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  Sept. 17, 2021 (formatting changes only)

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

2021 wild coho seasons are listed below the wild Chinook rule changes.

Fall season rule changes for wild Chinook*

Season dates Bag limits Closure areas
UMPQUA RIVER, SMITH RIVER, NORTH FORK SMITH RIVER
Jul 1 - Nov 30

1 adult wild Chinook per day / 5 adult wild Chinook for the period.

  • The Mainstem Umpqua River from the Scottsburg Bridge upstream to the River Forks Park Boat Ramp is closed to fishing through Sept. 30, 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.
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

No current 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.

2021 wild coho salmon harvest seasons for NW and SW zones

  • Bag limits and season for hatchery coho remain unchanged from 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
  • All areas in the NW and SW zones not listed below remain CLOSED to the retention of WILD coho (jacks and adults).

Tillamook River Basin

  • Open areas: From the jetty tips upstream to the Highway 101 Bridge on Miami, Kilchis, Wilson and Trask rivers, and upstream to the Burton Bridge on Tillamook River.
  • Season dates: Wednesdays & Saturdays only, Sept. 15-Oct. 13.
  • Limits: Wild adult coho: 1 in total for the season in aggregate from Tillamook and Nestucca river basins – not 1 per basin.
    • Wild jack coho: 1/day (open days only), no season limit.
    • No more than 5 wild adult coho salmon may be harvested per year in the NW and SW Zone areas with open wild coho salmon fisheries.  All 5 may be harvested from Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, and/or Tenmile Lakes, or as part of the aggregate with other open wild coho salmon fisheries in the NW and SW Zone areas (pages 27 and 35 in 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

Nestucca River Basin

  • Open area: Bay and Nestucca River up to Cloverdale Bridge (River Mile 7.1); Little Nestucca River tidewater upstream to Hwy. 101 bridge.
  • Season dates: Wednesdays & Saturdays only, Sept. 15-Oct. 13.
  • Limits: Wild adult coho: 1 in total for the season in aggregate from Tillamook and Nestucca river basins – not 1 per basin.
    • Wild jack coho: 1/day (open days only), no season limit.
    • No more than 5 wild adult coho salmon may be harvested per year in the NW and SW Zone areas with open wild coho salmon fisheries.  All 5 may be harvested from Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, and/or Tenmile Lakes, or as part of the aggregate with other open wild coho salmon fisheries in the NW and SW Zone areas (pages 27 and 35 in 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

Siletz River Basin

  • Open area: For Sept. 15 - Oct. 6 upstream to an ODFW marker sign approximately 1,200 feet upstream of Ojalla Bridge (River Mile 31).
    • From Oct. 7 - Oct. 15 upstream to Illahee Boat Ramp.
  • Season dates: Sept. 15-Oct. 15.
  • Limits: Wild adult coho: 1 in total for the season.
    • Wild jack coho: 1/day, (open days only), no season limits.
    • No more than 5 wild adult coho salmon may be harvested per year in the NW and SW Zone areas with open wild coho salmon fisheries.  All 5 may be harvested from Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, and/or Tenmile Lakes, or as part of the aggregate with other open wild coho salmon fisheries in the NW and SW Zone areas (pages 27 and 35 in 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

Coos River Basin

  • Open area: from the tips of the jetties upstream to the head of tide at Dellwood (RM 10) on the South Coos River and on the mainstem Millicoma River upstream to the confluence of the East Fork and the West Fork Millicoma.
  • Season dates: Sept. 15 – Oct. 15.
  • Limits: Wild adult coho: 1 per day, 2 in total for the season.
    • Wild jack coho: 1/day, (open days only), no season limit
    • No more than 5 wild adult coho salmon may be harvested per year in the NW and SW Zone areas with open wild coho salmon fisheries.  All 5 may be harvested from Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, and/or Tenmile Lakes, or as part of the aggregate with other open wild coho salmon fisheries in the NW and SW Zone areas (pages 27 and 35 in 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile lakes

  • Open for wild coho under permanent rules, see 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for seasons and bag limits.
  • No more than 5 wild adult coho salmon may be harvested per year in the NW and SW Zone areas with open wild coho salmon fisheries.  All 5 may be harvested from Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, and/or Tenmile Lakes, or as part of the aggregate with other open wild coho salmon fisheries in the NW and SW Zone areas (pages 27 and 35 in 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

Other in-season changes

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 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

  • The North Umpqua River from the mouth upstream to the marker below Soda Springs Dam.
    • Effective July 10 through November 30, all angling is closed.
  • The Mainstem Umpqua River from the Scottsburg Bridge upstream to the River Forks Park Boat Ramp
    • 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.
  • 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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LAKE, PONDS, RESERVOIRS

Water surface temperatures are starting to drop with the onset of autumn like weather.  ODFW will soon be stocking “fall fingerling” rainbow trout in larger reservoirs for overwintering. Some areas will soon be seeing the last stockings of the year of legal or larger rainbow trout.

