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Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Effective March 18, all state-owned fish hatcheries are closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.

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Southwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  June 11, 2020

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

2020 Summer/Fall Regulation Changes 

SW Zone Salmon Fisheries
Period Dates Bag Limits Closure Areas
UMPQUA RIVER, SMITH RIVER, NORTH FORK SMITH RIVER
February 1 through June 30 Retention of wild Chinook Salmon is prohibited during this period.
Retention of hatchery Chinook Salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
   
July 1 through November 30 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon daily / five (5) for the period.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.
COOS RIVER BASIN, FLORAS CREEK/NEW RIVER, SIXES RIVERS
August 1 through December 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon daily / five (5) for the period in aggregate from all waters of the Coos River basin, Floras Creek/New River, and Sixes River, and no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon may come from Floras Creek/New River for the period.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.
Coos River, Floras Creek/New River:
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
Sixes River low water closure:
Closed to angling from the mouth of Crystal Creek downstream to
Hughes House Boat Ramp Oct. 1 until the arrival of fall rains
 and increased river flows.**
COQUILLE RIVER BASIN
August 1 through December 31 Closed to retention of adult wild Chinook Salmon.
Open to retention of hatchery Chinook Salmon in specified open salmon angling area only (permanent rule bag limits apply).
Closed to salmon angling upstream of the Highway 101 bridge,
except open to bank angling for salmon in Randolph Slough between sign
markers located at the West and East ends of the slough.*
ELK RIVER 
August 1 through December 31 Closed to retention of adult wild Chinook Salmon.
Open to retention of hatchery Chinook Salmon (permanent rule bag limits apply).
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
ELK RIVER OCEAN TERMINAL FISHERY (recreational and commercial)
Closed
ROGUE RIVER 
No changes
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations
HUNTER CREEK, PISTOL RIVER
October 1 through December 31 Closed to angling for the period
CHETCO RIVER (in-river)
October 1 through December 31 One (1) adult Chinook Salmon daily / two (2) adult wild Chinook Salmon for the period.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.

Anglers may not continue to angle (for any species) after harvesting a single adult hatchery or wild Chinook Salmon on any day during the period ("rack your rod").

Low flow angling closure:
Oct. 1 closed to angling upstream of River Mile 2.2 until the arrival of fall
rains and increased river flows.
**
CHETCO RIVER OCEAN TERMINAL FISHERY (recreational and commercial)
Closed
WINCHUCK RIVER
October 1 through December 31 One (1) adult Chinook Salmon daily / two (2) adult wild Chinook Salmon for the period.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.

Anglers may not ontinue to angle (for any species) after harvesting a single adult hatchery or wild Chinook Salmon on any day during the period ("rack your rod").

Low flow angling closure:
Oct. 1 closed to angling from Peavine Bridge to the mouth of the
Winchuck River until the arrival of fall rains and increased flows.
**
* Coquille Basin areas closed to salmon angling will be open to winter steelhead angling starting on December 1, 2020. 
     
** Low flow angling closure may be lifted when fall-run Chinook Salmon have distributed and forecasted flows are expected to remain high enough to allow fish to migrate, expected for early to mid-November, based on historical river flows.
For more information, call the S. Coast District office in Gold Beach at (541) 247-7605.
 

COQUILLE RIVER SYSTEM

  • The use of bait, spears and spear guns to harvest smallmouth bass is allowed in the Coquille River system July 15 through October 31, 2020.
  • The temporary regulation applies in the mainstem Coquille River and the East, Middle, North, and South forks of the Coquille River. In the South Fork Coquille River, the regulation applies from the mouth to the U.S. Forest Service boundary near Powers.
  • Learn more about the reasons for this change.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR

Effective June 10, 2020 through September 30, 2020, size and harvest limits of game fish are lifted on Howard Prairie Reservoir.

ROGUE RIVER

  • Effective June 3, 2020 through July 31, 2020, the section of the Rogue River from the ODFW markers 1200 ft below the fish ladder entrance markers (RM 157) to the Cole Rivers Hatchery dam is closed to all angling.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Central Point, Rogue Watershed District 541-826-8774
  • Charleston Field Office 541-888-5515 
  • Roseburg Umpqua Watershed District Office  541-440-3353
  • Gold Beach Field Office 541-247-7605 
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Smallmouth bass, Umpqua River
Timmy's last outdoor adventure before leaving for the US Army. Smallmouth bass caught on the Umpqua River.

