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  • Oregon Fishing Report - July 1st 2014


    Oregon Fishing Report - July 1st, 2014

    Weekend fishing opportunities

    July is when cutthroat trout start to move into the estuaries and lower sections of many area rivers.

    With the onset of warmer temperatures, warmwater fishing should be picking up in several local area waters.

    Largemouth bass fishing has been good on Temmile and other lakes. Summer can be a great time to target largemouth with topwater lures.

    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch
      
    Fall chinook should start moving into the estuary anytime.

    Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing.

    Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching a few summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. The flow at Grants Pass was 2,390 cfs and the water temperature was 63°F on June 30.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching spring Chinook and a few summer steelhead in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

    Beginning July 1, anglers will be able to keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

    Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,205 cfs and the water temperature was 52°F the morning of June 30. The flow at Gold Ray was 2,350 cfs with a water temperature of 57°F. As of June 25, 5,732 spring Chinook and 134 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery. So far this season, the hatchery has recycled 3,561 spring Chinook salmon back downstream to Gold Hill to give anglers another chance at catching these fish.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

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  • Pavati's Fly Tying Tips - Upper Rogue River July 2014


    Trout fishing is open! Fish stone flies on top, or under an indicator. Summer Steelhead have arrived at the hatchery! Spring Chinook fishing should improve through the month as more fish arrive to the hatchery. Fishing pressure is increasing on the river as people look to catch Salmon. Remember fishing etiquette when around other anglers.

    "Must-have fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

    •                                                                                                                                                                                           Kaufmanns Stonefly Nymph
    • Lynch's Double Dot Egg
    • Tunghead Stonefly
    • Premium Alaska Selection
    • Med A Egg Sucking Leech
    • Bead Head Emerging Sparkle Caddis Pupa
    • Steelie Omelet

    Water flow: 1,800 at Cole Rivers Hatchery (as of June 26, 2014).

    Visibility: 30 inches

    Water temperature at mid-day: 51 Degrees F

    Water condition: Clear

    Best time of day to fish: All day

    Best stretch: Below Lost Creek Dam to Gold Hill.

    Best access point: Cole Rivers Hatchery, Casey State Park, Rouge Elk Campground, Shady Cove Bridge, Dodge Bridge, Touvelle State Park, Gold Ray Road.

    Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

    Stonefly, Mayfly, Caddies, Midges

    Fish species: Trout, Steelhead, Salmon

    Fishing season: Year-round: Consult regulations for more information.

    Nearest airport: Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR)

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  • Oregon Fishing Report July 8th - Rogue River


    Oregon Fishing Report for July 8th, 2014 - Rogue River

    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch
     
    Anglers have started picking up fall chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

    Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching a few summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. A decrease in the release from Lost Creek Reservoir will mean much lower river flows for the next several weeks. The flow at Grants Pass was 1600 cfs and the water temperature was averaging 67°F on July 7.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

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  • Oregon Fishing Report July 15th - Rogue River


    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch

    Anglers have started picking up fall chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

    Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. A decrease in the release from Lost Creek Reservoir will mean much lower river flows for the next several weeks. The flow at Grants Pass was 1560 cfs and the water temperature was 67°F on July 15.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching spring Chinook and summer steelhead in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

    Beginning July 1, anglers can keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

    Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1512 cfs and the water temperature was 53°F the morning of July 14. The flow at Gold Ray was 1530 cfs and water temperature was 62°F. As of July 9, 6624 spring Chinook and 321 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with over 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout each week. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

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  • Oregon Fishing Report - Rogue River July 23 2014


    Oregon Fishing Report - Rogue River July 23, 2014


    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch

    Anglers have started picking up fall chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

    Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching summer steelhead in the middle Rogue.  Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black and silver body and gold blades. Some anglers report success back trolling plugs at the bottom of riffles using crayfish imitations. Fishing for spring Chinook remains slow in this section of the river, as anglers anticipate the arrival of fall Chinook salmon. The flow at Grants Pass was 1560 cfs and the water temperature was 71°F on July 21.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Summer steelhead fishing is very good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery.  Anglers are still catching spring Chinook, although most are non-adipose fin-clipped and have to be released unharmed. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

    Anglers are reminded that all fish that are released must be unharmed. ODFW is receiving numerous reports of poor handling of wild spring chinook on the upper Rogue River.  Fish must remain in the water at all times, the hook removed while the fish is in the water, and the fish gently released from the net.  This is especially important during the very hot and dry weather of summer 2014. 

    Beginning July 1, anglers can keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

    Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1509 cfs and the water temperature was 54°F the morning of July 21. The flow at Gold Ray was 1530 cfs and water temperature was 65°F. As of July 21, 7176 spring Chinook and 600 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with over 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout each week. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

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  • Oregon Fishing Report - August 8th 2014


    Another great day of fishing with Willamette Valley Outfitters


    Oregon Fishing Report Forecast for the fishing week of August 8th - August 14th, 2014

     

    Weekend fishing opportunities

         *The first fall Chinook of the season are showing up in Winchester Bay, and anglers have started picking up fall Chinook at the mouth of the Rogue River.
          *Chinook and coho fishing has been good in the ocean just outside of Coos Bay.
          *Summer trout anglers can have success fishing the deeper waters of Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs, or fishing Lost Creek upstream of the Highway 62 bridge.
          *With high temperatures in the Rogue Valley predicted in the 95 - 100F range all week, anglers may want to consider escaping to the scenery and cold water of the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir. Fishing has been good at the public access points along Highway 62 and 230 that are stocked on a weekly basis through Labor Day.

     

    Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

    With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

         *Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
          *Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide and cooler refuge for fish.
          *Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress. Anglers who keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos are leaders in stewardship of the resource.
          *Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
          *Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.


    Rogue River

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook

    Chinook fishing continues to be fair in the estuary. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

    Adult steelhead and half pounders are moving up river, but warm water is making it a little tough getting them to bite. Anglers are picking up summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching some summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black body and gold blades. Early catches in the ODFW seining project Huntley Park are hinting at a very good summer steelhead run this year. Fishing for Chinook remains slow in this section of the river, as anglers anticipate the arrival of fall Chinook salmon. The flow at Grants Pass was 1630 cfs on July 28. The water temperature was averaging 68F, with a peak of 72F.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Aug. 1st brought a big change to fishing on the upper Rogue. Fishing for Chinook salmon upstream of Dodge Bridge closed for the season on that date. Most of the fish being caught currently in this reach are wild fish that must be released unharmed immediately, so chinook anglers should look for opportunity downstream at this time.

    Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Early catches in the ODFW seining project at Huntley Park are hinting at a very good summer steelhead run this year. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day. Casting flies or spinners like a Panther Martin should work well for anglers.

    Trout fishing should be very good on the upper Rogue. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1500 cfs and the water temperature was 54F the morning of July 28. The water temperature at Dodge Bridge was averaging about 60F with a peak of 64F. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 65F with a peak of 68F. As of July 21, 600 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery, and over 300 had been returned to the fishery downstream at the Gold Hill boat ramp.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    With high temperatures in the Rogue Valley predicted in the 95-100F range all week, anglers may want to consider escaping to the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir. Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout each week. Fishing has been good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgroungs and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.



    Willamette Valley/Metro With the onset of fall chinook season, interest and success for summer steelhead continues to decline, despite peaking numbers at Bonneville Dam. Water temperatures have simply warmed to put fish off the bite. The banner fall chinook season will draw interest for anchor fishers sooner as the estuary fishery is already taking off. The lower Columbia from Portland to Longview will draw the most interest, especially near the mouth of the Cowlitz.
     
    There's very little angler-related boat traffic on the lower Willamette now with the Buoy 10 fishery in progress. Take advantage of early morning hours to enjoy a decent top-water bite from smallmouth bass. As daylight comes on, switch to soft plastics until the ski boats and jet skiers show up. Fish passage has started to decline again at the Falls with this trend likely to continue.
     
    Caddis remains the go-to pattern for McKenzie trout anglers through August. The upper river has been fishing well lately.
     
