ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT AS OF 7 / 21 / 2017
Look for rough conditions to develop for the Southern Oregon Coast from Florence south. Hazardous seas and gale force winds are looking likely down to Pt. St. George, California from the near shore waters on out. This will put the breaks on tuna and halibut fishing.
WARNING! BE VERY WATCHUL FOR DEBRIS FLOATING IN LAKES AND ALSO IN RIVERS ACROSS THE REGION.
This winter brought far more than rain and snow. It has brought a lot of debris into our waterways. Be extra cautious out there and make sure you are always paying attention to what is in front of you. It does not take any time at all for debris to break props, puncture hulls, and overturn or swamp boats and rafts on the rivers. Stay on your guard and always wear flotation devices. They will give you a fighting chance.
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.
ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID
Anglers are starting to catch tuna and salmon off the south Oregon coast.
Howard Prairie Reservoir is another good bet for Rogue Valley trout anglers who want to fish standing water.
The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir offers additional trout fishing opportunity for anglers who want to fish flowing water and escape the heat of the valley.
Spring Chinook and summer steelhead are now available for middle and upper Rogue anglers.
Spring Chinook fishing is closed on the North Umpqua but there have been reports of summer steelhead being caught around Swiftwater Park.
Fishing for trout in Diamond Lake continues to be excellent.
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 7 / 21 / 2017
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AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, perch, bullhead catfish
Agate is 68 percent full. Fishing is reported as good. Nightcrawlers are a good universal bait. Everything in Agate Lake will take them. Crappie jigs and small spinner baits work as well. Bass fishing is reported as good near the dam, especially in the mornings pitching both real nightcrawlers and artifcials. The bullheads here will hit livers, hot dogs, and gizzards. The Boat Ramp is open from dawn to dusk 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.
BE VERY WATCHFUL FOR FLOATING DEBRIS OUT HERE!
Applegate has been well stocked this year with legal sized rainbows and one pounders. Trout fishing has been good with mornings now being best. Anglers have been catching trout up to 18 inches. Trout anglers will want to try trolling, and a good bet will be a flasher/bait combination. You will want to to be trolling deep down to at least 30 feet. Bigger devices like Ford Fenders will help get you down deep enough. Smallmouth bass are active. Fishing for them around rocky points and down near the dam should be good. Surface water temps are now up to 75 degrees and this really has bass active.
The lake is currently 79 percent of capacity and all boat ramps are open.
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.
Anglers are finding excellent success in 20 - 30 feet of water. Still fishing with power bait and night crawlers is producing. Trollers are enjoying success with a wide range of flashers and worm combos. Trolling flatfish in frog patterns has been working up here. So too has been trolling spinners in the morning.. Remember, only rainbow trout larger than 8 inches are legal to be kept. ALL tiger trout and brown trout caught must be released with as little harm as possible. They are in the lake to eat the chubs that somebody has put in there again. All boat ramps are open with the docks in. Mosquitoes are very fierce up here this year. Bring plenty of repellant. Water bugs can be irritating out on the lake when they are hatching, but they do not drain the blood out of you.
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.
BE VERY WATCHFUL FOR FLOATING DEBRIS OUT HERE, ESPECIALLY IN THE EMIGRANT CREEK ARM
Emigrant has turned over and the trout bite is poor. That has ended an real effort out here as trout are the only really safe to eat fish out of here. But, if you enjoy catch and release fishing for bass, then you do want to be here! Fishing for bass has been very good. Use just about anything you want, because you will get them. That goes for both largemouth and smallmouth. Emigrant is 74 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 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 very 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 very slow now. It is best early in the mornings before 7 am.
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, tiger trout, spring chinook
Fish Lake was stocked this week with 3,000 legal rainbows of 8 - 10 inches. Fishing continues to be good with limits being seen. Still fishing with power bait and nightcrawlers is working. Trollers are having success up here as well. Anglers have been catching quite a few tiger trout using nightcrawlers while fishing for rainbows. But, tiger trout must be released. Only rainbow trout more than 8 inches in length may be kept. The lake is 80 percent full at last report.
FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout
Fishing has been excellent this week for rainbow trout. Most anglers are limiting out and quickly on rainbows running up to 20 inches. Have seen even bigger ones showing up. Fourmile was stocked with 1,000 trophies and 2,000 larger rainbow trout this week. Fishing can also be good for brook trout. Good hatches of the traveling sedge occur in morning and evenings resulting in good dry fly action.
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 69 percent full. Fourmile is also a good location to catch your first lake trout. Troll very deep and very slow using rapala type lures well soaked in krill scent. Kokanee are extremely rare in the catch, but jigging for them with jigs tipped with scented corn could produce them. You can also troll for them using kokanee killers and bits of nightcrawler, scented corn, or even myosis flies which resemble shrimp or plankton to the kokanee. Mosquitoes are voracious up here this year. Wearing repellent is a must.
GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts
Galesville has been heavily stocked this year including with 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 on the lake. 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 trout has slowed. It is ok though with mornings best. And, get as deep as you can to find them, Trollers will need to use heavy weight to get down in the water column. Using Ford fenders will help you do that. Work those slowly to really allow them to get down. Those using nightcrawlers to try for trout find a LOT of action from bass and other warm water species. If you are going to target trout or slamon, you will need to troll or use power bait still fishing for therm. Fishing for bass is excellent and a number of large bass over 5 pounds have aleready been taken. Fishing for bass and other panfish will continue to improve with increasing temperatures. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.
GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout
Fishing for trout is now just slow regardless. Anglers will want to watch the weather and fish when the lake is not too windy. Anglers are reporting that most of the trout being caught have numerous freshwater Copepods on them. Copepods are common on fish and found throughout Oregon. Only when they are present in extremely high numbers can they effect the health of a trout. Copepods don’t pose an issue for humans. 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 fisherythe 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 has seen trout fishing rebounding in terms of success. It suddenly is producing limits again. The best trout action that does occur is going to happen before 8 am. Trollers will have the upper hand now for success. Fishing from the shore has really slowed. Being in a boat is key for trout now. Troll deep and slow for best success. Anglers are reporting that trout being caught have freshwater Copepods on them. Copepods are common on fish and found throughout Oregon. Only when they are present in extremely high numbers can they effect the health of a trout. Copepods don’t pose an issue for humans. While trout fishing has slowed, bass fishing has really exploded! Had a report of a 100 fish day the weekend of 6/24 from a Howard Prairie regular. Smallmouths up to 4 pounds have been seen, but bigger ones are in there. Smallmouth bass are great eating fish, especially from Howard Prairie. Help the trout up here and eat as many smallmouth as you can. Obey the limits on them howver. They are a game fish. The reservoir is 92 percent plus full. The Resort, and the Marina are open and the Marina has boat rentals. All boat ramps are open. ALL county facilities up here have fees to enter and use. It is $4 per day or you can get a pass for the year and all the County park facilities for $30. That is a great value if you go out fishing a lot here in Jackson County.
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
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Trout fishing has been slow of late. This would be due to warm water temps taking the bit off for trout. Fishing for largemouth bass is very good now. Tossing red and white Mepps spinners will get a ton of action from the bass. This is a great way to get kids excited about fishing with spinners. They are going to catch a bass on just about every cast right now. The reservoir is 53 percent full. The Mountain View boat ramp is open. Anglers should note that the parking are near the dam has been closed by the Bureau of Reclamation this season as the agency begins repairs on the dam. The lake level is going to be artifically lower through this fall. BLM is doing retro fitting to the dam and they will keep the lake below 65 percent of capacity until that work is complete.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie
The lake was stocked three weeks ago with 200 trophy and 1,500 legal rainbow trout. Fishing should be fair for rainbow trout. Water temperatures are very warm which sends trout to deeper water. Best fishing is from a boat.The lake was stocked three weeks ago with 200 trophy and 1,500 legal rainbow trout. Fishing should be fair for rainbow trout. Water temperatures are very warm which sends trout to deeper water. Best fishing is from a boat. Fishing should be excellent for small yellow perch and brown bullhead and an occasional brown trout.The best fishing for browns happens after dark up here, Lake of the Woods is open 24 hours a day for fishing and after dark is when the BIG browns cruise. Large rapalas soaked with krill scent are proven to be very successful up here.
