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Effective Thursday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m., the mainstem Columbia River downstream of the OR/WA border will close to sockeye and hatchery steelhead fishing.

Effective June 10, 2020 through September 30, 2020, size and harvest limits of game fish are lifted on Howard Prairie Reservoir.

Under emergency regulations effective June 3, the Cole Rivers hatchery hole is closed to all fishing through July 31.

Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Effective March 18, all state-owned fish hatcheries are closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.

Effective Feb 1 through June 30, 2020, retention of hatchery Chinook salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.  Retention of wild Chinook salmon is prohibited.

Recreation Report

Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  June 11, 2020

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

2020 Summer/Fall Regulation Changes 

SW Zone Salmon Fisheries
Period Dates Bag Limits Closure Areas
UMPQUA RIVER
February 1 through June 30 Retention of wild Chinook Salmon is prohibited during this period.
Retention of hatchery Chinook Salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
   
July 1 through November 30 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon daily / five (5) for the period.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.
COOS RIVER BASIN, FLORAS CREEK/NEW RIVER, SIXES RIVERS
August 1 through December 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon daily / five (5) for the period in aggregate from all waters of the Coos River basin, Floras Creek/New River, and Sixes River, and no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon may come from Floras Creek/New River for the period.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.
Coos River, Floras Creek/New River:
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
Sixes River low water closure:
Closed to angling from the mouth of Crystal Creek downstream to
Hughes House Boat Ramp Oct. 1 until the arrival of fall rains
 and increased river flows.**
COQUILLE RIVER BASIN
August 1 through December 31 Closed to retention of adult wild Chinook Salmon.
Open to retention of hatchery Chinook Salmon in specified open salmon angling area only (permanent rule bag limits apply).
Closed to salmon angling upstream of the Highway 101 bridge,
except open to bank angling for salmon in Randolph Slough between sign
markers located at the West and East ends of the slough.*
ELK RIVER 
August 1 through December 31 Closed to retention of adult wild Chinook Salmon.
Open to retention of hatchery Chinook Salmon (permanent rule bag limits apply).
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
ELK RIVER OCEAN TERMINAL FISHERY (recreational and commercial)
Closed
ROGUE RIVER 
No changes
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations
HUNTER CREEK, PISTOL RIVER
October 1 through December 31 Closed to angling for the period
CHETCO RIVER (in-river)
October 1 through December 31 One (1) adult Chinook Salmon daily / two (2) adult wild Chinook Salmon for the period.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.

Anglers may not continue to angle (for any species) after harvesting a single adult hatchery or wild Chinook Salmon on any day during the period ("rack your rod").

Low flow angling closure:
Oct. 1 closed to angling upstream of River Mile 2.2 until the arrival of fall
rains and increased river flows.
**
CHETCO RIVER OCEAN TERMINAL FISHERY (recreational and commercial)
Closed
WINCHUCK RIVER
October 1 through December 31 One (1) adult Chinook Salmon daily / two (2) adult wild Chinook Salmon for the period.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.

Anglers may not ontinue to angle (for any species) after harvesting a single adult hatchery or wild Chinook Salmon on any day during the period ("rack your rod").

Low flow angling closure:
Oct. 1 closed to angling from Peavine Bridge to the mouth of the
Winchuck River until the arrival of fall rains and increased flows.
**
* Coquille Basin areas closed to salmon angling will be open to winter steelhead angling starting on December 1, 2020. 
     
** Low flow angling closure may be lifted when fall-run Chinook Salmon have distributed and forecasted flows are expected to remain high enough to allow fish to migrate, expected for early to mid-November, based on historical river flows.
For more information, call the S. Coast District office in Gold Beach at (541) 247-7605.
 

Howard Prairie Reservoir

Effective June 10, 2020 through September 30, 2020, size and harvest limits of game fish are lifted on Howard Prairie Reservoir.

Rogue River

  • Effective June 3, 2020 through July 31, 2020, the section of the Rogue River from the ODFW markers 1200 ft below the fish ladder entrance markers (RM 157) to the Cole Rivers Hatchery dam is closed to all angling.

