Table of Contents
If there’s not a photo, it didn’t happen
Submit your fishing photo to ODFW and we might use it here or elsewhere on MyODFW.com.
Best bets for weekend fishing
- Anglers have been catching striped bass in the lower Coquille River from Rocky Point boat ramp up to Riverton.
- Salmon anglers on the Coos have been catching Chinook and coho from the Charleston to California Street Ramp this past week.
- Hemlock Lake continues to provide great catch rates for rainbow trout, especially in the morning.
- There have been rumors circulating of good striped bass fishing in the Smith River.
- Steelhead fishing continues to be fair on the north Umpqua with good numbers of hatchery steelhead in the river.
- Lost Creek Reservoir should be a good spot for late summer/early fall trout fishing.
Scheduled to be stocked this week:
Trout stocking maps
Check out the ODFW fishing and trout stocking maps to find nearby fishing locations, driving directions and descriptions of amenities.
Fall Chinook regulations
The regulations for the upcoming fall Chinook season have been posted. You’ll find them at the top of the Rec Report under the “Regulation Updates” tab.
Sign up for the latest information on boater access
Marine Board’s Opportunities and Access Report incorporates information from federal and state agencies, local facility operators and fellow boaters to provide up-to-date information so boaters can decide where to recreate and what to expect this season. Subscribe to receive email updates.
Updates by waterbody
AGATE LAKE: bass, crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead
Agate is down to 13 percent full at the end of irrigation season. The boat ramp may be usable for small boats unless closed by county parks. Regardless, plenty of bank fishing access is available.
Anglers may want to consider fishing for brown bullhead with chicken livers fished off the bottom in the early morning or late evening. Anglers are also encouraged to target and harvest carp.
The Jackson County Park’s day-use area closes after sunset and day use fees are charged. There is a 10-mph speed limit on this reservoir and electric motors only. Last updated 9/14/22.
APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout, landlocked spring chinook, largemouth bass, small mouth bass, black crappie, bluegill,
The elevation of the reservoir is dropping close to the 1,923-foot mark. The low water ramp at French Gulch is available and being used now. The Copper boat ramp is getting close to not being usable, but small boats may still be able to launch. Hart-tish Park closes Sept. 15.
The reservoir surface temperature was 74F on Sept. 12. With cooling temperatures trout fishing should pick up. Applegate was stocked with additional trout this spring, and plenty of holdovers should be available.
There is a longstanding health advisory for consumption of resident species due to elevated levels of mercury. See Oregon Health Authority consumption guidelines or the 2021 sportfishing regulations for more information.
APPLEGATE RIVER below Applegate Dam: trout
The Applegate River is open to trout fishing. Only fin-clipped rainbow trout may be retained. All wild cutthroat and rainbow trout must be released unharmed.
You can check the USGS stream gauge flows on the Applegate to get the most up to date flow and temperature information. Last updated 9/14/22.
ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout
Fishing is slow. The pond is weedy and warm.
Oregon State Parks manages Arizona Pond for anglers ages 17 and under. This is a great place for youth anglers new to angling to learn fishing techniques.
While fishing, keep your eyes peeled for some excellent wildlife viewing. Elk and deer have been known to frequent the area as well as an abundance of waterfowl, osprey, beavers, river otters, and various newts, salamanders and frogs. Last updated 8/31/22.
BEN IRVING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie
With cooler and wetter conditions bass may slow down as water temperatures drop. However, bass fishing may be good for a few more weeks. Trout fishing should pick up as well. Last updated 9/28/22.
BURMA POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill
Burma Pond received its final 600 rainbow trout stocking in early June, for a total of 1,800 trout for the season. The pond is getting pretty weedy, but the weeds should start dying off with the onset of fall weather. Bass and bluegill are available. There’s still potentially a few trout up here as well. This pond is a seasonal offering and is stocked three times each spring. It’s a bit of a drive up a dirt Forest Service road to get here. Directions to this USFS pond are located on the 50 places to fish within 60 minutes of Medford publication. Last Updated 9/21/22.
