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Statewide intermittent network connection issues are affecting ODFW’s licensing system for some customers and license sales agents. 

Sport anglers fishing from boats can no longer retain cabezon beginning Aug. 15.

All fishing is closed (including catch-and-release) in the Columbia River and the Deschutes River from Monday, Aug. 12 through Sept. 15.

Angling prohibited within a 200 ft radius of all tributary mouths (including 200ft into the tributary) of the mainstem Umpqua River. 

Fishing restrictions needed due to poor forecasted returns.

Fishing restrictions needed due to poor forecasted returns.

Recreation Report

Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  August 14, 2019

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

Umpqua Closure
Umpqua Closure
SW Zone Table 2
SW Zone Table 3

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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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:

  • This weekend is the perfect time to take a friend or family member fishing. It’s Free Fishing Weekend, Aug. 17-18, which means they won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon (that’s open to fishing, crabbing or clamming).
  • On the Coos, anglers have been catching a few fall Chinook trolling from the chip pile to the California St. boat ramp.
  • Albacore tuna are being caught just 15-35 miles off shore from Charleston to Winchester Bay. Some boats are bringing in 20 or more tuna per trip.
  • Anglers are still catching stripers on the Coquille.
  • Bass fishing has been good on Tenmile Lakes with fish hitting topwater lures during low light periods.
  • Summer steelhead numbers are increasing in the middle and upper Rogue and the recent storm may have pushed more fish upstream. Keep in mind fishing for chinook upstream of Dodge Bridge is now closed.
  • On the Umpqua, anglers are catching a few Chinook in the bay.
  • Bass fishing on the Main and South Umpqua is always a good bet this time of year.
  • The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir is scheduled to be stocked this week and this is a great area to escape summer heat and enjoy cooler water temperatures where trout will still readily bite.
  • Pikeminnow are not native to the Rogue River and anglers are always encouraged to remove them while fishing on the Rogue. Until Sept. 2, the STEP program is running a pikeminnow harvest contest for the Rogue River. For more information pick up a flier at the Central Point ODFW, local bait and tackle shops, or call Ryan Battleson at 541-826-8774 x 226.


Practice good catch-and-release techniques in late summer conditions

When water conditions are low, clear and warm, like they are now, be sure to practice good catch-and-release techniques when releasing fish.

  • Fish early in the day when water and air temperatures are at their coolest.
  • Land fish quickly. Playing a fish too long reduces its chances to recover.
  • Keep the fish in the water while landing and releasing it.
  • If you can’t remove the hook easily, cut the leader near the hook, which will eventually dissolve.
  • Revive the fish in moving water before releasing it.

AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullheads

The lake is 44 percent full. Bass fishing along the dam and crappie fishing with jigs near submerged willows will be good bets, especially early or late in the day.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

As the surface temperature warms, trout anglers will want to concentrate on deeper water and inlets. Bass fishing should be good, and anglers should try casting lures along a rocky shoreline. The reservoir is 56 percent full and boat ramps are accessible.

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 325 cfs and the river temperature is 56oF

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Fishing has slowed due to warmer water and increased vegetation growth. 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. The lake was last stocked the week of May 13 but there should be good numbers of trout around. 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 was last stocked in May with legal-size rainbows and trophy trout. Trout anglers will need to fish in the deep water to catch trout this time of the year.

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 was last stocked the week of June 10 with 140 surplus trophy trout, many of which were five pounds or more. The lake was stocked this spring with pounders and legal-size rainbow trout. Trout anglers should concentrate on the deepest water this time of the year.

Bluegill and crappie are in the lake and can be found 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. 


Warmer water and lower flows have slowed trout fishing in the mainstem, but anglers willing to do a little walking can find some great cutthroat trout fishing in some of the tributaries to the Chetco. 

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

The lake will next be stocked at the end of the month.

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. A jig with a twister tail can be a great bait for catching rockfish. 

Salmon anglers caught a few fall Chinook trolling from the chip pile to the California Street boat ramp this past weekend. Most anglers troll a cut plug herring behind a flasher.  Catch rates will improve as we approach the end of the month.

Temporary fall Chinook salmon regulations start 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. 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 opened on May 22, while lakes in the basin are open year-round. Try cutthroat trout fishing on streams of the Elliott State Forest.

Marine perch species are available around rocks, riprap, pilings, and docks at this time of year. 

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

Striped bass fishing is slowing down some but is still good in the Coquille River from Riverton to Bullards, with most anglers using cut bait or nightcrawlers fished with sliding sinkers on the river bottom.

The smallmouth bass bite is also good at this time in the mainstem and South Fork Coquille rivers. Smallmouth bass will bite on worms, jigs with a twister tail, crankbaits, and small spinners.