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 still a good bet in many small ponds, reservoirs and lakes.  Water temperatures don’t really start cooling off to where warmwater species slow down until mid-October in most valley waterbodies.

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.

RIVERS AND STREAMS

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

RECENTLY STOCKED

Week of Sept. 20: Fish Lake.

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.

See temporary regulations for Chinook and coho above.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

AGATE LAKE: crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead

Agate Lake is still hovering around10 percent capacity. The boat ramp is covered with mud and unusable. Personal watercraft can still launch, or anglers can fish from the bank. Surface water temperatures have cooled to the 70s with the lower daytime highs. Be on the lookout for evidence of algae blooms.

This is mostly a crappie and bluegill fishery with some bass in the mix. Yellow perch are also prolific. 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. Last updated 8/25/21.

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

The only useable boat ramp at Applegate Reservoir is the French Gulch Boat Ramp. It’ll be next spring before Hart-tish and Copper are usable again. 

Hart-tish campground is now closed for the season. 

Bait is allowed and 5 trout per day, year-round, on the streams above Applegate Dam and the lake itself.

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.

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 27 percent full, with an elevation of 1,917.2 ft. Surface temperatures are in the upper 60s. 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 9/9/21.

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. Anglers are reminded that the Applegate River is closed to salmon fishing. Trout anglers should target waters further upstream with cooler water temperatures. The river gauge at Wilderville can still reach the high 60s. 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 is 149 cfs and 56 degrees F. You can check the flows on the Applegate when planning a trip. Last updated 9/9/21.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Slow. Water levels are dropping and the pond is very weedy. The pond was stocked heavily this spring and some wily rainbows are likely still lurking around in the deeper water.  Young anglers may have some success early in the morning or late in the afternoon when conditions are cooler. A bobber with good old -fashioned PowerBait should entice these fish to bite. Pulling spinners could work as well but might be more challenging with the additional vegetation this time of year.

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 9/22/21.

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

Bass fishing will likely slow as water temperature drops and trout fishing should pick up for those fish leftover from earlier stockings. Last updated 9/22/21

BRADLEY LAKE: trout, largemouth bass

Bradley Lake is scheduled to be stocked with fall rainbow trout in mid-October. 

Fishing for largemouth bass will improve as the water temperatures cool. Fishing with topwater lures can be good early in the morning and late in the evenings. During the sunny parts of the day anglers should switch to plastic worms and jigs fished around weedlines and submerged logs in deeper water. Warmwater fish may be found in deeper water in the daytime this time of year. Last updated 9/15/21.

BUTTERFIELD LAKE: warmwater fish

Butterfield Lake is scheduled to be stocked with fall rainbow trout in mid-October. Last updated 9/15/21.

CHETCO RIVER: Chinook, trout

A few anglers are starting to troll the estuary for salmon, with some success. Temporary rule changes for wild adult Chinook are now in place Aug. 31-Dec. 31. One wild adult Chinook per day and two for the rest of the year. All other zone regulations still apply including the bobber rule.  The ocean-terminal ‘bubble’ fishery will not be open this year. Last updated 9/15/21.

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

Caution: The west boat ramp at Cooper has a severe drop off that likely prohibits some boats from launching and some trailers have been damaged. Please use caution if using the ramp. The East Ramp is still usable.

The lake was scheduled to be stocked recently, but wasn’t due to high water temperatures. The lake is scheduled to be stocked this week, but it will depend on temperatures.

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 9/22/21

COOS RIVER BASIN: bottomfish, trout, 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. 

Chinook salmon fishing continues to be spotty in the Coos Basin. Most of the Chinook salmon anglers are fishing Marshfield Channel and in the Coos River. Salmon anglers fishing near Empire and the airport have been catching coho. Salmon anglers are allowed 2 wild Chinook per day and 10 for the season in the Coos Basin this year. The limited wild coho season started in Coos Basin on Sept. 15 and goes through Oct. 15. Anglers will be allowed to harvest 1 wild coho per day with 2 for the season in the Coos Basin..

