Rogue Chinook On The Bite; Umpqua Bass Responsive
Sorry, we’re down the SW Oregon report this week. This from ODF&W:
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Trout fishing in lakes and ponds has slowed due to the hotter days and warmer water conditions. However, there’s still good trout fishing for those willing to adjust their tactics:
- Fish higher elevation waterbodies where water temperatures will be cooler.
- Fish early and late in the day when it’s cooler. Also a good tactic on popular waterbodies like Lost Creek Reservoir and Emigrant Lake where you’ll want to be getting off the water before the crowds arrive.
Many lakes and ponds will begin seeing algae blooms this time of year, which can affect visibility. Good trout bets are trolling wedding rings tipped with a threaded worm, or spoons/spinners.
2 places to catch trout this weekend:
- The higher elevation lakes along Hwy 140 such such as Fish Lake and Four Mile Lake, Willow Lake near town of Butte Falls, or Howard and Hyatt in the Rogue, offer scenic and more tranquil fishing experiences. Howard Prairie currently has all bag limits for all game fish being suspended due to low water. 6/24/20
- Diamond Lake continues to produce good numbers of trout including some larger than 20 inches. 7/15/20
Water temperatures for many of the area lakes in the Coos, Coquille, Tenmile District are in the lower 70s. Largemouth bass and bluegills are in their summer patterns, which means fishing will be best in the mornings and late evenings.
Places to fish for bass this week:
- Places like Ford’s Pond and Cooper Creek Reservoir remain good options for bass. 7/15/20
- Bass fishing at Lost Creek has been very good and will remain so through August. Target the submerged flats and points, where the years of willow planting and habitat enhancement by local bass clubs pay off this time of the year! 7/22/2020
- A recent report from a Lake Selmac angler noted that largemouth bass has been good, and that weeds aren’t terrible. 7/22/2020
- The South Umpqua is a great place to fish for smallmouth bass. There is no limit on this species here and fishing can be fantastic. 7/8/20
- Summer Steelhead fishing is a great time in the North Umpqua. Fly anglers have been hitting it hard for a chance at these fun fish. 7/15/20
Anglers have a couple options for fishing on south coast streams and rivers. Anglers looking for spring Chinook should start look to the Rogue. Summer steelhead should be in both the Rogue and North Umpqua.
Anglers wishing a little solitude can walk one of the smaller coastal creeks fly- or spinner fishing for coastal cutthroat. Water temperatures are still good in most small to medium-size streams, but conditions may change as the summer progresses and water levels drop and temperatures warm.
All tributaries to larger river systems such as the Rogue, Applegate and Illinois are closed to fishing, unless noted in the regulations exceptions section of the SW Zone.
Rivers and streams to fish this week:
- In Rogue River bay, anglers are catching Chinook by trolling anchovies. 7/22/20
- Anglers reported good trout fishing on the West Fork Millicoma and other streams in the Elliott State Forest over the weekend. Most of the trout caught are under 8 inches long but there is an occasional bigger fish spotted. 7/15/20
- The Rogue River and tributaries above Lost Creek Reservoir should be a good place to target trout throughout the summer. Trout are stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Target calmer pools and pocket water for resting trout. Stocking sites are from Woodroof all the way upstream to Minnehaha Creek. 7/15/2020
- Summer steelhead are starting to pick up in the Rogue as 88 swam into the hatchery last week. It’s a bit slower than the last four years, but it is still early in the run. Only adipose fin-clipped trout and steelhead may be harvested this time of year on the Rogue. Fly anglers should choose darker flies this time of year. Gear folks can do excellent drifting nightcrawlers, get started early on a “bug and bubble”, or plugs from a drift boat. Shady cove to Touvelle are excellent floats. 7/22/2020
- Thanks to new temporary regulations in Coquille River system, anglers can now use bait, spears and spear guns to harvest smallmouth bass. Anglers using spears had some success harvesting bass on the South Fork Coquille River this past weekend. This unique fishing opportunity is one of many efforts to reduce the impact of illegally introduced bass on Chinook populations. 7/22/20
We have taken down the online trout stocking schedule in order to prevent public crowding at waterbodies when we deliver hatchery fish. We will continue stocking trout but we will deliver on a slightly different schedule and at some different locations to avoid a rush of anglers showing up along with the hatchery truck.
