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Effective December 13 through December 31, 2019, salmon fishing is closed along the north coast from the Nestucca River to the Necanicum River.

Effective Dec. 7, the emergency angling closures in the Winchuck, Chetco, Elk and Sixes Rivers will be lifted.

Effective Dec.7 through Dec. 31, 2019 closed to salmon fishing.

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

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

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

Recreation Report

Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  December 11, 2019

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

CHETCO, ELK, SIXES AND WINCHUCK RIVERS:  Effective Dec. 7, the emergency angling closures in these rivers will be lifted. Reduced wild Chinook harvest and bag limits remain in effect.

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

SW Zone Table 1
SW Zone Table 2

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 
Recreation Report

We want your photos

Attention anglers – we want your photos!

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:

  • With this week’s rain, steelhead fishing in the mainstem Umpqua should be picking up.
  • Steelhead anglers have been hitting the Coos and Coquille, and this week’s rain should help their cause. No word of the first fish caught…yet.
  • Effective Dec. 7, the emergency angling closures in the Winchuck, Chetco, Elk and Sixes Rivers have been lifted. Reduced wild Chinook harvest and bag limits remain in effect.

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

Ice fishing safety

With several water bodies beginning to ice over, anglers need to be cautious during first-ice conditions. Take the following precautions: use the “buddy system,” wear a PFD in case of thin ice, carry a throw-rope, and use a heavy metal staff to check for thin-ice. The Minnesota DNR has developed guidelines for ice thickness and other safety tips.

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. Anglers can fish from the shore or from inflatables and kayaks.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

The reservoir is 4 percent full. French Gulch is now the only useable boat ramp and is nearing the end of its availability, so be careful when launching a boat. Trout fishing should be good with the cooler temperatures, try trolling a flasher trailed by a wedding ring/night crawler combo, or flasher and a nightcrawler.

APPLEGATE RIVER: hatchery trout

The Applegate River is open to trout fishing only. Only fin-clipped rainbow trout may be retained. All wild cutthroat and rainbow trout must be released unharmed. The release from the reservoir is 150 cfs and the river temperature is 42oF.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

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 fishing should be good with cooler temperatures -- fall fishing often is productive. Warmwater fishing has likely slowed a bit as we enter into the cooler part of the season.

BRADLEY LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Bradley Lake was stocked with trout the week of Oct. 14.  Shore anglers are having success casting spinners or fishing PowerBait. Boat anglers are having success trolling small spinners.

BUTTERFIELD LAKE: trout, warmwater species

Butterfield Lake was stocked with trout the week of Oct 14.

CHETCO RIVER: Chinook

Effective Dec. 7, the emergency angling closure in the Chetco River will be lifted. Reduced wild Chinook harvest and bag limits remain in effect.

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.

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 several 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 is likely slower with cooler temperatures.

COOS RIVER BASIN: marine perch species, steelhead

Fishing for rockfish inside the bay has been good near the submerged rock piles. Fishing is typically best near slack tide. 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.

A few winter steelhead anglers have starting fishing the East Fork and West Fork Millicoma rivers. We have not received any reports of steelhead being caught but with the rain in the forecast some fish should move in soon. Steelhead anglers wanting to fish the South Fork Coos River above Dellwood will need a fishing permit from Weyerhaeuser to access this portion of the river. 

Hatchery steelhead returns in the Coos Basin will be down this year due to low smolt releases two years ago. Because of disease issues at the hatchery then, we were only able to release less than 40 percent of our production goal. 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers will reopen May 22, 2020.  

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: steelhead

Winter steelhead anglers have started fishing along the mainstem Coquille River in areas around Argo and the town of Coquille. Most anglers will plunk in these areas with a Spin-n-Glo tipped with eggs or sand shrimp. 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is now closed until May 22, 2020.  

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

With winter conditions, pressure has been light at Diamond.

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

Trout anglers can still pick up a few holdover rainbow trout from last spring’s stocking.  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.

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

ELK RIVER:  Chinook

Effective Dec. 7, the emergency angling closure in the Elk River will be lifted. Reduced wild Chinook harvest and bag limits remain in effect.

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

Warmwater fishing has likely slowed due to the cooler weather. Emigrant reservoir usually does have a few trout left over from the spring that haven’t been caught yet, and they should be feeding right now. Try trolling bait in deeper water or still fishing bait in deeper water.

