Emergency regulations change

Illinois River - Cave Junction, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Emergency regulations change: Effective July 1, all fishing is closed from 2 p.m. to 1 hour before sunrise from the confluence with the Rogue River near Agness, upstream to Collier Creek (near 42.412809, -124.01215) due to warm temperatures and low river flows. There will be a notice when this closure is lifted.

The Illinois is open to trout fishing. There are no hatchery programs on the Illinois, so anglers will mostly encounter wild cutthroat and rainbow trout. These fish should be released unharmed. With the warming weather it’s best to fish early and with barbless hooks to limit stress on fish. Please leave fish in the water as you are releasing them. 

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. Expect crowds on the weekends and please park outside of the white lines to keep roads clear.  Do your part and pack out what you pack in, as well as someone elses trash.  There is trash service available at the Siskiyou Field Institute outside of Selma.

The USFS Wild Rivers Ranger District is in extreme fire danger and has implemented Level 3 fire precautions. More information can be found on their website.

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

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