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NO CRABBING ALLOWED IN BAYS AND ESTAUARIES FROM THE CALIFONIA BORDER TO THE NORTH JETTY AT COOS BAY DOMOIC ACID. 

ALL ANGLING FOR BOTTOM FISH / ROCK FISH CLOSED ALONG THE ENTIRE OREGON COAST. ANGLERS HAVE CAUGHT THE QUOTA FOR BLACK ROCK FISH FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2004 CAUSING THE CLOSURE. TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL MORTALITY OF BLACK ROCK FISH, ALL FISHING FOR BOTTOM FISH MUST CLOSE.

ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

 

Trout anglers should be very excited with releases of excess rainbow trout recently. Waterbodies offering opportunities following recent stocking include Lake Selmac, Applegate Reservoir, Lost Creek Reservoir, Agate Lake, Willow Lake and Medco Pond.

Recent rains brought Chinook into the Chetco, Elk and Winchuck rivers.

REMINDER: The use of two rods is not currently authorized in rivers and streams, but is restricted to standing water bodies like lakes, ponds and reservoirs.

 

CONDITIONS LAST UPDATED 12 / 8 / 2017 

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AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, perch, bullhead catfish

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Agate is 25 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk. Fishing for trout got a shot in the arm as 350 rainbow trout of various size were stocked recently. This is the first stocking of rainbows into Agate Lake in three years. These trout will provide anglers an opportunity for trout fishing close to Medford and Eagle Point. Use nightcrawlers and power bait for best success. Sunny days will be better. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish is slow. The county park and boat ramp is open during daylight hours. Gas engines are not allowed on Agate Lake. Electric troll motors only. 

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout, spring chinook, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie

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MERCURY ADVISORY IN EFFECT AT APPLEGATE RESERVOIR. TROUT, SALMON, AND STEELHEAD ARE THE FISH THAT ARE SAFE TO EAT OUT OF APPLEGATE RESERVOIR. THERE ARE HEALTH ADVISORIES ON EATING WARM WATER FISH OUT OF APPLEGATE.

The Oregon Health Department has issued a mercury advisory for Applegate Reservoir. This means that the warmwater fish in Applegate have been found to be carrying higher than safe levels of mercury in them. Mercury is naturally occurring in Southern Oregon waterways. You should limit the amount of bass, perch, bluegills, and crappie that you eat out of Applegate Reservoir. Click here for the full information.

Applegate Reservoir was recently stocked with legal size rainbow trout and fishing should be very good. There is very low fishing pressure up here, but recent reports indicate that trout fishing has been good for anglers trolling with wedding ring/flasher combos. 

The reservoir is basically down to the flood control pool at just 10 percent of capapcity. At current water levels the only boat access should be the low water ramp at French Gulch, but mud and ice on the ramp can be a problem in the fall at this location. Hart-tish is closed for the winter.

DIAMOND LAKE: rainbow trout, tiger trout, brown trout

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DO NOT EVER USE LIVE BAIT IN DIAMOND LAKE!! IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND IT DOES NOT WORK ANY WAY. IF YOU SEE PEOPLE USING LIVE BAIT IN DIAMOND LAKE, REPORT THEM IMMEDIATELY.

Trout fishing has slowed after an excellent summer and early fall. Fishing can still be productive under the right conditions, but anglers need to be alert for light bites. We should be seeing a long stretch of days where fishing should be very good with sunny skies forecast for the next week plus. Using night crawlers and power bait is the way to go now. Trolling is not effective as water temps have really cooled and the fish are sluggish. Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. Tiger trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught.

EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, perch, catfish

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MERCURY ADVISORY IN EFFECT AT EMIGRANT. TROUT IS THE ONLY TYPE OF FISH THAT ARE SAFE TO EAT OUT OF EMIGRANT.

Fishing is slow for everything. The lake is currently 31 percent full.