The Lake of the Wood Resort Marina is open. You can call them for recent reports toll free at 866-201-4194.
LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullheads
Fishing for rainbow trout has really slowed and the bluegill bite is very 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. With the warm, sunny weather, fishing will be best early and late in the day. This is a great time to take the kids out here as fishing with nightcrawlers and bobbers is going to get you into a lot of action.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee
The reservoir has been stocked with 6,000 legal size trout. There are also excellent opportunities to catch large brown trout and kokanee. With increasing surface temperatures, brown trout and kokanee has moved to lower depths. 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. Troll with kokanee killers tipped with shrimp or krill flavored corn to get them. LeMolo is a year round fishery. 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 year in the spring and they are still 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 Reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout and fishing should be very good. Many more large trout are being stocked in Lost Creek than in past years. Good bets in summer include trolling a wedding ring/worm combination behind an oval egg sinker in the main body of the lake. Trolling Ford fenders is also a proven success up here. Upstream of the Highway 62 bridge Lost Creek is generally good for trout in summer using a variety of techniques, plus anglers avoid the speedboaters. Bank anglers can catch fish near the Takelma Ramp, marina, and spillway using spinners, PowerBait, or a nightcrawler below a bobber. Fishing for smallmouth bass should be good and the largemouth bass population is improving with recent projects by ODFW, local bass clubs and volunteers. The reservoir is 76 percent full, and the surface temperature is 73 F.
MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill
Medco Pond has been stocked with 3000 legals this year. It was stocked last fall with both legal sized rainbows and rainbows that were at least a pound when they went in. Fishing is good for trout, and has been very good for bass, and bluegills. Use nightcrawlers and power bait. Fly fishing is also effective here with leech patterns and wooly buggers proven successful patterns for both trout and bass.
Medco Pond is privately owned. It is not Forest Service or BLM land. There is a new owner now 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.
MILLER LAKE IN NORTHERN KLAMATH COUNTY: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout
Fishing should be excellent for rainbow trout. The campground and boat ramp are accessible. Mosquitoes are vicious. The lake will be stocked this week with 2000 legals and 400 trophies. Desert Springs Trout Farm has donated an additional 400 larger trout to the lake. Fishing should be good for brown trout. There is ample room to fish from the bank but best fishing is from a boat. Fishing can be good in Miller Creek at the outlet of Miller Lake. Bait is allowed in Miller Creek.
REINHART POND: rainbow trout, warm water fish
Fishing for trout is very poor with very warm water loaded with vegetation. Fishing for bass is very 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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Willow Lake has been stocked with legal-size and pounder rainbow trout. Trout fishing is slow at Willow. With the warm weather, the trout will likely be found in the deeper areas of the lake. Fishing for bass and other warmwater species should be good, especially early and late in the day. Using nightcrawlers right now is going to provide steady action from the warm water species in the lake. And please, take all the perch you want. They are an invasive specie and there is no limit on them. They are very good eating fish. 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.
RIVER REPORTS AS OF 7 / 21 / 2017
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WARNING! BE VERY WATCHUL FOR DEBRIS FLOATING IN RIVERS ACROSS THE REGION.
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
The flows are at 3,330 cfs this morning at Agness
Wild steelhead may be retained. Minimum size is 24 inches. Limit is 1 per day, 5 for the season.
Chinook fishing slowed over the weekend. This is only the beginning of the fall Chinook run and anglers can expect the bay fishery to steadily improve thru the month. The majority of salmon are being caught downstream of Hwy 101. Anglers are mainly using anchovies or anchovies rigged with a spinner blade. Fishing for Surf Perch on the sand spit has been good when conditions are right. Right means little wind and no rough water. Using clam necks, sand shrimp, and Berkley Gul Bait produces results.
Summer steelhead are spread through the lower river, but very few anglers are fishing for them. Early mornings or late evenings tend to be the best. Flies, spinners, nightcrawlers, and small bits of roe will take them. Hit the heads of rifles and seams in current edges in 3 to 6 feet of water.
The Rogue River is open to fishing for trout. Please see the regulations for details.
Rogue River, middle: steelhead, chinook salmon, trout
At Grants Pass we have a flow of 2,680 cfs. The temperature is 61.5 degrees.
