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

Hatcheries have partially reopened during normal visiting hours (8-5 in most cases). Most indoor areas, visitor centers and restrooms remain closed so please plan accordingly. 

Recreation Report

Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of Jan. 6, 2022. 

There are no in-season regulation updates at this time.

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

  • 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

Chetco River steelhead
"First winter steelhead!" Chetco River -Photo by Charles Bailey-

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BEST BETS FOR WEEKEND FISHING

  • Lost Creek Reservoir should still offer good opportunities for trout fishing. Willow Lake is also 51 percent full and has good populations of yellow perch and rainbow trout.
  • The Illinois River is very fishable with good flow, color and access. A few fish were reported caught this past weekend. Expect a bit of a hike to some of the better spots. 
  • Some early winter steelhead have been caught via plugs from boats in the Galice and Robertson Bridge Area. A few fish have also been caught on roe, yarnies and jigs while bobber dogging.
  • Fish lake is reporting ice conditions of 8-12 inches and night temperatures in the high 20s. Expect a sunny weekend here, so check the ice before you head out. 
  • With a little bit of rain in the forecast, Smith River should be a good spot to check out for some steelhead.
  • Steelhead are abundant in the mainstem Umpqua, and anglers have been catching them.
  • In the lower Rogue River, anglers are regularly catching steelhead. They’re mostly wild fish but the hatchery run should be picking up soon.
  • On the Chetco, water conditions have returned to near-perfect conditions for steelhead fishing.

RECENTLY STOCKED

There is no stocking scheduled for this week.

Check out the 2022 trout stocking schedule.

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.

See temporary regulations for Chinook and coho above.

Ice fishing safety

With several waterbodies 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 (where they do a lot of ice fishing) has developed guidelines for ice thickness and other safety tips. Anglers are also reminded that a human-made ice hole cannot exceed 12 inches in diameter.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These waterbodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

AGATE LAKE: crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead

Agate Lake is still hovering around 10 percent capacity, but slowly filling. The boat ramp is usable for small vessels but personal watercraft are probably easiest to launch. Surface temperatures are pretty chilly and fishing is likely pretty slow.

This is mostly a crappie and bluegill fishery with some bass in the mix. Yellow perch are also prolific. Anglers may want to consider fishing for bullhead catfish with chicken livers fished off the bottom in the early morning or late evening. The Jackson County Parks day use area closes after sunset and day use fees are charged. There is a 10mph speed limit on this reservoir. Last updated 11/24/21.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR and river above the reservoir: trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch (lakes east of Applegate Reservoir)

Applegate Reservoir received 25,000 sub-legal rainbow trout in October. These trout should overwinter nicely and be ready to catch next year. If encountering these fish, please handle them with care. 

The only useable boat ramp at Applegate Reservoir is the French Gulch Boat Ramp. The boat ramp looks good to launch as the reservoir has risen in the last few weeks. It’ll be next spring before Hart-tish and Copper are usable again. 

All campgrounds are closed for the season.

Bait is allowed and 5 trout per day, year-round, on the streams above Applegate Dam and the lake itself.

There is a longstanding health advisory for consumption of resident species due to elevated levels of mercury. See Oregon Health Authority consumption guidelines or the 2021 sportfishing regulations for more information.

For a change of scenery, try driving up to the lakes above Applegate Reservoir. These lakes have illegally and stunted yellow perch with no limit. Bass and bluegill are also in these lakes. There also is camping available but expect crowds on the weekends.

With no significant precipitation over the last month, the reservoir has dropped to 8 percent capacity, with an elevation of 1,894.4 ft. Surface temperatures are 42 degrees F. Anglers can get the latest information by calling the US Army Corps Lost Creek Lake and Applegate Reservoir projects information line at 1-800-472-2434. Last updated 1/5/21.

APPLEGATE RIVER below Applegate Dam: trout, winter steelhead

The river is open to trout fishing through the end of the year. Only hatchery trout may be retained, 2 per day. All wild rainbow trout and cutthroat trout should be immediately released unharmed.

Winter steelhead fishing opened on Jan. 1. The Applegate on average has a later returning run of winter steelhead with fish typically not showing up until late February to March, but with the good river flows so far this year, don’t be surprised if some early winter fish start nosing into the Applegate in the next few weeks. Only hatchery steelhead may be retained in the Applegate. Best bets for a winter fish would likely be below Fish Hatchery County Park. One angler had caught and released a few wild trout up higher when checked.

