Illinois River Fish Report for 2-10-2022
With water levels continuing to drop and water gin clear, smaller presentations are best to fish
Illinois River - Cave Junction, OR
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
With water levels continuing to drop and water gin clear, smaller presentations are best to fish. Otherwise, spoons are probably your best bet, fished through the deeper holes. Cold mornings, cold water, and low flows are making fishing conditions difficult. Be ready to hike out here.
Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed on the Illinois River, and soft plastic imitations of eggs or worms are considered bait. Hence, leave your rubber pink worms or soft beads at home.
Illinois downstream of Pomeroy Dam is open to fishing for steelhead and trout, but closed year-round to salmon fishing. Upstream of Pomeroy Dam and all tributaries are also closed year-round. All fishing is closed from Fall Creek to 400 feet above Illinois Falls (just above Swinging Bridge). Fall creek is the first creek upstream of the swinging bridge (accessed via road NF-087). If you suspect illegal activity, please call OSP or the local ODFW District Office.
Trout fishing is mostly catch-and-release for wild trout as there is no hatchery on the Illinois system.
Wild steelhead may be retained between Klondike Creek to Fall Creek and from 400 feet above Illinois Falls, upstream to Pomeroy Dam. Wild steelhead must be at least 24 inches long to harvest and the bag limit is 1 per day/3 per year in aggregate for the Southwest Zone rivers where wild steelhead harvest is allowed (consult SW Zone regulations).
There is also good bank access along the Illinois River Rd. outside of Selma, all the way downstream to Miami Bar and Briggs Creek. Expect to hike to some of the better fishing spots. 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 else’s trash. There is trash service available at the Siskiyou Field Institute outside of Selma. 8-dollar road, just north of Kerby, also has good public access, but make sure not to leave valuables in your vehicle.
Much of the publicly accessible reaches of the Illinois River fall under the USFS Wild Rivers Ranger District. More information can be found on their website.
Again, flows are continuing to drop and gin clear, but fishable. Flows on Wednesday morning were 417 cfs/3.66 feet at Kerby. Check the USGS Kerby guage, which provides up to date river flow information.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Thursday, February 10th, 2022
Chewaucan River: A large portion of the river will be covered in ice during the winter
Phillips Reservoir: Ice continues to accumulate on Phillips near the Mason Dam boat ramp
Pilcher Reservoir: Pilcher Reservoir currently is frozen over
Wolf Creek Reservoir: Ice conditions are good
Agate Lake: Agate Lake has been filling rapidly with diversions from Little Butte Creek
Applegate Reservoir: Applegate Reservoir Fishing Report
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Stocked Last Week
Coos River: Steelhead fishing has been slow but anglers are still catching a few
Coquille River: Coquille River Report
Diamond Lake: Anglers seem to be doing okay from the recent reports
Emigrant Reservoir: The reservoir is currently at 7 percent
Expo Pond: Fishing should be fair and may improve slightly with the warming this week
Fish Lake : Anglers were still catching fish through the ice this past weekend
Galesville Reservoir: Without any recent rain the reservoir is dropping again
Howard Prairie Reservoir: There is some open water, but access is limited
Hyatt Lake: Ice depths are unknown and ice fishing is not recommended
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