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Trout fishing in lakes and ponds has slowed due to the hotter days and warmer water conditions. However, there’s still good trout fishing for those willing to adjust their tactics:

  • Fish higher elevation waterbodies where water temperatures will be cooler.
  • Fish early and late in the day when it’s cooler. Also a good tactic on popular waterbodies like Lost Creek Reservoir and Emigrant Lake where you’ll want to be getting off the water before the crowds arrive.

Many lakes and ponds will begin seeing algae blooms this time of year, which can affect visibility. Good trout bets are trolling wedding rings tipped with a threaded worm, or spoons/spinners.

Water temperatures for many of the area lakes in the Coos, Coquille, Tenmile District are in the lower 70s. Largemouth bass and bluegills are in their summer patterns, which means fishing will be best in the mornings and late evenings.     

Lakes and ponds to fish this week:

  • Diamond Lake continues to produce good numbers of trout including some larger than 20 inches. 7/15/20
  • Places like Ford’s Pond and Cooper Creek Reservoir remain good options for bass.  7/15/20
  • August can be a great time to target bass at Lost Creek Lake. Target the submerged flats and points, where the years of willow planting and habitat enhancement by local bass clubs pay off this time of the year! 8/5/20
  • A recent report from a Lake Selmac angler noted that largemouth bass has been good, and that weeds aren’t terrible. 7/22/2020
  • Anglers continue to do well on the South and Main Umpqua rivers for smallmouth. There is no limit on this species here and fishing can be fantastic.  7/29/20
  • Summer Steelhead fishing is a great time in the North Umpqua. Fly anglers have been hitting it hard for a chance at these fun fish. 7/15/20

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Anglers have a couple options for fishing on south coast streams and rivers. Anglers looking for spring Chinook should start look to the Rogue. Summer steelhead should be in both the Rogue and North Umpqua.

Anglers wishing a little solitude can walk one of the smaller coastal creeks fly- or spinner fishing for coastal cutthroat. Water temperatures are still good in most small to medium-size streams, but conditions may change as the summer progresses and water levels drop and temperatures warm.

All tributaries to larger river systems such as the Rogue, Applegate and Illinois are closed to fishing, unless noted in the regulations exceptions section of the SW Zone.

Rivers and streams to fish this week:

  • In Rogue River bay, anglers are catching Chinook by trolling anchovies. 7/22/20
  • The Rogue River and tributaries above Lost Creek Reservoir should be a good place to target trout throughout the summer. Trout are stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Target calmer pools and pocket water for resting trout. Stocking sites are from Woodruff Bridge all the way upstream to Minnehaha Creek. Trout limits here are 5 trout per day, only 1 over 20 inches, and bait is allowed. 7/29/2020
  • Summer steelhead have steadily been trickling into Cole Rivers Hatchery every week. They should be starting to fill in the upper River. Only adipose fin-clipped trout and steelhead may be harvested this time of year on the Rogue. Fly anglers should choose darker flies this time of year. Gear folks can throw spinners, drift bait, nightcrawlers, get started early on a “bug and bubble,” or plugs from a drift boat. 8/5/20
  • Thanks to new temporary regulations in Coquille River system, anglers can now use bait, spears and spear guns to harvest smallmouth bass. Anglers using spears had some success harvesting bass on the South Fork Coquille River this past weekend. This unique fishing opportunity is one of many efforts to reduce the impact of illegally introduced bass on Chinook populations. 7/22/20

RECENTLY STOCKED

We have taken down the online trout stocking schedule in order to prevent public crowding at waterbodies when we deliver hatchery fish. We will continue stocking trout but we will deliver on a slightly different schedule and at some different locations to avoid a rush of anglers showing up along with the hatchery truck.

NOTE: Local ODFW offices will not be giving out the schedule either.

TROUT STOCKING MAPS: Find your place to fish

Check out the ODFW fishing and trout stocking maps to find nearby fishing locations, driving directions and descriptions of amenities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

As temperatures rise, fish feel the heat, too

Warm water is hard on fish, especially colder water species like trout, salmon and steelhead. With the warm summer temperatures, you can do your part to reduce stress on fish by following a few simple tips. These are especially important if you plan to catch-and-release.

Follow these tips to help fish:

  • Fish early in day when water temperatures are cooler.
  • Look for trout in deep, high elevation lakes or shaded streams near headwaters. These places are often cooler. You can drive to many popular locations. But if you’re hankering for an adventure, consider hiking into one of backcountry lakes that are stocked every two years.
  • Use appropriate gear and land fish quickly. The longer the fight, the less likely the fish will survive.
  • Keep the fish in the water when you unhook it and cradle the fish upright until it revives enough to swim away.
  • Use good judgement. If conditions where you want to fish seems especially severe (low, hot water), consider fishing somewhere else where water conditions are better.

