Regulation Updates as of January 22, 2020
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.
For more information contact your local ODFW office:
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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 .
Anglers who harvest a hatchery winter steelhead in the Umpqua Basin are asked to turn in the snouts from those fish. Some of these snouts contain small tags, which are not externally visible. Anglers who turn in snouts with these tags are entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card.
Snout collection barrels are located around the basin, Sportsman’s Warehouse in Roseburg, or the Roseburg ODFW office. Tags obtained from the fish will inform ODFW on the best hatchery release timing strategy to provide the most fish back to anglers in the future.
lake is 23 percent full and rising. The water is cold and turbid and not very condusive to targeting species like crappie, largemouth bass or perch. The boat ramp is usable, but only electric trolling motors are allowed. Anglers can fish from the shore or from inflatables and kayaks, but bring boots because the shore can be muddy.
APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout
The reservoir is 9 percent full with an elevation of 1886 ft. French Gulch is the only useable boat ramp. Bank anglers will encounter muddy banks, but should focus on points. Boat anglers should 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 now open for trout and steelhead. Only fin-clipped rainbow trout or steelhead may be retained on the Applegate River. All wild steelhead, cutthroat and rainbow trout must be released unharmed.
Keep in mind that winter steelhead on the Applegate are late arriving, they probably will not show up in any large numbers until February or March. Rain events will encourage fish to move into the Applegate, so keep your eye on the weather and plan to be on the river during or after some wet weather. The release from the reservoir is 115 cfs and the river temperature is 41oF.
ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout
This little pond was stocked in Decempber with rainbow trout for some winter fun. Youth anglers 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 is likely slow with a lot of rain/snow in the forecast. 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: steelhead
Steelhead are here! Fishing has been pretty hot on the Chetco. Conditions lately have been most favorable for bank anglers with a plunking set-up.
Steelhead may be harvested through March 31. Wild steelhead bag limits are 1/day and 3/year (accumulative zone-wide) as part of a daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
ODFW runs a volunteer-angler broodstock collection program for steelhead. Anglers interested in participating can sign up for the program by contacting ODFW at 541-247-7605
Additionally, from Jan 9 –22, ODFW is partnering with the Oregon South Coast Fishermen in an effort to collect steelhead broodstock for the hatchery program. Please see the club’s flier for details. Contact club president Dave Kuehn at 805-350-0542 with additional questions.
COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, coho and Chinook smolts
The lake was last stocked prior to Labor Day.
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.
Fishing might be slow with colder temperatures.
COOS RIVER BASIN: marine perch species, steelhead
Fishing for rockfish inside the bay has slowed down from the combination of big swells and the amount of freshwater moving into the lower bay from all the recent rain. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 of which only one can be a copper, quillback or China rockfish. Anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day. The harvest of cabezon will not open until July 1. A jig with a twister tail can be a great bait for catching rockfish.
The Coos Basin rivers were all fishable over the weekend with some anglers harvesting a few hatchery steelhead. Rains early this week bumped the river levels back up but they could remain fishable depending on the amount of rain we receive over the week.
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
The South Fork Coquille River was just fishable over the weekend for drift boat anglers. But rains early in the week bumped the river level back up. There have been a couple fish caught by bank anglers in the Powers area. When fishable the North Fork Coquille has been very busy with bank anglers.
Trout fishing in streams and rivers is now closed until May 22, 2020.
DIAMOND LAKE: trout
With variable winter conditions, fishing at Diamond is tough to predict. A recent report said the ice is too thin to walk on.
Make sure to contact Diamond Lake Lodge for up-to-date conditions. Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at 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.
EEL LAKE: trout
Anglers trolling a wedding ring spinner behind flashers were catching several trout last month. Most of these trout are holdover rainbow trout from last spring’s stocking.
Approximately 13 miles north of North Bend off Hwy 101, located in Tugman State Park.
ELK RIVER: Chinook, Steelhead
New Chinook regulations for 2020. Jan. 1 – March 31 open for hatchery Chinook retention only. Wild Chinook harvest is permitted May 22– Dec. 31. Please see the 2020 fishing regulation book for more details.
Steelhead Fishing is open through March 31; then May 22 – Dec. 31. The wild steelhead bag limits are 1/day and 3/year as part of a zone-wide accumulative daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
To check current river conditions, call 541-332-0405.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead
Rocky points may produce some largemouth with the slight warm front coming to the region this week. There won’t be much sun associated with it though. Smallmouth bass should be on the gravel flats. Rainbow trout fishing should be very slow.
The boat ramp accessibility is getting better with the reservoir slowly beginning to fill. It’s currently at 37 percent full but turbid.
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 was not stocked. Instead, those fish were released into Upper Empire and Butterfield lakes.
EXPO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie
Expo pond was last stocked mid-October. Any trout that are left may bite at some bait fished from the bottom.
Fishing for bass and panfish has likely slowed with the cooler water 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, the resort road is plowed on the weekends, but use caution when driving up to the pass. With the slightly warm front expected this week, it’s best to keep the thought of ice fishing on hold for a bit.
