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FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP

Snow could limit access to some higher elevation lakes. Check ahead for road conditions, and be prepared for sudden changes in the weather.

Before any fishing trips, always be sure to consult the regulations to see if there are any changes. You can check them here 2019 Sport Fishing Regulations.

Bass and other warmwater fishing is picking up in response to recent spring temperatures.

Trout fishing is closed on many SW streams from Oct. 31 through May 22, consult the regulations.

Extreme rainfall in SW Oregon has many rivers and streams high, off-color, and near flood stage or over.  Use extreme caution around high water..

Keep an eye on surf conditions and when conditions allow, plan to hit the beach for surfperch fishing. Spring and early summer fishing can be excellent.

 Ice fishing safety

Anglers need to be cautious about ice conditions. 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. The Minnesota DNR has developed guidelines for ice thickness and other safety tips.

 

CONDITIONS LAST UPDATED 4 / 12 / 2019

 

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

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The lake is 100 percent full. However, visibility is only about 6 inches due to suspension of fine sediment. Warmwater fishing should be starting to pick up here once the sediment settles out. Crappie fishing with jigs near submerged willows will be a good bet.  The lake 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.

Trout anglers have reported success trolling a flasher/wedding ring/worm combination, or just a night crawler behind a flasher. However, record inflows into the lake have likely made the lake dirty so clarity could be an issue.

Applegate Lake has three boat ramps. The Hart-Tish Park ramp is closed until the concessionaire reopens later in the spring. Copper and French Gulch ramps are currently  accessible. Surface temperature is 50 degrees and the reservoir level is 88 percent of capacity. It is much higher than it typically would be at this time of the year.

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 at Diamond is likely becoming unsafe. Follow ice fishing safety tips and proceed at your own risk. The ice may start breaking up any day now.. Make sure to contact Diamond Lake Lodge for up-to-date conditions. Anglers can check fishing and water conditions by calling 541-793-3333 for updates. Diamond Lake is open year-round.

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

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

Emigrant Reservoir was stocked with 1,000 legal rainbow trout, (8 - 10 inchers), this week. It was also stocked with 1,000 legal sized rainbows the week of March 18. In addition to trout, crappie and bass are available but water clarity is not good at this time.  Warmwater anglers should concentrate on the submerged willows.

The boat ramp nearest to Emigrant Lakes at The Point RV Park is open. Any size fishing boat should be able to launch now. All other boat ramps are closed or very inaccessible, but the reservoir is continuing to fill. The Point RV Park is open year-round. The Oak Slope Tent Campground is open now as well.

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

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

The Isola Pond was stocked this week with 1,500 legal sized, (8 to 10 inch), rainbow trout. As a reult of the stocking at the end of the Sportsmans Show in February, there are trophy sized brood stock rainbows in there over 10 pounds along with larger sized rainbows over 14  inches in size. Fishing for trout has been good using power bait, nightcrawlers, and small spinners like Panther Martins or Roostertails. Fishing for bass and panfish should be good. The Southern Oregon RV Park developed by Jackson County offers parking in the lot to the right as you drive in Gate 5. A day use fee to park here is $4. An annual parking permit can be purchased from Jackson County Parks Department for $30. That parking permit is good for all Jackson County Parks.

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 other ponds at the Expo support excellent populations of wam water fish like bass and bluegills. The Upper Pond closest to Upton Road and the Ampitheater Pond will have remnant populations of rainbow trout and steelhead in them from when they were being regularaly stocked with both. Fishing is very slow, poor in fact in all ponds. 

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

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SNO PARK PERMITS ARE REQUIRED AT THE FOREST SERVICE BOAT LAUNCH THROUGH APRIL 30TH! This is the only lake in Oregon with this situation. Failure to have a snow park permit will result in a $250 ticket. 

Expect snow and ice at Fish Lake for a little while longer. Ice still covers some of the lake  but the recent warm rain has caused significant melting. The ice should be considered unsafe at this point. 

Tiger trout, Chinook salmon, brook trout, and larger rainbow trout are available. Remember that tiger trout must be immediately released unharmed. Anglers are encouraged to report their catch of tiger trout to fish district staff at 541-826-8774.

