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Retention for sturgeon allowed for 2-more days.

Effective October 19, the daily bag limit reduces for adult hatchery Chinook 

Retention of wild adult fall Chinook salmon is prohibited effective October 5, 2019.

Steelhead, fall Chinook and coho bag limits reduced to one per day.

Recreation Report

Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  October 16, 2019

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

UMPQUA RIVER: No changes. Permanent rules as shown in the 2019 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

SW Zone Table 1
SW Zone Table 1a
SW Zone Table 2a

ILLINOIS RIVER: Effective October 1, through November 30, 2019, closed to angling from Green Bridge on Eight Dollar Road to Pomeroy Dam.

There will be no in-river wild coho fisheries in 2019. Any wild coho fisheries in lakes remain unchanged from permanent regulations.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Charleston Field Office 541-888-5515 
  • Roseburg Umpqua Watershed District Office  541-440-3353
  • Gold Beach Field Office 541-247-7605 
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Whether you’re out after trout or bass, steelhead or salmon, surfperch or rockfish, we’d love to see photos of your adventure. When you submit your photos to ODFW they could appear on our website or signs, or in social or brochures. What a great way to share your experience with others!

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Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • This week’s forecasted rain should pull Chinook out of the tidewater of the Coos and Coquille and send them on their way upriver.
  • Anglers continue to catch Chinook and steelhead on the middle Rogue.
  • While bay fishing has slowed some on the lower Rogue, anglers are still catching chinook and steelhead below the Hwy 101 bridge.
  • Several SW Zone waterbodies, including Lake Selmac, Expo Pond, Reinhart Park Pond, Saunders Lake, Upper Empire Lake, Butterfield Lake, Bradley Lake and Powers Pond will be stocked this week with some legal size and larger trout. Thanks to cooler temperatures, these fish should be ready to bite.

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullheads

The lake is 11 percent full. The water is low, and the boat ramp is now unusable due to low water levels, muddy banks make it quite difficult to access the water as well.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

The campground and boat ramp at Hartish are now closed. The reservoir is 15 percent full and will continue to drop for a few more weeks. Copper boat ramp is unusable due to low levels, and French Gulch is nearing the end of its availability, so be careful when launching a boat. Now that temperatures are cooler trout should be more active, try trolling in deeper water or near inlets.

Bass may still be biting for a few more weeks and bass anglers should try casting lures along a rocky shoreline.

APPLEGATE RIVER: hatchery 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. The release from the reservoir is 200 cfs and the river temperature is 52oF.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Fishing has slowed due to summer/fall vegetation growth. Some wily fish are still lurking in the deeper water. The best time to fish the pond is early morning or late evening when the sun is off the water. Youth anglers fishing this pond are allowed to keep five trout per day; one of which can be over 20 inches.

Oregon State Parks manages Arizona Pond for anglers ages 17 and under. 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.

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

Trout anglers have had the best success trolling lures in the deeper areas of the reservoir. Warmwater fishing should be good. Try fishing for bass at the head of the reservoir and shallow structure in the mid-morning and late afternoon hours using a slow retrieve.

BRADLEY LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Bradley Lake is scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout this week.

Fishing for largemouth bass has been good. Bass are along the weedlines and anglers are using jigs, plastic worms, or topwater lures.

BUTTERFIELD LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Butterfield Lake is scheduled to be stocked with trout this week.

Anglers can find bluegill and crappie along the edges of the weedlines and around submerged trees. Butterfield Lake also has warmouth, a species of small warmwater fish. They are typically about bluegill size, looking like a small crappie with a bass-like head.

CHETCO RIVER: Chinook

Temporary fishing regulations will be in place Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 this year for wild Chinook salmon. Adult wild Chinook may be harvested, 1 per day and 5 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit. However, of the 5 no more than 2 adult wild Chinook may be harvested for the period of Oct. 1 – Dec. 3.

A low- water closure of all fishing will be in place upstream of river mile 2.2 beginning Oct. 1 and will be lifted after heavy and consistent rains have allowed fish the chance to distribute throughout the river system. For more information, please see the in-season regulation change tables here.

See a map of the low water closure area on the Chetco.

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

The lake was last stocked prior to Labor Day. Trout fishing should be good with fall conditions.

