Applegate River Report

Applegate River - Applegate, OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
2-18-2021
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The majority of the winter steelhead do not typically show in the Applegate River until March. However, with more rain forecast later this week, fish should be moving in. Anglers have reported catching a few winter fish here and there. 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 should be steady around 200 cfs, as fill season is underway.  Water conditions will be very good at Wilderville gage, with flows dropping through Thursday. The river is forecast to bump on Friday, but then should be dropping the rest of the weekend and into early next week. 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.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, February 18th

Hood River: A Few Winter Steelhead Are Being Reported
Clackamas River: Fishing is Starting To Pick Up
Detroit Reservoir: Detroit Reservoir Report
Green Peter Reservoir: Water Elevation is Starting to Slowly Rise
Sandy River: Expect New Fish Throughout The System
Santiam River North Fork-2: Water Clarity is Good Despite High Flows
Santiam River (South Fork): South Fork Santiam River Report
Willamette River: Willamette River Report
Kilchis River: Dropped Into Prime Shape
Necanicum River: High But Fishable
Nehalem River: Nice Wild Fish Starting To Show Up
Nestucca River: Blown Out
Trask River: Trask River Report
Wilson River: Should Drop into Shap by Thursday
Applegate Reservoir: Lake Rose 7 Feet From Last Week

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