Tips to recreate responsibly

We continue to urge anglers and others recreating outside to stay close to home, keep your social distance, and travel safely. Here’s more information about how to recreate responsibly.

Special fall Chinook regulations for south-coast rivers

Beginning Aug.1, special regulations for fall Chinook go into effect on south coast rivers.

Rogue River – The Cole Rivers Hatchery hole opened again on Aug. 1. However, fishing for chinook salmon between Dodge Bridge and the hatchery closed Aug. 1 through the end of the year.

 

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullheads, yellow perch

Agate Lake is at 72 percent capacity. The boat ramp and day use facilities here are open and managed by Jackson County Parks. There is a 10mph speed limit on this reservoir.

Agate Lake has a good population of crappie and yellow perch, as well as brown bullhead. No report on water clarity. Last updated 7/29/2020

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is 42 percent full with an elevation of 1,935.2 ft.

The USFS has closed Hart-tish boat ramp for the season due to low water. French Gulch Boat ramp and Copper are still open, but facilities may be limited. Plan ahead.

Good tactics for trout at Applegate lake include trolling a wedding ring lure or Little Cleo. All visitors should practice leave no trace tactics and pack out their own trash if facilities are closed.

Nearby is Squaw Lakes. This quaint, but popular weekend destination is a non-motorized boating waterway. It has a large population of illegally introduced yellow perch. Like many local lakes where these have been illegally introduced, perch tend to overpopulate and stunt themselves. Anglers can easily catch these fish from shore and are encouraged to harvest as many as possible. Last updated 8/5/2020

APPLEGATE RIVER: winter steelhead, trout

Applegate River is currently open for trout fishing, and bait is allowed. Only adipose fin clipped (hatchery) trout may be kept, all wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.

Anglers should do their part to harvest and remove non-local Umpqua pikeminnow they encounter on the Applegate River. All tributaries are closed below Applegate Dam, except Glade Creek. Tributaries above Applegate Dam are open per SW Zone trout regulations, 2 per day. The upper Applegate tributaries above the dam have some nice pools where anglers may want to try fishing small nymphs from a fly rod. Use of bait is allowed in the tributaries above Applegate Lake, 2 trout per day.

You can check the flows on the Applegate when planning a trip. Last updated 7/29/2020.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Slow. The pond is pretty weedy and increased water temperatures have slowed the trout fishing.  Get an early start and fish in the morning when the temperatures are a bit cooler.

To reduce the growth rate of the aquatic vegetation, we’ve deployed weighted suppression mats on the pond floor. You’ll notice the buoys in the middle of the water attached to these mats. Please be mindful of where you cast because you may lose some gear if it gets tangled in the buoy line. Also worth noting, is that the trout seem to be fond of the mats and are often found cruising over the swatches of vegetation-free space. 

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. Last updated 8/5/20.

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

Douglas County Parks are open.

Anglers fishing Ben Irving shave been getting into a few crappie and bass. The morning hours will likely be the best time to be on the water. The lake is popular with watersports. Try fishing early in the upper reservoir where new habitat structures are in place. Last updated 7/29/20.

CHETCO RIVER: cutthroat trout

This is a good time of year for anglers to start fishing some of the tributaries to the Chetco.  Cutthroat fishing can be very good on some of the larger tributaries this time of year. Seek out cool deeper waters. Last updated 7/29/20.

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

Douglas County Parks are open

Cooper Creek is still producing trout, but most anglers are focusing on bass.

Beginning in 2016, Cooper has been stocked with coho and Chinook salmon juveniles (20,000 coho in 2019). These are often mistaken for kokanee. Anglers may retain up to 5 salmon juveniles in the reservoir as part of their daily trout bag limit. Please remember to release salmon and trout less than 8 inches. Last updated 7/29/20.

COOS RIVER BASIN: marine species, cutthroat trout

The winds are forecasted to be fairly light this week but the lower Coos Bay estuary is experiencing lots of fog in the mornings and evenings. Anglers should use caution while boating in the fog.

Anglers have been catching a few rockfish in the lower Coos Bay estuary fishing along the jetty and submerged rock structures. The daily bag limit for marine fish was recently increased to 7, which for boat anglers cannot include any copper, quillback or China rockfish.

