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Applegate Reservoir

  • All landlocked salmon are considered trout.

Applegate River

Mouth to Applegate Dam

  • Open for hatchery trout Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31, 2 per day.
  • Wild rainbow trout and cutthroat trout must be released.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • No angling from a floating device.
  • All tributaries closed, except Glade Cr.
  • Closed from Applegate Dam downstream 1,500 ft to ODFW markers.

Mainstem and tributaries above Applegate Dam

  • Open all year for trout.
  • Rainbow trout over 16 inches are not considered steelhead.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Ashland Creek

East and West Forks and all tributaries above Reeder Dam

  • Open all year for trout.
  • Rainbow trout over 16 inches are not considered steelhead.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Big Butte Creek and Tributaries

Above Cobleigh Rd Bridge

  • Open for trout May 22 – Oct 31.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.

Brush Creek (Curry Co.)

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31 and Nov 1 – Dec 31.
  • Closed Apr 1 – Oct 31.
  • Closed to angling on all tributaries.

Chetco River

Mouth to Nook Cr

  • Open for steelhead and Chinook salmon Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Wild steelhead may be harvested; 1 per day and 3 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
  • Wild Chinook salmon may be harvested; 1 per day and 5 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
  • Gear Restriction: Angling restricted to fly fishing (must include a strike indicator) or bobber fishing from RM 2.2 to Nook Cr Sep 1 – Nov 3. (See Salmon/Steelhead Bobber Fishing Rule pg 18).

Above Nook Cr

  • Open for steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Wild steelhead may be harvested; 1 per day and 3 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.

Cooper Creek Reservoir

  • All landlocked salmon are considered trout.

Coos Bay

From the visible tips of jetties upstream to head of tide or other landmarks including: Larson Slough upstream to Sullivan Cr; Palouse Cr to Elliot Forest Boundary; Catching Slough to Sumner Rd Bridge; Kentuck, North, Isthmus, Coalbank and Davis sloughs to their tidegates; Shinglehouse Slough; and Pony Slough to Newmark Ave

  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.
  • Open all year for Chinook salmon.
  • Isthmus Slough above MP 3 on Hwy 42 is open to youth angling (ages 17 and under) and Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit holders only; Anti-Snagging Gear Restriction: Leader length must be between 18 and 36 inches (See Anti-Snagging Gear Restriction Rules pg 18).

Coos River (Mainstem)

  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.
  • Open all year for Chinook salmon.

Coos River, South Fork

Mouth to head of tide at Dellwood

  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.
  • Open all year for Chinook salmon.

Head of tide at Dellwood to concrete bridge near Tioga Cr

  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.

Coquille River (Mainstem)

  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.
  • Open for Chinook salmon Jul 1 – Dec 31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.

Coquille River, East Fork

  • Open for wild steelhead (1 per day and 3 per year) and hatchery steelhead from mouth to marker at lower end of Brewster Gorge at approx. MP 23 above Dora Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Oct 1-Dec 31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Closed 200 ft above and below falls above MP 21 near Dora.

Coquille River, Middle Fork

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Oct 1 – Dec 31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.

Coquille River, North Fork

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Oct 1 – Dec 31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Closed 200 ft above and below LaVerne Falls.

Coquille River, South Fork

Mouth to Middle Fork

  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.
  • Open for Chinook salmon Jul 1- Dec 31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Middle Fork to USFS boundary near Powers

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Oct 1 – Dec 31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.

USFS boundary near Powers to Coquille River Falls including tributaries

  • Closed.

Cow Creek

Mouth to Middle Cr Bridge

  • Open for trout, May 22 – Sep 15, catch-and-release only.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Dec 1-31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Artificial flies and lures only May 22 – Sep 15.
  • Use of bait allowed Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Dec 1-31.
  • Closed May 1-21 and Sep 16 – Nov 30.

Mainstem above Middle Cr Bridge and all tributaries

  • Open for trout, May 22 – Sep 15, catch-and-release only.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.

Diamond Lake

  • Catch-and-release for tiger and brown trout.

Eel Creek

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30.

Elk River

Mouth to Bald Mt Cr

  • Open for steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Wild steelhead may be harvested; 1 per day and 3 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
  • Open for Chinook salmon Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Floras/New, Sixes, Elk River Wild Chinook Aggregate Bag Limit applies.

Emigrant Creek

Mainstem and tributaries above Emigrant Dam

  • Open all year for trout.
  • Rainbow trout over 16 inches are not considered steelhead.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Emigrant Reservoir

  • All landlocked salmon are considered trout.

