Expect The River to Be Blown Out Most of The Weekend

Illinois River - Cave Junction, OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
2-18-2021
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Expect the river to be blown out most of the weekend. Sunday may be fishable as the river is forecast to start dropping. Best bet for the Illinois would be early next week. Fish are being caught when conditions are right, but success is usually pretty low. The scenery is about as good as it gets though, and if the conditions and fish are there, this river can be fantastic.

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 calendar year, zone-wide. 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 bank access along 8 Dollar Rd. just north of Kerby, and Illinois River Rd. outside of Selma, all the way downstream to Miami Bar. Most anglers fish along the road, or choose to hike in at various trailheads along the river.

Check the USGS Kerby guage which provides up to date river flow information. Flows about 2500-1000 are pretty ideal conditions especially with a dropping river. This weekend’s low and clear flows will call for small natural looking presentations if drifting yarn balls or jigs under an indicator. You can always go bold too and throw a big ‘ol intruder and just might have it work out.




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
Applegate River: Applegate River Report
Ben Irving Reservoir: Another Wet Weekend at Ben Irving
Elk River: Recent Rains Should Make For Excellent Conditions
Emigrant Reservoir: Reservoir Continues to Slowly Rise
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Has Been Getting Hammered With Snow
Hyatt Lake: Ice Is Likely Not Thick Enough

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