Trout fishing in streams and rivers remains open through Oct. 31. Anglers can now use bait in all streams and rivers while fishing for trout.Last updated 9/22/21. 

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: striped bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Striped bass fishing is starting to pick up again in the lower Coquille River. Striped bass can be found in the river from near Johnson Mill Pond to Rocky Point in the lower estuary.  There is no size limit or daily bag limit on striped bass.

Smallmouth bass are starting to move and transition to wintering areas. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on smallmouth bass in the Coquille River. Anglers using spears to harvest smallmouth bass are having success the past week. Most of the bigger smallmouth bass are in deeper pools away from the easy access points. 

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.    

Note that for the remainder of 2021 season, there is a complete closure of salmon fishing in the Coquille Basin, due to a severe decline in both wild and hatchery fall Chinook returns.

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open through Oct. 31. Water temperatures are well into the 70s in the mainstem Coquille River. Last updated 9/15/21.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

Fishing should be pretty good with last week’s rain and cooler temperatures, the fish should be on the bite.

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 9/22/21.

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. This program ends Sept. 30. 

EEL LAKE: trout, warmwater fish

Anglers reported catching a few trout this past week from a boat and from the fishing dock in Eel Lake. Boat anglers have been picking up 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. 

Crappies and bluegills will start transitioning to deeper water as the water temperatures continue to cool. Last updated 9/15/21. 

ELK RIVER: Chinook, trout

Temporary rule changes for Chinook are now in place Aug. 1-Dec. 31. No retention of adult wild Chinook. Last updated 9/9/21.

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 is close to deadpool. 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. 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. 

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 3 percent capacity. Surface temperatures should be in the high 60s. Last updated 9/9/21. 

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

Warmwater fishing continues at Expo and should probably be picking up with the recent cooling temperatures. 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.

Bluegill are prolific and very close to the shore, especially along the deeper drop-offs.  A very small hook and piece of nightcrawler, or small fly under a bobber can be a very easy setup for young anglers to have success out here.

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 9/1/21.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

The current lake level is 17 percent full and the lake is slowly filling with input from natural springs. The USFS dock is still unusable, but small vessels can easily launch from the marina and resort side. The rental boats have been pulled for the year.

Fish lake is an excellent fall destination and is scheduled to receive 900 trout near a pound each this week. 

The store, restaurant, and marina have modified their hours with the onset of fall weather: call 541-949-8500 or check their Facebook page for more info. The patio/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 9/22/21.

FLORAS LAKE: trout

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. Bank access is very limited and most anglers fish from a boat. The boat ramp is located at Boice Cope County Park. Last updated 9/9/21.

FLORAS CREEK/NEW RIVER:  Chinook

Temporary regulations are in effect for wild fall Chinook from Aug 1 – Dec 31. Only 1 wild adult Chinook may be kept for the season.  This is also part of a sub-zone aggregate bag limit with the Sixes River. Please see tables at the top of the zone report for details. Last updated 9/15/21.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

The reservoir is about 7 feet above the lowest height on record. The ramp still seems to be usable at last check. Anglers are still catching trout from earlier stockings and fishing should be good with cooler temperatures. With the loss of Rock Creek Hatchery, no “trophy trout” were stocked this year.

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 9/22/21

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

Closed due to fire.

Much of the Umpqua National Forest is closed to access including both Hemlock and Lake in the Woods. Check out the current closure here.

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 9/9/21.

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

Emergency Regulations are still in effect: 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.

The best bank fishing and launching of small water personal watercraft is over near the dam. Recently some smaller boats like a drift boat has been seen launching, however most banks are soft and muddy.

The reservoir is at 4 percent capacity and continues to drop slowly. 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.

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.

More information on facilities and camping can be found on Jackson County Parks website.  All other boat ramps are inaccessible except near the dam. Last updated 9/1/2021.

HUNTER CREEK: Chinook, trout

Temporary rule changes for wild adult Chinook are now in place Aug. 1 - Dec. 31. Only 1 wild adult Chinook is allowed for this period. Please see tables at the top of the zone report for details. Last updated 9/22/21.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Emergency Regulations still in effect: 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.

