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FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP
DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID, ALL SHELLFISH ANGLING IS CLOSED FROM CAPE BLANCO TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE.
Snow could limit access to some higher elevation lakes. Check ahead for road conditions, and be prepared for sudden changes in the weather.
Beginning Jan.1, there will be a new steelhead bag limit on rivers where wild steelhead harvest is allowed. Check the 2019 Sport Fishing Regulations for details.
The upper Rogue water levels don’t typically fluctuate dramatically upstream of Elk Creek. So while the rest of the river is falling into shape after a storm, this is a great section of river to explore.
Lost Creek Reservoir fishes well in the winter, and is a major draw for trout anglers in the Rogue Basin.
The recent cold snap has firmed up ice conditions on many waterbodies. Anglers have been on the ice and catching fish throughout the zone.
Ice fishing safety
Anglers need to be cautious about ice conditions. Take the following precautions: use the “buddy system,” wear a PFD in case of thin ice, carry a throw-rope, and use a heavy metal staff to check for thin-ice. The Minnesota DNR has developed guidelines for ice thickness and other safety tips.
CONDITIONS LAST UPDATED 2 / 7 / 2019
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AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, perch, bullhead catfish
The boat ramp is unusable with the low reservoir level. Anglers can fish from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft. Fishing is very slow. The lake is open from dawn to dusk daily.
APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout, spring chinook, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie
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MERCURY ADVISORY IN EFFECT AT APPLEGATE RESERVOIR. TROUT, SALMON, AND STEELHEAD ARE THE FISH THAT ARE SAFE TO EAT OUT OF APPLEGATE RESERVOIR. THERE ARE HEALTH ADVISORIES ON EATING WARM WATER FISH OUT OF APPLEGATE.
The Oregon Health Department has issued a mercury advisory for Applegate Reservoir. This means that the warmwater fish in Applegate have been found to be carrying higher than safe levels of mercury in them. Mercury is naturally occurring in Southern Oregon waterways. You should limit the amount of bass, perch, bluegills, and crappie that you eat out of Applegate Reservoir. Click here for the full information.
Boat access is limited to the low water ramp at French Gulch now and through the winter. Trout anglers are still having success trolling flasher/wedding ring/worm combinations, or just a nightcrawler behind a flasher. Fishing should continue to be good on days that are not stormy. Surface temperatures are 44 degrees. With water temps at this level look for sunny days and mid day through mid afternoon offerring the best bites.
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 recent reports of folks fishing on the ice, and catching fish. Follow ice fishing safety tips and proceed at your own risk. While ice fishing, anglers with a two-rod endorsement may use up to five rods. Make sure to contact Diamond Lake Lodge for up-to-date conditions. Anglers can check fishing and water conditions by calling 541-793-3333 for updates. Diamond Lake is open year-round.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, perch, catfish
MERCURY ADVISORY IN EFFECT AT EMIGRANT. TROUT IS THE ONLY TYPE OF FISH THAT ARE SAFE TO EAT OUT OF EMIGRANT.
All boat ramps are closed. The reservoir is beginning to fill. It is up to 32 percent full. Anglers would do best to plan on fishing from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft. Fishing is going to be very slow unless we get a day with a lot of sunshine hitting the water. Then we could see a trout bite develop from mid day through the afternoon until the sun comes off the water. The RV park is open year round but tent camping is now closed for the season.
EXPO PONDS: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead catfish, carp
JACKSON COUNTY IS CHARGING AN ACCESS FEE TO THE ISOLA POND PARKING AREA. THE FEE IS $4 PER DAY. YOU CAN USE JACKSON COUNTY PARKS PARKING PASS AS WELL. THE PASS IS $30 FOR THE YEAR. GET PASSES AT MOST MAJOR SPORTING GOODS RETAILERS IN JACKSON COUNTY.
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. Fishing success is poor as water temps have reached the point where everything is off the bite now. Night crawlers are going to be your best bet for any action. Expect that fishing will improve at the end of the month going into March. This will be due both to water warming up a bit, and the Isola Pond being stocked for the first time at the end of the upcoming Jackson County Sportsmens and Outdoors Show. The trout that go in are usually on the bite right away. Very large trophy trout over 5 pounds with some over 10 pounds get stocked every year.
