Razor clamming open from south jetty Siuslaw River to CA border. Closed from north jetty Siuslaw to Columbia River including Clatsop beaches.

The mainstem and West Fork will be open for retention of hatchery Chinook.

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

All state-owned fish hatcheries remain closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.

Recreation Report

Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  April 29, 2021

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

Mainstem Rogue River

  • Effective May 1, 2021 through July 31, 2021, the Rogue River River Hatchery Hole located just downstream of the Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam is closed to all angling.

Mainstem Umpqua River

  • Effective February 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021, the Mainstem Umpqua River is closed to the retention of all wild Chinook (adult and jack) salmon.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Central Point, Rogue Watershed District 541-826-8774
  • Charleston Field Office 541-888-5515 
  • Roseburg Umpqua Watershed District Office  541-440-3353
  • Gold Beach Field Office 541-247-7605 
Recreation Report

largemouth bass at Hyatt Lake
"First Largy of the year" largemouth bass at Hyatt Lake -Photo by Michael Wilkerson-

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We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports―the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the weekly Recreation Report.

 

Trout stocking is underway at several area lakes and ponds. In addition, many of these locations will have holdover trout from last year’s stocking. These fish have been in the water long enough to have put on some size, and to key in on natural food sources. Selecting flies or lures that mimic these food sources can be effective.

With very low water levels again expected in Howard Prairie and Hyatt Lake this year, stocking of these water bodies will change for the good in other Rogue Valley lakes, ponds and reservoirs. For instance, more trout will be stocked in Emigrant Reservoir this year compared with recent years. Water levels in Emigrant will also be very low, but ODFW expects there to be some boat ramp access through the spring months and into early summer; with bank access also being plentiful. Trout have been stocked in Agate Reservoir this spring - an opportunity not typically present for April and May! Some additional trout will also be stocked in Fish Lake along Hwy 140, and Reinhardt Park Pond in Grants Pass. 

Bass and panfish angling is well underway in low elevation lakes and reservoirs in the Roseburg, Rogue Valley, and Illinois Valley areas. 

Anglers and other members of the public should remember that it’s illegal to fish with live fish as bait in all lakes, ponds, reservoirs, creek and rivers in Oregon. Also, transporting fish, shellfish, crayfish, amphibians, or even dumping the contents of an aquarium into a waterbody is illegal and can be very detrimental to these systems. If you see someone doing any of these things, please report it to OSP or your local fish and wildlife office immediately. Or better yet, if you feel safe, ask the person to stop as you see it happening. Education is key to keeping Oregon’s waterways free from additional invasive or unwanted species.

Lakes and ponds to fish this week:

  • Lost Creek Lake should be receiving another 10000 legal and 1500 “pounder trout” this week. Fishing should be good by the marina, the Takelma ramp, and the dam.  5/12/21
  • Applegate Reservoir received its first 15,000 legal trout and 500 “pounders” this week. Applegate Reservoir levels are better than last year, and holdover trout should also be present. French Gulch and Copper ramps are open. Hart-tish is scheduled to open for Memorial Day. 5/12/21
  • Lake Selmac receives another 3,000 legal rainbow trout this week.  Bass and bluegill fishing should be picking up, too.  5/12/21
  • Emigrant Lake has been fishing well for bass and crappie. Trout have also recently been stocked.  5/12/2021
  • Floras Lake will be a good bet for trout anglers this week. Warmer temperatures will help put native cutthroat and holdover rainbows on the bite. It’s also being stocked with a healthy dose of fresh hatchery fish. 4/28/21
  • Galesville was stocked at the beginning of May and should be a good bet. 5/12/21
  • Now that the ice is off Diamond Lake, the fishing has been great. 4/28/21

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Winter steelhead fishing on most coastal rivers ended March 31. Larger systems such as the Rogue and Umpqua remain open. With trout fishing on most all of these streams also closed or ending on March 31, only anglers with a combined angling tag in possession should be fishing on rivers and streams that are currently open to salmon and/or steelhead fishing.  This closure is to protect spawning fish, as well as out-migrating juvenile salmon and trout (smolt).