    Steelheading has been slow on the North Santiam this season despite a decent number of fish in the system. Start early in the morning, high on the river and downsize offerings for the best chance of a hookup.
     
    It's the height of the summer doldrums on the Clackamas River as low water keeps getting lower. Despite this challenge, early morning steelheaders throwing diminutive spoons and spinners have continued to hook up. McIver has produced a few over the past week.
     
    Despite the milky, glacial appearance of the water in the Sandy River, fish are being caught. A few spring chinook have fallen for spinners this week in the early morning hours.
     
    Northwest Although not consistent since the opener, the Buoy 10 fishery is off to a fast start. Chinook catches were great for the first 2 days of the season and tapered slightly by Sunday. Typically, Rogue strain fish make up the bulk of the catch in the first week of fishing but upriver brights and tules are in the mix already, indicating the predicted run is likely to come to fruition. Fresh and frozen herring seems to be the most productive but the spinner bite should take off soon. Anchovies are also responsible for fair action. Few coho are being seen in the river but the ocean adjacent to the Columbia is putting out easy limits. Chinook are likely to show in greater numbers off of Long Beach in the coming week. Interest is running at an all-time high in the estuary already.
     
    Garibaldi anglers saw a rebound in ocean catches but you still have to work hard for limits. Ocean crabbing remains excellent but only about half of the catch is of high quality.
     
    The all-depth halibut season was productive for many, especially out of Newport. An announcement comes on Thursday, indicating if there is enough remaining quota for another short opener. Over half of the nearshore quota remains south of Cape Falcon.
     
    The Nehalem hasn’t taken been off the hook but it’s consistently producing fair catches of chinook from Wheeler to the jaws near Brighton. The current weak tide series should play out well for those working herring near the mouth although afternoon NW winds can often hamper success.
     
    Estuary crabbing on the Nehalem, Tillamook and Netarts should be fair over the weekend.


    Southwest- Catches of offshore coho out of Newport and Depoe Bay have been reliable and steady, providing mostly limits for ocean anglers. Hatchery coho may be taken through August 10th with the non-select (hatchery or wild) coho season opening on August 30th.
     
    The non-selective coho season quota of 20,000 fish may be supplemented by any additional, uncaught numbers from the current selective fishery.
     
    Salmon fishing is getting most of the attention from those plying offshore waters although catches of rockfish and lingcod have been excellent out of central Oregon ports. Some charters are doing combo trips and returning with limits of everything.
     
    Boats launching out of Newport and Depoe bay with sights set on albacore have gotten into good numbers 30 or 40 miles from port.
     
    Recreational boats out of Newport have targeted halibut inside the 40 fathom line to return with limits.
     
    Despite reports elsewhere to the contrary, the entire Oregon coast remains open to the harvest of mussels.
     
    Bobber and bait fishers have been taking some chinook on the Siuslaw around Cushman and Mapleton.
     
    Salmon are being caught offshore out of Reedsport in 90 foot depths over 200 feet of water. Chinook fishing has been slow to fair in Winchester Bay with the season just getting started. A few are being taken around the Highway 101 Bridge at Reedsport.
     
    While Charleston has been a popular launch point for albacore, as of August 5th, tuna have moved far offshore along with warmer water. Bottom fishing has been excellent and ocean crabbing is fair.  The fifth Annual Sunset Bay Angler of the Day is a kayak-only fishing tournament scheduled to take place August 23rd at Sunset Bay State Park in Coos Bay. Points per inch are awarded for each of nine species.
     
    When boats have been able to get out of Gold Beach, bottom fishing has been excellent for lingcod and rockfish. Limits of ocean crab have added to the bounty. Ocean salmon fishing has been fair to good with mostly chinook being taken. Coho catches are fair with a number of wild fish having to be released. Trollers dragging anchovy/spinner combos are taking two to three dozen Chinook out of Rogue Bay every day. Summer steelhead catches have started to pick up on the Grants Pass stretch of the Rogue River. With outflow from Lost Creek stable at 1,500 cfs, catches on the upper river have been steady and reliable.

    Ocean chinook fishing has slowed out of Brookings but catches of rockfish, lingcod and halibut are filling the gap. Deep trollers report taking some of each specie on occasion. About half of the southern Oregon halibut quota remains to be taken.


    Eastern – Summer steelhead catches on the lower Deschutes are slow to fair but steady with fish being landed daily. Shaded water is producing best.
     
    Trout fishing is fair at best on the Wallowa River with fish off the bite over the past week. Hot weather may be contributive. Fishing remains worthwhile at Wallowa Lake although action has slowed a bit.
     
    Crane Prairie has been producing for the bobber 'n' bait crowd but the trout have been running small.
     
    Trollers are taking kokanee at Odell Reservoir in the mornings with the bite shutting down around 9 a.m.
     
    And here’s the latest update on the halibut extension starting the 15th of August:
     
    Central Oregon Coast Summer All-Depth Sport Halibut Open August 15 & 16
      
    The Central Coast Summer All-depth halibut fishery will be OPEN August 15 & 16.  During the first opening, 17,788 pounds were landed, this leaves approximately 30,000 pounds remaining.  Any additional dates after that will be announced by noon on Friday, August 22.
     
    The Central Coast nearshore fishery, through August 3, has landed 9,508 pounds, leaving 12,766 pounds (57%) of the quota remaining.
     
    The Columbia River summer all-depth fishery is open Thursday-Sunday, and the nearshore open Monday-Wednesday.  Both fisheries have the majority of their quota remaining.
     
    The Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt to the OR/CA Border) through August 3 has landed 2,646 pounds, leaving 1,066 pounds (29%) of the quota remaining
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  • Oregon Fishing Report - August 15th 2014


    Oregon Fishing Report Forecast for the fishing week of August 15th - August 21st, 2014

     

    Weekend fishing opportunities

    The first fall Chinook of the season are showing up in Winchester Bay, and anglers have been having good success in the Rogue River estuary.
    Coho fishing has been good in the ocean just outside of Coos Bay.
    Summer trout anglers can have success fishing the deeper waters of Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs, fishing Lost Creek upstream of the Highway 62 bridge, or fishing the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir.

    Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

    With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

    Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
    Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
    Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress. Anglers who keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos are leaders in stewardship of the resource.
    Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
    Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.


    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook
     
    Chinook fishing picked up in the estuary with most boats picking up a fish or two. The best bite has been on the incoming tide and as it starts to drop out. River water temperatures may drop a little this week which may move greater numbers of chinook into the river.

    Adult steelhead and half pounders are moving up river, but warm water is making it a little tough getting them to bite. Anglers are picking up summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

    Anglers are catching some summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black body and gold blades. The flow at Grants Pass was 1620 cfs on August 12. The water temperature was averaging 68F, with a peak of 70F.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

    Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Casting flies or spinners like a Panther Martin should work well for anglers.

    Trout fishing should be very good on the upper Rogue. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1500 cfs and the water temperature was 56°F the morning of Aug. 12. The water temperature at Dodge Bridge was averaging about 60F with a peak of 64F. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 64F with a peak of 66F. As of Aug. 8, 833 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery (108 new for the week), and over 300 had been returned to the fishery downstream at the Gold Hill boat ramp.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout each week. Fishing has been good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

    Willamette Valley/Metro Metro anglers are still waiting for what should be ample opportunity for chinook later this month. Fish that were in the estuary from the opener on August 1st should be present in the Portland to Longview stretch but a lull exists just behind the initial push. Steelheaders continue to struggle in the warming waters.
     
    Fish passage remains at a near-standstill at Willamette Falls in mid-70 degree water. Fishing has been decent on the lower Willamette for bass anglers taking advantage of early mornings prior to the appearance of go-fast craft. The middle Willamette has offered fair to good fishing for trout and, occasionally, summer steelhead.
     
    Water levels on the McKenzie have been a roller coaster, literally up one day, down the next. While this is generally considered a less-than-optimal condition, trout fishing has been reliable although steelheading is slow.
     