CHETCO RIVER: Chinook
Salmon fishing has been good for boat anglers in the estuary. Hatchery fish are making up about a 1/3 of the catch. This is only the beginning of the run, with the peak fishery occurring in late October to mid-November.
Anglers are reminded that the wild Chinook bag limit has been reduced this year. As part of the 2 salmon/steelhead bag limit per day, anglers can retain 1 adult wild Chinook per day and only 2 for the season. Anglers can look forward to a good hatchery return this year and few have already been caught.
Gear restrictions are in place upstream of river mile 2.2 through Nov. 3 so anglers should review river regulations before fishing.
The bag limit reduction is in place to reduce harvest on older age wild Chinook. Last updated 9/28/22.
COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, coho and Chinook smolts
Trout fishing should pick up with recent rain. Since Rock Creek Hatchery is still on limited operation, no trophy trout were stocked this year, but the reservoir was stocked with an abundance trout earlier in the year along with salmon/steelhead smolts. The salmon/steelhead should be close to legal size.
Beginning in 2016, Cooper has been stocked with coho and Chinook salmon juveniles. These are often mistaken for kokanee. Anglers may retain up to 5 salmon juveniles in the reservoir as part of their daily trout bag limit. Please remember to release salmon and trout less than 8 inches. Last updated 9/28/22.
COOS RIVER BASIN: bottomfish, salmon, sea-run cutthroat
Anglers can catch rockfish around the jetties in the lower Coos Bay estuary. Best fishing is typically near slack tides. A jig fished with a twister tail trailer is always a good option to catch bottomfish. The daily general marine fish bag limit was reduced to 4 fish with no retention of China, copper, quillback rockfish along with no retention of cabezon.
Salmon fishing slowed down over the past week but anglers have been catching Chinook from the Empire Boat Ramp to above the Chandler Bridge. Most of these fish were hatchery 3-year-old adult Chinook with an occasional jack or 4-year-old Chinook. From July 1 – Dec. 31, salmon anglers are only allowed one wild Chinook for the season in the Coos Basin. The area open for salmon fishing, and the harvest of hatchery Chinook is per permanent regulations.
The wild coho season in the Coos Basin opens on Sept. 15 and closes on Oct. 15 with a daily bag limit of one wild coho adult and a season bag limit of 3 wild coho adults.
Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open until Oct. 31. Anglers may now use bait in rivers and streams above tidewater. The main rivers are still very warm and anglers will want to fish either in tidewater or go to the smaller headwater streams. If catch-and-release fishing, try the cooler times of the day early and late when stress on fish is lower. Sea-run cutthroat trout usually enter upper tidewater this time of year. Last updated 9/7/22.
COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: smallmouth bass, striped bass, sea-run cutthroat
Smallmouth bass fishing has been decent in the lower South Fork Coquille, lower Middle Fork Coquille, and upper mainstem Coquille. Anglers are having the best luck catching smallmouth bass on worms but lures like a crawdad crankbait have been working also. Bass anglers will want to get away from the easy access points for better fishing and target deeper holes with the warmer weather. From recent surveys there are good numbers of medium to large smallmouth bass in the South Fork Coquille from Beaver Creek to the Broadbent area.
A temporary regulation started on May 22 allowing anglers in Coquille River system to use spears and spear guns to harvest smallmouth bass. This unique fishing opportunity is one of many efforts to reduce the impact of illegally-introduced bass on Chinook populations.
In July and August, ODFW district staff, Coquille Indian Tribal staff, and volunteers have been removing smallmouth bass from the upper mainstem and South Fork Coquille – part of ongoing efforts to protect outgoing salmon smolts.
Traditional rod and reel anglers can also use bait throughout the river system.
Anglers have been catching striped bass in the lower Coquille River from Rocky Point boat ramp up to Riverton. Some anglers are drifting in the current and using swimbaits while other anglers are anchoring along the shoreline and using bait fished along the bottom.
All salmon fishing is closed in the Coquille Basin for the remainder of the year due to very poor returns of wild Chinook.
Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open until Oct. 31. Sea-run cutthroat trout usually enter upper tidewater this time of year. Last updated 8/31/22.