Mainstem Umpqua River

  • Effective February 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, retention of hatchery Chinook salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.  Retention of wild Chinook salmon is prohibited.

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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Smallmouth bass, Umpqua River
Big Sister showing her little Brother how it's done! Umpqua River. Photo by Wesley Freadman

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Trout fishing in lakes and ponds has slowed due to the hotter days and warmer water conditions. However, there’s still good trout fishing for those willing to adjust their tactics:

  • Fish higher elevation waterbodies where water temperatures will be cooler.
  • Fish early and late in the day when it’s cooler. Also a good tactic on popular waterbodies like Lost Creek Reservoir and Emigrant Lake where you’ll want to be getting off the water before the crowds arrive.

Many lakes and ponds will begin seeing algae blooms this time of year, which can affect visibility. Good trout bets are trolling wedding rings tipped with a threaded worm, or spoons/spinners.

3 places to catch trout this weekend:

  • Fishing at Floras and Garrison lakes continues to be good.
  • The higher elevation lakes along Hwy 140 such such as Fish Lake and Four Mile Lake, Willow Lake near town of Butte Falls, or Howard and Hyatt in the Rogue, offer scenic and more tranquil fishing experiences. Howard Prairie currently has all bag limits for all game fish being suspended due to low water.   
  • Diamond Lake has been fishing well recently.

Where water temperatures have gotten warm enough, fishing for bass and other warmwater species has been improving.

Water temperatures for many of the area lakes in the Coos, Coquille, Tenmile District are in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Largemouth bass are done spawning but bluegills have been spotted spawning in many lakes recently.  

4 places to fish for bass this week:

  • Anglers wishing to catch some bass can consider Garrison or Floras Lakes. These lakes don’t have large populations, so anglers will have to work to get a bite.
  • Bass fishing has been good just about anywhere in the Umpqua Basin recently. Places like Ford’s Pond and Cooper Creek Reservoir have been good.
  • Bass fishing at Lost Creek Lake can be very good this time of year, will improve through the summer, and typically peaks in August. Target the submerged flats and points, where the years of willow planting and habitat enhancement by local bass clubs pay off this time of the year!
  • The weeds at Lake Selmac aren’t terribly bad yet this year, now would be a good time to visit this lake before it becomes too choked with aquatic weeds.

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Anglers have a couple options for fishing on south coast streams and rivers. Anglers looking for spring Chinook should start look to the Rogue. Summer steelhead should be in both the Rogue and North Umpqua.

Anglers wishing a little solitude can walk one of the smaller coastal creeks fly- or spinner fishing for coastal cutthroat. Water temperatures are still good in most small to medium-size streams, but conditions may change as the summer progresses and water levels drop and temperatures warm.

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

8 rivers and streams to fish this week:

  • Rogue River bay is starting to put out some chinook for anglers trolling anchovies.
  • Anglers interested in ocean Chinook should head to Brookings. Last weekend ocean chinook opener was really good. Anglers should check the marine forecast prior to heading out as it has been extremely windy.
  • West Fork Millicoma and other streams in the Elliott State Forest are a good place to fish for coastal cutthroat trout with lots of public access. The streams are full of smaller trout but the bigger trout are typically in the more difficult places to access.
  • June and July are prime time for spring Chinook salmon in the upper Rogue River (Gold Hill to Cole Rivers Hatchery). The run is small this year, regulations are specific to which zone of the river you fish, so plan to seek out an experienced local guide for your best odds.
  • The Rogue River and tributaries above Lost Creek Reservoir should be a good place to target trout throughout the summer. Trout are stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 
  • Target calmer pools and pocket water for resting trout.
  • Summer steelhead are starting to pick up in the Rogue.  \There are still good trout fishing opportunities in the upper Rogue between the McGregor Fishing Access and Shady Cove. Only adipose fin clipped trout and steelhead may be harvested this time of year on the Rogue.