    North Santiam bank fishers have had nothing to show for their time recently except smiles and sunburns. A few summer steelhead were located and landed by boaters over the past week.
     
    With the often-milky waters of the Sandy River running low, pontoons and rafts are appropriate craft for those willing to drag their boats in spots. Steelhead and chinook are laying low.

    Steelheading is slow to fair on the Clackamas with hardware occasionally effective. Beat the splash 'n' giggle crowd and fish high up on the system for the best chance of taking one home.
     
    Generally, when stalking steelhead in the summertime, make an earnest effort to be stealthy. Stay low, use light line and small offerings. If the fish sees you, all bets are off. You might as well move on.
     
    Northwest – Traditionally, chinook make a strong showing by this time in the Astoria area. They are however, largely absent but an explosive fishery is likely just days away. Thankfully, coho have become abundant in recent days, with the best action right at the Buoy 10 deadline. Fresh herring and anchovies are taking the bulk of the fish but small #5 silver Fatal Flash blades are also taking good numbers of coho. This fishery should really take off by the weekend.

    Ocean fishing out of the mouth of the Columbia remains excellent for the larger boat fleet that can comfortably fish outside. A weather change mid-week is offering up better opportunity into the weekend. Coho will continue to dominate the catch although more chinook are being taken off the Long Beach Peninsula.
     
    Ocean crabbing remains good but the strong tide series we’re currently on, keeps river and estuary crabs buried for a larger portion of the day.
     
    The ocean south of Cape Falcon closed August 10th for coho but remains open for chinook, which are hard to find. An “any salmon” season opens later this month and should be productive.
     
    Nehalem Bay is producing fair at best for summer chinook. The strong tides should have Nehalem and Wheeler the more productive reaches but that could change by the middle of next week.
     
    Southwest- The selective or hatchery coho season came to a close at the end of day on Sunday, August 10th. The next opportunity starting Saturday, Aug. 30 will be a great one as all coho are fair game, fin-clipped or not. This non-selective fishery is scheduled to continue through September or fulfillment of quota.
     
    Bottom fishing has been good out of central ports but it has been an either/or fishery with rockfish on the bite one day, lingcod the next. Either way, there’s nothing to complain about.
     
    Tuna fishing has been good out of Newport when boats have been able to find pods of fish. Warm water has yet to move close enough to guarantee an offshore trip of less than 40 miles.
     
    With 35,063 pounds remaining of the all-depth halibut quota after the last scheduled fishery, offshore anglers will be allowed to fish Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15 and 16. Any additional dates after that will be announced by noon on Friday, August 22.
     
    Sport craft crossing the bar at Winchester Bay, the top port for Chinook on the coast by a wide margin, have been taking salmon to 30 pounds. A few Chinook are being caught by trollers inside the bay with this fishery due to turn on at any time.
     
    Trollers on Rogue Bay hit the jackpot on several days over the past week as scores of salmon were landed on several days. The spike in flows that historically occurs on August 10th as cold water is released to draw Chinook upstream, has been delayed a week. Estuary trollers are thankful. Steelheading has been slow to fair in the warm waters of the middle Rogue. If weather or the hand of man serves to lower water temperatures however, sending chinook upstream, the outlook for Grants Pass will be much more optimistic. Summer steelhead catches are fair to good bit steady on the upper Rogue with a good early showing this season.
     
    Persistence seems to be the key to salmon limits out of Brookings. Bottom fish limits have filled the void created by a spotty salmon bite for many anglers.
     
    Trout fishing has been slow to fair at Diamond Lake with best catches coming to bait fishers working 30 to 35 feet of water.

    Eastern – Summer steelhead numbers continue to improve on the lower Deschutes although catches have been only fair. Trout fishing has slowed a little on the Warm Springs to Trout Creek drift. The same tactics that have been recommended have endured; caddis dries early and late in the day with nymphs getting grabs during daytime hours.
     
    The fire closure on the Metolius was lifted late last week. Dries have been ineffective of late although nymphs are fooling some fish.
     
    Crane Prairie was slow over the past weekend although it did give up a few of those large rainbows for which it is so well-known.
     
    A drop in water temperature on the Wallowa River has triggered the bite. Trout from 10 to 18 inches are being caught now.
     
    SW Washington-  Cowlitz River steelheaders are still struggling for consistent returns of summer steelhead but action should be picking up for chinook, if the run actually materializes this fall.
     
    Wild steelhead will continue to make up the bulk of the recreational catch in the Wind River fishery for just another few weeks.
     
    High temperatures still have the Klickitat River producing poorly with no relief in sight; turbid waters from glacial siltation is to blame.

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  • Oregon Fishing Report - August 22nd 2014


    Oregon Fishing Report for the week of August 22nd - 28th, 2014 


    Weekend fishing opportunities

    • On the lower Rogue, half-pounders have really started to move this week and anglers fishing with flies and spinners are reporting excellent success.

    • Coho fishing has been good in the ocean just outside of Coos Bay.

    • Summer trout anglers can have success fishing the deeper waters of Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs, fishing Lost Creek upstream of the Highway 62 bridge, or fishing the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir.

    Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

    With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

    • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.

    • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.

    • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress. Anglers who keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos are leaders in stewardship of the resource.

    • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.

    • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.


    Rogue River

    Rogue River, lower: half-pounders, steelhead, Chinook

    Anglers have continued to pick up Chinook at a fairly regular pace in the estuary. Good numbers of Chinook are in the bay as this is only the beginning of the salmon fishery which will continue into October. A few chinook have been moving upriver, but warm water will make it hard to get them to bite.

    Half-pounders have really started to move this week and anglers fishing with flies and spinners are reporting excellent success. Half-pounders are immature steelhead that move back into freshwater after spending 3 to 4 months in the ocean. These fish will return to the ocean in the spring to continue feeding until maturing as adult steelhead. The best time to fish is in the morning or evening.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, fall Chinook

    With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

    Early season catches of summer steelhead at ODFW’s Huntley Park seining project on the lower river remain very good, and hint at a good steelhead season for anglers this year. Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black body and gold blades. Some fall Chinook have been reported in the middle Rogue this week, and fishing should improve over the next several weeks. Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir are increasing slightly Monday and Tuesday of this week to minimize prespawning loss in adult fall chinook. The flow at Grants Pass was 1860 cfs on August 19. The water temperature was averaging 68F, with a peak of 72F.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

    With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

    Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Casting flies or spinners like a Panther Martin should work well for anglers.

    Trout fishing should be very good on the upper Rogue. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.
    Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir are increasing slightly Monday and Tuesday of this week to minimize prespawning loss in adult fall chinook. The release was 1850 cfs and the water temperature was 56°F the morning of Aug. 19. The water temperature at Dodge Bridge was averaging about 60F with a peak of 64F. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 65F with a peak of 68F. As of Aug. 12, 894 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery (65 new for the week), and over 300 had been returned to the fishery downstream at the Gold Hill boat ramp.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout each week. Fishing has been good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

    Around Oregon

    Willamette Valley/Metro - Although early, chinook counts at Bonneville are far behind last year's total to date. It's too early to call the run under-predicted but anchor anglers in the Portland to Longview stretch haven't begun to show positive results just yet. Summer steelhead are still pouring through but not very responsive to angler's offerings.

    Catch-and release sturgeon fishing is poor in the lower Willamette at this time of year and Multnomah Channel walleye catches are slow in warm water. That leaves smallmouth bass fishing as the activity of choice for anglers, and it has been good.

    Boaters are urged to exercise caution in drifting the North Santiam. Most channels are clear on the upper river but there are the occasional obstacles to avoid. Fishing has been slow. Water level and flow has settled down a little but is still exhibiting minor irregularities every day.

    Sandy anglers are used to glacial conditions but over the past week, the water color has turned opaque. It's difficult to imagine a fish finding a lure in the murky water until there's some improvement.

    Steelheaders on the Clackamas are spotting fish but they seem to be lock-jawed with in the low, clear water. NOAA forecasts indicate only a gradual decline in level and flow over the next 10 days. This time of year, most anglers are waiting for rain and coho.

