Razor clamming is now open from Cape Lookout south to the CA border. Clatsop County beaches remain closed.

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

Hatcheries have partially reopened during normal visiting hours (8-5 in most cases). Most indoor areas, visitor centers and restrooms remain closed so please plan accordingly. 

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Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  June 30, 2021

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

Fall season rule changes for wild Chinook*

Season dates Bag limits Closure areas
UMPQUA RIVER
Jul 1 - Nov 30 1 adult wild Chinook per day / 5 adult wild Chinook for the period. Permanent rules
COOS RIVER BASIN
Aug 1 - Dec 31 2 adult wild Chinook per day / 10 adult wild Chinook for the period. Permanent rules
COQUILLE RIVER BASIN
Jul 1 - Dec 31 Closed to angling for all species of salmon, hatchery or wild.  
FLORAS CREEK / NEW RIVER AND SIXES RIVER
Aug 1 - Dec 31

1 adult wild Chinook/day; 10 adult wild Chinook for the period.

No more than 1 fish in total may come from Floras Creek / New River.

Floras Creek/New River: Permanent Rules

Sixes River low water closure:
Closed to angling from Crystal Creek downstream to Hughes House Boat Ramp Oct 1 until opened following arrival of fall rains and increased river flows**

ELK RIVER (in-river)
Aug 1 - Dec 31 Closed to retention of adult wild Chinook. Permanent rules
ELK RIVER (ocean terminal) - CLOSED
ROGUE RIVER

July 1 through July 10 Mainstem Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp upstream to Dodge Bridge closed to retention of wild Chinook.

No other changes to the permanent rules as shown in 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

HUNTER CREEK
Aug 1 - Dec 31 1 adult wild Chinook for the period. Permanent rules
PISTOL, CHETCO AND WINCHUCK RIVERS
Aug 31 - Dec 31 1 adult wild Chinook/day; 2 adult wild Chinook for the period per river.  Permanent rules
CHETCO RIVER (ocean terminal) - CLOSED

*   The daily bag limit for salmon is 2 adult fish per day.  Anglers may harvest adult hatchery Chinook until the daily bag limit has been met.  However, in areas open for adult wild Chinook harvest, except for the Coos and Rogue River Basins, no more than 1 adult wild Chinook may be harvested per day as part of the daily bag limit. 
*   The daily limit for jack Chinook (hatchery or wild) is 5 fish per day and does not count towards the adult daily limit.  *   Once the adult daily limit is harvested, anglers cannot continue to fish for jack salmon.

**  The low flow angling closure is expected to be lifted early to mid-November, based on historical river flows, when Chinook will have distributed, and forecasted flows will be expected to remain high enough to allow fish to migrate.

COQUILLE RIVER

  • Effective May 22, 2021 through October 31, 2021, the use of bait is allowed.  The use of spears and spear guns may be used to harvest smallmouth bass. These regulations are allowed in the following locations:
    • Coquille River (Mainstem), 
    • East Fork Coquille River, 
    • Middle Fork Coquille River, 
    • North Fork Coquille River, and 
    • South Fork Coquille River (from the mouth upstream to the US Forest Service boundary near Powers)​​

ROGUE RIVER BASIN

  • 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.
  • Effective July 1 through September 30, angling for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and trout is closed from 2:00 p.m. to one hour before sunrise in the following areas:
    • Mainstem Rogue River from the confluence with Lobster Creek upstream to the confluence of Hog Creek.
    • Illinois River from the mouth upstream to the confluence with Collier Creek.
  • Effective July 1 through September 30, Howard Prairie Reservoir and Hyatt Lake there are no size or bag limit restrictions for all gamefish.

UMPQUA RIVER BASIN

  • 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.
  • Effective July 1 through September 30, angling for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and trout is closed from 2:00 p.m. to one hour before sunrise in the North Umpqua River from the mouth upstream to the marker below Soda Springs Dam. 
  • Effective July 1 through September 30, angling is closed within 200 feet from all portions of a tributary’s mouth. Angling is also closed 200 feet upstream into any open tributary from the mouth. These closures apply to:
    • The Mainstem Umpqua River from the Scottsburg Bridge upstream to the River Forks Park Boat Ramp; and
    • The North Umpqua River from the mouth to marker below Soda Springs Dam on the North Umpqua.

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 
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Trout fishing, Diamond Lake
"Trout Fishing at Diamond Lake (in spite of the weather!)" -Photo by Timothy George-

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Being the doldrums of summer, most trout stocking is on hold until fall weather permits better conditions for fish. Nevertheless, most waterbodies have had good stockings in the spring and early summer, and there are holdover trout available. As surface temperatures are elevated in most all lakes, trout will be found deeper. Bank anglers will want to find steep drop offs or shoals. Boat anglers will want to troll at depth with the help of a downrigger, or just heavier weights.