RECENTLY STOCKED

We have taken down the online trout stocking schedule in order to prevent public crowding at waterbodies when we deliver hatchery fish. We will continue stocking trout but we will deliver on a slightly different schedule and at some different locations to avoid a rush of anglers showing up along with the hatchery truck.

NOTE: Local ODFW offices will not be giving out the schedule either.

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

Recreation Report gets a new look

We’re asking our local biologist to focus more on highlighting the best fishing opportunities on specific waterbodies, while shortening the long list of individual locations, many of which were rarely updated. 

Each zone report begins with an update of general conditions for lakes/ponds and rivers/streams, a list of best bets for the upcoming week, and announcements. We’ve kept the alphabetical list of waterbodies, but shortened it to include those waterbodies that are 1) popular with anglers looking for updates for a specific location, and 2) updated regularly (but not necessarily weekly) with stocking, fishing, access and water/ice conditions information.

This is a work in progress, and we expect it will take time for everyone (ODFW staff and customers) to find their way around the new format.

So, thank you for your patience. And let us know what you think – send an email to ODFW.Info@state.or.us and put “Web comment” in the subject line.

Tips to recreate responsibly

We continue to urge anglers and others recreating outside to stay close to home, keep your social distance, and travel safely. Here’s more information about how to recreate responsibly.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullheads

The reservoir is 52 percent full with an elevation of 1,946.3 ft.

Camping at Hart-tish is open for the season, as is the boat ramp. Some limitations to the facilities still exist (upper day use bathroom remains closed). French Gulch Boat ramp is open. No report on whether the Copper Boat ramp is open, but the elevation is high enough for it to be, but facilities may be limited. For more information, visit their websites.

Good tactics for trout at Applegate lake include trolling a wedding ring lure or little cleo. All visitors should practice leave no trace tactics and pack out their own trash if facilities are closed. Last updated 7/1/2020.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is 53 percent full with an elevation of 1,947.7 ft.

Developed recreation sites and trailheads around Applegate Lake managed by the US Army Corps and USFS are currently closed through executive orders during the COVID 19 pandemic. For more information, visit their websites.

Fishing is still possible.  French Gulch Boat ramp is still open. All visitors should practice leave no trace tactics and pack out their own trash as facilities are closed. Last updated 6/24/20.

APPLEGATE RIVER: winter steelhead, trout

Applegate River is currently open for trout fishing, and bait is allowed. Only adipose fin clipped (hatchery) trout may be kept, all wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.

Anglers should do their part to harvest and remove non-local Umpqua pikeminnow they encounter on the Applegate River. All tributaries are closed below Applegate Dam, except Glade Creek. Tributaries above Applegate Dam are open per SW Zone trout regulations, 2 per day.

You can check the flows on the Applegate when planning a trip. Last updated 7/1/20.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

This State Park is open for day-use with limited services. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Pack out trash. Facilities may close without notice.

To reduce the growth rate of the aquatic vegetation, we’ve deployed weighted suppression mats on the pond floor. You’ll notice the buoys in the middle of the water attached to these mats. Please be mindful of where you cast because you may lose some gear if it gets tangled in the buoy line. Also worth noting, is that the trout seem to be fond of the mats and are often found cruising over the swatches of vegetation-free space. 

Oregon State Parks manages Arizona Pond for anglers ages 17 and under. This is a great place for new anglers to learn fishing techniques, but please remember that the big kids/adults need to stay out of the pool. Last updated 6/24/20.

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

The County Parks are open.

Ben Irving hasn’t been stocked in a while, but warmwater fishing should be good with the mild summer we have had so far. Last updated 6/24/20.

BRADLEY LAKE: trout, warmwater species

The boat ramp at Bradley Lake is full of aquatic vegetation, which can make launching a boat and motoring out to the main lake a little difficult. Largemouth bass fishing should be good near the weed edges and any submerged trees. Last updated 6/24/20.

