Recreation Report

Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of October 9, 2018
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see
e-regulations for permanent regulations.

COOS BASIN and 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 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.

HUNTER CREEK

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

WILD COHO

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

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

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • The wild coho fishery opened on Tenmile Lakes on Oct. 1, though it will take a few good rains to chase the fish into lake.
  • The Chetco bubble fishery will be open this weekend, Oct. 13-14.
  • Anglers are catching hatchery coho in the lower Rogue, and there are reports of coho in the Grants Pass area.
  • Fishing for summer steelhead in the middle ane upper Rogue should be good for the next month or two due to a strong run this year.
  • Both boat ramps at Lost Creek Reservoir are usable at this time, and large trout were stocked there last week. Trout fishing should be very good at Lost Creek through the winter and early spring.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

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

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

The water level continues to drop, and now the only access for boats is the low water ramp at French Gulch. The lake surface temperature has cooled to 63 degrees. Trout fishing should be picking up, and fishing for bass should still be productive.

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

At this point in the season, the pond’s water level is extremely low. What stealthy fish that might still be present are likely to be non-responsive to anglers until we get some rain.  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

Was last stocked the week of Aug. 27. Trout fishing should be good with the cooler water temperatures. 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 and shallow structure in the mid-morning and late afternoon hours.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BLUEBILL LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Bluebill Lake was in May 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

Bradley Lake is scheduled to be stocked with 1,600 fall trophy trout in the middle of October.

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BUTTERFIELD LAKE: trout

Butterfield Lake is scheduled to be stocked with fall trophy trout the week of Oct. 15.  Butterfield will receive extra fall trout this year with 1,350 scheduled to be stocked.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CHETCO RIVER: trout, steelhead, chinook

Trout fishing is open through Oct. 31. Artificial flies, lures and bait may be used. The daily limit is 2 fish with an 8-inch minimum length. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.

Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Nook Creek through Dec. 31. Anglers are picking up a few Chinook in the estuary below the Hwy 101 bridge. Both effort and catch have started to pick up. However, due to low and warm water conditions above tidewater, fishing in this part of the river doesn’t typically start for another few weeks. After recent rains, a few anglers have reported Chinook catch at Social Security Bar.

Anglers are encouraged to drop hatchery fish snouts in the kiosk at the Port of Brookings cleaning station (instructions on how to remove and package snouts is available at the kiosk). Fishing is restricted to fly- fishing or bobber fishing from river mile 2.2 through to Nook Creek from Sept. 1 through Nov. 3. Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details.

Anglers interested in pursuing Chinook Salmon in the ocean may want to get to get their gear ready for the fall Chinook State Waters Terminal Area or “bubble” season. Despite less than favorable weather, last weekend was a successful opener for this season. The recreational terminal fishery will continue Oct. 13-14.  From the mouth (outside of the jetties) of the Chetco River out three nautical miles between Twin Rocks and the Oregon/California boarder, anglers are allowed to retain Chinook salmon per day. The minimum size limit is 28-inches. Terminal tackle is limited to no more than two single point barbless hooks. Here’s a printable pdf map of these regulations. For a visual and status update on the river bar crossing, see the NOAA bar camera webpage.

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

Was last stocked the week of Aug. 27. Trout fishing should be good with cooling temperatures. 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 coho juveniles in the reservoir as part of their daily trout bag limit. Please remember to release coho and trout less than 8-inches.

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Streams and rivers are open to trout fishing through Oct. 31. Trout fishing in streams and rivers is slow to due to low water conditions. Trout anglers can now use bait in all streams when fishing for trout in all streams that are open to fishing. The daily limit for trout in streams is 2 fish per day and they must be 8-inches or longer.

The use of the two-rod validation for salmon fishing in Coos Bay ended on Sept. 30.  Salmon fishing continues to be slow but anglers have caught some Chinook salmon from the Marshfield Channel up to the head of tide. The majority of the salmon caught this week were jacks with a few adults mixed in. Bank anglers are starting to catch fish at the mouth of Daniels Creek, upper Isthmus Slough, Coos Bay boardwalk and Pony Slough. Boat salmon anglers have been catching and releasing wild coho near the airport. There is no retention of wild coho in Coos Bay this season.

