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FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP

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

NO OFF SHORE SALMON ANGLING FROM HUMBUG MOUNTAIN IN OREGON TO EUREKA, CALIFORNIA IN 2017. THIS WAS DONE TO PROTECT ENDANGED RUNS OF FALL CHINOOKS FOR THE KLAMTH AND SACRAMENTO RIVERS. DETAILS BELOW.

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

Recreational crabbing is open along the entire Oregon coast and has been good both in the ocean and in the bays.

Summer steelhead are providing some fair to good action on the middle and upper Rogue.

Fishing for all Chinook is now closed from Hog Creek boat ramp upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery.

Trout anglers wanting to fish flowing water should try the Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir. Light pressure due to fires means a lot of stocked trout are still available.

Fishing for trout in Diamond Lake continues to be good. Fall trout fishing at Diamond can be great.

Chetco River Fall Chinook State Waters Ocean Terminal Area season is open this coming weekend, Oct. 14-15, with a daily limit of 1 Chinook (minimum length – 28-inches).

 

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 10 / 11 / 2017 

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

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Agate is 22 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk. Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, and other warmwater fish should be good. 

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 is stocked with rainbow trout. Early or late in the day will be best for all fishing at the reservoir. Surface temperatures have cooled. Fishing for smallmouth bass should be good. The reservoir is at 23 percent capacity. The reservoir is quickly dropping down to the flood control pool. At current water levels the only boat access should be the low water ramp at French Gulch, but mud can be a problem in early 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 is still producing good catches. A significant portion of fish caught have been larger than 12 inches. Trolling lures and bottom fishing with PowerBait across all depths continue to be productive angling methods. Fly-anglers are having good luck on the south end of the lake as well. 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 for bass, crappie, and other warmwater species should be good. Smallmouth bass will be primarily found along the rocky banks; while largemouth bass and panfish will congregate around submerged vegetation. The lake is currently 26 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. Fishing for bass is good. Use spinners, night crawlers, and bass lures and baits of all kinds to take them. Good fishing for bluegill and crappie using nightcrawlers and jigs is also being reported. Trout fishing is improving as water temps are dropping. bes success for trout will be late morning to mid day.

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. Two weeks ago, 900 large rainbows averaging 14-16 inches in length were stocked to add to the fishery. Brook trout are also available.

Trolling lures like a flatfish or a wedding ring/worm combo, as well casting flies can be very effective in the fall months at Fish Lake. Power bait, especially garlic scented power bait always produces here. A portion of the rainbow trout have external parasites called copepods that can be scraped off the fish prior to cooking. Fish parasites do not pose a threat to people when cooked properly. Fish Lake is currently at 51 percent capacity.

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

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Fishing has been very good up here for rainbow trout. Fishing can also be good for brook trout. Fourmile is also a good location to catch your first lake trout. Kokanee are extremely rare in the catch. ODF&W has been stocking rainbows from legal size to trophy size all summer and into the fall. October can be a very good month for fishing. The largest trout of the year are usually taken in October.

The lake provides campgrounds and all the facilities. There is no improved boat ramp and boats need to be launched from the sandy shoreline. Fourmile is 25 percent full. 

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville has been stocked several times in 2017 with legal-size and trophy-size trout. In addition to trout, the reservoir has been stocked with coho smolts and there have been reports of them being caught in good numbers. 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 panfish should be good. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout

Anglers will want to watch the weather and fish when the lake is not too windy.

ODFW is implementing 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 76 percent capacity. Dropping water temperatures should mean good things for trout anglers at Howard. Anglers should be aware, however that fingerling trout will be stocked in October. Care must be taken to release these undersized fish unharmed.

Many of the trout show evidence of copepods or copepod scars. This is a natural parasite that lives on the outside of the fish and can simply be scraped off prior to cooking

ODF&W stocked the reservoir with 300,000 thousand regular rainbow trout sub legals of 4 - 6 inches last October. But, they also planted nearly 37,000 5 - 6 inch Cranebows. 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 doirsal and adipose fin along with a clipped left lower ventricle fin.

HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass

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The reservoir is 40 percent full. Cooler water temps will be improving fishing. But, effort is light due to all the closures in place up here. They have closed the boat ramps for the season. They parking area near the dam is closed as repair work continues. That leaves shore access from Hyatt Prairie Road as the only real opportunity for anglers. 