EXPO PONDS: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead catfish, carp

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JACKSON COUNTY IS CHARGING AN ACCESS FEE TO THE ISOLA POND PARKING AREA. THE FEE IS $4 PER DAY. YOU CAN USE JACKSON COUNTY PARKS PARKING PASS AS WELL. THE PASS IS $30 FOR THE YEAR. GET PASSES AT MOST MAJOR SPORTING GOODS RETAILERS IN JACKSON COUNTY.

The Expo Ponds have plenty of good bank access, and anglers can catch many of the species present by fishing night crawlers below a bobber. This makes the ponds a great place to take kids fishing. 500 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches and 100 1 pound rainbows were stocked in mid October. Anglers are using worms and power bait to take them. Fishing for bass and other warm water species is slow. 

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, tiger trout, spring chinook

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Fish Lake is stocked with rainbow trout, tiger trout and Chinook salmon. Brook trout also are available. Using nightcrawlers and power bait is the way to go now due to cold water temps. If you catch a tiger trout, it needs to be released with as little harm as [possible. If it is hooked deep, cut the leader and let it go.  Anglers should be aware that a snow park permit is needed through April 30th to use the USFS lot at the boat ramp in winter. This is the only lake in Southern Oregon that requires this. Failure to have a snow park permit results in a pretty hefty ticket. Fish Lake is currently at 67 percent capacity.

FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout

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Open all year. Access is unknown and could be limited by snow. If you can get to the lake, fishing should be good for rainbow trout. Fourmile is 34 percent full. 

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville should have good numbers of trout from previous stockings. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. The coho smolts should be adipose fin-clipped, and please remember to release the ones less than 8-inches long. 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. Fishing for bass and other warm water species should be slow. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout

The lake received an additional 1,500 trophy trout at the beginning of November of at least 14 - 16 inches and a pound in weight. There are still some tagged trout in the lake and anglers are encouraged to report any tagged trout they catch.

ODFW implemented a tag reward trout study for 2017. Anglers will be asked to report tagged trout that are caught. Some of the tags will be worth money. Anglers can report the tag number to the ODFW Gold Beach office (541) 247-7605 or on ODFW’s website. Tags can be cut off or pulled out of fish being released. The study is an effort by ODFW to see what size of trout contribute to the fishery the best. Garrison is always an excellent trout fishery, and this study will only help improve it.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout, bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegills

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Howard Prairie water levels remain high with the lake still at 73 percent capacity. The only boat ramp is available is Willow Point. Jackson County Parks plans to keep Willow Point open until heavy snow arrives. Fishing should be good when we have sunny days. And we are going to have plenty of those. Use power bait and nightcrawlers for best results. Oh, I should add that I have had some great days dishing up here in the late fall and winter using roe. That's right, I said roe. Take the same roe that you would use on the river and be sure to brine it with your favorite scenting solution just as you would for going after salmon and steelhead. Use VERY small clusters of it suspended at least 4 feet below a bobber. Use your thumbnail as a yardstick to measure. You do not want the roe cluster any bigger than that. We have had some great days up here hammering trout getting up to 5 pounds using roe. 

ODF&W stocked the reservoir with nearly 37,000 5 - 6 inch Cranebows last year in October. These rainbows are the strain of rainbow that lives in Central Oregon's Crane Prairie Reservoir. They are well noted for the size they attain. They are also well adapted to escaping forgaing bass, and that is the reason they were put in. Smallmouth bass in Howard Prairie have been very big predators of the kind of rainbows planted in there in the fall each year. It is hoped the Cranebows will have better survival rates. You will know a Cranebow if you catch it as it will have a clipped dorsal and adipose fin along with a clipped left lower ventricle fin.

HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass

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The reservoir is at 42 percent full. With campground and jetty access closures in place, angler access is primarily from the bank along Hyatt Prairie Road. There has been almost zero effort here in the last two months. However, there is NO ice on the lake and with the sunny days, Hyatt should offer up some good fishing if you can get down to the water. Would suggest HIGH topped boots or waders for sure. .