Wild steelhead may not be retained per regulation.
Spring Chinook and Summer Steelhead are available. Summer steelhead caught recently between Grants Pass and Gold Hill were taken on pink rubber worms, roe, yarn balls, and K-9 Kwikfish. Be sure to try spinners and flies at the heads of rifles. The area around Valley of the Rogue State Park has always been a summer run steelhead hot spot.
The Rogue River is open to fishing for trout. 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.
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout
SALMON ANGLING CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN THE HATCHERY HOLE
The flows from the Lost Creek Dam are at 2,792 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 2,810 cfs.
A total of 630 summer steelhead, and 2,773 spring chinook salmon have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of July 19th. 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 still reporting good fishing for spring chinooks. Using plugs and roe from the boats is taking fish. Bank anglers are throwing beads, corkies, spin glos, and spinners. Anglers are reminded that only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained. Summer steelhead are out there too. Fish for them at the heads of riffles and seams using roe, nightcrawlers, plugs, spinners, and flies. The river from the Highway 62 bridge upstream to the deadline 1200 feet downstream of the Cole Rivers Hatchery is currently closed to fishing from 8:00 PM to one-half hour before sunrise.
The Rogue River is open to fishing for trout. Wild steelhead may not be retained per regulations. The annual Salmonfly hatch is winding down now. But, some of them are still popping and this will draw attention from trout for those fly fishing imitators.
The Holy Water from the dam to the hatchery is open and is fly fishing ONLY! No bait fishing is ever allowed. Fishing improved greatly after the stocking that ODF&W did. Anglers are reminded that a fish study is underway. This is to determine how stocking of the Holy Water will proceed. They want to know if the fish are staying there, or if they are going down river. Personally, I think it is a mix of both happening. But, the study will tell the tale. Match the hatch for best success at here. But, from what i am hearing, if you nail it, the fishing has been quite good in the mornings up closer to the outflow from the dam where the trout have really kegged up to get into the cooler water coming out.
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 really improved up here this month with water temps on the rise. This really got the trout on a bite both in the Upper Rogue and the creeks that feed into it. Have seen limits of 8 - 14 inche rainbows coming out of the power dam impoundment in Prospect. Fishing has been good for the Upper Rogue from all access points along Highways 62 and 230. Fishing in Union Creek has also been reported as being very good. Do know of one angler who caught several small native sutthroats in Union Cree last week. He was using a small black rooster tail. The best results are coming to anglers who are using nightcrawlers and single pautzke eggs on small treble hooks. But, where you can fly fish or use small spinners like Rooster Tails you should try them.
The Rogue River and feeder creeks like Mill Creek, National Creek, and Union Creek will be 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 are 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.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, sturgeon, chinook, bass, striped bass, shad, trout
As of this morning the height of the river is at 3.36 feet and the flow is 1,600 cfs at Elkton.
The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Spring Chinook season is in full swing with regular reports of anglers catching fish throughout the main. Summer steelhead are migrating through the mainstem.
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, anglers 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 big show now on the Main Umpqua upstream on Leeburg is the smallmouth bass fishing. And it has been lights out good. 100 fish days are very common right now. Using a wide range of things is getting it done. Spiners, plastics, rattle traps, nightcrawlers, srawdad imitators......the bass are htting just about everything that hits the water. And, they are well spread out all over. You will find them everywhere up through Glide.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass
The South Umpqua is open for angling. From now through the fall, that mainly means smallmouth bass fishing as the South Umpqua is a tremendous smallmouth fishery from it's confluence with the main Umpqua in Roseburg all the way up to Milo. The section of the river near Canyonville is a great section for bass fishing. Use jigs, minnow and trout imitators, and spinners,. Nightcrawlers will work on them too, as will fly fishing for them. Trout fishing is allowed in the South Umpqua. There are closed sections of the river so always consult the regulations before fishing for trout in the South Umpqua.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout
This morning the height is 2.49 feet, and the flow was 1,280 cfs at Winchester.
Chinook fishing is now closed. Anglers are catching some summer run steelhead throughout the North.
