Trout Fishing Will Reopen May 22

Illinois River - Cave Junction, OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
5-19-2021
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Steelhead and trout fishing closed on March 31. This includes all catch-and-release fishing as well. Trout fishing will reopen May 22. Once open, fishing is catch-and-release for wild trout. There is no hatchery on the Illinois, and wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released. The trout closure has been to protect out-migrating wild steelhead and salmon smolts destined for the ocean. 

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. Be advised the road to Briggs Creek can be a bit muddy after a rain, but it’s not rutted and is relatively hard packed within the puddles. The water is clear out here, snow still in the mountains, and this is certainly still a destination for a hike.

Check the USGS Kerby guage which provides up to date river flow information.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, May 19th
Lower Willamette River: Lower Willamette River sturgeon retention season planned for two Saturdays in June
Nestucca River: Sprink Chinook Fishing Is Slow But There Are A Few Fish Being Caught
Trask River: The Trask is Still a Little Slow and Water Conditions are Very Low Above Tidewater
Wilson River: Summer Steelhead Should Be Showing Up This Month
Alton Baker Canoe Canal: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 1,000 Legal-Size and 200 Pound Size Rainbow Trout
Breitenbush River: The Forest Service Road Up the Breitenbush River is Closed
Coast Fork Willamette River: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 1,000 Legal-Size Trout
Detroit Reservoir: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 4,200 Hatchery Trout
Dexter Reservoir: Was Last Stocked The Week of April 12 With 2,000 Pounder-Size Rainbow Trout
EE Wilson Angling Pond: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With About 1,000 Hatchery Trout
Fall Creek: Will Be Stocked This Week With 1,333 Legal-Size Rainbow Trout
Foster Reservoir: Reservoir Water Level Will Slowly Rise Throughout The Spring
Gold Lake: Gold Lake Will Open This Coming Saturday!!
Green Peter Reservoir: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 7,300 Trout
Junction City Pond: This Pond Will Be Stocked Again This Week With About 1,500 Hatchery Trout
Leaburg Lake: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 800 Legal-Size Rainbow Trout
McKenzie River: When Boating, Treat This Section of River Like It Is The First Time You Have Been On It
Middle Fork Willamette: Spring Chinook Are Still Coming Upriver
Quartzville Creek: Trout Are Active Year-Round and Anglers Are Allowed to Keep Up to Five Fish Daily
Salmon Creek: Was Last Stocked The Week of May 12 With 1,350 Legal-Size Rainbow Trout
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Trout Harvest is Now Closed and Will Not Re-open Until May 22
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: This Section of The River Is Closed to Salmon Fishing
Timber Linn Lake: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With Around 1,600 Legal-Size Trout
Walling Pond: About 1,500 Trout Are Going to be Stocked in This Pond This Week
Waverly Lake: This Lake Will Be Stocked This Week With About 1,500 Legal-Size Trout
Hat Rock Pond: There Will Be 1,000 Legal and 100 Trophy Trout Stocked This Week
Magone Lake: Fishing Has Been Excellent The Last Few Weeks
McNary Channel Ponds: There Will Be 5,000 Legal and 300 Trophy Trout Stocked This Week
Umatilla River: Steelhead Fishing Is Closed and Will Not Open Until Sept. 1
Antelope Flat Reservoir: Recent Sampling Indicates Excellent Overwinter Survival
Crane Prairie Reservoir: Anglers Report Good Fishing
Crooked River: Irrigation Season Has Started So The Water Level Is Higher
Davis Lake: Water Is Low and It May Be Difficult to Launch a Bigger Boat
Deschutes River: Anglers Report Good Fishing
Haystack Reservoir: With The Warm Weather, Trout Will Be Harder To Catch During The Day
Lake Billy Chinook: Bass Fishing is Picking Up
Lava Lake: Access To The Lake Is Open
North Twin Lake: Lake Will Be Stocked With Rainbow Trout This Week
Ochoco Reservoir: Water Level is Extremely Low
Odell Lake: Anglers Report Fair Fishing For Kokanee and Good Fishing For Lake Trout
Paulina Lake: The Road to Paulina Lake is Now Open!
Prinevile Reservoir: Trout and Bass Fishing Have Been Good
Shevlin Youth Pond: Pond Will Be Stocked Again This Week
South Twin Lake: Lake Will Be Stocked With Rainbow Trout This Week
Wickiup Reservoir: The Reservoir Level is Low But Boats Can Be Launched Safely At This Point
Agate Lake: There Should Still Be Some Trout Hanging Around At Agate Lake
Applegate River: Hatchery Staff Are Still Making Weekly Checks Here
Chetco River: Trout Fishing Opens May 22
Coos River: Trout Fishing In Streams and River Open This Saturday May 22
Coquille River: Boat Anglers Have Been Catching Shad On The Mainstem Coquille River Near The Town of Coquille
Eel Lake: Trout Fishing Has Been Good in Eel Lake for Both Boat Anglers and Bank Anglers Fishing From the Fishing Dock
Elk River: Trout Season Opens May 22
Emigrant Reservoir: Bass Fishing Has Really Picked Up in The Last Few Weeks
Empire Lake Lower: Bass Fishing Should Be Picking Up in Lower Empire Lake
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Received 500 "Pounder" Rainbow Trout This Week
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Lake is Accessible!
Hyatt Lake: Was Recently Stocked With 5000 Legal Rainbow Trout

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