ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT AS OF 3/19
We expect to see small craft advisory and gale conditions through the weekend.
FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP
ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID
Lost Creek Reservoir has been reporting good fishing
Spring Chinook season on the mainstem Umpqua River should be starting up soon – a few anglers already are trying their luck.
Numerous steelhead boats on the upper Rogue reported up to four fish per boat over the weekend.
Garrison Lake usually holds good numbers of holdover trout in the 14 to 18-inch range and ODFW recently planted recycled adult hatchery steelhead into the lake.
Several area lakes have been stocked already this year. Check the SW Zone stocking schedules for details. Click here for the stocking report.
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.
The moderating weather conditions have been having an impact on ice conditions in many areas. With ice thinning and starting to pull away from shore, anglers should be increasingly cautious when stepping out on the ice. Take the following precautions: use the “buddy system,” wear a PFD in case of thin ice, carry a throw-rope, and use a heavy metal staff to check for thin-ice.
CONDITIONS LAST UPDATED 3/19/2017
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AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, perch, bullhead catfish
Agate is 100 percent full. Fishing is slow out here and the water is very muddy due to the rapid rise and inflows. Not much effort being made at all. Nightcrawlers are a good universal bait. Everything in Agate Lake will take them. Crappie jigs and small spinner baits work as well. The bullheads here will hit livers, hot dogs, and gizzards. The Boat Ramp is open from 7 am to 7:30 pm daily.
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.
Trout fishing has been fair to good. Anglers have been catching trout up to 16-inches. Trout anglers will want to try trolling, and a good bet will be a wedding ring/bait combination. One angler reported a flasher tipped with a worm produced good results during mid-day hours. Fishing with bait from shore in the upper reservoir should also produce.
The lake is currently filling and all boat ramps are accessible.
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.
Diamond Lake has ice thick enough for fishing. But, the weather warming up and rain is making for changing conditions and you need to be sure about the ice. There has been some very good fishing through the ice. Fishing is best near the resort and marina in about 10 feet of water. Worms will work and power bait is working. Rainbows as big as 4.5 pounds have been taken. On sunny days in the afternoons the bite gets quite good with the fish making good hard bites. Not the light soft tappy hits they normally make at this time of the year. If you catch tiger trout or brown trout they must be released unharmed. The marina does have some ice fishing equipment and has plenty of tackle and rods for ice fishing available.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, perch, catfish
MERCURY ADVISORY IN EFFECT AT EMIGRANT. TROUT IS THE ONLY TYPE OF FISH THAT ARE SAFE TO EAT OUT OF EMIGRANT.
Emigrant will be stocked for the first ime this year this week. Look for 1,000 legal size rainbows to go in. Effort at Emigrant is still very low. Just not seeing much if any angler effort being made here. But, the water temps are beginning to warm and soon activity will pick up out here. I am sure that you can find action for catch and release bass fishing in the afternoons and early evenings especially near rocky areas in shallow water. Emigrant is 86 percent full. All boat ramps are open.
EXPO PONDS: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead catfish, carp
JACKSON COUNTY IS CHARGING AN ACCESS FEE TO THE EXPO PONDS. FEE IS $4 PER DAY. YOU CAN USE JACKSON COUNTY PARKS PARKING PASS AS WELL. SEASON 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. ODF&W did stock the Amphitheater Pond in October, November, and December with legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches, and also with 1500 14 inch rainbows running about a pound each. Fishing for them has been good with power bait and nightcrawlers getting it done. Small rooster tail type spinners have also picked up some trout. The Isola Pond was stocked at the conclusion of the Sportsmans Show at the end of January. They put in everything from huge hatchery brood stock to legal sized 8 inch rainbows. Fishing is always very good when they do that.
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, tiger trout, spring chinook
SNOW PARK PERMIT REQUIRED FOR THE BOAT RAMP AT FISH LAKE NOW THROUGH APRIL 30TH. YOU WILL BE TICKETED IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE.