LAKE OF THE WOODS: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie

Open and accessible all year. The lake was stocked before Labor Day weekend with 12- to 14-inch rainbow trout. Fishing should be okay for rainbow trout. Best fishing is from a boat using power bait and nightcrawlers. A few large brown trout can be caught this time of the year as they move along the shoreline to look for places to spawn. You can pick them up using jigs like Nordic Buzz Bombs or working lures like Rapalas very slowly. make sure you soak the heck out of what you are using with krill scent. Lake of the Woods employees have told me that is the magic scent to use up there to get the big browns in that lake.

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullheads

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Lake Selmac was stocked with legal-size rainbow trout, large rainbows and fingerlings at the end of October. Fishing for trout should be good. Especially for those using power bait. Fishing for bass and other warm water species has really slowed. Boat anglers are reminded to clean weeds off boats before leaving the lake. 

There was a fish kill out here that made big news. Media sources all over reported on it. Around 100 fish were found dead in the water. I believe what happened was a natural process in the lake where it was turning over. In that process, a portion of the lake became oxygen depleted and the fish kill resulted. ODF&W has sent some of the dead fish off to a lab to analyzed to determine what killed them for sure.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

We are going to be seeing some great days for fishing coming up with a lot of sunshine in the forecasts. Trout fishing can be great in the fall at Lemolo with rainbow, large brown trout and kokanee available. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of five per day with only one of those measuring over 20-inches. I would try using power bait and nighcrawlers first for rainbows, and smaller browns. Use jigs and lures for the kokanee and larger brown trout in here. I know that a BIG brown was caught up here recently. Those watching the fish being boated said the anglers who caught it had been trolling VERY slowly working back and forth. That tells me they were using something that would resemble a small rainbow or kokanee. And, that part about going very slow and working back and forth is also a big key for success. That is exactly how you want to do it. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, spring chinook, bass, bullheads

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Lost Creek Reservoir is a winter trout fishing hot spot in the Rogue Valley, with the vast majority of water users being anglers this time of year. The reservoir received 5,000 legal-size and 3,300 14- to 16-inch trout in October joining the holdovers from pervious stockings this year. Many more large trout are being stocked in Lost Creek than in past years as a result of data from recent trout tagging studies. Fishing has been good to very good at times. And with the forecasts we have coming up, expect that to continue. 

Boat anglers in winter can have success trolling along the dam, around the exposed island near the Takelma boat ramp, and shallower areas of the main reservoir. Bank anglers have good success on either side of the dam, but are reminded to not block access to the Takelma boat ramp. The reservoir surface temperature has cooled to 47 degrees. All boat ramps are still open.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond was stocked with rainbow trout at the end of October and fishing should be good. Fishing for bass and other warm water species is slow. Gas engines are not allowed on the pond, and bank access is restricted to the west shore.

Medco Pond is privately owned. It is not Forest Service or BLM land. There is a new owner who has said it will remain open to public access as long as people treat it respectfully and not trash it. And as long as there is public access, ODF&W will keep stocking it. There is a caretaker on site now. That is something they have never had there before. They are also putting out garbage bags for you to put your trash in, and even providing some chairs for sitting in while fishing. Some really nice touches by the new owner. Let's do our part visiting there and throw all our trash away and leave only memories of our time there. By the way, when at Medco Pond, keep your eyes open when looking at the trees around the pond, especially the east side of it. Wolf sightings have been reported up here. Keep your ears open too. Might hear them howling in the hills near the pond. I have had several people report they heard that. Especially in the evening right after dusk turns to true nightfall, and again in the early morning hours just ahead of and after dawn's arrival.

REINHART POND: rainbow trout, warm water fish

Fishing for trout improves as water temps have dropped. And, ODF&W stocked the pond with 250 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches, and 100 1 pound rainbows in October. Anglers are using worms and power bait to take them. Fishing for bass and bluegills is now very slow. 

WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, brown bullhead, perch

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Willow Lake was stocked at the end of October and beginning of November with 2,500 legals and 500 larger (12- to 14-inch) rainbow trout and fishing should be good. Fishing for bass and other warm water species is slow. The lake is 57 percent full. At this time the county has closed the paved boat ramp due to low water, but has a temporary ramp set up in the campground. The temporary ramp is available during daylight hours in winter. The County facilities here including the boat ramp do require parking passes, or paying a daily fee for use. 

 

RIVER REPORTS AS OF 12 / 8 / 2017

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ROGUE RIVER

To find out more about conservation, management and outreach efforts on the Rogue River, check out the Rogue River page on the ODFW Web site.

SALMON ANGLING CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN THE HATCHERY HOLE ON THE UPPER ROGUE RIVER

ALWAYS consult the fishing regulations before fishing rivers and streams in Southern Oregon. You can get to the regulations by clicking here.

 

Rogue River, lower: salmon, steelhead, trout

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The flows are at 3,590 cfs this morning at Agness

Low water flows are going to keep getting lower. There is NO significant rainfall in the forecast for the next two weeks. With December arrived, anglers may want to start thinking steelhead. One of the best methods to target winter steelhead is plunking a Spin ‘n Glo off the bank. Before heading out, anglers will want to check river flows and fish when flows are dropping. BUT! To get dropping flows, you first need rain. Without that, things can get very tough.

The Rogue River is open to fishing for trout. Please see the regulations for details.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, chinook salmon, trout

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At Grants Pass we have a flow of 2,060 cfs. The temperature is 41.5 degrees.

Hatchery coho salmon and summer steelhead are available. One report listed red-colored plugs as producing the best success for boat anglers between Grants Pass and Grave Creek. Spinners, spoons and nightcrawlers caught fish for bank anglers. BUT! low water flows are going to be a real damper to success. There is going to be some real tough fishing if there is no rain coming to help the situation.

The river is also open for trout fishing. Five hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed. Please see the regulations for restrictions. Trout fishing should be good using just about anything to take them from bait, to spinners, to flies as water temps are ideal.

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SALMON ANGLING CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN THE HATCHERY HOLE

The flows from the Lost Creek Dam are at 1,583 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 1,700 cfs.

A total of 3,057 summer steelhead, and 947 coho salmon have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of the 6th of December. The springer return earlier this year was so poor that ODF&W closed angling in the Hatchery Hole effective at Midnight on the 15th of May. It will remain closed until further notice. 

Beginning Nov. 1 and continuing for the rest of the year, fising is restricted to artificial flies and lures from the Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp upstream to the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park. Bait is allowed upstream of the Shady Cove boat ramp. 

Hatchery coho salmon and hatchery summer steelhead are available for upper Rogue anglers. About 400 summer steelhead, excess to broodstock needs at Cole Rivers, were recycled back into the fishery just before Thanksgiving in the vicinity of Touvelle State Park. Spinner fishing had been working for summer run steelhead and cohos. But, since Thanksgiving, the best results have been on small clumps of roe for those after steelhead. Lowering river levels are going to make fishing tough. Not impossible, but tough. Go to low flow tactics using light line to help get the best results.

The Holy Water from the dam to the hatchery is open and is fly fishing ONLY! No bait fishing is ever allowed. Fishing has been slow for anglers with afternoons of sunny days offerring the best success. Matching the hatch is critical to success out here. Looking at the forecasts in the days and weeks ahead, there could be some very good fishing out here. Sunny skies and warm temps will spur bug activity, which in turn spurs trout activity.....which results in happy anglers. :)

ROGUE RIVER ABOVE LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout

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This section of the Rogue is open to all forms of angling. The weekly stocking of rainbow trout has ended, however, there have been reports of anglers doing very well in the river above the reservoir. Not a lot of fishing pressure, especially toward the latter half of summer due to fires, and plenty of stocked trout are a recipe for a great time for those anglers willing to take a little drive. In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout. With the forecasts we will be seeing, this sets up well to see some good fishing up here.