Per the new regulation, from Feb. 1 – June 30, two wild Chinook per day can be harvested. Ten wild Chinook may be harvested in the North during this time frame in aggregate with wild Chinook harvested in the Main. Anti-snagging rules are in effect from March 1 through July 31 in the area below the fly boundary. This rule includes hook restrictions (one single-point hook with less than ¾” gap) and a leader length of no more than 36 inches. Please refer to the fishing regulations for more information.
Note that from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 through June 30, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to fly fishing only with a single barbless fly.
CHETCO RIVER: Sea run cuttthroat trout, rainbow trout, chinook salmon, steelhead
The Chetco is open for angling. From now through the fall that will be for trout. Fishing for sea run cutthroats can be quite good in the estuary and the lower river. There have been some very big ones taken of late in the estuary. 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.
APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead
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
The Chuck is open for angling. Most angling efforts will be concentrated in the lower section near the ocean with anglers after sea run cutthroats. 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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FOR 7 / 21 / 2017
BROOKINGS: Fishing for bottom fish is excellent when conditions allow boats to get out. Anglers are getting limits of both ling cod and rockfish easily and usually quickly. Crabbing is open for both the bay and ocean. Anglers are also finding success to be good for halibut when they can get to the halibut grounds. Really nice 15 to 25 pound halibut have been getting seen.
GOLD BEACH: As is the case with Brookings, expect excellent fishing for bottomfish when boats can get out. As is the case in Brookings limits are being seen here. Howver ling cod catch is not what it is at Brookings either in size or in limits. That is not too unusual. Crabbing is open for both the bay and the ocean. Many anglers are targeting spring chinook in the bay and the lower river where there has been success. But, a fair percentage of that success is coming for wild fish. Not many hatchery stock fish being seen. Fishing for surf perch 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 now open to trout fishing until Oct. 31. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater. Anglers may harvest 2 trout per day that are a minimum of 8 inches long.
I have learned that the Coos Basin has become the new striped bass hotspot on the Coast. For decades the Lower Umpqua was that spot. But, the bait fish the stripers feed on deserted the Umpqua for whatever reason and the bass went with them. Well both bass and prey fish have shown up in the Coos Basin. Fish for stripers around woody structure in the bay and lower rivers. Use crankbaits, minnow imitators, pile worms, and sand shrimp to take them.
Fishing for rockfish inside the Coos Bay estuary has been good one day and slow the next. Anglers are having the most success fishing along the jetties and submerged rock piles. 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.
Crabbing this past weekend was good for those crabbing from a boat. 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.
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, surf perch
The salmon seasons are on here both in the bay / lower river and out on the open ocean. 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. Pink fin surf perch fishing has been good on some days still. Not nearly as consistent as it was earlier in June and the beginning of the month. But, there has been some good days. Fish the sand spits in the lower river from Reedsport on down on outgoing minus tides. Live sand shrimp and Berkley Gulp Bait has been working best. Fishing for bottom fish is good. Limits are being seen. Lings have been showing up as well. Crabbing has been tough in the bay of late. A lot of females in the ones you do get. You can get keeper males, but boy do you have to work for them. By work, I mean put your pots on LONG soaks. The best chance for legal males will be out on the open ocean. LONG soaks are going to be key to getting limits right now. And, off shore waters will be best. Tuna are getting taken now by anglers going out around 40 - 50 miles. They are finding groups of them, not the big schools. But, the catch rates have been great! Getting reports of 15 to 20 an hour. Very good fishing when you locate them.
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 -
Bottomfish fishing off the entire coast was very successful. The average angler landed 4 rockfish along with 1 lingcod. Just remember to know and understand the new bag limits (see below).
New bag and sub-bag limits for 2017: To stay within Federal allocations, and try to provide for year-round fishing opportunities, there are some changes to daily bag limits. Canary rockfish has been declared rebuilt and is now part of the 7 fish marine bag limit (no sub-bag limit). Black rockfish will have a sub-bag limit of 6 fish (out of the 7 fish daily bag, no more than 6 may be black rockfish). There is a 4 fish sub-bag limit for blue/deacon, China, copper, and quillback rockfish combined (out of the 7 fish marine bag, no more than 4 may be these species combined). The daily bag limit for lingcod remains at 2 fish and flatfish species, other than Pacific halibut, remains at 25 fish. Several handouts, including “What Can I Keep, and How Many?” (updated for 2017) and species identification tips, are available on the ODFW sport bottomfish webpage by clicking here.