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

The lake was stocked in early September with 12-14 inch rainbow trout rainbow trout. Fishing should be fair for rainbow trout. Water temperatures are cooling and trout are getting more active. Best fishing is from a boat. Fishing should be good for small yellow perch and brown bullhead and an occasional brown trout

The Lake of the Woods Resort Marina is still open. 

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

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Rainbow trout are available and fishing for bass and panfish should be good. Remember that it is easy to cast too far for bass and panfish at Selmac. Many of these fish can be caught (and even seen) fairly close in. As temperatures decrease the warmwater species should begin to be more accessible close to shore. Road construction at the dam requires a detour via Deer Creek road in order to access Lake Selmac Resort on Lake Shore Drive and the Trout Loop. The South Shore boat ramps can still be accessed via Lakeshore Drive

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

The reservoir has been stocked with 6,000 legal size rainbows and was stocked with “Labor Day Lunkers” in early September.  These are trophy sized trout that were stocked to boost fishing for Labor Day weekend. There are a lot of them still in there. There are also excellent opportunities to catch large brown trout and kokanee. 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. Back to the browns for a minute....last Saturday LeMolo Resort posted a picture of a 20 pound male brown trout that was caught in nets designed to ctach the invasive tui chub that have populated the lake. This giant brown was dead when they found it. It is going to be mounted and placed on the wall of the resort. Browns bigger then that are known to exist in LeMolo. ODF&W has said many times they believe the next state record brown will come from LeMolo. October is a great time to be fishing for these giants as they try to pack on extra weight for the coming winter. 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 received 5,000 legal trout, and 2,300 14-16 inch trout last week and fishing has been very good. Many more large trout are being stocked in Lost Creek than in past years as a result of data from recent trout tagging studies.

This is a lovely fishery in the fall, with the vast majority of water users being anglers this time of year.  The reservoir surface temperature has cooled dramatically to 60 oF. All boat ramps are still open

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond is stocked with rainbow trout, and fishing for bass and panfish should be good. 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 will improve as water temps drop and vegetation clears out. Fishing for bass is good. Use nightcrawlers presented under  bobbers to try for bass. And, use the whole crawler rather than a piece of it like you would for trout. Fishing for bluegills is also very good. This is a great place to take kids fishing. A bobber and worm gets a lot of action.

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

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Fishing for bass and other warmwater species should be good and getting better with cooling surface water temperatures. These species should begin to be more accessible near shore. Look for trout fishing to be improving as the water temps fall. The lake is 60 percent full. The paved County ramp is open from dawn to dusk daily. The County facilities here including the boat ramp do require parking passes, or paying a daily fee for use. 

 

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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

THE UPPER ROGUE RIVER IS RESTRICTED TO FLIES ONLY ANGLING

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 1,910 cfs this morning at Agness

Chinook are spread throughout the lower river and estuary. The Chinook fishery has been one of the best is recent years and should continue into October. Anglers are picking up a few coho trolling the bay. Coho numbers should continue to build through September. Boat and bank anglers are picking up Chinook side-drifting eggs in some of the deeper runs downstream of Agness.

Rogue flows are dropping this week and should really improve fishing conditions for summer steelhead and half pounders. The half pounder steelhead run is also doing very well. Anglers are picking up fish all through the lower river. Spinners or flies fished in the tail outs and head of pools is a good method to catch these fish.

ODFW is seining the lower Rogue River at Huntley Park (river mile 8) to monitor escapement of steelhead, Chinook, and coho. The project runs from mid-July to the end of October. Anglers interested in what is being caught can visit ODFW’s website and look under Fish Counts for two week updates. Click here for the seine counts at Huntley Park. 

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 1,520 cfs. The temperature is 49 degrees.

Chinook angling is now closed from Hog Creek Boat Ramp to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Chinook fishing downstream of Hog Creek Boat Ramp is still open through the end of the year. Steelhead fishing should be good with the lower water. In the Grants Pass area, Steelhead anglers should be aware of spawning Chinook and their redds and try avoid these sensitive areas. The best bet for summer steelhead is drifted night crawlers, small roe or small yarn balls. They can also still be caught on a small k-9 or k-11 plug. Now is the time to start thinking about pulling out the fly rod and swing copper johns or egg imitations. To improve success on egg imitators, soak them in scents.

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 UPPER ROGUE RIVER IS RESTRICTED TO FLIES ONLY ANGLING

The flows from the Lost Creek Dam are at 1,164 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 1,300 cfs.