Anglers can fish the pond, which is within a RV Park developed by Jackson County by parking in the lot to the right as you drive in Gate 5 and walking to the pond. 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 other ponds at the Expo support excellent populations of wam water fish like bass and bluegills. Fishing is very slow, poor in fact in all ponds.
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, tiger trout, spring chinook
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SNO PARK PERMITS ARE REQUIRED AT THE FOREST SERVICE BOAT LAUNCH THROUGH APRIL 30TH! This is the only lake in Oregon with this situation. Failure to have a snow park permit will result in a $250 ticket.
Fish Lake has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout. Tiger trout, Chinook salmon, brook trout, and larger rainbow trout also are available. Fishing is best using nightcrawlers soaked in krill scent. Power bait with garlic scent will work too. Be ready to change colors until you find the one they want to hit. Larger tiger trout can be targeted by casting lures or streamer flies around structure, but remember that tiger trout must be immediately released unharmed. Anglers are encouraged to report their catch of tiger trout to ODF&W staff at 541-826-8774.
Expect snow at Fish Lake. Water levels have been rising and the lake is at 45 percent of fool pool. For this time of the year, that is a high level. As the lake is covered in ice now, be using proper ice fishing safety as outlined at the top of the page. For those fishing through the ice, there have been some very good days. Worms are the best way to go by far. But, some success is also being had using small jigs soaked in scent and using a bit of nightcrawler.
FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout
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Snow has closed off access to Fourmile. It is closed from now through next spring's melt off.
GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts
Galesville has been stocked several times in 2018 and should have trout from previous stockings. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015. The reservoir is very low and fish should be kegged up. In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest. Fishing for bass and other panfish should be decent. Good areas are near dead snags and the boat ramp. Try a slow retrieve with a diving crank bait. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.
GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout
Anglers slow trolling spinners, flies, or wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm all typically do well hooking up with some feisty rainbow trout. Five trout per day/2 daily limits in possession; 8-inch minimum; only one trout over 20-inches long may be taken per day. Bank anglers can find access at the 12th street or Pinehurst boat ramps and off Paradise Point Road. The lake can be very windy so anglers will want to check the weather before heading out.
HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout, bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegills
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Expect snow and ice now if you head up. No reports about the extent of ice on the lake. The access road to the dam remains locked. Anglers can still walk the shoreline and fish the point to the south of the dam. There is good bank access via BLM property on the NW side of the lake via the Keno Access Road, but no reports have come it whether there is any open water here either.
Fall fingerling trout have been stocked this season. Please handle these undersized trout with care and release them unharmed. The shoreline near the dam and near Fawn Island can be very productive during periods of low water. There is additional public access along the Keno Access Road on the northwest side of the lake.
HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass
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Hyatt is iced over. The ice at last report was not safe to be on. So for now, consider Hyatt to be closed.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie
The lake is frozen. The lake is frozen and anglers are ice fishing. Small yellow perch dominate the catch. No surprise because what most people use as bait for ice fishing is going to get the attention of the perch. But, do know that for those putting time in, very nice sized rainbows will show up to make it worth it. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports and the condition of the ice Toll Free at 866-201-4194. Open and accessible all year. Lake of the Woods has three improved boat ramps, numerous campgrounds and day use areas. There is a day use fee for this lake.
LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullheads
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Visibility at Selmac is improving after the recent rains. Reports have been good with fly anglers fishing leeches or streamers and a slow strip. Those using worms and powerbait should expect good success as visibility improves. The first stocking of rainbow trout of the year is scheduled for next week. This will always bring a burst of very good fishing.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee
Heavy snow has been falling. LeMolo may in fact be iced over. If it is, typically the ice there is not safe enough to be on for ice fishing. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, spring chinook, bass, bullheads
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Lost Creek is currently 59 percent full. It will be the primary draw for trout anglers in the Rogue Valley now through early spring. Boats can only launch at the Takelma boat ramp currently due to ice issues at the Marina. Large rainbows have been stocked to complement fish remaining as holdovers from earlier releases. Action has been sporadic but anglers are catching fish up to 18 inches long. Red wedding rings fished with a worm behind a dodger or flashers produce fish, as does PowerBait fished while still fishing.
MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill
Fishing is very slow out here right now. And few anglers are making an effort here. The pond is also very likely covered by thin issue making fishing impossible to do.
Medco Pond is privately owned. It 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
Fishing is slow for all species. Suspending a worm below a bobber will be the most effective technique.
WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, brown bullhead, perch
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Willow Lake has been stocked with legal-size and larger-size rainbow trout in 2018. Willow Lake has more water than most reservoirs in SW Oregon. That said, fishing is slow here as it has been most everywhere. Portions of the lake most likely have ice over them. If you are going to give it a shot, use nightcrawlers soaked in scents for best success. Be ready for very light bites at first. That big hard tug is the one you have to set the hook on. Miss it and you missed your chance. Snow has been falling out here and the snow pack at the lake is building. Cabins are available year-round (make reservations made through Jackson County Parks), and there are 10 first come-first serve campsites as well. You will need a parking permit to access county facilities.
RIVER REPORTS AS OF 2 / 7 / 2019
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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 4,310 cfs this morning at Agness
Winter steelhead and hatchery chinook have now spread throughout the Rogue. Anglers may want to consider plunking during higher water events. As the water drops, anglers typically switch to side drifting with eggs or tossing spinners.
The Rogue is open for hatchery rainbow trout through March 31; 5/day. Wild rainbow and cutthroat trout, (any fish with an adipose fin), must be released. Please see the regulations for details.
For a current view of the Rogue from the Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge, check out the ODOT’s camera.
Rogue River, middle: steelhead, chinook salmon, trout
At Grants Pass we have a flow of 1,750 cfs. The temperature is 40.5 degrees.
Beginning Oct. 1, the river between Hog Creek boat ramp and Fishers Ferry boat ramp is closed to fishing for Chinook.
In the coming weeks, anglers will likely be encountering down runner summer steelhead or kelts, and should limit their handling of these fish by not removing them from the water, if possible. Reports of winter steelhead being caught in the Galice area continue to roll in. Some fish are showing in Grants Pass. Winter steelhead doesn’t really heat up in the Rogue until later in February. The river is holding steady around 1900 cfs and should rise a bit this weekend with measurable precipitation in the forecast for Friday through the weekend.
One wild steelhead per day and 3 per year may be retained below Hog Creek boat ramp if they are at least 24-inches long. Beginning Feb. 1 through April 30, the rest of the Rogue River to Cole Rivers Hatchery will open to retention of wild steelhead at least 24-inches long as part of the daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit of 1 wild steelhead per day and 3 per year SW zonewide. Consult the 2019 sport fishing regulations for further information and clarification.
Running plugs from a drift boat is not a bad option. Drifting night crawlers, roe, or yarn balls are always a good call. A diversity of bait will always help your chances when steelhead fishing.
Fly anglers that nymph will want to use prince nymphs or copperswans, steelhead brassies, stone flies, ugly bugs, or will want to fish large dark flies if swinging. Don’t be afraid of color such as black and chartreuse, black and blue, black and purple, black and pink, or black and red. If tying your own flies, don’t be afraid to add a little bit of flash dubbing or tinsel in the body of your fly. Also, covering lots of water when working through a run is a good technique when swinging flies. Trying moving 4-5 feet downstream every cast or two.
Gold Hill to Rogue River, Baker to Lathrop or Ferry Hole, or Griffin Park to Robertson Bridge are all good floats this time of year.
Half-pounders are worth targeting throughout the winter. Target these fish from Galice to Grave Creek by boat, or for the hardy angler willing to hike into the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue. Anglers report great half-pounder fishing downstream of Rainie Falls. Remember, only 5 hatchery rainbow trout may be retained per day. All wild rainbow trout and cuttroat trout must be released throughout the river.
Boaters floating from Hog Creek to Graves Creek should be familiar with the rapids in this section of river, and know their takeouts. Experienced oarsmen/woman are recommended here. There are many BLM public access points to bank fish from Hog Creek to Graves Creek. Boats should not attempt to float through Hellgate Canyon during high water. Drifting roe or night crawlers are very effective.