Trout fishing on most rivers and streams remains closed until May 22. Check the exceptions section to see if fishing for trout is open in your specific river or stream. If it’s not specified in the “exceptions” section as open for (hatchery or wild) trout retention or “catch-and-release” for the water body you plan to fish, revert back to the SW zone regulations for your area to see when it’s open. 

All tributaries to larger river systems such as the Rogue, Applegate and Illinois are closed to fishing, unless noted in the regulations exceptions section of the SW Zone.

Rivers and streams to fish this week:

  • There are still hatchery winter steelhead available in the upper Rogue River. Wild steelhead retention is close. Trout fishing remains closed until May 22 to protect outmigrating wild steelhead smolts. 5/12/2021
  • Springers are starting to move on the lower Rogue and anglers have been landing some fish. 4/28/21
  • On the mainstem Umpqua, anglers are doing well with bass and starting to pick up some shad. 4/28/21

RECENTLY STOCKED

Scheduled to be stocked this week (week of May 10): Fish Lake, Medco Pond, Ben Irving Reservoir, Hemlock Lake, Burma Pond, Powers Pond, Selmac Lake, Lost Creek Reservoir, Red Top Lake

Stocked last week (week of May 3): Galesville Reservoir, Marie Lake, Expo Pond, Spaulding Pond, Eel Lake, Clearwater Bay, Emigrant Reservoir, Reinhart Park Pond and Hyatt Lake.

Expect changes to the stocking schedule

Trout stocking this year will be challenging in some areas of the state. 

Some waterbodies may not be stocked because of poor water conditions, and these fish will be diverted to another location. In other cases, stocking may happen a week before/after the scheduled date due to logistical challenges. Staff may need to make these decisions quickly, and not have time to update the stocking database.

Therefore, please check the Recreation Report listings below for stocking updates and changes before heading out. Changes to the schedule will be noted here.

Check out the 2021 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.

Rogue River hatchery hole at Cole Rivers Hatchery is closed

In the upper Rogue, the “hatchery hole” which encompasses the reach of water from “ODFW Markers 1,200 feet below fish ladder entrance markers (RM 157) to Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam” is now closed to ALL FISHING through July 31. This closure is to help ensure spring Chinook broodstock needs are met at Cole Rivers Hatchery. The rest of the river regulations remain unchanged.

New map shows wildfire impacts on recreation

Hunters, anglers and wildlife viewers will be living with the impacts of the 2020 wildfire season for a long time. To help you navigate the status of popular recreation sites, natural resource management agencies in Oregon have released an interagency status map that shows open, closed and reduced service areas on a single map, regardless of reason for closure.

The map now also includes an updated boat ramp status map. The Marine Board plans to update boat ramp status every month at a minimum.

Diamond Lake Trout Study

We’re asking anglers who catch rainbow trout 20 inches or longer to take their catch to the Diamond Lake Marina where staff will take a scale sample. Anglers will need to fill out their name, harvest date and contact info on the scale envelope. Those that do will be entered in a chance to win a $50 gift card. 

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

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

There should still be some trout hanging around at Agate Lake. Anglers should take advantage of this opportunity as trout are not typically stocked in Agate Lake. 

Agate Lake is at 95 percent capacity. Conditions are relatively good out here, but clarity is still a bit off. Water temperatures are good for warmwater fishing. Boat ramp and day-use facilities here are open and managed by Jackson County Parks. There is a 10mph speed limit on this reservoir. Lovely views of snow-covered Mt. McLaughlin and a full reservoir make Agate a nice and easy destination for anglers and wildlife viewers this time of year.

Agate Lake has a good population of black crappie and introduced yellow perch, as well as brown bullhead. Last updated 5/12/21.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR and River above the reservoir: trout

Applegate Reservoir received its first stocking of 10,000 legal and 500 “pounder” rainbow trout this week. The reservoir has more water than last year, but is still on the low side.  Bait is allowed and 5 trout per day, year-round, on the streams above Applegate Dam and the lake itself. French Gulch and Copper boat ramps are both usable, but just gravel and earthen ramps at these water levels. The concessionaire that operates Hart-Tish does not plan on opening until Memorial Day.