BUTTERFIELD LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Largemouth bass fishing has been good in the early morning and late evenings on Butterfield Lake. Bluegills and warmouth are active and will be easier to catch in the low light periods of the day also. Bank access is somewhat limited so fishing is best from a small boat with an electric motor or a pontoon boat. Last updated 6/24/20.

CHETCO RIVER: cutthroat trout

Water conditions have been very good this year. Anglers may want to try fishing the lower river for cutthroat before the river flows drop. Early mornings are the best. Last updated 6/24/20.

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

The current information from Douglas County Parks are open

Anglers should be picking up a few trout. The lake has been stocked recently.

Warmwater fishing has been decent with a few fish being picked up.

Anglers are mostly focusing on warmwater fishing, but temperatures should still be producing trout and smolts.

In the last several years, 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 7/1/20.

COOS RIVER BASIN: marine species, cutthroat trout

Anglers have been catching a few rockfish in the lower Coos Bay estuary while fishing along the jetty and submerged rock structures. The recent late morning/afternoon winds can make it difficult to fish on the estuary. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 of which only one can be a copper, quillback or China rockfish. Anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day. The harvest of 1 cabezon per day as part of your general marine fish daily limit of 5 fish opens on July 1.

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open as of May 22. Anglers fishing in streams and rivers above tidewater are restricted to us flies and lures through the end of August. There is lots of public access to streams in the Elliott State Forest.  Anglers will have best success in the deeper pools. With the recent hot weather, fishing will be best in the mornings and late evenings. Last updated 7/1/20. 

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: striped bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Smallmouth bass are becoming active throughout the South Fork, Middle Fork and mainstem Coquille river. Smallmouth will bite on variety of lures like crawdad crankbaits, spinners and jigs. There are no daily bag limits or length limits on bass in the Coquille River. 

Fishing for striped bass in the lower Coquille River has been spotty.  Anglers are trying several different techniques like fishing anchovies on the bottom of the river or by drifting and casting crankbaits.  There are no daily bag limits or length limits on striped bass.

Anglers are reporting catching shad on the Coquille River near the town of Coquille. 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open as of May 22. Anglers fishing in streams and rivers above tidewater are restricted to us flies and lures through the end of August, with the exception that the entire South Fork Coquille below boundary of the US Forest Service property above Powers is open to the use of bait. With the recent hot weather, fishing will be best in the mornings and late evenings. Last updated 7/1/20.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

Some of the Forest Service campgrounds are now open at Diamond Lake as well as some boat launches. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on closures.

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 are doing fairly well. The common advice is to try different techniques to see which one is working that day.

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 6/24/20.

EEL LAKE: trout

Day use is now open to Eel Lake and Tugman State Park which includes the boat ramp. But the fishing dock is still temporarily closed. Boat anglers trolling for trout have been catching lots of fish. Wedding rings tipped with a worm have been working the best. 

With the warmer weather bluegills and crappies will be active along the weed lines in the lake. Fish small jigs or a worm under a bobber to catch these panfish.

Approximately 13 miles north of North Bend off Hwy 101, located in Tugman State Park. Last updated 6/24/20. 

ELK RIVER:  cutthroat

The river is open for cutthroat trout. Last updated 6/24/20.

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

Boat ramps and facilities at Emigrant Reservoir that are managed by Jackson County Parks are currently open. For more information on park facilities closures visit the Jackson County Parks website. The water park is closed for the season.

Emigrant was last stocked in early May. There are no scheduled stocking until early fall.  Trout anglers will want to target the deeper sections of the lake near the dam, or where cooler water may enter the lake (such as the Emigrant channel).

Emigrant Lake is mostly a warm water fishery at this point with good crappie and bass fishing to be had. The reservoir is dropping through the summer and submerged vegetation will get less and less. If you can find sections of submerged vegetation, these are good places to target crappie. Rocky points may produce some largemouth bass. Smallmouth should be on the gravel flats.

The reservoir is currently at 56 percent full with clearing conditions. Last updated 7/1/2020. 

