McKenzie River Fish Report for 1-31-2024
Will be stocked later this spring
McKenzie River - Coburg, OR
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Will be stocked later this spring, beginning the week of April 15, with 7,500 rainbow trout. Bait can be used from April 22 – Oct. 31, but beginning Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies.
Due to concerns about protecting wild Chinook salmon that are holding in the McKenzie River near Leaburg Dam and meeting broodstock needs for hatchery production, the section of the mainstem McKenzie River between Leaburg Dam downstream to the mouth of Trout Creek (approximately 1 mile) will be closed to Chinook salmon angling until December 31, 2023.
Fishing effort on a small run of wild Chinook is high this year because few hatchery Chinook are returning to the McKenzie River basin. The shortage of hatchery Chinook is attributed to poor survival of juvenile fish that were released at a small size from the Leaburg Hatchery during the Holiday Farm Fire in 2020. In addition, returning wild and hatchery Chinook were subjected to poor ocean conditions that further compromised survival.
All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. Check the 2024 Sport Fishing Regulations for bait restrictions in the segment you plan to fish. Beginning Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies.
The lower McKenzie River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches long. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Wednesday, January 31st
Kilchis River: The Kilchis is dropping into shape
Necanicum River: The Necanicum River should be dropping into shape and will probably fish through the week
Nehalem River: The Nehalem remains big and brown and will likely be high and off color for the week
Nehalem River- North Fork: The North Fork Nehalem is just coming into shape today
Nestucca River: The Nestucca remains high and probably will be through the weekend
Trask River: The Trask River is on the drop and should fish by the weekend
Wilson River: The Wilson River is on the drop and may be in prime condition by the weekend
Applegate River: Reservoir outflow should stabilize around this number and begin to decrease next week
Diamond Lake: Diamond is starting to freeze over and likely is not fishable
Galesville Reservoir: Trout fishing has been good from the shore
Garrison Lake: The lake is pretty high, but conditions are good for finding some trout cruising the weed lines
Illinois River: The Illinois is dropping into great shape but rain in the forecast will likely blow it out again
Lake Marie: Holdover trout should be of good sizee
Rogue River- Lower: Lower Rogue River Report
Rogue River - Middle: The Rogue is currently a little off color but expect it to start clearing and dropping after the rain
Umpqua River: Should still be good winter steelhead fishing towards the upper end of the mainstem
North Umpqua River: Anglers have reported good success on the North over the last week
South Umpqua River : Anglers have reported good success on the South over the last week
Blue River: Will be stocked again in spring of 2024
Blue River Reservoir: Will be stocked again the week of March 11
Dexter Reservoir: Dexter Reservoir Report
EE Wilson Angling Pond: The pond is stocked with trout from February through May
Gold Lake: Gold Lake fishing will open around May 22, 2024
Hills Creek Reservoir: Hills Creek Reservoir Report
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