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Lake and Pond Report highlights for Southern Oregon;

Lake Selmac (Selma) received its second rainbow trout stocking (5,000 fish) of the year last week. The fishing should be very good out here for trout and picking up for bass.

Reinhardt Pond in Grants Pass and Expo Pond in Central Point have both recently received trout stockings.

Lost Creek and Willow lakes are good bets for trout fishing. Both have good boat access and large recent stockings of rainbow trout last week. Spring fishing should be very good. 

Cooper Creek Reservoir should have lots of fish available for anglers and anglers often find lots of fish willing to bite after it is stocked.

Garrison Lake is a great springtime trout destination – especially since it was just stocked with trophy trout.

 

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APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout, spring chinook, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie

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The reservoir is 39 percent full. French Gulch and Copper boat ramps are both usable, but just gravel and earthen ramps at these water levels. Copper may still be a bit muddy. The concessionaire that operates Hart-Tish does not plan on opening until Memorial Day. Anglers have reported some holdover trout caught recently. Stocking is not planned here until mid-April..

 

DIAMOND LAKE: rainbow trout, tiger trout, brown trout

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DO NOT EVER USE LIVE BAIT IN DIAMOND LAKE!! IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND IT DOES NOT WORK ANY WAY. IF YOU SEE PEOPLE USING LIVE BAIT IN DIAMOND LAKE, REPORT THEM IMMEDIATELY.

There have been some anglers catching some nice trout. The weather is warming so the ice might start breaking up. As always follow ice fishing safety tips. There is also an ice-fishing derby going on now through April 15, hosted by the Umpqua Fisheries Enhancement Derby.

Make sure to contact Diamond Lake Lodge for up-to-date conditions. Anglers can check  conditions on the Diamond Lake Resort Facebook page, or call 541-793-3333 for updates. Diamond Lake is open year-round. 

 

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout, bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill

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The reservoir is at 8 percent full. While low, this is more water in it at this time there has been in over a year. It is slowly coming back. Expect weather to bounce around a lot this week, sunny and warming, followed by rain and snow showers again. There is open water over near the dam. However, fishing has been slow. The last received report was that there was still thin ice on much of Howard Prairie lake. However, much of that may be breaking up and melting.

There is a Hwy 66 and Hyatt Lake Rd webcam that may help if you’re planning on coming up. Nice of ODF&W to link to the Rogueweather Highway 66 road condition page to get you to that webcam. Right below that webcam link for Highway 66 is the webcam at the summit of Dead Indian Memorial Road northeast of Ashland.

All campgrounds and facilities are currently closed until further notice. More information on facilities can be found on Jackson County Parks website.

 

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullheads

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Selmac Lake received its second stocking of 5,000 legal rainbow trout last week and fishing should be good. Warmwater fishing should also be starting to get better with the warming weather in the foreseeable future. 

Water conditions should be very good.

Lake Selmac facilities operated by Josephine County Parks are currently open. More information about Josephine County Parks can be found on their website.

Lake Selmac also has a recent non-native introduction of a bryozoan. Bryozoans are mossy like creatures that usually help to clean water and that are not typically harmful to humans.  However, this particular species has been known to harbor a disease that can be transmitted to salmon and steelhead. Please drain and dry your vessel if you are going to another water body and help stop Oregon’s aquatic hitchhikers!

Anglers are reminded that only 1 bass may be harvested from Selmac per day.

 

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, spring chinook, bass, bullheads

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The Takelma ramp is currently the only ramp open and usable. The marina is not open at this time. It was recently announced that Jackson County Parks would be taking over operations here. But, until they do open the marina, you MUST bring your own fuel and anything else you are going to need. 

Lost Creek recently received 20,000 stocked rainbow trout, and holdover fish are also available. Fishing should be good and weather fantastic. Anglers have reported good success over by the marina, still fishing off the bottom with a suspended nightcrawler. A small piece of marshmallow works well to float your nightcrawler just enough. PowerBait also will work. Trolling a wedding ring tipped with a nightcrawler and sliding egg sinker above your wedding ring leader is a very effective setup here as well. 

The lake is 64 percent full with an elevation 1,837 feet and 45-degree surface temperature.