EMPIRE LAKES: trout, warmwater species

Bluegills and yellow perch are biting at Lower Empire Lake. Most of these fish are small but occasionally you can catch a keeper. Largemouth bass can be found along the submerged trees and stumps. The lower lake is shallow and can be fairly weedy, but it can fish well from a pontoon boat. Last updated 6/24/20.

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

Expo Pond day use lot and Jackson County RV park are open (Gate 5). This will primarily be a warmwater fishery for the remainder of summer, but there is some very deep water at Expo Pond where trout do hide.

Trout were stocked earlier in the spring both in the middle pond (East of RV park), and in the pond directly behind the amphitheater. The shallower pond that runs along the frontage road is great for targeting bass.

Expo pond does have Chinese mystery snails, and folks should remember to drain and dry any personal watercraft when leaving here, these critters are highly invasive and you don’t want to inadvertently carry them somewhere else. Last updated 6/24/2020.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake Marina is open, and the lake is 69 percent full. An algae bloom is starting, which will influence visibility.

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

Fish lake received good stockings of rainbow trout all spring. The next scheduled stocking is middle of July, then again in late September. There is a 10 mile/hour speed limit on Fish Lake, which provides a tranquil experience while you enjoy views of McMcloughlin.

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. Last updated 7/1/20.

FLORAS CREEK/NEW RIVER: trout

Reopened for trout fishing on May 22. Last updated 6/24/20.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

There is limited bank access, so the lake is best accessed by boat. There’s a public boat ramp is available at Boice-Cope Park. Anglers will want to watch the weather forecast and try to fish when the wind is light. Bass fishing should start picking up with the warmer weather. Last updated 6/24/20.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Fishing for warmwater fish should be good.

The current info from Douglas County Parks is the parks are open. 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. Last updated 6/24/20.

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow and cutthroat trout

There are lots of trout in the lake and fishing should be good.

Anglers slow trolling spinners, flies, or wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm all typically do well hooking up with some feisty rainbow trout. Anglers will want to fish early mornings or late evenings for the best action. Don’t forget your bass gear as the lake does have a small population.

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. Last updated 6/24/20.

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

The USFS has closed the campgrounds at these sites. You may still be able to access the lakes from other areas. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camp and ramp closures.

With recent stocking both locations should have lots of fish available to catch.

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. Last updated 6/24/20.

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

Emergency regulations are in effect for Howard Prairie Reservoir. All size and daily, and possession limits are off for all game species. Water levels are extremely low at Howard, but two small unimproved boat ramps still remain usable for small vessels at this time. Folks should not park and block these access points. Rangers may ticket you.

Accessibility of these ramps will become more difficult through mid-summer. One is on the NW side of the Dam, the other is to the northeast of the Howard Prairie Marina. The only campgrounds still open at Howard Prairie are those at the Marina.

Facilities at Howard Prairie are maintained by Jackson County. For more information, visit their website.

Bank fishing is possible, with social distancing precautions, near the dam and on the opposite bank of the Marina, off the 37 Road access. Last updated 7/1/20.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Hyatt lake ramp is open, but only a few feet of concrete remain. Smaller trailers are advised here. Bank access is readily available. The reservoir is 35 percent full. Trout fishing has been good all spring, but starting to slow. Troll between the improved boat ramp and the dam for the deepest water. Bass fishing should be good. Last updated 7/1/20.

ILLINOIS RIVER: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

The Kerby guage was reading 183 cfs, low and clear.

The Illinois River is currently open for trout fishing and hatchery steelhead. Only artificial flys and lures are allowed. Since there is no hatchery on the Illinois, the fishery is primarily catch-and-release for wild trout, as retention in not allowed

Later in the summer, hatchery steelhead and half-pounders have been known to nose into the lower few miles of the Illinois, near Agness, particularly if the Rogue is running warmer.  Half-pounders don’t typically show in the Rogue until mid-AugustLast updated 6/24/20.

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

Lake Selmac facilities operated by Josephine County Parks are currently open. More information about Josephine County Parks and responses to COVID-19 can be found on their website.

