11/24/2017 - Fishing Report

No license needed today, Saturday (Fishing report)

Anglers are encouraged to hit local rivers and lakes today and Saturday as fishing in Oregon will not require a license on those days.

Rules and regulations will still apply, including catch limits and keeping only hatchery fish.

Coho salmon and summer steelhead are both readily available on the Rogue River in and around Grants Pass. Recent rain has muddied the water some, but local fishing guide Troy Whitaker of U-Save Gas and Tackle expects it to clear up by the weekend.

"Rain this weekend shouldn't amount to much on the water," Whitaker said. "We were having some really good steelhead action before rain blew the water out. Nightcrawlers will probably work really well as bait since the water got dirtied up."

The bite has been particularly strong around Robertson Bridge and near Griffin Park.

Whitaker recommends using jigs or roe underneath a bobber to catch the coho. Spoons and spinners are also a good bet.

Steelhead are biting plugs colored pink and silver, black and gold or copper.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR. Applegate Reservoir is freshly stocked with rainbow trout and fishing should be very good.

The reservoir is down to the flood control pool, so the only boat access is the low water ramp at French Gulch. Slow trolling a Wedding Ring and worm combination, flashers or dodgers with bait, or wind-drifting worms should be effective.

Trolling a lure like a flatfish or casting flies may work as well. Bank fishing can be difficult at Applegate due to the steep shoreline, but the upper end should have some access.

FISH LAKE. Fish Lake is stocked with rainbow trout, tiger trout and Chinook salmon. Brook trout also are available.

Some rainbow trout and Chinook were caught on flies recently but the water temperature was a cold 43 degrees.

Anglers should be aware that a snow park permit is needed to use the USFS lot at the boat ramp in winter. The resort will be closed for Thanksgiving and then will be open Friday through Sunday.

ILLINOIS RIVER. The Illinois 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 rainbows and fingerlings.

Road closures are still in effect due to work on the spillway for the dam, but a detour reportedly remains available to the Mallard Loop area of the lake.

Boat anglers are reminded to clean weeds off boats before leaving the lake.

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. 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, but are reminded to not block access to the Takelma boat ramp.

Both the Takelma boat ramp and Marina boat ramps are available. For the most current Lost Creek Reservoir information, call 1-800-472-2434.

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