NOTE: Local ODFW offices will not be giving out the schedule either.
TROUT STOCKING MAPS: Find your place to fish
Check out the ODFW fishing and trout stocking maps to find nearby fishing locations, driving directions and descriptions of amenities.
Tips to recreate responsibly
We continue to urge anglers and others recreating outside to stay close to home, keep your social distance, and travel safely. Here’s more information about how to recreate responsibly.
AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullheads, yellow perch
Agate Lake is at 91 percent capacity. The boat ramp and day use facilities here are open and managed by Jackson County Parks. There is a 10mph speed limit on this reservoir.
Agate Lake has a good population of crappie and yellow perch. No report on water clarity, but as it has been full for some time, it should have lost its muddiness. Last updated 7/8/2020
APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout
The reservoir is 46 percent full with an elevation of 1,940.1 ft.
Camping at Hart-tish is open for the season, as is the boat ramp. Some limitations to the facilities still exist (upper day use bathroom remains closed). French Gulch Boat ramp and Copper are open, but facilities may be limited. Plan ahead.
Good tactics for trout at Applegate lake include trolling a wedding ring lure or little cleo. All visitors should practice leave no trace tactics and pack out their own trash if facilities are closed.
Nearby is Squaw Lakes. This quaint, but popular weekend destination is a non-motorized boating waterway. It has a large population of illegally introduced yellow perch. Like many local lakes where these have been illegally introduced, perch tend to overpopulate and stunt themselves. Anglers can easily catch these fish from shore and are encouraged to harvest as many as possible. Last updated 7/22/2020
APPLEGATE RIVER: winter steelhead, trout
Applegate River is currently open for trout fishing, and bait is allowed. Only adipose fin clipped (hatchery) trout may be kept, all wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.
Anglers should do their part to harvest and remove non-local Umpqua pikeminnow they encounter on the Applegate River. All tributaries are closed below Applegate Dam, except Glade Creek. Tributaries above Applegate Dam are open per SW Zone trout regulations, 2 per day. The upper Applegate tributaries above the dam have some nice pools where anglers may want to try fish small nymphs from a fly rod.
You can check the flows on the Applegate when planning a trip. Last updated 7/22/2020.
ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout
Slow. The pond is pretty weedy and increased water temperatures have slowed the trout fishing.
To reduce the growth rate of the aquatic vegetation, we’ve deployed weighted suppression mats on the pond floor. You’ll notice the buoys in the middle of the water attached to these mats. Please be mindful of where you cast because you may lose some gear if it gets tangled in the buoy line. Also worth noting, is that the trout seem to be fond of the mats and are often found cruising over the swatches of vegetation-free space.
Oregon State Parks manages Arizona Pond for anglers ages 17 and under. This is a great place for new anglers to learn fishing techniques, but please remember that the big kids/adults need to stay out of the pool.Last updated 7/22/20.
BEN IRVING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie
Douglas County Parks are open.
Ben Irving should still be a good bet even with higher temperatures this week. The morning hours will likely be the best time to be on the water. The lake is popular with watersports. Try fishing early in the upper reservoir where new habitat structures are in place. Last updated 7/22/20.
CHETCO RIVER: cutthroat trout
This is a good time of year for anglers to start fishing some of the tributaries to the Chetco. Cutthroat fishing can be very good on some of the larger tributaries this time of year. Last updated 7/22/20.
COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, coho and Chinook smolts
Douglas County Parks are open
Anglers are still picking up a few trout, but most anglers switch to warmwater fishing this time of year.
