Saturday June 4th marks the beginning of National Fishing & Boating Week. It’s a great time to introduce a kid or friend to the joys of the outdoors on the water.
It kicks off on Saturday with State Parks Day. All of the Oregon State Parks will be having free day-use, and overnight camping in traditional campsites. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to get outside and enjoy a cheap, but entertaining day with family and friends.
The work week doesn’t bring anything too exciting, but the weather forecast is looking some what promising. If it holds true we’ll be instore for partly cloudy days in the mid 70’s. That will be excellent weather for a relaxing day of fishing.
Finally the following weekend, June 11th & 12th, is free fishing weekend in Oregon. This is a great opportunity to get out if you haven’t purchased your license yet or to introduce a kid or friend to the great sport of fishing. Free fishing weekend also includes salmon and steelhead fishing so you don’t need a tag if you would like to target them (although if you currently have a salmon & steelhead tag the ODFW asks you to please still tag fish).
There are also many events going on around the state that weekend. Here is a list of place’s that are hosting events in our area:
- Diamond Lake from 8am – 2pm
- Expo Pond from 9am – 1pm
- Fish Lake from 9:30am – noon for kids 16 & younger
- Hyatt Lake BLM Campground from 9am – 2pm
- Lake Selmac from 9am – 3pm
- Lost Creek Marina from 9am – noon
Now if you’re wondering how fishing is, here is a report for the Rogue Valley…
Salmon & Steelhead
With recent storms the river has risen and muddied up once again. That makes the Upper Rogue the only game in town for springers. The middle Rogue won’t be fishable until at least late next week. Catches in the upper river have been good though. There are plenty of big, chrome fish around as the run is averaging larger than normal. The run has also been slowed down due to the high cold water so look for fresh fish to keep moving up for the rest of the month. Both bankies and boats are picking up fish, and roe seems to be out producing kwik fish due to the cooler temps. Fishing has been best the first hour and a half of legal fishing time and after 4:30 in the afternoon. Mid-day has pretty much been a bust on most days.
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The salmon fly hatch has started on the Upper Rogue. This hatch produces some of the best fly fishing for trout any where so don’t miss it if you like to see trout destroy your dry flies.
Diamond Lake – The lake is 100% ice free and fishing has been pretty good with anglers catching their 8 fish limits. Still fishing with power bait has been good and trolling is picking up. Look for fishing to continue to get better as the lake continues to warm up.
Howard Prairie & Hyatt Lake – Both lakes have been fishing fairly well, and have also been producing some large fish. Trolling is out doing still fishing, but both are producing fish.
Local Lakes & Ponds – Most area lakes and ponds were stocked right before Memorial Day, and some will be receiving more the next week. To see exactly which lakes are getting stocked and when be sure to check out the ODFW Trout Stocking Schedule. Fishing should be excellent after a stocking especially since we haven’t had any hot weather yet. Power bait, worms, and spinners all produce plenty of fish.
Bass & Panfish
Both bass and Crappie had been on the bite before the recent storms, however those storms have hampered fishing lately. If the weather forecast holds true look for them to come back on the bite any day.
Hope you all have a great week and can get out and do a little fishing during National Fishing and Boating Week, and Free Fishing Weekend. Don’t forget to bring along some kids and non-fishing friends to get them hooked to this great sport.