Even with very low water levels at many popular destinations, small personal watercraft such as kayaks, float tubes and canoes can still launch in most instances. Some of the larger reservoirs will still have boat access on improved (concrete) ramps. Even some of these are getting low. Staff tries to update these in a timely manner, so check the local waterbody for any updated information on launch conditions.

Bass and panfish fishing is well underway in low elevation lakes and reservoirs in the Roseburg, Rogue Valley and Illinois Valley areas. Bass and panfish will be moving deeper in Tenmile and other shallow coastal lakes as warmer, sunny days continue. 

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, creeks 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:

  • Applegate Lake is a place to take larger vessels and should be good for swimming and fair for fishing. 7/14/21
  • Lost Creek Reservoir continues to fish very well for trout but reports of copepods on trout. Copepods can be scrapped off prior to cooking and pose no risk to humans.  August can be an exceptional month for bass anglers. This is one of the few local reservoirs where larger vessels can still be launched. Air quality has been decent depending on the time of day and the fire activity in neighboring basins. 7/28/21
  • Willow Lake still has a good boat ramp and continues to be a great place to take the family for camping and day use. Weekdays will see fewer crowds. 7/28/21
  • Selmac Lake is still a good destination for folks in the Josephine County region with bluegill and bass fishing good choices, especially in the morning or late in the day.  Aquatic weeds may be starting to make some bank fishing difficult along the western shore and within the Trout Loop area. 7/14/21
  • Lemolo Reservoir has been kind to anglers recently and most are going home with a few rainow trout. 7/28/21

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Summer steelhead are throughout the Rogue basin, as are spring Chinook in the upper portions of the watershed. Consider fishing earlier in the morning as water temperatures are cooler and fish are more likely to be on the move. 

Trout fishing is open on most mainstem rivers. Checks specific streams within a larger basin to see if they are open or closed. All tributaries to 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:

  • Fishing should be excellent in the Upper Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek. There are also numerous camping opportunities in both developed campgrounds and off-grid on USFS lands but level 2 fire restriction are in place. This section of river receives 3,500 trout per week through Labor Day.  This is 1,000 more fish per week than in most years, as these extra trout have been diverted from other reservoirs that are extremely low. Spinners, spoons, single eggs, nightcrawlers or drifted nymphs work excellent up here. There is ample public access throughout and a great way to escape the Valley heat. Expect some smoke from nearby wildfires depending on the wind direction. 7/21/21
  • Summer steelhead are in the upper Rogue river as are spring Chinook. Chinook fishing closes Aug. 1 upstream of Dodge Bridge to Cole Rivers Hatchery .Wild trout and wild steelhead must be released. 7/28/21
  • Anglers have been catching fall Chinook and summer steelhead by trolling the estuary on the lower Rogue. 7/28/21
  • Salmon anglers fishing the Coos between the jetties may be able to pick up a Chinook salmon following baitfish into the Coos estuary. 7/21/21
  • Striped bass are biting in the Coquille River. 7/21/21
  • Anglers are starting to really key in on the lower Umpqua for both coho and Chinook. 7/28/21

RECENTLY STOCKED

Scheduled to be stocked this week (week of July 26): Rogue River above Lost Creek.

Stocked last week (week of July 12): Rogue River above Lost Creek

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.

New temp rules for salmon fishing start Aug. 1

Check the regulation update section at the top of this report for changes to bag limits and other measures.

Warm weather fishing updates and guidance

Temperatures have moderated in many areas of the state. However, drought and low water levels persist and we can expect water temperatures to spike again later in the summer. Here’s what you should know about fishing in these conditions:

  • ODFW has adopted emergency regulations for some waterbodies. These include closing fishing during the hottest part of the day and lifting bag limits for lakes and ponds that are likely to go dry. See the Regulation updates at the top of each zone in the Rec Report for the latest.
  • Conditions are right for blue-green algae outbreaks in ponds, lakes and reservoirs. You can find the latest alerts on the Oregon Health Authority website. However, OHA does not monitor all waterbodies, so be leery of any algae blooms you see, and follow these precautions to fish safely.
  • Hot water can stress fish out. Anglers can give fish a break by following these tips when fishing in warm summer water.
  • Access may be limited by wildfires. 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. Also check the zone reports for updates on specific waterbodies.