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is open in the ocean along with bays and estuaries. The daily bag limit for marine fish is back to 5 plus 2 lingcod. The retention of cabezon is no longer allowed for the rest of the year. Fishing for rockfish and greenling continue to be good inside Coos Bay near the north jetty and other submerged rock structures.

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

Streams and rivers are open to trout fishing through Oct. 31. Trout fishing in streams and rivers is slow to due to low water conditions. When fishing for trout, anglers can now use bait in all streams that are open to fishing. The daily limit for trout in streams is 2 fish per day and they must be 8-inches or longer.

Salmon anglers have been trolling the lower Coquille River from Bandon to Riverton Boat Ramp. A few salmon have been caught while trolling a cut plug herring but overall fishing has been slow. Boat salmon anglers have been catching and releasing wild coho. There is no retention of wild coho in the Coquille this season.

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 is an 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.

Approximately 13 miles north of North Bend off Hwy 101.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

Trout fishing is open through Oct. 31. The daily limit is two trout with an 8-inch minimum length.

Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Bald Mountain Creek through Dec. 31. However Chinook salmon fishing doesn’t typically pick up for at least a few more weeks. Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details. Please note: there is a wild Chinook aggregate bag limit rule for Floras/New, Sixes, and Elk Rivers.

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

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

All boat ramps are closed or very inaccessible. Anglers would do best to plan on fishing from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft. The RV park is open year round, but the Oak Slope tent camping will close Oct. 15.

EMPIRE LAKES: trout, warmwater species

Upper Empire Lake is scheduled to be stocked with fall trophy trout the week of Oct. 15. Because of extremely low water levels Lower Empire Lake will not be stocked this fall. The trout scheduled to be stocked in Lower Empire Lake will be go to Upper Empire Lake and Butterfield Lake. 

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

All boat ramps at the lake are inaccessible. 

Anglers fishing from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft should have very good fishing at Fish Lake this fall. Water clarity has improved. Anglers may be walking their vessel through mud to get to deeper water.

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

FLORAS CREEK/NEW RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

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

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bass

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

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

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

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville has been stocked several times this year and should have 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 coho and rainbow trout smaller than 8-inches.

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, bass

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. Bass have been seen hanging around riprap areas in shallower portions of the lake. The lake can be very windy.  Anglers will want to check the weather before heading out.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Hemlock and Lake in the Woods should be good for fishing trout with recent stocking. Spinners or “plunking” with worms and/or PowerBait can be great methods for fishing these 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. Remember to only keep trout at least 8-inches long, and only one trout over 20-inches per day.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Boat access at Howard Prairie resort is now closed. While the marina, restaurant, and North Campground are closed for the season, the resort’s South campground should remain open through October. Smaller watercraft such as kayaks or canoes can still be launched.

The access road to the dam, scheduled to be open this fall, remains locked. ODFW will provide updated information as soon as possible. Anglers can still walk the shoreline and fish the point to the south of the dam.

Trout fishing should pick up with cooler water this fall. Fall fingerling trout have been stocked this week. Please handle these undersized trout with care and release them unharmed. The shoreline near the dam and near Fawn Island can be very productive during periods of low water.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Low water means that anglers are limited to fishing from shore around the dam, or fishing from inflatables or personal watercraft. Weed growth will likely make bank fishing difficult near the dam. Some trout anglers have reported success at Hyatt in recent weeks. Bass anglers are encouraged to harvest largemouth smaller than 14-inches while releasing larger bass. Larger bass may help reduce the chance of stunted populations when Hyatt fills again.  All anglers should be aware that Hyatt appears to be dropping lower than the levels seen during the 2013-2015 drought.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

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

JOHNSONS MILL POND: trout, warmwater species

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

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LAIRD LAKE: trout

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

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

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

This information will help inform ODFW and the local STEP group on the possibility of continuing the project.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Fishing for bass and other warmwater species has been good. The lake has cooled substantially. Lake Selmac has a lot of aquatic vegetation, but it has been dying off. Still, anglers will have to adjust their techniques and locations accordingly.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