Bass and panfish are available here year-round. The weeds are starting to get thick, but bank anglers can still find open water. 

Lake Selmac continued to be stocked with trout earlier in the spring and most recently the last week of May, but the warm weather has turned this into primarily a warmwater fishery for the rest of the summer. If you are interested in trout, the best bet would be near the dam as that is the deepest coldest part of the lake at this time of the year.

Anglers boating should only be doing so with member of their own household as most vessels do not provide the minimum 6 feet of social distancing recommended by the CDC. Last updated 7/1/20.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

The USFS has recently opened Poole Cr Campground. You may also be able to access the lake from other areas. Anglers should also check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camp and ramp closures.

Lemolo KOA also appears to be open. Contact the resort at 541-643-0750 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

With recent stocking and other trout available, there should be some good fishing in Lemolo. 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. Last update 6/24/20.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

The Joseph Stewart State Park day use, boat ramp and marina are currently open.  Camping reservations can be made up to 2 weeks ahead of time. For more information, please visit the Oregon State Parks website. Takelma boat ramp and facilities are also currently open. Expect weekend traffic here.

Lost creek has some exceptional bass fishing. A recent club tournament of Crater Bass, a local conservation club that has helped with a lot of habitat structures and willow planting in the last 2 decades, saw a participant bring in a 5 fish bag weighing 30.70 pounds!  Consider targeting catfish cove, or some of the points off the southwestern portion of the lake.

Trout continue to be stocked in Lost Creek. Trout anglers may try trolling a wedding ring and worm combination behind an oval egg sinker in the Lost Creek Arm, or up under Hwy 62 where the mainstem meets the lake. As the water warms up through the summer, the trout will be deeper. 

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 encouraged to keep fish that have copepods while staying within the daily limit, since release simply allows the parasite to expand to other hosts.

Lost Creek Reservoir is 79 percent full and 1,851.4 feet elevation. Water visibility is clear.

Last updated 7/1/2020.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

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. Bluegill fishing can be exceptional at Medco Pond, with good access along the road.  Medco also was stocked with 1,100 trout in mid-June.  Last updated 6/24/20.

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

Douglas County Parks are open.

Bottomfishing is now open to fish at all depths. Fishing for lingcod has been good when anglers can get out on the ocean. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 of which only one can be a copper, quillback or China rockfish. Anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day. The harvest of 1 cabezon per day as part of your general marine fish daily limit of 5 fish opens on July 1.

Anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day.

Anglers may also choose to fish the offshore longleader fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line, which is open year-round. The longleader fishery has a daily bag limit of 10 fish made of yellowtail, widow, canary, blue, deacon, redstripe, greenstripe, silvergray, chillipepper, and bocaccio rockfish. No other groundfish are allowed and offshore longleader fishing trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish or halibut trips. Find information about a longleader setup here.

Surfperch anglers are reporting limited success fishing the ocean beaches using sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp sand worms.

The ocean Selective Coho (fin-clipped) season opened on June 22 from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border. This area in the ocean is also open to harvest of Chinook salmon. The salmon bag limit is two salmon per day. 

The Nearshore Halibut season for the Central Coast Subarea is open 7 days a week, inside the 40-fathom line, through the earlier of the quota of 32,591 pounds or October 31.  As of June 21, there is 57 percent of the quota remaining.

The next All-Depth Halibut days for the Central Coast Subarea are July 9-11 then July 16-18.  As of June 21, there is 64 percent of the quota remaining.

The Southern Oregon Subarea for halibut is open 7 days a week through the earlier of the quota of 8,000 pounds or October 31. As of June 21, there is 91 percent of the quota remaining. Last updated 7/1/20.

2020 Sport Bottomfish Seasons

PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout

It looks like Plat I is open to the public for fishing and launching boats.

Warmwater fishing should be good with moderate temperatures.

This reservoir was stocked with trout the last week of April. This is the last time it will be stocked this year. With temperatures in excess of 80 in the summer, the trout likely wouldn’t survive the summer months. Last updated 7/1/20.