Both boat ramps are accessible, but bank angling may be a better option with the snow. Try still fishing some bait such as night crawlers, or small lures such as spoons or rooster-tails.
Fish Lake is now 44 percent full and should continue to fill. The resort is now on winter hours and is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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: hatchery steelhead
Open for hatchery steelhead through March 31.
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 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 since the lake is 40 feet below full pool. It may be difficult to launch a boat. The reservoir is now filling however. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions. Check out the 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.
GARRISON LAKE: rainbow and cutthroat trout
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
With cool and possibly snowy weather, the lakes might be difficult to access and fishing might be slow.
Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to . 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 a mix of snow and rain at Howard Prairie this week, use caution when driving. The reservoir is 29 percent full and has good water clarity. There are patches of ice on the lake, but not enough for ice fishing.
All boat ramps are closed at this time due to low reservoir levels. Inflatables and kayaks can launch from shore, but bank angling may be a better option with the expected snow.
Try bank fishing in the deeper areas, off the Keno Access Road or the point south of the dam. Still fishing night crawlers or PowerBait is often a good choice at Howard Prairie.
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: steelhead
Open for steelhead fishing through March 31 from the mouth to the North Fork. Wild steelhead may be harvested 1/day and 3/year as part of a zone-wide accumulative daily and annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass
Expect snow and rain at Hyatt Lake throughout the week and into the weekend, so use caution while driving. Hyatt Lake has some patches of ice on it, but is likely not thick enough for ice fishing; it is 40 percent full.
The boat ramps are not accessible at this time as the campground is closed for the season. It is deep enough around the dam to fish from the shore, and this can be a good option for still-fishing bait if ice conditions allows.
There are some large, fat and healthy trout in Hyatt that are likely to bite on bait fished from the bottom.
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 steelhead
The Illinois River is getting some high water with the current storms, check conditions before heading out to do any fishing. The Kerby guage was reading 3970 on Tuesday afternoon, and headed straight up. The river should be dropping into the weekend.
The Illinois is open for both trout and steelhead fishing beginning through March 31. There
not a hatchery on the Illinois, so fishing is primarily catch-and-release for wild fish. Wild rainbow trout and cutthroat trout may not be retained at any point during the year.
However, there is a small opportunity for wild steelhead retention during the open season, between Klondike Creek (River mile 25) and Fall Creek (River mile 39.5, just downstream of Illinois River Falls). Go west on Illinois River Road from Selma. Much of this section is remote (hike in only access), with the only road access is between river mile 34 near Oak Flat, upstream to the deadline.
The wild steelhead bag limit is 1/day and 3/year as part of a daily or annual salmon steelhead bag limit in aggregate for all open waters of the southwest zone.
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 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
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 in the aquatic vegetation near the shore. Stripping leaches can be a very effective still water method for targeting bass here.
Next month, Lake Selmac will be getting its first stocked trout of the year.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee
The lake was last stocked before Labor Day. Fishing is likely slow with winter conditions.
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 hasn’t been stocked for a while, but will be stocked again this spring.
Visit the website for information on opening dates and camping. The BLM site is closed until spring 2020.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass
The Tekelma ramp is the only boat ramp accessible right now. 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 winter.
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 40 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 has likely slowed with the cooler water temperatures.
PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, salmon, halibut, surfperch
Bottomfishing is now open to fish at all depths. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 of which only one can be a copper, quillback or China rockfish. Anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day. The harvest of cabezon will not open until July 1.
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 swells have kept surfperch anglers off of the coastal beaches. Once the swells calm down, fishing for surfperch should pick up. Surfperch anglers have the best success using sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp sandworms.
Both halibut and ocean salmon fishing are now closed.
PISTOL RIVER: steelhead
Wild steelhead may be harvested 1/day and 3/year as part of a daily and annual zone-wide cumulative bag limit. Steelhead season is open through March 31.
PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout
This reservoir is stocked only in the spring. With temperatures in excess of 80 in the summer, the trout likely don’t survive the summer months. No recent reports, but fishing might be slow with the cold temperatures.
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
Bass and panfish are available here year-round, but may be slow to bite now that the weather has cooled. The pond will be getting its first stocked trout of the year the week of Feb. 10.
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, lower: steelhead
Winter steelhead has picked up in the Lower Rogue. Anglers have had luck using many techniques; currently the most common being plunking.
Bank anglers will want to look for fish on inside of bends in the river and slots along willow banks.
The river is open year-round for hatchery steelhead harvest. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, wild steelhead may be harvested 1/day and 3/year as part of a daily or annual salmon steelhead bag limit from the mouth of the Rogue up to Hog Creek. The wild steelhead bag limit is accumulative zone-wide.
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: steelhead, rainbow trout
Half-pounders are still present in the Rogue Canyon and up to about Robertson Bridge, but anglers are reminded only hatchery trout can be retained. Remember, Steelhead over 24 inches cannot be retained above Hog Creek until Feb. 1. Zone aggregate bag limits apply.
Summer steelhead may be looking skinny as it nears their time to spawn, and some anglers may begin to encounter kelt or “down-runners,” fish that have already spawned and headed back to the ocean. Please treat these wild steelhead with care and release them unharmed.