A few salmon anglers have been trolling for fall Chinook around Bullards Beach and Rocky Point.

Temporary fall Chinook salmon regulations start on Aug. 1. Salmon anglers in the Coquille Basin will only be able to harvest 1 wild Chinook per day and 2 wild Chinook for the season in aggregate from all waters from Coos Basin, Coquille Basin, Sixes River, and Elk River.  The Coquille River will be closed to salmon fishing upstream of Sturdivant Park Bridge (Highway 42S Bridge). 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers opened last week on May 22, while lakes in the basin are open year-round.

Marine perch species are available around rocks, riprap, pilings, and docks at this time of year.


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.

The crappie bite has been good in recent weeks along the shoreline in Tugman State Park, although many of the fish are small. The fishing dock is a great place for kids to fish. A small crappie jig tipped with a piece of worm, and rigged about two feet under a bobber will entice bluegill and crappie to bite. 

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

ELK RIVER:  trout

The trout season opened May 22. Two Rainbow trout per day may be retained per day. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.  Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details.

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

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

Fishing for warmwater species should be good, especially early and late and late in the day.  Anglers should concentrate on the submerged willows and the rocky area along the dam.

The reservoir is 56 percent full.

EMPIRE LAKES: trout, warmwater species

Empire Lakes were stocked with trophy trout, legal-size, and “pounder” rainbows this spring. Trout fishing may slow down with warmer weather heating up these shallow 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

Fishing for bass and panfish should be good. During the summer, 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

The lake was stocked with larger rainbow trout in addition to legal-sized fish in mid-July, which should have provided a boost to angler success for the summer months.

Still fishing with PowerBait is always a good option, especially if clarity is low. 

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.

Fish Lake is now 35 percent full. The boat ramp at Fish Lake is getting low, but boats are still able to launch at this time. The surface temperature is 73oF so anglers should concentrate in deeper water or at the springs at the east end of the lake.


Trout season is now open. Anglers can keep two fish a day. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead. For further details 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.

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 a good access point for larger boats.

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 42 percent full and the marina boat ramp remains usable with about four feet of water depth. Larger boats probably have another week or two to be able to launch at Howard, and should contact Jackson County Parks for current conditions. No other boat ramps are available at Howard. 

Trout fishing has slowed with warmer water temperatures. Anglers reported some success by trolling worms or lures or still fishing with power bait while anchored in deeper water.  Anglers need to be prepared for color in the water during an ongoing bloom.

Bass fishing should be good.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Hyatt Lake is 39 percent full and may now be unusable to trailered boats. The water is approaching the end of the concrete at the Mountain View boat ramp, use caution if attempting to launch here.

Fishing can still be good from inflatables and smaller watercraft, or from shore near the dam. Bass fishing should be good, but aquatic vegetation can be problematic. The rocky shore near the dam may be the most accessible at this time.

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.

JOHNSONS MILL POND: trout, warmwater species

Fishing should be good for bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and brown bullhead catfish. This shallow pond will heat up with warmer weather and the aquatic vegetation will be very thick now, but casting frog imitation lures and popping lures to openings in the weeds can entice the bass to bite. 

Two and a half miles south of Coquille off Hwy 42 down Johnson Mill Road.


This little lake in Curry County was stocked with legal-size rainbow trout this week. 

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

Lake Marie can be good fishing any time. 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

Fishing for bass and panfish should be good, especially early and late in the day with warmer temperatures. Aquatic vegetation can be thick in some areas this time of year and anglers may have to adjust their fishing techniques.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Fishing has been a little slow. The lake is scheduled to be stocking at the end of the month. 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 541-957-8354 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 will be closed due to storm damage.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Trout fishing should be good, especially in deeper water and in the upper reservoir around and above the Hwy 62 bridge, where water is cooler and anglers can avoid speedboaters. Trolling a wedding ring and worm combination behind an oval egg sinker is always a good bet.

The lake is 62 percent full and the surface temperature is 74F.

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 restricted to inside the 40-fathom regulatory line through September. Fishing for lingcod and rockfish has been good when the ocean is calm enough to fish. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 plus 2 lingcod.

The harvest of cabezon by boat anglers will close on August 16. Shore anglers will still be able to harvest 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. The ocean fin-clipped coho salmon is open until Aug. 25 or until we reach the quota of 90,000 fin-clipped coho. Chinook must be a minimum of 24-inches long and coho must be at least 16-inches. Fishing for salmon has been okay with Winchester being the most productive port on the coast. Anglers have been averaging one fish per person. As of August 4, ocean salmon anglers have caught 36.5 percent of the fin-clipped coho quota.