In the last two years, Cooper has been stocked with coho and Chinook salmon juveniles. These are often mistaken for kokanee. Anglers may retain up to 5 salmon juveniles in the reservoir as part of their daily trout bag limit. Please remember to release salmon and trout less than 8-inches.

Warmwater has been good with multiple reports of bass and bluegill. Try fishing for bass around aquatic vegetation in the mid-morning and late afternoon hours.

COOS RIVER BASIN: trout, marine perch species, salmon

Fishing for rockfish inside the bay has been good near the submerged rock piles. Fishing is typically best near slacktide. Boat anglers are no longer able to harvest copper, quillback, or China rockfish for the remainder of the year because we reached our catch limit on these species. A jig with a twister tail can be a great bait for catching rockfish.

Most salmon are being caught near SOMAR to the forks of the Millicoma and South Fork Coos rivers. The forecasted rain may pull many of the Chinook salmon out of tidewater and on their way up the rivers in preparation to spawn. Salmon fishing in Coos Bay continues to be decent one day and very slow the next day.

Anglers have been catching wild coho throughout the estuary. There is no harvest of wild coho this year in Coos Bay

Temporary wild fall Chinook salmon regulations started on Aug. 1. Salmon anglers in Coos Bay will only be able to harvest 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 wild Chinook for the season in aggregate from all waters from Coos Basin, Coquille Basin, Sixes River, and Elk River, but no more than 2 adult Chinook salmon may be harvested from the Coquille Basin.

The South Fork Coos River will be closed to salmon fishing upstream of Myrtle Tree Boat Ramp, and the Millicoma River will be closed to salmon fishing upstream of Rooke Higgins Boat Ramp.

Trout fishing in streams and rivers remain open through Oct. 31. Anglers may now use bait through the end of the trout season. Some anglers have had success catching sea-run cutthroat trout in the upper reaches of tidewater.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: striped bass, smallmouth bass, trout, marine perch species

A few striped bass have been caught on the lower Coquille River by anglers trolling for salmon.

As river temperatures drop the smallmouth bass will move into deeper holes on the mainstem and South Fork Coquille rivers. Smallmouth bass will bite on worms, jigs with a twister tail, crankbaits, and small spinners.

Salmon are spread throughout the river from Bandon to Coquille. The forecasted rain may pull many of the Chinook salmon out of tidewater and on their way up the rivers in preparation to spawn. Overall, salmon fishing has been slow.

Temporary wild fall Chinook salmon regulations started on Aug. 1. Salmon anglers in the Coquille Basin will only be able to harvest 1 wild Chinook per day. There is a season aggregate of 5 wild Chinook from all waters from Coos Basin, Coquille Basin, Sixes River, and Elk River, but no more than 2 adult Chinook salmon may be harvested from the Coquille Basin.  The Coquille River will be closed to salmon fishing upstream of Sturdivant Park Bridge (Highway 42S Bridge).

Trout fishing in streams and rivers remain open through Oct. 31. Anglers may now use bait through the end of the trout season.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

Diamond Lake has been decent. Recent reports indicate most successful anglers are using flies with a quick retrieve or trolling. Others are having good success with floating bait off the bottom. If one technique isn’t working switch to something else.

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

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

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

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

Eel Lake was last stocked with legal-size rainbow in early May, and the lake usually provides some holdover trout in excess of 15-inches. Trolling flashers and spinners around 10 feet deep has been producing trout for boat anglers. While bank anglers are using bait under a bobber or floating baits on a 4-foot leader off the bottom.

Crappie fishing is starting to slow down as crappies start moving into deeper water for the winter. Small jigs or a plain hook baited with a piece of worm will entice bluegill and crappie to bite.

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

ELK RIVER:  Chinook

Temporary fishing regulations will be in place Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 for wild chinook salmon.  For more information, please see the in-season regulation change tables here.

See a map of the low water closure area on the Elk.

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

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

Fishing for warmwater species is likely still going to be good for a few more weeks as the temperatures stay fairly warm. Anglers should concentrate on rocky areas or rock cliffs. Clarity at Emigrant is fairly good so lures are a good option.

Trout fishing may be picking back up, try trolling in deeper water.

The boat ramp at Emigrant is still accessible at Emigrant Lake and the reservoir is 23 percent full.