 

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

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Willow Lake is currently 99 percent full. Willow Lake is should be a great place to trout fish over the next few weeks. It received approximately 6,000 trout last week, and holdover trout should still be present. There are large numbers of illegally introduced yellow perch up here and anglers are always encouraged to take as many of these as they want. This illegal introduction has only resulted in stunted perch and impacts to the bass and trout fishery in this lake and numerous others around the Southwest District.  Anglers are reminded that using live fish as bait is prohibited.  If you see someone transporting live fish from or into a water body, please get a photo and/or call OSP with this information. .

Campgrounds at Willow Lake are currently closed for the season, but boat ramps and day-use areas are open. Facilities at Willow Lake are managed by Jackson County. For more information please visit their website.

 

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RIVER FISHING REPORTS

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Chrome winter steelhead are being caught in the middle and upper Rogue. Down-running summer fish are also being caught. Conditions look good for the foreseeable future.

Umpqua winter steelhead study

Anglers who catch a hatchery winter steelhead in the Umpqua Basin are being asked to turn in the snouts from those fish. Some of these snouts contain small tags. Anglers who turn in snouts that contain these tags will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card. Snouts may be turned in at barrels located around the basin, Sportsman’s Warehouse in Roseburg, or the Roseburg ODFW office. Tags obtained from the fish will inform ODFW on the best release strategy for juveniles to provide the most fish back to anglers in the future.

Mainstem Umpqua River

Effective February 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021, the Mainstem Umpqua River is closed to the retention of all wild Chinook (adult and jack) salmon. 

 

ALWAYS consult the fishing regulations before fishing rivers and streams in Southern Oregon. You can get to the regulations by clicking here.

 

Rogue River, lower: salmon, steelhead, trout

The flows are at 3,170 cfs this morning 4/2 at Agness. Fishing effort has slowed, but folks are still picking up good-size hatchery and native steelhead from anchored boats and the shore. Most boat anglers are anchoring and running plugs. Also, anglers can expect to start seeing some early-run spring Chinook in the coming weeks. 

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

Five hatchery trout may be retained daily. Wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.

 

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, chinook salmon, trout

At Grants Pass we have a flow of 1,440 cfs. The temp is 51.5 degrees as of this morning 4/2.

Wild steelhead can now be retained in the whole Rogue basin, as long as the fish is a minimum of 24 inches long. Only 1 wild fish per day, and 3 per year zone wide in aggregate may be kept. 

Anglers are picking up winter steelhead on a pretty regular basis. The action isn’t exactly red hot, but there are fish in the system. More winter fish are showing in the fishery every day. If targeting water below the Applegate River, you’ll get the chance to target both Rogue and Applegate hatchery fish. Running plugs from a drift boat or drifting nightcrawlers or eggs, eggs/shrimp, soft beads, or yarn balls are all good bets.

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

 

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

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The flow at Cole Rivers Hatchery just below Lost Creek Dam is at 618 cfs. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 1,230 cfs as of this morning 4/2.

351 winter steelhead have returned to the Cole Rivers Hatchery through March, 31st.

Winter fish are being caught from Touvelle to the hatchery and will numbers only increase in the next month. Wild steelhead can now be retained in the entire Rogue basin through April 30, as long as the fish is a minimum of 24 inches long. Only 1 wild fish per day, and 3 per year SW Zone wide in aggregate may be kept. Wild trout must still be released. 

The Rogue is one of the few places where trout fishing is open this time of year, but it will close on March 31 before it reopens May 22. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released during open trout fishing. Trout anglers are especially encouraged to harvest adipose-fin clipped trout in the upper reach of river during open seasons. From April 1 through May 22, trout fishing is closed. This is to protect out-migrating wild steelhead and coho smolts. This regulation applies to catch-and-release trout fishing as well, so if you are on the river, you must have in possession a combined angling tag and not be targeting trout.

 

ROGUE RIVER ABOVE LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout.

The Rogue River and feeder creeks like Mill Creek, National Creek, and Union Creek are stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day with 3000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in size. Stocking points are at campgrounds, and access points along Highway 62, Highway 230, and Forest Service roads in the area. You will also encounter larger sized hold overs going to 20 inches in the creeks. The deep pools of the Upper Rogue holds rainbows that can get up to 5 pounds. We see a couple of those caught every year up here. In 2017 a brown trout that was nearly 24 inches long and weighing about 4 pounds was caught at the mouth of Union Creek where it enters the Rogue. That fish was released after the angler that caught it posed for pictures with it. That is the largest brown to be caught in the upper Rogue in years. But, it is proof they are in there.