The Rogue River and feeder creeks like Mill Creek, National Creek, and Union Creek were stocked weekly with at least 2225 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in size from the week of the Memorial Day holiday through the week of the Labor Day holiday. Stocking points were at campgrounds, and access points along Highway 62, Highway 230, and Forest Service roads in the area. Use nightcrawlers as the first choice. A single salmon egg could also produce well for you. The best fishing will be where sunlight can hit the water. Flies will also produce as will spinners. But, heavy streamside growth can limit opportunities to utilize those methods. You will also encounter larger sized hold overs going to 20 inches in the creeks. The deep pools of the Upper Rogue holds rainbows that can get up to 5 pounds. We see a couple of those caught every year up here. This year a brown trout that was nearly 24 inches long and weighing about 4 pounds was caught at the mouth of Union Creek where it enters the Rogue. That fish was released after the angler that caught it posed for pictures with it. It is after all a native trout. All nates get released unharmed.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, sturgeon, chinook, bass, striped bass, shad, trout

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As of this morning the height of the river is at 5.42 feet and the flow is 5,020 cfs at Elkton.

The wait is on for the winter run steelhead to show in numbers. Some early fish have been caught...but not many. And also not nearly as many as we would normally be seeing at this time of the year. But, the lack of sustained rainfall now is going to be a big reason for the delay in the run really getting going

. From July 1– Dec. 31, anglers can harvest two wild Chinook per day, and in combination with the other salmon/ steelhead recorded on your salmon tag, up to 20 fish total. Fin-clipped hatchery fish can be recorded on a separate hatchery harvest tag that is available. There is no limit on the number of hatchery tags that can be purchased. Daily limits still apply. Trout fishing on the mainstem Umpqua tributaries closed Sept. 15.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass

As of this morning the height of the river is at 5.58 feet and the flow is 1,330 cfs at Brockway.

The South re opened to angling on the 1st of December. But, fishing is never really good at this time of the year. And it is REALLY not good right now with almost no winter runs in the mainstem Umpqua. 

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

This morning the height is 3.57 feet, and the flow was 2,630 cfs at Winchester.

The North Umpqua is closed to Chinook fishing till February. Trout fishing in North Umpqua tributaries from the mouth to the fly area boundary at Deadline Falls closed Sept. 15.

Summer steelhead has come to an end. Winter steelhead should get going in as we get deeper in December. BUT! THAT is going to depend on rains showing up to help things along.

Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30 fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless artificial fly.

CHETCO RIVER: Sea run cuttthroat trout, rainbow trout, chinook salmon, steelhead

There had been awesome fishing. Many large chinooks were taken with the top one so far a 48 pound beauty landed by a client of guide Andy Martin. BUT! The river is dropping way down and bottoming out. It is ridiculously low for this time of the year and that puts fishing success right in the toilet. Rain is going to be critical here. And real rain is weeks away from coming. That is no joke. Look for the tough fishing to continue here.

ELK / SIXES RIVERS: Sea run cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead

The Elk and Sixes are in the same boat as the other coastal streams. The flows are bottoming out and fishing is getting hammered. Rain is critically needed to improve fishing..

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead

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The Applegate is open for angling. There is a 2 trout limit per day. They must be bigger than 8 inches and be hatchery fish with no adipose fin. That really means that most trout fishing happens in the lower river nearer the Rogue River confluence where hatchery fish are mostly found. They do not stock the Applegate with hatchery fish any longer. The Applegate is a wonderful river to learn the art of fly fishing. Hardly any angling pressure and feisty native rainbows will make it fun even if it is catch and release fishing. You do need to be careful out here. Most of the Applegate flows through private property so always be aware of where you are. No fishing from a floating device, but you can use a floating device to run the river.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois is open for angling. Like the Applegate the limit is 2 trout per day. Like the Applegate they must be at least 8 inches long, and also like the Applegate the best chance for a legal to take fish is near the Rogue River.