There is limited public access on the Applegate, and often anglers will float in small rafts or pontoons. However, anglers are reminded that there is no fishing from a floating device allowed, but bait can be used. There are public lands available for access such as Jackson Campground, Jin Lin Trail area, McKee Bridge and small BLM parcels in the vicinity on East Side road, Cantrall Buckley, an ODOT gravel pullout upstream of Murphy, Fish Hatchery County Park, and the Hwy 199 bridge.

Floating from Jackson Campground or McKee Bridge is not recommended as large logs have been known to be wedged across the river between canyons, and there is bank access in this vicinity. Cantrall buckley to the Murphy pullout is a good float but you’ll encounter a lot of private property along the banks. Often anglers that float from Fish Hatchery Park or the 199 bridge will take out at White Horse/Lathrop County Park on the north bank of the Rogue. Flows around 600-1000 cfs at Wilderville are good water levels for floating. Just be aware of tight corners, snags and private property. The Applegate River has never been adjudicated for navigability, so keep that in mind when pulling over to fish pools and riffles. It’s best to stay below ordinary highwater, not be confrontational with any landowners, and have a GPS to locate landlocked public parcels to fish from unless you have permission from landowners.

As of Wednesday morning, the Wilderville stream gage was reading 650 cfs, steady and 42 degrees. Water temperature is 41 degrees F and 450 cfs coming out of the dam. You can check the USGS stream gage flows on the Applegate when planning a trip. Last updated 1/19/22.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

This pond received a sizeable batch of fresh rainbow trout over the holidays. They should be acclimated and ready to bite. Young anglers may have some success early in the morning when the wind is mild. A bobber with good old-fashioned PowerBait should entice these fish to bite. Pulling spinners could work as well but anglers will want to avoid getting tangled in dense vegetation.

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 1/5/22.

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

With lots of recent rain, the reservoir is likely murky and may inhibit certain methods. Anglers should try flashier presentation in deeper water to attract lethargic fish. Last updated 1/5/21.

CHETCO RIVER: steelhead

Water conditions have returned to almost perfect after the recent storms and are still dropping. Plunkers have been doing pretty good fishing Spin-n-Glos. Boat anglers have also had some success side drifting, fly-fishing, and running plugs. January is a very crowded month on the river.   

ODFW runs an angler-caught broodstock program for winter steelhead on the Chetco. Anglers interested in participating can call the ODFW Gold Beach office at 541-247-7605 for more information.

Also, ODFW is interested to hear if your hatchery catch has secondary marks/clips.  If your catch is missing an adipose fin, please also check the pelvic/ventral fins (on the bottom/belly) for right or left fin clips and let us know! Last updated 1/19/22.

Southcoast winter steelhead riverscheck out this video.

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

With recent rains it is likely that Cooper Creek is high enough to launch boats at the west ramp. Boaters should still use caution.

Cooper hasn’t been stocked in a while but will be soon. Anglers still seem to be doing well on bass. Anglers looking for bass should focus on deeper sections.

Beginning in 2016, Cooper has been stocked with coho and Chinook salmon juveniles. Just recently ODFW stocked over 28,000 coho juveniles in the reservoir in 2021. 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 1/12/22.

COOS RIVER BASIN: steelhead

All the steelhead rivers in the Coos Basin are currently at fishable levels. Steelhead fishing has been good this year for hatchery steelhead on the West Fork and East Fork Millicoma rivers along with the South Fork Coos River. There is an active landslide 1.5 miles up the West Fork Millicoma Rd. up to the West Fork Millicoma River was temporary closed this past weekend due to a small landslide 1.5 miles up the road. The road may be open and could be closed at any time due to the slide. The County Road Department has set up a detour around the slide but anglers should come prepared for a longer drive than anticipated. There is bank access at the Millicoma Interpretive Center on the West Fork, Nesika Park on the East Fork Millicoma and for 7 miles along the South Fork Coos rivers. Anglers wanting to fish the South Fork Coos River above tidewater will need a fishing access permit from Weyerhaeuser. 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers are now closed until May 22. Last updated 1/12/22. 