The reservoir is 66 percent full with an elevation of 1,959.9 ft. Surface temperatures are in the high 50s/low 60s. 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 5/12021.

APPLEGATE RIVER below Applegate Dam: winter steelhead, trout

The Applegate River closed to steelhead and trout fishing on March 31. Trout season will again reopen on May 22, with only hatchery trout allowed for retention. All other fishing is closed while steelhead/trout season is closed. This includes catch-and-release fishing for trout or fishing for other species such as bass or pikeminnow. Wild steelhead smolts are out-migrating and there are mainstem spawning adults present. 

On May 4, 17 winter steelhead were collected in the trap at the base of Applegate Reservoir. Hatchery staff are making weekly checks out here. A total of 327 fish have returned thus far this season, well below the average. Again, the mainstem Applegate River is now closed to all fishing below Applegate Dam to the confluence with the Rogue. Last updated 5/12/21.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

The pond is stocked regularly throughout the spring with legal-size trout and some trophies. It’s a great place for young anglers to learn some casting and fishing techniques. Try a little PowerBait with a bobber or a small spinner and you might be surprised at what bites!

You may notice several buoys in the middle of the pond. These are marking vegetation suppression mats designed to limit the pond weed growth. Please use care to not snag the submerged line as you may find it quite difficult to get your gear back.

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 5/12/21.

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

The reservoir was stocked at the beginning of March with 3,000 rainbow trout, and is scheduled to be stocked this week. The weekend is looking warm and sunny, which may push the trout deeper in the lake. Bass fishing should be good with water temperatures rising. Ben Irving can often be murky, so larger, flashier presentations might be in order. Last updated 5/12/21.

BRADLEY LAKE: trout

Trophy trout were stocked last month in Bradley Lake. Anglers will have the most success trolling wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm in the middle of the lake.

Largemouth bass can be found in shallower water near weedlines or submerged trees. Most largemouth bass have spawned but there still may be a few fish guarding nests or fry. Plastic worms and jigs or weedless topwater baits are good ways to catch bass in shallow water. Last updated 5/12/21.

BURMA POND: trout

Burma pond received another 600 legal rainbow trout this week. It’s a bit of a drive up a dirt forest service road to get here, but fishing should be good. Directions to this USFS pond are located on the 50 places to fish within 60 minutes of Medford publication. Last updated 5/12/21.

BUTTERFIELD LAKE: trout, warmwater fish

Trout were stocked into Butterfield Lake last month.

Largemouth bass fishing is picking up in the lake with bass moving into shallow water and spawning. Bass tend to move into deeper water on sunny days in this lake. The lake surface water temperature are in the mid60s last weekend. Last updated 5/12/21.

CHETCO RIVER:

Closed to fishing until May 22.

The river is closed this time of year to protect out migrating steelhead smolts heading to the ocean and spawning winter steelhead.

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

Cooper was stocked with 3,500 rainbow trout in the first week of March and was stocked with another 3,000 trout at the beginning of April. With warmer temperatures, fishing should be good for trout and bass.

Beginning in 2016, Cooper has been stocked with coho and Chinook salmon juveniles (20,000 coho in 2019). These are often mistaken for kokanee. Anglers may retain up to 5 salmon juveniles in the reservoir as part of their daily trout bag limit. Please remember to release salmon and trout less than 8 inches. Last updated 4/28/21

COOS RIVER BASIN: bottomfish

Boat and bank anglers (on the jetty) are still catching rockfish inside lower Coos Bay. Smaller jigs with a twister tail or 1-ounce jigging spoons have been working to catch rockfish. Anglers can also catch striped surfperch fishing sand shrimp near the jetties. The daily bag limit for marine fish was recently reduced to 5, which includes a one fish sub-bag limit for China, copper and quillback rockfish. Anglers can still harvest 2 lingcod per day. 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers opens on May 22. River levels are currently very low for this time of the year. Last updated 5/12/21.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: striped bass, smallmouth bass

Anglers have been catching striped bass in the upper end of tidewater. Most striped bass are caught in low light conditions or in the dark. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on striped bass.

Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the mainstem Coquille River. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on smallmouth bass in the Coquille River.

Trout fishing in streams and rivers opens on May 22. River levels are currently very low for this time of the year Last updated 5/12/21.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

The ice has melted at Diamond and it’s time to go fishing! One boat recently reported catching 20 trout. When you catch a trout over 20 inches, take them to the Marina to get a scale sample taken and be entered into a raffle!

Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camps and ramps. Seasonal closures are occurring for campgrounds and boat launches. Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at Diamond Lake on the Diamond Lake Resort Facebook page, or call 541-793-3333 for updates. Diamond Lake is open year-round.

Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger and brown trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. These trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught. Last updated 5/5/21.

EEL LAKE: trout, warmwater fish

Boat anglers have been picking up a few trout by trolling with wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm. Anglers are catching trout from the fishing dock casting spinners or suspending bait off the dock.   

Crappie will start transitioning from deep water to the weedline edges. On warm sunny days crappies could be found feeding in shallower water. Last updated 4/21/21. 

ELK RIVER:

Closed to all fishing until May 22.

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

With warming surface temperatures, trout anglers will want to fish off the bottom or with a sliding and threaded nighcrawler under a bobber. Trolling near the dam or up by the Emigrant Arm will be best for trout. For bank anglers interested in a little hike, walkalong the shore toward the dam to find the deepest water. The best success out here will be targeting warmwater fish.

Bass fishing has really picked up in the last few weeks. Anglers are throwing lipless crankbaits/rattlers, spinner baits, and Texas rigs. A nice 3- or 4-inch swim bait has also produced based on recent reports. 

Crappie fishing with small crappie jigs is also producing.

For more information on park facilities closures visit the Jackson County Parks website.

The reservoir has been rising the last few weeks due to water transfers from Howard and Hyatt and is at 33 percent. Surface temperatures are in the high 60s. Last updated 5/12/21. 

EMPIRE LAKES: trout

Lower and Upper Empire lakes were stocked last week and are scheduled to be stocked again this week with “pounder” size trout. Anglers will have success casting spinner and spoons, or by fishing PowerBait near the bottom. Last updated 4/21/21.

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

Day use permits are required. Expo Pond received its second rainbow trout stocking earlier in April. Trout fishing should still be good to ok. Nightcrawlers under a bobber should do well. Anglers with personal water craft should be able to troll along the steep blackberry bank closest to the Expo. 

Bass fishing has been picking up with the warming days. Anglers have caught bass via kayak and from shore. Texas rigs with soft plastics have been producing well, as have spinner baits and crank baits. Water temperatures are in the high 60s to low 70s depending on the time of day.

Daily trout limit at Expo Pond is 5 fish per day.

Chinese mystery snails are present here in the most northern pond. Please do not move these creatures and drain and dry any personal water craft before using them in another waterbody. Last updated 5/12/21.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish lake received another 4,500 legal rainbow trout this week. Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to use live fish as bait in any Oregon lake, river or stream. Fish Lake Marina and Store opens on Friday. Call ahead to book a boat rental! It’s best to call ahead to confirm the most current status of the lodge and café: 541-949-8500 or check their Facebook page.

No recent report on visibility, but fishing should be good. And the lake is at 47 percent capacity. Both the USFS and resort ramps are usable. 

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

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 5/12/21.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Sunny spring weather has brought the water temperature up enough to make holdover rainbows from last season and native cutthroat move around and bite more. This waterbody also was stocked with a fresh batch of hatchery rainbow trout recently. Tossing or trolling with spinners, bait and bobber, and fly-fishing are all popular fishing methods for chasing trout in Floras Lake. Last updated 5/12/21.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

ODFW stocked roughly 3,500 trout in the first week of March, another 3,500 in the beginning of April, and another 2,000 last week. There should be lots of trout available for anglers! Anglers have been talking about how great Galesville had been last year.

Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions. Check out the Lake Level Gage for more information.

