Trout fishing re-opened May 22

Illinois River - Cave Junction, OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
6-1-2022
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Trout fishing re-opened May 22. Trout fishing is mostly catch-and-release for wild trout as there is no hatchery on the Illinois system. 

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.

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.

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. For up-to-date flows check the USGS Kerby gauge.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, June 1st

Umpqua River: Anglers: temporary restrictions now in effect for Umpqua River
Ana Reservoir: Ana Reservoir was stocked for Memorial Day weekend
Ana River: Ana River is a great match-the-hatch fly-fishing river
Chewaucan River: This is the best time of year to fish this river
Gerber Reservoir: Targeting yellow perch continues to be your best bet
Heart Lake: Fishing was fantastic for folks trolling lures this past weekend!
Holbrook Reservoir: Bait anglers were also doing well near the dam
Upper Klamath Lake: Fishing has improved
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Lake Of The Woods: Lake of the Woods has been stocked heavily with trophy rainbow trout
Lofton Reservoir: Trolling lures will be extremely productive last weekend
Long Creek Reservoir: Brook trout can reach up to 20 inches in the creek
Miller Lake: No fishing report
Phillips Reservoir: The reservoir is still very low and is currently 14 percent full
Pilcher Reservoir: Pilcher Reservoir is about half full
Sprague River: Fishing is fair throughout the river
North Fork Sprague River: Flows are dropping to 70 cfs
Thief Valley Reservoir: Anglers have been successful trolling for rainbows
Unity Reservoir: Unity Reservoir is full
Williamson River: Fishing continues to be good on the Williamson River
Wolf Creek Reservoir: Wolf Creek Reservoir is currently about half full
Wood River: Water temperatures remain cold
Applegate Reservoir: All boat ramps are now open
Applegate River: The Applegate is open to trout
Arizona Pond: The pond was freshly stocked this week
Ben Irving Reservoir: Bass fishing should be pretty good right now
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Cooper was stocked recently
Diamond Lake: Fishing seems to be improving
Fish Lake : The store, restaurant and marina are open
Floras Lake: Bank access is very limited and most anglers fish from a boat
Galesville Reservoir: ODFW has stocked a lot of trout in Galesville and the reservoir
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie campgrounds, resort and store are now open
Hyatt Lake: Hyatt has already seen its likely peak water level for the year and is now dropping daily

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