Rogue Pikeminnow Roundup fishing contest

The third annual Rogue Pikeminnow Roundup fishing contest is underway. This ODFW STEP volunteer project encourages anglers to harvest non-local pikeminnow from the Rogue River and turn them in for prizes. Check stations will operate from noon until 4 p.m. at Wildlife Images (near Merlin) and Riverside Park in Grants Pass. If not interested in visiting a check stations, anglers can take a photo of their days catch and send to RoguePikeminnowRoundup@gmail.com and be entered into a raffle for prizes including gift cards, tackle, and more. Other prizes will be awarded for the largest pikeminnow, most pounds of pikeminnow, largest 5 fish bag, and random drawings for all participants.

This is a great way to get young anglers interested in fishing while helpong remove some exotic species from the Rogue at the same time. The contest runs through Sept. 5. More information can be found at posters throughout boat ramps and river access points in the middle Rogue area from Gold Hill to Galice, and at some local tackle stores in the Grants Pass area.

Often exotic species do very well in warmer and degraded streams. All citizens can do their part to help protect and enhance streamside vegetation which helps to cool water and make it more suitable for cold water species like young salmon and trout. For more information, call 541-826-8774 ext. 72411.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

AGATE LAKE: crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead

Agate Lake is at 18 percent capacity. Conditions are deteriorating pretty quickly out here, and water clarity is an issue. Surface water temperatures will be in the upper 70s, and possibly into the low 80s. Crappie and some bass/bluegill should still be available. Anglers may want to consider fishing for bullhead catfish with chicken livers fished off the bottom in the early morning or late evening. The Jackson County Parks day use area closes after sunset and day use fees are charged. There is a 10mph speed limit on this reservoir.

Agate Lake has a good population of black crappie and introduced yellow perch, as well as brown bullhead. Last updated 7/28/21.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR and river above the reservoir: trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch (lakes east of Applegate Reservoir)

All three boat ramps - French Gulch, Hart-Tish, and Copper - are open. This is one of the few reservoirs where larger vessels can be launched.  Hart-tish becomes unusable at 1930 feet of elevation. 

The weekends can be busy out here at popular beaches along the Hart-tish day use area. Fish early! Bait is allowed and 5 trout per day, year-round, on the streams above Applegate Dam and the lake itself. Reservations for camping can be made at Recreation.gov.

Bass anglers have also done pretty well. Trout anglers will want to troll in deeper water of at least 20 -30 feet.

For a change of scenery, try driving up to the lakes above Applegate Reservoir. These lakes have illegally and stunted yellow perch with no limit. Bass and bluegill are also in these lakes. There also is camping available, but expect crowds on the weekends.

The reservoir is 43 percent full with an elevation of 1936.5 ft. Surface temperatures are in the mid-70s. 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 7/28/21.

APPLEGATE RIVER below Applegate Dam: trout

The river is open to trout fishing. Only hatchery trout may be retained, 2 per day. All wild rainbow trout and cutthroat trout should be immediately released unharmed. With warm temperatures on tap especially from Murphy downstream, anglers are encouraged to fish early and with barbless hooks. Temperatures in the Murphy Area can approach 70 degrees. Anglers are also encouraged to catch and remove non-local pikeminnow. Areas such as Fish Hatchery County Park have lots of pikeminnow. 

There is good bank access around the Hwy 199 bridge, Fish Hatchery Park, Cantrall Buckley Park, upstream of Murphy, and near McKee Bridge. There are also scatterings of BLM lands in the upper river around McKee Bridge. In-flows to Applegate Lake have dropped significantly, and outflow from the dam has had to be reduced to 174 cfs to conserve reservoir storage. You can check the flows on the Applegate when planning a trip. Last updated 7/28/21.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Best fishing is in the morning or evening. The pond was stocked throughout the spring and again recently with some trophies. This is 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. With warm summer temperatures, the pond weeds have grown thick in some areas and these mats create pockets of debris-free water. 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 7/28/2021

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

Ben Irving gets very warm in the summer but can still produce a few fish in the mornings, which will be much cooler than the evenings. Last updated 7/28/21

BRADLEY LAKE: trout

Largemouth bass with topwater lures has been good early in the morning and late in the evenings. Plastic worms and jigs are good lures to use around weedlines and submerged logs during the middle of the day. Last updated 7/14/21.

BURMA POND: trout

Burma pond has received 1,200 rainbow trout this spring, and fishing had been good. No recent reports, but expect slower fishing. Temps will be up this weekend so fish earlier or later in the day when the sun is off the water if targeting trout. Rainbow and garlic scented power baits have both produced well up here. It’s a bit of a drive up a dirt BLM service road to get here but with the nice weather, this is a fun seasonal opportunity. Being the region is now in fire season, visitors should bring with them a shovel, water and fire extinguisher. Directions to this BLM site are located on the 50 places to fish within 60 minutes of Medford publication and available here. Last updated 6/23/21.