Albacore tuna have been caught 15 – 35 miles off shore from Charleston and Winchester Bay. Many boats have been bringing in 20 or more tuna each trip.  A few dorado have also been caught while fishing for tuna. 

The Nearshore Halibut season is open seven days a week in the Central Coast Subarea. As of Aug. 4, there is 73 percent of the Nearshore quota remaining. The summer All-Depth season for the Central Coast Subarea is open every Friday and Saturday through October 26 or attaining the quota of 67,898 lbs.

The Southern Oregon Subarea is open seven days a week for halibut. There is still 85 percent of the quota remaining for the Southern Oregon Coast halibut season.  


Trout fishing can be good during the summer months for anglers willing to get out and do some walking. Most of Pistol River is private and anglers should ask permission before fishing. Two fish may be retained daily. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead. Please see the exceptions to the southwest zone regulations for more information.

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. Contact the Sutherlin Chamber of Commerce (541-459-3280) for lake level information. 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.

POWERS POND: trout, warmwater species

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

The pond near the baseball fields at Reinhardt Community Volunteer Park has been stocked throughout the spring but will not be stocked again until October due to warm water temperatures. Fishing for bass and panfish should be good, however.

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, lower: Chinook, steelhead

The Rogue bay has been slow for Chinook. Most of the fish are being caught downstream of Highway 101. Chinook numbers should continue climb through July. 

The Huntley Seining Project has begun again.  So far, we’ve seen adult steelhead, half-pounders, and shad. 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 spring Chinook, rainbow trout

Summer steelhead are available along with some Chinook.  Anglers may keep hatchery summer steelhead throughout the river and hatchery or wild Chinook downstream of Dodge Bridge. 

Popular floats include: Gold Hill to Rogue River, Baker to Lathrop or Ferry Hole, or Griffin Park to Robertson Bridge.

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 1,820 cfs and the temperature averaged 66oF. River clarity is currently 2 NTUs. 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.

The middle Rogue is a good area to target pikeminnow for the STEP pikeminnow harvest contest. Pikeminnow can be caught with bait drifted off the bottom in eddies and slow moving water. Pick up a flier at the Central Point ODFW office or at a local bait and tackle shop for more details on this contest, or call Ryan Battleson at 541-826-8774 x 226.    

Rogue River, upper: hatchery steelhead, hatchery spring Chinook, rainbow trout

Summer steelhead and trout remains open and the recent rain may have brought new fish upstream. The Rogue between Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp and Dodge Bridge remains open for hatchery and wild Chinook until Sept. 1.

Chinook fishing is now closed upstream of Dodge Bridge.

As of August 7, 269 new summer steelhead had entered the trap at Cole Rivers, for a season total of 1,573 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 by drifting eggs. The 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 1,410 cfs. The Dodge Bridge gage is at 1,750 cfs. The river temperature at release is 56oF. 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 will be stocked this week and this will occur weekly through the summer. This is a great section of the river to fish to avoid the valley heat as water remains cold in this area throughout the summer.

In addition to stocked rainbow trout in the mainstem, the tributaries also support naturally produced trout. With cold water, you’ll want to swing your lure right in front of fish, so work through a hole a bit more slowly.

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

Largemouth bass and bluegill are available year-round.


Lower flows and warmer water has slowed trout fishing.  Anglers fishing the estuary have been doing the best on cutthroat.

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

Smith River opens to catch-and-release fishing for trout beginning May 22. Please see the Southwest Zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details.

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 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 on May 22. 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 fishing continues to be decent with anglers catching yellow perch along the edges of weedlines. 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. Fishing has been slow on Tenmile Lakes but a few anglers are catching trout trolling deep water with wedding ring spinners.

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.


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 and was stocked at the end of May. 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

Some fall Chinook have been caught in the bay, and it should continue to improve as we get  further into August. 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 been good in most of the main.

Trout fishing reopened on May 22, 2019. The mainstem is catch-and-release only, but in tributaries 2 per day may be kept as long as they meet the 8-inch minimum length.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout

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

The North closed to all fishing for Chinook on July 1.

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 July 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, unweighted artificial fly.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: trout, bass, warmwater

Some stretches of the South are closed to fishing still. Please consult the fishing regulations for more info. Trout fishing in the entire basin is catch-and-release only. Bass fishing has been good throughout

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

Willow Lake has been stocked with trout; however, with surface temperatures at 80oF trout fishing is likely slow and anglers should concentrate in the deepest part of the lake. Fishing for bass and panfish is more likely to be productive and the lake clarity is good.

The boat ramp at Willow Lake is open and the lake is 85 percent full

WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch

Fishing in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful.