Fishing and Hunting Report
River Outlook ROGUE ' Summer steelhead and coho salmon should start moving again in the upper Rogue as the latest storm moving into the area should shake up the water picture. The middle Rogue is slow for steelhead, while the lower Rogue gravel bars are starting to come alive with early winter steelhead.
The best weekend bet remains the upper Rogue, where the pick-your-pleasure rules mean your preferred form of fishing will dictate where you go.
From Cole Rivers Hatchery to Shady Cove boat ramp, fishing has been good to very good with roe, soaked egg flies and plugs. Small clusters of roe near spawning beds work best. Start with 6-pound leaders because of water clarity.
From Shady Cove to the stillwaters above Gold Ray Dam, fishing is relegated to artificial flies and lures only. Top bets are crayfish plugs run through rocky pockets by driftboaters.
Water conditions remain good. Flows out of Lost Creek Lake were up to about 1,700 cubic feet per second, making it plenty good for driftboating. Flows at Dodge Bridge were up to 2,530 cfs and the Rogue was just over 3,000 cfs Wednesday at Gold Ray Dam.
Upper Rogue anglers may now fish for fall chinook salmon, but what few fish present are dark and of very poor quality.
— The upper Rogue has more than 11,000 coho, but they rarely bite.
In the Grants Pass area, fishing with roe for wild steelhead remained fair at best, and all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Few fin-clipped summer steelhead are in the Grants Pass area at this time. Flows at Grants Pass have risen dramatically this week and they were listed at almost 3,700 cfs on Wednesday.
In the lower Rogue, winter steelhead are starting to show at gravel bars from the old Champion mill site all the way upstream to the mouth of the Illinois River near Agness. Plunking off travel bars with large Spin-Glo's is best. Target waters 5-7 feet deep along the inside turns of gravel bars, and focus your effort as the river levels start to drop. That's when the steelhead move the most.
For daily flow reports out of Lost Creek Lake, call 800-472-2434.
CHETCO ' The river was high and out of shape for fishing Wednesday from recent storms, but it could be in decent condition for angling as early as today. Most anglers continue to focus on fall chinook, but good numbers of early winter steelhead up to 14 pounds have been caught this past week.
UMPQUA ' Winter steelhead are moving in force into the lower river thanks to recent rains. Plunking off gravel bars in the main-stem river has been best. Plunkers using Spin-Glo's and roe should try Bunch Bar first.
In the North Umpqua, the best catches of cohos remain in the Idyleyd Park area, while fishing for recycled hatchery coho has been good around Glide.
COOS ' With recent high water, most of the cohos have moved out of tidewater and are inaccessible to anglers. Winter steelhead have started to show in the basin
COQUILLE ' Chinook have moved upstream toward the top of tidewater. Early winter steelhead are moving into the basin, and catches should improve once flows drop from the recent rains.
Lake Outlook LOST CREEK ' The lake is open year-round and fishing remains fair for rainbow trout and land-locked salmon stocked into the lake. Smallmouth bass fishing remains good despite dropping water temperatures. The lake has risen 4 feet from recent rains, and the lake's surface temperature has dropped below 49 degrees.
EMIGRANT ' Smallmouth bass fishing is slow in cooler water, while fishing for trout is fair to good near the dam and in open water. Panfish angling has slowed down dramatically as the water cools.
APPLEGATE ' The low-water ramp at French Gulch is open. Fishing has been fair for rainbow trout and land-locked chinook salmon juveniles. Wind-drifting or slow-trolling of worms is a good way to locate the schools.
Anglers can keep up to five rainbow trout, stocked salmon or recycled winter steelhead a day, but only one fish can be more than 20 inches long. Also, no bass between 12 and 15 inches can be kept, and only one bass larger than 15 inches can be kept.
LAKE of the WOODS '
Trolling for trout is fair around the resort, with warmer days better than windy ones. Also try wind-drifting worms a few feet off the bottom when trolling slows. Focus on points and ledges.
SILTCOOS/TAHKENITCH ' The fall fishery for wild coho salmon is in full swing, with about 40 percent of Siltcoos' quota caught already. Tahkenitch is getting far less pressure. Recent rains have brought in good numbers of fresh coho.
Ocean Outlook Razor clam harvest remains closed along South Coast beaches. Crabbing has been good in lower Coos and Winchester bays, but the crabs were recently pushed down the bays from recent freshets. The ocean remains closed to crabbing until at least Dec. 15 because crabs have not yet filled out after molting.
Hunting Outlook JACKSON/JOSEPHINE ' Some late-season deer hunting remains open, with the Applegate muzzleloader hunt running through Dec. 4. Most of the deer have pushed down into winter range, so focus on low-elevation areas and take advantage of the rut.
Mountain quail hunting has been very good in the upper Applegate as well as Prospect and Butte Falls areas.
Waterfowl hunting is fair to good, with effort mostly concentrated on rural ponds and the Rogue River. Goose hunting is closed in southwest Oregon through Dec. 7.
The fall turkey season runs through Dec. 31.
Waterfowl hunting on the Denman Wildlife Area should be picking up as more volatile weather has descended upon the Rogue Valley.
KLAMATH ' Waterfowl hunting has improved in the Klamath Lake area as weather conditions help move birds around. Goose hunting is closed through Dec. 14
SUMMER LAKE ' Waterfowl hunting has been spotty at the Summer Lake Wildlife Area.
Watchable Wildlife ROGUE ' A covered viewing station on the Denman Wildlife Area provides a good opportunity to view waterfowl, egrets, raptors and songbirds. The structure was built by the Oregon Hunters Association and is accessed by a paved, wheelchair-accessible pathway. It is on Whetstone Pond, just north of the ODFW office.
CURRY ' Waterfowl are migrating on the coast, so look for them on local beaches and bays. Mud flats at low tide are like bird magnets this time of year. Aleutian Canada geese are passing along the coast toward wintering grounds in Northern California. Look for them around Cape Blanco.