The boat ramp at Emigrant is still accessible at Emigrant Lake and the reservoir is 25 percent full.

EMPIRE LAKES: trout, warmwater species

Upper Empire Lake was stocked with fall trout the week of Oct. 14. Because of low water levels, Lower Empire Lake will not be stocked. Instead, those fish will be released into Upper Empire and Butterfield lakes. Anglers are catching trout by casting spinners or fishing PowerBait near the bottom.

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

Expo pond was last stocked mid-October. Any trout that are left should be biting with the cooler temperatures we are experiencing, try still fishing some bait from the bottom.

Fishing for bass and panfish has likely slowed with the cooler temperatures. 

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

Expect snow at Fish Lake this weekend. Trout fishing has been good lately, some large trout are being caught both from boat and the shore. Try trolling a green wedding ring/worm, or small lures such as spoons or rooster-tails. Fly-fishing can also be fun here with brightly colored, flashy streamers.

The water clarity is good by the resort, but decreases elsewhere. The water is cold, about 41 degrees by the resort, so fishing in the late afternoon or evening when fish are more active may be a good bet.

Fish Lake is quickly filling back up. It is now 32 percent full and should continue to fill. The resort ramp is usable for smaller trailered boats, but the resort is now on winter hours and is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Smaller pontoons or kayaks also can be launched from the Forest Service boat ramp, and smaller trailered boats now may be able to be launched here as well, but be careful for submerged tree stumps. Inflatables and kayaks will be a good choice here. 

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 is likely slow this 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. Fishing should be okay with the fish being concentrated.

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.

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

Expect snow at Howard Prairie this weekend. The reservoir is 32 percent full and has good water clarity. All boat ramps are closed at this time due to low reservoir levels. Inflatables and kayaks can launch from shore.

If you can get a small inflatable or kayak in, try trolling worms or lures. Anglers report catching some big fish at Howard Prairie. With cool water temperatures, the larger trout are active and biting at lures with red and black colors. Bank fishing can still be a good option here if you can get to some deeper areas. 

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, and the campground are now closed for the season.

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

Expect snow at Hyatt Lake over the weekend. Hyatt Lake is 36 percent full and the boat ramp is not accessible at this time. Inflatables or kayaks can launch from the banks. It is deep enough around the dam to fish from the shore, and this can be a good option for still-fishing bait.

Hyatt Lake has a lot of weeds, which can be problematic for fishing. Now that the water is low, anglers may have to adjust their techniques. There are some large, fat and healthy trout in Hyatt that are likely to bite on bait fished from the bottom or by trolling bait.

Bass are also available at Hyatt, but will be slow to bite now that the weather has cooled. 

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. 

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.

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 was stocked the week of Oct. 14 with legal and larger-size trout. Try still fishing bait in deeper parts of the lake. Lures may also be a good bet in areas where aquatic vegetation is not an issue. 

Bass and panfish are available here year-round but may be slow to bite now that the weather has cooled. 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

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 should be slowing down with cooler temperatures. 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 until 2020.

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 larger trailered boats at this time and the trout fishing will continue to be good throughout the fall.

Trout should be biting well with the cool temperatures. Bass and panfish are available here year-round but will be slow to bite now that the weather has cooled. Trolling a wedding ring and worm combination behind an oval egg sinker is always a good bet.

Lost Creek Reservoir is 36 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.

Both halibut and ocean salmon fishing are now closed. 

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 was stocked with rainbow trout the week of Oct. 14. 

Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and brown bullhead catfish are available year-round.

REINHARDT PARK POND: trout, bluegill, bullhead

Reinhardt Park Pond was last stocked in mid-October. These fish should be biting well with the cooler water temperatures we have been experiencing, try still fishing bait in the deepest parts of the lake.

Bass and panfish are available here year-round, but may be slow to bite now that the weather has cooled.

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. There are many areas to easily bank fish and the pond is small enough to be able to cover the majority of the water.

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.

When expecting rain and rising river levels, some people may want to consider switching tactics to anchoring up and back-bouncing eggs. Bank anglers will want to look for fish on inside bends in the river and slots along willow banks.

Winter s teelhead fishing should start to pick up after Thanksgiving. Anglers might want to try swinging flies or tossing spinners.

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

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

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

Half-pounders are still present in the Rogue Canyon, but anglers are reminded only hatchery trout can be retained.    