Bank anglers can still retain one copper, quillback or China rockfish as part of their daily bag limit. Anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day. The harvest of 1 cabezon per day as part of your general marine fish daily limit opened on July 1   

Temporary wild fall Chinook regulations are in effect starting August 1 for salmon anglers fishing in Coos Bay.  Anglers cannot harvest no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook salmon daily / five (5) for the period of Aug 1 – Dec 31 from all waters of Coos River basin, Floras Creek/New River, and Sixes River.  See specific rules for Floras/New River and Sixes. 

There have been no reports of fall Chinook salmon caught in Coos Bay yet. Anglers will start trolling for salmon around the North Bend Airport in mid-August.     

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open as of May 22. Anglers fishing in streams and rivers above tidewater are restricted to us flies and lures through the end of August. Last updated 7/29/20. 

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: striped bass, smallmouth bass, salmon, trout

Anglers continue to do well harvesting smallmouth bass on the South Fork Coquille and upper Coquille River using small Rapala crankbaits and a worm on a plain hook. Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good throughout the South Fork, Middle Fork and mainstem Coquille river. There are no daily bag limits or length limits on bass in the Coquille River.

Thanks to new temporary regulations in Coquille River system, anglers can now use bait, spears and spear guns to harvest smallmouth bass. This unique fishing opportunity is one of many efforts to reduce the impact of illegally introduced bass on Chinook populations.  

Some striped bass anglers continue to have success casting crankbaits on the lower Coquille River but overall fishing for striped bass has been spotty. Anglers are trying several different techniques like fishing anchovies on the bottom of the river or by drifting and casting crankbaits. There are no daily bag limits or length limits on striped bass.   

Temporary wild fall Chinook regulations are in effect starting Aug. 1 for salmon anglers fishing in the Coquille Basin. The entire Coquille Basin is closed to retention of adult wild Chinook Aug 1 – Dec 31. Anglers may harvest hatchery Chinook but must fish downstream of Hwy 101 bridge or can angle from the bank in Randolph Slough between sign markers located at the West and East ends of the slough. 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open as of May 22. Last updated 7/29/20.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

Most of the Forest Service campgrounds are now open at Diamond Lake as well as boat launches. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camps and ramps.

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 are doing fairly well. The common advice is to try different techniques to see which one is working that day. Recent reports indicate bait off the bottom was working well.

Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger and brown trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. These trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught. Last updated 7/22/20.

EEL LAKE: trout

Anglers are catching bluegills, crappie and largemouth bass off of the fishing dock. Fishing will be best in the mornings before the afternoon winds pick up. Remember to keep your distance from other anglers that are not in your group.

Boat anglers trolling for trout have been catching lots of fish but with the warmer weather you may need to get your gear down a little deeper. Wedding rings tipped with a worm have been working the best. 

Approximately 13 miles north of North Bend off Hwy 101, located in Tugman State Park. Last updated 7/22/20. 

ELK RIVER:  cutthroat

Cutthroat trout fishing can be good this time of year. Anglers will want fish higher in the river where water temperatures are cooler. Last updated 7/22/20.

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

Boat ramps and facilities at Emigrant Reservoir are managed by Jackson County Parks.  Currently the only accessible boat ramp is the Area A ramp in the park. For more information on park facilities closures visit the Jackson County Parks website. The water park is closed for the season. Weekends will have lots of water users, so plan to fish early.

With the warm weather and surface temps, anglers will want to fish early here anyway in order to avoid stressing fish. Try fishing Texas-rigged plastics, instead of nightcrawlers, when targeting bass to reduce the chance that your catch deeply swallows a hook. Also consider rattle baits in the morning around submerged vegetation or points. 

Most anglers seemed to be fishing near the dam and the emigrant arm on 7/27/2020 during a site visit.For the trout angler, trout will be in deeper or colder sections of the lake such as the emigrant arm near it’s confluence with emigrant creek, or near the Dam. There is no stocking scheduled until the fall. 

Emigrant Lake is mostly a warm water fishery at this point with good crappie and bass fishing to be had. With the dropping reservoir levels, anglers should now start targeting points and rocky outcroppings. Submerged vegetation is pretty non-existent.

The reservoir is currently at 43 percent full. Last updated 7/22/2020. 

EMPIRE LAKES:  warmwater species

Largemouth bass fishing has been good in the mornings for anglers fishing in kayaks or pontoon boats on Lower Empire Lake. There’s lots of aquatic vegetation so target areas on major change in features, like points in weedlines. Bluegills and yellow perch are biting at Lower Empire Lake. Most of these fish are small but occasionally you can catch a keeper. Last updated 7/15/20.