In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout  ALL trout caught with adipose fins must be released unharmed. The best thing to use up here is without question nightcrawlers. Next would be using a single salmon egg like a Pautzke egg on a treble hook. Fly fishing can be done along Highway 230 where there is enough separation of the foliage and trees to allow for fly casting. With cold water, you’ll want to swing your lure right in front of fish, so work through a hole a bit more slowly. Anglers can cast flies or smaller lures like a Panther Martin or rooster tail. Often tipping the lure with bait helps to produce. In slower holes, fishing straight bait such as night crawler or Pautzke eggs, even Power Bait will produce. With the cold conditions of winter setting in, look for best results on sunny days when the water gets warmed some. 

 

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, sturgeon, chinook, bass, striped bass, shad, trout

As of this morning the height of the river is at 5.57 feet and the flow is 4,930 cfs at Elkton as of this morning 4/2. Too low on height and flow for good fishing. Typically the height needs to be around 8 to 9 feet with a flow in the 7,000 to 8,000 cfs range

The river is continuing to drop. Anglers are picking up a few steelhead, but as with the rest of the area, it seems very slow. Look at the flows. No mystery here. Don’t forget to turn in hatchery winter steelhead snouts for a chance to win a gift card (see note below.)

Spring Chinook anglers typically will start fishing in the lower river towards the end of March. Most anglers plunk from a boat or the bank using either a spinner or other lures. Please remember that the mainstem is temporarily closed to the harvest of all wild Chinook (including jack Chinook) through June. Consider using gear that will be less harmful to fish that need to be released. Tactics such as using single point hooks and artificial lures may ensure a higher survival of wild fish after release.

Bass fishing is likely going to slow with cold conditions.

Trout fishing will reopen May 22.

 

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass

As of this morning 4/2, the height of the river is at 6.15 feet and the flow is 1,760 cfs at Elkton. The height is good. But, that flow is oh so slow. You really want to see it above 4,000 cfs to see really good fishing in the S.U.

This can be a great time to catch steelhead, but this year seems slower than normal, li8kely due to water flows. Don’t forget to turn in snout from hatchery winter steelhead for a chance to win a gift card 

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Anglers who catch a hatchery winter steelhead in the Umpqua Basin are being asked to turn in the snouts from those fish. Some of these snouts contain small tags. Anglers who turn in snouts that contain these tags will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card. Snouts may be turned in at barrels located around the basin, Sportsman’s Warehouse in Roseburg, or the Roseburg ODFW office. Tags obtained from the fish will inform ODFW on the best release strategy for juveniles to provide the most fish back to anglers in the future.

 

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

As of this morning 4/2, the height of the river is at 5.56 feet and the flow is 1,230 cfs at near Tokatee Falls. 

Access may be limited due to impacts from last summer’s wildfires. The section from Steamboat Creek to Susan Creek is closed to access by the Forest Service. Sections of Bureau of Land Management lands also are closed.

Fishing seems to be slow, but the river appears to be in good shape. With a little rain in the forecast, the river should be in shape. Remember to turn in snouts from hatchery fish for a chance to win a $50 gift card (see below).

Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout (those above Slide Creek Dam). These areas may be tough to access during the winter months. Check the fishing regulations to see which areas are open.

Note that as of Oct 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, artificial fly.

 

CHETCO RIVER: Sea run cuttthroat trout, rainbow trout, chinook salmon, steelhead

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ELK / SIXES RIVERS: Sea run cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead

Very good. Anglers have been enjoying excellent river conditions for Chinook and doing very well. The best fishing has been for drift boat anglers floating from Elk River Hatchery to Ironhead boat ramp.

Anglers will want to check temporary regulations in effect for Chinook this year for the Elk. The big change this year is anglers are only allowed to keep hatchery adult Chinook along with their jack limit. ODFW is expecting an above average return of hatchery Chinook. 

 

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead

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26 Winter Steelhead have been collected in the trap at the base of Appklegate Dam as of March31st.

 

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

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WINCHUCK RIVER: Sea run Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead

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Winter Seasonal Ocean Conditions ARE STILL OCCURRING. You can expect at least small craft, and hazardous sea conditions that will limit fishing opportunties on the ocean. You are encouraged to be checking weather forecasts before heading to the coast for ocean fishing. 