    Northwest – Although chinook are starting to show with more regularity, anglers fishing the Buoy 10 region are largely disappointed with early season results. Some large upriver brights are beginning to show however and coho are being caught with more regularity. Fatal Flash spinners in size 5 and 6, with white/red on cloudy days and brass/red on sunny days are going down with regularity.

    The ocean fishery just outside of Astoria continues to be productive for trollers working Long Beach. Bobby Keerins of Portland hoisted a 41-pounder on Friday, fishing a trolled anchovy in about 34 feet of water. Former Oregonian outdoors writer Tom McAllister came in shy one fish from the ocean on Saturday but instantly hooked up a 24-pounder on the last trickle of outgoing tide on a whole herring by Buoy 20 to finish out the boat limit of 12 salmon. The ocean will once again be an excellent option on Thursday and Friday if the weather prediction holds. Salmon should be plentiful and the lower Columbia should be producing very well too.

    All is quiet south of Cape Falcon as ocean coho season is closed. Bottomfish and tuna remain a strong option this week however.

    Nehalem summer chinook trollers are taking fair numbers of fish along the jetty but the crowds are intense. The weak tide series should continue to produce good catches and some coho are showing as well. Check the ODF&W web site for what's legal to take as there will be a wild coho fishery here this fall.

    Albacore chasers should do well this week and weekend as we near peak season for those looking for canning opportunities.

    Ocean crabbing is productive but gear in the lower Columbia only frustrates Buoy 10 trollers. The better crabbing will start mid-September anyway.

    Southwest- Warmer water and with it, albacore tuna finally moved closer to shore over the past week. Sport and charter vessels were quick to respond. Charters report each client taking four or five large fish. Wind early this week shut down efforts, unfortunately.

    Bottom fishing out of Newport and Depoe Bay is still a good bet for limits of rockfish and lingcod as well as good catches of large ocean Dungeness.

    Since the closure of ocean coho on August 10th, chinook fishing has taken a hit. It has been challenging for offshore anglers to keep coho off the hook. This problem will solve itself come August 30th when all coho, fin-clipped or not, may be kept. An additional 15,000 coho will be added for a total quota of 35,000 fish according to the ODFW. In the interim, silvers are gaining about a pound of body weight each week.

    Ocean chinook fishing has been spotty for boats out of Winchester Bay. Salmon trollers around Reedsport are experiencing marginal results but fishing will improve in coming weeks.

    Offshore fishers found tuna out of Florence over the past weekend. Fishing was a little spotty but numbers ended up being good.

    Boats launching out of Charleston found spotty results with tuna but returned with limits or near-limits of lingcod and rockfish. Crabbing has been good offshore as well as inside Coos Bay.

    Fishing around Gold Beach has been remarkable over the past week. Offshore bottom fishing on a calm ocean has rewarded boats with good catches of bottomfish, lingcod, the occasional halibut and pots loaded with ocean crab, Inside the bay, trollers have continued to score chinook, which have be awaiting cool water and more of it. Fishing for steelhead and half-pounders has been good on the lower Rogue. Release of water from Lost Creek Lake began Tuesday this week which will cause chinook to high-tail it upstream. While this is bad news for bay trollers, chinook fishers in Grants Pass will get the salmon they have been hoping for. Passage of summer steelhead into the upper Rogue has slowed and results for steelheaders have similarly declined.

    Offshore boaters saw an improvement in chinook catches occur the past week out of the Port of Brookings. Trolling anchovies near the whistler buoy has been producing well. In addition, about one-fourth of the southern Oregon halibut quota remains to be taken.

    Trout fishing has been best early in the day at Diamond Lake. Bait is the best bet although catches are only fair at best.

    Eastern – Steelhead are being caught as pods of fish move through various sections of the lower Deschutes. August fishing can be a challenge here but at least the water is not too warm as it has been the past few years. Chinook and steelhead are represented in counts daily at Sherars Falls. This data is considered indicative of fish movement rather than an accurate count.

    Access to eastside fisheries is being periodically limited by wildfires. Be sure to check with local ranger stations before making the trip.

    Light-colored hoochies trolled behind a flasher have been taking good numbers of kokanee at Odell. Anglers are reminded of the tournament taking place on Saturday, August 23rd.

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  • Oregon Fishing Report - October 17th 2014


    Chetco River Salmon

    Oregon Fishing Report - October 17th 2014

    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: half-pounders, steelhead, Chinook

    Rain this week should bring the last of the Chinook into the lower Rogue and get the coho moving. Anglers are reminded they can only keep adipose fin-clipped coho. Bank anglers are catching Chinook and some coho around the mouth of Indian Creek. Chinook are staging to move back to the hatchery. Indian Creek flows into the Rogue estuary approximately ½ mile upstream of Hwy 101.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout

    Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall, and the flow at Grants Pass was 1250 cfs on Monday morning. The water temperature was averaging 55F. Summer steelhead are available, and fishing should be good. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos and release fish quickly. Anglers are reminded that the area from Hog Creek boat landing to the Fishers Ferry boat ramp is closed to the harvest of Chinook salmon starting Oct. 1, 2014.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

    The artificial fly season is underway on the upper Rogue, and summer steelhead fishing should be good. Anglers may want to try nymph patterns, or a big stonefly pattern in combination with a smaller nymph, or standard steelhead patterns. Trout fishing should be very good as well. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos and release fish quickly

    Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1080 cfs and the water temperature was 45F the morning of Oct. 13. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 54F. As of Oct 8, 1316 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Trout are still available in the waters above Lost Creek Dam! Fish stocking has ended for the year upstream of Lost Creek, but fishing remains open and should be very good. Anglers can fish bait like sigle salmon eggs or warms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

    Around the Region:

    Willamette Valley/Metro Bonneville plug pullers are starting to see their fishery wind down but should experience one last hurrah for chinook, both bright and coloring. With cooling waters, action should remain more persistent throughout the day. On good coho years, there is often a successful troll fishery in the gorge although successful anglers keep it pretty tight lipped. It should be worth exploring this season with early November a peak period.
     
    Steelhead counts are dwindling as are fall Chinook numbers. But coho, they are going strong. Since counts fall behind when fish traffic is heavy, data hasn't been updated since October 5th when the total on that date was nearly 12,000. Something between 200 and a 1,000 a day have been passing since then so that equals a lot. The passage is nearly equal to that of last year at this time and much better than 2012. The ODFW announced earlier this week, "Effective Wednesday, October 15, the daily bag limit for coho salmon increases to three fish on the Willamette mainstem above Willamette Falls, and the Molalla, Santiam, Yamhill, South Yamhill and Tualatin rivers. Prior to the rule change, the limit was two coho per day."
     
    Coho taken in the Willamette above the falls or in any of the above-mentioned tributaries do not have to be fin-clipped.
     
    McKenzie River levels have yet to show any impact from precipitation. This isn't unusual following a dry spell as the ground will soak up rain for a while before it starts to effect river flows.
     
    Over 3,000 summer steelhead had been counted at Foster Dam on the South Santiam as of October 14th. While this is off about 30% from last year's run, there are still a catchable numbers of fish in the river.
     
    Level and flows on the Clackamas improved somewhat October 14th with showers starting up on that date. If you aren't deterred by fishing amongst other anglers, Bonnie Lure has good numbers of coho for those who and hike down to the river from there.
     
    Sandy River levels rose just a bit starting October 12th at which the river picked up about six inches of depth measured at the town of Sandy. Coho numbers are decent on the Sandy River and the improvement in flow should have a positive effect on the fishes' inclination to bite or strike.
     
    Northwest – Chinook action in the Tillamook district remains largely focused in the middle and upper estuary of Tillamook Bay itself. The predicted rainfall was greater than anticipated, making it a possibility for driftboating possibly into the weekend but rivers still only came up about a foot. None-the-less, a slug of fresh fish entered the Wilson and driftboaters did really well here on Thursday. The Trask will be a primary target but the Wilson should produce some new fish as well.
     
    The Nehalem system has a lot of wild coho present but they could all escape upstream on the current rain freshet. Trollers working the bay this week did fairly well on wild coho.
     