BUTTERFIELD LAKE: trout, warmwater fish

Boat and bank anglers are still catching an occasional trout in Butterfield Lake. Trolling a spinner from small boat or fishing from the bank with PowerBait or casting a spinner or spoon are good ways to catch trout. 

Largemouth bass fishing will be best in early morning and evening. Bass tend to move into deeper water quickly once the sun hits the lake. Bluegills and warmouth will be active and can be caught around submerged wood or along the vegetation lines. Last updated 7/21/21.

CHETCO RIVER: trout

As flows drop, anglers may want to start fishing early morning or evening. Most trout will be near the head of pools or in deeper riffles. As we near the end of July and move into August, anglers may want to explore some of the upper Chetco watershed or tributaries for some great cutthroat trout fishing. Last updated 7/21/21.

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

Despite the warm weather anglers are still catching trout in Cooper. Fishing in the early morning will be key for those seeking trout.

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 7/28/21.

COOS RIVER BASIN: bottomfish, trout, surfperch, salmon

Boat and bank anglers (on the jetty) are still catching rockfish and an occasional ling cod inside lower Coos Bay. Smaller jigs with a twister tail or 1-ounce jigging spoons have been working to catch rockfish. The daily bag limit for marine fish was recently reduced to 5. As of June 1, boat anglers are no longer able to retain China, copper and quillback rockfish. Anglers can still harvest 2 lingcod per day. 

There are various surfperch species that can be caught inside Coos Bay like striped, pile, walleye, and white. These species can be found near the jetties, along the edges of eel grass, or near pilings. 

Salmon anglers fishing in between the jetties may be able to pick up a Chinook salmon following baitfish into the Coos estuary. The majority of the Chinook salmon entering the bay is in late August and September.   

Trout fishing in streams and rivers remains open through Oct. 31. Anglers fishing above the head of tide are restricted to using artificial lures and flies. Water temperatures are already in the mid-70s in the upper tidewater. Stream flows are dropping and temperatures rising in the smaller streams, so anglers should take care in handling trout to be released. Trout anglers are reporting decent catches of cutthroat trout, especially in river sections that are little harder to get to. Last updated 7/21/21. 

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: striped bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Striped bass fishing is starting to pick up again in the lower Coquille River. 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. Water temperatures in the mainstem and major forks are rising into the 70s. With warm/sunny days, the smallmouth will be hugging the shadows along the overhanging shoreline vegetation. 

A temporary regulation started on May 22 allowing anglers in Coquille River system to use spears and spear guns to harvest smallmouth bass. Traditional rod and reel anglers can also use bait throughout the river system. This unique fishing opportunity is one of many efforts to reduce the impact of illegally-introduced bass on Chinook populations. Spearfish anglers have been reporting some success harvesting smallmouth bass in the South Fork Coquille River.    

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open through Oct. 31. Water temperatures are well into the 70s in the mainstem Coquille River. Stream flows are dropping and temperatures rising in the smaller streams, so anglers should take care in handling trout to be released.  Trout anglers are reporting decent catches of cutthroat trout especially in river sections that are little harder to get to. Last updated 7/21/21.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

Fishing has slowed a bit at Diamond. Try switching techniques if you aren’t catching. Trout are likely in cooler, deeper waters. When you catch a trout over 18 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 7/7/21.

Diamond Lake Trout Study

We’re asking anglers who catch rainbow trout 18 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. 

EEL LAKE: trout, warmwater fish

Anglers fishing from a boat and from the fishing dock are still catching trout in Eel Lake. 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, fishing PowerBait, or casting a nightcrawler on a hook with no weight.

Be aware that anglers are also catching juvenile coho salmon which are not legal to harvest and must be released immediately unharmed. 

Anglers are continuing to catch crappies and bluegills near the edges of weedlines at the fishing dock and throughout the lake. Some days these fish will be suspended in 15-20 feet of water away from the weedlines. Last updated 7/21/21. 

ELK RIVER: trout

As water levels drop and warm up, anglers should try to fish early or late evening. Deep holes, shaded areas and tributary mouths will have cooler water temperatures where fish will often congregate during the summer months. Most anglers are fly-fishing or casting spinners. Most of the lower river is private, but anglers can find good public access up higher in the watershed. Last updated 7/28/21.

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

With warm surface temperatures, trout anglers will want to fish off the bottom in the deepest water they can find or early in the morning or evening. No boat ramps are usable. Anglers fishing from watercraft such as rafts, kayaks, SUPs and float tubes may need to drag vessels closer to the point to find firmer substrate. The A ramp area is a mud pit. For bank anglers interested in a little hike, walk along the shore toward the dam to find the deepest water. The best success out here will be targeting warmwater fish.

