Southwest Oregon Fishing Reports
No new updates from Pete this week.
Ocean salmon fishing for Chinook salmon from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt is open. Chinook must be a minimum of 24-inches long. The ocean opens to fin-clipped coho salmon on June 22.
Bottomfishing has been good when the ocean lays down and anglers have been able to make it out.
Trout fishing has been holding up well in several area reservoirs, including Cooper Creek, Galesville, Howard Prairie and Lost Creek.
Conditions for crabbing and rockfish and lingcod fishing in Coos Bay should improve as the mud and heavy freshwater runoff from recent storms had subsided. Using a jig with a twister tail has been a great bait for catching rockfish. Anglers have been catching lingcod with a herring floated under a bobber.
Striped bass and smallmouth bass are active now, and there are no size limits or bag limits for these species in the Coquille Basin. Striped bass fishing has been good in recent weeks.
Diamond Lake has picked back up as the large swarms of midges have receded. Recent reports indicate most successful anglers are using flies and using a quick retrieve or trolling.
On the lower Rogue anglers are catching a few steelhead and the early portion of the summer run should start showing by the end of this month. Beginning May 1, only hatchery steelhead may be retained.
We had a good push of spring Chinook in April. And with recent rainfall, we may see another push of fish over the next week or so. Spinners, plugs, anchovies, and sardines have all been used successfully. Hatchery Chinook may be retained year-round. Wild Chinook opened for retention June 1.
The upper Rogue is in good shape and expect flows to hold around this level for the foreseeable feature. Spring Chinook continue to be caught in the upper river as the run progresses A few steelhead are around as well. Salmonfly hatch is coming to an end but there are still a few around helping the top water action.
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.
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.
As of June 12, a total of 44 summer steelhead have entered Cole Rivers Hatchery with 30 new fish last week. Zero new winter steelhead were collected last week, leaving the season total at 2,835 fish. A total of 1,029 spring Chinook have entered the hatchery this season, including 95 last week.
The Rogue above Lost Creek Reservoir will be stocked this week and this will occur weekly through the summer. Reports indicate fishing has been good from Prospect upstream. 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 PowerBait will produce.
The Tenmile Lakes have been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout. Tenmile Lakes provide some nice holdover trout this time of year, and some can measure over 17-inches long. Try trolling slowly with a spinner or spoon, tipped with a worm, to catch these larger trout. Trout fishing may slow down with warmer weather, as the summer progresses.
Conditions should be prime for bass, crappie, bluegill, and brown bullhead catfish fishing at this time. Anglers also use small jigs or a worm on a hook fished near the bottom to catch yellow perch.
All wild steelhead must be released in the Umpqua so please follow good catch-and-release techniques. Some summer steelhead should be around, and a few are being caught.
Shad anglers are at the usual spots between Scottsburg and Roseburg, and some folks are having great success. The typical season is from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day.
Medco Pond, Lost Creek Reservoir and the Rogue River above Lost Creek are scheduled to be stocked this week.