FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP
Beginning with the opening of upcoming spring Chinook season, the mainstem Umpqua River will be closed to retention of all wild spring Chinook in 2020. Harvest of hatchery Chinook remains open. The North Umpqua also remains open to Chinook under permanent rule. In the North Umpqua, anglers may harvest two wild Chinook per day and ten per year from Feb. 1 through June 30.
HATCHERY HOLE ON THE ROGUE RIVER AT THE HATCHERY CLOSED THROUGH JULY 31ST. CLOSURE COULD EXTEND LONGER.
Hatchery spring Chinook returns are extremely low, and if the current pace continues, broodstock needs for this mitigation program may not be met. A similar emergency rule was enacted in 2017 due to poor returns of early returning fish.
CONDITIONS LAST UPDATED 6 / 26 / 2020
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AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, perch, bullhead catfish
The lake is 99 percent full. Fishing has been good for the warmwater species in the lake using plastic jigs, and nightcrawlers. Some trout have been caught in the very deepest water near the dam. Use power bait fished right off the bottom for the best results. Please be sure to observe distancing from others when fishing. .
APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout, spring chinook, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie
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The reservoir is 53 percent full and has been steadily dropping. There is no certainty as to how long the boat ramps will be able to be used out here. There is no water reaching Seattle Bar. It is a trickle through there. Bank anglers will encounter muddy banks, but should focus on points. Trolling with flashers and nightcrawlers is the way to go to get trout right now. ODF&W stocked Applegate per the usual spring schedules with legal and larger sized rainbow trout. Bass angling has been very good along rocky points and near the dam. Using spinner baits and swimming plugs resembling small tout gets fast action on bass.
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.
Fishing has been holding up well very well with good water levels. At times big bug hatches have been slowing success. The best success is coming to those trolling in 15 to 30 feet of water. Look for rocky and sandy bottoms and then troll slowly with flasher and worm combos, flatfish, or spinners. All are putting trout in the boat. Still fishing with power bait has been working in 20 to 25 feet of water. The Cheese Hole on the north end, and the Shrimp Beds on the south end as well as the mouth of Silent Creek have been top spots. Garlic infused power bait has been outproducing regular power bait.
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.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, perch, catfish
All boat ramps, campgrounds, and bathrooms are open. The lake is 59 percent full and dropping. Trout fishing is okay in the mornings. Best results come to those trolling in deeper water. Fishing for the bass and panfish has been very good! Saw a video this week of a young man who caught a 6 to 7 pound largemouth from the shore in the Emigrant Creek arm. He was using a nightcrawler and a kiddie pole. Figures right? .
EXPO PONDS: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead catfish, carp
ODF&W stocked the Isola Pond with legal and larger rainbow trout per the usual spring schedules. Fishing the ponds is generally very good at this time of the year for many of the fish in the ponds. Nightcrawlers are always a top producer. Power bait works well for trout. Tossing spinners or flies will get you action on many different species. Bass fishing is very good. Use bass lures like spinner baits and poppers for best success.
The Southern Oregon RV Park developed by Jackson County offers parking in the lot to the right as you drive in Gate 5. A day use fee to park here is $4. An annual parking permit can be purchased from Jackson County Parks Department for $30. That parking permit is good for all Jackson County Parks. The Expo Ponds have plenty of good bank access, and anglers can catch many of the species present by fishing night crawlers below a bobber. This makes the ponds a great place to take kids fishing.
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, tiger trout, spring chinook
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Fish Lake is 70 percent full and rising. Fishing has been good and ODF&W is now stocking the lake on the regular summer schedule with legal and larger rainbows. Fish Lake is getting rainbows that would have been destined for Howard Prairie. So more numbers of trout going in. Trollers are reporting success using flasher and worm combos, flies, and spinners. Trolling flies and spinners are getting hook ups on Tiger Trout as large as 20 to 24 inches. Limits of rainbows are coming out. Still fishing with power bait is putting fish in the boat. Use the garlic infused power bait for best results.
Tiger trout, Chinook salmon, brook trout, and larger rainbow trout are available. Remember that tiger trout must be immediately released unharmed. Anglers are encouraged to report their catch of tiger trout to fish district staff at 541-826-8774.
FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout
Without any doubt at all...this is the home of the hottest bite for trout in Southern Oregon right now. Nothing but red hot fishing for very willing rainbows. Every cast gets a bite. Limits are coming quickly!! The lake is only 29 percent full. Launching boats is an issue. Going to be very tough to launch a big boat up here right now. But, the best fishing is happening right on the bank from the sounds of things. Cast your line out as far as you can with power bait or a nightcrawler and then hold on. The bite is going to come quick!!
GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts
Galesville was stocked regularly this spring with legal and larger rainbow trout. The trout wil be hitting worms, power bait, jigs, and spinners. Fishing for bass and other warm water fish species is very good. Plastics, spinners, and plugs worked around structure have produced bass.
HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout, bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegills
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ALL LIMITS AND SIZE RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN WAIVED AT HOWARD PRAIRIE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH DUE TO FEARS OF A FISH DIE OFF DUE TO VERY LOW WATER LEVELS. By now you likely have heard all about this. Howard Prairie is expected to hit "Dead Pool" this summer. This means they cannot draw any more water out of it. This also means water is not refilling the laje due to low rain and snow totals. The water level is 22 percent of full pool. It is will be dropping through the summer. ALL boat ramps are dry now. There is a temporary gravel road ramp near the dam suitable to launch only very small aluminum boats or john boats. You can use canoes, kayaks, and rafts. You can also of course fish from the shore. While all limtis and size restrictions have been waived, remember that all laws otherwise do apply. You must have a valid fishing license. You must obey legal fishing time. You must obey legal angling methods. Please observe distancing from others. While bag limits have been waived, please only take what you are going to consume.
HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass
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Hyatt Lake was stocked with the annual “fall fingerlings.” last Octrober. These trout are legal size now. Additionally the stocking schedule has kicked in for this year with leagal and larger rainbows going in. That includes rainbows that would have been going to Haward Prairie. Use nightcawlers and power bait as the top producers still fishing for trout. Trollers will get trout using flasher and worm combos. Bass fishing has been steadily improving. I love using a size 3 red and white Mepps spinner here for fast action on bass. Kids will love this method as you will get a bass on every cast. They will be very aggressive about hitting spinners. Hyatt Lake is 36 percent full at this time.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie
Lake of the Woods is seeing good fishing for rainbows trolling in at least 30 feet of water. Still fishing has been good too for those out in the mornings. Power bait is getting it done. Have heard of some brown tout being taken after dark by those trolling Rapala lures soaked in krill scent. The bass and perch bites are going strong now. Nightcrawlers do the trick for sure for perch. Bass will hit the various bass lures, as well as plugs that look like small rainbow trout. Fishing for bullheads is really improving. Use nightcrawlers, chicken gizards, and hot dog chuncks for them. For updates on services available and fees, check their website at www.lakeofthewoodsresort.com
LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullheads
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ODF&W stocked Selmac per regular spring allotment with both legal and larger rainbow trout. Fishing had been good for trout at last report. Trolling and still fishing were both working. I would expect that the vegetation is getting going out here. This means trout, and trout anglers will have to move out to deeper water. Bass fishing and fishing for other warm water species will be improving in the shallows. Nightcrawlers and jigs get the bulk of these fish. Use plugs that look like small rainbow trout, and you could get a huge bass on the line. .
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee
No recent reports at all. But, normally at this time of the year LeMolo fishes very well for rainbows and also for Kokanee down deep. Brown trout will also be picked up in the deeper water as they are targeting kokanee. Use jigs as a great way to get after the truly giant sized browns in here. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of 5 per day with only one of those measuring over 20-inches. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information. You may need to leave a message.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, spring chinook, bass, bullheads
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Lost Creek Reservoir is 81 percent full and still filling. All boat ramps and shore access roads are open. Joseph Stewart State Park is open for camping and in the day use area in front of the Lost Creek Resort and Marina. ODF&W stocked Lost Creek heavily through the spring with legal. larger, and trophy sized rainbows. Fishing has been good out here with plenty of limits of rainbows being seen. Anglers are mainly trolling for them now in deeper water at least 40 to 50 feet deep and up above the bridge. Bank anglers do best for trout down near the dam using power bait. Some brown trout are being taken above the bridge by those using nightcrawlers in deeper water. The trick is to find the current from the river coming in and then side drift it like you would for steelhead in the river. Use scents like krill, and crawdad to help get more action. Fishing for bass has been very good. Lots of action on both largemoth and smallmouth. Spinners are working as are plastics worked around structure. .
MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill
Medco Pond is privately owned and so the impacts from the virus here are very minimal. The camp sites are open. The parking spots are open. Be very mindful of social distancing here. Try not to park so as to create a big group of vehicles. Keep spread out at all times. As for fishing, it is good for trout, especially in the mornings and late evenings. Use nightcralers and power bait. Fishing for bass, bluegills, and crappie is very good. Use nightcrawlers as the main bait. Bass lures and plugs will work. Fly fishing anglers have great success up here for everything that swims in the pond. Remember those popping flies and streamers for bass. Small water craft of all kinds are allowed here. There is no boat launch here anyway, so no ramp closure. Gas engines are not allowed on the pond, and bank access is restricted to the west shore.
Medco Pond is not Forest Service or BLM land. The owner has said it will remain open to public access as long as people treat it respectfully and not trash it. And as long as there is public access, ODF&W will keep stocking it. There is a caretaker on site. They are putting out garbage bags for you to put your trash in, and even providing some chairs for sitting in while fishing. Some really nice touches. Let's do our part visiting there and throw all our trash away and leave only memories of our time there. By the way, when at Medco Pond, keep your eyes open when looking at the trees around the pond, especially the east side of it. Wolf sightings have happened up here. Keep your ears open too. Might hear them howling in the hills near the pond. I have had several people report they heard them, and I have heard a wolf howl up here. Best times for howling to happen are in the evening right after dusk turns to true nightfall, and again in the early morning hours just ahead of and after dawn's arrival. I saw a wolf on the Butte Falls - Prospect Highway just north of the pond. They are in the area.