The lake is covered in ice. Use extreme caution before you go out on it. make sure it is safe. Fishing has been good and best on sunny days. Anglers are catching quite a few tiger trout. Since nightcrawlers are the best bait to use ice fishing, that figures. But, tiger trout must be released. Only rainbow trout more than 8 inches in length may be kept. There are plenty of those and some anglers are getting limits. The lake is 54 percent full at last report. That is very full already for this time of the year.
FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout
Fourmile is now considered closed until next spring due to heavy snowpack blocking access.
HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout, bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegills
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Howard Prairie has ice covering it's complete surface. However, that ice is very thin and it is not safe to be on. Fishing is shut down until it melts off. The reservoir is 73 percent full, which is outstanding for this time of the year.
ODF&W stocked the reservoir with 300,000 thousand regular rainbow trout sub legals of 4 - 6 inches in 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. There will be creel studies done in April and May to see how the Cranebows did. 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
Ice is covering the lake. As with all lakes the right now, you want to be sure the ice is safe enough to be on before you go out on it. Fishing effort has been very light. I would suspect that on sunny days or at least days when it is not storming fishing could be good using worms and power bait. It is 63 percent full according to the gauge. That level is outstanding for this time of the year
LAKE OF THE WOODS: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie
The lake is frozen. Anglers are ice fishing and catch rates of yellow perch can be high. Please use extreme caution when ice fishing. Ice might be unsafe. Fishing can be excellent for yellow perch with the occasional large brown trout. And of course, rainbows are also being taken.
The Lake of the Wood Resort Marina is open Friday through Sunday. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports toll free at 866-201-4194.
LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullheads
Trout fishing has been good out here, especially in the middle part of the day and with sun on the water. Selmac was stocked in mid February with 5000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in size. They will get another 5000 legal rainbows this week. This will get fishing going again. There are still a lot of holdovers from previous stockings including rainbows that were at least 18 inches in size and a pound in weight when they went in. Effort has been light during the week. Weekends see more anglers out. But, those going are taking trout home. Power bait, nightcrawlers, and small yellow rooster tail spinners are proven to be successful here. Fishing for bass is very slow with cold water temps. But, as we get a stronger sun and warming temps, the bass will move up into the shallows and get a lot more active.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee
Ice is on the reservoir. It is safe to be on. However, no word on what kind of success anglers are having. Fish the middle parts of the day and the afternoons with worms and power bait. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information. Be sure to bring beverages and food with you. They had their store and restaurant burn down last spring so they are very limited on what they can offer up there.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, spring chinook, bass, bullheads
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Lost Creek will be stocked with 20,000 legal sized rainbows this week. That will generate some great fishing if there is any cooperation from the weather. Trout fishing has been good at Lost Creek. Lost Creek reservoir was stocked with legal and trophy-sized fish last fall. Recent reports have been encouraging. Trolling a wedding ring/worm behind an oval egg sinker and dodger has produced fish. Anglers were also successful trolling around the dam and throughout the lake below Peyton Bridge. Storm runoff had increased turbidity in the upper part of the lake but fish are biting closer to the dam.Surface water temperatures have dropped to 43 degrees. Bank anglers are catching fish near the Takelma ramp and near the marina and spillway using spinners, Powerbait or threading a nightcrawler below a bobber.
MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill
The ice that had been on the pond was breaking up and melting at last report. If there is open water.......fish the pond! It got hit last fall with stockings of both legal sized rainbows and rainbows that were at least a pound when they went in. There has been little fishing pressure this winter so fishing ought to be very good. Especially on sunny days. Use nightcrawlers and power bait. 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 this winter. Keep your ears open too. Might hear them howling in the hills near the pond.
MILLER LAKE IN NORTHERN KLAMATH COUNTY: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout
Access to the lake has ended due to heavy snows.
REINHART POND: rainbow trout, warm water fish
Fishing is good for trout using nightcrawlers and power bait. ODF&W stocked the pond in mid February with legal rainbows. They will stock it this week with 300 legal 8 - 10 inch rainbows. That will get fishing success moving back up again. Fishing for bass has been slow, but it should start picking up any time now. 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..
WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, brown bullhead, perch
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Trout fishing was slow at last report. ODF&W stocked the lake in Octrober with 450 one pound rainbow trout, and they will be putting 4000 legal sized rainbows in this week. Very few anglers have been fishing here during the fall and winter. The lake level is excellent for this time of the year. The paved County ramp is open with water well up on it..
RIVER REPORTS AS OF 3/19/2017
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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.
ROGUE RIVER OPEN TO TROUT FISHING AND TO RETENTION OF WILD STEELHEAD IN THE MIDDLE AND LOWER SECTIONS
ALL WILD CUTTHROAT, RAINBOW TROUT, AND STEELHEAD IN THE UPPER SECTION WITH AN ADIPOSE FIN MUST BE RELEASED UNHARMED. SEE THE REGULATIONS
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
The flows are at 14,700 cfs this morning at Agness
Wild steelhead may be retained. Minimum size is 24 inches. Limit is 1 per day, 5 for the season.
The flows here are too high now even for plunking. I am sure there are anglers trying it...but not going to have much success. And, the forecasts show more rain coming. The first springers of the year have appeared down here. So far nothing but Nates have been seen. But the hatchery fish are either in there now or soon will be. And, with springers being nailed, the attention here has really shifted there. Once that springer bell rings....steelhead are quickly ignored.
As per zone regulations: Anglers are reminded that angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures from Foster Creek upstream to Whiskey Creek from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.
Trout fishing open. Please see the regulations for details.
Rogue River, middle: steelhead, chinook salmon, trout
At Grants Pass we have a flow of 9,960 cfs. The temperature is 48 degrees this morning.
Wild steelhead may not be retained per regulation.
Just too much water again to provide good fishing. Winter steelhead are here in numbers. Have not heard any reports of springers here at all yet. Once flows get back to fishing shape, I suspect there will be springers here.
The Rogue River is open to trout angling. Only hatchery trout can be retained. Wild trout must be released unharmed. Rainbow trout over 16 inches are considered steelhead in streams and must be tagged as part of the daily salmon/steelhead catch as per zone regulations. The trout action has been good with temps working back up towards 50. It has been better in the afternoons and that is typical for this time of the year.
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout
The flows from the Lost Creek Dam are at 4,169 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 6,4700 cfs.
A total of 4,054 summer run steelhead and 498 winter run steelhead have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of March 15th.
As per zone regulations: Anglers are reminded that through Dec. 31, all Chinook angling is closed from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam.
The flows are bouncing up here on the upper river and that is likely to change fortunes for anglers. Fishing has been good up here for the last few weeks, and that continues. Lots of activity up here as guides are here in numbers and then other anglers hitting the water mostly on weekends. But, with the time change and more daylight more anglers will be out. And with fishing as good as it is, that is to be expected. Still hearing reports that anglers are limiting out and having numerous hook ups while fishing. A wide variety of things are working. Plugs, roe, glo bugs soaked in scent. Basically anything you want to try. No reports of any springers being seen in the river, and obviously none have made it into the hatchery yet.
Anglers can keep five hatchery rainbow trout per day. Non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and steelhead must be immediately released unharmed.
Wild steelhead may not be retained per regulations.
The Holy Water from the dam to the hatchery is open and is fly fishing ONLY! No bait fishing is ever allowed. Fishing is flat out terrible and not even worth the effort as the huge outflows from the dam keep coming..
ROGUE RIVER ABOVE LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout
This section of the Rogue is open to all forms of angling. Fishing has been very slow for the very few anglers going out. Heavy snow pack along the river makes access very tough. The ice cold water will have trout way off the bite.
The Rogue River and feeder creeks like Mill Creek, National Creek, and Union Creek were stocked weekly with at least 2375 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in size from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 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.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, sturgeon, chinook, bass, striped bass, shad, trout
As of this morning the height of the river is at 11.06 feet and the flow is 18,800 cfs at Elkton.
Please note the changes in regulations this year on page 33 of the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. On the Main, anglers can harvest 2 wild spring Chinook per day and up to 5 wild springers from Feb. 1 – June 30. From July 1– Dec. 31, you can harvest 2 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.