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

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Snow has closed off access to Fourmile. It is closed from now through next summer due to the heavy snow. It may be 4th of July or later before you can get in here.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville was just recently stocked with large trout and should have lots of trout from previous stockings. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015. In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest. Fishing for bass and other panfish should be good. Good areas are near dead snags and the boat ramp. Try a slow retrieve with a diving crank bait. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout

Garrison was stocked several times in March. Due to inclement weather and flooding, stocking for April has been slightly postponed. Anglers slow trolling spinners, flies, or wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm all typically do well hooking up with some feisty rainbow trout. Five trout per day/2 daily limits in possession; 8-inch minimum; only one trout over 20-inches long may be taken per day. Bank anglers can find access at the 12th street or Pinehurst boat ramps and off Paradise Point Road. The lake can be very windy so anglers will want to check the weather before heading out.

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

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The majority of the ice has melted at Howard. However, boat ramps and facilities are not open yet due to very low water levels. Hiking in an inflatable pontoon or something similar could provide excellent fishing opportunities. The gate to the Willow Point campground is open to provide a parking lot for anglers to access Howard Prairie. The boat ramp is not usable, the fish cleaning station will not be available, but a restroom will be open.  The standard day use fee applies.

The access road to the dam remains locked. Anglers can still walk the shoreline and fish the point to the south of the dam. No open water was spotted here earlier in the week. There is good bank access via BLM property on the NW side of the lake via the Keno Access Road. 

HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass

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Hyatt Lake still has ice but that should be gone within the next few weeks. No reports have come in as to whether or not the fishing is good or the ice is thick enough for ice fishing. Weather here and at Howard Prairie fluctuates much more than the higher elevation lakes such as Fish Lake or Lake of the Woods (off state Hwy 140). Proceed at your own risk. 

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

Ice conditions on the lake are unknown. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports and the condition of the ice Toll Free at 866-201-4194. Open and accessible all year. Lake of the Woods has three improved boat ramps, numerous campgrounds and day use areas. There is a day use fee for this lake.

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

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Lake Selmac received 5,000 legal rainbow trout the week of March 25 to complement fish stocked earlier in February. The lake was scheduled to be stocked this week but that has been postponed until next week. Another 5,000 legal sized rainbows of 8 to 10 inches in size will be stocked. The recent rains have likely created turbid water and it will be a while before it clears.  When visibility  has been good, reports have been good with fly anglers fishing leeches or streamers and a slow strip. Gear anglers should expect good success as visibility improves using power bait and nightcrawlers still fishing or from the shore, trollers will do well with flasher and worm combos.Bass fishing will be picking up as well. Using plastics with both sound attractors and scents will be the best way to go. Work those around structure like trees or rocks.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Fishing can be good after the snow melts. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of 5 per day with only one of those measuring over 20-inches. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

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Lost Creek received its first stocking of 20,000 legal rainbow trout last week. There should still be good populations of holdover fish from last year as well. However, record inflow into the reservoir has led to cloudy water . The lake is 94 percent full and both ramps are usable. Surface temperature has risen to 49 degrees. Prior to the high, muddy water reports indicated anglers have found success on red wedding rings fished with a worm behind a dodger or flashers, as well as PowerBait fished deep while trolling. When the waters clear, expect we will see very good fishing for trout. Fishing for bass and other warm water species will really pick up, especially if the sunny and warm days forecast next week do arrive. 

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Rainbow trout, largemouth bass and bluegill are available, but fishing will likely be slow with the cold temperatures. Still may be worth a stop if travelling between Butte Falls and Prospect. Gas engines are not allowed on the pond, and bank access is restricted to the west shore.

Medco Pond is privately owned. It is not Forest Service or BLM land. The owner 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. They are 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. 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 happened 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 them, and I have heard a wolf howl up here. Best times for howling to happen are 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. I saw a wolf on the Butte Falls - Prospect Highway just north of the pond. They are in the area. 

REINHART POND: rainbow trout, warm water fish

The pond near the baseball fields at Reinhardt Community Volunteer Park was stocked with 300 rainbow trout last week. This is a great place for a family to explore with very easy access for everyone. A relative simple set up that includes either a nightcrawler fished below a bobber, or floating PowerBait fished off the bottom are all you need to catch a trout here.

