DIAMOND LAKE: trout
The warmer temperatures have melted all of the snow and ice, and the entire lake is now open. Since the North and South boat ramps are not currently snowed in, there is an opportunity for boat fishing. Anglers have been catching fish in the 12-15 inch range. The water is still very cold so the fish are biting lightly. Recently the weather has been cold and snowy.
The Forest Service campgrounds are closed for the season. Anglers can check fishing conditions at Diamond Lake on their website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 5 for updates. The Marina is open and has boats and charter trips available.
AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullhead
Agate Lake is 10 percent full and the boat ramp is no longer usable. Fishing has likely slowed with cooler weather. Jackson County Parks closes the park at dusk this time of year.
APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout
Applegate Reservoir is 10 percent full. The Hart-tish facility and boat ramp are closed for the season. The Copper ramp may not be usable, but the low water ramp at French Gulch will still be accessible. Cooling temperatures should mean improving conditions for trout anglers now and into the fall.
The Oregon Health Authority issued an advisory recommending that people limit their consumption of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, and crappie taken from Applegate Reservoir due to elevated levels of mercury. Trout are not included in the advisory and remain a healthy choice for those wanting to retain fish for the table.
APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, winter steelhead
The Applegate River is open for trout fishing with a bag limit of two adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released. The river is closed to fishing for steelhead and salmon.
ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout
Pond levels have been lowered to help control aquatic vegetation.
BEN IRVING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie
The reservoir was stocked with about 4,000 trout in the spring. An additional 1,000 trout were stocked the first week of September. Warmwater fishing for bass and crappie is winding down with the cooler water temperatures.
CHETCO RIVER: Chinook
Temporary regulations have been adopted for the Chetco River starting Sept. 1, 2014. Anglers should check these regulation changes prior to fishing the river. Temporary gear restrictions are no longer in effect. As of Nov. 4, anglers can fish the Chetco River per zone regulations. Chinook anglers are still under bag restrictions of 1 wild adult Chinook per day and 5 wild adult Chinook year.
Good river flows have moved most Chinook upstream of Nook Creek and into spawning tributaries. This time of year anglers start side drifting eggs or plunking spin and glows to pick up a mix of steelhead and late Chinook. Look for steelhead numbers to really pick up over the next week or two.
Before anglers head out to fish, check the flows and fish the river as it is dropping.
Chetco River flows near Brookings
COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, bullhead
Cooper Creek was stocked with about 9,000 trout and received an 2,000 additional trout for fall fishing. Some of the trout do have copepods which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked.
COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, steelhead
A few steelhead have showed up in the Coos Basin this past week and a few have been caught at the Millicoma Interpretive Center on the West Fork Millicoma. This is the very beginning of the steelhead run and fishing will continue to get better in the next couple months. There will be a lot of rain this week making the rivers high and muddy. The West Fork Millicoma River will be the first river to become fishable. There is bank access on the West Fork Millicoma at the Millicoma Interpretive Center and on the East Fork Millicoma at Nesika Park. Access to the South Fork Coos River is through Weyerhaeuser property and anglers must have the appropriate permit from Weyerhaeuser. In the Coos Basin starting on December 1 one additional fin clipped steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily.
Crabbing in Coos Bay has been decent for boat crabbers. The best crabbing has been near the jetties but crabbers are getting legal-size crab all the way up to the BLM Boat Ramp.
Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.
COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: steelhead
A few steelhead have been caught by anglers fishing near the town of Coquille and at LaVerne Park on the North Fork Coquille River. Bank anglers usually plunk for steelhead at the town of Coquille and Johnson Mill Pond. There is also good bank access on the North Fork Coquille River at LaVerne Park. This is the very beginning of the steelhead run and fishing will continue to get better in the next couple months. In the Coquille Basin starting on Dec. 1 one additional fin-clipped steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily.
DIAMOND LAKE: trout
Fishing pressure is low on Diamond Lake. Snowfall is beginning to close the road around the lake. A 17 inch fish was caught using bait this past week. Temperatures are dropping, but the lake is not yet frozen over.
The Forest Service campgrounds are closed for the season. Boats can still be launched from the north boat ramp near the Resort. Anglers can check fishing conditions at Diamond Lake on their website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 236 or 238 for updates.
ELK RIVER: Chinook
Frequent storms are keeping the river flows and water color in near perfect condition. Chinook salmon are spread throughout the river. Anglers can call Elk River Hatchery information line (541) 332-0405 for river height and color. The river fishes best at 5 feet and dropping.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie
The reservoir is currently 11 percent full and the boat ramp at the county campground is no longer in use. Anglers fishing from personal watercraft like float tubes or fishing from shore should have good luck on trout, bass and panfish now and into the fall.
EXPO POND: trout
Expo Pond was stocked with 100 one-pound and 500 legal-sized trout in October. Fishing should be good.
