A Few Early Run Winter Steelhead Shoudl Be Starting to Show Up

Illinois River - Cave Junction, OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
12-16-2020
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The river was flowing pretty good on Monday, and is expected to make a sharp rise with this week’s weather. It may be fishable by late weekend. A few early run winter steelhead should be starting to dart up into the canyon and Kerby area shortly.

Emergency regulations on the Illinois River have been lifted. The river is open to zone regulations. Only artificial fliess and lures are allowed. Soft beads and plastic worms are considered bait.

Wild Steelhead may be harvested if they are over 24 inches long and caught between Klondike Creek and Fall Creek, or from 400 feet above Illinois Falls to Pomeroy Dam. Only 1 may be kept per day and 3 per year zone wide, so if you already have 3 wild fish on your combined angling card, you need to wait until Jan. 1 and the new license year starts.  Additionally, it’s illegal to fish 200 feet below the fishway at Pomeroy Dam. The river and tributaries above Pomeroy are always closed to fishing.

There is good public access along 8 Dollar Rd.

Check the USGS Kerby guage which provides up to date river flow information.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Wallowa River: Continues to Be Good For Trout & Whitefish
Fall River: Anglers Should Focus Their Effort During The Warmest Part of The Day
North Twin Lake: Anglers Reporting Fair Fishing
Metolius River: Consistent Fishing Between Allingham Bridge and Bridge 99
South Twin Lake: Anglers Reporting Fair Fishing
Alton Baker Canoe Canal: Stocked Again This Week
Clackamas River: Still Early For The Best of The Steelhead Run
Quartzville Creek: Best Conditions For Fishing Are Below 300 cfs.
Sandy River: Best Fishing Will Be As Water Levels Begin to Drop
Santiam River North Fork-2: River is Currently Running 3,600 CFS
Santiam River North Fork-2: Currently Flows Are at 2,800 CFS
Willamette River: Fish Ladder at Willamette Falls has Re-Opened and Salmon are Migrating up Into The River Above
Alsea River: Steelhead Fishing Starting to Pick Up
Kilchis River: Kilchis River Report
Nehalem River: Hatchery Run is Underway
Nestucca River: The Nestucca is Just Getting Started for Winter Steelhead
Siuslaw River: Whitaker Creek Area is the Best Location to Target The Returning Hatchery Fish
Trask River: Some Steelhead Around As It Starts to Drop
Wilson River: Wilson River Fishing Report
Coos River: The Lower Coos Bay estuary has been a little rough from the recent ocean swell
Emigrant Reservoir: Water Levels Are Starting to Rise
Fish Lake : Lake is Steadily Rising
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Expect Snow this Weekend
Hyatt Lake: Packed Snow and Slick Road Conditions

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