Ice is Breaking Up

Howard Prairie Reservoir - Ashland, OR (Jackson County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Ice is breaking up at Howard Prairie, and there should be open water accessible from the bank. The only usable and open ramp right now is the low water ramp near the dam. Water levels at Howard Prairie haven’t budged much as most inflow is being diverted to Emigrant Lake currently. The low water ramp does have some fresh rock placed by ODFW last fall, that extended it. Any fishing reports up here would be extremely welcome by the Rogue District 541-826-8774.

There should be some hold over trout present and now would be a good time to try and harvest some of those fish as they do make excellent table fare.

With the extremely low reservoir levels, as of this time, no trout are planned to be stocked.  This could change as the situation develops. Trout destined for stocking in Hyatt and Howard, are being re-allocated to other local waterbodies.

There is a Hwy 66 and Hyatt Lake Rd webcam that may help if you’re planning an adventure. There is a Jackson County webcam at the Dead Indian Memorial Summit.

All campgrounds and facilities are currently closed until further notice. More information on facilities can be found on Jackson County Parks website.

The reservoir is still hovering at 9 percent full.

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