If you choose to use power bait below a bobber, make sure to add some split shot to your line below the bobber to keep the power bait from floating on the surface. Non-toxic split shot often made of tin are very good options for youth fishing. With very cold temperatures, anglers will likely have better luck fishing stationary gear rather than spinners.

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

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Willow Lake received its first stocking of 4,000 rainbow trout the week of March 18. The boat ramp at Willow Lake is open and the lake is full. Clarity at the lake is not good due to heavy rain, but recent reports indicate that some anglers had been finding trout here and there with very little in the way of crowds. Cabins are available year-round (make reservations made through Jackson County Parks), and there are 10 first come-first serve campsites as well. You will need a parking permit to access county facilities. 

 

 

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RIVER REPORTS AS OF 4 / 12 / 2019

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ROGUE RIVER

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

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

Rogue River, lower: salmon, steelhead, trout

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The flows are at 25,700 cfs this morning at Agness

The Lower Rogue is still blown out from the heavy rains. Wait "blown out"? This section of the river is still near flood stage.

The Rogue is open for hatchery rainbow trout through March 31; 5/day.  Wild rainbow and cutthroat trout, (any fish with an adipose fin), must be released. Please see the regulations for details.

For a current view of the Rogue from the Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge, check out the ODOT’s camera.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, chinook salmon, trout

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At Grants Pass we have a flow of 16,200 cfs. The river is blown out and will be staying that way for awhile

Beginning Oct. 1, the river between Hog Creek boat ramp and Fishers Ferry boat ramp is closed to fishing for Chinook.

Fishing was good for winter steelhead prior to the river blowing out . Anglers were mostly catching bright winter fish, with about 10-15 percent of the catch being downrunners. Both bank anglers fishing plugs and side-planners, and boat anglers were catching fish. Recent reports indicated plugs, eggs and yarn balls all producing winter fish from boats, with about 40 percent of the catch being hatchery fish. 

Now through April 30, the entire Rogue from the mouth to Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery is open to steelhead fishing with a limited harvest opportunity of 1 wild steelhead per day and 3 per year SW zonewide. In the Rogue, wild steelhead must be at least 24 inches in length in order to be retained. Consult the 2019 sport fishing regulations for further information and clarification. Good reports of hatchery fish being caught in the Galice and Robertson Bridge area continue to be reported.

Popular methods for winter steelhead fishing include Running plugs from a drift boat, drifting night crawlers, roe, or yarn balls.  Bank anglers typically use a side-planning setup with plugs. A diversity of bait including different colored roe will always help your chances when steelhead fishing. Higher water can often be a good thing for bank anglers and plug fishermen as the river will actually “get smaller.” Meaning that fish will be navigating closer to shore and in a narrower migration path.

Fly anglers that nymph will want to use prince nymphs or copperswans, steelhead brassies, stone flies, ugly bugs, or will want to fish large dark flies if swinging. Don’t be afraid of color such as black and chartreuse, black and blue, black and purple, black and pink, or black and red. If tying your own flies, don’t be afraid to add a little bit of flash dubbing or tinsel in the body of your fly. Also, covering lots of water when working through a run is a good technique when swinging flies. Trying moving 4-5 feet downstream every cast or two.

Boaters floating from Hog Creek to Graves Creek should be familiar with the rapids in this section of river, and know their takeouts. Experienced oarsmen/woman are recommended here. There are many BLM public access points to bank fish from Hog Creek to Graves Creek. This is often referred to the “Galice area”. Boats should not attempt to float through Hellgate Canyon during high water. Also, just downstream of the Alameda boat ramp is Argo Rapid.  Inexperienced boaters should not float this section. If you find yourself here, stay far right. 

Further upstream, Griffin Park and Robertson Bridge are good places to use a side-planer setup with plugs or plunking Spin-N-Glos for bank anglers. In the Galice area, Rand, Rainbow, Chair and Ennis are good bank access locations.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

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The flow from the Lost Creek Dam is at 8,970 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 14,000 cfs.

A total of 1,82 winter steelhead have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of April 9th. 

Let's be real here.....the Upper Rogue is blown out. Even at the Hatchery Hole. That is very rare to see happen in April. But the kind of rain we just saw is also very rare for April. 

