Regulation Updates as of June 19, 2019
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.
There are no regulation updates in the SW Zone at this time.
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lake is 86 percent full and visibility is good, which has led to more success for those fishing warmwater species. Bass fishing along the dam and crappie fishing with jigs near submerged willows will be good bets.
APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout
The lake was stocked in mid-April with 10,000 legals and 800 quality trophy trout, and was stocked again a few weeks ago with 15,000 legals and 500 pounder-size rainbow trout.
Trout anglers have reported success trolling a flasher/wedding ring/worm combination, or just a night crawler behind a flasher. Bank anglers at the creek mouths, around Seattle Bar and off the dam have reported good catches over the last week using bait and spinners.
Applegate Lake has three boat ramps. The Hart-Tish Park ramp is open as are Copper and French Gulch. Reservoir level is 94 percent of capacity.
APPLEGATE RIVER: hatchery trout
The Applegate River is open to trout fishing. Only fin-clipped rainbow trout may be retained. All wild cutthroat and rainbow trout must be released unharmed.
ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout
On June 2, ODFW will host a free fishing weekend event for youth anglers at Arizona Pond. Bring a rod or borrow one of ours and try for a trophy rainbow trout! The pond will be stocked prior to this event with plenty of fish to catch. Youth anglers fishing this pond are allowed to keep five trout per day; one of which can be over 20-inches. Oregon State Parks manages Arizona Pond for anglers ages 17 and under. The big kids/adults need to stay out of the pool.
BEN IRVING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie
Trout anglers have had the best success trolling lures in the deeper areas of the reservoir. The lake was last stocked the week of May 13 and there should be good numbers of trout around. Warmwater fishing should be good with bass near spawning. Try fishing for bass at the head of the reservoir and shallow structure in the mid-morning and late afternoon hours using a slow retrieve.
BLUEBILL LAKE: trout, warmwater species
The campground opened May 1, and legal rainbow trout have been stocked. Largemouth bass and bluegill can also be caught here.
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.
BRADLEY LAKE: trout, warmwater species
Bradley Lake has been stocked with legal-size rainbows and trophy trout. Warmwater fish like largemouth bass and bluegill should be active now.
No bank fishing without permission from landowners, but an ODFW boat ramp allows anyone to launch and fish from a boat. Anglers can also fish from the dock at the boat ramp. Located about three miles south of Bandon and is one mile west of Hwy 101.
BUTTERFIELD LAKE: trout, warmwater species
Butterfield Lake was stocked the week of June 10 with 140 surplus trophy trout, many of which were five pounds or more. The lake was stocked this spring with pounders and legal-size rainbow trout.
Butterfield Lake has , a species of small warmwater fish. They are typically about Bluegill size, looking like a small crappie with a bass-type head.
CHETCO RIVER: trout
Trout fishing opened May 22. Above tidewater, only artificial flies and lures may be used. The bag limit is two per day. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.
Please see the southwest zone special regulations and exceptions for current regulations. A visual and status update on the river bar crossing can be found here at the webpage.
COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, coho and Chinook smolts
The lake was last stocked the last week of May.
Several anglers have reported good fishing, with a couple of juvenile salmon being caught.
In the last two years, Cooper has been stocked with coho and Chinook salmon juveniles. 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.
Warmwater is definitely picking up with multiple reports of bass and bluegill. Try fishing for bass around aquatic vegetation in the mid-morning and late afternoon hours.
COOS RIVER BASIN: trout, marine perch species
Conditions for crabbing and rockfish and lingcod fishing in Coos Bay should improve as the mud and heavy freshwater runoff from recent storms had subsided. Using a jig with a twister tail has been a great bait for catching rockfish. Anglers have been catching lingcod with a herring floated under a bobber.
Trout fishing in streams and rivers opened on May 22, while lakes in the basin are open year-round. Try cutthroat trout fishing on streams of the Elliott State Forest.
Marine perch species are available around rocks, riprap, pilings, and docks at this time of year.
COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: striped bass, smallmouth bass, trout, marine perch species
Striped bass and smallmouth bass are active now, and there are no size limits or bag limits for these species in the Coquille Basin. Striped bass fishing has been good in recent weeks.