Bank fishing for steelhead on East Fork Millicoma Rivercheck out this video.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: steelhead

Steelhead fishing from the bank has been good on the North Fork Coquille River at LaVerne Park and on the South Fork Coquille River near Powers. The South Fork Coquille River flows are at a good level for floating in a drift boat. Drifting eggs, beads or floating a jig under a bobber are good ways to catch steelhead. 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers will reopen May 22. Last updated 1/12/22.

Winter steelhead fishing in the Coos, Coquille and Tenmile District check out this video.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

A few anglers seem to be out trying to ice fish on Diamond. Anglers wanting to fish the lake should take every precaution when ice fishing.

Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camps and ramps. All campgrounds at Diamond are now closed. 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 to fishing 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 1/12/22.

ELK RIVER:  hatchery Chinook, steelhead

Steelhead fishing will slow a bit as flows drop and clear. Anglers may want to fish early mornings or late evening as the river clears. There are a few late hatchery Chinook, but all wild Chinook must be released. Last updated 1/12/22.

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

Surface temperatures are quite chilly (mid 40s) and water clarity is down with the recent runoff from snow and rain. Don’t expect much for fishing success out here. No boat ramps are usable. Anglers fishing from watercraft such as rafts, kayaks, SUPs and float tubes may need to drag vessels down to the water.

Emigrant is close to deadpool. Still, there should be areas with 40-50 feet of water. Trout will be found in these areas.

There is a longstanding health advisory for consumption of resident warmwater species in Emigrant for high levels of mercury. Consult the sportfishing regulations or the Oregon Health Authority for more information on consumption guidelines. 

For more information on park facilities closures visit the Jackson County Parks website. The RV Park is only open to fire victims, but the tent campsites are open to the public.

The reservoir is currently at 2 percent, but slowly starting to rise. Last updated 1/5/22. 

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

Expo received 120 nice 2- to 3-pound trout right before Thanksgiving. A few bass or bluegill may still be caught as surface temperatures rise in the afternoons. 

Daily trout and bass limit at Expo Pond is 5 fish per day of each species. There is no other trout stocking planned until early spring.

Chinese mystery snails are present here in the most northern pond. They are highly invasive and were illegally dumped here.  Please do not move these creatures and drain and dry any personal watercraft before using them in another waterbody. Last updated 12/1/21.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

The store, restaurant and marina are open Friday-Sunday. Call 541-949-8500 or check their Facebook page for more info. The ODOT trip check camera is always worth looking at before heading up and can be viewed here.

Ice depth was reported at 8-12 inches on Jan. 15. The weekend looks to have night-time temperatures in the high 20s, with daytime temps in the mid to high 40s. It could reach the low 50’s on Sunday. Ice depth can change rapidly at Fish Lake and ice anglers should use their own judgement and do so at their own risk if they venture out.

For more information on National Forest developed recreation sites, fire restrictions and campground information for the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest please visit here.  Snow park permits are necessary for parking from November 1-April 30. A season pass can be purchased for $25 dollars (there’s also 1 day and 3 day available) at vendors such as REI, Blackbird Shopping Center, or Sportsman’s Warehouse in Medford, and the Ace Hardware in Shady Cove

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. Last updated 1/19/22.

FLORAS LAKE: trout

Between storms, Floras Lake is a pleasant place to spend some time and unwind. Usually there is very little wind and though water temperatures have begun to drop, trout are still lurking in the depths. Anglers could potentially pick up some nice-size cutthroat and carryover trout. Casting or trolling with spinners, bait and bobber, and fly-fishing are all popular fishing methods for chasing trout in Floras Lake. Bank access is very limited and most anglers fish from a boat. The boat ramp is located at Boice Cope County Park. Last updated 12/15/21.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

According to the lake gage, it looks like boats can again be launched at Galesville. Anglers should enjoy some good fishing and the pressure has been light since October when the ramp became unusable.

Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions. Check out the Lake Level Gage for more information. If the gage is under 1820 feet anglers should be cautioned the lake may be too low to launch a boat.

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. If you catch any salmon in Galesville please e-mail a picture to Greg.f.Huchko@odfw.state.gov.  Last updated 1/12/22.

GARRISON LAKE: trout

The lake can hold some pretty good numbers of carry over trout.  Best time to fish is early or late in the day when the wind is not howling. Water temperatures have started to cool and may affect fish behavior.