Beginning in 2016, Cooper has been stocked with coho and Chinook salmon juveniles (20,000 coho in 2019). These are often mistaken for kokanee. Anglers may retain up to 5 salmon juveniles in the reservoir as part of their daily trout bag limit. Please remember to release salmon and trout less than 8 inches. Last updated 7/15/20.
COOS RIVER BASIN: marine species, cutthroat trout
Recently the late mornings and afternoons have been very windy on the lower Coos Bay estuary making it difficult to fish from a boat. When conditions are calm enough, anglers have been catching a few rockfish in the lower Coos Bay estuary fishing along the jetty and submerged rock structures. The daily bag limit for marine fish was recently increased to 7 which for boat anglers can not include any copper, quillback or China rockfish.
Bank anglers can still retain one copper, quillback or China rockfish as part of their daily bag limit. Anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day. The harvest of 1 cabezon per day as part of your general marine fish daily limit opened on July 1.
Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open as of May 22. Anglers fishing in streams and rivers above tidewater are restricted to us flies and lures through the end of August. There is lots of public access to streams in the Elliott State Forest. Anglers will have best success in the deeper pools. With the recent hot weather, fishing will be best in the mornings and late evenings. Last updated 7/22/20.
COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: striped bass, smallmouth bass, trout
A group of anglers did extremely well this weekend fishing smallmouth bass on the South Fork Coquille using small Rapala crankbaits and a worm on a plain hook. Another group did well snorkeling and harvesting smallmouth bass with spears. Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good throughout the South Fork, Middle Fork and mainstem Coquille river. There are no daily bag limits or length limits on bass in the Coquille River.
Thanks to new temporary regulations in Coquille River system, anglers can now use bait, spears and spear guns to harvest smallmouth bass. This unique fishing opportunity is one of many efforts to reduce the impact of illegally introduced bass on Chinook populations.
Some striped bass anglers continue to have success casting crankbaits on the lower Coquille River but overall fishing for striped bass has been spotty. Anglers are trying several different techniques like fishing anchovies on the bottom of the river or by drifting and casting crankbaits. There are no daily bag limits or length limits on striped bass.
Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open as of May 22. Trout fishing has been good on the BLM lands of the upper East Fork Coquille River. The majority of the trout anglers will catch are under 8 inches long. Anglers fishing in streams and rivers above tidewater are restricted to us flies and lures through the end of August, with the exception that the entire South Fork Coquille below boundary of the US Forest Service property above Powers is open to the use of bait. With the recent hot weather, fishing will be best in the mornings and late evenings. Last updated 7/22/20.
DIAMOND LAKE: trout
Most of the Forest Service campgrounds are now open at Diamond Lake as well as boat launches. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camps and ramps.
Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at Diamond Lake on the Diamond Lake Resort Facebook page, or call 541-793-3333 for updates. Diamond Lake is open year-round.
Anglers are doing fairly well. The common advice is to try different techniques to see which one is working that day. Recent reports indicate bait off the bottom was working well.
Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger and brown trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. These trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught. Last updated 7/22/20.
EEL LAKE: trout
Anglers are catching bluegills, crappie and largemouth bass off of the fishing dock. Fishing will be best in the mornings before the afternoon winds pick up. Remember to keep your distance from other anglers that are not in your group.
Boat anglers trolling for trout have been catching lots of fish but with the warmer weather you may need to get your gear down a little deeper. Wedding rings tipped with a worm have been working the best.
Approximately 13 miles north of North Bend off Hwy 101, located in Tugman State Park. Last updated 7/22/20.
ELK RIVER: cutthroat
Cutthroat trout fishing can be good this time of year. Anglers will want fish higher in the river where water temperatures are cooler. Last updated 7/22/20.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR:, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead, catfish, rainbow trout
Boat ramps and facilities at Emigrant Reservoir that are managed by Jackson County Parks are currently open. For more information on park facilities closures visit the Jackson County Parks website. The water park is closed for the season. Weekends will have lots of water users, so plan to fish early.