    The Nestucca and Salmon Rivers are slowing although there should be more chinook to enter the Nestucca Basin over the next few weeks. The Nestucca looks like it may come up enough to spur some upstream opportunities.
     
    There is still some effort for coho in the Columbia River Estuary but this fishery should finally fade. Throw in the fact that the gillnet fleet will be fishing multiple days per week and it seems even more challenging. Most coho have moved into the tributaries by now but action should hold up through the weekend.
     
    Crabbing is good in the lower Columbia but challenging in other north coast estuaries. That likely won’t change in the coming weeks.

    The ocean will be a poor option for all effort well into the weekend.
     
    Southwest- High winds and an angry ocean has kept boats in port this week. Most charter operations are taking some time off with operations to resume as the weather allows.

    From Cape Falcon south to Humbug Mountain, Chinook salmon fishing remains open through the end of October. Catches have been slow and spotty when boats have been able to get out at all.
     
    The 2014 albacore tuna season has been a very productive one. It ranked third highest overall recreational landings on record. That said, it may or may not be over. If warm water remains offshore when boats are again able to launch, they plan to go.


    Razor clamming is closed from Heceta Head near Florence south to the California border to because of elevated bacteria levels.
     
    Nearshore halibut fishing is still open off the central coast with the 29% of the quota yet to fill. The South Coast fishery endures despite the quota filling weeks ago as it absorbs additional poundage left over from earlier seasonal halibut quotas elsewhere on the coast.


    Most of the crabbing in Winchester Bay is taking place in the Half Moon Bay area and crabbers are doing well. Since the coho quota filled, far fewer boats are trolling for salmon in the bay.


    The most productive area for salmon trolling at Coos Bay remains the Highway 101 Bridge to the mouth of the Millicoma River although action has slowed.

    Trollers using anchovies on Rogue River Rigs have been making good catches of a mix of Chinook and Coho. Skinny water is challenging steelheaders on the middle Rogue now that Chinook fishing is closed above Hog Creek. The seasons have definitely changed as it is cold water being released from Lost Creek Lake which has lowered water temperatures, slowing results in the flies-only area of the upper Rogue.

    Eastern – Steelheading is fair to good on the lower Deschutes with the bulk of the run yet to enter. While it can be crowded, drift fishing near the mouth can be effective.

    Now is a good time to hit East Lake for brown trout but be certain to check the weather report. It can make a trip pleasurable or miserable at this time of year.
     
    Odell has continued to produce 25-fish limits of kokanee on most days. We say "most days" because it does fish better when the weather is pleasant.
     
    SW Washington - The Cowlitz is producing very well for coho anglers and with the recent rains, good action should continue for these late run fish. The Lewis is also an option with some coho and sea-run cutthroat trout an option as well. Both of these systems should be peaking for the next 2 weeks.
     
    The Klickitat fishery is beginning to pick up more momentum as coho numbers continue to impress passing downstream facilities. Plug trollers working these impoundments are also taking a few quality steelhead.

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  • Southwest Oregon Fishing Report - April 13, 2015

    Weekend fishing opportunities 

    Several area lakes and ponds will be stocked this week, including Emigrant Reservoir, Expo Pond, Fish Lake and Lake Selmac. 

    Recent rains and high water levels should get the spring Chinook bite going on the lower Rogue River. 

    Winter steelhead fishing continues to be good on the middle and upper Rogue, with a few Chinook up as far as the Grants Pass area. 

    If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

    It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

    Send us your fishing report

    We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports -- the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.

    AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie

    Agate Lake is full and should provide fairly good fishing for largemouth bass and other warmwater fish when the weather improves.

    APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout 

    Applegate offers a quality trout fishing opportunity but reports indicate trout fishing has only been fair. Anglers have reported fair success where the creeks enter the reservoir. Boat anglers can launch at the French Gulch low water ramp.

    The Oregon Health Authority issued an advisory recommending that people limit their consumption of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, and crappie taken from Applegate Reservoir due to elevated levels of mercury. Trout are not included in the advisory and remain a healthy choice for those wanting to retain fish for the table. 

    Steelhead
    Showing off a Nice Steelhead
    -Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

    APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, winter steelhead

    The Applegate River closed to all fishing on April 1, but will reopen for trout fishing on May 23. 
     
    ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout 

    Cooler weather early in the week slowed trout fishing. Trout are scattered throughout the pond. The pond is managed by Oregon State Parks as youth only fishing and is located at Arizona Beach State Recreation Area; approximately halfway between Gold Beach and Port Orford.

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

    The reservoir was stocked with about 2,500 trout last week and will be stocked again before spring break. Warmwater fishing for bass and crappie may improve with the recent water temperatures.

    CHETCO RIVER: Closed to fishing.

    Chetco River flows near Brookings

    COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, bullhead 

    Cooper Creek was stocked just before spring break and will continued to be stocked according to the schedule.

    Last year, some of the trout do have copepods which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked. 

    COOS COUNTY LAKES/PONDS: trout,

    Both legal and trophy trout will be stocked this week in Empire Lakes, Powers Pond, and Bradley Lake. Legal sized trout will also be stocked in Saunders Lake and Johnson Mill Pond. Legal size trout were stocked in the past month in Mingus Park Pond. Trout are biting on bait fished near the bottom or lures like spinners or spoons. There are several lakes like Tenmile, Eel, and Butterfield have holdover rainbow trout from last year’s stocking. 

    COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, steelhead, rockfish

    Steelhead fishing is open until April 30 in the Coos Basin although many anglers have put away their steelhead gear for the season. River levels have remained relatively stable with the rain we have received over the weekend. There is bank access on the West Fork Millicoma at the Millicoma Interpretive Center and on the East Fork Millicoma at Nesika Park. Access to the South Fork Coos River is through Weyerhaeuser property and anglers must have the appropriate permit from Weyerhaeuser. 

    In the Coos Basin starting on Dec. 1 one additional fin-clipped steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily.

    Fishing has been good for rockfish inside lower Coos Bay around the jetties. The marine fish daily bag limit (which includes fishing in estuaries) is 7 fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers will be able to keep only 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback or copper rockfish.

    Black Rockfish
    Black Rockfish
    -Photo by Bob Swingle-

    To help anglers identify common species and comply with the regulations, ODFW has produced several sheets of ID Tips for blue vs. black rockfish and for China, copper and quillback rockfish, as well as a handout titled “What Can I Keep, and How Many?” All are available on ODFW’s website

    Crabbing has been decent in the lower bay. The best crabbing will be near the jetties and close to high tide. Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

    COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: steelhead

    Steelhead fishing is open in the Coquille Basin until April 30. River levels have remained low but anglers were catching a few fresh steelhead the past couple weekends on the South Fork Coquille. There is good bank access on the North Fork Coquille at LaVerne Park. Bank and boat access is spread out along the South Fork Coquille River from Broadbent to Powers. In the Coquille Basin starting on Dec. 1 one additional fin-clipped steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily.

    DIAMOND LAKE: trout 

    The warmer temperatures have melted all of the snow and ice, and the entire lake is now open. Since the North and South boat ramps are not currently snowed in, there is an opportunity for boat fishing. Anglers have been catching fish in the 12-15 inch range. The water is still very cold so the fish are biting lightly. Recently the weather has been cold and snowy. 

    The Forest Service campgrounds are closed for the season. Anglers can check fishing conditions at Diamond Lake on their website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 5 for updates. The Marina is open and has boats and charter trips available.

    ELK RIVER: Closed to fishing

    Emigrant Lake
    Rainbow Trout at Emigrant Lake 
    -Photo by Daniel Vandyke-

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

    Emigrant will be stocked with another 3,500 legal-sized rainbow trout this week. The water is still turbid, so fishing with bait or using lures that that will put off vibrations in the water will be most effective. Angling for bass and other warmwater fish should improve as the weather warms later in the week. The water level in the reservoir is at 80 percent of capacity. 