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. Fishing earlier in the day is usually better because the winds tend to pick up in the afternoon. Last updated 1/5/22.

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

Recent warm weather may open up the road to at least Lake in the Woods. If the road is open, fishing should be good with some hungry trout. Some roads in the area are still closed from this summer’s fire activity. Information can be found here.

Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-496-3532) for information on camp, road and ramp closures.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to email fishing reports to Greg.f.Huchko@odfw.oregon.gov. Remember to only keep trout at least 8 inches long, and only one trout over 20 inches per day. Last updated 1/19/22.

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

The store, restaurant and marina are open Friday-Sunday. Call 541-949-8500 or check their Facebook page for more info. The ODOT trip check camera is always worth looking at before heading up and can be viewed here.

The current lake level is 35 percent full and the lake is filling slowly with input from natural springs. The most recent report from earlier in the week is that there’s about 6 inches of snow over about 4-6 inches of ice covering the lake.  Ice depth can change rapidly at Fish Lake and starting around the weekend, the forecast is for a slight warming trend.  Anglers should be extremely careful if they attempt any ice fishing and do so at their own risk.  

For more information on National Forest developed recreation sites, fire restrictions and campground information for the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest please visit here. Sno park permits are necessary for parking from Nov. 1-April 30.  A season pass can be purchased for $25 dollars (there’s also 1 day and 3 day available) at vendors such as REI, Blackbird Shopping Center, or Sportsmans Warehouse in Medford (only 3 day available when called), or the Ace Hardware in Shady Cove

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. Last updated 1/5/22.

HUNTER CREEK: steelhead

Steelhead should be spread throughout the river. Last updated 1/5/22.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Expect winter weather conditions for the weekend and a frozen lake. Ice depths are not known and ice fishing is not recommended. 

Hyatt was hit pretty hard with this past summers drought and low water. There still may be some bass to be found if you can find some open water, but don’t expect much for trout. 

Hyatt lake resort, store and restaurant are still open. This is a great place to swing by and grab a bite to eat for mountain visitors. There are snowparks available in the vicinity.

There is a Hwy 66 and Hyatt Lake Rd webcam that may help you if you are planning a trip. Also, ODOT trip check is worth looking at. Last updated 1/5/22.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, winter steelhead

With water conditions continuing to drop and water gin clear, smaller presentations are best to fish. Jigs under a sliding bobber and yarn balls dipped in scent are good bets. Spinners and spoons are also favorites when fished in a deep hole. With the dropping water fish will start seeking out the deeper resting areas.

Late last week fishing appeared pretty slow, but there were some reports of a few fish being caught over the weekend. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed on the Illinois River, and soft plastic imitations of eggs or worms are considered bait. Hence, leave your rubber pink worms or soft beads at home. 

Illinois downstream of Pomeroy Dam is open to fishing for steelhead and trout, but closed year-round to salmon fishing. Upstream of Pomeroy Dam and all tributaries are also closed year-round. All fishing is closed from Fall Creek to 400 feet above Illinois Falls (near the swinging bridge along Illinois River Rd.). If you suspect illegal activity, please call OSP or the local ODFW District Office.

Trout fishing is mostly catch-and-release for wild trout as there is no hatchery on the Illinois system. 

Wild steelhead may be retained between Klondike Creek to Fall Creek and from 400 feet above Illinois Falls, upstream to Pomeroy Dam. Wild steelhead must be at least 24 inches long to harvest and the bag limit is 1 per day/3 per year in aggregate for the Southwest Zone rivers where wild steelhead harvest is allowed (consult SW Zone regulations).  

There is also good bank access along the Illinois River Rd. outside of Selma, all the way downstream to Miami Bar and Briggs Creek. Expect to hike to some of the better fishing spots. Please park outside of the white lines to keep roads clear. Do your part and pack out what you pack in, as well as someone else’s trash. There is trash service available at the Siskiyou Field Institute outside of Selma. 8 dollar road, just north of Kerby, also has good public access.

Much of the publicly accessible reaches of the Illinois River fall under the USFS Wild Rivers Ranger District. More information can be found on their website.