A total of 1,972 summer steelhead, 4,272 spring chinook, and 1 coho salmon have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of the 3rd of October. 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. 

Anglers are reminded that Chinook fishing is now closed from Hog Creek Boat Ramp (downstream of Grants Pass) to Cole Rivers Hatchery through Dec. 31. In addition, the artificial fly season is place on the upper Rogue. Summer steelhead fishing is still open and is providing an good opportunity in the upper river and should only get better with the progression of fall and as more late run summer steelhead show up. Trout are also available. Only hatchery rainbow trout and steelhead can be kept, while all cutthroat and wild trout and wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Anglers should be aware of spawning spring Chinook and not disturb these fish.

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 just ok for anglers in the afternoons and early evenings. Matching the hatch is critical to success out here. I have always favored pale evening duns and mosquito patterns. Yes, mosquito patterns. Not really ulta high brow for fly fishing and many purists raise their noses higher at the simple pattern.....but it works. And works well out here.

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 in the Rogue River above the reservoir is now over for 2017. In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout. 

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 eleased 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 3.30 feet and the flow is 1,530 cfs at Elkton.

Chinook fishing in the estuary is steady. Bank anglers in Half Moon Bay are consistently catching Chinook and a good number of hatchery coho. There have been reports of folks catching fish throughout the main. 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 is closed.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass

CLOSED TO ALL ANGLING!

The South Umpqua mainstem and tributaries are closed to all angling to protect fall chinook.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

This morning the height is 2.25 feet, and the flow was 1,080 cfs at Winchester.

Check with the US Forest Service regarding potential fishing closures on the North Umpqua above Susan Creek. The North Umpqua Spring Chinook season closed July 1. 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 is closed.

Summer steelhead fishing below deadline falls has been spotty but should pick-up with cooler temperatures.

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

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

Anglers will want to check current conditions of the Chetco Bar fire prior to fishing the Chetco River. Road closures are in effect for the majority of the watershed. Anglers are targeting the bay as Chinook salmon are coming into the estuary. There have been some very big ones taken of late. Higher up look for great fishing for rainbow trout in the tributaries as the fish have moved into them for cooler water.

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

The Elk and Sixes are open for angling. There will not be much pressure on them until the fall salmon and steelhead seasons get going. There are good numbers of sea run cutthroat trout in both rivers. Early morning or late evening is usually the best time to fish.

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. They do not stock the Applegate with hatchery fish any longer. The Applegate is a wonderful river to learn the aert of fly fishing in the summer. 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. There is not much effort made for trout angling out here through the summer.

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

Anglers are picking upcutthroat in the estuary. Early morning or evening tends to be the best time. Anglers will want to check current conditions of the Chetco Bar fire prior to fishing the Winchuck River. Road closures are in effect for some of the watershed. The Winchuck is another river where you cannot fish from a floating device. And, it also has a lot of private property along it. So, be aware of where you are exactly at all times. 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 10 / 11 / 2017

A  SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS IS NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH 11 PM TONIGHT FROM THE COLUMBIA RIVER TO PT. ST. GEORGE, CALIFORNIA FROM THE COASTAL WATERS OUT 60 NAUTICAL MILES......AND FROM PT. ST. GEORGE, CALIFORNIA TO CAPE MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA FROM 10 MILES OUT TO 60 NAUTICAL MILES. EXPECT SEAS RUNNING 7 TO 12 FEET ON SHORT INTERVALS. 

Be expecting more small craft advisories to be posted in the days ahead as systems will be coming in from the Gulf of Alaska and will keep conditions rough.

 

NO OFF SHORE SALMON ANGLING FROM HUMBUG MOUNTAIN IN OREGON TO EUREKA, CALIFORNIA IN 2017. THIS WAS DONE TO PROTECT ENDANGED RUNS OF FALL CHINOOKS FOR THE KLAMTH AND SACRAMENTO RIVERS. 

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.

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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 was reopened outside 40 fathoms but for anglers using “long-leader” 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. 

State waters (0-3 nautical miles) from Twin Rocks (approx. 2.75 miles north of the Chetco River) to the OR/CA Border (approx. 2.5 miles south of the Chetco River) will be open for Chinook salmon on the following dates only: Saturday, Oct. 14; and Sunday, Oct.15. The limit is one Chinook per day, and retained Chinook must be a minimum of 28-inches in length.   

Ocean salmon catch and effort estimates can be found  by clicking here.