Bait is again allowed throughout the entire Rogue basin. There is good public access for bank fishing and boat access at Cole Rivers Hatchery, McGregor Park, Casey Park, Rogue Elk, Shady Cove, Takelma, Dodge Bridge, Modoc, Denman Wildlife Area, Touvelle State Park, Gold Ray and Fishers Ferry. Most floats in the upper Rogue have been from the hatchery or Rogue Elk downstream to Shady Cove. Dodge Bridge to Touvelle is an excellent float but anglers should be aware that they will encounter Rattlesnake Rapids. If you are not ready for Rattlesnake, many floats will start at the ODFW Modoc Access Site and float to Touvelle or Fishers Ferry.

The upper Rogue water levels don’t typically fluctuate dramatically upstream of Elk Creek. So while the rest of the river is falling into shape after a storm, this is a great section of river to explore. Try fishing roe, night crawlers, spinners or jigs under bobbers.

Fly anglers that nymph will want to use prince nymphs or copperswans, steelhead brassies, stone flies, ugly bugs, or will want to fish large dark flies if swinging. Don’t be afraid of color such as black and chartreuse, black and blue, black and purple, black and pink, or black and red. If tying your own flies, don’t be afraid to add a little bit of flash dubbing or tinsel in the body of your fly. Also, covering lots of water when working through a run is a good technique when swinging flies. Trying moving 4-5 feet down every cast or two.

The Rogue River is open for trout fishing. Only hatchery rainbow trout of a minimum 8 inches may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.

The Holy Water from the dam to the hatchery is open and is fly fishing ONLY! No bait fishing is ever allowed. The best success has come for those hitting the evening hatch with emergers just coming off. Fish with a wet presentation in mind like you would with nymphs. 

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

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The Rogue River and feeder creeks like Mill Creek, National Creek, and Union Creek are stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day with 2500 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in size. Stocking points are at campgrounds, and access points along Highway 62, Highway 230, and Forest Service roads in the area. 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. In 2017 a brown trout that was nearly 24 inches long and weighing about 4 pounds was caught at the mouth of Union Creek where it enters the Rogue. That fish was released after the angler that caught it posed for pictures with it. That is the largest brown to be caught in the upper Rogue in years. But, it is proof they are in there.

In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout  ALL trout caught with adipose fins must be released unharmed. The best thing to use up here is without question nightcrawlers. Next would be using a single salmon egg like a Pautzke egg on a treble hook. Fly fishing can be done along Highway 230 where there is enough separation of the foliage and trees to allow for fly casting. 

Angling pressure is nil. The very cold water combined with heavy snow and ice has ended all fishing effort. I suspect there is not going to be any real fishing activity up here until we get well into the spring. Fishing is going to be VERY slow anyway. The trout basically go into hibernation mode.

 

Umpqua anglers: return steelhead snouts

Winter steelhead anglers are asked to return snouts from hatchery steelhead harvested in the Umpqua River basin to collection barrels at various boat ramps around Douglas County and at the ODFW office in Roseburg. This data collection is part of a multi-year research project to improve winter steelhead fishing in the South Umpqua River.

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

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As of this morning the height of the river is at 15.45 feet and the flow is 34,900 cfs at Elkton.

The heavy rains still have the river blown out. Going to be awhile before we see even marginally fishable waters.

Trout fishing will reopen May 22nd.

Open for Chinook salmon Feb 1 – Jun 30 (Umpqua Wild Chinook Aggregate Bag Limit applies). From July 1– Dec. 31, anglers can harvest two wild Chinook per day, and in combination with the other salmon/ steelhead recorded on your salmon tag, up to 20 fish total. Fin-clipped hatchery fish can be recorded on a separate hatchery harvest tag that is available. There is no limit on the number of hatchery tags that can be purchased. Daily limits still apply. 

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass

As of this morning the height of the river is at 11.87 feet and the flow is 14,600 cfs at Brockway.

The heavy rains still have the river blown out. Going to be awhile before we see even marginally fishable waters.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

As of this morning the height of the river is at 9.86 feet and the flow is 19,500 cfs at Winchester.

The heavy rains still have the river blown out. Going to be awhile before we see even marginally fishable waters.

Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout: check the fishing regulations to see which areas are closed.