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

Expo Pond day use lot and Jackson County RV park are open (Gate 5). This will primarily be a warmwater fishery for the remainder of summer, but there is some very deep water at Expo Pond where trout do hide.

Trout were stocked earlier in the spring both in the middle pond (East of RV park), and in the pond directly behind the amphitheater. The shallower pond that runs along the frontage road is great for targeting bass.

Expo pond does have Chinese mystery snails, and folks should remember to drain and dry and inspect any personal watercraft when leaving here, these critters are highly invasive and you don’t want to inadvertently carry them somewhere else. 7/29/2020.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake Marina is open, and the lake is 50 percent full. An algae bloom appears to be starting again, and clarity has decreased as of the weekend of August 2-3.  This facility has been very busy on weekends, to the point that boats may have a hard time launching from the Forest Service boat ramp. Get here early, or if you’re fishing, try to get here during the week. Visitors should still heed social distance warnings.

More information on National Forest Developed recreation sites and campground closures for the Rogue Siskiyou Forest please visit here.

There is a 10 mile/hour speed limit on Fish Lake, which does help provide a tranquil experience while you enjoy views of Mount Mcloughlin. 

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 ext 234 or 226. Last updated 8/5/20.

FLORAS CREEK/NEW RIVER: trout

Fall Chinook opens Aug. 1 and there are special regulations f or 2020. Reopened for trout fishing on May 22. Cooler waters are key when fishing for trout. Tributary mouths are a good place to toss a spinner or flick a fly.  Last updated 8/5/20.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Slow. Trout fishing has been slow as water temperatures and lower lake levels have made trout fishing a little tough. 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. Anglers will want to watch the weather forecast and try to fish when the wind is light. Bass fishing should start picking up with the warmer weather. Last updated 7/22/20.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

The lake level might be a bit low, but this can concentrate fish and increase anglers’ chances. Try fishing in the morning before it gets too warm.

The current info from Douglas County Parks is the parks are open. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions. Check out the Lake Level Gage for more information.

In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20 inches long allowed for harvest. Last updated 7/15/20

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow and cutthroat trout

Slow. The lake is pretty weedy and low. Anglers fishing early morning are doing the best. Bank fishing is tough with the increased weed growth.

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. Last updated 7/22/20.

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

The USFS has closed the campgrounds at these sites. You may still be able to access the lakes from other areas. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-496-3532) for information on camp and ramp closures.

Fishing should still be worth a trip up to the lakes as temperatures elsewhere may be a bit too high for trout fishing. Focusing effort in the morning or evening would likely produce the most bites.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Remember to only keep trout at least 8 inches long, and only one trout over 20 inches per day. Last updated 7/22/20

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

Emergency regulations are in effect for Howard Prairie Reservoir. All size and daily, and possession limits are off for all game species. Water levels are extremely low at Howard.  Another algae bloom appears to be starting and water clarity is being affected.

Still, the very light pressure is still resulting in some nice trout fishing. Find a point with some structure and fish off the bottom with powerbait, or troll deep. Trollers will want something flashy ahead of their lure to bring in fish, as clarity is being impacted.  

The temporary ramp beyond the Marina and Campground is now unusable except for kayaks or similar vessels. A drift boat could possibly be pushed off its trailer and pulled through the mud. There are still some rocky points though in this area for bank anglers willing to walk.

The ramp near the dam is nearly unusable for larger vessels. A vehicle should have 4x4 here.  A small boat, kayak or drift boat can still be launched here. There is good bank access here. 

Many other facilities including all of the improved boat ramps at Howard Prairie are maintained by Jackson County. These are all closed due to low water, short staffing, and COVID 19. For more information, visit their website

Bank fishing is possible, with social distancing precautions, near the dam and on the opposite bank of the Marina, off the 37 Road access.

The reservoir was at 17 percent full, and an algae bloom looks to be underway. Last updated 8/5/20.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The Mountain View boat ramp is not accessible except for personal water craft such as kayaks. The ramp by the dam is pretty much limited to personal water craft as well, but you may be able to floss your way around some larger rocks if you do have a small boat trailer.  The access here would be before you drive out toward the dam itself, there is a side road to your left shortly after you leave the main road. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended.

Bank access is readily available and views have been quite spectacular with the afternoon thunderheads. The reservoir is 25 percent full. Bass fishing should be good along vegetation lines or the submerged trees on the NE branch of the lake. The deepest portion of Howard is over near the dam, which would be your best bet for trout fished as deep as you can get. Last updated 7/29/20.

