ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT AS OF 4/24
We expect to see small craft advisory conditions through the week. We may see gales and hazardous seas as storms arrive.
FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP
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
April is when we usually see good numbers of spring Chinook entering the lower Rogue.
Trout fishing has been good on Garrison Lake, where this past weekend both boat and bank anglers were catching trout up to 3 pounds.
Fishing has also been good at Lost Creek Reservoir. Trout anglers are doing best near the dam. Bass are getting active
Bass anglers reporting good success on larger sized largemouth bass at Galesville Reservoir in Southern Douglas County.
Several area lakes have been stocked multiple times already this year. We show which ones below.
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 4 / 24 / 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, but should improve soon. 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.
Applegate got it's first major stocking of the spring last week. 10,000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches were stocked along with 800 trophy sized rainbows 2 pounds in weight. 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 temp of the water at the surface was 49 degrees this week. That is a temp when you do see a good bite happen for trout. Smallmouth bass are starting to get active. Fishing for them around rocky points and down near the dam should be improving.
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.
The ice on Diamond Lake is still of sufficient thickness to be safe. Anglers are fishing and having good results with favorable conditions. But lately, even on stormy days there have been bites happening. Use nightcrawlers, power bait, and jigs tipped with corn or worm until you find what they are going to hit. Limits have been seen and rainbows over 4 pounds have been taken. Fishing is best on the north end of the lake near the resort and marina in about 10 - 15 feet of water. Remember, ONLY rainbows over 8 inches are legal. Tiger and brown trout must be released unharmed. If you are fishing with nighcrawlers or jigs you may get either. .
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 was stocked last week with 1,000 legal sized rainbows. It was stocked two weeks ago with 1,000 legal size rainbows. The water is very colored up and almost muddy due to the high inflows into the lake. Use garlic scented power bait as the first choice. Be ready to switch up colors until you find the one that works. Effort at Emigrant is picking up out here now. 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 99 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. The Isola Pond was stocked two weeks ago with 1500 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches. Fishing is always very good when they do that. It was also stocked at the conclusion of the Sportsmans Show at the end of February. They put in everything from huge hatchery brood stock to legal sized 8 inch rainbows. 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.
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 ice free. Be prepared for snow on the shore and also muddy conditions. Fishing has been good and best on sunny days. 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. There are plenty of those and some anglers are getting limits. The lake is 66 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 closed until the snowpack melts out allowing access. The gauge on the lake is functioning and it reports the lake is at a terrific 40 percent of full pool already.
GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts
Galesville has been stocked several times in 2017 with legal-size trout and with over 50 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 bass has already been good 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
Trout fishing has been good when the weather conditions have allowed anglers to get on the lake. Both boat and bank anglers were picking up a mix of trout up to 3 pounds. 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 is ice free. The Marina is open for the season and does have boat rentals. All boat ramps are open. Fishing is very good with monings being bestight now. Use nightcrawlers and power bait as they way to. I mean you just can't go wrong with these two stalwarts of trout fishing. Historically green chartruese power bait has been a can't miss up here if the trout are on the bite. The reservoir is 100 percent full, which is outstanding! The water is up all the way out to Lily Glen and there have already been reports of trout, including large trout caught in Lily Glen. I expexcted that was going to happen. 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
Hyatt Lake is ice free. So with open water comes the chance to really fish it. But 2 issues. #1 - no boat ramps are open. #2 - still alot of snow and or mud around the lake edges making access on foot an issue. But, the fishing ought to be good here if you can figure out how to cope with the snow and mud to fight to where the water is. Use power bait and nightcrawlers as the baits of choice. Hyatt is 62 percent full according to the gauge. That level is outstanding for this time of the year. However, this is as high as it is going to be through this fall. BLM is doing retro fitting to the dam and they will hold the lake at 62 percent of capacity.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie
The lake is ice free. Concentrate on water 8 - 15 feet deep especially near the resort and marina on the north end of the lake. Power bait will get you action from rainbows. But, throwing nightcrawlers is fun because you never know what you could bring up. Could be a rainbow, could be a brown. might even be a perch or bullhead. Jigging for kokanee with jigs tipped with corn may produce results. The water is going to be pretty cold for them so you will really want to work your jigs slowly, very slowly.
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
Lake Selmac was stocked with 5000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in length two weeks ago. It had 10,000 legals stocked in February and March, 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. Trout fishing has been good out here, especially in the middle part of the day and with sun on the water. Power bait, nightcrawlers, and small yellow rooster tail spinners are proven to be successful here. Fishing for bass is improving as they move up into the shallows and get a lot more active.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee
Ice is off the reservoir. ODF&W put 2000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in length in here two weeks ago. Brown trout have been biting well and aggressively and they are making up the majority of the catch right now.LeMolo is a year round fishery. 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 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 was stocked with 15,000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches, and 800 trophy rainbows of 2 pounds in weight last week. That is on top of the 20,000 legal sized rainbows stocked three weeks ago. That has generated some great fishing. 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. 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. Bass are begining to get active here now with action on smallmouths picking up near thje Takilma boat ramp area. Melt runoff has increased turbidity in the upper part of the lake so success has not been very good there.
MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill
Has open water so fish the pond! It got stocked last fall with 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.
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 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
There is no access to the lake 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 three weeks ago with 300 legal 8 - 10 inch rainbows. 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 has been very good at Willow. ODF&W stocked the lake with 4000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches two weeks ago. They stocked it a month ago with 4000 legal sized rainbows. They also stocked it in October with 450 one pound rainbow trout. Anglers were having the best success from the shore from the swimming area on down to the boat ramp. The cove where the boat ramp is at also produced well. Anglers had success with a variety of power bait and also nightcrawlers. Two anglers reported catching bass using nightcrawlers, One reported catching a couple of bullheads as well. 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 4 / 24 / 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 CLOSED TO TROUT FISHING AND TO RETENTION OF WILD STEELHEAD 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 9,730 cfs this morning at Agness
Wild steelhead may be retained. Minimum size is 24 inches. Limit is 1 per day, 5 for the season.
Spring Chinook fishing has been fair. Weather and water conditions this year are making the Rogue near perfect for bank anglers to catch spring Chinook. The full arsenal is being used to take springers. Bank anglers are using roe clusters, and spinners. Boat anglers are having more success using wrapped plugs to take the fish. April is when we usually see good numbers of spring chinook entering the river.
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.
The Rogue River is currently closed 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 4,810 cfs. The temperature is 50 degrees this morning.
Wild steelhead may not be retained per regulation.
The river has dropped into good shape, and winter steelhead and a few spring Chinook salmon have been caught around Grants Pass. Plunking or fishing side-planers has been effective for bank anglers, while side-drifting bait or pulling plugs has been productive for boat anglers. Consult the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for winter steelhead harvest information.
The Rogue River is currently closed to fishing for trout.
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout
The flows from the Lost Creek Dam are at 2,555 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 3,350 cfs.
A total of 1,697 winter run steelhead have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of April 18th. No spning Chinooks have made it in yet. That is very late for the first spnnger to arrive.
Winter Steelhead fishing has been fair, but is winding down. Spring Chinook should start arriving in the upper river anytime now. Anglers are reminded that only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained. Fishing conditions should improve this week as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to reduce flows coming from Lost Creek Reservoir.
The Rogue River is currently closed to fishing for trout. 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 7.87 feet and the flow is 9,860 cfs at Elkton.
The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The mainstem looks like it will be high for the weekend. Late winter steelhead should be decent with dropping river levels, with “plunking” being a good strategy. Spring Chinook season is in full swing with regular reports of anglers catching fish throughout the main.
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.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass
CLOSED TO ALL ANGLING UNTIL MAY 22ND
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout
This morning the height is 5.15 feet, and the flow was 5,540 cfs at Winchester.
Winter steelhead are being caught in the North when the river is in shape. Watch the river levels as they have been chronically high this year. Fish can still be caught at higher water levels especially if water clarity is decent, and there have been reports of steelhead being caught during the recent higher water levels.
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
CLOSED TO ALL ANGLING UNTIL MAY 22ND
ELK / SIXES RIVERS: Sea run cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
CLOSED TO ALL ANGLING UNTIL MAY 22ND
APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead
CLOSED TO ALL ANGLING UNTIL MAY 22ND
A total of 745 winter run steelhead have been collected through 4/12. The run was very late coming in this year so it lead to a less than banner year for the Applegate.
ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead
CLOSED TO ALL ANGLING UNTIL MAY 22ND
WINCHUCK RIVER: Sea run Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
CLOSED TO ALL ANGLING UNTIL MAY 22ND
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FOR 4 / 24 / 2017
BROOKINGS: Fishing for bottom fish is very good when conditions allow boats to get out. 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
Most anglers have stopped fishing for steelhead in the Coos Basin. Rivers in the Coos Basin are open to steelhead fishing until April 30. Anglers fishing the South Fork Coos River above
Dellwood will need a permit from Weyerhaeuser. In the Coos basin, one additional hatchery steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of three adult fish harvested daily.
Anglers are still 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 in Coos Bay but crabbers will need to sort through several short crab to find keepers.
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 ocean as it is still in winter mode. 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 now restricted to the 30 fathom mark and inward of that. 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.
Crabbing - crabbing is open 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.
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. There is no word yet from ODF&W if this is going to impact the Chetco Bubble season in October. But, it is expected that it will.
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.
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.