Trout fishing in streams and rivers opened last week on May 22, while lakes in the basin are open year-round.
Marine perch species are available around rocks, riprap, pilings, and docks at this time of year.
DIAMOND LAKE: trout
Diamond Lake has picked back up as the large swarms of midges have receded. Recent reports indicate most successful anglers are using flies and using a quick retrieve or trolling.
Make sure to contact Diamond Lake Lodge for up-to-date conditions. Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at 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.
EEL LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie
Eel Lake has been stocked with legal-size rainbow, and the lake usually provides some holdover trout in excess of 15-inches. Trolling flashers and spinners has been producing trout for boat anglers, while bank anglers are using bait under a bobber or floating baits on a 4 foot leader off the bottom.
The crappie bite has been good in recent weeks along the shoreline in Tugman State Park, although many of the fish are small. The fishing dock is a great place for kids to fish. A small crappie jig tipped with a piece of worm, and rigged about two feet under a bobber will entice bluegill and crappie to bite.
Approximately 13 miles north of North Bend off Hwy 101, located in Tugman State Park.
ELK RIVER: trout
The trout season opened May 22. Two Rainbow trout per day may be retained per day. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead. Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the book for more details.
To check river current conditions, call 541-332-0405.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie
Emigrant Reservoir has been stocked three times this year and trout have reportedly been caught recently. In addition to trout, crappie and bass are available. Water clarity is good. Warmwater anglers should concentrate on the submerged willows and the rocky area along the dam.
The boat ramp nearest to Emigrant Lakes at The Point RV Park is open. Any size fishing boat is able to launch now. The reservoir is 86 percent full. The Point RV Park is open year-round.
EMPIRE LAKES: trout, warmwater species
Empire Lakes were stocked with trophy trout, legal-size, and “pounder” rainbows this spring. Trout fishing may slow down with warmer weather heating up these shallow lakes.
Warmwater species like bluegill, crappie, yellow perch, and largemouth bass should be biting well in early summer.
EXPO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie
Fishing for bass, panfish and trout is good. With the warmer temperatures, trout will be in the deeper water. Expo Pond has been stocked numerous times this spring with legal-size rainbow.
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.
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook
The lake was stocked the week of June 10 with 2,500 legal-size trout and has already been stocked numerous times this spring. Fishing is reportedly pretty good in deeper water for larger trout. Bank anglers using PowerBait have been catching fish as well.
The Forest Service has temporarily closed the boat ramp at Fish Lake.
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.
FLORAS CREEK/NEW RIVER: trout
Trout season is now open. Two fish may be retained daily. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead. For further details on this waterbody, please consult the southwest zone section of the book. And as always, please obtain landowner permission before crossing private land.
FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout
Floras Lake was stocked with rainbow trout early in May. With limited bank access, Floras Lake is best accessed by boat. There’s a public boat ramp is available at Boice-Cope Park. For further detail on this waterbody, please consult the southwest zone section of the book. And, as always, please obtain landowner permission before crossing private land.
FORD’S POND: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, crappie
This shallow pond supports populations of warmwater fish. Bass fishing has been good and can be good any time of year. 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 electric motors and does not have a good access point for larger boats.
GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass
Galesville has been stocked with a lot of “trophy-size” trout this year and fishing has been good. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015.
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 has been good. Good areas are near dead snags and the boat ramp. Try a slow retrieve with a diving crank bait.
Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions as the reservoir had been well below normal, but is finally filling again.
GARRISON LAKE: rainbow and cutthroat trout
Garrison was stocked several times this spring with legals, trophies, and SUPER-trophies. Anglers slow trolling spinners, flies, or wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm all typically do well hooking up with some feisty rainbow trout. Five trout per day/3 daily limits in possession; 8-inch minimum; only one trout over 20-inches long may be taken per day. 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.
HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS (Douglas County): trout
Fishing in the spring for trout in Hemlock and Lake in the Woods can be good this time of year. Fishing at Lake in the Woods and Hemlock should be great with recent stockings. Spinners or “plunking” with worms and/or PowerBait can be effective methods for fishing these lakes.
Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to . 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.
HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
Howard has been stocked twice this spring with 7,500 legals and fishing has been good. Last weekend, anglers still fishing from boats caught fish throughout the lake. Specific hot spots were the shoreline opposite the marina and in the channel between Fawn Island (red wedding ring with worm fished behind a dodger or lake troll).
All facilities are now open. The standard day use fee applies.
The access road to the dam remains locked. Anglers can still walk the shoreline and fish the point to the south of the dam. No open water was spotted here earlier in the week. There is good bank access via BLM property on the NW side of the lake via the Keno Access Road.
HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass
Hyatt has water (5e percent full), was stocked the week of May 27 with 7,450 legal-size rainbow trout, and is reportedly fishing ok based on the limited reports. Trolling and bank fishing has produced trout and the bass are active as well. Hyatt was also stocked with 7,500 legal-size rainbow is late April.
ILLINOIS RIVER: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout
The Illinois is open for trout fishing but hatchery fish are not stocked so the fishery is primarily catch-and-release for wild rainbow and cutthroat trout.
JOHNSONS MILL POND: trout, warmwater species
Johnsons Mill Pond was stocked with legal-size and trophy rainbow trout this spring, and the fishing should be good for bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and brown bullhead catfish. This shallow pond will heat up with warmer weather, so the trout bite may slow down.
Two and a half miles south of Coquille off Hwy 42 down Johnson Mill Road.
LAKE MARIE (Marie Lake): rainbow trout, yellow perch
Lake Marie was stocked recently, but fishing can be good any time. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms to catch trout and yellow perch. The local STEP hatchery released clipped rainbow trout into Lake Marie for the last three years. Please e-mail 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.
LAKE SELMAC (Selmac Lake): trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie
Lake Selmac was stocked with 1,000 legal-size rainbow the week of May 27. It has been stocked several times since February, including 3,500 legal-size rainbow the week of May 13. Fishing has been good, with reports of decent-size trout and large bass being caught. With summer temperatures here, expect trout to seek out the deeper, colder water.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee
Fishing can be good this time of year. The lake was stocked the week of May 13 and there have been some good reports. 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.
LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, crappie
Fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass should be picking up. Slower presentations such as jigging can be a good technique. Loon was stocked with rainbow trout the week of May 20. Visit the website for information on opening dates and camping. The BLM site will be closed due to storm damage.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass
Lost Creek was stocked the week of May 13 with 10,000 legal-size trout and 1,500 pounders to complement previous stocking this year. There should still be good populations of holdover fish from last year as well.
Recent reports indicate the fishing continues to be good for trolling and bank angling. Bank anglers have reported success at the spillway access point, the tower and around Takelma Park. Last weekend fishing was reportedly good with large trout caught trolling between the Takelma boat ramp and Stewart State Park. Additional reports indicate trolling under Peyton Bridge continues to be good as well. The lake is 86 percent full and both ramps are usable.
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
Medco was stocked the week of May 27 with 2,000 legal-size rainbows this week. It also had received 2,000 legal-size rainbow trout the week of May 13. Bank anglers have reportedly caught trout and warmwater fish along the western shoreline. 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.
MINGUS PARK POND: bluegill, largemouth bass
Bluegill and largemouth bass are available in the pond year-round. Trout stocking was cancelled this year, due to shallow conditions and heavy weed growth.
Located in Mingus Park in the City of Coos Bay.
PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, salmon, halibut, surfperch
Bottomfishing has been good when the ocean lays down and anglers have been able to make it out.
Beginning May 1, bottomfishing is restricted to inside the 40-fathom regulatory line. Fishing for lingcod and rockfish has been good when the ocean is calm enough to fish. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 plus 2 lingcod. The retention of cabezon is closed until July 2019.
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, 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 .
Ocean salmon fishing for Chinook salmon from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt is open. Chinook must be a minimum of 24-inches long. The ocean opens to fin-clipped coho salmon on June 22.
PISTOL RIVER: trout
The trout season opened May 22. Two fish may be retained daily. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead. Please see the exceptions to the southwest zone regulations for more information.
PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout
Anglers are having some success catching warmwater species. Spinners and night crawlers are great options for fishing. Plat I was stocked the week of April 1. Contact the Sutherlin Chamber of Commerce (541-459-3280) for lake level information. The reservoir gets very warm, even in the spring, so the lake will not be stocked with trout again ‘til next year. With temperatures in excess of 80 in the summer, the trout likely don’t survive the summer months. However, a recent report shows anglers with limits of nice size trout.
