11/17/2017 - Fishing Report

Coho in the Rogue on the rise (Fishing report)

The number of coho salmon making their way through Grants Pass and up the Rogue River continues to rise.

Ongoing rainfall has contributed to a gauge height of more than 2.5 feet measured at the water treatment facility in Grants Pass. The flow has risen above 3,000 cubic feet per second after dipping below 2,400 on Monday.

Coho are responding well to spoons or spinners rubbed with a number of scents including shrimp and squid.

Steelhead fishing remains strong at Griffin Park and near Schroeder Park. Anglers can use imitation salmon eggs, drift small pieces of roe or use small plugs to attract those fish.

Anyone wishing to fish on Nov. 24 and 25 can do so without a license as part of an Opt Outside initiative by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Local regulations will still be in full effect.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR. The reservoir is freshly stocked with rainbow trout and fishing should be very good. There is very low fishing pressure up here, but recent reports indicate that trout fishing has been good for anglers trolling with Wedding Ring and flasher combos.

The reservoir is basically down to the flood control pool. At current water levels, the only boat access should be the low water ramp at French Gulch. Mud can be a problem.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR. Galesville should have good numbers of trout from previous stockings. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. The coho smolts should be adipose fin-clipped, and should release 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. Only one trout over 20-inches long is allowed for harvest.

ILLINOIS RIVER. The river is open for trout fishing. Since only hatchery trout may be retained, and hatchery trout are not likely to be to be found in the Illinois River at this time of year, fishing will be primarily catch-and-release of the native cutthroat trout.

LAKE SELMAC. Lake Selmac is freshly stocked with legal-size rainbow trout, large rainbow trout and fingerlings.

Boat anglers are reminded to clean weeds off of their boats before leaving Lake Selmac.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR. Lost Creek Reservoir is a winter trout fishing hot spot in the Rogue Valley, with the vast majority of water users being anglers this time of year.

The reservoir received 5,000 legal-size and 3,300 14-to 16-inch trout in October. Fishing should be very good. Many more large trout are being stocked in Lost Creek than in past years as a result of data from recent trout tagging studies. Boat anglers in winter can have success trolling along the dam, around the exposed island near the Takelma boat ramp, and shallower areas of the main reservoir. Bank anglers have good success on either side of the dam.

All boat ramps are open.

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