Further upstream, Griffin Park and Robertson Bridge are good places to plunk or use a side-planer setup with plugs or Spin-N-Glos for bank anglers.
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout
The flow from the Lost Creek Dam is at 1,056 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 1,380 cfs.
A total of 236 winter steelhead, and 3,282 summer run steelhead have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of February 5th.
Bait is again allowed throughout the entire Rogue basin. There is good public access for bank fishing and boat access at Cole Rivers Hatchery, McGregor Park, Casey Park, Rogue Elk, Shady Cove, Takelma, Dodge Bridge, Modoc, Denman Wildlife Area, Touvelle State Park, Gold Ray and Fishers Ferry. Most floats in the upper Rogue have been from the hatchery or Rogue Elk downstream to Shady Cove. Dodge Bridge to Touvelle is an excellent float but anglers should be aware that they will encounter Rattlesnake Rapids. If you are not ready for Rattlesnake, many floats will start at the ODFW Modoc Access Site and float to Touvelle or Fishers Ferry. Waterfowl season is now done, so boat traffic will now just be anglers.
The upper Rogue water levels don’t typically fluctuate dramatically upstream of Elk Creek. So while the rest of the river is falling into shape after a storm, this is a great section of river to explore. Try fishing roe, night crawlers, spinners or jigs under bobbers.
Fly anglers that nymph will want to use prince nymphs or copperswans, steelhead brassies, stone flies, ugly bugs, or will want to fish large dark flies if swinging. Don’t be afraid of color such as black and chartreuse, black and blue, black and purple, black and pink, or black and red. If tying your own flies, don’t be afraid to add a little bit of flash dubbing or tinsel in the body of your fly. Also, covering lots of water when working through a run is a good technique when swinging flies. Trying moving 4-5 feet down every cast or two.
The Rogue River is open for trout fishing. Only hatchery rainbow trout of a minimum 8 inches may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.
The Holy Water from the dam to the hatchery is open and is fly fishing ONLY! No bait fishing is ever allowed. The best success has come for those hitting the evening hatch with emergers just coming off. Fish with a wet presentation in mind like you would with nymphs.
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 were stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day with 2500 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in size each week. 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.
Angling pressure is nil. The very cold water combined with snow and ice has ended all fishing effort. I suspect there is not going to be any real fishing activity up here until we get well into the spring. Fishing is going to be VERY slow anyway. The trout basically go into hibernation mode.
Umpqua anglers: return steelhead snouts
Winter steelhead anglers are asked to return snouts from hatchery steelhead harvested in the Umpqua River basin to collection barrels at various boat ramps around Douglas County and at the ODFW office in Roseburg. This data collection is part of a multi-year research project to improve winter steelhead fishing in the South Umpqua River.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, sturgeon, chinook, bass, striped bass, shad, trout
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As of this morning the height of the river is at 6.58 feet and the flow is 6,590 cfs at Elkton. That is lower than what you want to see..
There have been some really good reports throughout the main. The current forecast has the river coming into shape by the weekend. All wild steelhead must be released in the Umpqua so please follow good catch-and-release techniques.
Trout fishing will reopen in May 2019.
Open for Chinook salmon Feb 1 – Jun 30 (Umpqua Wild Chinook Aggregate Bag Limit applies). From July 1– Dec. 31, anglers can harvest two 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.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass
As of this morning the height of the river is at 6.89 feet and the flow is 2,860 cfs at Brockway. These are not bad numbers for steelheading.
There are good reports from throughout the South now. Fishing has been great. Not seeing anything huge...but a lot of very solid 5 - 10 pounders with enough appearance of fish in the teens to keep excitment high. Plugs from boats and roae from the bank and boats is getting it done. Tributaries to the South and Cow Creek are closed for trout fishing until the opener in May.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout
As of this morning the height of the river is at 3.68 feet and the flow is 4,050 cfs at Winchester. Very good numbers to see.
Steelhead fishing should be good and recent reports have anglers catching a good number. The peak for the North is in later February and March. Remember, this is mostly a catch and release fishery for natives. You will see some hatchery fish show up....but typically it is going to be about a 30 to 1 ration of nates to legal keepers that are hatchery fish.
Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout: 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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Wild steelhead may be harvested 1/day and 3/year as part of a daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit. Fishing has been good. The river was very colored up from a big slide up in the canyon earlier in january. That situation may keep happening. If it does, it can make sor some tough days on the water. Why are these slides happening? Mostly it is due to the Chetco Bar fire area getting too much rain for the slopes to handle. You get slides resulting.
Anglers interested in participating in the angler-caught steelhead broodstock program may inquire about signing up at the Gold Beach ODFW office 541-247-7605.
Please see the southwest zone special regulations and exceptions for current regulations. A visual and status update on the river bar crossing can be found here at the NOAA bar camera webpage.
ELK / SIXES RIVERS: Sea run cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
From the river mouth to Bald Mountain Creek, the Elk is open for steelhead and chinook fishing through March 31. Wild steelhead may be harvested 1/day and 3/year as part of a daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit. Anglers please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulationsbook for more details. Please note: there is a wild Chinook aggregate bag limit rule for Floras/New, Sixes, and Elk Rivers.
To check river current conditions, call 541-332-0405.
APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead
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The Applegate River is open to trout and steelhead fishing through March 31. Only hatchery rainbow trout and hatchery Steelhead may be retained. All wild steelhead and cutthroat trout must be released.
Winter steelhead in the Applegate typically arrive later in the season. The Applegate is closed to fishing from a floating device. There is public bank access near the dam, Jackson Campground, McKee Bridge, Cantrall Buckley Park, Applegate, Fish Hatchery Park. Remember, there is no fishing from a floating device. Most river users tend to use a small pontoon boat as their preferred method for navigating the Applegate. Anglers should stay below ordinary high water mark and not trespass on private property. The river temperature is 42 degrees coming out of Applegate Dam.
ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead
The Illinois River is open for trout fishing and winter steelhead through March 31. Since only hatchery trout may be retained, fishing will be primarily catch-and-release for wild trout, as the Illinois does not have a hatchery program. Wild winter steelhead may be retained in a few areas, but are subject to new daily and seasonal bag limits of 1 per day and 3 per year SW zone wide in waterbodies were wild harvest is allowed. Consult the 2019 fishing regulations for areas open to retention of wild steelhead.
WINCHUCK RIVER: Sea run Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
Steelhead season is open through March 31. Wild steelhead may be harvest 1/day and 3/year as part of a daily or annual bag limit. Please see specific rules in the southwest zone of the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book prior to fishing. Also note: no fishing from a floating device is allowed on the Winchuck River.
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As we are now into the winter storm season, be expecting stormy conditions with rough ocean surfaces now through the spring. Always be checking forecasts before you want to go out.
SOUTHERN OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS FROM CAPE ARAGO TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID
FOR 2 / 7 / 2019
The action in Brookings is going to be for bottom fish and crabs on the ocean when conditions allow, and winter steelhead fishing in the local rivers. Crabbing will also be happening in the estuary and boat basin. As long as river flows are low, you can expect to see keepers in your pots. Flows in the rivers have significantly improved for winter steelhead fishing. Anglers will find flows suitable for using plugs, or roe. When the oceant does lay down enough, bottom fishing and crabbing should be great! Very good success has been reported. Ling cod are very much showing up with a lot of limits being taken when boats can get out.
GOLD BEACH: Like Brookings, expect good fishing for bottom fish when conditions are right. CVrabbing will be good on the ocean when you can get out. In the bay, that will depend on river flows. If they are low, it will be very good. High, and crabbing will be lousy. Fishing for surf perch is open year round. Fishing for them on the beaches and on the sand spit in the bay has been excellent when conditions create fishing opportunity. Look for low tide / minus tide situations. Fishing will also be best when winds are light and seas are calm. Clam necks, live sand shrimp, and Berkley Gulp are proven perch takers. Watch the tides and fish the opportune moments of slack and especially minus tides..
COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, steelhead, bottom fish, striped bass.
River forks in the South Coos and Millicoma basins should be in shape this week, with the cold, snowy weather. Steelhead fishing conditions should hold up until higher elevation snow melts off. Steelhead anglers wanting to fish the South Fork Coos River will need a Dellwood Fishing Access Permit, available from the Weyerhaeuser website.
