Salmon steelhead fishing Umpqua River

Salmon , steelhead fishing remains slow – Smallmouth bass continues to be the best bet for anglers on the Umpqua River system as weather remains warm.

Salmon and steelhead fishing has been spotty because the Umpqua’s water level is still down and its water temperature remains up.

The South Umpqua River is closed to all fishing beginning today to protect steelhead that are migrating upriver.

In in the Cascade Mountains, trout fishing at Diamond Lake has been inconsistent. The best fishing has been found when dropping bait or trolling lures at about 20 feet deep. Fishing at the mouths of the inlets has provided the most productive fishing as that water is cooler.

Following is the weekly Oregon Department of Fishing and Wildlife fishing report that is compiled by regional fisheries biologists.

Southwest Zone

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR and PLAT I RESERVOIR: Largemouth bass and bluegill fishing is good especially early morning and late evenings in the shade. Plastics worms, jigs, and top water baits are all are working well. Mealworms work best for bluegill.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Chinook salmon were biting well last weekend in Coos Bay from Hwy. 101 Bridge to the Chandler Bridge . Adipose fin-clipped coho salmon (adults or jacks) may be harvested in COOS BAY and lower COOS RIVER up to the Chandler Bridge through December 31. Rain last weekend should attract salmon into the bay in greater numbers, and cause them to distribute farther up the basin. The COOS BASIN STEP Salmon Derby is this weekend, Sept. 17-18.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: C hinook salmon catch was fair for the COQUILLE RIVER STEP Salmon Derby last weekend. Most fish were caught below Riverton, although a few fish were checked-in at Sturdivant Park . Adipose fin-clipped coho (adults or jacks) may be harvested in the lower river up to the mouth of Lampa Creek through Dec. 31.

DIAMOND LAKE: Fishing continues to be spotty. Successful anglers have been finding fish 20 feet down. One good boating technique is to free drift with the wind working powerbait. Trolling needlefish at the same depth is also a good bet. Fishing at the mouths of tributaries has been productive as trout congregate in the cooler water.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: Largemouth bass fishing is good. Bass are now in the summer holding patterns located on points and deep wood. Senko’s jigs and small plastic worms are working best.

HEMLOCK LAKE : Fishing is good. Fly fishing with woolly buggers, streamers, and midges should produce well. Bobbers and night crawlers are still producing the best

HIGH MOUNTAIN LAKES: Fishing has been very good, with rooster tails producing well. Bobbers and night crawlers are producing the best for larger brook trout. During the cooler parts of the day, nice 8 – 12 inch brook trout can be caught in these lakes. In some of these lakes 14-18 inch brook trout can be caught.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: Rainbow trout are available, averaging 12-14 inches and running up to 20 inches. Many anglers are concentrating their efforts at specific areas of the reservoir such as Hoxie Cove. Fishing for introduced smallmouth bass is good.

HYATT LAKE: Fishing should improve for rainbow trout as temperatures cool. Most of the catch at report time is on five to six-inch largemouth bass.

LOON LAKE: Largemouth bass fishing is good. Fish shaded waters early mornings and late evenings. Some fish are coming off docks. Top water, spinner baits, and plastics all work well.

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: For the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain , the Chinook General Season (all salmon except coho) is open from Mar. 15 to Oct. 31 with a bag limit of two salmon per day. Anglers going offshore should be very cautious of bar and ocean conditions. Minimum lengths for Chinook and steelhead are 20 inches in the ocean. No more than two hooks may be used, and they must be single-point, single-shank, and barbless.

For the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain , the “All-Depth” sport season for Pacific Halibut will be open every Friday through Sunday until announced closed. All other regulations pertaining to previous “All-Depth” openings are still in effect.

The “Inside 40-Fathom Line” Pacific halibut season runs through Oct. 31, or until a quota of 20,101 pounds are harvested. Sport halibut openings are posted on the ODFW website, and on the NMFS hotline (1-800-662-9825).

ROGUE RIVER ABOVE LOST CREEK DAM: Fishing should be good for rainbow trout. The limit is five trout per day, 8-inch minimum length, and no limit on the size or number of brook trout taken. The use of bait is allowed.

ROGUE RIVER, LOWER: Rain over the weekend has spread fishing pressure throughout the lower river, all the way to Foster Bar. Anglers are reporting mixed catches of chinook and steelhead. Most anglers are fishing eggs and spinners. A few coho are showing up in the bay and lower river. Chinook anglers should start looking around the mouth of Indian Creek for early returning hatchery fish. Indian Creek flows directly into the Rogue Estuary.

ROGUE RIVER, MIDDLE: Summer steelhead are available, and fishing should pick up. Fall chinook salmon are migrating into the area. In addition, the Rogue is open for trout fishing with a limit of five adipose fin-clipped trout per day, eight-inch minimum length. All non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed.

ROGUE RIVER, UPPER: Outflows at Lost Creek are averaging 1,800 cubic feet per second on Tuesday morning, but are scheduled to drop beginning Wednesday night down to 1,100 cfs on Sept.21. A total of 4,782 summer steelhead have passed Gold Ray dam as of Sept. 9. Anglers are reminded that as of Sept. 1, fishing between Gold Ray and Cole Rivers Hatchery is restricted to artificial flies and any type rod or reel per the regulations. Steelhead fishing is picking up. Anglers have caught fish on nymphs and egg imitation patterns in the last week. Rainbow trout also are available, with a limit of five adipose fin-clipped trout per day, eight-inch minimum length. All non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed. Anglers are reminded that fishing for chinook between Gold Ray Dam and Cole Rivers Hatchery is closed Aug. 1-Oct. 31.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: Fishing in the reservoir is good. Brown trout fishing has picked up some due to a hatch. Casting flies and may be the best technique right now. Worms fished on the bottom is always a standby.

SOUTH COAST STREAMS: Rains this week were not enough to raise river levels. Angling is still best in the esturaries for cutthroat. No reports of chinook in the estuaries.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: Smallmouth Bass is excellent throwing rooster tails and panther martins or night crawlers. Fall chinook fishing is good from the Big Bend area to Dean Creek . The fishing is sporadic with success varied each day. Anglers are reporting cleaning their lines frequently as weeds and debris are fouling trolling gear. Fall chinook are also being harvest in the river from River Forks Park to Sawyers Rapids.

NORTH UMPQUA: Summer steelhead numbers continue to increase but the bite has slowed as river temperatures increase. Fishing in the early morning and late evening is best for anglers and for any released fish. Excellent bank access is located near Idleyld Park . Summer Steelhead are also being caught in the fly water in early mornings and late evening in the shade. As of Aug. 5, 8,686 Spring Chinook and 5,160 Summer Steelhead have been counted at Winchester Dam.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: The South Umpqua closed to all fishing from today through Dec. 1.

WINCHESTER BAY : Crab fishing has slowed. Fall chinook fishing throughout the bay has picked up. Fish are being caught from the bank in Salmon Harbor and on Osprey Point.


Harvest of razor clams found on beaches, spits, jetties, and estuaries along the Oregon Coast remains closed due high levels of domoic acid. Harvest of mussels and other shellfish species is open at this time. ALWAYS CHECK FOR HEALTH ADVISORIES by calling the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Shellfish line at 800-448-2474 for updates, as TOXIN LEVELS ARE CHANGING RAPIDLY AT THIS TIME.

Crabbing is fair in the estuaries at Charleston and Bandon. At this time of year, crabs can be soft with less meat as they molt.

Information: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, (503) 947-6000 or (800) 720-ODFW or

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