The Fish Sniffer - Chetco Angler Wrangle Kings And Steelhead
Chetco Angler Wrangle Kings And Steelhead

Written By: Cal Kellogg, December 23, 2013
Species: Bass Trout Steelhead
Location: Chetco River, Umpqua River, Rogue River,

According to the ODFW, the Chetco is open for king salmon and steelhead fishing. Anglers have had really good success catching numerous chinook and even a few steelhead. Low flow conditions are keeping chinook in the lower river where bank anglers are faring the best.

This year anglers are encouraged to turn in chinook salmon snouts from hatchery fish that are kept. The chinook salmon snouts may contain coded wire tags that tell where they come from. ODFW and South Coast Fishermen have placed collection sites at Social Security gravel bar and at the Port of Brookings fish cleaning station.

A few winter steelhead have moved into the Coos Basin on the last rain. Anglers started catching steelhead around the week of Thanksgiving but the best fishing is usually later in the winter. Anglers wanting to fish the South Fork Coos River will need to pick up an access permit from the Weyerhaeuser Dellwood office.

Trout anglers are scoring at Diamond Lake. Most of the fish are 12 to 14-inches, but larger fish are also being caught. They’ve been holding in deeper water lately or the south end. Diamond Lake received an additional 16,000 trout in late August.

Willow Lake was stocked in October with legal and large-size rainbow trout, and fishing should be good on these and holdover trout through fall and winter. Trolling spoons, spinners or lures behind flashers will work well, or still fishing with worms or PowerBait. Like other waterbodies in the Rogue watershed, Willow is a good bet for some late season bass and panfish fishing. The boat ramp at the park is open dawn to dusk.

Bass fishing has been decent for anglers in Tenmile Lakes. Largemouth bass can be found in both shallow and deep water near weed lines and/or submerged logs. Five or six inch Senko’s are a good bait to use to catch bass in Tenmile Lakes. Anglers should also try to use crankbaits to catch bass.

Yellow perch fishing has been very good in Tenmile Lakes recently. Anglers are catching lots of yellow perch fishing in water 20 feet or deeper. If fishing slows down in one location don’t be afraid to pick up and move to another spot. The best baits are jigs and/or night crawlers fished on or near the bottom.

Fishing for wild coho is open in Tenmile Lakes until Dec. 31. The daily bag limit is one wild coho adult per day day and five for the season. The wild coho season bag limits are in aggregate with all other wild coho fisheries in the NW and SW coastal basins (not including the ocean season). Anglers have reported catching a few coho in the upper arms of Tenmile Lakes.

Lost Creek Reservoir is a fall and winter hot spot for trout anglers. Both legal-sized and trophy trout have been stocked in October, complementing holdover trout that reach 16-17 inches in length.

At Lemolo Reservoir trout fishing has been good. 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, with some up to 20 inches by trolling deeper water with a small spoon and single hook.

Lemolo is open through Dec. 31 with a daily limit of 5 trout. From Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, all brown trout must be released. Only 1 trout over 20 inches can be harvested per day.

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.

The reservoir has been stocked with over 10,000 trout this year. Anglers are reminded all bass between 12 and 15 inches must be released, and only one bass over 15 inches may be taken per day

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