Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway

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Fishing the Byway

The Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway has a long history of attracting anglers to the cold, clear waters of its rivers and lakes. The variety of fishing environments gives visitors many choices for angling or watching wildlife. Be sure to check with the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for specific rules.

North Umpqua River

The combination of large summer-run steelhead, easy access to the river, and majestic scenery makes this area a world-renowned fishing spot. Since 1952, a 33-mile section above Deadline Falls has been reserved exclusively for fly-fishing. Opportunities for bait-fishing abound below the falls. Between May and October, the patient visitor may observe migrating salmon or steelhead jumping at Deadline Falls.

Lakes & Reservoirs of the High Cascades

Lemolo and Diamond lakes have been favorite fishing spots for generations. German brown trout at Lemolo Lake and rainbow trout at Diamond Lake are the fish to catch. Lost Creek Reservoir offers opportunities for warm water and cold water game fish. Rainbow trout are stocked annually in this large reservoir.

Upper Rogue River

This scenic river cuts its way through volcanic rock, creating a variety of habitats for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Just below Lost Creek Reservoir are the "Holy Waters", a short stretch of river offering year-round fly-fishing only. Farther downstream, salmon and steelhead runs attract the avid angler.

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