All water users should keep an eye out for harmful algae blooms at low reservoirs and check this article to learn how to be safe while fishing. Water conditions this past weekend resembled split peas soup, as a yellowish green cloudy tint. Folks should keep their dogs from drinking water and consider avoiding contact with the water themselves if conditions continue to look that way.

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 9/1/21.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout

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 temperatures starting to cool a bit, trout fishing should be picking up a bit. Fish will still likely be near tributaries or in deeper pools.

There is no salmon fishing allowed on the Illinois River, and beginning Oct.1 through Nov.30, there will be an all fishing closure from Pomeroy Dam downstream to the 8 Dollar Bridge Rd bridge, which crosses the Illinois River. Tributaries and the mainsteam Illinois, upstream of Pomeroy Dam are closed year-round to fishing. 

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. Please park outside of the white lines to keep roads clear. Do your part and pack out what you pack in, as well as someone elses trash. There is trash service available at the Siskiyou Field Institute outside of Selma.

The USFS Wild Rivers Ranger District is in extreme fire danger and has implemented stage 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 9/22/21. 

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

Water levels have been dropping slowly at Lake Selmac as there is very little if any tributary input. However, the good news is that the warm summer months and smoke appear to be ending soon. There is rain forecast for this weekend. Aguatic weeds are still very thick out here, but should be starting to die off with the shorter days. Boat-based anglers are still picking up largemouth bass along the vegetation lines.

If you’ve got little kids, bluegill fishing from the bank can be a productive and fun. A simple setup of a small piece of 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 off the bottom near the dam, where the deepest water is.

The Resort at Lake Selmac is under new ownership. This is a great place to pick up a fishing license, bait, ice and snacks. Check them out. Camping is also available.

Lake Selmac facilities including most campgrounds, day use, and boat ramps are operated by Josephine County Parks are currently open. More information about Josephine County Parks can be found on their website.

Lake Selmac has its share of non-native aquatic hitchhikers. Boat owners should do their part to remove as much vegetation as possible while leaving the ramp, as well as drain and dry their vessel before using another waterbody. Lake Selmac has had a recent introduction of a non-native 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 help stop the spread of Oregon’s aquatic hitchhikers!

Anglers are reminded that only 1 bass may be harvested from Selmac per day. Last updated 9/15/21.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Lemolo should be a great place to try this week with lots of trout stocked this season and brown trout should be getting more interested in biting with cooler temps. The reservoir has started dropping while it is drawn down for the fall. This can concentrate fish and make them easier to target. Anglers have also reported catching tiger trout. Unlike at Diamond Lake, anglers can 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 9/15/21

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

The only ramp usable at Lost Creek Lake is the Takelma ramp operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers on the NW side of the lake. As conditions at area lakes and reservoirs continue to deteriorate due to low water levels, the Takelma ramp will continue to be a place where larger vessels can launch. However, there is no dock here. 

Trout fishing should still be good. Make sure to have a flasher in your arsenal and switch things up if fish are slow to bite. A simple wedding ring spinner is always productive here when trolled from a boat. Trout will be congregated in areas with colder water such as near the dam or upstream of the Hwy 62 bridge. Drifting nightcrawlers upstream of the Hwy 62 bridge has produced nicely for some recent anglers.

Reports of trout with copepods continue to come in. Late summer can be when copepod loads are at their highest as trout congregate more in cold water areas. The best thing that anglers can do is harvest these fish. They are still edible, as the copepods can be scrapped off the fish before cooking.

Don’t discount bass fishing up here by any means. September is still a great month for bass anglers as bass will be active for at least another few weeks. Try the steep banks along the south shore or NE shore with Texas rigged nightcrawlers or plastics. Crank baits and surface lures will be best early in the morning.

Joseph Stuart Recreation Area is managed by Jackson County Parks. Currently no campfires are allowed in campground loop D, and the boat ramp is closed due to low water. 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 16 percent full, with an elevation of 1,777.2 ft. The lake surface temperature is 64 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 9/22/21.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

In general fishing has been slow up here as trout were last stocked in the early summer.  However, cooling fall weather should improve the trout bite for the remaining fish still around. A small boat or float tube are a good bet up here. Fishing from the bank for bluegill can be very productive. Bass should be more active. 

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 9/22/21.

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 open to all depths . 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 remains open from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain through Oct. 31. The non-selective coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain is open from Sept. 17 through the earlier of Sept 30 or attaining the quota.  As of Sept. 19, there is 67 percent of the quota remaining. 