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

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

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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

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CLOSED TO ALL ANGLING UNTIL MAY 22ND.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

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

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Be expecting rough ocean surfaces through the weekend.  Next week looks to offer up some very good to excellent surface conditions as storm activity will be minimal. Always be checking forecasts before you want to go out.

 

SOUTHERN OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS FROM CAPE ARAGO TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

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The huge rains we just saw are going to put the clamps down on fishing in the near shore waters. There is more mud in the waters near Brookings than I have seen in a very long time. You can actually see it from space and the weather satellite. This will impact every kind of fishing. 

GOLD BEACH: We have a ditto of the report for Brookings here too. 

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

The rivers have been running high and muddy after recent extreme rains. Most of the steelhead are dark and spawned out, but there are still reports of brighter steelhead around. Steelhead season is open in the Coos Basin above tidewater until April 30.

Conditions for crabbing and rockfish and lingcod angling in Coos Bay should be improving as the mud and heavy freshwater runoff subsides from recent storms. Using a jig with a twister tail has been a great bait for catching rockfish. Anglers have been catching lingcod with a herring floated under a bobber. 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers will open May 22, 2019, while lakes in the basin are open year-round.

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

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

Terrible water conditions because of the huge flows down the Umpqua will put the brakes on fishing of all kinds here too. 

 

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

SOUTHERN OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS FROM COQUILLE RIVER SOUTH JETTY TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

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

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Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area
Cascade Head Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area

BOTTOM FISHING

Seasons and regulations summary on the main sport bottomfish seasons page

New for 2019 

Open at all depths January through April (not March). From May through September, restricted to inside the 40-fathom regulatory line (not 30-fathom). Open at all depths October through December.

Topsmelt and jacksmelt are no longer part of the general marine species bag limit and are now part of the baitfish (herring, anchovy and smelts) daily limit of 25 pounds in aggregate.

Reminders

Cabezon is closed until July 1, and will have a 1-fish sub-bag limit when open.

Yelloweye rockfish is prohibited at all times and in all waters.

Descending devices are mandatory.

DUNGENESS CRAB

 
  • Recreational crabbing is now open along the entire Oregon coast, including the ocean, bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties.
  • For recreational crab harvesters, it is recommended that crab always be eviscerated prior to cooking, which includes removal and discard of the viscera, internal organs, and gills.
  • Because of Oregon’s precautionary management of biotoxins, the crab and shellfish products currently being sold in retail markets and restaurants are safe for consumers.
  • Before clamming or crabbing, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page at: http://ODA.direct/ShellfishClosures
  • The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended.

2019 Ocean Salmon

  • The planned ocean Chinook salmon (all-salmon-except coho) season will open as scheduled from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. from March 15 through April 30, 2019. The bag limit will be two salmon, except closed to retention of coho, with a minimum size of 24-inches for Chinook and a minimum size of 20-inches for steelhead.
  • Additional ocean salmon seasons beyond May 1, will be set in April.
  • Details available at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/.

SHELLFISH REPORTS -

RAZOR CLAMS

RAZOR CLAMMING CLOSED FROM THE COQUILLE RIVER SOUTH JETTY TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE, AND ALSO FROM TILLAMOOK HEAD TO THE COLUMBIA RIVER FOR THE NORTHERN OREGON COAST

  • Razor clamming is now CLOSED from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head (south of Seaside).
  • Recreational razor clamming is also CLOSED from Cape Blanco to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid toxin.
  • Recreational razor clamming is OPEN from Tillamook Head to Cape Blanco. The area along the Central Coast is open (see ODA for closure alerts) and holds many small populations of razor clams. Diggers have been able to harvest limits on some specific sandbars, but until the beaches build up through the spring, the flat sandy areas with a good abundance of clams will be accessible only at tide levels well below 0.0.

BAY CLAMS

Bay clamming is open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Check out the Where to Clam articles for places to find them. Low tides will generally start occurring during daylight hours as spring progresses.

Always call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or ODA shellfish closures website before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures.

MUSSELS

Mussel harvest is open along the entire Oregon coast.

 

2019 PACIFIC HALIBUT

  • Seasons and regulations sheet (map) as recommended by staff for approval by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission at its meeting on April 19. 
  • Descending devices are mandatory.

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