Just a reminder: Ocean anglers are restricted to no more than two single point barbless hooks when fishing for salmon, and when fishing for any other species if a salmon is on board the vessel.

Sadly for Brookings the season for bottom fish is now closed for the rest of 2017. Fishing has been so good and so consistent this year that anglers have burned through the black rock fish quota for the first time since 2004. And, to prevent accidental catches of, and then deaths of black rock fish, ODF&W has closed all bottom fishing. And this includes from the jetties, and in the estuary. The open ocean will remain open for crabbing, tuna, and halibut. You will have to hope conditions are calm enough to let you get out to the halibut grounds, or get out far enough to get after tuna. Fishing for salmon and trout in the estuary will be open. Crabbing is allowed in the estuary as well. Surf perch fishing is an often overlooked opportunity in Brookings. Fishing fo 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.

GOLD BEACH: As is the case with Brookings, fishing for bottom fish is now closed for the rest of 2017 as fishing has been so good and so consistent this year that anglers have burned through the black rock fish quota for the first time since 2004. And, to prevent accidental catches of, and then deaths of black rock fish, ODF&W closed all bottom fishing. And this includes from the jetties, and in the bay. On the open ocean as of today you can go crabbing, and go out after halibut and tuna. You will have to hope conditions are calm enough to let you get out to the halibut grounds, or get out far enough to get after tuna. Fishing for salmon and trout in the bay will be open. There has been very good success for fall chinooks in the bay when conditions are right. Fishing for surf perch will still be 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. 

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

Streams and rivers are open to trout fishing until Oct. 31. Anglers are allowed to use bait in streams above tidewater starting Sept. 1. Anglers may harvest two trout per day that are a minimum of 8 inches long.

The majority of the angling effort for Chinook salmon is from Marshfield Channel through the Coos River and South Fork Coos River. Bank anglers are catching Chinook salmon at the mouth of Daniels Creek, Isthmus Slough, and the Coos Bay City Boardwalk. A few wild coho have been caught lately. There is not a wild coho season inside Coos Bay this year so all wild coho must be released but anglers may keep an adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho. Salmon anglers are having the best luck trolling cut plug herring behind a flasher.

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 was reopened outside 40 fathoms but for anglers using “long-leader” 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. 

Crabbing was good this past week for those crabbing from a boat and from the docks in Charleston. Crabbing has been best near Charleston but legal crab can be caught all the way up the bay to the BLM boat ramp off of the North Spit. There was a mixture of hard and soft shelled legal Dungeness crab.

Recreational harvest of bay clams remains open along the entire Oregon coast. Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay.

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

The salmon seasons are still on here. In the bay and lower river, trollers are having succes from in between the jetty jaws going upriver all the way to Reedsport. Hitting the channel in about 15 feet of water seems to be the key. Chinooks are being taken by those fishing off the jetty, but, maurading seals seems to be a big issue there. Anglers are even getting chinooks in the boat basin tossing spinners to get them. Cohos are showing up in the catch as well. Anglers using spinners are hing the best success. Crabbing has been just great for the last month and a half and it shows no sign of slowing down. Limits galore are being seen and big boys too. Tuna are still out there. But increasingly rough conditions is limiting effort.

 

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

NO OFF SHORE SALMON ANGLING FROM HUMBUG MOUNTAIN IN OREGON TO EUREKA, CALIFORNIA IN 2017. THIS WAS DONE TO PROTECT ENDANGED RUNS OF FALL CHINOOKS FOR THE KLAMTH AND SACRAMENTO RIVERS. 

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:

Otter Rock Marine Reserve
Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area
Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area
Cascade Head Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area

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 will remain 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 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. 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.

Surf perch -

Surfperch are a diverse group of fish that provide a variety of angling opportunities. With the closures of salmon fishing for all but the central coast, and now the closure of all bottom fish angling, surf perch are going to be offerring anglers an opportunity that they may have overlooked before. Surf perch are excellent table fare. Striped seaperch are found year-round in rocky areas like jetties; and ocean surf is the place to find redtail surfperch and silver perch. So how do I try to catch these fish and what do I use as bait? Click on this link. Surfperch Fishing (pdf). Redtail and other species of surfperch commonly caught in the breaker waves along ocean beaches are usually plentiful in the late spring and early summer months. Striped seaperch, pile perch, and shiner perch can be caught year round in most Oregon bays. The bag limit for surfperch is generous at 15 per day. While it is believed that populations of surf perch are in good shape, a lot remains unknown about the actual status of surfperch populations off the Oregon Coast, so, as usual, take only what you will use.

