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FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP

DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID, ALL RECREATIONAL CRABBING IS CLOSED FROM BANDON TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE.....AND  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.

Winter steelhead season is in full swing on the lower Rogue. Anglers have had success from the shore and from boats.

Winter steelhead have been thick on the Chetco, Elk and Sixes rivers.

Due to snow along the Umpqua River, weekend water levels will depend on how quickly the snow melts.

Lost Creek Reservoir fishes well in the winter, and is a major draw for trout anglers in the Rogue Basin.

 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 3 / 4 / 2019

 

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AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, perch, bullhead catfish

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The boat ramp is usable and the reservoir is approximately 52 percent full. However, visibility is very poor due to suspension of fine sediment.. 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.

Trout anglers have reported success trolling a flasher/wedding ring/worm combination, or just a night crawler behind a flasher. Fishing should be good.

Applegate Lake has three boat ramps. The Hart-Tish Park ramp is closed until the concessionaire reopens later in the spring. As lake surface elevation levels have fluctuated the last few weeks from heavy inflows due to storms, the USFS Copper Boat Ramp has been usable one week and non-usable the next week. It’s best to check the most recent lake levels before planning on using the Copper Ramp, which is useable at more than 1932 feet lake surface elevation. There is no gate access to worry about here as it is open year-round. French Gulch remains accessible boat access despite surface elevation fluctuations. Surface temperatures are 41 degrees. The lake is at 43 percent of full pool. 

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.

The heavy snows of February have rendered the lake almost impossible to fish. There is around 6 feet of snow over ice 2 feet thick. There are a precious few holes that have been opened up right in front of the lodge on the north end of the lake. But, if you cannot get one of those, you have almost no chance to make a new one. 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

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MERCURY ADVISORY IN EFFECT AT EMIGRANT. TROUT IS THE ONLY TYPE OF FISH THAT ARE SAFE TO EAT OUT OF EMIGRANT.

The boat ramp nearest to Emigrant Lakes at The Point RV Park is open. Any size fishing boat should be able to launch now. All other boat ramps are closed or very inaccessible, but the reservoir is continuing to fill. Fishing is very slow due to very turbid water. The Point RV Park is open year-round. The Oak Slope Tent Campground is scheduled to open March 15, 2019.

EXPO PONDS: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead catfish, carp

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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 Isola Pond was stocked at the end of the Jackson County Sportsmans and Outdoor Show last week. There are trophy sized brood stock rainbows in there over 10 pounds along with larger and legal sized rainbows. Fishing for them has just been okay so far. Use nightcrawlers and power bait. Isola Pond 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 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. The other ponds at the Expo support excellent populations of wam water fish like bass and bluegills. The Upper Pond closest to Upton Road and the Ampitheater Pond will have remnant populations of rainbow trout and steelhead in them from when they were being regularaly stocked with both. 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 heavy snow at Fish Lake. Water levels have been rising and the lake is at 48 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 summer due to the heavy snow. It may be 4th of July or later before you can get in here.

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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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 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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Lake Selmac received 5,000 legal rainbow trout the week of Feb 11. Early reports indicate fishing was pretty tough with the cold weather and reduced visibility. Visibility at Selmac can be dramatically influenced by precipitation and tributary inflow. It can take a week or more to clear. When visibility is good, reports have been good with fly anglers fishing leeches or streamers and a slow strip. Gear fisherman should expect good success as visibility improves. Aquatic vegetation at Lake Selmac has died off quite a bit. With limited options for low elevation lakes this time of year, Lake Selmac may be worth an exploratory trip.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Heavy snow on the lake and very thick ice have shut the lake down. Cutting holes to fish through will be a very tough chore. 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 73 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

The pond is covered by thin ice 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

The pond near the baseball fields at Reinhardt Community Volunteer Park was stocked with 300 trout the week of Feb. 11. It will get another 300 rainbows this week. This is a great place for a family to explore with very easy access for everyone. A relative simple set up that includes either a nightcrawler fished below a bobber, or floating PowerBait fished off the bottom are all you need to catch a trout here. 

WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, brown bullhead, perch

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The boat ramp at Willow Lake is open. Clarity at the lake is not ideal as the reservoir has been filling, but recent reports indicate that some anglers have been finding trout here and there with very little in the way of crowds. Expect to encounter heavy snow, but the lake should not be iced over. 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. 

 

 

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RIVER REPORTS AS OF 3 / 4 / 2019

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ROGUE RIVER

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

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The flows are at 10,100 cfs this morning at Agness

The Lower Rogue is still blown out from the heavy rains of last week.

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

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At Grants Pass we have a flow of 4,530 cfs. The temperature is 43.5 degrees.

Beginning Oct. 1, the river between Hog Creek boat ramp and Fishers Ferry boat ramp is closed to fishing for Chinook.

Anglers continue to encounter the occasional spawned-out summer fish. These “downrunners” or kelts are very colored up, and exhibiting a “sunken” or sucked in belly.  Anglers are encouraged to use catch-and-release best practices by limiting their handling of these fish, not remove them from the water if possible, and release them as soon as possible. 

Fishing was good for winter steelhead prior to the river blowing out the early part of this week. Anglers were mostly catching bright winter fish, with about 10-15 percent of the catch being downrunners. Both bank anglers fishing plugs and side-planners, and boat anglers were catching fish. Recent reports indicated plugs, eggs and yarn balls all producing winter fish from boats, with about 40 percent of the catch being hatchery fish. As the river drops back into shape, expect fishing to continue to get better.