With the warm weather and surface temps, anglers will want to fish early here anyway in order to avoid stressing fish. Try fishing texas rigged plastics for bass to reduce the chance that your catch deeply swallows a hook, or rattle baits in the morning around submerged vegetation or points.
For the trout angler, they will be in deeper or colder sections of the lake such as the emigrant arm near it’s confluence with emigrant creek, or near the Dam. There is no stocking scheduled until the fall.
Emigrant Lake is mostly a warm water fishery at this point with good crappie and bass fishing to be had. The reservoir is dropping through the summer and submerged vegetation will get less and less. The Emigrant arm would be a great place to target the warmwater fish. If you can find sections of submerged vegetation, these are good places to target crappie. Rocky points will produce some largemouth bass. Smallmouth could be anywhere and everywhere.
The reservoir is currently at 43 percent full. Last updated 7/22/2020.
EMPIRE LAKES: warmwater species
Largemouth bass fishing has been good in the mornings for anglers fishing in kayaks or pontoon boats on Lower Empire Lake. There’s lots of aquatic vegetation so target areas on major change in features, like points in weedlines. Bluegills and yellow perch are biting at Lower Empire Lake. Most of these fish are small but occasionally you can catch a keeper. Last updated 7/15/20.
EXPO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie
Expo Pond day use lot and Jackson County RV park are open (Gate 5). This will primarily be a warmwater fishery for the remainder of summer, but there is some very deep water at Expo Pond where trout do hide.
Trout were stocked earlier in the spring both in the middle pond (East of RV park), and in the pond directly behind the amphitheater. The shallower pond that runs along the frontage road is great for targeting bass.
Expo pond does have Chinese mystery snails, and folks should remember to drain and dry any personal watercraft when leaving here, these critters are highly invasive and you don’t want to inadvertently carry them somewhere else. Last updated 6/24/2020.
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook
Fish Lake Marina is open, and the lake is 62 percent full. Clarity was reported as relatively clear this past weekend. This facility has been very busy on weekends, to the point that boats may have a hard time launching from the forest service boat ramp. Get here early. Visitors should still heed social distance warnings.
Your best bet here is probably to fish from a boat to get away from the crowds along the northern shore. Bank anglers should fish a threaded nightcrawler under a bobber, or PowerBait from the bottom. Either should produce, especially with some fresh trout that were recently stocked.
More information on National Forest Developed recreation sites and campground closures for the Rogue Siskiyou Forest please visit here.
There is a 10 mile/hour speed limit on Fish Lake, which does help provide a tranquil experience while you enjoy views of Mount Mcloughlin.
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 ext 234 or 226. Last updated 7/22/20.
FLORAS CREEK/NEW RIVER: trout
Reopened for trout fishing on May 22. Last updated 6/24/20.
FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout
Slow. Trout fishing has been slow as water temperatures and lower lake levels have made trout fishing a little tough. There is limited bank access, so the lake is best accessed by boat. There’s a public boat ramp is available at Boice-Cope Park. Anglers will want to watch the weather forecast and try to fish when the wind is light. Bass fishing should start picking up with the warmer weather. Last updated 7/22/20.
GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass
The lake level might be a bit low, but this can concentrate fish and increase anglers’ chances. Try fishing in the morning before it gets too warm.
The current info from Douglas County Parks is the parks are open. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions. Check out the Lake Level Gage for more information.
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. Last updated 7/15/20
GARRISON LAKE: rainbow and cutthroat trout
Slow. The lake is pretty weedy and low. Anglers fishing early morning are doing the best. Bank fishing is tough with the increased weed growth.
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. Last updated 7/22/20.
HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS (Douglas County): trout
The USFS has closed the campgrounds at these sites. You may still be able to access the lakes from other areas. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-496-3532) for information on camp and ramp closures.
Fishing should still be worth a trip up to the lakes as temperatures elsewhere may be a bit too high for trout fishing. Focusing effort in the morning or evening would likely produce the most bites.
Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Remember to only keep trout at least 8 inches long, and only one trout over 20 inches per day. Last updated 7/22/20
HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass
Emergency regulations are in effect for Howard Prairie Reservoir. All size and daily, and possession limits are off for all game species. Water levels are extremely low at Howard, but two small unimproved boat ramps remain usable for small vessels at this time. Folks should not park and block these access points. Rangers may ticket you.
Accessibility of these ramps will become more difficult through mid-summer, but both are still open. One is on the NW side of the Dam. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is probably necessary here. But as of last weekend, small vessels could still launch. The other gravel ramp on the northeast side of the Howard Prairie Marina, near Doe Island looks to be done for the year. The end of the ramp has reached mud, and 4-wheel drive may not be able to save you.
A drift boat or kayak would be the only thing that would be able to launch here. The only campgrounds still open at Howard Prairie are those at the Marina.
Many other facilities including all of the improved boat ramps at Howard Prairie are maintained by Jackson County. These are all closed due to low water, short staffing, and COVID 19. For more information, visit their website.
Bank fishing is possible, with social distancing precautions, near the dam and on the opposite bank of the Marina, off the 37 Road access.
The reservoir was at 17 percent full, and an algae bloom looks to be underway. Last updated 7/22/20.
HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass
Hyatt lake ramp is open, but only a few feet of concrete remain. Smaller trailers are advised here. Bank access is readily available. The reservoir is 35 percent full. Trout fishing has been good all spring, but starting to slow. Troll between the improved boat ramp and the dam for the deepest water. Bass fishing should be good along vegetation lines or the submerged trees on the NE branch of the lake. Last updated 7/15/20.
ILLINOIS RIVER: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout
Anglers in the upper portion of the watershed along Hwy 199 can check the Kerby guage before fishing. Spoiler, it’s low and very clear.
The Illinois River is currently open for trout fishing and hatchery steelhead. Only artificial flies 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. Trout anglers will want to fish early here, to reduce the effects of warmer afternoon temperatures on trout. Land and release your fish quickly.
Later in the summer, hatchery steelhead and half-pounders have been known to nose into the lower few miles of the Illinois, near Agness and Oak Flat campground, particularly if the Rogue is running warmer. Half-pounders don’t typically show in the Rogue until mid-August. Last updated 7/15/2020.
LAKE SELMAC (Selmac Lake): trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie
Lake Selmac facilities operated by Josephine County Parks are currently open. More information about Josephine County Parks and responses to COVID-19 can be found on their website.
Bass and panfish are available here year-round. A recent visit here confirmed that weeds aren’t that bad this year. The typical places like the trout shelter boat ramp and along the southwestern shore are experiencing some thick aquatic vegetation, particularly along the southwestern shallows.
However, along the floating docks on the west, along the points of the Teal Campground, along the dam and northern shore, there are nice patches of open water with vegetation nearby to cast to. A boat angler reported that bass fishing has been pretty good this summer.
Bluegill fishing should be fun along the veg lines. A simple setup here of a nightcrawler under a bobber can be very fun for the kiddos.
If you are interested in trout, the best bet would be near the dam as that is the deepest, coldest part of the lake at this time of the year. Last updated 7/22/20.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee
The USFS has recently opened Poole Cr Campground. You may also be able to access the lake from other areas. There was a recent report of a blue green algae bloom. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on blooms as well as camp and ramp closures.
Lemolo KOA is open. Contact the resort at 541-643-0750 for weather/road conditions and additional information.
There haven’t been any recent reports from anglers for Lemolo and the bloom may be keeping anglers away. 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. Last update 7/15/20.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass
The Joseph Stewart State Park day use, boat ramp and marina are currently open. Camping reservations can be made up to 2 weeks ahead of time. For more information, please visit the Oregon State Parks website. Takelma boat ramp and facilities are also currently open. Expect weekend traffic here.
Lost creek has some exceptional bass fishing during July through August. Consider targeting catfish cove, or some of the points off the southwestern portion of the lake.