In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20 inches long allowed for harvest. If you catch any salmon in Galesville please e-mail a picture to Greg.f.Huchko@odfw.state.gov.  Last updated 5/12/21

GARRISON LAKE: trout

The spring months are a great time to fish the lake. As the days get longer, the water warms and fish become more active. Garrison Lake is regularly stocked with trophy and legal-size rainbow trout in the spring. 

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 4/28/20.

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

Hemlock may still be tough to access, but the road to Lake in the Woods is clear.Fishing should be good since the lakes have likely seen low pressure from anglers and spring is definitely the best time to fish these lakes.

The USFS has closed the campgrounds for the season, but will open back up when the road conditions improve. Anglers should be able to access the lakes from other areas. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-496-3532) for information on camp and ramp closures.

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 salmon and trout at least 8 inches long, and only one trout over 20 inches per day. Last updated 5/12/21.

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

Howard recently received 5,000 legal-size rainbow trout. Additional trout originally destined for Hyatt and Howard have been reallocated to other Rogue District waterbodies. This will be the only stocking of the year as of now, due to extremely low reservoir levels.

The Rogue Fish District is still interested in anglers catch composition, so there are trout stocked with differential fin marks representing different fish stocks. Anglers interested in reporting their catch or learning more about this program and what to look for, are encouraged to call 541-857-2411 and speak with the local STEP Biologist. Specifically, look for clips on ventral fins or adipose fins in your catch.

The low water boat ramp near the dam is usable. All other boat ramps are inaccessible.

There is a Hwy 66 and Hyatt Lake Rd webcam that may help if you’re planning an adventure. There is a Jackson County webcam at the Dead Indian Memorial Summit.

Howard Prairie resort campground is open and Willow Point, Klum Landing, Apserkaha, and Grizzly will be opening in mid to late May. More information on facilities can be found on Jackson County Parks website.

The reservoir has dropped from last week and is now at 10 percent full. Last updated 5/12/21.

HUNTER CREEK:

Closed to all fishing until May 22.     

Low springtime water conditions make steelhead, cutthroat and lamprey redds especially vulnerable. Though tempting, please do not drive motorized vehicles across the streambed.  Last updated 4/14/21

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Hyatt lake was recently stocked with 5000 legal rainbow trout.  This is the only planned stocking for this spring.

Unfortunately, low water at Hyatt for multiple years appears to have impacted many of the holdover trout that have often provided an excellent spring fishery.

Drift boats can still be launched from the bank at any number of the pullouts on the main road between Howard and Hyatt. Water is about 50 feet from the Cascade boat ramp and still a few hundred feet away from the Mountain View ramp. The Mountain View boat ramp is close to being usable. All federal and state campgrounds are still closed. The reservoir is 23 percent full.

There is a Hwy 66 and Hyatt Lake Rd webcam that may help you if you are planning an adventure up here. Also, ODOT trip check is worth looking at. Last updated 5/12/21.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout (opens May 22)

Steelhead and trout fishing closed on March 31. This includes all catch-and-release fishing as well. Trout fishing will reopen May 22. The trout closure is to protect out-migrating wild steelhead and salmon smolts destined for the ocean.

There is good public bank access along 8 Dollar Rd. just north of Kerby, and Illinois River Rd. outside of Selma, all the way downstream to Miami Bar. Be advised the road to Briggs Creek can be a bit muddy after a rain, but it’s not rutted and is relatively hard packed within the puddles. The water is clear out here, snow still in the mountains, and this is certainly still a destination for a hike.

Check the USGS Kerby guage which provides up to date river flow information. Last updated 5/12/21. 

LAIRD LAKE: rainbow trout

This clear little lake nestled up the Elk River was stocked a few weeks ago with rainbow trout. Spinners usually do well here. Last updated 5/12/21.

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

Trout fishing should be good out at Selmac lake with multiple recent stockings in the last two months and another recent stocking of 3000 legal trout this week. Bass fishing should also be good.

ODFW is aware of some recent dead bluegill at the lake. These appear to be of natural causes, associated with recent spawning activity. However, ODFW is coordinating observations with Josephine County Parks, and is also sending samples to their fish pathology lab, and will continue to monitor the situation.

Lake Selmac facilities operated by Josephine County Parks are currently open. More information about Josephine County Parks can be found on their website.