EMPIRE LAKES: trout, warmwater species

Upper Empire Lake is scheduled to be stocked with fall trout this week. Because of low water levels, Lower Empire Lake will not be stocked. Instead, those fish will be released into Upper Empire and Butterfield lakes.

Warmwater species like bluegill, crappie, yellow perch, and largemouth bass should be biting well in the summer, but aquatic vegetation can be thicker in the shallow areas. Try frog imitation lures and popping lures around weed lines to entice the bass.

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

Expo pond will be stocked this week with legal size and some larger fish. The fish should be biting with the cooler temperatures we are experiencing, try still fishing some bait from the bottom.

Fishing for bass and panfish may still be good for a few weeks -- anglers should concentrate on submerged vegetation or other structures.

The Southern Oregon RV Park developed by Jackson County offers parking in the lot to the right as you drive in Gate 5. A $4 day use fee to park applies here, or an annual parking permit can be purchased from Jackson County Parks Department.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake was stocked a few weeks ago with trophy trout. Trout fishing remains good with good clarity and cool water temperatures. Anglers should concentrate on deeper areas and near the springs at the east end of the lake. Kayaks and inflatables can do great here right now.

Fish Lake is now 10 percent full and 55 degrees. The Forest Service boat ramp and the resort ramp is unusable due to low lake levels. Inflatables and kayaks may have trouble at the Forest Service boat ramp due to mud -- try the resort area.

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.

FLORAS CREEK/NEW RIVER: Closed to fishing Oct. 1 – Dec. 31

Temporary fishing regulations are now in place through Dec. 31 closing all fishing. For more information, please see the in-season regulation change tables here.

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. For further detail on this waterbody, please consult the southwest zone section of the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book. And, as always, please obtain landowner permission before crossing private land.

FORD’S POND: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, crappie

This shallow pond supports populations of warmwater fish. Bass fishing has been good and can be good any time of year. In addition to bass, there are other warmwater fish species that can make for a fun outing.

Ford’s Pond (just west of Sutherlin) was purchased by the city of Sutherlin in 2016. The pond is open to the public and has a lot of bank access. Ford’s is restricted to electric motors and does not have access for boats on a trailer.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Galesville has been stocked with a lot of “trophy-size” trout this year and fishing has been good. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015.

In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest.

Fishing for bass and other panfish has been good. Good areas are near dead snags and the boat ramp. Try a slow retrieve with a diving crank bait.

Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions as the reservoir had been well below normal, but is finally filling again.

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow and cutthroat trout

Trout fishing has slowed due to weed growth and lower water. Anglers fishing early morning or late evening have been doing the best. Anglers slow trolling spinners, flies, or wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm all typically do well hooking up with some feisty rainbow trout. Five trout per day/3 daily limits in possession; 8-inch minimum; only one trout over 20-inches long may be taken per day. Bank anglers can find access at the 12th street or Pinehurst boat ramps and off Paradise Point Road. The lake can be very windy so anglers will want to check the weather before heading out.

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

Fishing for trout in Hemlock and Lake in the Woods can be good this time of year. Spinners or “plunking” with worms and/or PowerBait can be effective methods for fishing these lakes.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions and potential road closures. Remember to only keep trout at least 8-inches long, and only one trout over 20-inches per day.

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

The reservoir is 33 percent full and 59 degrees and has good clarity. All boat ramps are closed at this time due to dropping reservoir levels. Inflatables and kayaks can probably still launch from some areas, and trout fishing should be good with cooling water temperatures.

Howard Prairie has been stocked with our annual “fall fingerlings.”  These trout are not of legal size, but should be by the spring, please be cognizant of the size of fish you are catching and gently release these smaller fish to grow until next year.

The marina and restaurant are closed for the season, but the resort campground remains open until the end of October.

If you can get a small inflatable or kayak in, try trolling worms or lures. Otherwise still-fishing with bait is always a good option at the deepest areas. It is currently very shallow around the resort area.

Hunter Creek: Closed to fishing Oct. 1 to Dec. 31

New temporary fishing regulations are now in place through the rest of 2019 closing the creek to all fishing. For more information, please see the in-season regulation change tables here.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Hyatt Lake is 35 percent full and the paved boat ramp is unusable for launching trailered boats, but inflatables or kayaks can launch from the banks.