DIAMOND LAKE: trout
Angler surveys from this summer were somewhat slow, but fishing was pretty good for most anglers. Many anglers were finding success with brown trout on the South End.
With decreasing temperatures, anglers may find less competition for a good fishing hole and be more likely to catch trout throughout the day.
Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camps and ramps. The campgrounds may start closing as we move into fall. 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 to fishing 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 9/28/22.
ELK RIVER: Chinook, trout
With some much-needed rain, anglers may see some improved fishing conditions for cutthroat. Also, as October approaches anglers may start to see a few Chinook nosing around the mouth.
Anglers fishing for Chinook this year are reminded that only hatchery salmon can be kept. Anglers are allowed an additional adult hatchery Chinook as part of their daily limit this year. Last updated 9/28/22.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, catfish, rainbow trout
Emigrant is down to 4 percent full at the end of irrigation season. The boat ramps are not usable, so there is no access currently for trailered boats. As water temperatures cool, bank anglers may want to give Emigrant a try for rainbow trout or bass.
There is a longstanding health advisory for consumption of resident warmwater species in Emigrant for high levels of mercury. Consult the sportfishing regulations or the Oregon Health Authority for more information on consumption guidelines. Algae blooms have been observed in Emigrant Reservoir. Learn how to recognize algae blooms and get tips for fishing safely.
The most current elevations for Emigrant Reservoir and other Rogue Basin reservoirs can be found on the Bureau of Reclamation’s website, here. Last updated 9/14/22.
EXPO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie
Expo Pond is the pond at the Jackson County Fairgrounds located directly adjacent to the access road at Gate 5, at the Southern Oregon RV Park. Anglers may want to try some fall fishing for bass or panfish, but trout stocking will not resume until next spring.
A Jackson County day-use fee or season pass applies for parking here.
There are Chinese mystery snails in the most northern pond. They are highly invasive and were illegally dumped here. Please do not move these creatures and drain and dry any personal watercraft before using them in another waterbody. Last updated 9/14/22.
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook
Fish Lake is filling with the input of various springs and is now at 15 percent full. Nine hundred pounder rainbow trout are scheduled for stocking later this week, and fishing should be good with the fall weather this weekend. The marina boat ramp should be accessible for small, trailered boats. There is some weed growth over by the resort, but there is water under the docks.
Fish Lake can produce for both boat and bank anglers in the fall months, and is still a great destination. Grab a bite to eat at the café while your at it! Best success will likely be at the resort end of the lake due to the cooler, spring fed waters.
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 9/21/22.
FLORAS LAKE: trout, largemouth bass
Slow. Cooler weather and lighter winds may help with the trout bite.
Casting or trolling with spinners, bait and bobber, and fly-fishing are all popular fishing methods for chasing trout in Floras Lake. Bank access is very limited and most anglers fish from a boat. The boat ramp is located at Boice Cope County Park. Last updated 9/14/22.
GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass
The water level is now so low you are unable to launch most watercraft. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions. Check out the Lake Level Gauge for more information. Bank anglers may still find success focusing on deeper sections of the reservoir.
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. Last updated 9/28/22
GARRISON LAKE: trout, largemouth bass
The lake is getting pretty weedy, but boat anglers are still having success trolling along the foredune or in the north end of the lake where it’s deeper. There are no plans to stock the lake anymore this year, but there is always a good population of carryover trout. The lake does have a small bass population. Anglers may want fish around the edges of docks and weed beds to have chance of catching a bass.
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 8/17/22.
HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS (Douglas County): trout
Fall has arrived and fishing should be good at Hemlock and Lake in the Woods. Both lakes received a good number of trout this year and fishing is usually good in the fall before the snow falls.
Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to email fishing reports to . Remember to only keep trout at least 8 inches long, and only one trout over 20 inches per day. Last updated 9/28/22.
HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass
Howard Prairie is down to 6 percent full at the end of irrigation season, slightly above the level at this date last year. Howard produced some nice-size trout last fall, so anglers may want to give Howard a try with cooling temperatures over the next month or two.
Deeper water is available at various points near the dam, but cool water from Grizzly Creek at the upper end of the reservoir or springs near Red Rocks may provide some opportunity in these areas.
Anglers have success fishing for trout with PowerBait from shore. Anglers trolling from inflatables/kayaks can pick up fish with a wedding ring and worm combination. The low water boat ramp near the dam is not recommended. Last updated 9/21/22.
Anglers should be prepared for algae blooms. Learn how to recognize algae blooms and get tips for fishing safely.
HYATT LAKE: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass
Hyatt is down to 2 percent full at the end of irrigation season. There is very little fishing pressure. ODFW has no current information on fish populations at Hyatt but hopes to build back both the trout fishery and the largemouth bass fishery when water levels improve in the future. Last updated 9/14/22.
ILLINOIS RIVER: trout
Trout fishing is open, mostly for catch-and-release fishing for wild trout as there are no hatchery releases on the Illinois system. Bait is not allowed on the Illinois River. This includes soft beads and plastic worms, which are are considered bait. See the definition of bait in the regulation synopsis.
Much of the publicly accessible reaches of the Illinois River fall under the USFS Wild Rivers Ranger District. More information can be found on their website. For up-to-date flows check the USGS Kerby gauge Last updated 9/1/22.
LAKE SELMAC (Selmac Lake): trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie
Fishing for bass and panfish should be good.
Lake Selmac has its share of non-native aquatic hitchhikers. Boat owners must do their part to remove as much vegetation as possible before leaving the ramp, as well as drain and dry their vessel before boating in another waterbody.
Please help stop the spread of Oregon’s aquatic hitchhikers! Last updated 9/21/22.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee
No recent reports from anglers from Lemolo but fall fishing at Lemolo can be great. As the lake is typically drawn down in the fall, fish can be concentrated and provide great catch rates for eager anglers. Kokanee and brown trout will start making their way upstream to spawn.
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. Anglers can also retain tiger trout in Lemolo if they happen to catch one that migrated down from Diamond Lake. Last updated 9/28/22.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, landlocked spring chinook, bass
The elevation of the reservoir has dropped below the 1,812-foot mark. The marina boat may be closed soon or limited to small boats only. The Takelma ramp is available.
The reservoir surface temperature has begun to cool, dropping to 71F on Sept. 12. With cooling temperatures trout fishing should pick up.
Lost Creek provides an excellent trout fishery fall-early spring. Holdover trout in the 15 to 16-inch range are common, and additional trout are scheduled to be stocked in October. Trolling a wedding ring/worm combination behind a flasher or dodger is a very successful technique.
Cooler temperatures allow the trout to spread out throughout Lost Creek, so anglers should try a variety of locations. Trolling along the dam, along the north shoreline, or from the marina up to and above the bridge are good areas to try.
Bank anglers have good access on either side of the dam. Bank fishing with PowerBait can be very successful.
For warmwater anglers, ODFW continues work to restore the largemouth bass fishery.
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. Anglers should also be aware of algae blooms and methods for minimizing risk during blooms.
MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie
Bass, panfish and rainbow trout are all worth a try at Medco this fall. Medco received additional trout this spring, and some holdovers should be available.
PowerBait or worms are the ticket here for trout, but really, this pond is all about warmwater fishing, and can be great for young anglers.
A small chronomid fly fished under a very small bobber or corkie pinned in place with a toothpick can be very good for the bluegill and offers the added benefit of not having to bait hooks constantlyTo spice it up, you still can attach a small piece of night crawler. Add a few small split shot to help with casting if using a spinning rod.
Medco Pond is a private pond and access can be revoked at any time. Access is available only along the main road at this time. Signs have been posted limiting fishing to bank access only, no boats or personal watercraft. To help keep access open, anglers should make sure to pick up their trash, as well as other trash when they are there. Last updated 9/21/22.
PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, surfperch
Fishing for bottom fish is open to All-depths starting on Sept. 1. The daily general marine fish bag limit was reduced to 4 fish starting on Sept. 6 with no retention of China, copper, or quillback rockfish along with no retention of cabezon. Anglers are reporting good catches of rockfish and lingcod near Charleston and Bandon when the ocean swells are small.
