Howard Prairie Reservoir Fish Report for 11-24-2021
Zone regulations are back in place
Howard Prairie Reservoir - Ashland, OR (Jackson County)
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Emergency regulations are no longer in effect at Howard Prairie. Zone regulations are back in place, and size limits and daily bag limits apply. Forty thousand sub-legal rainbow trout were recently stocked in Howard Prairie. These fish should over winter and be of catchable size by next spring.
Small personal watercraft such as kayaks, canoe and float tubes are probably the best access for getting on the water near the dam. Trout appeared to have survived the summer’s warm temperatures. ODFW recently stocked fall fingerlings and anglers should be aware of these small non-legal-size fish. If handled with care, they will grow nicely over the winter.
The reservoir is at 4 percent capacity and is slowly starting to rise. The forecast of a wet la Nina winter, if materializing, will help fill Howard as it is mainly filled by higher elevation rain, not snow.
The Rogue Fish District is still interested in anglers catch composition, so there are trout stocked with differential fin marks representing different fish stocks. Anglers interested in reporting their catch or learning more about this program and what to look for, are encouraged to call 541-857-2411 and speak with the local STEP Biologist. Specifically, look for clips on ventral fins or adipose fins in your catch.
More information on facilities and camping can be found on Jackson County Parks website. All campgrounds and the resort are now closed for the season and all improved boat ramps inaccessible. The best bank access is near the dam.
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John C Boyle Reservoir: Fishing is slow due to very cold water temps
Miller Lake: Access might be challenging due to snow
Agate Lake: Agate Lake is still hovering around 10 percent capacity, but slowly filling
Applegate Reservoir: The only useable boat ramp at Applegate Reservoir is the French Gulch Boat Ramp
Applegate River: The river is open to trout fishing through the end of the year
Arizona Pond: Slow. The pond is now full from fall rain, but is still a bit weedy
Ben Irving Reservoir: Ben Irving might be worth a try this weekend
Bradley Lake: Trout fishing has been good
Butterfield Lake: Butterfield Lake Fishing Report
Chetco River: Temporary rule changes for wild adult Chinook are now in place Aug. 31-Dec. 31
Cooper Creek Reservoir: There should be lots of leftover trout still available
Coquille River: The next big rain could bring the first steelhead up the Coquille River
Elk River: A good number of Chinook have had a chance to distribute throughout the river
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