Trout, bass, crappie and perch are most prevalent here

Willow Lake - Eagle Point, OR (Jackson County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
8-12-2021
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Wildfire smoke has been relatively light up here compared with lower elevations in the Rogue Valley and southwestern Oregon. Check the Butte Falls AQI reading before heading up here.  

Trout, bass, crappie and perch are most prevalent here. Fishing from shore will likely produce plenty of perch and bluegill. Anglers targeting deeper water by trolling will have greater success with rainbow trout. No trout have been stocked since late spring, but there should be fish still present. 

Campgrounds at Willow Lake are open, as is the improved boat ramp. For more information please visit the Jackson County Parks website. Willow Lake is at 70 percent capacity. It’s still one of the fullest reservoirs in the Rogue watershed. It does get busy on the weekends.

Anglers encountering illegally introduced yellow perch are always encouraged to take as many of these as they want. This illegal introduction has only resulted in stunted perch and impacts to the bass and trout fishery in this lake and numerous others around the Southwest District. Anglers are reminded that using live fish as bait is prohibited. If you see someone transporting live fish from or into a water body, please get a photo and/or call OSP with this information.




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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, August 12th
: Additional day added to Columbia River Subarea Recreational Pacific halibut fishery
: ODFW Recreation Report
Deschutes River: The emergency Hoot Owl Closure, which prohibited fishing after 2pm from the Deschutes River mouth to Sherars Falls, was lifted Aug. 10
Clackamas River: Summer steelhead are currently being caught in the Clackamas
Detroit Reservoir: The reservoir has been stocked several times in recent weeks
Eagle Creek: “Hoot owl” restrictions remain in effect, which means no fishing after 2 p.m.
Fern Ridge Reservoir: Fern Ridge Reservoir Fishing Report
Olallie Lake: Currently Open
Sandy River: “Hoot owl” restrictions remain in effect, which means no fishing after 2 p.m.
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: Currently it is flowing around 400 cfs where it enters Detroit Lake
Timothy Lake: Trout fishing has been good
Trillium Lake: Trillium Lake Report
Clackamas River: Flow and visibility on the Clackamas will be affected by each passing front and change in snow levels
Kilchis River: Cutthroat trout are available throughout the Kilchis River
Nehalem River: “Summer” Chinook fishing picked up on Nehalem Bay this week
Applegate Reservoir: Two boat ramps - French Gulch and Copper -- are open
Fish Lake : Irrigation withdrawals have stopped for the most part
Illinois River: Emergency regulations change
Lake Selmac: If you’ve got little kids, bluegill fishing from the bank can be a productive and fun
Lost Creek Lake: Trout fishing should still be good, but August can be a great month for bass as well
Medco Pond: Trout are available
Rogue River - Middle: Starting July 1 until lifted, all fishing is closed from Lobster Creek upstream to Hog Creek
Rogue River- Upper: The Hatchery Hole re-opened on Aug. 1, and is open to fishing for steelhead and trout, but remains closed to Chinook
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): This is always an excellent destination to escape the Rogue Valley heat

Hoot owl restrictions lifted on Deschutes River; expanded in Willamette Zone
Deschutes River

8-11-2021
SALEM, Ore.—Hoot owl restrictions that closed salmon, trout and steelhead fishing at 2 p.m. are now lifted on the Deschutes...... Read More