Flows continue to drop but are still very fishable. Flows on Wednesday morning were 1,130 cfs/5.65 feet at Kerby. Check the USGS Kerby guage, which provides up to date river flow information. Last updated 1/19/22. 

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

No trout are planned to be stocked in Selmac Lake until the spring. However, bass fishing should remain fair to good out here through the fall and winter months. Fishing from a boat is probably the best bet, targeting the shore and vegetation lines. Summer aquatic weeds will be starting to die off in the coming weeks. If trout is your thing, then fishing off the bottom near the dam is probably the best bet.

Bluegill fishing from shore has slowed, but still a small chironomid fly under a bobber, or very small piece of worm should pick up a few fish. This can be fun for the young anglers.  As always, switching up fly colors is recommended.  With the cold lake temperatures, warm water fish are probably more apt to bite in the afternoon.

The Resort at Lake Selmac is under new ownership. This is a great place to pick up a fishing license, bait, ice and snacks. Check them out. Camping is also available.

Lake Selmac facilities including most campgrounds, day use, and boat ramps are operated by Josephine County Parks are currently open. More information about Josephine County Parks can be found on their website.

Lake Selmac has its share of non-native aquatic hitchhikers. Boat owners should do their part to remove as much vegetation as possible while leaving the ramp, as well as drain and dry their vessel before using another waterbody. Lake Selmac has had a recent introduction of a non-native 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 help stop the spread of Oregon’s aquatic hitchhikers!

Anglers are reminded that only 1 bass may be harvested from Selmac per day. Last updated 11/10/21.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

The reservoir has been drawn down for the season and is quite low. Poole Cr. campground is closed for the season as is the KOA, but anglers can check with the Forest Service for open recreation areas. There should be lots of trout left over from the summer stocking, but anglers may find it difficult to access the reservoir due to snow on some roads.

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. Anglers can also retain Tiger Trout in Lemolo if they happen to catch one that migrated down from Diamond Lake. Last updated 12/15/21

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

The only ramp usable at Lost Creek Lake is the Takelma ramp operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers on the NW side of the lake. As winter conditions begin to take hold in the area, and the continued low water at many other reservoirs, this will be the most reliable local lake to fish during the winter and spring months.  There is no accessible dock at the Takelma ramp. 

Trout fishing should be fair to good. Legal and trophy trout were stocked in the fall, as well as sub-legals that will be of catchable size by spring. There’s plenty of holdover fish here as well. 

Trolling spinners, wedding rings and spoons all tipped with nightcrawlers do well up here.  Bank fishing is probably pretty slow.  

Joseph Stuart Recreation Area is managed by Jackson County Parks. All loops except “Loop A” are closed to camping. The boat ramp at the marina is closed due to low water. If you’re a frequent user of day use facilities here, a Jackson County Parks season pass is $40 and covers many other local Rogue Valley fishing destinations, as well. More information can be found on the Jackson County Parks website.

The lake is still well below average capacity for this time of year and is 26 percent full. The elevation is 1,791.3 ft. and surface temperature has bumped up a bit, but still a chilly 44 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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 1/19/22.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

In general fishing has been slow up here as trout were last stocked in the early summer.  However, cooling fall weather should improve the trout bite for the remaining fish still around. A small boat or float tube are a good bet up here that can give more access than along the Western bank along the road. Bluegill and bass are also available but likely not very active with the winter weather.

Medco Pond is a private pond and access can be revoked at any time. Bank anglers should stay away from the east portion of the lake, again due to private property.  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 1/19/22.

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, surfperch

The daily general marine fish bag limit is 5 fish for the 2022 season with a 1-fish sub-bag limit for China and copper rockfish combined. There is no harvest of cabezon allowed until July 1. Bottom fishing is now open to all depths through June 30.  Anglers can still harvest 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 have been catching redtail surfperch on the sandy beaches like Horsefall Beach and Bullards Beach and striped surfperch along the rocky shorelines. Fishing for surfperch has been good from the beaches along the South Coast. Anglers have been catching surfperch when the ocean swells are calmer, using sand shrimp, mole crabs or artificial sand worms. Last updated 1/12/22.

2021 sport bottomfish seasons

PISTOL RIVER: steelhead

The river will be in perfect condition as flows continue to drop. Anglers can find steelhead spread throughout the river.The river is difficult to fish as there is very little road access and only few miles of floatable water. Last updated 1/12/22.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout

Plat I is fairly quite this time of year. Anglers will find small crowds.

