Applegate River Fish Report for 2-11-2021
Applegate River Report
Applegate River - Applegate, OR
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
The majority of the winter steelhead do not typically show in the Applegate River until March. However, with more rain forecast later this week and weekend, fish should be moving. Most of the fish still being caught are likely small summer-run steelhead, but there are reports of some winter fish being caught last weekend. Zero winter fish have shown at the trap near the dam so far.
The Applegate is open to the retention of hatchery winter steelhead and hatchery rainbow trout. Wild steelhead and trout must be released immediately and unharmed. It is illegal to fish from a floating device on the Applegate, but bait is allowed.
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. Tributaries upstream of Applegate reservoir are open year-round for trout and bait is allowed.
Releases from the reservoir have been dropping this week from 600cfs last week to approximately 400 cfs this week. Water conditions are very good with the Wilderville gage was reading 1800 cfs on Wednesday morning and looking to crest shortly. It should be dropping the rest of the week and be around 700 cfs by the weekend. Most anglers tend to fish from the bank. If choosing to float, a small pontoon boat or inflatable kayak is the preferred method for navigating to public parcels along the Applegate. Remember, fishing from the boat itself is not allowed. Flows from 600-1000 are ideal conditions for floating and generally good water conditions for winter steelhead.
There is good bank access around the Hwy 199 bridge, Fish Hatchery Park, Cantrall Buckley Park, upstream of Murphy, and near McKee Bridge. There are also scatterings of BLM lands in the upper river around McKee Bridge. You can check the flows on the Applegate when planning a trip.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Thursday, February 11th
Grande Ronde River: Maintaining Good Flows For Fishing
Imnaha River: Will See A Push of Steelhead Out of The Snake Soon
Umatilla River: Water Clarity & Levels Have Started To Drop
Wallowa River: Catch Rates For Steelhead Are Starting to Pick Up
McKenzie River: ODFW Will Resume Stocking in April
Santiam River North Fork-2: Anglers Should Be Aware of A New Regulation Implemented This Year
Alsea River: Winter Steelhead Fishing Continues to Be Slow
Kilchis River: Slow Last Weekend Despite Good Conditions
Necanicum River: The Hatchery Run On The River is Winding Down
Nehalem River: Nehalem River Report
Nestucca River: River Was High & Fishing Was Slow
Siletz River: Steelhead Fishing Continues to Be Slow Despite The Ideal Conditions
Siuslaw River: The River Has Dropped Into Shape & Will Have Good Conditions Through The Weekend
Trask River: Fishing Has Been Slow
Wilson River: Wilson Dropped Into Shape Last Week
Owyhee River: Owyhee River Report
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Wednesday, February 10th
: Invasive zebra mussels intercepted in Ashland on Super Bowl Sunday
: Free Fishing Weekend Feb. 13-14 in Oregon
: ODFW Recreation Report
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