Applegate Reservoir Fishing Report

Applegate Reservoir - Jacksonville, OR (Jackson County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Remember, the Applegate River is closed to Chinook fishing and retention. If you see someone fishing for Chinook, trying to snag, or otherwise actively poaching Chinook salmon, please call *OSP to reach local dispatch to report to the local game trooper on duty.

Chinook salmon are actively spawning in the Applegate River through about mid-November, and anglers should be very aware of not stepping on gravel nests or disturbing spawning fish.  

All tributaries above Applegate Lake are currently closed as they are part of the revised Siskiyou Ranger District National forest closures for elevated fire risk (updated 9/25/2020).  More information can be found on their website or by calling the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest 541-618-2200.  

Applegate River is currently open for trout fishing, and bait is allowed. Only adipose fin clipped (hatchery) trout may be kept, all wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.  However, the ranger district closures in effect means there is no public access along the upper Applegate River below Applegate Reservoir.

Anglers should do their part to harvest and remove non-local pikeminnow they encounter on the Applegate River. All tributaries are closed below Applegate Dam, except Glade Creek. 

River discharge at Wilderville is steady at 181 cfs. You can check the flows on the Applegate when planning a trip

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