There have been a few reports of some bright winter steelhead making their way up the river, mostly down in the Galice area. Their numbers will be increasing, especially with the rain forecast.
Steelhead will bite on bait, yarn balls, spinners, spoons or a well-placed fly. Wild steelhead must be released unharmed unless you are below Hog Creek Boat Ramp, there anglers may keep 1 wild steelhead per day and 3 per year.
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.”
There is excellent bank access in this section of the river, and recent reports indicate that some plunking/side planner techniques are starting to pick up fish. Plugs from a drift boat, or a Spin-n-Glow on the inside bend of a sweeping gravel bar fished in 2-4 feet of water are both effective methods.
As of Tuesday morning, the flow in Grants Pass was approximately 3020 cfs and the temperature about 43 degrees. 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: steelhead, rainbow trout
Steelhead and trout remain open in the upper Rogue, and summer steelhead fishing has been great still but is starting to wind down as most of the fish are entering their tributaries with the increase in flows.
Bait is again allowed throughout the entire Rogue basin. A simple setup of bouncing or side-drifting bait, or using lures such a spoon, corkie or yarn ball can be very effective in steelhead fishing. Fishing a soft bead or a jig under a bobber or bobber dogging is a very effective technique in the upper river. Often this reach of the river can be much cleaner when the rest of the river is blown out.
Last week 98 new summer steelhead entered the trap at Cole Rivers, for a total of 4,061 summer steelhead to date. Excess hatchery adult summer steelhead from Cole River Hatchery were recycled back into the system for the final time before Jan. 1. Anglers are reporting success in catching these fish.
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 ext 226.
Trout have been biting well in the Holy Water, the stretch of water between the hatchery and the Lost Creek Lake spillway. One angler reported leeches and wooly-buggers were enticing some healthy, large trout. Anglers are reminded this area is fly-only and catch-and-release, and are encouraged to fill out voluntary angler creel cards (even if they didn’t catch anything) at 8 acces sites along this stretch of water. Also, please especially fill out a card if a tagged fish was caught.
The McLeod gage is currently reading 1290 cfs. The Dodge Bridge gage is at 2360 cfs. The river temperature at release is 42oF. 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 .
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. The river may be inaccessible in some areas due to snow as well.
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: steelhead
SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: steelhead
Smith River opened up to Bridge 10 on the North Fork and Sisters Creek on the mainstem on Dec. 1. There should be some steelhead throughout most of the system but, the river is forecasted to go up and it might be high. 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.
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 and Eel Creek are open to steelhead fishing. Steelhead have been caught near Spinreel Park and the mouth of Eel Creek by bank anglers. Bank fishing on Tenmile Creek is limited to the area from the mouth of Saunders Creek to the mouth of Eel Creek, so those spots have been very crowded with anglers.
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. Winter conditions may limit access. 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
Snow will likely be found at most of the higher lakes and winter conditions may result in slow fish activity. 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 .
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead
Chinook fishing will reopen on the mainstem Feb. 1. Wild harvest of Chinook is closed in 2020. Hatchery harvest is still allowed.
Steelhead fishing has been decent throughout the main. With rain in the forecast, the river may be a little high this weekend. A lot of anglers fish the main by “plunking.” This is usually a good strategy for water with more color and when the water is high.
Make sure to turn in snouts from hatchery fish for a chance to win a gift card. Snout collection barrels are found at Scott Cr, Sawyers Rapids, Elkton, Yellow Creek, Osprey, James Woods, Umpqua, Cleveland, and River Forks boat ramps.
Trout fishing is currently closed on the Main and its tributaries, but will reopen next Memorial Day.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout
Some anglers are giving it a try in the lower North Umpqua. The river is up but looking like it might fall into shape for the weekend.
The North reopens to Chinook Feb. 1 under permanent rule. Anglers may harvest up to 10 wild Chinook per year and two per day.
Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout (those above Slide Creek Dam): check the 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. Fishing usually picks up in January and anglers have been picking up some fish.
The river may be in decent shape with snow in the hills and the river should be dropping. Make sure to turn in snouts from hatchery fish for a chance to win a gift card.
Snout collection barrels can be found at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Happy Valley, Lookingglass, Myrtle Creek, Lawson Bar, Stanton boat ramps and Seven Feathers access area.
WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead, yellow perch
The water temperatures at Willow Lake have cooled significantly. Any trout that were left after the summer should be biting again while warmwater fishing will be quite slow. There are healthy numbers of yellow perch up here and anglers are always encouraged to take as many of these as they want. Anglers should concentrate on submerged willows or rocky shorelines. Expect snow this weekend.
At 62 percent full, Willow Lake remains higher than other reservoirs in the area. The improved boat ramp may be difficult to access with larger vessel, but there is an unimproved earthen boat ramp, that accommodate smaller vessels, accessed near the day use parking.
Winchuck River: steelhead
Steelhead may be harvested through March 31 from the mouth to Wheeler Creek. Accumulative zone-wide, wild steelhead may be harvested 1/day and 3/year as part of a daily and annual bag limit.