With the recent addition of 1,000 trophy-size rainbow trout, fishing should be good.  Brown trout fishing should improve as they move into the shallower arms of the reservoir to get ready for spawning. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of 5 per day with only one of those measuring over 20-inches. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Lost Creek will be the primary draw for trout anglers in the Rogue watershed now through early spring. Large rainbow were stocked last week to complement fish remaining as holdovers from earlier releases. In addition, Lost Creek is the only place where trailered boats of any size can be launched. Both the Takelma and Marina boat ramps are usable at this time.

Lake surface temperatures continue to cool, and have dropped to 61F. Trout fishing should be very good, and bass anglers should continue to have good success through fall.  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.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

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

MILLICOMA POND: trout

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

MINGUS PARK POND: trout, warmwater species

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

Located in Mingus Park in the City of Coos Bay.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Bottomfish anglers may now fish at all depths for the remainder of the year. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 plus 2 lingcod. The retention of cabezon is now closed for the remainder of the year.

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

Salmon fishing is open through Oct. 31 from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain with a limit of two salmon per day. But salmon anglers are limited to fishing inside the 40 fathom line.

From Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA border, salmon fishing closed on Aug. 26.  The Chetco River Fall Chinook State Waters Terminal Fishery will open on Oct. 13-14 with a daily bag limit of 1 Chinook per angler.

The Nearshore halibut season is open seven days a week and as of Sept. 30 there is 34 percent of the quota remaining. The remaining 7,968 lbs of the All-depth quota was moved to the nearshore halibut quota on Sept. 6.

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 Sept. 30 there is 40 percent of the quota remaining.

PISTOL RIVER: trout

Open for trout fishing through Oct. 31. Anglers are allowed to keep 2 trout per day; 8-inch minimum length. Anglers will need to get landowner permission before crossing private land adjacent to the river.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

POWERS POND: trout

Powers Pond is scheduled to receive fall trophy trout the week of Oct. 15.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: steelhead, hatchery coho, Chinook

Water levels are low and with cooler than average water temperatures, fish have begun to move up river. People trolling bait are still reporting catches in the bay, but anglers might also think about side drifting with eggs farther up river.

Coho salmon have started pushing through as well. Anglers have reported catch in the bay and lower sections of the Rogue. Only hatchery coho may be kept as part of an angler’s adult and jack salmon daily bag limit.

Both adult and half-pounder steelhead have been moving up river in decent numbers. Lower flows are ideal fishing conditions for anglers swinging flies or tossing lures. Anglers interested in traveling up river are advised to contact the Forest Service for updates on road closures during fire season.

The Huntley seining project will continue through Oct 31. Find updates on Huntley counts here.

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

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout

Beginning Oct. 1, the river between Hog Creek boat ramp and Fishers Ferry boat ramp is closed to fishing for Chinook.

The river remains open for hatchery summer steelhead, and the 2018 runs appears to be very strong. Anglers are catching summer steelhead on plugs fished from a drift boat or drifting night crawlers/roe or yarn balls with scent. Fishing has been fair to great, depending on the angler and reach floated. Wild steelhead must be released unharmed.

There are reports that Coho are starting to show in the Grants Pass Area, and definitely within the Rogue Canyon. You have to target coho if you want to catch them. Use black or pink, black and orange jigs or panther martin or blue fox spinners with a pink body. Coho typically bite on the fall, so don’t retrieve gear quickly.

The Rogue River is also open for trout fishing. Only hatchery rainbow trout may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.  There are half-pounder steelhead present from near Hog Creek downstream throughout the Rogue Canyon.  There are many BLM public access points to fish for these from Hog Creek to Graves Creek.

As of Monday afternoon, the flow in Grants Pass was 1,250 cfs, the river temperature averaged about 54oF, and the clarity was 2 NTU. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.

