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The Oregon coast from the Columbia River to Cape Blanco is now open to razor clamming. 4./12/19

Beginning April 16, 2019, all sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release will be prohibited.

Recreation Report

Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of April 10, 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.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • The middle and upper Rogue are dropping back into shape after the recent high waters. And with plenty of steelhead available, fishing looks good for the weekend.
  • Both the North and South Umpqua should be in good shape for steelhead fishing this weekend. Anglers have been reporting a lot of hatchery fish in the South this year.
  • With warmer spring temperatures, look for warmwater fishing to pick up in places like Empire and Tenmile lakes.
  • Keep an eye on surf conditions and when conditions allow, plan to hit the beach for surfperch fishing. Spring and early summer fishing can be excellent.
  • Trout fishing is closed on many SW streams from Oct. 31 through May 22, consult the regulations.
  • Several waterbodies in the SW Zone are scheduled to be stocked the week of April 15 including Powers Pond, Applegate Reservoir, Tenmile Lakes, Galesville Reservoir, Empire Lakes, Lost Creek Reservoir, Ben Irving Reservoir, Loon Lake and Arizona Pond.


Umpqua anglers: return steelhead snouts

Winter steelhead anglers are asked to return snouts from hatchery steelhead harvested in the Umpqua River basin to collection barrels at various boat ramps around Douglas County and at the ODFW office in Roseburg.

This data collection is part of a multi-year research project to bring more winter steelhead back to the South Umpqua.

AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The lake is 100 percent full. However, visibility is only about 6 inches due to suspension of fine sediment. Warmwater fishing should be starting to pick up here once the sediment settles out. Crappie fishing with jigs near submerged willows will be a good bet. 

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Trout anglers have reported success trolling a flasher/wedding ring/worm combination, or just a night crawler behind a flasher. However, record inflows into the lake have likely made the lake dirty so clarity could be an issue. The lake will be stocked this week with 10,000 legals and 800 quality trophy trout.

Applegate Lake has three boat ramps. The Hart-Tish Park ramp is closed until the concessionaire reopens later in the spring. Copper and French Gulch ramps are currently  accessible. Surface temperature is 50 degrees and the reservoir level is  80 percent of capacity.


The Applegate River is closed to winter steelhead and trout fishing. The river will reopen for trout fishing.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Arizona pond was stocked early last month. The April stocking schedule will be slightly modified due to inclement weather and flooding.  This month, third grade anglers from all over Curry County will be participating in the STEP-run Reel Fish Days fishing education program through their schools. 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 need to stay out of the pool.

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

The weather is warming up and it should turn the bite on. Trout anglers have had the best success trolling lures in the deeper areas of the reservoir. Warmwater fishing should be decent as well. 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

Will be stocked with legal-size trout approximately May 1, once the campground is open.

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 and trophy rainbows.  Another load of trophies is scheduled for stocking the week of April 22. 

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 was stocked in early April with legal-size trout and will be stocked the week of April 22 with pounders. Surplus winter steelhead adults have been stocked into Butterfield Lake and can be harvested as trout, keeping in mind that only one trout per day over 20-inches may be kept as part of the trout bag limit. 

Butterfield Lake has warmouth, a species of small warmwater fish. They are typically about Bluegill size, looking like a small crappie with a bass-type head. 


Fishing is closed until May 22.

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 NOAA bar camera webpage.

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

The lake was stocked recently and there should be lots of trout.

Trout fishing has been a little slow, but should pickup with warming temperatures. Some anglers are having success, and a recent report indicates decent fishing with the anglers even catching a few juvenile coho and Chinook.

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

COOS RIVER BASIN: winter steelhead

Steelhead returns are winding down, and most of the steelhead will be dark and spawned out.  

Conditions for crabbing and rockfish and lingcod angling in Coos Bay should be improving as the mud and heavy freshwater runoff subsides from recent storms. 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 will open May 22, 2019, while lakes in the basin are open year-round.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: winter steelhead

Steelhead returns are winding down, and most of the steelhead will be dark and spawned out.  

Trout fishing in streams and rivers will open May 22, 2019, while lakes in the basin are open year-round.


The ice at Diamond is likely unsafe. Follow ice fishing safety tips and proceed at your own risk. The ice may start breaking up any day now.

