Recreation Report

Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of Feb. 13, 2018

There are no regulation updates for the Southwest Zone at this time.

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

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:

  • This weekend (Feb. 17 & 18) is a Free Fishing Weekend. You won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon. But remember, all other regulations and area closures still apply.
  • Fish Lake is now ice-free and fish up to 14-inches are being caught.
  • The middle Rogue River is in good shape and winter steelhead fishing should be good.
  • Conditions in the Coos and Coquille continue low and clear – a good time for small presentations and a stealthy approach. Some steelhead stacked in tidewater and lower rivers, awaiting the next rain to move upstream.
  • Coos County beaches have been giving up redtail surfperch when the surf conditions allow. 
  • The mainstem Umpqua is a good choice for steelhead fishing; with water levels pretty lower, anglers are having most success low in the system.
  • Lake Selmac will be stocked this week with 5,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

2018 Stocking Schedule and Map

The 2018 trout stocking schedule is now posted online. Once you know where you want to go, use this Google map to get directions and more details about your fishing destination.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Ice fishing safety

With several water bodies beginning to ice over, anglers need to be cautious during first-ice conditions. Take the following precautions: use the “buddy system,” wear a PFD in case of thin ice, carry a throw-rope, and use a heavy metal staff to check for thin-ice. The Minnesota DNR has developed guidelines for ice thickness and other safety tips.

AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth bass, black crappie

Agate Lake has been stocked with larger-sized rainbow trout along with fingerling trout, which should provide good fishing opportunity through the spring. This, along with its low elevation, should make Agate Lake a good destination for anglers during the winter and a few reports indicate trout have been caught. The reservoir is 50 percent full. The county park is open during daylight hours.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Applegate Reservoir has been stocked with rainbow trout and fishing should be good.

The reservoir has begun refilling but the only boat access is still the low water ramp at French Gulch. Slow trolling a wedding ring/worm combination, flashers or dodgers with bait, or wind-drifting worms should be effective. Trolling a lure like a flatfish or casting flies may work as well.  Bank fishing can be difficult at Applegate due to the steep shoreline, but the upper end should have some access and there has been recent success by bank anglers at the creek mouths. The surface temperature in the reservoir is 41F.

APPLEGATE RIVER: steelhead, trout

The Applegate River is open for winter steelhead fishing. However, only hatchery steelhead may be retained. See 2018 sport fishing regulations for more information. The Applegate is getting a little low so anglers must use stealth as fish are likely holding in the many deep pools. A lot of the fish being caught are wild fish and must be released unharmed. Fishing has been best from Murphy downstream but fish have been caught upstream of Murphy. Cleos, pink rubber worms and fly-fishing all work well on the Applegate.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

ODFW and OPRD, with funds from ODFW Restoration and Enhancement program, have completed a project to enhance the pond for youth fishing. The project focused on deepening the pond and cleaning up the banks to make it easier for kids to reach the “good” fishing water. As part of the project, wildlife and fish habitat was improved around the pond. There are no trout in the pond, as it was lowered to implement the project. Anglers can look at ODFW’s stocking schedule as to when the pond will be stocked later this spring.

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

Ben Irving is scheduled to be stocked at the end of February. There are still opportunities to catch carryover fish. Warmwater fishing should pick up with warming temperatures.

BLUEBILL LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Bluebill Lake is stocked in early May with hatchery rainbow trout. The lake 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.

BRADLEY LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Bradley Lake is stocked with legal-size and trophy-size rainbow trout throughout the spring. The lake has largemouth bass and bluegills, which can be caught all spring and summer.

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.

BUTTERFIELD LAKE: trout, warmouth, largemouth bass

Butterfield Lake is stocked with rainbow trout in the spring and fall. The lake is fairly deep and has populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, yellow perch and warmouth.

Located seven miles north of North Bend in Riley Ranch County Park. There is a campground, dune access, and a primitive launch for small float craft.

CHETCO RIVER: winter steelhead

Steelhead fishing has been fair. Water conditions continue to be low and clear. We’re expecting a small amount of rain mid-week, but water levels will likely remain the same. Conditions are favorable for plunking and for using a drift boat.

The ODFW angler caught winter steelhead broodstock program started last week. This is an annual program to collect adult steelhead to be spawned for the hatchery program on the river. Anglers interested in participating or would like more information can call the ODFW Gold Beach office at 541-247-7605. 

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

Cooper Creek received over 10,000 trout in 2017. Fishing should be good with the addition of about 2,000 trout last week. Fishing for bass and bluegill could improve with warming temperatures. Cooper was also stocked in the last two years with coho salmon juveniles. These are often mistake for kokanee. Anglers may retain up to 5 as part of their daily trout bag limit. Please remember to release those less than 8-inches. Anglers have reported catching a few coho.


These lakes and ponds are now listed individually in the alphabetical listing. Spring trout stocking begins around March 1 (see stocking schedule). 

COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, rockfish, steelhead

Streams and rivers are now closed to trout fishing until May 22, 2018.

The West Fork Millicoma River is low and clear making steelhead fishing difficult. Steelhead will be holding in upper tidewater, the deepest pools, or in fast moving riffles. The East Fork Millicoma and South Fork Coos rivers are also low and clear. Steelhead anglers are having success fishing eggs or yarn balls along the bottom or by fishing a jig suspended below a bobber.

Anglers fishing the South Fork Coos River above Dellwood will need a permit from Weyerhaeuser, which allows the angler access up to the Seven Mile Bridge. Permits can be obtained at Weyerhaeuser’s Coos Bay office. In the Coos Basin, 1 additional hatchery steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult hatchery fish harvested daily.

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is opened on Jan. 1 in the ocean along with bays and estuaries. The daily bag limit will be 5 marine fish plus 2 lingcod. There will be no retention of cabezon until July 1.  Anglers have reported catching rockfish near the north jetty of Coos Bay.  Surf perch fishing from Coos County beaches has been successful when surf conditions allow. 

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the Crabbing and Clamming section of the Recreation Report.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: crab, trout, steelhead

Streams and rivers are now closed to trout fishing until next spring.

There were a lot of anglers fishing the North Fork Coquille at LaVerne Park last week. Steelhad are being caught on yarn balls, eggs, and even spinners. The water levels on the North Fork are now low and clear. There were lots of steelhead anglers on the South Fork Coquille last week and over the weekend. The river levels have dropped and fishing will be best in deep pools and on the lower end of the river. In the Coquille Basin 1 additional hatchery steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily.

Beginning Jan. 1, anglers will have the opportunity to harvest 1 wild steelhead per day, 3 for the season from the East Fork Coquille River. The open area for steelhead fishing in the East Fork remains the same as in past years. These regulations are listed in the 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. 

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the Crabbing and Clamming section of the Recreation Report.


Fishing has been good during the abnormally high air temperatures and no snow. The last report from the lake was that it was free of ice and fishable.

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 website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 5 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 trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. Tiger 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 not been stocked with trout since last spring but there are plenty of holdover rainbow trout and wild cutthroat trout for anglers to catch. Trolling spinners is the best way to cover water and catch trout this time of the year. 

The lake also has a decent population of largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill. Fishing for these warmwater fish species will improve as water temperatures warm in late spring.

Approximately 13 miles north of North Bend off Hwy 101.

ELK RIVER: winter steelhead

Fair. River conditions have been low and clear. To check river current conditions, call 541-332-0405. The best river height to drift the river is 5.2 feet and dropping.

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

The county boat ramp is open during daylight hours. Some holdover rainbow trout are available along with bass and other warmwater species; however, anglers will have to work to find the fish and fish slowly to be successful. The lake is currently 40 percent full.

EMPIRE LAKES: trout, warmwater species

Excess hatchery steelhead were released into Lower Empire Lake the last two weeks and 18 excess hatchery steelhead were released into Upper Empire Lake this past week. Fishing regulations for these stocked steelhead in Empire Lakes are just like the trout regulations. Anglers can keep 1 fish over 20-inches per day and only need their fishing license.

Trophy trout will be stocked in both Upper and Lower Empire lakes in March.

A paved trail encircling the lakes allows easy access bank fishing. Located in the City of Coos Bay’s John Topits Park, near the community college.

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

ODFW has stocked the pond just north of the Isola Arena with 1,000 legal-size and 150 larger-size rainbow trout. Anglers can fish the pond, which is now within a RV Park developed by Jackson County by parking in the lot to the right as you drive in Gate 5 and walking to the pond. A day use fee to park here is $4. An annual parking permit can be purchased from Jackson County Parks Department for $30.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake is stocked with rainbow trout, tiger trout and Chinook salmon. Brook trout also are available. Fish Lake is currently ice-free but that could change depending on the weather. Reports from the lake indicate rainbow in the 14-inch range are being caught. Anglers have had good success in boats casting flies and lures like little cleos in to shore and retrieving back to the boat. The lake is currently 72 percent full. Anglers should be aware that a snow park permit is needed to use the USFS lot at the boat ramp in winter. The resort will be open Fridays through Sundays during the winter.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bass

The lake is best fished by 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.

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

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. The pond is shallow and therefore only supports populations of warmwater fish.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville should have good numbers 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 the ones less than 8-inches long.

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. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout

With local rivers low and clear or high and muddy, anglers may want try fishing the lake for some trout. Usually the best time to fish is in the afternoon or evening after water and air temperatures warm some and fish become a little more active. Garrison has a pretty good number of carry over trout and some cutthroat running around this time of year. In addition, ODFW has started putting a few excess hatchery steelhead adults in the lake in January and February for anglers to catch. If anglers catch one these steelhead they are considered trout and do not need to be tagged.     

ODFW implemented a tag reward trout study in 2017. Anglers were asked to report tagged trout that they caught.  The study is coming to an end, but there are still some of the tagged fish in the lake.  A few of these tags are reward tags. Anglers can report the tag number to the ODFW Gold Beach office (541) 247-7605. Tags can be cut off or pulled out of fish being released. The study is an effort by ODFW to see what size of trout contribute to the fishery the best. Garrison is always an excellent trout fishery, and this study will only help improve it.


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. Hemlock and Lake in the Woods received several stockings of trout in 2017. There are opportunities to catch holdover rainbow trout that were stocked in previous years. Remember only trout over 8-inches may be harvested, and only one trout over 20-inches may be kept per day.


Anglers should be prepared for winter conditions. Bank access is available at numerous locations including the dam. Willow Point boat ramp is open and boat fishing continues to produce multiple 16-inch rainbows. Fishing has been slow for bank anglers. The lake is 70 percent full.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Anglers should be prepared for winter conditions. With campground and jetty access closures in place, angler access is primarily from the bank along Hyatt Prairie Road. The lake is 43 percent full.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois is low and clear but fish are spread throughout the system and there has been success over the last week. Only hatchery trout may be retained. Wild steelhead over 24-inches may be harvested, 1 per day and 5 per year. See 2018 fishing regulations for more information. 

JOHNSON MILL POND: trout, warmwater species

Johnson Mill Pond will be stocked with both legal-size and trophy-size rainbow trout this spring. The pond provides good fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill in late spring to early summer.

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

LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout, yellow perch

Lake Marie has slowed after a productive early winter. 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. Anglers fishing the Lake Marie are asked to e-mail Especially if they catch adipose fin-clipped fish. This will allow STEP to continue the project.

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Lake Selmac will be stocked this week with 5,000 legal-size rainbow trout complimenting the legal-sized, large rainbows and fingerlings stocked last fall. Road closures are still in effect due to work on the spillway for the dam, but a detour reportedly remains available to the Mallard Loop area of the lake. Boat anglers are reminded to clean weeds off boats before leaving the lake.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Trout fishing typically slows during the winter, but can be good when conditions allow. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of five 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

Loon Lake has been stocked several times in 2017 with legal-size trout and is scheduled to be stocked at the end of February. Fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass can be productive even in winter months. 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.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Lost Creek Reservoir is a winter trout fishing hot spot in the Rogue Valley, with the vast majority of water users being anglers this time of year. Many more large trout are being stocked in Lost Creek than in past years as a result of data from recent trout tagging studies

Boat anglers in winter can have success trolling along the dam, around the exposed island near the Takelma boat ramp, and shallower areas of the main reservoir. Trolling a green wedding ring through the Lost Creek arm reportedly worked well over the weekend and boat anglers fishing PowerBait have caught 10- 15 fish in a couple hours. Bank anglers have good success on either side of the dam, but are reminded to not block access to the Takelma boat ramp.

Both the Takelma boat ramp and Marina boat ramps are available. The reservoir surface temperature is 42F. For the most current Lost Creek Reservoir information, call 1-800-472-2434.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond has been stocked with rainbow trout. 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: trout, warmwater species

Mingus Park Pond will be stocked with legal-size rainbow trout in mid-March. Anglers also catch big largemouth bass during the spring and summer.

Located in Mingus Park in the City of Coos Bay.

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, crab, surfperch

The All Depth recreational fishing for bottomfish reopened on Jan. 1 in the ocean. The daily bag limit will be 5 marine fish plus 2 lingcod. There will be no retention of cabezon until July 1. Anglers have been catching big lingcod fishing in deep water outside of Coos Bay, Bandon, and Winchester Bay.  Anglers also are catching lots of rockfish.

Anglers may also choose to fish the offshore longleader fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line Jan.–March and Oct-Dec. 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. More information about a longleader setup can be found here.

Surfperch fishing has been decent when the ocean swells have been small. Anglers are having the best luck fishing the beaches with sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp sand worms. Anglers need to be careful of rough ocean conditions and sneaker waves. 

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the Crabbing and Clamming section of the Recreation Report.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Plat I was stocked several times in 2017 with legal-size trout. 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. The reservoir is drawn down every fall to allow collection of water for the next irrgation season. Plat I has been drawn down for the season.

POWERS POND: trout, warmwater species

Powers Pond will be stocked with legal-size and trophy-size rainbow trout throughout the spring. 

During the late spring fishing for largemouth bass, crappies and bluegills is good. 

A great place for kids with fishing, swimming and lots of creature comforts.

REINHART POND: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Reinhart Pond will be stocked with 300 legal-size trout this week.


Rogue River, lower: winter steelhead

Low. There is a small amount of rain in the forecast this week, but it likely won’t be enough to alter river conditions. A few winter steelhead are being picked up by anglers plunking Spin-n-Glos. Boat anglers are starting to catch more steelhead. Most fish are being caught while boats are anchored up and running plugs waiting for steelhead to move up river. Boat anglers side drifting eggs in the Agness area are also picking up a some fish. 

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout

The middle Rogue is a little low and fishing for winter steelhead has been fair. Holdover half-pounders are present and are biting aggressively. Yarn balls, plugs and fly-fishing all work well throughout the middle river. The river is also open for trout fishing. Five hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed.

As of Tuesday morning, the flow in Grants Pass was 1,710 cfs, the water temperature was 41 oF, and the clarity was 1 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: steelhead, trout

Winter steelhead are available in the upper Rogue but it will take some time for large numbers of fish to arrive. Updated fish counts at Cole Rivers Hatchery can be viewed here.

Trout are also available. Only hatchery rainbow trout can be kept, while all cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout must be released unharmed.

The river discharge from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1,100 cfs and 42oF on Tuesday, Jan. 23. For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434.

SAUNDERS LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Saunders Lake is stocked with legal-size rainbow trout throughout the spring beginning around March 1.

Over 60 excess hatchery steelhead were released into Saunders Lake this past week. Fishing regulations for these stocked steelhead in Saunders Lake are just like the trout regulations. Anglers can keep 1 fish over 20-inches per day and only need their fishing license.

Located seven miles north of North Bend. Public access is available at the south end of the lake where there is a county park and boat ramp.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: steelhead

Steelhead fishing is open upstream to Sisters Creek on the mainstem and to bridge ten (~14.5 miles up the N.F. Smith River Rd.) on the North Fork. Steelhead fishing should be good during February. The Smith can be one of the first to clear after a large storm.

Chinook fishing closed on Dec. 31.

Trout fishing in the mainstem and tributaries reopens May 22, 2018


Soda Springs remains CLOSED. The reservoir is closed to evaluate its use by salmon and steelhead.

SRU LAKE: trout

Sru Lake is stocked with legal size rainbow trout in late spring. 

Located on the US Forest Service’s Powers Ranger District, nearly 20 miles south of Powers.  

TENMILE CREEK: trout, steelhead

Streams and rivers are now closed to trout fishing until May 22, 2018.

Steelhead fishing has been good on Tenmile Creek with anglers catching fresh bright hatchery steelhead. Most anglers are plunking a Spin-n-Glo with eggs or drifting jigs under a bobber. Eel Creek opened to steelhead fishing on Jan. 1 and lots of steelhead have returned to the fish trap. 

TENMILE LAKES: trout, warmwater species, largemouth bass

Trout fishing is open all year in Tenmile Lakes, and some holdover trout over 15-inches have been caught in recent weeks. 

Fishing for largemouth bass has been slow. Water temperatures are cold so anglers will need to slow down there presentations. Most bass will be found in deeper water near structure or weed edges.

Anglers have reported the fishing for yellow perch has slowed down. There are lots of small yellow perch so anglers will have to sort to find larger perch.

Located ten miles north of North Bend alongside Highway 101, at the town of Lakeside.  County Park with camping, boat ramp and a fishing dock. 

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

Fishing is open in Toketee year-round, but is likely slow with cold tempertatures. For more information call the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531.


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.

Red Top Pond, which offers excellent bank fishing opportunities, has been stocked several times. 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.


With the rest of the basin still running low, the main has been the section of choice. Anglers are picking up decent numbers of fish and with the forecasted amount of rain, fish should be enticed to bite.

Chinook has reopened on the Main, however fishing usually doesn’t pick up until March.

There have been reports of large groups of juvenile steelhead moving through the basin. Please remember to release these fish quickly and unharmed. Trout fishing in the mainstem Umpqua tributaries will reopen May 22, 2018 and is catch-and-release only.


Most anglers have been focusing on the lower North as the river is quite low. Chinook fishing opened on the North up to Deadline Falls. Springer fishing doesn’t usually pick up until March.

Check with the US Forest Service regarding potential trail closures on the North Umpqua. Most access points are open, but some trails remain closed after this summer’s fire. The North Umpqua is closed to Chinook fishing till February. Trout fishing in North Umpqua and its tributaries is closed until May 22, 2018.

Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30 fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless artificial fly.


Anglers are having lots of success throughout the South, but have recently been limited to the lower portion of the South due to low flows. Fishing should be good with a little bit of rain in the forecast. There also seems to be good numbers of hatchery fish.

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

Willow Lake has been stocked with legal and larger (12- to 14-inch) rainbow trout and fishing should be good. Willow Lake is at a suitable elevation to remain ice free but be above the fog, making it a great destination on a nice winter day. The lake is 66 percent full.

The county has had the paved boat ramp closed recently due to low water, but provided a temporary ramp set up in the campground. Access at the park is available during daylight hours in winter.

WINCHESTER BAY:  bottomfish, perch

Fishing in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful.

WINCHUCK RIVER: winter steelhead

Low and clear. Steelhead are spread throughout the river. This river clears quickly and often times requires anglers to use lighter gear and a stealthy approach. The Winchuck is a good river to fish after a winter storm, as it is one of the first rivers to drop back into fishing condition.