Steelhead Fishing Will be Closed April 1st

Applegate Reservoir - Jacksonville, OR (Jackson County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
3-26-2021
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With about a week left in the winter steelhead season on the Applegate, now is the time to fish here. Fish are in the system, and last week the hatchery trap saw the first 15 fish of the season. Steelhead and trout fishing will be closed April 1.

Fishing with spoons is a highly effective technique on the Applegate river.

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 are finding success throwing spoons and roe.

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 at 200 cfs for the foreseeable future, as fill season is underway. The Wilderville gauge was dropping and reading 339 on Wednesday morning and should remain pretty consistent through the last weekend of the season.

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.




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