ILLINOIS RIVER: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Anglers in the upper portion of the watershed along Hwy 199 can check the Kerby guage before fishing. Spoiler, it’s low and very clear. 

The Illinois River is currently open for trout fishing and hatchery steelhead. Only artificial flies and lures are allowed. Since there is no hatchery on the Illinois, the fishery is primarily catch-and-release for wild trout, as retention in not allowed.  Trout anglers will want to fish early here, to reduce the effects of warmer afternoon temperatures on trout. Land and release your fish quickly.

Later in the summer, hatchery steelhead and half-pounders have been known to nose into the lower few miles of the Illinois, near Agness and Oak Flat campground, particularly if the Rogue is running warmer. Half-pounders don’t typically show in the Rogue until mid-AugustLast updated 7/15/2020. 

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

Lake Selmac facilities operated by Josephine County Parks are currently open. More information about Josephine County Parks and responses to COVID-19 can be found on their website.

Bass and panfish are available here year-round. A recent visit here confirmed that weeds aren’t that bad this year. The typical places like the trout shelter boat ramp and along the southwestern shore are experiencing some thick aquatic vegetation, particularly along the southwestern shallows.

However, along the floating docks on the west, along the points of the Teal Campground, along the dam and northern shore, there are nice patches of open water with vegetation nearby to cast to. A boat angler reported that bass fishing has been pretty good this summer.  

Bluegill fishing should be fun along the veg lines. A simple setup here of a nightcrawler under a bobber can be very fun for the kiddos.

If you are interested in trout, the best bet would be near the dam as that is the deepest, coldest part of the lake at this time of the year. Last updated 7/22/20.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

The USFS has recently opened Poole Cr Campground. You may also be able to access the lake from other areas. There was a recent report of a blue green algae bloom. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on blooms as well as camp and ramp closures.

Lemolo KOA is open. Contact the resort at 541-643-0750 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

A few brown trout are being picked up by anglers and there should be a good number of rainbow trout as well. 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. Last update 7/29/20.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

The Joseph Stewart State Park day use, boat ramp and marina are currently open.  Camping reservations can be made up to 2 weeks ahead of time. For more information, please visit the Oregon State Parks website. Takelma boat ramp and facilities are also currently open. Expect weekend traffic here.

Lost creek has some exceptional bass fishing during July through August. Consider targeting catfish cove, or some of the points off the southwestern portion of the lake.

Trout continue to be stocked in Lost Creek. Trout anglers may try trolling a wedding ring and worm combination behind an oval egg sinker in the Lost Creek Arm, or up under Hwy 62 where the mainstem meets the lake. As the water warms up through the summer, the trout will be deeper. 

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 encouraged to keep fish that have copepods while staying within the daily limit, since release simply allows the parasite to expand to other hosts.

Lost Creek Reservoir is 64 percent full and 1,836.4 feet elevation, and 76 degree surface temperature. Water visibility is clear.  Anglers can get the latest surface temperatures by calling the US Army Corps Lost Creek Lake and Applegate Reservoir projects information line at 1-800-472-2434. Last updated 8/5/2020.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond is a private pond and access can be revoked at any time. To help keep access open, anglers should make sure to pick up their trash, as well as other trash when they are there. Bluegill fishing can be exceptional at Medco Pond, with good access along the road. This is a great place to take the younger angler for good action along the shore. Fish a nightcrawler under a bobber. Medco also was stocked with 1,100 trout in mid-June. Last updated 7/15/2020.

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

Douglas County Parks are open.

Bottomfishing is restricted to inside the 40-fathom regulatory line until Sept. 1. Fishing for rockfish and lingcod has been spotty recently when anglers can get out on the ocean. The daily bag limit for marine fish was recently increased to 7. But anglers must release all copper, quillback or China rockfish when fishing from a boat.

Anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day. Anglers may harvest 1 cabezon per day as part of your general marine fish daily limit.

Anglers may also choose to fish the offshore longleader fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line, which is open year-round. The longleader fishery has a daily bag limit of 10 fish made of yellowtail, widow, canary, blue, deacon, redstripe, greenstripe, silvergray, chillipepper, and bocaccio rockfish. No other groundfish are allowed and offshore longleader fishing trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish or halibut trips. Find information about a longleader setup here.

Surfperch anglers are reporting limited success fishing the ocean beaches using sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp sand worms.

The ocean Selective Coho (fin-clipped) season opened on June 22 from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border. This area in the ocean is also open to harvest of Chinook salmon. The salmon bag limit is two salmon per day. Ocean salmon fishing for fin-clipped coho and Chinook continue to be good out of Winchester Bay. As of July 26, there was 23.2 percent of the quota remaining.   