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.
The ocean Chinook salmon season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain is open through Oct. 31. The non-selective coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain is open from Sept. 3 through earlier of Sept. 30 or 26,800 non mark selective coho quota. As of Sept. 11, there is 65.1 percent of the quota remaining. For Humbug Mountain to OR/CA Border, ocean salmon season is now closed. Salmon anglers have been catching coho and a few Chinook just outside of Winchester Bay and Charleston this past week.
The Pacific halibut Summer All Depth Season in the Central Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt) will be open daily with a 2 fish daily bag limit until Oct. 31 or attaining the quota. As of Sept. 11, there is 62 percent of the quota remaining. Bottomfish may be combined with all-depth halibut during September and October but longleader gear fishing cannot be combined with all-depth halibut during this time period.
The Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt. to OR/CA border) is open for halibut 7 days a week with a 2 fish daily bag limit, through the earlier of quota, or Oct 31. As of Sept 11, there is 7 percent of the quota remaining.
Fishing for surfperch along the ocean beaches has slowed down but anglers are still reporting decent catches of redtail surfperch on the sandy beaches like Horsfall Beach, Bullards Beach, and near Cape Blanco. Anglers have been catching surfperch when the ocean swells are calmer, using sand shrimp, mole crabs or artificial sand worms. Last updated 9/21/22.
PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout
Fishing at Plat I should be pretty good for bass with the fall-like conditions. Fewer trout were stocked and only in the spring at Plat I due to the extreme high summer temperatures.
Plat I offers some of the best disabled access in the area. Last updated 9/21/22.
Wild coho must be released in the Rogue River.
Rogue River, lower: summer steelhead, half-pounder steelhead, Chinook, coho
Fishing has been slow in the lower river.
Boat anglers are mainly catching coho in the estuary. The fall Chinook run is winding down, but anglers are still picking up fresh fish in the bay and lower river. Anglers are reminded that wild coho must be released. Most anglers are trolling downstream of the Hwy 101 bridge, but anglers are having some success up toward the mouth of Indian Creek. Anglers have been using anchovies or anchovies with a spinner blade. Flashers have been very effective this year.
Huntley Park seining project has started for the year and this is a great resource for anglers wanting the fish the lower Rogue. Anglers can check ODFW’s Fish Count page to get the two week updates on fish movement. Last updated 9/28/22.
Rogue River, middle: hatchery steelhead, Chinook, trout
Flow has dropped to about 1100 cfs and has bumped around a bit with the little spurt of precipitation earlier in the week. As more irrigators shut down for the season, flows should come up a bit. The river temperature is in the low 60s.
Some fall Chinook have been caught but fishing is slow. The bulk of Chinook seem to be below the Grants Pass area. Reports in the Gold Hill to Rogue River area have been slow.
Summer steelhead are available and anglers are having success both on fly and gear. Trout fishing is open with a 5 fish daily bag limit for adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) trout. Non-adipose fin-clipped trout must all be immediately released unharmed.
The Rum Cr fire has restricted access near Galice. The Smullin Visitor Center is open for wild and scenic permits. Rocky Bar, Robert Dean, Chair and Rand Recreation sites remain closed at this time. The Rainie Falls National Recreation Trail (on river left) remains closed. The Rogue River Trail (river right) is open. The Grave Creek boat ramp is not accessible from Galice Road. For more information click here.
Rogue River, upper: hatchery steelhead, trout
Reservoir releases have dropped to their typical September levels. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir should stay in the 1100 cfs vicinity for the foreseeable future. Dodge Bridge is around 1200 cfs.
Chinook fishing is closed in the upper Rogue, and the artificial fly season is in place through Oct. 31. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies with no added weights or attachments except a bubble or similar floating device.
Hatchery summer steelhead are available. As of Sept. 7, 77 new summer steelhead had been collected at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing the season total to 2,413.
Trout fishing is also open in the Rogue with a daily bag limit of 5 adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) trout. Anglers are encouraged to harvest they hatchery trout. Wild trout must be immediately released unharmed.