Now through April 30, the entire Rogue from the mouth to Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery is open to steelhead fishing with a limited harvest opportunity of 1 wild steelhead per day and 3 per year SW zonewide. In the Rogue, wild steelhead must be at least 24 inches in length in order to be retained. Consult the 2019 sport fishing regulations for further information and clarification. Good reports of hatchery fish being caught in the Galice and Robertson Bridge area continue to be reported.

Popular methods for winter steelhead fishing include Running plugs from a drift boat, drifting night crawlers, roe, or yarn balls.  Bank anglers typically use a side-planning setup with plugs. A diversity of bait including different colored roe will always help your chances when steelhead fishing. Higher water can often be a good thing for bank anglers and plug fishermen as the river will actually “get smaller.” Meaning that fish will be navigating closer to shore and in a narrower migration path.

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.

As we progress into March, popular floats include: Gold Hill to Rogue River, Baker to Lathrop or Ferry Hole, or Griffin Park to Robertson Bridge.

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. This is often referred to the “Galice area”. Boats should not attempt to float through Hellgate Canyon during high water. Also, just downstream of the Alameda boat ramp is Argo Rapid.  Inexperienced boaters should not float this section. If you find yourself here, stay far right. 

Further upstream, Griffin Park and Robertson Bridge are good places to use a side-planer setup with plugs or plunking Spin-N-Glos for bank anglers. In the Galice area, Rand, Rainbow, Chair and Ennis are good bank access locations.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

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The flow from the Lost Creek Dam is at 1,068 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 2,290 cfs.

A total of 255 winter steelhead, and 3,522 summer run steelhead have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of February 27th. 

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.

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 are stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day with 2500 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in size. 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 heavy 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 9.99 feet and the flow is 15,500 cfs at Elkton. That means the river is blown out

The heavy rains at the end of February still have the river blown out. And then there is all the snow out there that is in the process of melting off keeping flows elevated. Going to be awhile before we see even marginally fishable waters.

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 9.25 feet and the flow is 7,070 cfs at Brockway. These are not bad numbers for steelheading.

The heavy rains at the end of February still have the river blown out. And then there is all the snow out there that is in the process of melting off keeping flows elevated. Going to be awhile before we see even marginally fishable waters. 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 4.96 feet and the flow is 5,120 cfs at Winchester. Very good numbers to see.

The heavy rains at the end of February still have the river blown out. And then there is all the snow out there that is in the process of melting off keeping flows elevated. Going to be awhile before we see even marginally fishable waters.

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.

Popular from the shore or drift boat, this river has a lot to offer. Many choose side drifting or back bouncing any combination of roe/yarn/puff-balls/corky from a boat. On shore, fly fishing or plunking are the fishing styles of choice for many. Depending on water flow and clarity, try experimenting with Spin-n-Glos, Hot-Shots and Kwikfish. With good fishing and beautiful scenery, you’re sure to have a memorable fishing experience. As we have seen several pushes of fish on the tributary spawning grounds, anglers may soon start to see spawned out steelhead in their catch. Wild steelhead may be harvested 1/day and 3/year in the southwest zone as part of a daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.

Anglers interested in participating in the angler-caught steelhead brood stock 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

Steelhead are in thick right now. By bank and boat, anglers have been reporting their successful fishing trips. 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.

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 40 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

The river is now dropping back into fishable conditions. Fishing should be very good as before the big rains and big flows hit, it was loaded with 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

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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.

 

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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

BOTTOM FISHING

2018 Sport Groundfish (EFFECTIVE Jan. 1, 2018)

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

  • The Offshore Longleader Fishery is open year round only outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line and longleader gear must be used.
  • The daily rockfish bag limit is 10 fish.
  • No other groundfish are allowed on the same trip.
  • Offshore longleader trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish, or halibut trips, and lingcod cannot be retained.
  • Offshore longleader trips can be combined with other non-bottomfish trip types (e.g. tuna, salmon), as long as the multi-species rule, which prohibits fishing for, or taking and retaining any species of salmon, Pacific halibut or marine fish while possessing on board any species not allowed to be taken in the area at that time, is followed along with any and all specific gear rules.
  • For additional information see Offshore Longleader Fishery Frequently Asked Questions 
  • Descending devices are mandatory.

For additional regulation information, see the Sport Groundfish Seasons webpage.

Flatfish Fishery

  • Flatfish daily bag limit is 25 fish for species of sanddab, sole, flounder, etc.  Does not include Pacific halibut.
    • Open at all depths year round.
  • Descending devices are mandatory.
  • 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.

DUNGENESS CRAB

 
Ocean crabbing is open. Crabbing on beaches, piers, jetties, and bays is open.
 
The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended.

SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING

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.

OCEAN SALMON

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/

SHELLFISH REPORTS -

ABALONE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

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 CLAMS

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

The annual conservation closure for the Clatsop County beaches (from Columbia River south to Tillamook Head) has been extended through Feb 28, 2019 due to small clam sizes.
 
Open from Tillamook head south to the north jetty of the Umpqua River.
 
Closed from the south jetty Umpqua River to the OR/CA border.

BAY CLAMS

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.

MUSSELS

Mussel harvest is open along the entire Oregon coast.

 

PACIFIC HALIBUT

All seasons closed until next year..

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