REINHART POND: rainbow trout, warm water fish
Reinhardt Park Pond is now mostly all about bass and bluegill fishing. Trout fishing has slowed greatly as the water wamrs and the vegetation takes hold. You could still get a trout or two in a biting mood in the mornings before the sun really gets on the water. Be very mindful about social distancing in parking and around the pond.
WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, brown bullhead, perch
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Willow Lake is full of water and ALL facilities are open! Fishing has been very good for trout, bass, perch, and bullheads. And this is the case both from shore and for those in boats. Trout are being taken for those using power bait, nightcrawlers, flies, and spinners. Bass and the other warmwater species are being taken on spinner baits, bass lures, plugs, dlies, and worms. The perch bite is now on fire. Use worms and a bobber and you can catch dozens of these tasty fish. And you can keep dozens of them. Perch are an invasive species in Willow Lake. You can keep all of them you want. The boat ramp is open as are the county campgrounds.
RIVER REPORTS AS OF 6 / 26 / 2020
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To find out more about conservation, management and outreach efforts on the Rogue River, check out the Rogue River page on the ODFW Web site.
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 2,930 cfs this morning at Agness. As is the case now with all of the rivers, we are just not getting much information on fishing right now. This is due to very low numbers of springers returning. Plus the Wild and Scenic Section has all kinds of restrictions in effect still due to virus precautions. Just a bizarre year.
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 2,060 cfs. The temp is 66 degrees.
With the flows and the water temp, the springer fishing would be tough. Now add in poor numbers of springers and you have a very quiet river. Seriously quiet. You can try tossing roe and plugs and see what happens...but keep expectations low. Heck, trout fishing has been very "meh". That said, summer run steelhead are making an appearance. Anglers going out in the middle river are going to be targeting them. Work the heads of riffles with flies and spinners as the best way to get steelhead. Nightcrawlers with red yarn will work too.
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout
The flow from the Lost Creek Dam is at 2267 cfs. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 2,290 cfs.
836 spring chinook, and 73 summer steelhead have returned to the Cole Rivers Hatchery through June 24th.
Springer fishing has been abysmal. Just awful. All you need to know is reflected in the number back to the hatchery above. As you may have seen, the Hatchery Hole has been shut down to all angling through July 31st. It may get extended beyond that as was the case in 2017. ALL the effort in the upper river has been focused on the incoming summer steelhead. Hitting the heads of ridles with spinners, and flies will get you action. Drfiting nightcrawlers through holes will also work.
The Holy Water is in the last gasp of the salmonfly hatch. Fishing was ensational as usual while the hatch was on. Be sure to keep social distancing in mind. Anglers are reminded this area is fly-only and catch-and-release, and are encouraged to fill out voluntary angler creel cards (even if they didn’t catch anything) at 8 acces sites along this stretch of water. Also, please especially fill out a card if a tagged fish was caught. The evening bug hatches of the spring are beginning out here. Would concentrate on those as that is when fishing will be best. Keep a low profile to the water. The water clarity is very good and you will spook fish easily.
ROGUE RIVER ABOVE LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout
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The Rogue River and feeder creeks like Mill Creek, National Creek, and Union Creek are stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day with 2500 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.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, sturgeon, chinook, bass, striped bass, shad, trout
As of this morning the height of the river is at 3.93 feet and the flow is 2,260 cfs at Elkton.
Chinook fishing is open, but not many anglers are trying. Wild harvest of Chinook is closed in 2020 in the main until July 1. Hatchery harvest is still allowed.
Steelhead should still be coming through, but most people are focusing on shad and bass.
Trout fishing is open on the Main and its tributaries.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass
Smallmouth bass fishing is reported as very good. Use spinners, plastics, and plugs to target them.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout
The river came up in flow with recent rains and fishing should be good. Spring Chinook fishing has been good and anglers have caught a few summers
Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout (those above Slide Creek Dam): check the fishing regulations to see which areas are closed.
Note that as of 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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Water conditions have been very good this year. Anglers may want to try fishing the lower river for cutthroat before the river flows drop. Early mornings are the best.
ELK / SIXES RIVERS: Sea run cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
New Chinook regulations for 2020. Wild Chinook harvest is permitted May 22– Dec. 31. Please see the 2020 fishing regulation book for more details. The river is open for cutthroat trout.
APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead
Applegate River is currently open for trout fishing. Only adipose fin clipped (hatchery) trout may be kept, all wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed. All tributaries are closed below Applegate Dam, except Glade Creek.
ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead
The Illinois River is currently open for trout fishing and hatchery steelhead. Only artificial flys and lures are allowed. Since there is no hatchery on the Illinois, the fishery is primarily catch-and-release for wild trout, as retention in not allowed
Later in the summer, hatchery steelhead and half-pounders have been known to nose into the lower few miles of the Illinois, near Agness, particularly if the Rogue is running warmer. Half-pounders don’t typically show in the Rogue until mid-August.
WINCHUCK RIVER: Sea run Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
The river is open for cutthroat trout. Be advised that most of it flows through private property. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited.
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