Plat I has some of the best disabled access in the area. This reservoir is used for irrigation and is usually drained down most of the way by now, which may limit access. The reservoir is also open for waterfowl hunting Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Jan 30. A good opportunity for a “cast-and-blast.” Last updated 12/15/21.

REIHARDT POND: trout

Reinhardt Pond in Grants Pass received a nice stocking of some trophy rainbow trout right before Thanksgiving. There is no further stocking planned until early spring. There are also bluegill present, but water temperatures may be a bit chilly for much productivity targeting these fish. Last updated 12/1/21.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: steelhead

Steelhead fishing continues to be really good. As river flows drop from recent storms, boat anglers can start to target steelhead with plugs. Most of the steelhead are wild so anglers will want to check regulations before heading out. Anglers can only retain 1 wild steelhead a day and it must be 24 inches or larger. Last updated 1/12/22.

Plunking on the Rogue Rivercheck out this video.

Rogue River, middle: coho salmon, summer steelhead, rainbow trout

Bait can again be used in the entire Rogue from the mouth upstream to Fishers Ferry.  Wild steelhead cannot be retained above Hog Creek until Feb. 1. Wild steelhead must be 24 inches in length to harvest, with a limit of 1 per day/3 per year zone wide in aggregate with other SW rivers where wild steelhead are allowed to be harvested (consult regulations). 

Anglers may still find a few summer steelhead in the middle Rogue area and will likely start to encounter down-running spawned out fish (also known as kelts). Handle these fish with care if you encounter them.

Winter fish are being caught in the Galice and Robertson Bridge areas. Some fish have been caught as high as Grants Pass and Rogue River areas. Anglers are picking up fish with jigs, roe, yarnies. Fishing under an indicator can be productive, and plugs are still a great choice when fished from a drift boat. The bulk of the winter steelhead in the middle Rogue don’t typically show until February and peak in March into April. However, the high water so far is a welcome change from the past few years. 

Local tackle and fly shops in the Grants Pass area have all the gear you may need, and very fresh bait. Check them out and offer them your support.

Expect the river to continue dropping for the foreseeable future – there’s not much precipitation in the 10-day forecast. As of Wednesday morning the flow in Grants Pass was 1,810 cfs/1.75 ft and dropping slowly. and should remain above 2,000 cfs at least through the weekend. The water clarity was 3 NTU and approximately 40 degrees. Current flow, temp and turbidity conditions for the Rogue can be found at the USGS stream gauges here, or checking the City of Grants Pass water page’s river data here. Last updated 1/19/22.

Rogue River, upper: summer steelhead, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

There’s still summer steelhead that will continue to trickle into the hatchery over the next month and anglers are still picking up these fish. Anglers will likely start encountering down-runner summer steelhead (also known as kelts) that have recently spawned. Please handle these fish with care and release them. 

Wild winter Steelhead can be retained after Feb. 1, upstream of Hog Creek. Only 1 fish with a minimum length of 24 inches can be harvest per day as part of the daily limit, and 3 wild fish in aggregate for the year in the Rogue and other waterbodies of the SW zone where wild steelhead may be harvested. Consult the 2022 sportfishing regulations and SW zone for more information. 

For the week of Jan. 13, 207 new summer steelhead have entered the ladder bringing the year’s total to 3,072 fish.  Fish will continue to trickle in through February. The first winter steelhead of the year has not yet shown but should any day.

When much of the rest of the Rogue is muddy or blown out, the upper river above Rogue Elk Park is in much better shape, depending on what Big Butte Creek is flowing at. Above Big Butte Creek near Casey and McGregor Park will always be the less turbid water.  Currently the McCloud Gage is reading 1,060 cfs and the Dodge Bridge gage at 1750 cfs.  You can check all the USGS Rogue gauges hereLast updated 1/19/22.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

Expect clear but chilly weather for the weekend, probably a pretty slow bite. There’s certainly snow limiting access. The Rogue above Lost Creek received 3,500 rainbow trout weekly all summer. Stocking is over for the year, but there should still be rainbow trout available to target from Prospect to Minnehaha Creek.

