that use a spin caster rod.  Presentation is usually the key, get your bait down and free drifting with as little drag as possible. Last updated 9/23/2020.

SIXES RIVER:  Chinook

Temporary fishing regulations in effect. Anglers will want to check all temporary fishing regulations before heading out to fish. The big change to regulations this year is a low flow closure to all fishing from Hughes House boat ramp upstream to the mouth of Crystal Creek.  Last updated 9/23/20.

See a map of the low water closure area on the Sixes. 

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: Chinook,

A few anglers are picking up some salmon. Traditionally this a troll fishery, but there are some spots to throw spinners from the bank and some anglers use a bobber and egg setup. Trout season ended in the Smith River Basin after Sept. 15. Smallmouth fishing is also now limited to below Spencer Creek on the main and Johnson Creek on the North Fork Smith.

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 9/16/20.

TENMILE LAKES: trout, warmwater species, largemouth bass

The lake water temperatures have dropped a few degrees over the past week. There are still some largemouth bass along the weedlines but fish are starting to transition to harder structures like submerged logs. Anglers are catching largemouth bass on topwater, swim baits, and jigs.

Some anglers are catching yellow perch fishing small jigs or worms on a hook near the bottom in 8-10 feet of water. The outside weedlines are fairly consistent at 9 feet of water throughout the lake. Yellow perch will be transitioning to the deep-water mud flats for the fall. 

Trout fishing has slowed down with the warmer water temperatures. Anglers will have the best success fishing for trout in the deeper water and trolling slowly. Last updated 9/9/20.

UMPQUA HIKE-IN LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

The Umpqua National Forest is closed currently due to wildlfires in the area. Some of the lakes have been impacted by fire. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for updates.

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.

Red Top Pond was recently stocked with trophy trout and offers excellent bank fishing opportunities. There are also bass and other warmwater fish available.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Last updated 9/23/20.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: Chinook, bass, trout

Chinook fishing is open and anglers are finding a few in the lower estuary and even all the way up to River Forks. Check restrictions for 2020 fall Chinook before going out. The Umpqua is restricted to one unclipped Chinook per day and five per year. Coho should also be in the river, but only fin-clipped fish are allowed to be retained.

Bass fishing continues to be good. Anglers continue to catch fish throughout the main.

Trout fishing is open on the Main and its tributaries, it is catch-and-release only on the mainstem. Last updated 9/23/20.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout

Access is limited with the closure of the Umpqua National Forest and other public and private lands around the fire. No recent fishing reports.

Steelhead fishing should be good when the lands open back up to the public.

Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout (those above Slide Creek Dam): check the fishing regulations to see which areas are closed.

Note that as of July 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, unweighted, artificial fly. Anglers may use a weighted fly after Sept. 30. Last updated 9/23/20.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: CLOSED        

The entire South Umpqua and tributaries closed after Sept. 15 as part of the annual closure to protect salmon. Last updated 9/16/20

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

All campgrounds at Willow Lake are currently closed due to the South Obenchain Fire evaculation levels and fire staging. The fire is active around the Butte Falls area, which anglers should avoid.

Facilities at Willow Lake are managed by Jackson County Parks and day use is also closed at this time. For more information please visit their website.

Willow Lake is currently 61 percent full. No trout have been recently stocked, and stocking will be delayed with the current fire activity. 

When access opens back up, there are healthy numbers of illegally introduced yellow perch up here and anglers are always encouraged to take as many of these as they want. Anglers should concentrate on submerged willows or rocky shorelines for perch. Last updated 9/23/2020. 

WINCHUCK RIVER:  Chinook

Temporary regulations take effect Oct. 1.  Anglers are entering in to the second year of a restrictive in-river chinook fishery.  Anglers will want to take note of temporary regulations before heading out.  The big change this year is that anglers can no longer angle once they have retained a single adult hatchery or wild Chinook.  Anglers can still keep 5 hatchery or wild Chinook jacks a day.

The river also has a low flow fishing closure in place starting Oct. 1 from the mouth to Peavine Bridge. The map of the closure area can be found on ODFW’s website.

See a map of the low water closure area on the Winchuck.