Anglers are asked to avoid wading and fishing near spawning spring Chinook salmon.
For up-to-date river levels, check all the USGS Rogue gauges here. Last updated 9/21/22.
Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout
Trout releases are done for the year, but trout are still available. Often the uppermost release sites provide very good trout fishing into October.
The Rogue and tributaries above Lost Creek Reservoir remain open year-round, with a daily retention limit of 5 trout (no limit on brook trout). Hatchery trout are only stocked in the mainstem, while naturally produced trout are available in tributaries and the south and middle forks. Last updated 9/14/22.
SIXES RIVER: Chinook
The bag limit for wild adult Chinook was reduced to 1 per day and 5 for the season.
Starting Oct. 1, there is a low water angling closure in the lower river from Hughes House boat ramp upstream to the mouth of Crystal Creek -- this will limit some opportunity for anglers. Last updated 9/28/22.
SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: trout, Chinook
Anglers have been targeting Chinook with moderate success in the Smith. Chinook will be in tidewater as long as we don’t get any major rain. The Smith is under permanent regulations for Chinook this year which is two Chinook per day and up to 20 wild Chinook per year. No wild coho fishery is planned for the Smith in 2022. Rumors of good striped bass being caught have been circulating. Last updated 9/28/22.
TENMILE LAKES/TENMILE CREEK: trout, bass
As water temperatures continue to decrease largemouth bass will transition to wintering areas. There are some largemouth bass still hanging out in the shallower water, but many bass have moved out to deeper water along points and boat houses. Anglers will want to fish points going into deep water using crankbaits, plastic worms or jigs. If bass are not hitting fast moving baits, try switching over to a drop shot or slow down your presentation.
Yellow perch will be transitioning away from weedlines and into deeper holes and mud flats. Fishing worms or small jigs near the bottom is very effective for catching yellow perch. If you are fishing an area for 10-15 minutes without a bite, it’s time to move to a new location.
Trout fishing in rivers and streams is open through Oct. 31. Starting Sept. 1 anglers can use bait in rivers and streams above tidewater. Last updated 9/21/22.
UMPQUA HIKE-IN LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout
A closure remains in effect around Calamut and Linda due to the Windigo Fire. The fire is contained, but the Forest Service appears to still have the closure in place.
Several other options are good choices for this time of year and fall fishing in the high lakes can be great before the colder weather and snow starts
Clearwater Forebay Two can be good options, with brook trout and rainbow available, and they were recently stocked.
Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Umpqua STEP is also looking for volunteers to sample a number of these lakes over the next month. Last updated 9/28/22.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: Chinook, trout
Chinook fishing has been moderate this summer, and there is still time left in the run. The mainstem is under permanent regulations for Chinook in 2022, which means anglers may retain up to two salmon per day which both could be wild. Coho fishing should be picking up and angler may retain 1 wild per day as part of the two salmon limit and 2 per year in the Umpqua. The wild coho fishery extends through Oct.15, 2022. Last updated 9/28/22.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: summer steelhead
Amacher park should be reopening soon and can be a good place to launch when winter steelhead season rolls around. The river is low and difficult to navigate right now.
Summer steelhead fishing has been steady. No closures are expected due to the number of summers expected to return. There are a good number of hatchery fish around.
With the low population of wild summers, anglers are reminded to handle fish with extra care this year. Practicing good catch-and-release techniques will help ensure we have fish in the future.
Trout fishing is open year-round upstream of Slide Creek Dam and in tributaries in this section. Fishing above Slide Creek Dam can be a great idea as the flows lower. 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 9/28/22.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: CLOSED
The South is closed under the usual annual closure from Sept. 15 through Nov. 30. This closure is in place to protect Chinook salmon. Last updated 9/21/22.
WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead, yellow perch
Willow Lake received 11,500 legal trout during the spring, and hold over trout should still be available. Both trout and warmwater fishing should still be fair to good. Yellow perch can easily be targeted here by shore.
The reservoir is 56 percent full and the improved boat ramp is no longer usable for larger vessels. The earthen auxiliary boat ramp near the day use area has been opened up. There is no dock available.
