SW Oregon fishing report - contributor Jeff Rome reports

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Sep 17, 2020
Fly fishing forecast:

Josh from Rogue Fly Shop in Grants Pass 541-476-0552

Josh reports that steelhead fishing is still hit and miss, but there are decent quality and numbers of fish in the Grants Pass area. The “holy water” (which is the short section between the Dam and the hatchery) has been productive this week with a good March Brown and Olive hatch. Other areas to try is Griffen Park, Ennis Riffle, and Carpenters Island all down below Grants Pass.

Trout fishing on the Rogue closed March 31 and reopens on May 22. This includes catch-and-release fishing. Any angler on the Rogue at this time will need to have in possession a valid combined angling tag, in addition to their fishing license.

Marine Forecast

Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082

Bottom Fishing
-Andy reports bottom fishing for lingcod and rockfish has still been great when one can get out on the ocean. “The better the ocean conditions, the better the catches”. Limits of lingcod and various rockfish are to be had!

Most of the lingcod are being caught in shallow water, from 30 to 60 feet.

Surf Perch - for those who want some other great fun to catch dinner fare, surf perch fishing is great now! Andy said that areas along Harris Beach, Lone Ranch and the boarder visitor center beach areas are all great access to fish. Raw shrimp, and Gulp 2” camo sand worms are baits of choice for surf perch.

Halibut- all depth halibut season opens May 1st.

Salmon- Season opener is yet to be determined and will be around mid-May

Lakes and ponds to fish this week:

Since rivers and streams are closed for trout, local ponds and lakes are a great choice to take advantage of Spring weather and recent trout stockings. Check out the local spots and enjoy some family fishing time😎🎣

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.
  • Lake Selmac (Selma) received its third rainbow trout stocking (5,000 fish) of the year this week. The fishing should be particularly good out here for trout and picking up for bass, and the weather great. Try Power bait and/ or worms. The bass bite is picking up with the warming weather. Various bass hardware and plastics
  • Reinhardt Pond in Grants and Expo Pond (day use permits are required) in Central Point have both recently received trout stockings, and Expo is receiving another 1500 legal trout this week.
  • Lost Creek is 68% full and surface temp is 47 degrees is a good bet for trout fishing. More news on the marina and park will be available soon as the Jackson County Parks is going to take over April 1st- stay tuned!
  • Galesville Reservoir would be a good bet as there should be lots of bass and trout ready to bite.
  • Applegate reservoir- it’s about 37% full and surface temps are in the mid 40’s now. There’s some hold over trout but no stocking is planned until mid-April.
  • Trout fishing on most rivers and streams remains closed until May 22.
Rivers and streams to fish this week:

Lower Rogue-
Despite low water conditions, boat and bank anglers have been regularly picking up spring Chinook. Fishing pressure has been light however so obviously it’s not great yet😉

Middle Rogue- Fish are scattered throughout with a mixed bag of adult, “1/2 pounders” and down runner steelhead.

Wild steelhead can now be retained in the whole Rogue basin, as long as the fish is a minimum of 24 inches long. Only 1 wild fish per day, and 3 per year zone wide in aggregate may be kept. However, retention of wild steelhead closes April 30th.

Upper Rogue-
As of March 31, 149 new winter steelhead entered the ladder at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing this year’s total to 351 fish. ODFW estimates around 1,100 winter steelhead are destined for the hatchery, so the upper river will be the place to fish in the coming weeks as this year’s run has been later than average.

UMPQUA RIVER System- Remember that the mainstem is temporarily closed to the harvest of all wild Chinook (including jack Chinook) through June. There’s not much to report except from the ODFW report that said that river conditions are and catching steelhead is slow throughout the Umpqua system.

Spring Chinook anglers have started fishing in the lower rivers and still no reports of fish caught as of yet.

Note that as of Oct 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, artificial fly.
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