Trout continue to be stocked in Lost Creek. Trout anglers may try trolling a wedding ring and worm combination behind an oval egg sinker in the Lost Creek Arm, or up under Hwy 62 where the mainstem meets the lake. As the water warms up through the summer, the trout will be deeper.
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 encouraged to keep fish that have copepods while staying within the daily limit, since release simply allows the parasite to expand to other hosts.
Lost Creek Reservoir is 70 percent full and 1,842.7 feet elevation, and 78 degree surface temperature. Water visibility is clear. Anglers can get the latest surface temperatures by calling the US Army Corps Lost Creek Lake and Applegate Reservoir projects information line at 1-800-472-2434. Last updated 7/22/2020.
MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill
Medco Pond is a private pond and access can be revoked at any time. To help keep access open, anglers should make sure to pick up their trash, as well as other trash when they are there. Bluegill fishing can be exceptional at Medco Pond, with good access along the road. This is a great place to take the younger angler for good action along the shore. Fish a nightcrawler under a bobber. Medco also was stocked with 1,100 trout in mid-June. Last updated 7/15/2020.
PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, salmon, halibut, surfperch
Douglas County Parks are open.
Bottomfishing is restricted to inside the 40-fathom regulatory line until Sept. 1. Fishing for rockfish and lingcod has been spotty recently when anglers can get out on the ocean. The daily bag limit for marine fish was recently increased to 7. But anglers must release all copper, quillback or China rockfish when fishing from a boat.
Anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day. Anglers may harvest 1 cabezon per day as part of your general marine fish daily limit.
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.
Surfperch anglers are reporting limited success fishing the ocean beaches using sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp sand worms.
The ocean Selective Coho (fin-clipped) season opened on June 22 from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border. This area in the ocean is also open to harvest of Chinook salmon. The salmon bag limit is two salmon per day. Ocean salmon fishing for fin-clipped coho and Chinook was good out of Winchester Bay over a week ago. As of July 12, there was 79.9 percent of the quota remaining.
The Nearshore Halibut season for the Central Coast Subarea is open 7 days a week, inside the 40-fathom line, through the earlier of the quota of 32,591 pounds or October 31. As of July 12, there is 45 percent of the quota remaining.
The next All-Depth Halibut days for the Central Coast Subarea are July 23-25 then July 30- Aug 1. As of July 12, there is 46 percent of the quota remaining.
The Southern Oregon Subarea for halibut is open 7 days a week through the earlier of the quota of 8,000 pounds or October 31. As of July 12, there is 79 percent of the quota remaining. Last updated 7/22/20.
PLAT I RESERVOIR: bass, trout
Plat I is open to the public for fishing and launching boats.
Warmwater fishing should be good, but likely better in the morning before the heat of the day.
This reservoir was stocked with trout the last week of April. This is the last time it will be stocked this year. With temperatures in excess of 80 in the summer, the trout likely wouldn’t survive the summer months. Last updated 7/22/20.
REINHARDT PARK POND: trout, bluegill, bullhead
Reinhardt received its last trout stocking in middle April. It is a very shallow and warm urban pond, with a healthy population of local geese. That being said, bass and panfish area vailable year-round.
Being a relatively small location, anglers should practice social distancing at this facility. If a fishing platform is occupied, you should move to another, less busy location. A relatively simple set up includes either a nightcrawler fished below a bobber. There are many areas to easily bank fish and the pond is small enough to be able to cover the majority of the water.
Last updated 6/24/20.
Rogue River, lower: Chinook, summer steelhead
Chinook salmon fishing has improved with about 50 boats a day trolling for salmon. Chinook numbers will build in the estuary and fishing will only get better for the next couple of months. As usual, the best bait is an anchovy.
A few summer steelhead and half-pounders have been moving into the lower river. Numbers will only increase as we move into August.
Current river flows are reported by the gage in Agness on the USGS website. Note that this gage is above the Illinois River mouth and does not account for that additional water flow.