Hyatt Lake has been stocked with our annual “fall fingerlings.” These trout are not of legal size, but should be by the spring, please be cognizant of the size of fish you are catching and gently release these smaller fish to grow until next year.

Fishing was reported to be good from inflatables and smaller watercraft, or from shore near the dam. Trout are biting on bait fished from the bottom, especially near the dam. Bass fishing should be okay for a few more weeks, try lures near the submerged tree trucks.

ILLINOIS RIVER: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

The Illinois is open for trout fishing, but hatchery fish are not stocked so the fishery is primarily catch-and-release for wild rainbow and cutthroat trout.

Starting Oct. 1 there will be an emergency closure to all fishing from the $8 Bridge/Green Bridge and Pomeroy Dam to address public concern over illegal snagging of wild fall Chinook. 

LAKE MARIE (Marie Lake): rainbow trout, yellow perch

Lake Marie should be decent with some holdovers from this summer’s stocking. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms to catch trout and yellow perch.

The local STEP hatchery released clipped rainbow trout into Lake Marie for the last three years. Please e-mail Greg.F.Huchko@state.or.us if you catch an adipose fin-clipped fish. This information will help inform ODFW and the local STEP group on the possibility of continuing the project.

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

Lake Selmac will be stocked this week with legal and larger size trout. With the cooler temperatures these fish should be biting well, try still fishing bait.

Fishing for bass and panfish might be good for a few more weeks. Aquatic vegetation can be thick in some areas but is beginning to die off. Warmwater fish in Lake Selmac are often found near the shore in the aquatic vegetation. 

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Fishing has been a little slow. The lake was last stocked before Labor Day. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of 5 per day with only one of those measuring over 20-inches.

Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-643-0750 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass has been good. Slower presentations such as jigging can be a good technique. Loon was stocked with rainbow trout the week of May 20. Visit the Loon Lake Resort website for information on opening dates and camping. The BLM site is closed for the year.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Lost Creek Reservoir was stocked the week of Oct. 2 with legal-size and larger trout and both Tekelma and the Marina boat ramps are accessible. This is probably the best lake for launching trailered boats and fishing for trout in the area at this time.

Trout fishing should be good as water temperatures are cooling. Trolling a wedding ring and worm combination behind an oval egg sinker is always a good bet. Some bass may still be biting, especially near the dam or near any submerged structures.

Lost Creek Reservoir is 42 percent full.

Some of the trout have external parasites called copepods. Fish parasites generally do not pose a threat to humans when fish are cooked, and copepods can be scraped off prior to cooking. Anglers are encourage to keep fish that have copepods while staying within the daily limit, since release simply allows the parasite to expand to other hosts.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Fishing for bass and panfish should be good.

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

Bottomfishing is now open to fish at all depths. Fishing for lingcod and rockfish was very good this past weekend. Many anglers caught big lingcod while fishing out past 40 fathoms.  The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 plus 2 lingcod.

The harvest of cabezon along with copper, quillback, and China rockfish are now all closed to boat anglers. Shore anglers will still be able to harvest these rockfish species (but are encouraged to release them) and 1 cabezon a 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, and bocaccio rockfish. No other groundfish are allowed and offshore longleader fishing trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish or halibut trips. Find information about a longleader setup here.

Ocean salmon fishing for Chinook salmon from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt is open 7 days a week through Oct. 31. The non-selective coho season is now closed. Chinook must be a minimum of 24-inches long.

Halibut anglers may now keep two halibut per day as of Aug. 23. The Nearshore Halibut season is open Monday through Thursday each week in the Central Coast Subarea. As of Oct. 6, there is 55 percent of the Nearshore quota remaining. The summer All-Depth season for the Central Coast Subarea is open every Friday through Sunday through October 26 or attaining the quota of 67,898 lbs. As of Oct. 6 there is 31 percent of the All-Depth quota remaining.

The Southern Oregon Subarea is open seven days a week for halibut. There is still 68 percent of the quota remaining for the Southern Oregon Coast halibut season.  

