New angling deadline markers are in place on the Rogue River below Savage Rapids Dam, but this summer is the last time anglers will fish there with a deadline.

New angling deadline markers are in place on the Rogue River below Savage Rapids Dam, but this summer is the last time anglers will fish there with a deadline.

The old signs marking the farthest upstream location where anglers could cast, near the Weasku Inn, have been taken down occasionally this winter during construction work at the dam, which is being removed this year, says Dan VanDyke, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Rogue District fish biologist.

The new sign on the south side is slightly further downstream from the dam's fish ladder, which has been modified to allow for passage along the dam's south side while the north side is dismantled, VanDyke says.

No casting is allowed upstream of a direct line between the signs, VanDyke says.

Deadline markers typically are placed downstream of fish ladders to keep anglers from harassing fish congregating below the ladders.

Since the Rogue will flow freely around the 88-year-old dam's location by December, the ODFW anticipates opening the entire area to fishing in 2010, VanDyke says.

The Grants Pass Irrigation District, however, will own the pumping plant and will not allow public access to the plant area for bank fishing, GPID manager Dan Shepard says.

"They can fish there in a boat all they want next year," Shepard says.

Bass tourney Saturday at Lost Creek Lake

The American Bass Association will hold a new bass-fishing tournament Saturday at Lost Creek Lake, and spots remain open.

Medford bass anglers Russ and Gail Ervin are the association's tournament directors in Southern Oregon and have added Lost Creek Lake to the regional tournament schedule.

Anglers can still sign up Friday and before the tournament on Saturday, Russ Ervin says.

The cost is $170 per two-angler teams. Participants must also join the association, which costs $25 a year for an individual and $30 for a family.

Lost Creek Marina will host a barbecue for participants beginning at 2 p.m., with the weigh-in at 3 p.m. Results and awards are expected around 3:45 p.m., Ervin says.

For more information on the association and the tournament, telephone Ervin at 541-608-7203 or 541-821-4658.

Information on the tournament and the association also is available at www.americanbass.com.

Rogue Flyfishers banquet

The Medford-based Rogue Flyflshers Association will hold its annual fundraising dinner and auction May 20 at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave., in Medford.

The event is the main money-raiser for the association, funding projects ranging from habitat-improvement and dam-removal activities to fly-tying classes and fishing programs aimed at area youths.

The cost of the dinner and auction is $25, with the choice of two dinner entrees, three salads, accompanying side dishes, as well as water, coffee and wine.

It costs $5 to attend the event without eating dinner, and non-members are welcomed.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a no-host bar. The event is scheduled to run until 10 p.m., with silent and verbal auctions.

Auction items include overnight stays at area lodges and cabins, fishing trips, golf rounds, artwork, private fishing lessons, fishing gear, jewelry and gift certificates from local businesses.

The main draw is a handmade Cascade Rosewood skiff that club members bill as perfect for fly-fishing.

The club was founded in 1971 and is affiliated with the Federation of Fly Fishers.

Presale tickets to the banquet are available, and tickets will be sold at the door. To buy tickets or to get more information, telephone Kellie Christensen at 541-779-5038.

For more information, visit the club's Web site at www.rogueflyfishers.org.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.