Where the fish are biting in Douglas County | TheUnion.com

Where the fish are biting in Douglas County

BEN IRVING RESERVOIR — The reservoir has been stocked with over 4,000 trout. Warmwater fishing for bass and crappie will be best around the edges where there is some structure.

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR — Cooper Creek received over 9,000 trout ranging from 8 inches to 2 pounds. Trout fishing with PowerBait has been succesful. Some of the trout do have copepods which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked. Large yellow perch and bullhead are available with the best fishing success accurring in the early morning hours.

DIAMOND LAKE — Fishing has been spotty lately. There are hatches occurring that fly anglers will want to match. Most of the fish are 12 to 14-inches, but larger fish are also being caught. The fish are very plump and healthy! They’ve been holding in deeper water lately or the cooler water on the south end. Diamond Lake currently has an algae bloom. To date the algae is not toxic, but the USFS has posted a caution. Fish are still edible, but minimize water contact and keep pets away from the water. Additional recommendations on how the public can protect themselves and their pets.

The reservoir is at 49 percent of water storage capacity.

GALESVILLE RESERVIOR — Galesville Reservoir is open to angling year-round. In addition to trout, the reservoir has also been stocked with coho smolts for the last couple of years. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. All of the coho smolts are adipose fin-clipped. The older coho are generally 12 to 14-inches long. In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest.

HEMLOCK LAKE and LAKE IN THE WOODS — Fishing at Hemlock has been good with power bait or worms. A few of the trout are less than 8 inches long and need to be released.

LAKE MARIE — The lake was stocked with over 5,000 trout this year. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR — Fishing has been good with daily limits taken. Brown trout are averaging 16 inches or more but a nice 24-inch brown was also taken recently. The rainbows are 12 to 16-plus inches depending on the stock. People are also catching 13 to 15 inch kokanee. Lemolo currently has an algae bloom. To date the algae is not toxic, but the USFS has posted a caution. Fish are still edible, but minimize water contact, and keep pets away from the water. From now through Nov. 1, Lemolo has a 5 trout per day, daily limit. A combination of brown trout, rainbow trout and kokanee can be harvested to make up this 5 trout limit. Only 1 trout over 20 inches can be harvested per day.

LOON LAKE — Loon Lake was stocked with over 8,000 trout so far this spring. The lake is also warming up and providing good fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass.

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES — The recreational Dungeness crabbing is open in the ocean. Crabbing has been better in the ocean than inside the local bays.Fishing for bottom fish including rockfish, and lingcod is now closed outside of the 30 fathom curve until Sept. 30. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Retention of 1 cabezon per day is now allowed. Fishing for ling cod remains good for anglers.

PLAT I RESERVOIR — Plat I has been stocked with over 4,500 trout this year. In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bullhead fishing. The reservoir is low and boat anglers should be aware of shallow hazards. Bass can be harvested until Oct. 31 and are catch-and-release only from Nov. 1-Feb. 29.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR — Soda Springs Reservoir and the Mainstem North to Slide Creek Dam closed to fishing when new regulations went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. The tributaries between Soda Springs and Slide Creek Dam will be open to catch-and-release angling with flies and lures only. The area above Slide Creek will retain the current regulations. Due to construction at Soda Springs, there is currently very limited access.

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS — For brook trout anglers should try Cliff, Buckeye, Skookum (North Umpqua), Maidu, Twin and Wolf lakes. Linda, Pitt Lake, and Calamut have been stocked with a native rainbow for the last couple of years. Bullpup and Fuller still have brook trout, but were also recently stocked with some fingerling native rainbows. Contact the Forest Service at 541-957-3200 for road and trail conditions.

UMPQUA RIVER — The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Chinook fishing is best below Highway 101 and a few are being caught while trolling with the incoming tide.

The warmer temperatures are making the smallmouth bass more active and available to anglers. The daily limit on smallmouth was increased to 15 per day. Although the river is low, fishing for bass has been good. The Mainstem is catch-and-release while the tributaries have a 2 trout daily limit. Check the regulations for additional gear restrictions.

NORTH UMPQUA — Rock Creek Hatchery is once again open for visitors. The hatchery is open to visitors from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The new RockEd facility is lacking displays, but can be opened on request by calling the hatchery at 541-496-3484.

Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Good numbers of steelhead are available throughout the North with the most success coming in the early morning hours. The springer season will close on July 31. Starting Aug. 1, the anti-snag rule for the North Umpqua will end for this year. The North Umpqua mainstem and the tributaries upstream of Soda Springs Reservoir are open for trout angling through Oct. 31.

south UMPQUA — The water is low so float fishing will mostly be from rubber raft-type crafts. There is no harvest of either spring chinook or fall chinook allowed in the South Umpqua during any angling season.

WINCHESTER BAY — Surfperch fishing has been sporadic. Fishing for bottomfish in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful.

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