Emigrant will likely be very close to reaching deadpool by mid-summer. Still there should be areas with 40-50 feet of water. Trout will be found in these areas.

Bass fishing should be fair to good. Anglers are throwing lipless crankbaits/rattlers, spinner baits, and Texas rigs. A nice 3- or 4-inch swim bait is also a good option and according to a recent angler, has produced nicely. Bluegill and black crappie are also available. With the extremely low water, look for rocky outcrops to target.

For more information on park facilities closures visit the Jackson County Parks website. The RV Park is only open to fire victims, but the tent campsites are open to the public.

The reservoir is continuing to drop and is currently at 4 percent capacity. Surface temperatures should be approaching the high 70s or more. Last updated 7/28/21. 

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

Warmwater fishing continues at Expo. The most northern pond is probably the best bet for largemouth bass. There are still some trout down very deep in the middle Expo Pond, but don’t expect much trout success out here. Texas rigs with soft plastics have been producing well, as have spinner baits and crank baits in the morning.

Daily trout and bass limit at Expo Pond is 5 fish per day of each species.

Chinese mystery snails are present here in the most northern pond. Please do not move these creatures and drain and dry any personal watercraft before using them in another waterbody. Last updated 7/28/21.

Fish Lake Marina
Fish Lake Marina, photo taken July 25, 2021.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Irrigation withdrawals are continuing to make Fish Lake drop quickly. The current lake level is 10 percent full. The USFS Dock is unusable, but the marina should still be able to launch smaller personal watercraft such as kayaks, SUPs and float tubes. The rental boats have been pulled for the year. Irrigation releases are scheduled for another week or so, and then springs should start filling the lake again.

The weather and air quality up here has been very good as of late and it’s still definitely worth a trip up here! Fishing continues to be good and water clarity has improved since a mild algae bloom the last week or two, according to the resort. 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! The store, restaurant, and marina are open 7 days a week: 541-949-8500 or check their Facebook page. The patio and restaurant is a great place to grab a bite to eat after fishing or hiking and take in the scenery.

More information on National Forest Developed recreation sites, fire restrictions and campground information for the Rogue River Siskiyou National 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 7/28/21.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

As water temperatures increase and lake levels drop anglers should try fishing early or late in the day. Casting or trolling with spinners, bait and bobber, and fly-fishing are all popular fishing methods for chasing trout in Floras Lake. Last updated 6/23/21.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Fish will be concentrated in Galesville as it is very low this year. Early morning anglers will likely be more successful.

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 7/28/21

GARRISON LAKE: trout

Warmer water and lower lake levels are making trout fishing a little tough. Best time to fish is early or late in the day. Bank fishing is somewhat limited by aquatic vegetation this time of year.

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 6/23/20.

HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS (Douglas County): trout (likely closed due to fire)

The Jack Fire is inching closer to these lakes and the road is likely closed on the way to them.

Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-496-3532) for information on camp, road 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 trout at least 8 inches long, and only one trout over 20 inches per day. Last updated 7/14/21.

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

Emergency Regulations Change: From July 1 through Sept.30, all size limits and daily/possession limits are lifted for all game fish, due to low water and expected deteriorating water conditions by mid summer. Small personal watercraft and bank angling is possible. There is a low water ramp near the dam but even it is essentially non-usable with the low water. When the wind is up, there is usually a bit of a windbreak near the dam.  This is the more productive areas for bank angling.

The reservoir is at 2 percent capacity and is expected to reach deadpool in August. Anglers should keep an eye out for harmful algae blooms at low reservoirs, and check this article to learn how to be safe while fishing. An algae bloom looked to be occurring over the weekend.

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.

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.  All other boat ramps are inaccessible except near the dam. Last updated 7/21/21.

Hyatt Lake
Hyatt Lake. Photo taken from the dam on July 25, 2021.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Emergency Regulations Change: From July 1 through Sept. 30, all size limits and daily/possession limits are lifted for all game fish, due to low water and expected deteriorating water conditions by mid-summer. ODFW encourages anglers to harvest what they can consume and not waste the resource.

Float tubes or personal watercraft are the only vessels recommended for fishing on the lake right now. Near the dam there is a steeper bank for launching. The reservoir is 2 percent full and expected to likely reach deadpool by mid-summer. Anglers should keep an eye out for harmful algae blooms at low reservoirs and check the Oregon Health Authority website to learn how to be safe while fishing. 

There is a Hwy 66 and Hyatt Lake Rd webcam that may help you if you are planning a trip. Also, ODOT trip check is worth looking at. Last updated 7/21/21.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout

Emergency regulations change: Effective July 1, all fishing is closed from 2 p.m. to 1 hour before sunrise from the confluence with the Rogue River near Agness, upstream to Collier Creek (near 42.412809, -124.01215) due to warm temperatures and low river flows. There will be a notice when this closure is lifted.

