SOUTHWEST REGION

BEN IRVING RESERVOIR — rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie

Although the rain has subsided, Ben Irving can stay muddy for extended periods in the winter due to runoff. Fishing can still be good for anglers who exercise some patience.

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR — rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, coho and Chinook smolts

Cooler dry weather will make the trip to Cooper a little nicer than the rain. There should be some trout and salmon juvies around for the willing angler.

Beginning in 2016, Cooper has been stocked with coho and Chinook salmon juveniles (20,000 coho in 2019). These are often mistaken for kokanee. Anglers may retain up to 5 salmon juveniles in the reservoir as part of their daily trout bag limit. Please remember to release salmon and trout less than 8 inches.

DIAMOND LAKE — Colder weather will help the lake to stay frozen. Anglers were catching some trout through the ice when it was frozen earlier this season.

Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camps and ramps. Seasonal closures are occurring for campgrounds and boat launches. Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at Diamond Lake on the Diamond Lake Resort Facebook page, or call 541-793-3333 for updates. Diamond Lake is open year-round.

Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger and brown trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. These trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR — Bass and trout are in their winter modes. Light tackle can help anglers feel the subtle bites from trout during this time of year.

Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions. Check out the Lake Level Gage for more information.

In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20 inches long allowed for harvest.

HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS (Douglas County) — A recent report said the road was open up to the lakes, but there was some ice on both lakes. Anglers may be able to toss a line if the ice breaks up with warmer weather.

The USFS has closed the campgrounds at these sites due to COVID-19. Anglers should be able to access the lakes from other areas. Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest for information on camp and ramp closures. Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Remember to only keep trout at least 8 inches long.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR — Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camp and ramp closures. Contact the resort at 541-643-0750 for weather/road conditions and additional information. The latest info is that both the resort and the campgrounds are closed

Snow may make accessing the lake difficult unless you have a snowmobile. Brown trout and kokanee like are wrapping up their spawning and less fish may be available for anglers. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and fall under the daily limit for trout of 5 per day, with only one of those measuring over 20 inches.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH — Access to the North Umpqua is limited with the closure of areas in the Umpqua National Forest and other lands near the forest.

Tom Eggers can be reached at teggers@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4220.

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Tom Eggers is the sports editor for The News-Review. He can be reached at teggers@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4220.

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