WINCHUCK RIVER: Sea run Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead

The Chuck is a ditto of the other coastal rivers. Rain is badly needed to get fishing going again. Without it, it is not even worth going out here. The mouth of the Winchuck is a very good spot to fish for surf perch. Look for low tides and slack tides as the moments of opportunity. Use clam necks, live sand shrimp, and the Berkely Gulp baits as top choices.

 

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OCEAN ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS AS OF 12 / 8 / 2017

At this time.....NO advisories or warnings are up.

NO CRABBING ALLOWED IN BAYS AND ESTAUARIES FROM THE CALIFONIA BORDER TO THE NORTH JETTY AT COOS BAY, AND FROM TAHKENITCH CREEK NORTH OF WINCHESTER BAY TO CAPE FOULWEATHER DUE TO DOMOIC ACID. 

ALL ANGLING FOR BOTTOM FISH / ROCK FISH CLOSED ALONG THE ENTIRE OREGON COAST. ANGLERS HAVE CAUGHT THE QUOTA FOR BLACK ROCK FISH FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2004 CAUSING THE CLOSURE. TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL MORTALITY OF BLACK ROCK FISH, ALL FISHING FOR BOTTOM FISH MUST CLOSE.

ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

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Sadly for Brookings EVERYTHING is now shut down except for fishing in the local rivers, and fishing for surf perch in the estuary and boat basin. Surf perch fishing is an often overlooked opportunity in Brookings. Fishing for them can be quite good from the jetties, the fishing pier, and Sporthaven Beach when conditions are favorable. You do not want to see high winds and rough seas. It puts them off the bite. The mouth of the Winchuck area is another very productive spot for them. Luckily, there are days and days of near perfect conditions for surf perch fishing coming up.

GOLD BEACH: As is the case with Brookings, EVERYTHING is now shut down except for fishing in the river. Fishing for surf perch is open. Fishing for them on the beaches and on the sand spit in the bay has been excellent when conditions create fishing opportunity. Look for low tide / minus tide situations. Fishing will also be best when winds are light and seas are calm. Clam necks, live sand shrimp, and Berkley Gulp are proven perch takers. We are going to be seeing day upon day of good conditions for fishing. Watch the tides and fish the opportune moments.. 

COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, steelhead, bottom fish, striped bass.

Streams and rivers are now closed to trout fishing until next spring.

A few anglers have been fishing the East Fork Millicoma and South Fork Coos rivers in search of the first returning winter steelhead. Anglers fishing the South Fork Coos River above Dellwood will need a permit from Weyerhaeuser, which they can pick up at the Weyerhaeuser Coos Bay office. In the Coos Basin 1 additional hatchery steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily.

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is closed because the quotas for several species have been reached. This includes the ocean along with bays and estuaries. On Oct. 1, recreational bottomfishing will reopen outside 40 fathoms but for anglers using “longleader” gear only. The daily bag limit for the long-leader fishery has been increased to 10 marine fish but retention of black rockfish, cabezon, lingcod, and other nearshore rockfish (blue, deacon, china, copper, and quillback rockfishes) are not allowed at any depth for the remainder of the 2017 season. Find more information about a longleader setup here.

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the Crabbing and Clamming section of the Recreation Report.

The recreational harvest of razor clams is CLOSED from Cascade Head to the California Border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Recreational harvesting of mussels is open along the entire Oregon coast, except from Tillamook Head south to Cascade Head. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

WINCHESTER BAY: sturgeon, chinook, rock fish, surf perch

Crabbing is likely to continue to be very good as we are going to be seeing very little flow out of the Umpqua. That is a very rare thing for this time of the year there. Surf perch fishing is good with conditions favorable for them. Tossing sand shrimp works, or Berkely gulp baits will get you action. Bottom fishing is closed here as it is up and down the Coast.