Lake Selmac also has a recent non-native introduction of a 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 drain and dry your vessel if you are going to another water body and help stop Oregon’s aquatic hitchhikers!

Anglers are reminded that only 1 bass may be harvested from Selmac per day. Last updated 5/12/21.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camp and ramp closures. Currently all facilities at the Lemolo Lake KOA/Crater Lake North KOA (formerly Lemolo Lake Resort) are open. Contact the resort at 541-643-0750 for weather/road conditions and additional information. The lake was able to be stocked last week with 5,000 trout so the ramp at the resort seems to open as well. The lake is also scheduled to be stocked again soon.

Fishing should be really good with the spring-like weather. 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. Last 5/12/21

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

The Takelma ramp and Marina ramp are usable.

Lost Creek received another 10,000 legal and 1500 “pounder” rainbow trout this week. 

The Marina and Joseph Stuart State Park are now managed by Jackson County Parks. Day use fees for this facility apply. If you’re a frequent user here, a Jackson County Parks season pass is $40 and covers many other local Rogue Valley fishing destinations, as well.

Good techniques here include trolling a wedding ring spinner tipped with a nightcrawler and weighted with an egg shaped in-line sinker, or a trolling spoons. Still fishing is good with PowerBait off the bottom, a worm suspended with a small piece of marshmallow as the float, or even a small cocktail shrimp on a dropper weight. Nightcrawlers or cocktail shrimp under a bobber will produce too. Try a bobber stop a ways up your main line so the bait can sink 10 or 15 feet at least.

The lake is 83 percent full with an elevation 1,856.0 feet and 61 degree surface temperature this morning.

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 5/12/21.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco received of 2,000 legal rainbow trout 3 weeks ago. Medco Pond is at 3,054 feet elevation and located between Butte Falls and Prospect. This can be a great little pond for bluegill fishing with kiddos. Try fishing a nightcrawler on a #4 hook or smaller under a bobber. Bass fishing is picking up for anglers in small boats. 

Medco Pond is a private pond and access can be revoked at any time. Medco received 15,000 fall fingerling trout that should have overwintered and be catchable size by now. 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 5/12/21.

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, surfperch

Boat anglers have been doing very well catching nice size lingcod and rockfish when the ocean swells are down. Bottom fishing is open to all depths through May 31. The daily bag limit for marine fish was recently reduced to 5fish, which includes a one fish sub-bag limit for China, copper, and quillback rockfish. Anglers can still harvest 2 lingcod per day. Anglers must release all cabezon through June.

*** Beginning Monday, May 10, 2021 the general marine bag limit (rockfish, greenlings, skates, etc.) is 5 fish per angler 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.

Ocean salmon anglers have been catching Chinook salmon near Coos Bay.   

Surfperch anglers have been doing well catching good size red-tail surfperch along beaches near the mouths of rivers and bays. Anglers have been catching surfperch when the ocean swells are calmer using sand shrimp, mole crabs, or Berkley Gulp sand worms. Last updated 5/12/21.

2021 sport bottomfish seasons

PISTOL RIVER:

Closed to all fishing until May 22.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout

Plat I was stocked for the only time this season in March. Fishing should be good for bass and there should still be some trout around.

Plat I offers some of the best disabled access in the area. Last updated 4/28/21.

POWERS POND: trout, warmwater fish

Trophy trout were stocked this week into Powers Pond. Anglers should have success fishing PowerBait near the bottom or casting spinners/spoons.

As the water temperature warms largemouth bass will move into shallow water to spawn. Look for them near structure like submerged logs. Last updated 5/12/21.

Reinhardt Volunteer Park pond: trout, bass

Reinhardt Pond fishing should be winding down for the year. It still may be decent for the next week or so, but water temperatures are picking up and no more trout are planned to be stocked this spring. The last stocking of 300 legal trout was last week. There should still be some of these guys sticking around. A simple setup of a nightcrawler under a bobber, or a dime size piece of PowerBait fished off the bottom is a good bet… plus some patience for the little ones. Early to mid-morning is often the best time to fish here as water temps pick up by mid-day.