Starting on Sept. 13, the Central Coast Subarea will be open 7 days per week for All Depth Halibut. The daily bag limit will be increased to 2 Pacific Halibut per day. Anglers may also retain bottomfish and halibut on the same trip. 

Starting on Sept.13, halibut anglers in the Southern Oregon Coast Subarea will be able to harvest 2 Pacific halibut per day. 

There are still a few surfperch anglers having success fishing the southern Oregon beaches. Anglers have been catching surfperch when the ocean swells are calmer, using sand shrimp, mole crabs or artificial sand worms. Last updated 9/22/21.

2021 sport bottomfish seasons

PISTOL RIVER: Chinook, trout

Temporary rule changes for wild adult Chinook are now in place Aug. 31-Dec. 31. One wild adult Chinook per day and two for the rest of the year. All other zone regulations still apply. Last updated 9/15/21.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout

No recent reports from Plat I. Bass fishing might slow with cooler temperatures, but they should still be biting.

Plat I has some of the best disabled access in the area. Last updated 9/22/21.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: Chinook, summer steelhead/half-pounders, hatchery coho

The Rogue Bay has been busy with anglers. Folks trolling from boats and bank anglers have both been successful at catching Chinook. There have also been a few reports of hatchery coho being caught.

The Huntley Park seining season is in full swing. Counts from this project will be updated every two weeks and can be found here. Last updated 9/9/21.

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

From Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, within the wild and scenic section from Foster Creek upstream to Whiskey Creek, only artificial flies and lures are allowed. No bait is allowed in that reach.

There’s about one week left of the Chinook season above Hog Creek boat ramp, upstream to Fishers Ferry, as the fishery closes on Oct, 1. 

Steelhead fishing has been pretty good from Rogue River down to Pierce Riffle for those anglers getting out early. Steelhead have also been being caught downstream of Grants Pass. The waters around Galice can be a great fishing destination this time of year. There is much public land and open water in this area, and riffles are looking nice. Only hatchery steelhead and hatchery trout may be harvested. Up to 2 hatchery steelhead as part of the daily combined salmon/steelhead bag limit and 5 hatchery trout may be retained.

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.

Flows bumped up to nearly 1650 cfs over the weekend but have quickly dropped back down to a steady 1050 cfs in Grants Pass. This should have gotten fish moving pretty good.  Temperature was 58 degrees this morning and turbidity 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 USGS gaging stations, which have the most current temperatures and river flows here. Last updated 9/22/21.

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

Chinook fishing is closed from Fishers Ferry upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery through the end of the year.

Beginning Sept. 1, all fishing gear from Fishers Ferry to Cole Rivers hatchery is restricted to artificial flies, with no added weights except for a bubble or similar floating device attached to the line. No bait is allowed.

Anglers are catching trout and summer steelhead. Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery steelhead. Summer steelhead season appears better than last year and should only improve through September and into October. Anglers are encouraged to be mindful of spawning spring Chinook salmon and avoid disturbing these fish as they spawn over the next month.

Especially with the extremely low flows, boat anglers are encouraged to fish below Shady Cove, and preferably Dodge Bridge as drift boats and rafts may drag bottom in some shallow riffles. There appears to be more steelhead lower in the system so may be better off below Shady Cove anyway. Be mindful of redds (salmon nests) that can be found along river margins and at tailouts. River flows will be lower than normal as well, so drift boats and rafts may drag bottom in places. Please watch for redds or avoid spawning congregations as much as possible.

As of Sept. 21, 56 straggling spring Chinook entered the hatchery ladder, bringing this year’s total to 2,206 fish. Fish will continue to trickle in for the next month or so. The hatchery has met its spring Chinook broodstock needs.

Also as of Sept. 21, 119 fresh summer steelhead also entered the ladder bringing the total to 1,393 fish for the year. This is roughly a bit under 50percent of the run if long-term averages persist. Expect a re-run of hatchery fish not needed for broodstock soon. 

Flows coming out of William L. Jess Dam should be leveled off and are extremely low and will remain so for the remainder of the fall. Only tributary inputs will raise the upper Rogue flows. This is to facilitate water saving in the reservoir and spring Chinook spawning activity.  Currently the discharge from the dam is 961 cfs (with 698 cfs inflow). River temperatures in the upper river are 52 degrees.