The Illinois is open to trout fishing. There are no hatchery programs on the Illinois, so anglers will mostly encounter wild cutthroat and rainbow trout. These fish should be released unharmed. With the warming weather it’s best to fish early and with barbless hooks to limit stress on fish. Please leave fish in the water as you are releasing them. 

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. Expect crowds on the weekends and please park outside of the white lines to keep roads clear.

The USFS Wild Rivers Ranger District is in extreme fire danger and has implemented Level 2 fire precautions. More information can be found on their website.

Check the USGS Kerby guage which provides up to date river flow information. Last updated 7/14/21. 

LAIRD LAKE: rainbow trout

This clear little lake nestled up the Elk River was stocked a few weeks ago with rainbow trout. Spinners or flies usually do well here. Last updated 6/23/21.

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

Four or five boats were on the water Tuesday afternoon and anglers appeared to be targeting vegetation lines for bass. Tuesday afternoon the surface temperature was low 70s but with the heat later this week will likely approach the low 80s again. It’s still best to fish early. If you’ve got little kids, bluegill fishing from the bank can be a productive and fun. A simple setup of a nightcrawler under a bobber, or better yet, a small chironomid fly (simple wrapped hook) or prince nymph with 3-foot leader under a bobber/bubble should get a pretty quick strike. Try switching up flies and color patterns periodically if the action slows.

Trout anglers will want to fish near the dam and off the bottom where the deepest water is. Bass fishing should be good, especially for boat-based anglers targeting the vegetation lines and submerged structure.

Bank anglers are starting to see more aquatic vegetation along the shore.

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 7/28/21.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

The lake has been stocked with close to 15,000 trout so far this year. Anglers seem to be doing well. A few anglers have reported catching tiger trout in Lemolo. Unlike at Diamond Lake, anglers are allowed to retain tigers at Lemolo.

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 updated 7/14/21.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

As conditions at area lakes and reservoirs deteriorate due to low water levels, Lost Creek will continue to be a place where larger vessels can launch, and fishing is still good. Trolling from a boat will produce the best at Lost Creek Reservoir. The lake received ample stockings earlier in the spring and summer, and there are plenty of holdover trout available. Bank anglers will want to target areas where they can get to deep water such as along the dam or the tower or above Hwy 62 bridge.

Reports of trout with copepods have recently come in. As trout congregate near cold water, such as above the Hwy 62 bridge, copepods can pass between fish. Trout can actually have pretty high loads of copepods later into the summer and early fall. The best thing that anglers can do is harvest these fish. They are still edible, as the copepods can be scrapped off of the fish before cooking. Trolling a flasher with trailing nightcrawler in 25-30 feet of water will be most productive from a boat. Spinners, wedding rings and spoons will also produce. 

Bass will be found closer to shore for the bank angler. August can be a very productive month for bass in Lost Creek Lake. Target the steep banks along the South shore, or on the NE shore with Texas rigged nightcrawlers or plastics. Crank baits and surface lures will be best early in the morning.

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.

The lake continues to drop and is 41 percent full, with an elevation of 1,810.6 feet. The lake surface temperature is 77 degrees.  

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 7/28/21.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

No recent reports from Medco, but Tuesday afternoon staff visited the lake and saw nobody on the pond. Trout are available, but anglers will need a boat to target them. Fishing from the bank for bluegill can be very productive. There are also largemouth bass in and around the vegetation lines and may be better to target with warm water.

For kids, try fishing a nightcrawler on a #4 hook or smaller under a bobber. A red/black/white choronomid fly is also a tempting target for feisty bluegill along the shore.  These small flies can be fished with spinning gear under a bobber/bubble instead of a fly rod. 

Medco Pond is a private pond and access can be revoked at any time. 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 7/28/21.

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

Boat anglers have been doing very well catching nice size lingcod and rockfish when the ocean swells are down. Bottom fishing is now restricted to inside the 40-fathom line unless you choose to fish in the offshore longleader fishery. The daily bag limit for marine fish was recently reduced to 5 fish. As of June 1, boat anglers can no longer retain China, copper, and quillback rockfish. Anglers can still harvest 2 lingcod per day.

As of July 1, anglers may keep one cabezon (minimum length of 16 inches) as part of their 5 fish general marine fish daily bag limit.

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 Chinook salmon fishing has slowed down but coho salmon fishing has been very good around Winchester Bay. The selective coho season started on June 12 from Cape Falcon to OR/CA border. As of July 4, there is still 96.7 percent of the hatchery coho quota remaining. 