 

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MARINE OFF SHORE FISHING: bottomfish, crab, salmon, tuna, halibut

NO CRABBING ALLOWED IN BAYS AND ESTAUARIES FROM THE CALIFONIA BORDER TO THE NORTH JETTY AT COOS BAY DUE TO DOMOIC ACID. 

ALL ANGLING FOR BOTTOM FISH / ROCK FISH WILL END FOR THE REST TO THE YEAR AT THE END OF LEGAL FISHING TIME SUNDAY ALONG THE ENTIRE OREGON COAST. ANGLERS WILL HAVE CAUGHT THE QUOTA FOR BLACK ROCK FISH FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2004 CAUSING THE CLOSURE. TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL MORTALITY OF BLACK ROCK FISH, ALL FISHING FOR BOTTOM FISH MUST CLOSE.

ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

Prohibitions at Oregon’s marine reserves at Cascade Head, Cape Perpetua, Redfish Rocks and Otter Rock are in effect. Fishing, crabbing, clamming, hunting and gathering seaweed are all prohibited. Beach walking, surfing, bird watching, diving and other non-extractive uses continue to be allowed. See complete details and a map of the boundaries of the reserves:

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Effective Oct. 1, 2017:

Inside 40 Fathom Line:

Anglers may no longer catch and retain lingcod (except by spear), any species of rockfish, cabezon, greenling, or other bottomfish (aka groundfish) species, except flatfish species (other than Pacific halibut) inside of the 40 fathom regulatory line. Lingcod may be taken by spear only (with no change to the bag limit or minimum length). This closure is through Dec. 31, 2017 for all Oregon waters, including bays, estuaries, banks, and fishing off of jetties. Retention of flatfish and spear caught lingcod is not allowed on the same fishing trip.

Pacific halibut are managed separately, for up-to-date information on Pacific halibut fishing, please visit our halibut page.

Outside 40 Fathom Line:

Long-leader fishery

  • Ocean waters outside the 40-fathom curve will reopen to fishing, with longleader gear only.
  • The daily rockfish bag limit is increased to 10 fish.
  • The following fish may NOT be retained black, yelloweye, blue, deacon, China, copper and quillback rockfish, cabezon, lingcod.
  • Retention of flatfish species (sanddabs, sole, flounder, California halibut) is NOT allowed during long-leader trips.
  • Descending devices are mandatory.

Flatfish fishery

  • Fishing for flatfish species (sanddabs, sole, flounder, California halibut) remains open at all depths.
  • Retention of other groundfish species (rockfish, greenling, sablefish, etc.) is NOT allowed during flatfish trips.
  • Descending devices are mandatory.

Lingcod fishery

  • Open only for spearfishing (at all depths).

Waypoints for the 40-fathom curve (pdf, 1 page)

DUNGENESS CRAB

Crabbing is still closed down on all of the Curry County Coast, and most of the Coos County Coast due to domoic acid levels. It IS open from the north jetty at Coos Bay to the Columbia River. The commercial season is on hold as they wait for the crabs to fill out with more meat. There has been good success on the open ocean, and in the bays and estuaries north of Coos Bay as the very low flows of the rivers has seen crabs entering the bays and estuaries in good numbers.

SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING

Shore and estuary anglers may fish for surfperch, flatfish species like starry flounder and sanddabs, and baitfish (herring, for example). On the Central and Southern Coasts, be very mindful of closures on crabbingin bays and estuaries due to domoic acid

Due to inseason regulation changes, anglers may NOT catch or retain lingcod, any species of rockfish, cabezon, greenling, or other bottomfish species except for flatfish species like sanddab and starry flounder. Surfperch fishing is not impacted by this closure, and remains open.

Public piers provide opportunities to catch surfperch and baitfish and to drop crab pots (but check first for crab health safety closures). Learn about surfperch fishing.

