SW Oregon Fishing Reports

From avid angler Tim Moran

The McKenzie – Fishing on the fly with Dry/Dropper, match the hatch dries (PMD, Caddis, Stones, Terrestrials), Nymphs and Euro Nymphing techniques. Guide Martin Thurber has been taking his clients out and limiting on planted rainbows in 1/2 day trips. He’s fishing with small egg clusters and worms behind a hotshots. Spring salmon fishing is done on the river.

Detroit Reservoir – Fishing for kokanee is good trolling in 30 to 50 feet with hoochies behind a flasher. Downriggers are helpful for this fishery but you can reach these fish with long, braided lines nad 3 to 4 oz. of weight. Using your fish finder electronics is key to finding the fish.

Rogue Bay – Fishing for Summer/Fall Chinook is starting to pick up in the bay. Fishing in the bay should improve through the month.

Umpqua River – Bass fishing is good throughout the main stem and south fork casting flies, small crankbaits, plastic curly tails and worms. Summer steelhead are present but fishing has been slow. Most anglers are awaiting the Fall chinook season which should get going soon in the bay.

Winchester Bay – Chinook are moving into the bay and fishing near the jaws with herring is starting to pick up. Bay crabbing was excellent the last two weeks with full pots of crab in mostly good condition. Salmon Fishing in the upper bay will improve soon too. Fishing herring, spinners or Brad’s baits behind a 360 flasher will all take fish here and the fishing isn’t quite as “combat’ as the jetty fishing is.

Diamond Lake – Fishing has been good for bait fishermen with powerbait and worms/eggs as well as fly fishermen fishing leeches, damsels, wooly buggers and big minnow patterns. Rainbows will get up to 20 inches and Browns and Tiger trout will attack your flies. Be sure to release these as they are protected and there to control the chub population.

Siltcoos Lake – Fishing is good for Yellow Perch in 8 to 12 feet of water around small islands and in the channels between them. Small jigs tipped with a worm or a straight worm under a bobber. Bass are up in the reeds and off the points. Fishing the pads and reed lines with spinnerbaits, top water plugs and flipping jigs will all take Largemouth Bass to 5lbs. Trolling for big trout is good too with a flasher and a flatfish or a wedding ring tipped with a worm.