Bottomfish is restricted to shoreward of the 30 fathom line (defined by waypoints) as of April 1.
Cabezon retention is not allowed until July 1st.
ODFW REQUIRES anglers to use a descending device when fishing for rockfish. Using descending devices saves fish. It prevents barotrauma in them. 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, click here to 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.
Pacific Halibut - With the closure on salmon fishing in the ocean waters off the Southern Oregon Coast, 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 click here.
The 2017 halibut quota is up 16.7 percent from 2016, which should allow for some additional fishing days, depending on weather and catch rates. To see the season map, click here.
Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR): The all-depth fishery and nearshore fishery is closed for the remainder of 2017. The nearshore fishery is now open seven days per week until the quota is caught or Sept. 30.
Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.): The spring all-depth fishery is closed.
The nearshore fishery opened June 1, 2017, seven days per week until the quota is caught or Oct. 31. In addition, petrale sole and sand sole have been landed by some fortunate anglers. Newport and Pacific City have been the most popular ports for nearshore halibut anglers.
The summer all-depth fishery is scheduled to open Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, and every other Friday-Saturday until the quota is caught or Oct. 31.
Note that when both the nearshore and all-depth halibut fisheries are open on the same day (e.g. Aug 4-5), groundfish retention regulations for the all-depth fishery apply to all halibut anglers, regardless of where fishing occurs. Only Pacific cod, sablefish, and other species of flatfish (flounders, soles, sanddabs, and halibut other than Pacific; does not include skates and rays) may be retained when halibut are onboard the vessel.
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. Bay crabbing is slow. Typically this time of year we start seeing some soft male crabs that have recently molted. Recent reports are that crabbing is better in the ocean, The best results are seen in water 80 - 100 feet deep. But, you can also find crabs inside that depth. Long soaks even on the ocean are going to be key to getting limits. Bar conditions may hamper ability for most recreational anglers to get out. That has really been the case at Winchester Bay and the mouth of the Umpqua of late. .
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 Chetco and Elk River Bubble seasons in the fall will be happening.
Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, ORLeadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR
The ocean salmon season from Leadbetter Pt., WA to Cape Falcon, OR opened on June 24, 2017. The bag limit is two salmon per day, but no more than one Chinook, and all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip. This season will open June 24 and run through the earlier of Sept. 4 or a 21,000 marked coho quota (Chinook guideline of 13,200).Chinook salmon catches in Astoria last week were fair with about one out of every two anglers landing a Chinook. Coho landings are still relatively low in this area.
Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain
The Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. Chinook salmon recreational fishing season opened March 15, 2017 and is scheduled to go until 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.
Ocean Chinook fishing effort and catch have been slow so far this season; however, some ocean Chinook were landed in Garibaldi, Pacific City, Florence, and Winchester Bay last week.
The Selective Coho (fin-clipped) season between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain opened on June 24 and will run through the earlier of July 31 or an 18,000 marked coho quota. The bag limit is two salmon per day, and all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.
The first weekend of the selective coho salmon season saw relative low catch rates; however, some fin-clipped coho were landed in Pacific City, Florence, Winchester Bay, and Charleston.
Just a reminder: 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.Anglers fishing in ocean waters adjacent to Tillamook Bay between Twin Rocks and Pyramid Rock and within the 15 fathom depth contour are reminded that only adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon may be retained or on board while fishing prior to Aug. 1.
Click here for details, including regulations, and more information on ocean salmon seasons.
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 July 14th.
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. 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, surf perch, 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.
Surf perch -
Surfperch are a diverse group of fish that provide a variety of angling opportunities. 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.
Tuna - Tuna are still well offshore (generally 40 - 60 miles or further). Success rates improved greatly at Charleston this last week with average catches of 6 albacore per angler. Albacore were also landed in most other ports, but angler success at locating fish was much more sporadic than at Charleston. 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 59 F and chlorophyll concentrations are below 0.25 mg/m3 (clear “blue” water).