REINHARDT PARK POND: trout, bluegill, bullhead

Reinhardt received its last trout stocking in middle April. It is a very shallow and warm urban pond, with a healthy population of local geese. That being said, bass and panfish area vailable year-round.

Being a relatively small location, anglers should practice social distancing at this facility. If a fishing platform is occupied, you should move to another, less busy location. A relatively simple set up includes either a nightcrawler fished below a bobber. There are many areas to easily bank fish and the pond is small enough to be able to cover the majority of the water.

Last updated 6/24/20.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: Chinook

Anglers are starting to troll the Rogue bay for Chinook with some success. As long as water temperatures in the river continue to stay high, Chinook numbers will build in the estuary and fishing will only get better. As usual, the best bait is an anchovy.  

Current river flows are reported by the gage in Agness on the USGS website. Note that this gage is above the Illinois River mouth and does not account for that additional water flow.

For a current view of the Rogue from the Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge in Gold Beach, check out the ODOT’s camera. Last updated 6/24/20.

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

Beginning July 1, wild Chinook salmon may be harvested from the Rogue Mouth, all the way up to Dodge Bridge. Summer steelhead should be starting to show in the Middle Rogue, however, it is still early in the run.

Boaters floating from Hog Creek to Graves Creek should be familiar with the rapids in this section of river, and know their takeouts. Locals would recommended against floating through Hellgate Canyon if flows are over 5,000 cfs. 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.” 

There is excellent bank access in this section of the river. Much of this is managed by the BLM. 

Ghost shrimp and eggs are great bets, or fishing a wobbler through a hole are good techniques for salmon. Sardine wrapped plugs in migration lanes will also work. Eggs should be wrapped in netting to avoid the tenacious non-local Umpqua pikeminnow

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

Gold Hill to Rogue river is a popular float for Chinook, but there are a few rapids in the beginning of this float. Staying left is a good rule of thumb, just watch for bedrock!

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.

As of Wednesday morning, the flow in Grants Pass was approximately 1,570 cfs, temperature hovering around 61 degrees, turbidity at 2 NTU. 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 gauging stations here. Last updated 7/1/2020.

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

No non-adipose fin clipped Chinook salmon may be harvested upstream of Dodge Bridge at any point in the year.  As of July 1, Chinook salmon can be harvested from the Rogue mouth, upstream to Dodge Bridge.

All public boat ramps and public access points are currently open on the upper Rogue, except the “hatchery hole,” which encompasses the area from Cole Rivers blocker dam to 1,200 feet downstream. 

Very good trout fishing can still be had from Rogue Elk upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery, but the salmonfly hatch is winding down. Trout anglers are especially encouraged to harvest adipose fin clipped trout in this reach of river. 

Anglers targeting spring Chinook should consider going with a local guide. There are fish being caught right now. Only hatchery spring Chinook can be retained from dodge Bridge upstream to Cole Rivers hatchery from now through July 31. 

Fishing a sardine wrapped plug, or back-bouncing eggs, tipped with ghost shrimp are good bets right now. The fresher the bait the better. Large wobblers can be fished in deep holes right now by back rowing upstream, starting at the riffle tailout and working upriver. 

For week of 6/24/2020, 39 new summer Steelhead entered the hatchery, bringing the total to 73 fish for the year; it is still early in the run. For spring Chinook salmon, 151 new fish entered the hatchery, bringing the total to 836 fish for the year, one of the lowest to date totals on record.

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 7/1/2020.

Note proper on fish handling:

Fishing for salmon and steelhead is a privilege. Anglers should take the health of these fish into account when they handle, particularly after a long fight. If you plan to release a fish, follow these stewardship practices:

  • Don’t hold a fish out of water for 10 or more seconds, especially after a long battle.
  • Don’t let it flop in the bottom of a boat in a net or on a gravel bar.
  • Don’t hold it by its mouth or under the gills.
  • Leave it in the net, in the water while you remove the hook.
  • If you’re taking a photo, be all set up so the fish is barely out of the water for just a few seconds. Better yet, take a photo while it’s still in the water.