Adult steelhead fishing continues to be good throughout the river. Spinners and flies are bringing in some nice large fish as they continue to move upstream. Wild steelhead must be released unharmed. As the most recent storm did not produce much precipitation, steelhead are still holding in the same areas and are slow to move upriver.

Some coho have been reported around Grants Pass. However, most coho on the Rogue are wild and must be released. Only hatchery coho can be retained. Please be mindful to release wild coho back into the river unharmed with minimal handling. Coho are aggressive and bite on flashy spinners with black, pink or purple colors.

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 1360 cfs and the temperature averaged 43oF. 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.

Summer steelhead and trout remain open in the upper Rogue, and summer steelhead fishing has been good. Bait restrictions are in effect in some areas so be aware of the regulations where you are fishing. From Fishers Ferry to Shady Cove anglers cannot use bait. A simple setup of bouncing bait, or using lures such a spinner, a plug or a bead can be very effective in steelhead fishing. 

This has been a great run of summer steelhead with not only many fish available, but larger fish as well. Cold, low water has been keeping steelhead from moving around much right now, so if you can figure out where they are holding it can still be good fishing.

 

Ninety-one new summer steelhead entered the trap at Cole Rivers last week, for a total of 3,037 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. Cole Rivers is starting to see coho back at the hatchery and 68 swam in last week for a total of 114 so far this season. 

Some summer steelhead have red, blue or green 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 1220 cfs. The Dodge Bridge gage is at 1290 cfs. The river temperature at release is 44oF. 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

Plenty of naturally produced trout are always present in the upper Rogue, however water has cooled significantly and these fish will be very slow to bite.   

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 was stocked with rainbow trout the week of Oct. 14.

Largemouth bass and bluegill are available year-round.

SIXES RIVER: Chinook

Effective Dec. 7, the emergency angling closure in the Sixes River will be lifted. Reduced wild Chinook harvest and bag limits remain in effect.

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

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

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: steelhead

Smith River opens up to Bridge 10 on the North Fork and Sisters Creek on the mainstem beginning Dec. 1. There might be a few early steelhead lower down.

Chinook closes on Dec. 1.

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, steelhead

Tenmile Creek is open to steelhead fishing but Eel Creek won’t open to fishing until Jan. 1.

A couple steelhead anglers have been fishing Tenmile Creek but there have been no reports of any steelhead caught yet.

Trout fishing in rivers and streams will reopen May 22, 2020. 

TENMILE LAKES: trout, warmwater species, largemouth bass

Bass anglers will need to slow down their presentation as the water temperatures continue to drop.  Anglers are catching most of the bass along the deeper weedlines and submerged trees.

Yellow perch are cruising on the deep water mud flats. Most of the fish are under 10-inches long but anglers are catching a few 12 inch-plus fish.     

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: steelhead

Chinook fishing closed Dec. 1. 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.

Steelhead fishing should be starting up on the main. With rain in the forecast fishing could pickup over the weekend. Make sure to turn in snouts from hatchery fish for a chance to win a gift card. There are snout collection barrels around the Umpqua. Bags and instructions are in the barrels.”

Trout fishing is currently closed on the Main and its tributaries, but will reopen next Memorial Day.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout

There have been some reports of anglers catching summer steelhead, but it has been slow. We are entering the shoulder season for steelhead and it should pick up for winter steelhead in January. Make sure to turn in snouts from hatchery winter steelhead for a chance to win a gift card. There are snout collection barrels around the Umpqua. Bags and instructions are in the barrels.”

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.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead

The mainstem South reopenED to steelhead fishing Dec. 1. Make sure to turn in snouts from hatchery fish for a chance to win a gift card.

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

The water temperatures at Willow Lake have cooled significantly. Any trout that were left after the summer should be biting again and warmwater fishing will be slowing down. Lake clarity is good and aquatic vegetation should be dying off. Anglers should concentrate on submerged willows or rocky shorelines.

At 52 percent full, Willow Lake remains higher than other reservoirs in the area, but the boat ramp is now closed. Inflatables or kayaks can be launched from the shore.

WINCHUCK RIVER: Chinook

Effective Dec. 7, the emergency angling closure in the Winchuck River will be lifted. Reduced wild Chinook harvest and bag limits remain in effect.

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.

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