The Nearshore Halibut season for the Central Coast Subarea is open 7 days a week, inside the 40-fathom line, through the earlier of the quota of 32,591 pounds or October 31. As of July 26, there is 44 percent of the quota remaining.

The Summer All-Depth Halibut season  for the Central Coast Subarea starts on August 6-8 and continues every other Thursday – Saturday until Oct 31 or the quota is caught.

The Southern Oregon Subarea for halibut is open 7 days a week through the earlier of the quota of 8,000 pounds or October 31. As of July 26, there is 77 percent of the quota remaining. Last updated 8/5/20.

2020 Sport Bottomfish Seasons

PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout

Plat I is open to the public for fishing and launching boats.

Warmwater fishing should be good, but likely better in the morning before the heat of the day. Plat I is a great place for disabled anglers with good access from the parking lot to the lake.

This reservoir was stocked with trout the last week of April. This is the last time it will be stocked this year. With temperatures in excess of 80 in the summer, the trout likely wouldn’t survive the summer months. Last updated 8/5/20.

REINHARDT PARK POND: trout, bluegill, bullhead

Reinhardt pond is mostly a winter and spring fishery. Its shallow waters make fishing pretty tough in the dog days of summer. It is a great place, though, to take the family to see geese and ducks, and even western pond turtles basking in the sun on logs. There is a lovely pedestrian bridge over the Rogue River as well. Last updated 7/29/20.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: Chinook, summer steelhead

Chinook salmon fishing has improved with about 50 boats a day trolling for salmon.  Chinook numbers will build in the estuary and fishing will only get better for the next couple of months. As usual, the best bait is an anchovy.

The Huntley seining crew started their season a couple weeks ago. Two-week fish count updates from this project can be found on the ODFW website.

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. Last updated 8/5/20.

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

Chinook salmon may be harvested from the Rogue Mouth, all the way up to Dodge Bridge through Aug. 31. However, fresh fish won’t likely start showing until late August.

Chinook around Touvelle to Dodge are looking pretty beat up and it’s a low run year. A better bet would be to target summer steelhead, which have been showing for the last month. Still a local guide may have some secret spots, and if you really want to target Chinook, booking a trip with them would be your best shot at a salmon.

There are many BLM public access points to bank fish from Hog Creek to Graves Creek. This is often referred to the “Galice area.” You will have plenty of rafting traffic in this section of water this time of year. Serious anglers best chances would be to head upstream to a bit cooler water. However, summer Steelhead are moving through right now, and a spinner thrown along a tailout may produce an early run summer fish.

Locally-owned and operated tackle stores in Grants Pass have excellent gear and very fresh bait that is specific to the Rogue and to your particular technique. Go check them out and offer them support during this time.

It is illegal to snag and keep a snagged fish, whether it’s wild or hatchery!  Report violations to Oregon State Police by calling *OSP.

As of Wednesday morning, the flow in Grants Pass was approximately 1600 cfs, temperature averaging 67 degrees, turbidity at 2 NTU. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera. Anglers can check all the USGS gauging stations, which have the most current temperatures and river flows here. Last updated 7/29/2020.

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

Beginning Aug. 1, all Chinook fishing is completely closed from Dodge Bridge to Cole Rivers Hatchery, this includes hatchery Chinook and jacks. Anglers may still fish for summer steelhead and trout.

The emergency closure from Cole Rivers Hatchery blocker dam to 1200 feet downstream expires on July 31, but anglers may only target hatchery summer steelhead and hatchery trout here once the “hatchery hole” reopens. 

Very good trout fishing can still be had from Rogue Elk upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Check out some of the local fly shops and their websites for good tactics. Trout anglers are especially encouraged to harvest adipose-fin clipped trout in this reach of river. Summer steelhead should be picking up in this area.

For week of July 29, 89 new summer steelhead entered the hatchery, bringing the total to 497 fish for the year, down a bit from past years. A recycling of these fish is not scheduled for another few weeks, as early broodstock is still being met.

For spring Chinook salmon, the run continues to be dismally low, with 84 new fish last week, bringing the total to 1,427 fish for the year. The collection pond is typically sorted on Wednesdays, and new numbers are typically available to the public by Thursday or Friday. Call into the Lost Creek Reservoir hotline or check the MyODFW.com fish counts page.

For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434. For real time streamflow from USGS gauges on the Rogue click here. Last updated 8/5/2020.