Nearshore halibut season is currently open seven days a week inside the 40-fathom line. As of July 4, there is still 74 percent of the quota remaining. The next All-Depth Halibut open days are July 15-19 and 29-31. As of July 4, there is still 72 percent of the quota remaining. Anglers have been picking up nearshore halibut in the Coos Bay/Bandon area. 

For the Southern Oregon Coast halibut season, there is still 82 percent of the quota remaining. 

Surfperch anglers have recently reported slow to fair fishing for redtail 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 artificial sand worms. Last updated 7/21/21.

2021 sport bottomfish seasons

PISTOL RIVER: trout

Trout fishing is pretty good throughout the river. Some of the best fishing is in the estuary.  If fishing the estuary, check weather conditions as it can be very windy. Last updated 6/23/21.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout

No recent reports for Plat I, but there should be plenty of fish around for anglers.

Plat I has some of the best disabled access in the area. Last updated 7/28/21

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: Chinook, summer steelhead

Most anglers are trolling the Rogue Bay with some early success on Chinook. Numerous summer steelhead are also being caught while trolling the bay. Anglers will want to make sure and release wild steelhead. This is only the beginning of the fall chinook run and the estuary fishery will be the best spot for anglers to target fall Chinook until river temperatures drop and flows pick up. Bank anglers have been having some pretty good success fishing downstream of Indian Creek at lower tides.

The Huntley Park seining season has begun again. Fish counts from this project will be updated every two weeks and can soon be found here. Last updated 7/28/21.

Rogue River, middle: Chinook salmon, summer steelhead, rainbow trout

Emergency Drought Regulations:

Starting July 1 until lifted, all fishing is closed from Lobster Creek upstream to Hog Creek from 2 p.m. until 1 hour before sunrise due to low water and elevated river temperatures. 

The Rogue Pikeminnow Roundup fishing contest is underway. Find more information at the top of the zone report or by calling 541-826-8774 ext. 72411. Pikeminnow anglers can check in fish every Sunday through Sept. 5, from noon to 4 p.m. at Wildlife Images or Riverside Park (at the Vista Drive access, upstream portion of park).

Hatchery steelhead and hatchery trout may be harvested in the Rogue throughout the basin. Wild Chinook salmon may be retained up to Dodge Bridge through Aug. 31.

Anglers are picking up summer Steelhead via drift boat from Gold Hill to Rogue River. The Grants Pass floats from Baker to Robertson Bridge are also picking up the occasional summer steelhead. 

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 morning the flow was 1,180 cfs, turbidity was 2 NTU and water temp 64.5 degrees and expected to reach 70/71 degrees.

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 7/21/21.

Rogue River, upper: summer steelhead, spring Chinook, rainbow trout, cutthroat 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.

Wild Chinook can be retained if caught below Dodge Bridge. No wild Chinook can be harvested upstream of Dodge Bridge at any point in the year. Beginning Aug. 1, Chinook fishing above Dodge Bridge closes through the remainder of the year, all the way to Cole Rivers Hatchery.

Anglers are still catching trout and summer steelhead. Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery Steelhead. 

Given current water levels, drift boat anglers should be aware of Rattlesnake Rapids between Dodge Bridge and Modoc. For the novice, tt’s a good idea to float this section with an experienced boat handler. The Denman Wildlife area on the Modoc access site is a good float if one doesn’t want to deal with Rattlesnake.

As of July 21, 161 spring Chinook brought this year’s total to 1,747 fish, far below the long-term average but closer to meeting broodstock needs. It’s likely around 70 percent of the Chinook return for the year has entered the hatchery. Ninety fresh summer steelhead also entered the ladder bringing the total to 585 fish for the year.

Flows coming out of William L. Jess Dam have bumped back up to 1,442 cfs and will remain relatively constant into mid-August. The upper river temperature is 53.9 degrees, typical for this time of year.

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 your support.

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 7/28/21.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

This is always an excellent destination to escape the Rogue Valley heat, and this weekend is no exception. Every week through Labor Day, 3,500 rainbow trout will be stocked between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek. 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. There are also residential cutthroat and brown trout that are periodically hooked by anglers.

Great techniques up here include throwing small Panther Martin spinners or small hooks with a single Pautske fire egg under a bobber. You also can’t go wrong fishing nymphs up here, or nightcrawlers under a bobber.

Flows above Prospect are 332 cfs, about two-thirds of the long-term median of 453 cfs. The river flow below prospect is 551, almost half of the long-term median of 907 cfs. Many of the reaches in this section of river have bed rock crevices and wading can be tough. However, there are great trails and openings along the river throughout the stocked reach, which provide good access. The river gradient lessens above Farewell Bend toward Minnehaha Creek.