PISTOL RIVER: Closed to fishing Oct. 1 to Dec. 31

New temporary regulations are now in place through Dec. 31 closing the river to all fishing. For more information, please see the in-season regulation change tables here.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout

Anglers are having some success catching warmwater species. Spinners and night crawlers are great options for fishing. Plat I was last stocked the week of April 1. The reservoir gets very warm, even in the spring, so the lake will not be stocked with trout again ‘til next year. With temperatures in excess of 80 in the summer, the trout likely don’t survive the summer months. Contact the Sutherlin Chamber of Commerce (541-459-3280) for lake level information.

POWERS POND: trout, warmwater species

Powers Pond is scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout this week. 

Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and brown bullhead catfish are available year-round, and should be biting well on these warmer summer days, but aquatic vegetation can be thicker in the shallow areas. Try frog imitation lures and popping lures around weed lines, to entice the bass. 

REINHARDT PARK POND: trout, bluegill, bullhead

Reinhardt Park Pond will be stocked this week with legal sized and some larger trout.  These fish should be biting well with the cooler water temperatures we have been experiencing, try still fishing bait from the bank.

Fishing for bass and panfish might still be good, especially around submerged structures.

This is a great place for a family to explore with very easy access for everyone. A relative simple set up that includes either a nightcrawler fished below a bobber.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: Chinook, steelhead, half pounders

As we ease into fall/winter weather, the water temperature will continue to drop, which should encourage some fish to move up river. Bay fishing has slowed some, but anglers are still fishing and catching chinook and steelhead below the Hwy 101 bridge.

Most boating anglers are trolling some type of in line flasher with an anchovy. We’re expecting some rain in the forecast and with rising water levels, some people may want to consider switching tactics to anchoring up and back-bouncing eggs.

Steelhead fishing has slowed some in the lower river. Anglers swinging flies or tossing spinners are having the best luck.

The Huntley Seining Project is winding down. Anglers can find the regularly updated Huntley Report here.

Current river flows are reported by the gage in Agness on the USGS website.

For a current view of the Rogue from the Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge in Gold Beach, check out the ODOT’s camera.

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

Half-pounder fishing has been good in the Rogue Canyon, especially below Blossom Bar.  Keep in mind it is now artificial fly and lures only from Foster Creek to Whisky Creek until Oct. 31. Adult steelhead fishing continues to be good throughout the river, spinners and flies are bringing in some nice large fish and they will continue to move upstream as the water cools.

Some good fall chinook fishing has also been reported upstream of Rainy Falls, but keep in mind Chinook is now closed above Hog Creek.

Boaters floating from Hog Creek to Graves Creek should be familiar with the rapids in this section of river, and know their takeouts. Experienced oarsmen/woman are recommended here. There are many BLM public access points to bank fish from Hog Creek to Graves Creek. This is often referred to the “Galice area.”  

As of Tuesday morning, the flow in Grants Pass was approximately 1330 cfs and the temperature averaged 51oF. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.

Rogue River, upper: hatchery steelhead, rainbow trout

Above Hog Creek, Chinook fishing is now closed, as well as it being artificial fly only above Fishers Ferry. Summer steelhead and trout remain open in the upper Rogue, and summer steelhead fly-fishing has been good.

This has been a great run of summer steelhead with not only many fish available, but larger fish as well. With the Chinook fishing now closed in this area, it’s a great time to fly-fish while there is less pressure.

As of Oct 9, 26 new summer steelhead had entered the trap at Cole Rivers, for a total of 2,888 steelhead to date. Excess hatchery adult summer steelhead from Cole River Hatchery are being recycled back into the fishery and anglers are reporting success in catching these fish.

Some summer steelhead have red tags extending from the top of the fish near the dorsal fin. ODFW encourages anglers that catch these fish to call the upper Rogue office at 541-826-8774. 

The McLeod gage is currently reading 1290 cfs. The Dodge Bridge gage is at 1320 cfs. The river temperature at release is 49oF. For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434. For real time streamflow from USGS gauges on the Rogue click here.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

The Rogue above Lost Creek Reservoir was stocked for the final time of the summer a few weeks ago. Some stocked fish will still be present, and naturally-produced trout will still be biting. 

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.

SAUNDERS LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Saunders Lake is scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout the week of Oct. 14.

Largemouth bass and bluegill are available year-round.