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 9/22/21.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

This is always an excellent destination to escape the Rogue Valley heat, and this weekend will be no exception. Weather has been very nice as of late, and the first fall rains look to be forecast for this weekend. The last rainbow trout have been stocked up here for the season, but there should still be plenty of fish hanging around from the 3,500 fish that were stocked each week all summer long from Prospect to 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 seem to have leveled off and are 290 cfs. The river flow below prospect is approximately 500 cfs. Many 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.

ODOT trip check maintains a camera at Union Creek (OR62), where you can get an idea of weather and smoke levels, or check out the AQI index around Prospect.

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 9/15/21.

SIXES RIVER: Chinook, trout

Temporary low water fishing closure will start Oct. 1 in the lower river. Fishing will be temporarily closed in the section between Crystal Creek downstream to the Hughes House boat ramp. This closure will be lifted after the arrival of significant rain and increased river flows. One wild adult Chinook per day and 10 per year may be harvested. Please note that the Sixes River bag limit is part of an aggregate limit with Floras Creek and New River. See tables at the top of this zone update for details. Last updated 9/15/21.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: Chinook

The Smith is open for Chinook fishing up the head of tide at Spencer Cr. Fish likely have moved upriver with last week’s rain. Anglers are reminded that only 1 wild adult Chinook may be kept per day and five for the year. Trout season closed as usual on Sept. 16. This also means the river and tributaries above Sisters Creek is closed to all fishing.

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 updated9/22/21.

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. Water temperatures should be significantly dropping out here, and anglers may catch a few trout. In late September, rainbow trout fingerlings will be stocked for overwintering. 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 9/15/21.

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

Some bass are hitting topwater baits in the mornings and evenings. During the middle of the day bass can be caught on crankbaits, 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.

Fishing for yellow perch has been good for anglers 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. Soon yellow perch will start to transition away from the weed lines and move to the deep mud flats.

Trout fishing in the lakes will pick up as the water temperatures cool down. Trout anglers will want to concentrate their fishing in the deeper water. 

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Anglers can now use bait in all streams. Last updated 9/15/21.

UMPQUA HIKE-IN LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Due to the multiple fires, access to Big Twin, Bullpup, Fuller, Cliff, and Buckeye lakes is restricted or closed. Check with the Forest Service before making the trip. You can check the latest fire closure here. The upper river lakes seem to be open.

Clearwater Forebay Two can be a great place to fish with brook trout and rainbow available.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Last updated 9/9/21

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: bass, trout, Chinook

Bass fishing continues to be good throughout the basin.

Chinook fishing success seemed to be moderate, and some have likely started moving upriver to spawn. The Mainstem is restricted to one wild adult Chinook per day and five per year. There is no retention of wild coho in the Umpqua this year. Please practice good catch-and-release techniques with fish that are not retained.

Trout fishing is open. Last updated 9/22/21.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: trout (Closed from the mouth to Soda Springs)

The North Umpqua and its tributaries from the mouth of the marker below Soda Springs Dam are now closed to all fishing through Nov. 30. This closure is in response to the lowest return of summer steelhead on record. Trout fishing is open year-round upstream of Slide Creek Dam and in tributaries in this section.

Learn more about this closure. Last updated 9/15/21.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: CLOSED

The South closes every year from Sept. 16 through Nov. 30 to protect spawning Chinook. The river reopens for steelhead on Dec. 1. Last updated 9/15/21.

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

Water levels in Willow continue to drop as irrigation shutdowns in other reservoirs have switched things over to Willow Lake. The reservoir is 48 percent capacity and is lower than the same time last year. This is one of the only irrigation reservoirs still releasing water. 

Trout, bass, crappie and perch are most prevalent here. Fishing from shore will likely produce plenty of perch and bluegill. Anglers targeting deeper water on the bank opposite the boat ramp by trolling will have greater success with rainbow trout. No trout have been stocked since late spring, but there should be fish still present.

Campgrounds at Willow Lake are open but campfires are not allowed. Boat launching at the improved ramp may be getting difficult with the dropping water. For more information please visit the Jackson County Parks website.

Anglers encountering 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 water body, please get a photo and/or call OSP with this information. Last updated 9/22/21. 

WINCHUCK RIVER: Chinook, trout

Trout fishing is best in the early morning or late in the day when fish are more active. Temporary rule changes for wild adult Chinook are now in place Aug 31-Dec 31. One wild adult Chinook per day and two for the rest of the year. All other zone regulations still apply. Last updated 9/15/21.