Euchre Creek

  • Open for steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Wild steelhead may be harvested: 1 per day, 3 per year as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.

Ferry Creek and Tributaries (Coquille Basin)

Above Fillmore St Bridge near mouth

  • Closed.

Fish Lake (Jackson Co.)

  • Catch-and-release for tiger trout.
  • All landlocked salmon are considered trout.

Floras Creek and New River

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Open for Chinook salmon May 22 – Dec 31, mouth to bridge at MP 1.5 on Floras Cr Rd.
  • Floras/New, Sixes, Elk River Wild Chinook Aggregate Bag Limit applies.

Galesville Reservoir

  • All landlocked salmon are considered trout.

Garrison Lake and Outlet

  • 1 bass per day, 15 inch minimum length.

Glade Creek

Mouth to lower crossing of Forest Service Rd 2030

  • Closed.

Above lower crossing of FSR 2030

  • Open all year for trout.
  • Rainbow trout over 16 inches are not considered steelhead.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.

Hubbard Creek and Tributaries (Curry Co.)

  • Closed.

Hunter Creek

Mouth to North Fork

  • Open for steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31.
  • Wild steelhead may be harvested; 1 per day and 3 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
  • Open for Chinook salmon Oct 1 – Dec 31, mouth to Mateer Bridge; 1 adult Chinook salmon per day and 5 per year.
  • Closed for trout.
  • Closed to angling on tributaries.

Illinois River

The following apply to open sections below: *

  • Open for hatchery trout Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31, 5 per day.
  • Wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.
  • Closed to angling on all tributaries.

* Mouth to Klondike Cr

  • Open as described above.

* Klondike Cr to Fall Cr

  • Wild steelhead over 24 inches may be harvested Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31; 1 per day and 3 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.

Fall Cr to 400 ft above Illinois Falls

  • Closed.

* 400 ft above Illinois Falls to Pomeroy Dam

  • Wild steelhead over 24 inches may be harvested Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31; 1 per day and 3 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.

Mainstem and tributaries above Pomeroy Dam

  • Closed.

Jenny Creek and Tributaries

  • Open all year for trout.
  • Rainbow trout over 16 inches are not considered steelhead.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.

Little Butte Creek and Tributaries

Above the Forks

  • Catch-and-release for trout except no limit on size or number of brook trout.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.

Lost Creek Reservoir

  • All landlocked salmon are considered trout.

Middle Creek (Coos Co.)

Mouth to Cherry Cr

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Oct 1 – Dec 31.

Mill Creek

Below Loon Lake

  • Closed.

Millicoma River (Mainstem)

  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.
  • Open all year for Chinook salmon.

Millicoma River, East Fork

  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.

Millicoma River, West Fork

  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.

Mussel / Myrtle Creek and Tributaries (Curry Co.)

  • Closed.

Myers Creek and Tributaries

  • Closed.

North Umpqua River

The following apply to open sections from mouth to marker below Soda Springs Dam: *

  • Catch-and-release for rainbow and cutthroat trout May 22 – Oct 31.
  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead and hatchery coho salmon.
  • Umpqua Wild Chinook Aggregate Bag Limit Applies.

* Mouth to Old Hwy 99 bridge

  • Open for Chinook salmon Feb 1 – Jun 30.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Old Hwy 99 bridge to 200 ft above Winchester Dam

  • Closed.

* 200 ft above Winchester Dam to Lone Rock slide put in (BLM Rec. Site)

  • Open for Chinook salmon Feb 1 – Jun 30.
  • Use of bait allowed.

* Lone Rock slide put in (BLM Rec. Site) to markers (painted lines) above Rock Cr

  • Open for Chinook salmon Feb 1 – Jun 30.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • No angling from a floating device.
  • Anti-Snagging Gear Restriction: Leader length must be between 18 and 36 inches Mar 1 – Jul 31 (See Anti-Snagging Gear Restriction Rules pg 18).

Markers (painted lines) above Rock Cr to Fly Area Boundary at Deadline Falls

  • Closed.

* Fly Area Boundary at Deadline Falls to marker below Soda Springs Dam near power plant enclosure

  • Any type of rod or reel permitted.
  • No angling from a floating device.
  • No added weights or attachments (including strike indicators) to line, leader or fly, except non-fly monofilament lines may have a bobber or similar device attached.
  • Gear Restriction: Angling restricted to use of single, barbless artificial fly Jan 1 – Jun 30 and Oct 1 – Dec 31.
  • Gear Restriction: Angling restricted to use of single, barbless, unweighted, artificial fly Jul 1 – Sep 30.