Make sure to contact Diamond Lake Lodge for up-to-date conditions. Diamond has had a lot of snow this year. Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at Diamond Lake on the Diamond Lake Resort Facebook page, or call 541-793-3333 for updates. Diamond Lake is open year-round. Anglers should also check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on seasonal camp and ramp closures.

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

As part of the 2016 regulation simplification process, Diamond Lake is now back to the Southwest Zone regulation of 5 rainbow trout per day.

EEL LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Eel Lake has been stocked with legal-size rainbow. In addition, the lake usually provides some holdover trout in excess of 15-inches long. 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. 

Fishing for warmwater species should pick up as spring progresses and water temperatures warm. 

Approximately 13 miles north of North Bend off Hwy 101, located in Tugman State Park. 


Fishing season is now closed until May 22. Anglers please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details.

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

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

Emigrant Reservoir received its first stocking of 1,000 legal trout for the year the week of March 18 and was stocked again last week. In addition to trout, crappie and bass are available but water clarity is still not good at this time.  Warmwater anglers should concentrate on the submerged willows.

The boat ramp nearest to Emigrant Lakes at The Point RV Park is open. Any size fishing boat should be able to launch now. All other boat ramps are closed or very inaccessible, but the reservoir is continuing to fill. The Point RV Park is open year-round. The Oak Slope Tent Campground is scheduled to open March 15, 2019.

EMPIRE LAKES: trout, warmwater species

Empire Lakes have been stocked with trophy trout and “pounder” rainbows. They are scheduled to be stocked again with trophy trout the week of April 22. 

Warmwater species like bluegill, crappie, and largemouth bass should be getting more active with spring weather.

The annual Family Fun Day will take place at Middle Empire Lake on April 27, including fishing activities for kids. 

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

Fishing for bass, panfish, and trout is good. Expo Pond was just recently stocked with legal-size trout during the first week of March and will be again in mid-April

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 is ice-free but no recent reports have come in. Fishing should be good.

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.

The resort is on winter hours and open Friday-Sunday, but anglers should call ahead to check on conditions and open hours.


The fishing season is now closed until May 22. For further details on this waterbody, please consult the southwest zone section of the ODFW Sport fishing Regulations book. And as always, please obtain landowner permission before crossing private land.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

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 ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations 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 should be picking up as we move into spring but 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 was just recently stocked with large trout and should have lots of trout from previous stockings. 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 should be 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 in March. Due to inclement weather and flooding, stocking for April has been slightly postponed. 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/2 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 after the snow melts. 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 e-mail fishing reports. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions and potential road closures. Remember to only keep trout at least 8-inches long, and only one trout over 20-inches per day.


The majority of the ice has melted at Howard. However, boat ramps and facilities are not open yet due to very low water levels. Hiking in an inflatable pontoon or something similar could provide excellent fishing opportunities. The gate to the Willow Point campground is open to provide a parking lot for anglers to access Howard Prairie. The boat ramp is not usable, the fish cleaning station will not be available, but a restroom will be 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 and largemouth bass

Hyatt should be ice-free but no reports have come in as to whether or not the fishing is good. Weather here and at Howard Prairie fluctuates much more than the higher elevation lakes such as Fish Lake or Lake of the Woods (off state Hwy 140).  


The Illinois River is closed for fishing but will reopen for trout May 22.

JOHNSONS MILL POND: trout, warmwater species

Check with Coos County Parks Dept. for access conditions. The park at Johnson Mill Pond is currently CLOSED due to flooding of the access road. Johnson Mill Pond was stocked with legal-size and trophy rainbow trout prior to the recent flooding. The pond is only stocked in March and early April, due to the heavy weed growth in this shallow pond as the spring progresses.

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 the week of April 1, 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 in the spring of 2017 and 2018. Please e-mail Greg.F.Huchko@state.or.us if you catch an adipose fin-clipped fish. This information will help inform ODFW and the local STEP group on the possibility of continuing the project.

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

Lake Selmac received another 5,000 legal rainbow trout this week to complement fish stocked earlier in February and March. However, the recent rains have likely created turbid water and it will be a while before it clears. When visibility has been good, reports have been good with fly anglers fishing leeches or streamers and a slow strip. Gear anglers should expect good success as visibility improves.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Fishing can be good after the snow melts. 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

Fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass should be picking up. Slower presentations such as jigging can be a good technique. Loon recently received its first load of trout from the hatchery which should improve trout fishing. Visit the BLM and Loon Lake Resort websites for information on opening dates and camping.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Lost Creek received its first stocking of 20,000 legal rainbow trout the week of April 1 and will be stocked again this week with another 15,000 legal sized trout and 800 trophy trout.  There should still be good populations of holdover fish from last year as well. Recent reports indicate the fishing has been good for trolling and bank angling. However, record inflow into the reservoir has led to cloudy water above Peyton Bridge. The lake is 90 percent full and both ramps are usable. Surface temperature has risen to 49 degrees.

Recent reports indicate anglers have found success on red wedding rings fished with a worm behind a dodger or flashers, as well as PowerBait fished deep while trolling.

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

Largemouth bass and bluegill are available, but fishing will likely be slow with the cold temperatures. Still may be worth a stop if travelling between Butte Falls and Prospect. 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.


The pond will be stocked again in late April, for youth fishing.

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.

Bottomfish anglers may now fish at all depths until May 1. 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 here.

Ocean salmon fishing is open for Chinook salmon from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt from March 15 through April 30. Chinook must be a minimum of 24 inches in length. The ocean is close to coho salmon.


Fishing season is closed until May 22. Please see the Exceptions to the Southwest Zone regulations for more information.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout

Where access is available, anglers may have success catching bass with bait such as PowerBait and night crawlers. Plat I was stocked the week of April 1 and trout fishing should be good. Water levels may be high due to recent rains, but contact the Sutherlin Chamber of Commerce (541-459-3280) for lake level information.

POWERS POND: trout, warmwater species

Powers Pond has been stocked with legal-size and trophy rainbow trout. Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and brown bullhead catfish are available year-round, and should be biting well on these warmer spring days. 

Look for the Powers Fishing Derby, a fun day of fishing for families, coming up on May 18.  This event is sponsored by the USFS/Powers Ranger District.

REINHARDT PARK POND: trout, bluegill, bullhead

On May 4 there will be a family fishing event at Reinnhardt so bring the kids out in the morning as gear will be provided. The pond near the baseball fields at Reinhardt Community Volunteer Park was stocked with 300 rainbow trout the week of April 1. 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 power bait 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. With very cold temperatures, anglers will likely have better luck fishing stationary gear rather than spinners.


Rogue River, lower: steelhead, hatchery Chinook

Anglers are still catching winter steelhead. From side-drifting or back-bouncing roe to plugs and spinners, multiple fishing techniques will do the trick when it comes to this river. Anglers may want to consider plunking with plugs or a Spin-n-Glo during higher water events. As the water drops, anglers typically switch to side drifting with eggs or tossing spinners. One wild steelhead at least 24-inches may be harvested per day and three per year as part of a daily and annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.

Reports of spring Chinook catch have begun to trickle it. Hatchery Chinook may be retained year-round. Wild Chinook opens for retention June 1. 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 ODOT’s camera.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, hatchery spring Chinook

Trout fishing in the Rogue is closed but will reopen May 22.

Anglers were catching bright winter fish before the rain arrived and now that the river is getting back into shape expect fishing to be good again. Both bank anglers fishing plugs and side-planners, and boat anglers are catching fish. Recent reports indicated plugs, eggs and yarn balls all producing winter fish from boats. We are just past the historical peak run timing for winter steelhead in this area so expect good fishing to continue.

A few hatchery spring Chinook have reportedly been caught in this section as well but the majority of these fish are lower in the system.

Now through April 30, the entire Rogue from the mouth to Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery is open to steelhead fishing with a limited harvest opportunity of 1 wild steelhead per day and 3 per year SW zonewide. In the Rogue, wild steelhead must be at least 24 inches in length in order to be retained. Consult the 2019 sport fishing regulations for further information and clarification. Good reports of hatchery fish being caught in the Galice and Robertson Bridge area continue to be reported.

Higher water can often be a good thing for bank anglers and plug fishermen as the river will actually “get smaller.” Meaning that fish will be navigating closer to shore and in a narrower migration path.

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 downstream every cast or two.

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”. Boats should not attempt to float through Hellgate Canyon during high water. Also, just downstream of the Alameda boat ramp is Argo Rapid.  Inexperienced boaters should not float this section. If you find yourself here, stay far right. 

Further upstream, Griffin Park and Robertson Bridge are good places to use a side-planer setup with plugs or plunking Spin-N-Glos for bank anglers. In the Galice area, Rand, Rainbow, Chair and Ennis are good bank access locations.

As of Wednesday morning, the flow in Grants Pass was approximately 8,440 cfs. River clarity is currently 12 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

The upper Rogue is a little high but dropping into good shape for the weekend. The higher flows from last week have brought  more winter steelhead into the upper Rogue. Trout fishing is closed and will reopen May 22. 

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.

Water will be clear upstream of Big Butte Creek but flows from the dam will be very high for this time of year. Watch the river as you drive up as conditions change quickly.

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 April 16, 3,645 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery, with no new fish for the last 2 weeks which indicates the end of the summer steelhead. 68 new winter steelhead were collected last week, bringing the total to 1,349 fish for the season. As of April 16, no spring Chinook have entered the hatchery yet.

The McLeod gage is currently reading 4,820 cfs. The Dodge Bridge gage is at 6,420 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

Expect snow for a little while longer but conditions are clearing up. Anglers will need to walk into fishing access sites until the parking areas and campgrounds are opened up. There are still trout available for the hardy angler. 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.

Trout stocking in the Rogue above Lost Creek Reservoir will not begin until Memorial Day.

SAUNDERS LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Saunders Lake has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout. Surplus adult winter steelhead were also stocked into Saunders Lake and can be harvested as trout, keeping in mind that only one trout per day over 20-inches may be kept as part of the trout bag limit.  Largemouth bass and bluegill are available year-round.


Fishing season is closed until May 22.  Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: winter steelhead

Smith River can be a great place to fish for winter steelhead and is often overlooked as it is a little out of the way. The season is open through April 30. Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details. The Smith is one of the first to clear after high water, so keep an eye on river levels as we move toward the weekend.

SPALDING POND: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, brown bullhead

Spalding pond is located on USFS land between Grants Pass and Selma. Expect snow. No reports have come in on the conditions of the road or from anglers.


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

SRU LAKE: trout

Sru Lake is scheduled to be stocked in late spring 2019 with legal-size trout, once the risk of snow is gone and the road is cleared for access. This is typically after May 1.

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

TENMILE CREEK: steelhead

Steelhead fishing has slowed down in both Tenmile and Eel creeks. 

Closed to trout fishing until May 22, 2019.

TENMILE LAKES: trout, warmwater species, largemouth bass

The Tenmile Lakes water level should begin to drop and temperatures rise with better spring weather. This should improve the fishing conditions for bass and other warmwater fish in the coming weeks. Yellow perch are the earliest spawners, and they will be congregating, which can make for good fishing if you locate a school. Anglers use small jigs or a worm on a hook fished near the bottom.

The Tenmile Lakes are scheduled to be stocked with legal rainbow the week of April 16. 

Tenmile Lakes should start giving up some nice holdover trout in the coming weeks; some can measure over 17-inches long. Trolling slow with a wedding ring tipped with a worm can produce a few trout in Tenmile Lakes.

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.


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

Lakes typically accessible from hiking trails and that were stocked in the last couple years are: Calamut, Connie, Bullpup, Fuller, Cliff, Buckeye, Maidu, Pitt and Skookum lakes. These lakes can be tough to get to in the spring, but can be productive.

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

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, spring Chinook

Right now it looks like the river is going to be a little high for most people drift fishing, but plunking can be good.. Most anglers use a pink Spin-n-Glo and maybe some eggs for plunking, which can be good when the river is high and turbid. All wild steelhead must be released in the Umpqua so please follow good catch-and-release techniques.

Spring Chinook should be in the river and there is a rumor the first springer of 2019 has been caught. Most anglers fish for spring Chinook from a boat using plugs or bait.

Trout fishing will reopen in May 2019.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: winter steelhead

Steelhead fishing should be good and recent reports have anglers catching a few. The river should be in good shape for the weekend.

Spring Chinook are on their way, but no reports of anyone catching any yet.

Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout (those above Slide Creek Dam): check the fishing regulations to see which areas are closed.

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

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: winter steelhead

The river should be in good shape for the weekend. Lots of hatchery fish have been reported this year. Anglers were doing well in the upper sections of the South around Canyonville this past week. Check out the South River Gauge.

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

Willow Lake 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 not good due to  heavy rain, but recent reports indicate that some anglers had been finding trout here and there with very little in the way of crowds!

WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch

Fishing in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful.


Fishing season for this river is closed until May 22.  Please see the exceptions to the southwest zone regulations for more detail.