Trout fishing in streams and rivers will reopen May 22, 2019, while lakes in the basin are open year-round. Spring stocking of Coos area lakes begins the last week of February and first week of March, and continues up to the Free Fishing Weekend in June.
Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the links highlighted here Crabbing and Clamming
The recreational harvest of razor clams is CLOSED from Cascade Head to the California Border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Recreational harvesting of mussels is open along the entire Oregon coast, except from Tillamook Head south to Cascade Head. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.
WINCHESTER BAY: sturgeon, chinook, rock fish, surf perch
Fishing in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful. Bottom fishing is good for boats going out when conditions allow. Crabbing is goinjg to be good in the ocean when boats can get out. It always is here at this time of the year. It will be hit or miss in the bay and boat basin now. When the river flows are up it is slow. Let flows drop and crabbing picks back up. Surf perch fishing is good when conditions are favorable for them. Tossing sand shrimp works, or Berkely gulp baits will get you action.
MARINE OFF SHORE FISHING: bottomfish, crab, salmon, tuna, halibut
SOUTHERN OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS FROM COQUILLE RIVER SOUTH JETTY TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID
DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID, ALL SHELLFISH ANGLING IS CLOSED FROM CAPE BLANCO TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE. THIS INCLUDES FOR CRABS IN BAYS AND ESTUARIES AS WELL.
Prohibitions at Oregon’s marine reserves at Cascade Head, Cape Perpetua, Redfish Rocks and Otter Rock are in effect. Fishing, crabbing, clamming, hunting and gathering seaweed are all prohibited. Beach walking, surfing, bird watching, diving and other non-extractive uses continue to be allowed. See complete details and a map of the boundaries of the reserves:
Otter Rock Marine Reserve
Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area
Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area
Cascade Head Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area
Beginning Oct. 1 the fishery is open to all-depth.
General marine fish daily bag limit has been increased back to 5 fish, as of Wednesday, September 19.
Effective Friday, Aug. 17 at 11:59 p.m. sport anglers can no longer retain cabezon.
Lingcod daily bag limit is 2 fish, separate from the general marine fish bag limit. Minimum size of 22-inches.
Reminder skates and rays are not part of the flatfish group, they are part of the general marine fish group. The general marine fish regulations (bag limit, depth restrictions, etc.) apply.
Yelloweye rockfish prohibited at all times and in all waters.
Descending devices are mandatory.
Offshore Longleader Fishery
For additional regulation information, see the Sport Groundfish Seasons webpage.
The recreational bottomfish fishery is open with a 5 fish daily bag limit, no sub-bag limits (except cabezon, when open).
Public piers provide opportunities to catch surfperch and baitfish and to drop crab pots (but check first for crab health safety closures).
Surfperch are available year-round, with the best fishing occurring when swells are small. Learn about 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 hazard.
The state waters Chinook salmon fishery inside approximately the 20 fathom line off the Elk River at Port Orford (Cape Blanco to Humbug Mt.) will be open through today. There is a daily bag limit of 2 Chinook, but no more than 1 non fin-clipped Chinook per day and no more than 10 non fin-clipped Chinook in seasonal aggregate with the Elk R., Sixes R., New R., and Floras Cr. Minimum legal size of 24”, and terminal tackle is limited to 2 single point barbless hooks. Details available at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/
Effective Mar. 16, 2018, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission issued a three year temporary closure for harvest of abalone in Oregon. The season had been temporarily suspended since Jan. 1 due to concerns over the health of Oregon abalone population and potential increases in fishing effort. This temporary closure will allow for assessment of Oregon’s abalone population and coordination with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which has also closed fishing of red abalone. The closure also provides more time for kelp beds, which produce drift kelp upon which red abalone feed, to recover from adverse ocean conditions and other factors.
RAZOR CLAMMING CLOSED FROM THE COQUILLE RIVER SOUTH JETTY TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE, AND ALSO FROM TILLAMOOK HEAD TO THE COLUMBIA RIVER FOR THE NORTHERN OREGON COAST
Bay clamming is open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Check out the Where to Clam articles for places to find them.
Always call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or ODA shellfish closures website before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures.
Mussel harvest is open along the entire Oregon coast.
All seasons closed until next year..