Daily bag limit for trout at Reinhardt, like all lakes and ponds, is 5 trout. Last updated 5/21/2021.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: winter steelhead, spring Chinook

Even with low water conditions boat and bank anglers have had some success picking up spring Chinook. Fishing pressure has increased, but is still fairly light. With early low water conditions like these, anglers may want to consider trolling in the estuary.  Last updated 5/12/21.

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

Currently only hatchery steelhead and hatchery spring Chinook may be harvested in the Rogue. But fishing for both may be better in the upper section of the river.

Trout fishing on the Rogue is closed and reopens on May 22. This includes catch-and-release fishing for trout. Any angler on the Rogue at this time will need to have in possession a valid combined angling tag, in addition to their fishing license, and not be targeting trout or half-pounder steelhead. Young wild and hatchery steelhead smolt are outmigrating currently and this regulation is designed to protect them.

Locally-owned and operated tackle and fly shops in Grants Pass have excellent gear and very fresh bait, local flies and knowledge that is specific to the Rogue and to your particular technique. Go check them out and offer them support during this time.

It is illegal to snag and keep a snagged fish, whether it’s wild or hatchery! Report violations to Oregon State Police by calling *OSP.

Wednesday afternoon the flow was 2,180 cfs, turbidity was 4 NTU and water temps ranging from the high 50s to low 60s. Flows have bumped up a bit in the last week to benefit migrating spring Chinook salmon and out-migrating smolts. Still, it is much lower than normal for this time of year.

For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera. Anglers can check all the USGS gaging stations, which have the most current temperatures and river flows here. Last updated 5/12/21.

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

The Hatchery Hole, which encompasses the reach of river from Cole Rivers Hatchery Blocker Dam to 1,200 feet downstream, is currently closed to ALL FISHING through July 31. In the remainder of the upper Rogue, only hatchery steelhead and hatchery spring Chinook can be retained.

Trout fishing on the Rogue is also closed until May 22. This includes catch-and-release trout angling. Any angler on the Rogue at this time will need to have in possession a valid combined angling tag, in addition to their fishing license, and should not be actively targeting and angling for trout.

This regulation is designed to protect out-migrating wild steelhead smolts. There are also hatchery steelhead smolts actively out-migrating at this time. Those anglers wishing to target the salmon fly hatch should be starting to look toward the Holy Water. It is still a bit early, but to get your trout fix, please head to the Holy Water or wait two more Saturdays for the mainstem to open to trout. 

The Holy Water, the reach of Rogue between William L. Jess Dam and the Cole Rivers Hatchery blocker dam is open year-round to trout fishing and is restricted to catch-and-release, fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Please consider filling out voluntary creel cards in this reach of river at one of the eight check stations.

As of May 4, 95 new winter steelhead entered the ladder at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing this year’s total to 1,453 fish. Additionally, 14 hatchery spring Chinook also entered the ladder at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing the year’s total to 16 fish. 

Flows have been increasing over the last week and should be 1,800 cfs by noon on Wednesday.

Locally-owned and operated tackle and fly shops in Medford, Shady Cove, and Ashland have excellent gear and very fresh bait, local flies and knowledge that is specific to the Rogue and to your particular technique. Go check them out and offer them support during this time.

For the latest fish counts, call into the Lost Creek Reservoir hotline or check the MyODFW.com fish counts page.

For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434. For real time streamflow from USGS gauges on the Rogue click here. Last updated 5/12/21.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

While trout fishing in the rest of the basin is closed to primarily protect ou-tmigrating wild steelhead smolts, 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. Stocking is scheduled to begin on Memorial Day week, and will be 3500 fish per week through Labor Day.

More information on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest lands can be found on their website or calling the RRSNF office. 

With very cold water, presentation is usually the key. Get your bait down and free drifting with as little drag as possible. Last updated 5/12/2021.

SIXES RIVER:

Closed to all fishing until May 22.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: striped bass

Striped bass season is coming on and there should be some hungry fish around.

Trout season reopens May 22.