    EXPO POND: trout

    Expo Pond will be stocked with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout again this week. Still fishing with PowerBait or worms will likely provide the best success. Angling for bass and other warmwater fish should improve as the weather warms later in the week. 

    Expo Pond is located directly adjacent to the access road at gate 5. 

    FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

    Fish Lake will be stocked this week with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Chinook salmon and brook trout are also available. In addition, tiger trout have been stocked into the lake, but must be released unharmed if caught. Fish Lake is 59 percent full and is free of ice. The Forest Service boat ramp is open.

    FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout 

    Trout fishing is hit or miss depending on the wind. The best method for catching trout is slow trolling flies or wedding ring spinners from a boat. Bank access is limited. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. 

    The lake can be very windy, so anglers will want to check the weather prior to heading out. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

    GALESVILLE RESERVIOR: rainbow trout, bass

    In addition to trout, the reservoir has also been stocked with coho smolts for the last couple of years. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. All of the coho smolts are adipose fin-clipped, remember to release the ones less than 8-inches long. 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.

    By early April, Galesville should be stocked with about 6,000 trout. Anglers are reminded all bass between 12 and 15-inches must be released, and only one bass over 15-inches may be taken per day. The reservoir is currently low. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

    GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat

    Cooler weather has slowed fishing a bit. Access for bank anglers is best at the 12th Street boat ramp, Arizona Street, or along the foredune accessed through Tseriadun State Park. Garrison Lake is located in the middle of Port Orford. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

    HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS & Umpqua High Lakes: trout

    Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Most of the Umpqua’s high lakes are off of roads that are not plowed during the winter, but the lack of snowfall may allow access earlier than normal. The Little River Road (27) had a slide that prevents access to Hemlock and Lake in the Woods. Folks would have to go up Apple Creek for access. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions.

    ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead 

    The Illinois River is closed to all fishing until May 23. 

    Illinois River flows at Kerby 

    LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout

    The lake was stocked with over 5,000 trout in 2014. It will receive 2,000 trout for spring break. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms. 

    LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie 

    Lake Selmac will be stocked with another 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout this week. These fish, along with those previously stocked, should create good fishing for trout anglers. Still fishing with PowerBait or worms, or trolling lures should be productive techniques. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish should improve once the weather improves. 

    LEMOLO RESERVOIR: Closed for fishing until April 1 

    Even though the reservoir is ice-free, Leomolo is closed to fishing until April 1. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for conditions and addition information. The Forest Service campgrounds remain closed. When Lemolo opens, it will be catch and release for brown trout from April 1 to 24.

    LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

    Loon Lake was stocked with nearly 8,000 trout in 2014. Loon Lake was stocked with trout before spring break. The lake also has good fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass during warmer months. 

    The boat ramps are closed for the season. Visit the BLM and Loon Lake Resort websites for information on opening dates and camping this summer.

    LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, spring Chinook, bass 

    Lost Creek offers very good winter trout fishing, and the lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout already this year. Water clarity remains good near the dam and the main body of the reservoir, but be mindful of all the floating debris that has accumulated over the winter. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass should pick up when the weather improves.

    Bank anglers may want to try fishing the shoreline at the Takelma parking area. Trollers may want to try fishing the lower portion of the reservoir while keeping an eye out for floating debris from the storm. Limits have been reported from the middle of the reservoir down to the dam over the last few weeks.

    The reservoir is 86 percent full, and the surface temperature is 51oF.

    MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

    Medco is a great place for spring fishing. Trout are available. Anglers are asked to check trout this year for adipose fin clips, and report Medco trout catches back to ODFW at 541-826-8774.

    Dungeness Crab
    Dungeness Crab
    -Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

    PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, salmon, Dungeness crab, surf perch

    The ocean is open for harvest of Dungeness crab. 

    Anglers continue to catch a few surf perch from the beaches near Bandon and Coos Bay. The best fishing is usually on the incoming tide. Sand shrimp is one of the best baits to use when fishing for surf perch. 

    Recreational ocean salmon season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. opened on March 15. The season is open for all salmon except coho salmon, with a bag limit of two salmon per day, and a minimum size for Chinook salmon at 24 inches or larger. 

    Starting on April 1, fishing for bottom fish is restricted to inside the 30 fathom curve. Fishing for black rockfish has been decent. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers can only keep 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback, or copper rockfish. Retention of cabezon is not allowed Jan. 1 – June 30.

    To help anglers identify common species and comply with the regulations, ODFW has produced several sheets of ID Tips for blue vs. black rockfish and for China, copper and quillback rockfish, as well as a handout titled “What Can I Keep, and How Many?” All are available on ODFW’s website

    PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, warmwater fish

    In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bullhead fishing. Bass can be harvested from March 1 to Oct. 31 and are catch-and-release only from Nov. 1-Feb. 29. The reservoir received about 1,500 trout last week and should receive more before spring break. The water level in the reservoir may still be low. 

    Some of the trout do have copepods which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked. 

    REINHARDT POND: trout

    Reinhardt Pond has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout, and trout fishing should be good. Fishing for bass and bluegill should improve as the weather warms.

    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: winter steelhead, spring chinook

    River flows picked up mid-week which should get the spring chinook bite going.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout

    Fishing has been good for winter steelhead throughout the middle Rogue for anglers side-drifting bait and back-trolling plugs. A few spring chinook have also made it to the Grants Pass area. The water temperature dropped to 48°F as of Monday with a flow of 1,470 cfs. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on NTU’s at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera. 

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

    Winter steelhead are spread throughout the upper Rogue in good numbers, and are providing good fishing for anglers using a variety of techniques. The flow at Gold Ray was 1,530 cfs and the water temperature was 46oF on Monday morning. The outflow from Lost Creek Reservoir was 800 cfs at 46oF. As of April 1, a total of 2,047 winter steelhead and 2 spring chinook have been collected at Cole Rivers Hatchery.

    rogue river
    Rogue River above Lost Creek
    -Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout 

    The river above Lost Creek is open for trout fishing year-round. 

    SIXES RIVER: Closed to fishing

    SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: steelhead, sturgeon, striped bass

    Most of the steelhead will be wild, therefore fishing will be primarily catch-and-release. Striped bass fishing will pick up as spring progresses. 

    SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR:

    Closed to fishing.

    TENMILE BASIN: steelhead, largemouth bass, yellow perch

    Steelhead fishing is open in the Tenmile Basin until April 30. In the Tenmile Basin, one additional fin-clipped steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily. 

    Bass anglers have been catching several largemouth bass in Tenmile Lakes. Bass can be found this time of the year in shallow water near structure like logs or weed lines. A few anglers fishing from the fishing dock at the County Boat Ramp have been catching yellow perch. A worm or piece of cut bait fished near the bottom works well for catching yellow perch.

    TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

    Fishing is open in Toketee year-round. The boat ramp is currently closed and the reservoir is partially drawn down. For more information call the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531. 

    UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

    Most of these lakes are off Forest Service Roads that are not plowed during the winter. Contact the Forest Service at 541-957-3200 for road and trail conditions. 

    UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, spring Chinook 

    The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. This fishery is primarily catch-and-release since the number of hatchery fish is relatively low compared to the number of wild fish. Plunkers should have some success throughout the season following rain events that cause the steelhead to hug the shoreline. Spring chinook have now been caught on the Umpqua. Low water conditions makes some boating access difficult.

    Please note the changes in regulations this year on page 40 of the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. On the Main, anglers can harvest 2 wild spring chinook per day and up to 5 wild springers from Feb. 1 – July 31. From Aug. 1 – Dec. 31, you can harvest 2 wild chinook per day, and in combination with the other salmon/steelhead recorded on your salmon tag, up to 20 fish total. Fin-clipped hatchery fish can be recorded on a separate hatchery harvest tag that is available. There is no limit on the number of hatchery tags that can be purchased. Daily limits still apply.

    The 50 Places to go fishing within 60 minutes of Roseburg,” handout which is available online or at the office, identifies several good places for salmon and steelhead fishing.