The river is still high and fast. And yet there have been reports of anglers going out and plunking the edges for steelhead.I can't imagine they are having any success at all. The bad news is rain is coming again and it looks like it will push the river back up and completely blow it out.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass
This morning the height was is 9.33 feet and the flow was 6,730 cfs at Brockway.
The conditions say high and fast. BUT! I am seeing reports that there is very good fishing happening especially from Canyonville down to Myrtle Creek. And, seeing some of the famed 20 pounders showing up now. Have seen pictures of 20 of them out of the S U in the last week. Fishing has been reported as solid here. Roe is a big time choice for those on the banks and in boats. But, hearing it is the plugs fished out of boats hammering the big girls right now.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout
This morning the height is 7.77 feet, and the flow was 12,500 cfs at Winchester.
Still runing high, and with more rain to come that will continue to be the case. But with the good fishing over on the S U, NOBODY is fishing the Norte anyway.
Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30, angling in the fly water area is restricted to a single barbless artificial fly which can be dressed with conventional fly tying material. Remember that the Mainstem from Soda Springs Dam, including Soda Springs Reservoir, up to Slide Creek Dam is closed year-round to fishing.
CHETCO RIVER: Sea run cuttthroat trout, rainbow trout, chinook salmon, steelhead
The Chet has been in very good fishing shape and there has been good success for those fishing it. It really looks like the winter steelhead came in late to the river this year. Much later than would be typical because by now we just should not be seeing the kind of fishing that we are and for chromers no less! Never look at gift horse in the mouth right? Roe is working for both bank anglers and those in boats. But boat anglers are really nailing them working plugs.
ELK / SIXES RIVERS: Sea run cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
Both rivers are in fishing shape as of today and I am positive there are anglers hammering them for fresh steelhead. Roe is a can't miss offering here. BUT!! More rain is coming and these rivers will be toast again this week. Anglers can call 541-332-0405 to get the daily river conditions. Best river height is 5.3 feet and dropping.
APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead
The Applegate River is open for steelhead and trout angling. Fish have been caught upstream of Ruch and near the Hwy 199 bridge. Only hatchery steelhead may be retained and anglers must take care in releasing wild fish. March is the month for steelhead fishing on the Applegate and remember the Applegate will close to steelhead fishing at the end of March. Wild trout must be released unharmed. A total of 96 winter run steelhead have been collected through 3/15. Much of the Applegate flows through private land. Be sure you have access before fishing.
ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead
The Illinois is open to angling. However, since only hatchery stock trout and steelhead may be kept, fishing pressure is very light as the Illinois is full of wild fish. A 2 trout or steelhead per day limit also keeps effort down.
WINCHUCK RIVER: Sea run Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
The Chuck does have fishable water levels right now, but get on it QUICK! More rain is coming in and the Chuck will be toast again. Anglers headed out will be using roe as the methodology for success on winter runs steelhead. Could see some of them running in to the middle and higher teens. Remember, the Winchuck flows through a lot of private land and fishing from boats is not allowed.
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BROOKINGS: Fishing for bottom fish will be good when conditions allow boats to get out. However, from the look of things, that is not going to be this week or likely any time soon. Crabbing is open for both the bay and ocean.
GOLD BEACH: As is the case with Brookings, expect very good fishing for bottomfish when boats can get out. Crabbing is open for both the bay and the ocean.
COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, steelhead, bottom fish
Steelhead fishing is starting to wind down but there are still some adult steelhead in the area rivers to catch. Anglers are drifting eggs or corkies along the stream bottom or using a jig suspended under a bobber. Anglers fishing the South Fork Coos River above Dellwood will need a permit from Weyerhaeuser, which they can pick up at the Dellwood office. In the Coos Basin 1 additional hatchery steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily.
Anglers have been catching a few rockfish and surfperch along the jetties and submerged rock piles. Fishing for rockfish in the bay has been spotty. The marine fish daily bag limit for bottom fish (rockfish) is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). The 7 fish marine bag limit will remain in place, with these adjustments for 2017: Create a sub-bag limit of 6 black rockfish, Remove the sub-bag limit for canary rockfish, Add China/quillback/ copper rockfishes to the sub-bag limit with blue/Deacon rockfish and change the limit from 3 to 4. Finally remove the 10-inch minimum size for kelp greenling. Retention of cabezon is not allowed until July 1.