Fishing from shore will likely produce plenty of perch and possibly some bluegill. Fishing PowerBait off the bottom along the county road also should pick up trout.
Campgrounds at Willow Lake are open but close October 10 for the season. Day use is open, and fees are collected. A yearly Jackson County Park pass are also available for $40. For more information please visit the Jackson County Parks website.
Anglers catching illegally introduced yellow perch 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 waterbody, please get a photo and/or call OSP with this information. Last updated 9/21/22.
WINCHUCK RIVER: Chinook
Anglers are reminded the bag limit for adult wild Chinook has been reduced to 1 per day and 2 for the season. Last updated 9/28/22.
Regulation Updates as of August 19, 2022.
The following regulations reflect changes or additions to the permanent regulations listed in the 2022 Oregon Sport Fishing regulations. All other permanent regulations remain in effect. Please see e-regulations.
Note: Under permanent regulations, hatchery coho may be retained as part of the adult and jack salmon daily bag limit in all waters that are currently open to angling for Chinook salmon or steelhead.
As part of the wild coho aggregate bag limit, no more than 5 wild coho may be harvested per year in the Northwest and Southwest Zones with open wild coho fisheries. Check the regulations for open dates and bag limits before you go and make sure that you are not exceeding daily and season bag limits for each basin.
July 1 - Dec 31: In areas open to Chinook retention under permanent regulations, one wild adult Chinook may be retained as part of daily adult bag limit. Of the annual limit of 5, only two adult wild Chinook may be retained July 1 – Dec 31.
July 1 - Dec 31: In areas open to Chinook retention under permanent regulations, one wild adult Chinook may be retained for the season.
Sept 15 - Oct 15: Retention of wild coho is only allowed from the tips of the jetties upstream to the deadline at Dellwood on the South Coos River and to the deadline at the confluence of the East and West Forks of the Millicoma River. One wild adult coho may be retained per day and no more than three may be retained for the season. One wild coho jack may be retained per day as part of the daily jack bag limit.
Coquille River and tributaries
May 22 – Oct 31: Coquille River, East Fork Coquille River, Middle Fork Coquille River, North Fork Coquille River, and South Fork Coquille River (mouth to USFS boundary near Powers)
- Use of bait is allowed.
- Spears and spear guns may be used to harvest smallmouth bass.
July 1 - Dec 31: Closed to angling for salmon.
July 1 - Dec 31: Closed to retention of all wild Chinook.
Sept 26 - Dec 31: From the mouth upstream to Bald Mountain Creek, one additional hatchery Chinook may be retained per day.
Flora Creek and New River
Aug 1 - Dec 31: Closed to angling for salmon.
Oct 1 - Dec 31: In areas open to Chinook retention under permanent regulations, one wild adult Chinook can be retained as part of the daily adult bag limit. Only two adult wild Chinook may be retained for the season.
July 1 - Dec 31: In areas open to Chinook retention under permanent regulations, one wild adult Chinook can be retained as part of the daily adult bag limit. Of the annual limit of 5, only two adult wild Chinook may be retained July 1 – Dec 31.
Oct 1 - Dec 31: Low water angling closure in effect from the Hughes House Boat Ramp upstream to the Mouth of Crystal Creek. When low water closure is lifted, the following rules apply:
July 1 - Dec 31: In areas open to Chinook retention under permanent regulations, one wild adult Chinook can be retained as part of the daily adult bag limit. Only five adult wild Chinook may be retained for the season.
June 1 – Sept 30: From the Scottsburg Bridge (River Mile 27.5) upstream to River Forks Boat Ramp.
- 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.
Sept 15 - Oct 15: Retention of wild coho is only allowed from the tips of the jetties upstream to Scottsburg Bridge: One wild adult coho may be retained per day and no more than two may be retained for the season. One wild coho jack may be retained per day as part of the daily jack bag limit.
July 1 - Dec 31: In areas open to Chinook retention under permanent regulations, one wild adult Chinook can be retained as part of the daily adult bag limit. Only two adult wild Chinook may be retained July 1 – Dec 31.
For more information, contact you 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