What is going to be far more likely to result is opportunities strictly limited to the near shore waters, (less than 3 miles out), and in the estuaries. The reports focus on those areas. 

 

BOTTOM FISHING

Bottom fishing is open to all depths through May 31. Fishing has been good when anglers can get out on the ocean with anglers catching some big lingcod. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 6 fish, which includes a one fish sub-bag limit for China, copper, and quillback rockfish. Anglers can still harvest 2 lingcod per day. Anglers must release all cabezon through June.

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

Last week, Brookings had a better lingcod bite earlier in the week and slowed down to half by the weekend even though there was more effort. Most of the six-bag limit were black rockfish with blue and deacon rockfish coming in second. The rest was filled out with a mix of canary, China, and quillback rockfish and kelp greenling. One large vermilion rockfish came in as well. That was taken by a very shocked friend of Rogueweather. They had no idea what a trophy fish they had landed. The crew of the charter boat was VERY excited though. So was I on seeing the picture!! Monster size vermillion.

Charleston was slow early in the week with few boats out; however, they did come in with full bag limits. Sunday started out slow in the morning but by the afternoon it picked up and all anglers that went out had at least half bag limits of lingcod and rockfish.

 

The longleader fishery

Longleader fishing gives anglers a different opportunity to catch more bottomfish and helps spread out the boats so that there is not a concentration in one area. In a longleader trip, an angler can catch up to ten rockfish of certain species.

Changes for 2021:

  • From June 1 through Aug. 31, on days open to all-depth halibut, longleader fishing is allowed after halibut fishing.
    • All fishing with halibut gear on the same trip must be completed before any rockfish are retained. 
    • Longleader bag limit, gear, and all other rules apply. See longleader FAQs below for more information.

Longleader gear: How to rig up for the offshore longleader fishery and FAQs.

Try the bottomfish species ID quiz and work on your identification skills for commonly caught bottomfish. Also try the “Yelloweye Rockfish or Not?” quiz to help hone your ID skills for the prohibited yelloweye rockfish.

 

DUNGENESS CRAB

  • Recreational crabbing is open in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties along the entire Oregon coast from the Columbia River to the California border.
  • Recreational crabbing is closed in the ocean from Oct. 16 through Nov. 30.
  • For recreational crab harvesters, it is recommended that crab always be eviscerated prior to cooking, which includes removal and discard of the viscera, internal organs, and gills.
  • Because of Oregon’s precautionary management of biotoxins, the crab and shellfish products currently being sold in retail markets and restaurants are safe for consumers.
  • Before clamming or crabbing, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish safety closures web page at: http://ODA.direct/ShellfishClosures
  • The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended.

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, recreational crabbers will need to mark all floating surface buoys with the owner’s full name or business name and at least one of the following: phone number, permanent address, ODFW Angler ID number, or vessel identification number. Mark your information in a clear, legible, and permanent manner. While this rule does not apply to gear tied to docks, piers, jetties, or beaches, we recommend marking buoys on any gear that could become derelict or lost. Find more information here.

 

Ocean salmon

All areas are closed for ocean salmon fishing.....except the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. is open for all salmon-except coho. It opened on March 15, 2021. All other seasons for 2021 will be under development through the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s annual process that is expected to conclude on April 15, 2021.

 RAZOR CLAMS

The entire Oregon coast is now closed to razor clamming. For more information about this extended closure see this news release or FAQs.

MUSSELS

  • Mussel harvest is now open along the entire Oregon coast.

 

SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING

Surfperch are available in the surf year-round along sandy beaches and rocky shore, with the best fishing (and safest fishing) occurring when swells are small. Learn about ocean surfperch fishing.

When fishing from shore or inside estuaries and bays, it is important to check the tide. Many fish that swim into estuaries and bays, including salmon, surfperch, and Pacific herring, tend to come in with the tide. Catch of these species is more likely to occur closer to slack tide. Additionally, the accessibility of some areas can be completely dependent on the tide. Do not allow the incoming tide to become a safety issue.

 

Pacific halibut

All areas are closed for Pacific halibut. The 2021 season will begin opening in May. ODFW staff recommended season dates are available on the Sport Halibut Season Page. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will finalize the 2021 season dates and regulations at their April 23 meeting.

 

 

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