Rogue River, upper: spring Chinook, steelhead, trout

The artificial fly season is underway between Fishers Ferry boat ramp and Cole Rivers Hatchery. Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, anglers may only fish artificial flies on any type rod and reel: no added weights or attachments except a bubble. This reach of the Rogue is open to fishing for hatchery summer steelhead and trout. Fishing for Chinook is now closed.

Fly anglers fishing from drift boats have been doing quite well in the Dodge Bridge to Fishers Ferry Reach of the Rogue. Anglers report catching a 50/50 ratio of wild to hatchery steelhead. Cole Rivers Hatchery recycled approximately 1000 summer steelhead at Touvelle and Modoc last Friday.

As of Oct. 9, 1,731 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery, with 15 new for the week. Water temps are cold and low and fish do not appear to be moving. Find updated fish counts at Cole Rivers Hatchery here.

The river discharge from Lost Creek Reservoir on Monday was 1,159 cfs and 45oF to benefit spawning spring Chinook in the upper river. For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

Anglers will still find plenty of trout at most sites for the next several weeks.

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

SAUNDERS LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Saunders Lake is scheduled to be stocked with fall trophy trout the week of Oct. 15.  

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SIXES RIVER: Chinook, steelhead

Chinook salmon and Steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Edson Creek through Dec. 31, but doesn’t typically pick up for at least another month. Steelhead may be fished for up to the South Fork of the Sixes River. Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details. Please note: there is an aggregate bag limit rule for Floras/New, Sixes, and Elk Rivers for wild Chinook.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: striped bass, fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing opened 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. There have been reports of good Chinook fishing in the Smith River tidewater. Steelhead fishing is closed on Smith River above head-of-tide at Spencer Creek from May 1 through Nov. 30.

Trout fishing closed Sept. 16.

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 now use bait in all open streams. The daily limit for trout in streams is 2 fish per day and they must be 8-inches or longer.

TENMILE LAKES: trout, coho salmon, 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.

The wild coho fishery opened in Tenmile Lakes on Oct. 1 and will run through December 31. Salmon anglers may harvest 1 wild coho per day with up to 5 wild coho for the year in aggregate with Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes. The water level in Tenmile Lakes is very low so it will take a few good rains to bring the coho into the lake.

Fishing for largemouth bass has been good. Bass are hitting plastics and jigs fished in deeper 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, and should be decent for fishing this time of year. Water levels can flucuate making launching boats difficult so contact the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531 for lake level information.

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

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

Lakes typically accessible from hiking trails and that were stocked in the last couple years are: Calamut, Connie, Bullpup, Fuller, Cliff, Buckeye, Maidu, Pitt and Skookum lakes. These are great options for fishing during hotter weather and before winter snows start.

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

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: smallmouth bass, trout, Chinook, coho

Fall Chinook fishing has been slow with only a few reports of success, but more fish have been moving into the river recently. We have also been hearing that coho fishing has been excellent but please remember that only fin-clipped hatchery origin coho may be harvested. 

Smallmouth bass fishing is good throughout the main.

Trout fishing closed on Sept 16.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: trout, summer steelhead

Chinook fishing closed on July 1. Summer steelhead fishing has been slow throughout the North Umpqua.

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

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

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: CLOSED

The annual closure of the South Umpqua and Cow Creek began Sept. 16 and continues through Nov. 30. Tributaries to the South and Cow Creek also closed Sept. 15 until the opener in May.

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

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

WINCHESTER BAY:  bottomfish, perch

Fishing in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful. Chinook and coho are being caught from the shore at Half Moon Bay and Osprey Point.

WINCHUCK RIVER: trout, Chinook

Open to trout fishing through Oct. 31, anglers using, bait, lures and artificial flies, anglers can keep 2 fish per day; 8-inch minimum length. Remember to get landowner permission before crossing private land adjacent to the river.

Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Wheeler Creek through Dec. 31. However, due to low and warm water conditions, this fishery doesn’t typically heat up for at least another month until we see some fall rain. Fishing is restricted to fly-fishing or bobber fishing from Sept. 1 through Nov. 3. Please see specific rules in the southwest zone of the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book prior to fishing. Also note: no fishing from a floating device is allowed on the Winchuck River.