POWERS POND: trout, warmwater species
Powers Pond was stocked with legal-size and trophy rainbow trout this spring. Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and brown bullhead catfish are available year-round, and should be biting well on these warmer spring days.
REINHARDT PARK POND: trout, bluegill, bullhead
The pond near the baseball fields at Reinhardt Community Volunteer Park has been stocked throughout the spring but will not be stocked again until October due to warm water temperatures.
This is a great place for a family to explore with very easy access for everyone. A relative simple set up that includes either a nightcrawler fished below a bobber, or floating PowerBait fished off the bottom are all you need to catch a trout here.
If you choose to use PowerBait below a bobber, make sure to add some split shot to your line below the bobber to keep the power bait from floating on the surface. Non-toxic split shot often made of tin are very good options for youth fishing.
Rogue River, lower: steelhead, hatchery Chinook, hatchery trout
Anglers are catching a few steelhead and the early portion of the summer run should start showing by the end of this month. Beginning May 1, only hatchery steelhead may be retained.
We had a good push of spring Chinook in April. And with recent rainfall, we may see another push of fish over the next week or so. Spinners, plugs, anchovies, and sardines have all been used successfully. Hatchery Chinook may be retained year-round. Wild Chinook opens for retention June 1.
Hatchery rainbow trout season opened May 22. Five hatchery trout may be retained daily. Wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.
This spring, ODFW is conducting a genetic study on wild chinook by collecting fin tissue samples. Anglers interested in learning more and participating in this project can contact ODFW staff at 541-247-7605.
For a current view of the Rogue from the Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge in Gold Beach, check out the .
Rogue River, middle: hatchery steelhead, hatchery spring Chinook, rainbow trout
Fishing for hatchery rainbow trout opened May 22.
Fishing continues to be slow in this section of the river.
Popular floats include: Gold Hill to Rogue River, Baker to Lathrop or Ferry Hole, or Griffin Park to Robertson Bridge.
Boaters floating from Hog Creek to Graves Creek should be familiar with the rapids in this section of river, and know their takeouts. Experienced oarsmen/woman are recommended here. There are many BLM public access points to bank fish from Hog Creek to Graves Creek. This is often referred to the “Galice area”.
As of Wednesday morning, the flow in Grants Pass was approximately 2,820 cfs. River clarity is currently 2 NTUs. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.
Rogue River, upper: hatchery steelhead, hatchery spring Chinook, rainbow trout
The river opened to trout fishing May 22.
The upper Rogue is in good shape and expect flows to hold around this level for the foreseeable feature. Spring Chinook continue to be caught in the upper river as the run progresses A few steelhead are around as well. Salmonfly hatch is coming to an end but there are still a few around helping the top water action.
Approximately 230 hatchery adult spring Chinook and 66 hatchery adult summer steelhead from Cole River Hatchery were recycled into the upper Rogue on June 21. The fish were released at the Gold Hill boat ramp.
There is good public access for bank fishing and boat access at Cole Rivers Hatchery, McGregor Park, Casey Park, Rogue Elk, Shady Cove, Takelma, Dodge Bridge, Modoc, Denman Wildlife Area, Touvelle State Park, Gold Ray and Fishers Ferry. Most floats in the upper Rogue have been from the hatchery or Rogue Elk downstream to Shady Cove. Dodge Bridge to Touvelle is an excellent float but anglers should be aware that they will encounter Rattlesnake Rapids. If you are not ready for Rattlesnake, many floats will start at the ODFW Modoc Access Site and float to Touvelle or Fishers Ferry.
Fly anglers that nymph will want to use prince nymphs or copperswans, steelhead brassies, stone flies, ugly bugs, or will want to fish large dark flies if swinging. Don’t be afraid of color such as black and chartreuse, black and blue, black and purple, black and pink, or black and red. If tying your own flies, don’t be afraid to add a little bit of flash dubbing or tinsel in the body of your fly. Also, covering lots of water when working through a run is a good technique when swinging flies. Trying moving 4-5 feet down every cast or two.