Marker below Soda Springs Dam near power plant enclosure to Slide Cr Dam

  • Closed.

Above Slide Cr Dam

  • Open all year.
  • Use of bait allowed.

North Umpqua River Tributaries

Rock Cr and tributaries

  • Closed.

Mouth to Fly Area Boundary at Deadline Falls

  • Open for trout, May 22 – Sep 15, catch-and-release only.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.

Fly Area Boundary at Deadline Falls to Soda Springs Dam

  • Closed.

Soda Springs Dam to Slide Cr Dam

  • Catch-and-release for trout May 22 – Oct 31.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.

Above Slide Cr Dam

  • Open all year.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Pistol River

  • Open for steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Wild steelhead may be harvested; 1 per day and 3 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
  • Open for Chinook salmon May 22 – Dec 31, mouth to Deep Cr; 1 adult Chinook salmon per day, 5 per year.

Rogue River

The following apply to open sections from mouth to Cole Rivers hatchery dam: *

  • Open for hatchery rainbow trout Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31.
  • 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day.
  • Wild rainbow trout and cutthroat trout must be released.
  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.
  • Open for wild steelhead at least 24 inches in length Feb 1 – Apr 30; 1 per day and 3 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
  • Open all year for hatchery coho salmon.
  • Gear Restriction: Any attached weight may be no more the 6ft above the lower most hook, in addition to statewide Hook and Weight regulations (pg 19).

* Mouth to Hog Cr boat ramp

  • Additionally open for wild steelhead at least 24” in length Jan 1 – Apr 30, 1 per day and 3 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
  • Open for hatchery Chinook salmon Jan 1 – May 31.
  • Open for Chinook salmon Jun 1 – Dec 31.
  • Use of bait allowed except restricted to artificial flies and lures Sep 1 – Oct 31 from Foster Cr to Whisky Cr.
  • Closed from ODFW markers 400 ft below Rainie Falls to Rainie Falls (RM 66).

* Hog Cr boat ramp to Fishers Ferry boat ramp

  • Open for hatchery Chinook salmon Jan 1 – May 31.
  • Open for Chinook salmon Jun 1 – Sep 30.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • Closed for Chinook salmon Oct 1 – Dec 31.
  • Closed from Gold Hill boat ramp (RM 121) up to Gold Hill municipal water intake.

* Fishers Ferry boat ramp to Dodge Bridge

  • Open for hatchery Chinook salmon Jan 1 – Jun 30.
  • Open for Chinook salmon Jul 1 – Aug 31.
  • Artificial flies and lures only Nov 1 – Dec 31.
  • Use of bait allowed except restricted to artificial flies Sep 1 – Oct 31, no added weights or attachments except a bubble or similar floating device attached to the line.
  • Closed for Chinook salmon Sep 1 – Dec 31.

* Dodge Bridge to Shady Cove Park boat ramp

  • Open for hatchery Chinook salmon Jan 1 – Jul 31.
  • Artificial flies and lures only Nov 1 – Dec 31.
  • Use of bait allowed except restricted to artificial flies Sep 1 – Oct 31, no added weights or attachments except a bubble or similar floating device attached to the line.
  • Closed for Chinook salmon Aug 1 – Dec 31.

* Shady Cove Park boat ramp to Hwy 62 bridge at McGregor Park

  • Open for hatchery Chinook salmon Jan 1 – Jul 31.
  • Use of bait allowed except restricted to artificial flies Sep 1 – Oct 31, no added weights or attachments except a bubble or similar floating device attached to the line.
  • Closed for Chinook salmon Aug 1 – Dec 31.

* Hwy 62 bridge at McGregor Park to ODFW markers 1,200 ft below fish ladder entrance markers (RM 157) at Cole Rivers Hatchery

  • Open for hatchery Chinook salmon Jan 1 – Jul 31.
  • Use of bait allowed except restricted to artificial flies Sep 1 – Oct 31, no added weights or attachments except a bubble or similar floating device attached to the line.
  • Closed for Chinook salmon Aug 1 – Dec 31.
  • Closed from 8pm to one half hour before sunrise Apr 1 – Jul 31.
  • Closed to all angling in the Cole Rivers Hatchery outflow channel to confluence with the main river channel.

* ODFW markers 1,200 ft below fish ladder entrance markers (RM 157) to Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam

  • Open for hatchery Chinook salmon Jan 1 – Jul 31.
  • Use of bait allowed except restricted to artificial flies Sep 1 – Oct 31, no added weights or attachments except a bubble or similar floating device attached to the line.
  • No angling from a floating device.
  • Closed for Chinook salmon Aug 1 – Dec 31.
  • Closed from 8pm to one half hour before sunrise Apr 1 – Jul 31.
  • Closed from ODFW markers below fish ladder entrance to hatchery dam.
  • Anti-Snagging Gear Restriction Applies: Leader length must be less than or equal to 6 ft. (see Anti-Snagging Gear Restriction Rules pg 18).

Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam to Lost Cr Dam

  • Catch-and-release all year.
  • Fly fishing only, barbless hooks required.

Mainstem and tributaries above Lost Cr Dam

  • Open all year for trout, 5 per day (brook and brown trout not included in bag limit).
  • Only 1 trout over 20 inches per day, no steelhead present all rainbow trout are considered trout.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Schuttpelz Lake

  • Catch-and-release for trout.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.

Selmac Lake

  • 1 bass per day.

Sixes River

Mouth to Edson Cr

  • Open for steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Wild steelhead may be harvested; 1 per day and 3 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
  • Open for Chinook salmon May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Floras/New, Sixes, Elk River Wild Chinook Aggregate Bag Limit applies.

Edson Cr to South Fork

  • Open for steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Wild steelhead may be harvested; 1 per day and 3 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.

Smith River (Mainstem, Douglas Co.)

Mouth to Spencer Cr

  • Open for trout, May 22 – Sep 15, catch-and-release only.
  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.
  • Open for Chinook Jul 1 – Nov 30.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.

Spencer Cr to Sisters Cr

  • Open for trout, May 22 – Sep 15, catch-and-release only.
  • Artificial flies and lures only May 22 – Sep 15.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Dec 1-31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.

Mainstem above Sisters Cr and all tributaries

  • Open for trout May 22 – Sep 15, 2 per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed only in tidewater.
  • See Smith River, North Fork.

Smith River, North Fork (Douglas Co.)

Mouth to Johnson Cr

  • Open for trout, May 22 – Sep 15, catch-and-release only.
  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.
  • Open for Chinook Jul 1 – Nov 30.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.

Johnson Cr to Bridge 10

  • Open for trout, May 22 – Sep 15, catch-and-release only.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Dec 1-31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Artificial flies and lures only May 22 – Sep 15.

Mainstem above Bridge 10 and all tributaries

  • Open for trout May 22 – Sep 15, 2 per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed only in tidewater.

South Umpqua River

Mainstem mouth to Jackson Cr Bridge

  • Open for trout, May 22 – Sep 15, catch-and-release only.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead and hatchery coho salmon Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Dec 1-31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • Closed May 1-21 and Sep 16 – Nov 30.

Tributaries below Jackson Cr Bridge

  • Open for trout, May 22 – Sep 15, catch-and-release only.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.
  • Jackson Cr and tributaries closed.
  • See Cow Creek.

Mainstem and tributaries above Jackson Cr Bridge

  • Closed.

Tenmile Creek (Coos Co.)

  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.

Tenmile Lakes

Above Hilltop Bridge

  • Open for coho salmon Oct 1 – Dec 31; 1 wild adult coho salmon and 1 wild jack coho salmon per day and 5 wild adult coho salmon per year (Wild Coho Aggregate Bag Limit applies pg 27).
  • Closed to two rod angling for all species during coho salmon season.
  • Closed for coho salmon angling in all tributaries and the canal connecting the North and South Lakes.

Thomas Creek and Tributaries

  • Closed.

Tioga Creek

Mouth to concrete bridge 1/2 mi below Burnt Cr

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30.

Umpqua River (Mainstem)

From the visible tips of the jetties to the North and South Umpqua confluence

  • Open for trout, May 22 – Oct 31, catch-and-release only.
  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead and hatchery coho salmon.
  • Open for Chinook salmon Feb 1 – Jun 30 (Umpqua Wild Chinook Aggregate Bag Limit applies).
  • Open for Chinook salmon Jul 1 – Nov 30.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Tributaries of the Mainstem mouth to North and South Umpqua confluence

  • Open for trout May 22 – Sep 15, 2 per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed only in tidewater.
  • See North Fork Smith River and Smith River.

Winchuck River

Mouth to Wheeler Cr

  • Open for steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31 and May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Wild steelhead may be harvested; 1 per day and 3 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
  • Open for Chinook salmon May 22 – Dec 31.
  • Wild Chinook salmon may be harvested, 1 per day and 5 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.
  • No angling from a floating device.
  • Gear Restriction: Angling restricted to fly fishing (must include a strike indicator) or bobber fishing Sep 1 – Nov 3 (See Salmon/Steelhead Bobber Fishing Rule pg 18).