Remember, spring Chinook need to survive in the river for another two months until they spawn in September. And summer steelhead won’t start spawning until December. It‘s also illegal to snag and keep a snagged fish, whether it’s wild or hatchery. Report violations to Oregon State Police by calling *OSP.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

All tributaries and the mainsteam are open to trout fish with a daily bag limit of 5 trout.  Trout are stocked from river bridge/natural bridge area in and above Minnehaha Creek from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Areas around the Union Creek, Farewell Bend and Woodruff Bridge can have pretty swift flows in early summer, and anglers should be aware of bedrock crevices when wading.

Above the Hwy 62/234 interchange, the river gradient starts to lessen. Target slower water at the top of a riffle, or pocket water within a riffle, or pools were fish are resting or waiting to ambush.

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 nightcrawler, Pautzke eggs or even PowerBait will produce. Fishing a bug and bubble will also do well.  Presentation is usually the key, as will most trout fishing in moving water, with care to try and provide the best free drifting presentation of your fly or baitLast updated 6/24/20.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: trout, bass

Summer time in the Smith River means trout and bass. Some areas in the Smith are open for retention of trout so check the regulations before going out. Smallmouth fishing should be good right now as well. The river is fairly low and clear. Smaller presentations are better in low clear water.

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 6/24/20.

TENMILE CREEK: trout, steelhead

Trout fishing in rivers and streams is open as of May 22. Anglers are restricted to fishing with artificial flies and lures while fishing in streams above tidewater. Last updated 6/24/20.

TENMILE LAKES: trout, warmwater species, largemouth bass

Largemouth bass have completed spawning in Tenmile Lakes. Bass are now spread out between shallow water and deeper water. Bass can be caught on a variety of tactics like topwater lures, jigs, swimbaits and Senkos.

Bluegills are becoming very active in some parts of the lake especially along the edges of weedlines. Bluegills can be caught on small jigs, worms on a small hook, or even on small wet flies and poppers. 

Yellow perch will be transitioning to summer patterns soon, which means anglers should start fishing the outside edges of the weedlines in 7-12 feet of water.

Trout fishing has slowed down with the warmer water temperatures. Anglers will have the best success fishing for trout in the deeper water and trolling slowly. Last updated 6/24/20.

UMPQUA HIKE-IN LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

High lakes can be a great idea for this time of year. The mosquitos are just starting and fishing can be great when water temperatures are still on the cold side. Flies and small lures are always a good bet.

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.

Red Top Pond offers excellent bank fishing opportunities was stocked in the last week of August. 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. Last updated 6/24/20.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, shad, bass, trout

Chinook fishing is open, but most anglers are fishing in the ocean or bay. Check restrictions for 2020 Fall Chinook before going out. The Umpqua in restricted to one unclipped Chinook per day and five per year.

Steelhead should still be coming through, but most people are focusing on shad and bass.

Trout fishing is open on the Main and its tributaries. Last updated 7/1/20.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout

The river is cooler than recent years. Summer steelhead should be around, but only a few are being caught.

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 July 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, unweighted, artificial fly. Last updated 7/1/20.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: bass, trout

Bass fishing throughout the South should be good. Trout is catch-and-release for the South Umpqua Basin. The mainstem and tributaries about Jackson Creek Bridge are closed year-round. Last updated 7/1/20.

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

Facilities at Willow Lake are managed by Jackson County Parks. The boat ramp and all day use facilities, and camping are open. For more information please visit their website. Willow Lake is currently 99 percent full. Willow lake last received 4,000 stocked rainbow trout in mid-May, and plenty of trout earlier in the spring. There is no stocking planned until early fall.

Bank access is available along the county road.

There are healthy numbers of yellow perch up here and anglers are always encouraged to take as many of these as they want. Anglers should concentrate on submerged willows or rocky shorelines for perch. Last updated 7/1/20.