    North Umpqua River
    North Umpqua River
    -ODFW Photo-

    UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring Chinook 

    Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Fishing for winter steelhead will continue to improve, peaking in February through March. Most of the fish returning to the North are wild so the fishing is mostly catch-and-release. Conditions should be good this weekend and with the warm conditions, the steelhead should be on the move. Spring chinook have reached Winchester dam and some are being caught. Fishing should continue to improve throughout April. 

    Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to a single barbless artificial fly which can be dressed with conventional fly tying material. Spring chinook will start arriving in late March or early April. Per the new regulation on page 40 of the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet, from Feb. 1 – July 31, 2 wild chinook per day can be harvested and up to 10 wild chinook during this time frame in combination with wild chinook harvested in the Main. Remember that from March 1 through July 31 the anti-snag gear restrictions apply on the North from the Lone Rock boat ramp upstream to the fly area boundary above Rock Creek. The Mainstem from Soda Springs Dam, including Soda Springs Reservoir, up to Slide Creek Dam is closed year-round to fishing. 

    Rock Creek Hatchery and new RockEd facility will be closed to visitors from March 16 through June. 

    North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam

    UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead 

    The peak numbers of fish normally show up from February to late March. Fish have been caught in the Canyonville area and hatchery fish have been reported. The hatchery program for winter steelhead is centered in the South Umpqua, which offers the best chance for catching an adipose-fin clipped steelhead for harvest. Most hatchery fish are caught from Canyonville downstream. All wild fish must be released unharmed. Plunking should be good at places such as Lawson Bar, Myrtle Creek and behind Seven Feathers. The water has been low making it harder for long boat drifts, but still suitable for bank anglers.

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

    Willow Lake will be stocked this week with another 4,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. Bank anglers should do well fishing bait, while boat anglers should catch fish by trolling with bait or lures or by still fishing with bait. The bass and other warmwater species should get more active once the weather improves and the water warms. Willow Lake is 100 percent full. 

    WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch 

    Fishing for bottomfish in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful. It was reported that striped perch were caught along the jetty and they were of good size. Crabbing has been slow recently. 

    WINCHUCK RIVER: Closed to fishing

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  • Southwest Oregon Fishing Report - April 15, 2015

    Weekend fishing opportunities 

    Several are lakes and ponds will be stocked this week, including Empire, Bradley and Eel lakes. 

    Arizona Pond and Garrison Lake were recently stocked and fishing should be good. 

    Boat and bank anglers are continuing to pick up spring Chinook on the lower Rogue River. 

    Winter steelhead fishing continues to be good on the middle and upper Rogue, with a few Chinook up as far as the Grants Pass area. 


    If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

    It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.


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    AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie

    Agate Lake is full and should provide fairly good fishing for largemouth bass and other warmwater fish when the weather improves.

    APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout 

    Applegate offers a quality trout fishing opportunity but reports indicate trout fishing has only been fair. Anglers have reported fair success where the creeks enter the reservoir. Boat anglers can launch at the French Gulch low water ramp.

    The Oregon Health Authority issued an advisory recommending that people limit their consumption of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, and crappie taken from Applegate Reservoir due to elevated levels of mercury. Trout are not included in the advisory and remain a healthy choice for those wanting to retain fish for the table.

    Steelhead
    Showing off a Nice Steelhead
    -Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

    ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout 

    Warmer weather and some newly stocked trout should make for excellent trout fishing. The pond is managed by Oregon State Parks as youth only fishing and is located at Arizona Beach State Recreation Area; approximately halfway between Gold Beach and Port Orford.

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

    The reservoir was stocked with about 2,500 trout last week and will be stocked again before spring break. Warmwater fishing for bass and crappie may improve with the recent water temperatures.

    COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, bullhead 

    Cooper Creek was stocked just before spring break and will continued to be stocked according to the schedule. Last year, some of the trout did have copepods, which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked. 

    COOS COUNTY LAKES/PONDS: trout,

    Empire Lakes, Bradley Lake, and Eel Lake will all be stocked this week with legal-sized trout. Both legal and trophy trout were stocked last week in Empire Lakes and Powers Pond. Legal-size trout were also stocked in Butterfield Lake, Saunders Pond, and Johnson Mill Pond last week. Legal-size trout were stocked in the past month in Mingus Park Pond. Trout are biting on bait fished near the bottom or lures like spinners or spoons. 

    COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, steelhead, rockfish

    Steelhead fishing is open until April 30 in the Coos Basin.

    Fishing has been good for rockfish inside lower Coos Bay around the jetties. The marine fish daily bag limit (which includes fishing in estuaries) is 7 fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers will be able to keep only 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback or copper rockfish.

    Black Rockfish
    Black Rockfish
    -Photo by Bob Swingle-

    To help anglers identify common species and comply with the regulations, ODFW has produced several sheets of ID Tips for blue vs. black rockfish and for China, copper and quillback rockfish, as well as a handout titled “What Can I Keep, and How Many?”

    Crabbing has been decent in the lower bay. The best crabbing will be near the jetties and close to high tide. Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

    COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: steelhead

    Steelhead fishing is open in the Coquille Basin until April 30. 

    DIAMOND LAKE: trout 

    The warmer temperatures have melted all of the snow and ice, and the entire lake is now open. Since the North and South boat ramps are not currently snowed in, there is an opportunity for boat fishing. Anglers have been catching fish in the 12-15 inch range. The water is still very cold so the fish are biting lightly. Recently the weather has been cold and snowy. The Forest Service campgrounds are closed for the season. Anglers can check fishing conditions at Diamond Lake on their website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 5 for updates. The Marina is open and has boats and charter trips available. 

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

    Emigrant Lake
    Rainbow Trout at Emigrant Lake 
    -Photo by Daniel Vandyke-

    Emigrant will be stocked with another 3,500 legal-sized rainbow trout this week. The water is still turbid, so fishing with bait or using lures that that will put off vibrations in the water will be most effective. Angling for bass and other warmwater fish should improve as the weather warms later in the week. The water level in the reservoir is at 80 percent of capacity. 

    EXPO POND: trout

    Expo Pond will be stocked with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout again this week. Still fishing with PowerBait or worms will likely provide the best success. Angling for bass and other warmwater fish should improve as the weather warms later in the week. Expo Pond is located directly adjacent to the access road at gate 5. 

    FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

    Fish Lake will be stocked this week with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Chinook salmon and brook trout are also available. In addition, tiger trout have been stocked into the lake, but must be released unharmed if caught. Fish Lake is 59 percent full and is free of ice. The Forest Service boat ramp is open.

    FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout 

    Trout fishing is hit or miss depending on the wind. The best method for catching trout is slow trolling flies or wedding ring spinners from a boat. Bank access is limited. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. The lake can be very windy, so anglers will want to check the weather prior to heading out. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

    GALESVILLE RESERVIOR: rainbow trout, bass

    In addition to trout, the reservoir has also been stocked with coho smolts for the last couple of years. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. All of the coho smolts are adipose fin-clipped, remember to release the ones less than 8-inches long. 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. By early April, Galesville should be stocked with about 6,000 trout. Anglers are reminded all bass between 12 and 15-inches must be released, and only one bass over 15-inches may be taken per day. The reservoir is currently low. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions. 

    GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat

    Warmer weather and some newly stocked trout should make for some good trout fishing. Access for bank anglers is best at the 12th Street boat ramp, Arizona Street, or along the foredune accessed through Tseriadun State Park. Garrison Lake is located in the middle of Port Orford. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

    HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS & Umpqua High Lakes: trout

    Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Most of the Umpqua’s high lakes are off of roads that are not plowed during the winter, but the lack of snowfall may allow access earlier than normal. The Little River Road (27) had a slide that prevents access to Hemlock and Lake in the Woods. Folks would have to go up Apple Creek for access. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions.

    ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead 

    The Illinois River is closed to all fishing until May 23. Illinois River flows at Kerby 

    LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout

    The lake was stocked with over 5,000 trout in 2014. It will receive 2,000 trout for spring break. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms. 

    LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie 

    Lake Selmac will be stocked with another 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout this week. These fish, along with those previously stocked, should create good fishing for trout anglers. Still fishing with PowerBait or worms, or trolling lures should be productive techniques. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish should improve once the weather improves. 

    LEMOLO RESERVOIR: Closed for fishing until April 1 

    Even though the reservoir is ice-free, Leomolo is closed to fishing until April 1. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for conditions and addition information. The Forest Service campgrounds remain closed. When Lemolo opens, it will be catch and release for brown trout from April 1 to 24.

    LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

    Loon Lake was stocked with nearly 8,000 trout in 2014. Loon Lake was stocked with trout before spring break. The lake also has good fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass during warmer months. The boat ramps are closed for the season. Visit the BLM and Loon Lake Resort websites for information on opening dates and camping this summer.

    LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, spring Chinook, bass 

    Lost Creek offers very good winter trout fishing, and the lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout already this year. Water clarity remains good near the dam and the main body of the reservoir, but be mindful of all the floating debris that has accumulated over the winter. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass should pick up when the weather improves. Bank anglers may want to try fishing the shoreline at the Takelma parking area. Trollers may want to try fishing the lower portion of the reservoir while keeping an eye out for floating debris from the storm. Limits have been reported from the middle of the reservoir down to the dam over the last few weeks. The reservoir is 86 percent full, and the surface temperature is 51oF.

    MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

    Medco is a great place for spring fishing. Trout are available. Anglers are asked to check trout this year for adipose fin clips, and report Medco trout catches back to ODFW at 541-826-8774.

    Dungeness Crab
    Dungeness Crab
    -Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

    PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, salmon, Dungeness crab, surf perch

    The ocean is open for harvest of Dungeness crab. 

    Anglers continue to catch a few surf perch from the beaches near Bandon and Coos Bay. The best fishing is usually on the incoming tide. Sand shrimp is one of the best baits to use when fishing for surf perch. 

    Recreational ocean salmon season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. opened on March 15. The season is open for all salmon except coho salmon, with a bag limit of two salmon per day, and a minimum size for Chinook salmon at 24 inches or larger. 

    Starting on April 1, fishing for bottom fish is restricted to inside the 30 fathom curve. Fishing for black rockfish has been decent. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers can only keep 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback, or copper rockfish. Retention of cabezon is not allowed Jan. 1 – June 30.

    To help anglers identify common species and comply with the regulations, ODFW has produced several sheets of ID Tips for blue vs. black rockfish and for China, copper and quillback rockfish, as well as a handout titled “What Can I Keep, and How Many?”

    PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, warmwater fish

    In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bullhead fishing. Bass can be harvested from March 1 to Oct. 31 and are catch-and-release only from Nov. 1-Feb. 29. The reservoir received about 1,500 trout last week and should receive more before spring break. The water level in the reservoir may still be low. 

    Some of the trout do have copepods which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked. 

    REINHARDT POND: trout

    Reinhardt Pond has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout, and trout fishing should be good. Fishing for bass and bluegill should improve as the weather warms.

    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: winter steelhead, spring Chinook

    Boat and bank anglers are continuing to pick up spring Chinook, with a good number of hatchery fish being caught. Rains this week increased flows and improved fishing conditions. 

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout

    Fishing has been good for winter steelhead throughout the middle Rogue for anglers side-drifting bait and back-trolling plugs. A few spring chinook have also made it to the Grants Pass area. The water temperature dropped to 48°F as of Monday with a flow of 1,470 cfs. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on NTU’s at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera. 

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

    Winter steelhead are spread throughout the upper Rogue in good numbers, and are providing good fishing for anglers using a variety of techniques. The flow at Gold Ray was 1,530 cfs and the water temperature was 46oF on Monday morning. The outflow from Lost Creek Reservoir was 800 cfs at 46oF. As of April 1, a total of 2,047 winter steelhead and 2 spring chinook have been collected at Cole Rivers Hatchery.

    rogue river
    Rogue River above Lost Creek
    -Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout 

    The river above Lost Creek is open for trout fishing year-round. 

    SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: steelhead, sturgeon, striped bass

    Most of the steelhead will be wild, therefore fishing will be primarily catch-and-release. Striped bass fishing will pick up as spring progresses. 

    SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: Closed to fishing.

    TENMILE BASIN: steelhead, largemouth bass, yellow perch

    Steelhead fishing is open in the Tenmile Basin until April 30. 

    Bass anglers have been catching several largemouth bass in Tenmile Lakes. Bass can be found this time of the year in shallow water near structure like logs or weed lines. 

    A few anglers have been catching yellow perch from the fishing dock at the County Boat Ramp. A worm or piece of cut bait fished near the bottom works well for catching yellow perch.

    TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

    Fishing is open in Toketee year-round. The boat ramp is currently closed and the reservoir is partially drawn down. For more information call the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531. 

    UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

    Most of these lakes are off Forest Service Roads that are not plowed during the winter. Contact the Forest Service at 541-957-3200 for road and trail conditions. 

    UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, spring Chinook 

    The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. This fishery is primarily catch-and-release since the number of hatchery fish is relatively low compared to the number of wild fish. Plunkers should have some success throughout the season following rain events that cause the steelhead to hug the shoreline. Spring chinook have now been caught on the Umpqua. Low water conditions makes some boating access difficult.

    Please note the changes in regulations this year on page 40 of the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. On the Main, anglers can harvest 2 wild spring chinook per day and up to 5 wild springers from Feb. 1 – July 31. From Aug. 1 – Dec. 31, you can harvest 2 wild chinook per day, and in combination with the other salmon/steelhead recorded on your salmon tag, up to 20 fish total. Fin-clipped hatchery fish can be recorded on a separate hatchery harvest tag that is available. There is no limit on the number of hatchery tags that can be purchased. Daily limits still apply.

    The 50 Places to go fishing within 60 minutes of Roseburg,” handout which is available online or at the office, identifies several good places for salmon and steelhead fishing.

    North Umpqua River
    North Umpqua River
    -ODFW Photo-

    UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring Chinook 

    Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Fishing for winter steelhead will continue to improve, peaking in February through March. Most of the fish returning to the North are wild so the fishing is mostly catch-and-release. Spring chinook have reached Winchester dam and some are being caught. Fishing should continue to improve throughout April. Reports from the Idleyld Park Store have had a few anglers come in a have their photos taken with their fish, but overall the start of the season has been pretty slow. 

    Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to a single barbless artificial fly which can be dressed with conventional fly tying material. Spring chinook will start arriving in late March or early April. Per the new regulation on page 40 of the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet, from Feb. 1 – July 31, 2 wild chinook per day can be harvested and up to 10 wild chinook during this time frame in combination with wild chinook harvested in the Main. Remember that from March 1 through July 31 the anti-snag gear restrictions apply on the North from the Lone Rock boat ramp upstream to the fly area boundary above Rock Creek. The Mainstem from Soda Springs Dam, including Soda Springs Reservoir, up to Slide Creek Dam is closed year-round to fishing. 

    Rock Creek Hatchery and new RockEd facility will be closed to visitors from March 16 through June. 

    North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam

    UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead 

    Reports are that steelhead fishing is just about done. The peak numbers of fish normally show up from February to late March. Fish have been caught in the Canyonville area and hatchery fish have been reported. The hatchery program for winter steelhead is centered in the South Umpqua, which offers the best chance for catching an adipose-fin clipped steelhead for harvest. Most hatchery fish are caught from Canyonville downstream. All wild fish must be released unharmed. Plunking should be good at places such as Lawson Bar, Myrtle Creek and behind Seven Feathers. The water has been low making it harder for long boat drifts, but still suitable for bank anglers.

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

    Willow Lake will be stocked this week with another 4,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. Bank anglers should do well fishing bait, while boat anglers should catch fish by trolling with bait or lures or by still fishing with bait. The bass and other warmwater species should get more active once the weather improves and the water warms. Willow Lake is 100 percent full. 

    WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch 

    Fishing for bottomfish in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful. It was reported that striped perch were caught along the jetty and they were of good size. Crabbing has been slow recently.

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