Recreational crabbing is open inside the Coos Bay estuary. Crabbing has been slow to decent in Coos Bay but crabbers will need to sort through several short crab to find keepers. Crabbing
from a boat has been better than crabbing from the dock but dock crabbers are picking up a few legal crabs.
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.
Recreational harvest of razor clams is closed coastwide due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check here for any updates.
WINCHESTER BAY: sturgeon, chinook, rock fish
Fishing for bottom fish has been good at imes. Crabbing is not great, but it is open again. Still have too much flow out of the rivers to have good crabbing.
MARINE OFF SHORE FISHING: bottomfish, crab, salmon, tuna, halibut
ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMIC 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 -
Bottom fishing is now being very impacted by the rough conditions of the winter. If the seas calm enough to allow boats out, expect good fishing for bottom fish to all depths out of the Oregon ports.
The recreational groundfish fishery is open at all depths through March, with the exception of the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation area, approximately 15 miles west of Newport, which is closed to bottomfish and halibut fishing year round.
ODFW encourages anglers to use a descending device when releasing 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. For more information and videos, please see the rockfish recompression webpage.
Deacon rockfish was formerly referred to as the solid version of blue rockfish. What does that mean for anglers? Nothing in 2016. Every rule that refers to blue rockfish (like the daily bag limit of 3) now applies to blue rockfish and deacon rockfish combined.
If you’re lucky enough to catch a colorful assortment of fish, keep in mind that the following species of rockfish are prohibited: China, copper, quillback and yelloweye. Several handouts, including “What Can I Keep, and How Many?” and species identification tips, are available on the ODFW sport groundfish webpage.
Crabbing - crabbing is open again for all waters. Success however will depend on what the flows out of the rivers are. If flows are high, the crabs will move out into the ocean. Getting to them then will depend on surface conditions. But, if ocean conditions allow, crabbing can be quite good. If the rivers are not pumping tons of water into bays and estuaries, expcet good crabbing in those.
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 October 4th.
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.
The harvest of Mussels is open on the entire coast.
NOTICE: Razor clams harvest is now closed due to high levels of domic acid the entire length of the Oregon Coast.
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. Updated maps on where to clam. There will be some good tides at the end of the week for bay clamming. This will be some of the last morning clamming tides as we transition to a period where the best clamming tides occur after sunset.
Shore and Estuary Angling -
There are many fishing opportunities from shore and inside the bays and estuaries of the Oregon coast. Public piers provide opportunities to catch anything from surfperch to Chinook salmon as they begin to enter coastal bays in anticipation of the fall rains. Rocky ocean coastline and jetties provide the ideal habitat for greenling, rockfish, cabezon, and lingcod. These areas are often fished by boat and from shore, and can be targeted with rod and reel or spear gun. 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. Rockfish, greenling and cabezon generally take cover during strong incoming and outgoing tides. 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.
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). Redtail and silver surfperch catch is low for those anglers currently targeting them. 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. There was no reported catch of surfperch in the Yaquina Bay this week, however, 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. However, a lot remains unknown about the status of surfperch populations off the Oregon Coast, so, as usual, take only what you will use.
Salmon - All seasons are closed. The big news about Salmon Fishing came out yesterday when it was learned that the Pacific Marine Fisheries Council is considering a total closure of off shore salmon angling for the Southern Oregon and Northern California Coasts. 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 potential closure. There are three proposals however that would allow for some fishing. One is just 16 days, but would include the 4th of July. The best option right now would allow 47 days of slamon fishing and would include Labor Day weekend. For Brookings, Crescent City, Eureka, and Gold Beach...that is the option they are hoping to see. The PMFC will decide on what they will do at their meeting coming up April 6 - 11th in Sacramento.
Tuna - The 2017 season is a long way from starting up. Looks like it will be early June before tuna gets going.
Pacific Halibut - The seasons for halibut will begin off the Oeregon Coast on May 1st.