Some early winter steelhead have entered the Alsea River basin

Alsea River - Alsea, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Some early winter steelhead have entered the Alsea River basin. Most of these fish took advantage of the huge storms we've had the past few weeks to dart upriver. Not many lingering lower down in the system. The Alsea Hatchery holes have been providing some excellent bank fishing for some of these early fish. There are hatchery steelhead that are open for retention in the Alsea Basin. ‌

As we progress into the season, the hatchery has been a good place for bank fishing. The upper Alsea floats have also been producing a decent number of fish caught as a new batch of fish works its way up into the system.‌

As water levels drop further and clear out the fishery should be in excellent conditions for winter steelhead this weekend.‌

Check the regulations before you head out this weekend!

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, February 7th

Fourmile Lake: The Lake is blocked by snow and is currently 27 percent full
Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir is not frozen
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is ice-free
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Report
Lake Of The Woods: The lake is open water and there will likely be no ice fishing this year
Pilcher Reservoir: As the ice continues to melt, bank fishing opportunities will improve
Sky Lakes Wilderness Lakes: Snow is blocking access and there's snow at all the lakes
Sycan River: Flows are high at 96 cfs
Thief Valley Reservoir: Thief Valley Reservoir is now ice-free
Agate Lake: Agate Reservoir continues to rise and is now 68 percent full
Applegate River: The release from the dam is 750 cfs, and the temperature at release is 43F
Arizona Pond: Good numbers of trout are swimming around the pond
Ben Irving Reservoir: Some anglers find more success using bait than lures
Coquille River: The North Fork Coquille River has been fishable this week
Elk River: Boat anglers are having pretty good success side drifting from Elk River Hatchery down to Ironhead boat ramp
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant is still at 29 percent full and filling very slowly
Fish Lake : Fish Lake is 55 percent full and trout fishing on the ice should continue to be good
Illinois River: The river is fishable and winter steelhead have been reported up to Green Bridge
Lost Creek Lake: Bank fishing near the dam was productive recently
Rogue River - Middle: The Rogue is currently in great shape
Rogue River- Upper: The release from Lost Creek Reservoir is 2,000 cfs and the temperature at release is 42.5F
Sixes River: River conditions have improved enough for anglers to start looking for steelead
Tenmile Lakes: Steelhead fishing has been good one day and slow the next on Tenmile Creek lately