The Rogue and tributaries above Lost Creek Reservoir remain open year-round, with a retention limit of 5 trout. Stocked trout in this reach are not fin-clipped. There are also residential cutthroat and brown trout that are periodically hooked by anglers.

Great techniques up here include throwing small Panther Martin spinners or small hooks with a single Pautske fire egg under a bobber. You also can’t go wrong fishing nymphs up here, or nightcrawlers under a bobber. With very cold water, be looking for areas where fish are holding.

You’ll want to check the flows at prospect and above prospect if planning a trip up here.  The USGS gages can be found here

ODOT trip check maintains a camera at Union Creek (OR62), where you can get an idea of weather and road conditions.

More information on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest lands can be found on their website or calling the RRSNF office. Last updated 1/19/22.

SIXES RIVER: steelhead

The river is finally coming into shape after recent storms. Anglers can expect to find steelhead spread throughout the river. While most anglers drift boat the river, there is some limited public access for bank anglers. Last updated 1/12/22.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: steelhead

With a little bit of rain in the forecast, Smith River should be a good spot to check out for some steelhead during some of the best time of the season. The Smith has a healthy run of wild steelhead and generally draws smaller crowds. Last updated 1/19/22.

TENMILE LAKES/TENMILE CREEK:   trout, coho salmon, steelhead

Fishing for steelhead has been good the past couple weeks on Tenmile Creek. The best fishing has been near Spinreel Park and at the mouth of Eel Creek. Eel Creek is now open to steelhead fishing through April 30. Many anglers plunk near the mouth of Saunders Creek with Spin-n-Glos but fishing a jig under a bobber is also producing steelhead.

Trout fishing in the lakes is open year-round. Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22. Last updated 1/12/22.

UMPQUA HIKE-IN LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

The Forest Service lifted a lot of closures in the area earlier this season. The road to Bullpup is still closed, even before the snow. Check with the Forest Service before making the trip. You can check the latest fire closure here.

Snow is likely a factor in limiting access to most of the lakes. Most of the lakes are at high elevation on roads not plowed. Many of the lakes may also be partially iced over.

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

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Last updated 1/12/22.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM:  steelhead

Anglers are catching fish! Steelhead seem to be abundant this year with lots of people catching hatchery fish.

Anglers who catch a hatchery winter steelhead are asked to turn in the snouts at one of the collection barrels. Those who’s snout contains a tag are entered into a monthly raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Sportsman’s Warehouse!

Trout fishing is closed in the mainstem and tributaries. Last updated 1/19/22.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead

The river is in good shape and anglers are catching lots of fish. It looks to be a good early part of the run.

With the low population of summers, anglers are reminded to handle fish with extra care this year. Summer steelhead that have finished spawning will try and make their way back to the ocean. Practicing good catch-and-release techniques will help ensure we have fish in the future.

Anglers who catch a hatchery winter steelhead are asked to turn in the snouts at one of the collection barrels. Those who’s snout contains a tag are entered into a monthly raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Sportsman’s Warehouse!

Trout fishing is open year-round upstream of Slide Creek Dam and in tributaries in this section. Fishing above Slide Creek Dam can be a great idea before the snow hits. Last updated 1/92/22.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead

The river has dropped into good shape and anglers seem to be catching lots of fish. A good number of hatchery fish are mixed in and anglers are finding them throughout the river.

Anglers who catch a hatchery winter steelhead are asked to turn in the snouts at one of the collection barrels. Those who’s snout contains a tag are entered into a monthly raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Sportsman’s Warehouse! Last updated 1/19/22.

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

The reservoir is hovering at 54 percent full. The gravel/dirt ramp near the host is available and appears hardpacked.  

Water temperatures are cold but there are trout available here. Fishing from shore will likely produce plenty of perch and possibly some bluegill. No trout have been stocked since late spring, but there should be fish still present. 

Campgrounds at Willow Lake are closed until spring. Day use is open, but fees are collected. A yearly Jackson County Park pass are also available for $40.  For more information please visit the Jackson County Parks website.

Anglers encountering illegally introduced yellow perch 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. Anglers are reminded that using live fish as bait is prohibited. 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 1/19/22. 

WINCHUCK RIVER: steelhead

With a break in the weather, most streams including the Winchuck have returned to fishable conditions. Anglers can expect to find steelhead scattered throughout the river. Last updated 1/19/22.