For a current view of the Rogue from the Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge in Gold Beach, check out the ODOT’s camera. Last updated 7/22/20.
Rogue River, middle: Chinook salmon, steelhead, rainbow trout
Beginning July 1, wild Chinook salmon may be harvested from the Rogue Mouth, all the way up to Dodge Bridge. Summer steelhead should be starting to show in the Middle Rogue, however, it is still early in the run.
There are many BLM public access points to bank fish from Hog Creek to Graves Creek. This is often referred to the “Galice area.” You will have plenty of rafting traffic in this section of water this time of year. Serious anglers best chances would be to head upstream to a bit cooler water. However, summer Steelhead are moving through right now, and a spinner thrown along a tailout may produce an early run summer fish.
Salmon fishing is very slow in the middle Rogue right now. The best bet would be Gold Hill to Rogue River.
Locally-owned and operated tackle stores in Grants Pass have excellent gear and very fresh bait that is specific to the Rogue and to your particular technique. Go check them out and offer them support during this time.
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.
As of Wednesday morning, the flow in Grants Pass was approximately 1530 cfs, temperature averaging 66 degrees, turbidity at 2 NTU. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s websiteoffers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera. Anglers can check all the USGS gauging stations, which have the most current temperatures and river flows here. Last updated 7/22/2020.
Rogue River, upper: hatchery Chinook, steelhead, rainbow trout
Non-adipose fin clipped (wild) Chinook salmon may not be harvested upstream of Dodge Bridge at any point in the year. As of July 1, any Chinook salmon can be harvested from the Rogue mouth, upstream to Dodge Bridge.
All public boat ramps and public access points are currently open on the upper Rogue, except the “hatchery hole,” which encompasses the area from Cole Rivers blocker dam to 1,200 feet downstream.
Very good trout fishing can still be had from Rogue Elk upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Check out some of the local fly shops and their websites for good tactics. Trout anglers are especially encouraged to harvest adipose-fin clipped trout in this reach of river.
Anglers targeting spring Chinook should consider going with a local guide. There are still good fish being caught right now. Only hatchery spring Chinook can be retained from Dodge Bridge upstream to Cole Rivers hatchery from now through July 31. Most anglers are switching their focus to fresh summer Steelhead. Good reaches for these are from Shady Cove to Touvelle.
For week of 7/15/2020, 88 new summer steelhead entered the hatchery, bringing the total to 321 fish for the year; it is still very early in the run, with the 10 year average indicating approximately 15 percent of the run should have returned to date. A recycling of these fish is not scheduled for another few weeks, as early broodstock is still being met.
For spring Chinook salmon, the run continues to be dismally low, with 64 new fish last week, bringing the total to 1,270 fish for the year. The collection pond is typically sorted on Wednesdays, and new numbers are typically available to the public by Thursday or Friday. Call into the Lost Creek Reservoir hotline or check the MyODFW.com fish counts page.
For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434. For real time streamflow from USGS gauges on the Rogue click here. Last updated 7/22/2020.
Note proper on fish handling:
Fishing for salmon and steelhead is a privilege. Anglers should take the health of these fish into account when they handle, particularly after a long fight. If you plan to release a fish, follow these stewardship practices:
- Don’t hold a fish out of water for 10 or more seconds, especially after a long battle.
- Don’t let it flop in the bottom of a boat in a net or on a gravel bar.
- Don’t hold it by its mouth or under the gills.
- Leave it in the net, in the water while you remove the hook.
- If you’re taking a photo, be all set up so the fish is barely out of the water for just a few seconds. Better yet, take a photo while it’s still in the water.
Remember, spring Chinook need to survive in the river for another two months until they spawn in September. And summer steelhead won’t start spawning until December. It‘s also 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, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout
All tributaries and the mainsteam are open to trout fish with a daily bag limit of 5 trout. Trout are stocked from river bridge/natural bridge area in and above Minnehaha Creek from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Areas around the Union Creek, Farewell Bend and Woodruff Bridge can have pretty swift flows in early summer, and anglers should be aware of bedrock crevices when wading.