Pacific Halibut - With the closure on salmon fishing in the ocean waters off the Southern Oregon Coast.....and the full coast closure of bottom fishing, it is expected there will be more of an effort made for halibut than has been seen before.

In 2017 vessels fishing for or retaining 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.

Season map (pdf)

Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR): The all-depth fishery and nearshore fishery are closed for the remainder of 2017.

Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.):   The summer all-depth season is closed.

The nearshore fishery reopened on Sept. 3, seven days per week. With the rollover from the all-depth fishery, there are approximately 1,700 pounds of quota remaining. 

Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA Border): Opened May 1, seven days per week until the quota is caught or Oct 31.

Crabbing - Ocean and bay crabbing is open coastwide. Crabbing is red hot right now up and down the coast. You are not going to have to make long soaks to get limits right now. And, seeing some very big boys showing up as well. The nice part right now is that crabbing is improving in bays, estuaries, and boat basins up and down the coast. This means good crabbing is well within each of even those without boats. 

Salmon - No off shore salmon fishing from Humbug Mountain in Oregon to Eureka, California for 2017. Poor ocean conditions and low stream flows several years ago have resulted in poor returns to the Klamath and Sacramento Rivers for chinooks. And since the Klamath and Sacramento chinooks spend their time in the ocean off Southern Oregon and Northern California, this is the reason for the closure. There are just not going to be eough salmon returning to keep the stock going according to estimates. This will not impact rivers except for the Klamath and the Sacramento where closures will be enforced there as well. 

The Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. Chinook salmon recreational fishing season opened March 15, 2017 and is scheduled to run through Oct. 31, 2017. This season is open for all salmon except coho salmon, with a bag limit of two salmon per day, and minimum sizes for Chinook at 24 inches or larger, and steelhead at 20 inches or larger. Beginning Oct. 1 salmon angling will be limited to only inside of the 40 fathom regulatory line.

Chinook salmon fishing has continued slow in the ocean in all areas with catch rates averaging around 1 Chinook for every 5-10 angler trips.

Chetco Fall Chinook State Waters Season

State waters (0-3 nautical miles) from Twin Rocks (approx. 2.75 miles north of the Chetco River) to the OR/CA Border (approx. 2.5 miles south of the Chetco River) will be open for Chinook salmon on the following dates only: Saturday, Oct. 14; and Sunday, Oct.15. The limit is one Chinook per day, and retained Chinook must be a minimum of 28-inches in length.   

Ocean salmon catch and effort estimates can be found here.

Just a reminder: Ocean anglers are restricted to no more than two single point barbless hooks when fishing for salmon, and when fishing for any other species if a salmon is on board the vessel.

Details, including regulations, and more information on ocean salmon seasons.

Shellfish -

ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMIC ACID, AND CLOSED FOR HARVEST OF MUSSELS FROM THE COLUMBIA RIVER TO HECETA HEAD DUE TO DOMOIC ACID

Call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures. Additional information is available from ODA’s Food Safety Program at (503) 986-4720 or the ODA shellfish closures website. Openings and closures listed below were accurate on Sept. 8.

For everything you need to know about identifying and harvesting Oregon’s shellfish, including maps of individual estuaries that show where to crab and clam, see the recreational shellfish pages on the ODFW website.

Mussels

Mussels are open along the entire Oregon coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Rock jetty structures at nearly every port in Oregon support harvestable populations of mussels.

Razor Clams

NOTICE: Razor clams remain closed from the Columbia River South Jetty to Tillamook Head (south of Seaside) and from Cascade Head to the OR/CA border coast due to elevated levels of domoic acidThis includes all beaches and bays.

Razor clam harvest is OPEN from Tillamook Head (south of Seaside) to Cascade Head (north of Lincoln City).

Bay Clams

Bay clamming is open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Check the ODFW Shellfish website for where and when to harvest your favorite bivalves. Click here for updated maps on where to clam.

Tuna - Albacore season is winding down, and fish will likely be moving out of reach of anglers within the next week or two. Last week some anglers were finding pockets of fish primarily in areas north of Cascade Head. Anglers are reminded that trips offshore for albacore are challenging and proper safety equipment and awareness of weather forecasts and changing conditions are critical to have a safe trip. Albacore are typically found where surface water temperatures are at least 59oF and chlorophyll concentrations are below 0.25 mg/m3 (clear “blue” water).

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