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River Outlook

ROGUE - Spring chinook salmon are getting on the move as good water flows and decent numbers of fish finally have some angling activity buzzing in the upper Rogue, which remains the weekend's best bet.

It's not a lot of fish to get excited about, but it's still better than dead.

As of May 18, 2,513 spring chinook had been counted at Gold Ray Dam, with triple-digit days each day that week. Also, Cole Rivers Hatchery crews collected 472 springers Wednesday, showing that these fish are moving. And moving chinook are easier to catch than wild fish hunkered down in holes.

Fish migration lanes or the heads of pools. For bank anglers, that means working the faster water. Boat anglers are doing best back-bouncing roe, but Kwikfish fishing should begin to improve with chartreuse and silver patterns best.

Bank fishermen are doing consistently fair at the Hatchery Hole, with anglers doing best at first light with glow-in-the-dark corkies. Throughout the day, however, fish are getting caught on beads and corkies. Fishing there ends at 7 p.m.

Flows out of Lost Creek Lake have hovered just under 3,000 cubic feet per second, down one-third from last week.

The middle Rogue is slow for springers, with a few bank anglers getting in the way of a fish or two during the day downstream from Savage Rapids Dam.

In the lower Rogue, spring chinook fishing is slow and effort has shifted now that the water is sporting a 63-degree temperature in the bay. The only fish caught Wednesday were upstream of Lobster Creek, mainly by guides back-bouncing roe.

All wild spring chinook must be released unharmed riverwide until Monday, when anglers downstream of Hog Creek will be able to keep a wild chinook a day. That rule could be rescinded by then, so check before you fish next week.

ILLINOIS - The river reopened to angling Saturday, with a few resident trout available and steelhead all but gone.

UMPQUA - The mainstem Umpqua is in good shape and fishing for spring chinook has been good in the lower stretch of river.

The shad have started to show and catches have been good. Striped bass are starting to get active, especially since Rock Creek Hatchery has released its smolts into the river. The North Umpqua is shaping up for good fishing in the Rock Creek area.

Smallmouth bass fishing is good in the lower end of the South Umpqua, where anglers can keep up to 10 fish a day.

COQUILLE - The river is open to angling in freshwater. Sturgeon fishing in Coquille's tidewater has been slow. The first reports of a few shad turned up this past week.

COOS - Fishing for sturgeon is slow in the estuary, as is fishing for striped bass. Good catches of black rockfish have occurred in the lower bay near the high and low slack tides. No shad have been reported yet.

CHETCO - Fishing for cutthroat trout is good riverwide, with a combination of spinners and streamer flies working well.

ELK/SIXES - Both rivers are fishing fair to good for sea-run cutthroat trout with spinners and flies.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to angling, and a few fly-fishers are catching and releasing rainbow trout throughout the McKee and Applegate areas. Rainbow trout are in some of the holes and riffles around the McKee Bridge, the mouth of Williams Creek and elsewhere. The flows into the river were up to 800 cfs and flows should remain high this week as warm weather has triggered a strong in-flow into the reservoir, which is full.

METOLIUS - Recent warm weather should result in some improved insect hatches and great fishing.

KLAMATH - Fly-fishing for trout has been good in the Keno area below Keno Dam with caddis and mayflies as temperatures have climbed above 60 degrees.