SIXES RIVER: Chinook

Temporary fishing regulations are now in place through the end of the year for wild adult Chinook salmon. For more information, please see the in-season regulation change tables here

A low-water closure of all angling is now in place from the Hughes House boat ramp to the Hwy 101 bridge and will be lifted after heavy and consistent rain give fish a chance to distribute throughout the river system. 

See a map of the low water closure area on the Sixes. 

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: striped bass, trout, fall Chinook

Smith River closes on Sept.16 to all fishing above Spencer Creek in the main and above Johnson Creek in the North Fork.

Look for striped bass in the lower stretches of the river below Spencer Creek in the mainstem. Recent reports indicate some great fishing.

The river is open in the tidewater portions for Chinook. There should be a few lurking in the lower sections.

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

Spalding is stocked with trout and fishing should be good.

Spalding pond is located on USFS land between Grants Pass and Selma.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: closed

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

SRU LAKE: trout

Sru Lake has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout.

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

TENMILE CREEK: trout, warmwater species

Opened to trout fishing through Oct. 31. Anglers may now use bait in rivers and streams for the remainder of the trout season. Some warmwater fish come out of the lakes, and can be caught in Tenmile Creek. 

TENMILE LAKES: trout, warmwater species, largemouth bass

Bass fishing has been good on Tenmile Lakes. Anglers are catching most of the bass along the deeper weedlines and submerged trees. Topwater lures have been catching bass in the low light periods or even in the shade during the middle of the day.

Yellow perch will start transitioning from the weedlines to the deep water mud flats in the next few weeks. Most of the fish are under 10-inches long but there are a few 12-inch plus fish being caught.     

Trout anglers continue to troll for trout. A few trout have been caught on bait by anglers targeting yellow perch.  

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

Fishing is open in Toketee year-round, but it’s currently pretty slow. Try fishing the upper end of the lake. Water levels can fluctuate making launching boats difficult so contact the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531 for lake level information.

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Recent reports have indicated some decent fishing at some of the high lakes. A small spinner or fly can be great choices. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions as lakes may still be difficult to access.

Lakes typically accessible from hiking trails and that were stocked in the last couple years are: Calamut, Connie, Bullpup, Fuller, Cliff, Buckeye, Maidu, Pitt, 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.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: trout, bass, fall Chinook

Chinook fishing is winding down in the lower river, but there are often some fall Chinook caught in the river through October. Please note there is no retention of unclipped coho salmon in the river, but fin-clipped coho is open in the river as part of your two adult salmon daily limit. The river regulations start at the tips of the jetties.

Bass fishing has still been good in most of the main.

Trout fishing reopened on May 22, 2019, but tributaries close to all fishing Sept. 16. The mainstem is catch-and-release only.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout

There have been some reports of anglers catching summer steelhead, but it has been slow.

The North is closed to all fishing for Chinook.

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

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

ODFW released 76,000 spring Chinook last week. This is below the release goal of 212,000 fall smolts. With a poor return of adults in the fall of 2018, ODFW was unable to meet the release for 2019/ 2020. These fish are expected to return to the Umpqua in year 2023 and 2024.  

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: CLOSED, beginning Sept. 16

The mainstem South and all tributaries close to all fishing on Sept. 16 as part of the annual closure to protect salmon. The South opens again Dec. 1.

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

Willow Lake trout fishing may be picking back up, try trolling in deeper water. Fishing for bass and panfish is more likely to be productive. Lake clarity is good and aquatic vegetation should be dying off. Anglers should concentrate on submerged willows or rocky shorelines.

At 54 percent full, Willow Lake remains higher than other reservoirs in the area, but the boat ramp was getting close to unusable at the most recent check. Try contacting Jackson County Parks before heading up with a boat to launch.

Winchuck River: Chinook

Temporary fishing regulations are now in place through Dec. 31 this year for wild chinook salmon. Adult wild Chinook may be harvested, 1 per day and 5 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit. However, of the 5 no more than 2 adult wild Chinook may be harvested for the period of Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 This rule does not affect hatchery fish or jacks.

A low-water closure of all angling from the river mouth to the Peavine bridge will be in place beginning Oct. 1and will be lifted after heavy and consistent rain gives fish a chance to distribute throughout the river system. For more information, please see the in-season regulation change tables here.

See a map of the low water closure area on the Winchuck.