The Smith sees only light pressure for most of the season and can provide a great experience for anglers looking to get away from the crowds. Last updated 4/28/21

SPALDING POND: rainbow trout

Spalding Pond is scheduled to receive another 600 legal trout this week. Spalding Pond received a fingerling release last fall. There should be trout around with another 600 fish already stocked earlier this year, and fall fingerlings from last winter. This area is within the Forest Service Wild Rivers Ranger District. Last updated 5/5/2021.

TENMILE LAKES/TENMILE CREEK:  largemouth bass, trout

Water temperatures over the weekend were in the mid-60s. Many largemouth bass have spawned with males now guarding fry. Bass are biting on plastic stickbaits, jigs, crankbaits, and starting to look up for topwater lures.   

Trout were stocked in North and South Tenmile lakes recently. Anglers should try trolling wedding ring spinners or other spinners tipped with a worm. Midges and other aquatic insects are hatching daily which is bringing the trout closer to the surface to feed. Last updated 5/12/21.

UMPQUA HIKE-IN LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Even into spring these lakes can be snowed in, so it can tough to know when to go. Anglers can check with the Umpqua National Forest for updates (541-498-2531). Lower elevation lakes such as Twin Lakes might be open by now, but Wolfe Lake trailhead is still blocked by snow.

Lakes typically accessible from hiking trails and that were stocked in the last couple years are: Calamut, Connie, Bullpup, Fuller, Cliff, Buckeye, Maidu, Pitt, Wolfe and Skookum lakes.

Clearwater Forebay Two can be a great place to fish as well with brook trout and rainbow available. The Forebay will be stocked soon as well.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Last updated 5/5/21

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: Chinook, bass, shad

Spring Chinook continues to be slow with only a few anglers still trying; however, there have been some recent reports of anglers catching a few.

Bass fishing is picking up with warmer temperatures and bass likely spawning. Shad fishing is in full swing with lots of anglers hitting the main all the way to tidewater. Common gear are small jigs.

Anglers also seem to be doing well at catching some rockfish and other marine species in the Winchester Bay area.

Trout fishing will reopen May 22. Last updated 5/12/21

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout, Chinook

Access may be limited due to impacts from last summer’s wildfires. The section from Steamboat Creek to Susan Creek is closed to access by the Forest Service. Sections of Bureau of Land Management lands also are closed.

Steelhead fishing is entering the shoulder season. Summer steelhead are yet to arrive and winters are on their way out. There are likely still some late winters or early summers around.

Anglers have been trying their luck at catching some spring Chinook, but it looks slow. Most anglers are bobber fishing with eggs, shrimp or a combo. Remember to adhere to the anti-snagging rule in effect above Lone Rock Boat Ramp.

Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout (those above Slide Creek Dam). These areas may be tough to access during the winter months. Check the fishing regulations to see which areas are open.

Note that as of Oct 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, artificial fly. Last updated 5/5/21

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: CLOSED 

The entire South Umpqua Basin including its tributaries close every year from May 1 through the day before Labor Day weekend – in 2021 that’s May 21. The closure is to protect spring Chinook and other salmonids during their migration. The South and tributaries will reopen May 22. Last updated 4/28/21

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

Trout fishing at Willow Lake should be good. There has been good stocking this spring, and another is scheduled for two weeks from now. There should also be plenty of holdover trout from last year available. This time of the year, the holdover fish are exceptional table fare. 

Campgrounds at Willow Lake are open, as is the improved boat ramp. For more information please visit their website.

Willow Lake is nearly full at 99 percent capacity. There are large numbers of illegally introduced yellow perch up here and anglers 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 5/12/21. 

WINCHUCK RIVER:

Closed to all fishing until May 22.

Although closed to fishing, ODFW is still out monitoring winter steelhead escapement and spawning. Most winter steelhead on the South Coast spawn in March and April and one way to monitor how steelhead are doing is to count spawning nests, called redds. Although most reports indicated poor fishing and lack of steelhead, surveys are telling a different story about how steelhead are doing in the river. So far, it is looking more of an average escapement year, with steelhead spread throughout the river utilizing most of the habitat available. In addition to steelhead, ODFW personnel are seeing adult lamprey starting to spawn.