When fishing from shore or inside estuaries and bays, it is important to check the tide. Many fish that swim into estuaries and bays, including salmon, surfperch, and Pacific herring, tend to come in with the tide. Catch of these species is more likely to occur closer to slack tide. Additionally, the accessibility of some areas can be completely dependent on the tide. Do not allow the incoming tide to become a safety hazard. The good news here is that the forecasts are showing a lot of great fishing for surf perch coming up. The lack of storms also means a lack of conditions that hamper surf perch fishing. Watch for minus and slack tides and fish them for best success

Surfperch are a diverse group of fish that provide a variety of angling opportunities. Striped seaperch are found year-round in rocky areas like jetties; and ocean surf is the place to find redtail surfperch and silver perch. Surfperch Fishing (pdf). Surfperch are not included in the bottomfish closure. 

The bag limit for surfperch is generous at 15 per day. However, a lot remains unknown about the status of surfperch populations off the Oregon Coast, so, as usual, take only what you will use.

BOTTOM FISHING

Oregon’s recreational bottomfish (a.k.a. groundfish) season is closed inside the 40 fathom regulatory line. Anglers may no longer catch or retain lingcod, any species of rockfish, cabezon, greenling, or other bottomfish species except for flatfish species (sanddab and Petrale sole, for example). Fishing for flatfish species (excluding Pacific halibut) and spearfishing for lingcod are open at all depths through Dec. 31.

Beginning Oct. 1 through the end of the year, limited bottomfish fishing reopened outside of the 40 fathom regulatory line, only with the use of longleader gear. (Bottomfish fishing remains closed inside the 40 fathom regulatory line.) Longleader gear has a minimum of 30 feet between the sinker, or weight, and the lowest hook. Additionally, a non-compressible float above the top hook is required. No bait or lures larger than five inches in length are allowed. This gear is designed to target midwater rockfish species such as yellowtail, widow, and canary rockfish, while avoiding the more bottom dwelling yelloweye rockfish. The daily bag limit is 10 fish per angler for the remainder of 2017. During this reopening, retention of black, blue, deacon, China, copper, and quillback rockfish, cabezon, lingcod, and yelloweye rockfish is prohibited. Trips for flatfish, longleader bottomfish, and lingcod spearfishing must all remain separate, i.e. they cannot be onboard the boat at the same time.

The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation area, approximately 15 miles west of Newport, is closed to bottomfish (groundfish) and halibut fishing year round.

Vessels fishing for or retaining bottomfish (including flatfish) species or Pacific halibut are required (1) to have onboard a functioning rockfish descending device, and (2) use it to descend any rockfish released when fishing outside of the 30-fathom regulatory line. For more information and videos, please see the rockfish recompression webpage.

In addition to the descending device rule, ODFW continues to encourage anglers to use a descending device when releasing any rockfish with signs of barotrauma. Signs of barotrauma, such as bulging eyes and a gut protruding from the mouth, are reversible when fish are returned to depth with a descending device. Use a descending device to safely return fish to a depth of 60 feet or more. Even fish that are severely bloated can survive after being released at depth.

OCEAN SALMON

ALL off shore seasons are now closed. See you next spring.

MUSSELS

  • Closed to recreational and commercial harvest from the south jetty of the Columbia River to the north jetty of Yaquina Bay. This includes mussels on all beaches, rocks, jetties and bays in this section of the coast.
  • This closure is due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins.
  • Mussel harvesting remains open from the south jetty of Yaquina Bay to the California border.

For your safety, call the Oregon Department of Agriculture Shellfish Safety Hotline before harvesting clams or mussels at 1-800-448-2474 or
check their website.

RAZOR CLAMS

  • Open from Columbia River to Cascade Head. This includes the Clatsop County beaches.
  • Closed from Cascade Head to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays.

PACIFIC HALIBUT

All 2017 sport halibut fisheries have concluded for 2017. Allocations for 2018 will be available in late January 2018.  For more information on please see the sport halibut webpage.

 

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