Above the Hwy 62/234 interchange, the river gradient starts to lessen. Target slower water at the top of a riffle, or pocket water within a riffle, or pools were fish are resting or waiting to ambush.
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 nightcrawler, Pautzke eggs or even PowerBait will produce. Fishing a bug and bubble will also do well. Presentation is usually the key, as will most trout fishing in moving water, with care to try and provide the best free drifting presentation of your fly or bait. Last updated 6/24/20.
SAUNDERS LAKE: largemouth bass
Anglers have been doing well catching largemouth bass along points and weedlines during the mornings. Topwater lures, jigs, and Senkos have been producing the best bites. Last updated 7/15/20
SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: trout, bass
Summer time in the Smith River means trout and bass. Some areas in the Smith are open for retention of trout so check the regulations before going out. Smallmouth fishing should be good right now as well. The river is fairly low and clear. Smaller presentations are better in low clear water. A few anglers are still picking up striped bass as well.
The Smith sees only light pressure for most of the season and can provide a great experience for anglers looking to get away from the crowds. Last updated 7/15/20.
TENMILE LAKES: trout, warmwater species, largemouth bass
Largemouth bass can be caught early mornings and late evenings in shallow water. During the middle of the day bass can be caught in deeper water and in the shade of docks. Recent water temperatures have been between 70-75 degrees.
Bluegills can be found feeding along the edges of the lily pads in the mornings and evenings. Bluegills can be caught on small jigs, worms on a small hook, or even on small wet flies and poppers.
Yellow perch can be found on the outside edges of the weedlines in 7-12 feet of water.
Trout fishing has slowed down with the warmer water temperatures. Anglers will have the best success fishing for trout in the deeper water and trolling slowly. Last updated 7/15/20.
UMPQUA HIKE-IN LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout
High lakes can be a great idea for this time of year. The mosquitos may be annoying,but fishing can be great when water temperatures are still on the cold side. Flies and small lures are always a good bet. A recent report from one of the lakes had anglers catching a couple fish per hour.
Lakes typically accessible from hiking trails and that were stocked in the last couple years are: Calamut, Connie, Bullpup, Fuller, Cliff, Buckeye, Maidu, Pitt, Wolfe and Skookum lakes.
Clearwater Forebay Two can be a great place to fish as well with brook trout and rainbow available.
Red Top Pond offers excellent bank fishing opportunities was stocked in June. In addition, there should be plenty of holdover legal-size trout from previous stockings in these waterbodies. There are also bass and other warmwater fish available. Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Last updated7/22/20.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, bass, trout
Chinook fishing is open, but most anglers are fishing in the ocean or bay. Check restrictions for 2020 Fall Chinook before going out. The Umpqua in restricted to one unclipped Chinook per day and five per year.
Steelhead should still be coming through, but most people are focusing on bass.
Trout fishing is open on the Main and its tributaries. Last updated 7/22/20.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout
The river is warming up, which may be slowing the bite. Summer steelhead should be around, but only a few are being caught.
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 July 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, unweighted, artificial fly. Last updated 7/22/20.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: bass, trout
There are consistently good reports on bass fishing in the South Umpqua. Trout is catch-and-release for the South Umpqua Basin. The mainstem and tributaries above Jackson Creek Bridge are closed year-round. Last updated 7/22/20
WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead, yellow perch
Facilities at Willow Lake are managed by Jackson County Parks. The boat ramp and all day use facilities, and camping are open. For more information please visit their website. Willow Lake is currently 98 percent full. Willow lake last received 4,000 stocked rainbow trout in mid-May, and plenty of trout earlier in the spring. There is no stocking planned until early fall.
Bank access is available along the county road.
There are healthy numbers of illegally introduced yellow perch up here and anglers are always encouraged to take as many of these as they want. Anglers should concentrate on submerged willows or rocky shorelines for perch. Last updated 7/8/20.