As of June 12, a total of 44 summer steelhead have entered Cole Rivers Hatchery with 30 new fish last week. Zero new winter steelhead were collected last week, leaving the season total at 2,835 fish. A total of 1,029 spring Chinook have entered the hatchery this season, including 95 last week.
The McLeod gage is currently reading 2,900 cfs. The Dodge Bridge gage is at 2,810 cfs. 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.
Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout
The Rogue above Lost Creek Reservoir will be stocked this week and this will occur weekly through the summer. Reports indicate fishing has been good from Prospect upstream. With cold water, you’ll want to swing your lure right in front of fish, so work through a hole a bit more slowly.
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 night crawler or Pautzke eggs, even PowerBait will produce.
SAUNDERS LAKE: trout, warmwater species
Saunders Lake was stocked with legal-size rainbow trout this spring. Largemouth bass and bluegill are available year-round.
SIXES RIVER: trout
Trout season has begun two trout may be retained daily. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead. Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the book for more details.
SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: striped bass, trout
Smith River opens to catch-and-release fishing for trout beginning May 22. Please see the Southwest Zone regulation exceptions in the book for more details.
Look for striped bass in the lower stretches of the river below Spencer Creek in the mainstem. Recent reports indicate some great fishing.
SPALDING POND: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, brown bullhead
Spalding was stocked again the week of May 20 and anglers who have made the trip to the pond have caught fish.
Spalding pond is located on USFS land between Grants Pass and Selma.
SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: closed
Soda Springs remains CLOSED. The reservoir is closed to evaluate its use by salmon and steelhead.
SRU LAKE: trout
Sru Lake has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout.
Located on the US Forest Service’s Powers Ranger District, nearly 20 miles south of Powers.
TENMILE CREEK: trout, warmwater species
Opened to trout fishing on May 22. Some warmwater fish come out of the lakes, and can be caught in Tenmile Creek.
TENMILE LAKES: trout, warmwater species, largemouth bass
Conditions should be prime for bass, crappie, bluegill, and brown bullhead catfish fishing at this time. Anglers also use small jigs or a worm on a hook fished near the bottom to catch yellow perch.
The Tenmile Lakes have been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout. Tenmile Lakes provide some nice holdover trout this time of year, and some can measure over 17-inches long. Try trolling slowly with a spinner or spoon, tipped with a worm, to catch these larger trout. Trout fishing may slow down with warmer weather, as the summer progresses.
TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout
Fishing is open in Toketee year-round and starts getting better as we move into spring. Water levels can fluctuate 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
Recent reports have indicated some great fishing at some of the high lakes. A small spinner or fly can be great choices. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions as lakes may still 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 lakes can be tough to get to in the spring, but can be productive.
Red Top Pond offers excellent bank fishing opportunities and was stocked at the end of May. 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 .
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, spring Chinook, shad, trout
All wild steelhead must be released in the Umpqua so please follow good catch-and-release techniques. Some summer steelhead should be around, and a few are being caught.
Shad anglers are at the usual spots between Scottsburg and Roseburg, and some folks are having great success. The typical season is from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day.
Trout fishing reopened on May 22, 2019. The mainstem is catch-and-release only, but in tributaries 2 per day may be kept as long as they meet the 8-inch minimum length.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring Chinook
We are entering the “shoulder” season for steelhead. Most of the winters should be done spawning and heading out, and some early summers might start showing up. A few summers have been caught, but it is a little early
A few Spring Chinook have been caught, but it is still slow.
Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout (those above Slide Creek Dam): check the 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: trout, bass, warmwater
Some stretches of the South are closed to fishing still. Please consult the fishing regulations for more info. Trout fishing in the entire basin is catch-and-release only. Bass fishing has been good throughout.
WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead
Willow Lake was stocked the week of May 20 with 4,000 legal-sized rainbows and 1,500 pounders, and received its first stocking of 4,000 rainbow trout the week of March 18. The boat ramp at Willow Lake is open and the lake is full. Clarity at the lake is good. Recent reports indicate that boat anglers had been catching fish with very little in the way of crowds!
WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch
Fishing in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful.
WINCHUCK RIVER: trout
Trout season opened May 22. Two trout may be retained daily. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead. Please see the exceptions to the southwest zone regulations for more details.