Note proper on fish handling:

Fishing for salmon and steelhead is a privilege. Anglers should take the health of these fish into account when they handle, particularly after a long fight. If you plan to release a fish, follow these stewardship practices:

  • Don’t hold a fish out of water for 10 or more seconds, especially after a long battle.
  • Don’t let it flop in the bottom of a boat in a net or on a gravel bar.
  • Don’t hold it by its mouth or under the gills.
  • Leave it in the net, in the water while you remove the hook.
  • If you’re taking a photo, be all set up so the fish is barely out of the water for just a few seconds. Better yet, take a photo while it’s still in the water.

Remember, spring Chinook need to survive in the river for another two months until they spawn in September. And summer steelhead won’t start spawning until December. It‘s also illegal to snag and keep a snagged fish, whether it’s wild or hatchery. Report violations to Oregon State Police by calling *OSP.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

This reach is stocked with 3000 rainbow trout, every week, all summer. All tributaries and the mainsteam are open to trout fish with a daily bag limit of 5 trout. Trout are stocked from river bridge/natural bridge area in and above Minnehaha Creek from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Areas around the Union Creek, Farewell Bend and Woodruff Bridge can have pretty swift flows, and anglers should be aware of bedrock crevices when wading.

Above the Hwy 62/234 interchange, the river gradient starts to lessen. Target slower water at the top of a riffle, or pocket water within a riffle, or pools were fish are resting or waiting to ambush.

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. Fishing a bug and bubble will also do well.  Presentation is usually the key, as will most trout fishing in moving water, with care to try and provide the best free drifting presentation of your fly or baitLast updated 8/5/2020.

SAUNDERS LAKE: largemouth bass

Anglers have been doing well catching largemouth bass along points and weedlines during the mornings. Topwater lures, jigs, and Senkos have been producing the best bites.  Last updated 7/15/20

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: trout, bass

Summer time in the Smith River means trout and bass. Some areas in the Smith are open for retention of trout so check the regulations before going out. Smallmouth fishing should be good right now as well. The river is fairly low and clear. Smaller presentations are better in low clear water.

The Smith sees only light pressure for most of the season and can provide a great experience for anglers looking to get away from the crowds. Last updated 7/29/20.

TENMILE LAKES: trout, warmwater species, largemouth bass

Largemouth bass can be caught early mornings and late evenings in shallow water. Many of the bass in shallow water are under 15 inches but will still try to bite a bigger size lure/bait.  During the middle of the day bass can be caught in deeper water and in the shade of docks. Recent water temperatures have been between 70-75 degrees.  

Some anglers are catching yellow perch fishing small jigs or worms on a hook near the bottom in 8-10 feet of water. The outside weedlines are fairly consistent at 9 feet of water throughout the lake. A couple groups of yellow perch anglers found schools of perch in 15-17 feet of water fishing over mud this past weekend.

Trout fishing has slowed down with the warmer water temperatures. Anglers will have the best success fishing for trout in the deeper water and trolling slowly. Last updated 8/5/20.

UMPQUA HIKE-IN LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

High lakes can be a great idea for this time of year. The mosquitos may be annoying, but fishing has been pretty good with some anglers limiting out on larger-size trout. Flies and small lures are always a good bet.

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 June. There are also bass and other warmwater fish available.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Last updated 7/29/20.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: Chinook, bass, trout

Chinook fishing is open, most anglers are fishing in the ocean or bay. Check restrictions for 2020 fall Chinook before going out. The Umpqua is restricted to one unclipped Chinook per day and five per year.

Bass fishing is great right now. A recent report had a boat with over 200 bass brought to the boat.

Trout fishing is open on the Main and its tributaries, it is catch-and-release only on the mainstem. Last updated 8/5/20.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout

The river is warming up, which may be slowing the bite. Summer steelhead should be around, but only a few are being caught.

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. Last updated 7/22/20.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: bass, trout

There are consistently good reports on bass fishing in the South Umpqua. Trout is catch-and-release for the South Umpqua Basin. The mainstem and tributaries above Jackson Creek Bridge are closed year-round. Last updated 7/22/20

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

No recent fishing reports. Facilities at Willow Lake are managed by Jackson County Parks. This has been a very popular camping and fishing site all summer. The boat ramp and all day-use facilities, and camping are open. For more information please visit their website. Willow Lake is currently 89 percent full. Willow lake last received 4,000 stocked rainbow trout in mid-May, and plenty of trout earlier in the spring. There is no stocking planned until early fall.

Bank access is available along the county road.

There are healthy numbers of illegally introduced 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 for perch. Last updated 8/5/20.