Smoke seemed pretty light on Wednesday, but has been heavy at times due to the wildfires in the nearby Umpqua and Klamath basins depending on wind patterns. ODOT trip check maintains a camera at Union Creek (OR62), where you can get an idea of weather and smoke levels. 

The Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest Lands are in extreme fire danger and recently implemented Stage 3 fire restrictions. Only commercial stoves fired by liquid fuel or propane are permitted. All campfires, even in developed recreation sites are now prohibited forest-wide. More information on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest lands can be found on their website or calling the RRSNF office. Last updated 7/28/21.

SIXES RIVER: trout

Anglers should be able to find sea-run cutthroat in most pools throughout the lower river. The best time to fish is early or late in the day when cutthroat are more active. This is also a good time of year to fish the estuary for cutthroat. Anglers will want to keep an eye on the weather as it can be very windy in the lower river. Last updated 7/21/21.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: trout

Trout season opened May 22. The Smith has some great bank access and there are lots of trout throughout the system. In low flows, trout can be more wary so being stealthy can help anglers be more successful.

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 6/23/21

SPALDING MILL POND: rainbow trout

Spalding Mill Pond is a small 3-acre lake, with a small campground, ADA accessible trail and restroom. It received 1,200 rainbow trout in May and is not scheduled to receive another trout stocking until smaller fingerlings are stocked in the fall. Fishing should still be ok up here. This pond is outside of Selma and within the Forest Service Wild Rivers Ranger District. The USFS Wild Rivers Ranger District has implemented extreme fire danger with level 2 restrictions in place. More information can be found on the USFS website Last updated 7/14/21.

TENMILE LAKES/TENMILE CREEK:  largemouth bass, trout, yellow perch, bluegill, crappie

Water temperatures over the weekend were in the low to mid-70s. Largemouth bass are in their summer locations. Some bass are hitting topwater baits in the mornings and evenings. During the middle of the day bass can be caught on jigs and plastic worms/stickbaits by fishing in the shade or deeper water. The lake level is low this time of the year, so many submerged logs are out of the water.

Anglers can catch yellow perch by fishing the outside edges of weedlines using a small jig or a worm on a hook fished near the bottom. The outside edges of weedlines typically are in 9-10 feet of water.  

Trout fishing has slowed down with warm water temperatures. Trout anglers will want to concentrate their fishing in the deeper water. 

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. For streams above tidewater, anglers must use artificial flies and lures. Flows are dropping and temperatures rising in the smaller streams, so anglers should take care in handling trout to be released. Last updated 7/21/21.

UMPQUA HIKE-IN LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Due to the Jack Fire, access may be limited to the areas. Check with the Forest Service before making the trip.

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.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Last updated 7/14/21

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: bass, trout

Bass fishing continues to be good throughout the basin.

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

Trout fishing is open. Last updated 7/28/21.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: trout

The river is closed between Steamboat and Boudler Campground due to the Jack Fire. Check with the Forest Service for more information on the closure area.

Chinook season closed on July 1.

The North Umpqua is about as warm as it has ever been. At the same time, the summer steelhead run on the North may be setting an all-time low. We encourage anglers to seek out other fishing opportunities.

If do fish the North, fish in the early morning before the water warms for the day, and land and release fish quickly without removing them from the water.

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 open and bag limits.

Note that as of July 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, unweighted, artificial fly. Last updated 7/28/21

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: trout, smallmouth bass

Bass fishing should be good throughout the open waters. For trout, try the tributaries or higher sections of the river. With hot weather, anglers should focus their efforts in the morning. Remember the river and tributaries are closed all year above Jackson Creek. Last updated 6/23/21.

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

Trout fishing at Willow Lake should still be fair. Trolling deeper in 25-30 feet of water or more will be the most productive for boat-based anglers. Plenty of legal and pounder trout were stocked earlier in the spring and summer, and holdover trout should also be available.

Fly-fishers will do best on chironomids or balanced leeches. Gear anglers should have an assortment of the standard PowerBait, threaded nightcrawlers under a bobber, or small spinners and spoons. Trolling will have the highest likelihood of producing trout. Surface temperatures are warm, so fish early and deep and consider not fishing in the afternoons to avoid stressing fish.

Campgrounds at Willow Lake are open, as is the improved boat ramp. For more information please visit the Jackson County Parks website. Willow Lake is at 75 percent capacity. It’s still one of the fullest reservoirs in the Rogue watershed. It does get busy on the weekends.

Bank anglers will most likely encounter illegally introduced yellow perch, and 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 7/28/21. 

WINCHUCK RIVER: trout

Trout fishing has slowed with warmer water and lower flows. Last updated 6/23/21.