Fishing for fall trout in Hemlock and Lake in the Woods can be great. Spinners or “plunking” with worms and/or PowerBait can be effective methods for fishing these lakes. Some anglers are having success with flies.
Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions and potential road closures. Remember to only keep trout at least 8-inches long, and only one trout over 20-inches per day.
On the Middle Rogue fishing for summer steelhead should be good. The river remains open for hatchery summer steelhead, and the 2018 runs appears to be very strong. Anglers are catching summer steelhead on plugs fished from a drift boat or drifting night crawlers/roe or yarn balls with scent. Wild steelhead must be released unharmed.
There are reports that Coho are starting to show in the Grants Pass Area, and definitely within the Rogue Canyon. You have to target Coho if you want to catch them. Use black or pink, black and orange jigs or panther martin or blue fox spinners with a pink body. Coho typically bite on the fall, so don’t retrieve gear quickly. The Majority of Coho are wild and must be released unharmed. Please do not remove them from the water.
The Rogue River is also open for trout fishing. Only hatchery rainbow trout may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released. There are half-pounder steelhead present from near Robertson bridge downstream throughout the Rogue Canyon. There are many BLM public access points to fish for these from Hog Creek to Graves Creek.
Beginning Nov. 1 the fishing regulations change on the upper Rogue. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures between Fishers Ferry boat ramp and the Shady Cove boat ramp. Bait is allowed between Shady Cove and Cole Rivers Hatchery.
Fly anglers fishing from drift boats have been doing quite well from Rogue Elk to Fishers Ferry Reach of the Rogue. The upper Rogue above Rogue Elk is pretty cold so knowing where the fish are and swinging right on top of them is good bet if you’re going to target that reach. Please be aware of Chinook redds (salmon nests) and do not disturb actively spawning fish.
As of Oct. 24, 1,825 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery, with 46 new for the week. No Coho have shown at the hatchery yet, but anglers should be aware of their identification. Excess hatchery summer steelhead were recycled back into the fishery at Touvelle Park and Modoc in recent weeks. Only hatchery coho may be retained, so when in doubt, release the fish.
Lost Creek will be the primary draw for trout anglers in the Rogue watershed now through early spring. Large rainbow have been stocked to complement fish remaining as holdovers from earlier releases. Water levels are lower than usual right now, so trailered boats can only launch at the Takelma boat ramp currently.
Trout fishing should be very good, and bass anglers should continue to have good success through fall. Trolling a wedding ring spiked with a piece of worm or Gulp worm behind an oval egg sinker can produce very well at Lost Creek.
Some of the trout have external parasites called copepods. Fish parasites generally do not pose a threat to humans when fish are cooked, and copepods can be scraped off prior to cooking. Anglers are encourage to keep fish that have copepods while staying within the daily limit, since release simply allows the parasite to expand to other hosts.
Water levels are slowly rising at Fish Lake. The resort ramp may now be usable for small boats, but anglers must call ahead to check on conditions and open hours at the resort. The USFS ramp offers an easy launching point for individual watercraft and inflatables.
Anglers have reported good success near the resort casting Kastmasters toward shore. Good-size rainbow have been caught in recent weeks.
Tiger trout, Chinook salmon, brook trout, and larger rainbow trout are available. 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 fish district staff at 541-826-8774.
Expo Pond, Reinhardt Pond, Lake Selma, Powers Pond and Upper Empire Lake were all posted with trout the week of Oct. 15. With the cooling weather trend, fishing should be good at these easily accessible fisheries.
Garrison Lake will be stocked this week.
From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com
While getting a fishing report last Saturday from Cathy Reiss of Ringo’s Lakeside Marina, a young man targeting yellow perch off their dock hooked and landed a chunky three pound largemouth on his panfish gear. On the same day, a dozen anglers fishing off the designated fishing dock at the County Park in Lakeside were enjoying very good success for yellow perch measuring beteeen eight and 11-inches.
That same Saturday, the Tenmile Bass Club had a club tournament in which 14 boats participated and the results were surprising for a November tournament. Ten of the 14 boats weighed in five bass limits and seven of the boats weighed in catches of at least ten pounds, The heaviest bag weighed 14.83 pounds and the biggest bass of the half-day tournament weighed 5.80 pounds.
As I am writing this on Sunday, a few coho salmon have been reported in Tenmile Lakes and there have been no reports this week of crappie, bluegill or bullhead catfish catches. Trout fishing remains slow, but the yellow perch and largemouth bass fishing has been very good.
Coho salmon are in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes, which have small dams on their outlets allowing some control over when their outlets need additional flows or a good flushing. The gates on the dam on the Siltcoos River remain closed, but a few salmon, mostly coho jacks, are using the fish ladder and the best fishing has been in the river above the Highway 101 deadline.
Tahkenitch Lake has been fishing surprisingly well for coho salmon, but it seems that most of the salmon caught so far have some color.
As of last weekend, chinook salmon have entered the Elk and Sixes rivers and more rain is needed to get these fisheries going – as well as get the initial chinooks into Floras Creek.
Butterfield Lake, Saunders Lake, Upper Empire Lake, Bradley Lake and Powers Pond all seem to have fair numbers of trophy rainbows left from their October trout plants.