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook
Water levels at Fish Lake have dropped below the Bureau of Reclamation measuring gauge, and trailered boats can no longer launch at the lake. Fish Lake was a natural lake before the dam was built, however, so fishable water will remain through the fall. Trout anglers may want to give places like Fish Lake a try from the shore or from small watercraft or float tubes. In addition to stocked rainbow trout, anglers can catch land-locked Chinook salmon, brook trout and tiger trout.
The lake bottom near the water line has crusted fairly well so that bank anglers can walk along the shoreline with hiking boots or knee boots. When releasing the salmon and trout, be sure to handle them gently and keep them in the water at all times; using barbless hooks will help. Salmon were caught on Panther Martins, super dupers cast from shore, and a streamer fly fished behind a casting bubble.
FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout Trout fishing is hit or miss depending on the wind. The best method for catching trout is slow trolling flies or wedding ring spinners from a boat. Bank access is limited. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. The lake can be very windy, so anglers will want to check the weather prior to heading out. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.
GALESVILLE RESERVIOR: rainbow trout, bass
In addition to trout, the reservoir has also been stocked with coho smolts for the last couple of years. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. All of the coho smolts are adipose fin-clipped, remember to release the ones less than 8-inches long. 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. Some adult hatchery coho were recently placed in the reservoir, but they were getting dark.
Galesville was stocked with about 8,000 trout this spring. Anglers are reminded all bass between 12 and 15-inches must be released, and only one bass over 15-inches may be taken per day. The reservoir is currently low. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.
GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat
When rivers are blown out, anglers may want to try fishing for some good sized carry over trout. This time of year trout are usually feeding along deeper weed lines. Boat anglers will want to keep an eye on the weather and fish the lake when there is no wind. Access for bank anglers is best at the 12th Street boat ramp, Arizona Street, or along the foredune accessed through Tseriadun State Park. Garrison Lake is located in the middle of Port Orford. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.
HEMLOCK LAKE LAKE IN THE WOODS Umpqua High Lakes: trout
Hemlock has received over 6,000 trout this season, including some large fish just before the Labor Day holiday. Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Most of the Umpquas high lakes are off of roads that are not plowed during the winter. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions.
HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR:
Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.
Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.
ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead
The Illinois River is open to fishing for trout and steelhead. Anglers are restricted to artificial flies and lures only, and only adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout may be retained. Since anglers are unlikely to catch steelhead or fin-clipped trout this time of year, the Illinois currently offers catch-and-release fishing for cutthroat trout.
Illinois River flows at Kerby
LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout
The lake was stocked with over 5,000 trout this year. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms. The lake also received some Labor Day lunkers and was stocked again the first week of September.
LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie
Selmac was stocked with 1,200 one-pound rainbows in October and fishing should be good for trout. Fishing for warmwater species has likely slowed with cooler weather.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, kokanee
Lemolo was stocked with about 8,000 trout in late spring and received about 1,500 nice 14-inch trout in time for Labor Day. The reservoir is drawn down. From Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, all brown trout must be released. Rainbow trout and kokanee can be harvested for the 5 trout limit. Only 1 trout over 20 inches can be harvested per day. Lemolo will be closed to angling from Jan. 1 until April 1, 2015. For information on fishing conditions, contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354. The Forest Service campgrounds are closed for the season.
LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill
Loon Lake has been stocked with nearly 8,000 trout. The lake is also providing good fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass. The boat ramps are closed for the season.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, spring Chinook, bass
Lost Creek Reservoir was stocked with rainbow trout in October. The surface temperature was 49F Monday morning. Trout anglers will probably want to fish deep in the main body of the reservoir. Trout fishing is probably still best upstream of the Hwy 62 Bridge. Good reports came from anglers trolling flashers and worms and flashers and wedding rings last weekend. Bank anglers also caught fish near the Takelma boat ramp. Lost Creek Reservoir is 46 percent full. All boat ramps are accessible.
MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill
Trout fishing should improve as lake waters cool in the fall. Fishing for warmwater species has likely slowed with colder weather.
PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, Dungeness crab,
The ocean is now open again for harvest of Dungeness crab. Fishing for bottom fish, including rockfish and lingcod opened back up to all depths starting Oct. 1. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Retention of cabezon is now allowed but only one cabezon per day per angler.
PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, warmwater fish
In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bullhead fishing. Bass can be harvested from March 1 to Oct. 31 and are catch-and-release only from Nov. 1-Feb. 29. The reservoir received about 4,500 trout this year. The water level in the reservoir is currently low.
Some of the trout do have copepods which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked.
REINHARDT POND: trout
Reinhardt Pond was stocked with 100 one-pound and 250 legal-sized trout in October. Fishing should be good.
Rogue River, lower: winter steelhead
Anglers are picking up a few winter steelhead plunking spin-n-glos. Anglers will want to keep an eye on river flows and try to fish as the river is dropping.
Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout
Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall, and the flow at Grants Pass was 2,960 cfs on Monday morning. The water temperature was averaging about 48F. Summer steelhead are available, and fishing should be good. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos, and release fish quickly. Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be harvested.
Anglers are reminded that the area from Hog Creek boat landing to the Fishers Ferry boat ramp is closed to the harvest of Chinook salmon starting Oct. 1, 2014.
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout
Anglers are reminded that beginning Nov. 1, the river opens to the use of lures and bait as well as flies upstream of the Shady Cove boat ramp to the deadline at Cole Rivers Hatchery. Also beginning Nov. 1, from Fishers Ferry boat ramp upstream to the Shady Cove boat ramp, the river opens to the use of lures as well as flies. Consult the synopsis for more information. Anglers may want to try nymph patterns, or a big stonefly pattern in combination with a smaller nymph, or standard steelhead patterns. All other trout must be released unharmed. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos and release fish quickly. Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be harvested.
A recent shot of rain brought the river up and likely brought in a fresh batch of steelhead. Fishing in the upper reaches of the river has been very good for steelhead. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2009 cfs and the water temperature was 46F the morning of Dec. 1. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 47F. As of Nov 26, 2,224 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.
Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout
Trout are still available in the waters above Lost Creek Dam! Fish stocking has ended for the year upstream of Lost Creek, but fishing remains open and should be very good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.
SIXES RIVER: Chinook
Chinook are spread throughout the river, but frequent storms are making for some tough fishing conditions.
SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: steelhead, sturgeon, striped bass
Winter steelhead will start arriving in the Smith River basin. Most of the steelhead will be wild, therefore fishing will be primarily catch-and-release.
SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR:
Closed to fishing.
TENMILE BASIN: yellow perch, coho salmon
Yellow perch are biting on nightcrawlers or jigs tipped with a worm in Tenmile Lakes. Yellow perch will be concentrated in big schools in deep water. Sometimes anglers need to try several spots before finding the bigger fish. There are lots of smaller yellow perch that anglers have to sort through to catch enough keepers for a meal. Some of the keeper yellow perch are over 12-inches long.
Anglers have been catching bright coho trolling spinners from the County Boat Ramp to Rocky Point and also in the upper arms of South Tenmile Lake. The wild coho season open in Tenmile Lakes until Dec. 31. The bag limit for wild coho in Tenmile Lakes is 1 wild coho adult per day and a total of 5 wild adult coho for the season in aggregate with other NW and SW Zone waterbodies. Anglers are also allowed 1 wild coho jack per day.
TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout
Fishing is open in Toketee year-round. The boat ramp is currently closed and the reservoir is partially drawn down. For more information call the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531.
UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout
Most of these lakes are off Forest Service Roads that are not plowed during the winter. Contact the Forest Service at 541-957-3200 for road and trail conditions.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead
The wild coho season below Scottsburg Bridge was closed Oct. 2. There are still some hatchery coho moving through the system but the season is winding down. Only fin-clipped adult and jack coho can now be harvested. The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. This fishery is primarily catch-and-release since the number of hatchery fish is relatively low compared to the number of wild fish. The number of steelhead will increase in the Main throughout the rest of the month and early January. Plunkers should have some success following this most recent rain. The river will drop this weekend.
The 50 Places to go fishing within 60 minutes of Roseburg, handout which is available online or at the office, identifies several good places for salmon and steelhead fishing.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead
Rock Creek Hatchery is once again open for visitors. The hatchery is open to visitors from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The new RockEd facility is lacking displays, but can be opened on request by calling the hatchery at 541-496-3484. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Fishing for winter steelhead will continue to improve, peaking in February through March. Most of the fish returning to the North are wild so the fishing is mostly catch-and-release.
Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to a single barbless artificial fly which can be dressed with conventional fly tying material. Remember that from March 1 through July 31 the anti-snag gear restrictions apply on the North from the Lone Rock boat ramp upstream to the fly area boundary above Rock Creek. The Mainstem from Soda Springs Dam, including Soda Springs Reservoir, up to Slide Creek Dam is closed year-round to fishing.
North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead
The South Umpqua opened for steelhead beginning Dec. 1, 2014. The peak numbers of fish normally show up from February to late March. The South Umpqua offers the best chance for catching an adipose-fin clipped steelhead for harvest. The hatchery program for winter steelhead is centered in the South Umpqua. Most hatchery fish are caught from Canyonville downstream. All wild fish must be released unharmed.
WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead
At 48 percent of capacity, Willow Lake has the most water among all irrigation reservoirs in the Rogue watershed to date. Trout are available, though fishing for warmwater species is likely slowing with colder weather.
WINCHESTER BAY: chinook, fin-clipped coho
Most salmon have already moved upstream. Fishing for bottomfish in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful. Crabbing has been good recently.
WINCHUCK RIVER: closed The river is closed to all fishing Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. The river was closed due a forecasted low return of fall Chinook salmon.