FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP
Several area waterbodies have been stocked in the last month. They include: Lake of the Woods, and Fourmile Lake/Reservoir in Klamath County, Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir in Jackson County, Marie Lake, Cooper Creek Reservoir, Lemolo Reservoir, Bowman Pond, Lake in the Woods, Ben Irving Reservoir and Hemlock Lake and Douglas County.
Fall Chinook fishing continues to be good on the middle and upper Rogue, and with cooler temperatures more fish are moving upriver.
There are half-pounder steelhead throughout the middle Rogue from near Hog Creek downstream throughout the Rogue Canyon.
Where water levels are too low for boats, like at Hyatt, Emigrant, Fish and Agate, bank anglers will continue to find terrific fall fishing. Anglers are reporting good fishing for larger sized rainbows at both Diamond Lake and Fourmile Lake.
CONDITIONS LAST UPDATED 9 / 20 / 2018
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AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, perch, bullhead catfish
Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish should be good. The lake is extremely low. Unfortunately, the boat ramp is unusable with the low reservoir level. Anglers would do best to plan on fishing from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft.
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.
Anglers caught trout over the weekend fishing deep. Harttish boat ramp and campground are now closed. Boaters can still access the reservoir using the Copper boat ramp or French Gulch. The lake surface temperature is still at 70 F. Some of the trout have external parasites called copepods. Fish parasites generally do not pose a threat to humans when fish are cooked, and copepods can be scraped off prior to cooking. Anglers are encourage to keep fish that have copepods while staying within the daily limit, since release simply allows the parasite to expand to other hosts. Fishing for bass should be very good as well.
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.
Fishing continues to be good at Diamond Lake. Most anglers are taking home fish averaging 15-inches and we are starting to see more 17-inch or larger fish in creel surveys. This last week has seen fish in the 4 to 5 pound class showing up in the ctach. Trolling seems to be the most effective technique, but using bait or flies has also been showing positive results. Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger and brown trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. These trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, perch, catfish
MERCURY ADVISORY IN EFFECT AT EMIGRANT. TROUT IS THE ONLY TYPE OF FISH THAT ARE SAFE TO EAT OUT OF EMIGRANT.
Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish should be good. One boat ramp was being used this weekend, but access may be lost quickly due to declining water levels. Anglers would do best to plan on fishing from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft. The RV park is open year round, but the Oak Slope tent camping will close Oct. 15.
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 and other warmwater fish is good. Trout fishing is on the skids due to water temps. Anglers can fish the pond, which is within a RV Park developed by Jackson County by parking in the lot to the right as you drive in Gate 5 and walking to the pond. 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 other ponds at the Expo support excellent populations of wam water fish like bass and bluegills. Fishing should be good for them in all ponds.
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, tiger trout, spring chinook
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Fish Lake has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout. Tiger trout, Chinook salmon, brook trout, and larger rainbow trout also are available. Larger tiger trout can be targeted by casting lures or streamer flies around structure, but remember that tiger trout must be immediately released unharmed. Anglers are encouraged to report their catch of tiger trout to ODF&W staff at 541-826-8774.
Large rainbow trout have been stocked at Fish Lake in the last two weeks, a bit earlier than scheduled because water levels at Fish Lake are dropping fast. The USFS boat ramp is no longer available, and only very small boats can launch at the resort ramp. Even this rock ramp will be dewatered soon. Anglers fishing from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft should have very good fishing at Fish Lake this fall. Water clarity is impacted due to an algae bloom.
FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout
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Fishing for hatchery rainbow trout will be fair at least as 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 14-inches were stocked three weeks ago along with a few trophies averaging 18-inches. Recent reports from anglers on this lake are that bigger rainbows in the 18 - 20 inch range are being taken. This was especially true early this week. Anglers are also catching brook trout and lake trout. Best fishing is typically near the north end for lake trout. If fishing from shore, fish near the deeper water in the lake. The best fishing is from a boat but look out for late afternoon winds. There is a 10 mph speed limit on the lake.
Open to fishing all year and the Fourmile Lake Campground is officially open for the summer and will be staffed with a host. Fourmile Lake is now officially 0 percent full. This is based on the 15,000 acre feet of water stored for irrigation. The lower the percentage the more difficult it becomes to launch boats. There is no improved ramp or dock on the lake. All boats are launched from the sandy beach and larger boats will need to back into the lake a very long ways once water levels decline. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for more information on the status of launching boats at Fourmile Lake. Call toll Free at 866-201-4194.
GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts
Galesville has been stocked several times this year and should have lots of trout from previous stockings. Stockings have included “trophy trout” weighing in close to two pounds. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015. Anglers have reported recent catches of coho measuring up to 14-inches. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. The coho smolts should be adipose fin-clipped, and please remember to release the ones smaller than 8-inches long. In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest. Fishing for bass and other panfish is good. Have seen some really nice bass come out of here recently. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.
GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout
Trout fishing continues to be good. Anglers slow trolling spinners, flies, or wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm all did well. Bank anglers can access the fishery from the 12th street or Pinehurst boat ramps and off Paradise Point Road. There are still some tagged trout in the lake and anglers are encouraged to report any tagged trout they catch.
ODFW implemented a tag reward trout study for 2017. Anglers will be asked to report tagged trout that are caught. Some of the tags will be worth money. Anglers can report the tag number to the ODFW Gold Beach office (541) 247-7605 or on ODFW’s website. Tags can be cut off or pulled out of fish being released. The study is an effort by ODFW to see what size of trout contribute to the fishery the best. Garrison is always an excellent trout fishery, and this study will only help improve it.
HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout, bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegills
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The Bureau of Reclamation announced that construction at the dam will stop for the winter, so anglers will be able to drive into the parking lot at the dam. Anglers continue to catch trout at Howard despite declining water levels. Boat access at Howard Prairie resort is now closed. While the marina, restaurant, and North Campground are now closed for the season, the resort’s South campground should remain open through October. Smaller watercraft such as kayaks or canoes can still be launched. Most of Howard Prairie is around 10-15 feet deep right now, with the deepest holes, up to about 30 feet, found from the northern edge of the dam up to Hoxie Cove. Water levels will continue to drop in the fall months.
HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass
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Low water means that anglers are limited to fishing from shore around the dam, or fishing from inflatables or personal watercraft. Weed growth will likely make bank fishing difficult near the dam. Anglers are encouraged to harvest largemouth smaller than 14-inches while releasing larger bass. Larger bass may help reduce the chance of stunted populations when Hyatt fills again.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie
Lake of the Woods was stocked the week of Aug. 27 with 1,500 rainbow trout averaging 14-inches. Rainbow trout fishing is fair. Water temperatures have cooled significantly. Best fishing is from a boat. Using downriggers or lead core line to keep lures and bait at this depth will result in increased success. Fishing is slow for warmwater fish. The best fishing should be for yellow perch. Small yellow perch around 6-inches are the most abundant fish in the lake. 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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Public access is back open at all of the Selmac Lake campgrounds and boat ramps. Recent water tests show that Lake Selmac is now free of blue green algae. Other aquatic weeds are beginning to die back and this should free up additional bank fishing access. Fishing for bass and other warmwater species has been good. The lake is still warm, so fishing will be best early or late in the day. Lake Selmac has a lot of aquatic vegetation, so anglers will have to adjust their techniques and locations accordingly.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee
With the recent addition of 1,000 trophy-size trout, fishing should be good. 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.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, spring chinook, bass, bullheads
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Lake surface temperatures continue to hold near 70 F. Anglers targeting trout will still need to fish deeper water near the dam, or fish in the vicinity of the Hwy 62 bridge. Trolling a wedding ring spiked with a piece of worm or Gulp worm behind an oval egg sinker can produce very well at Lost Creek. Some of the trout have external parasites called copepods. Fish parasites generally do not pose a threat to humans when fish are cooked, and copepods can be scraped off prior to cooking. Anglers are encourage to keep fish that have copepods while staying within the daily limit, since release simply allows the parasite to expand to other hosts. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass should be good.
MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill
Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill should be good. Trout fishing really slowed with the hot weather. 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
Fishing for warmwater species has been good. Suspending a worm below a bobber is a very effect technique here. Trout fishing is lousy.
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 larger-size rainbow trout, Trout fishing is slow, but has started improving as water temps are dropping now. Being out as early in the mornings as possible is your best hope for trout. Fishing for bass and other warmwater species should be good. Willow Lake has more water than most reservoirs in SW Oregon, and launching a boat here should be easy. With sunny skies, and the campground and yurts still open through Oct. 1, this an excellent destination for a September weekend. Cabins are available year-round (make reservations made through Jackson County Parks), and there are 10 first come-first serve campsites as well.. The County Parks and Boat Ramp are open dawn to dusk. You will need a parking permit to access county facilities.
RIVER REPORTS AS OF 9 / 20 / 2018
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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.
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 1,660 cfs this morning at Agness
Water levels continue to drop as we enter the driest part of the year. With cooler than average water temperatures, Chinook have begun to move up river. People trolling bait are still reporting catches in the bay, but anglers might also think about side drifting with eggs farther up river. There have also been reports of coho salmon being caught in the bay and lower sections of the Rogue. Only hatchery coho may be kept as part of an angler’s adult and jack salmon daily bag limit.
The Huntley seining project started July 16. Find updates on Huntley counts here.
Anglers on the coast that want to get out of the fog may want to head up river to fish for half-pounders and adult summer steelhead. They have both been moving up river in descent numbers. Lower flows are ideal fishing conditions for anglers swinging flies or tossing spinners.
Fishing for trout is open. All trout with an adipose fin must be released unharmed. Please see the regulations for details.
Rogue River, middle: steelhead, chinook salmon, trout
At Grants Pass we have a flow of 1,110 cfs. The temperature is 60 degrees.
All boat ramps between Dunn Riffle and Galice Boat Ramp are open with no restrictions at all
Anglers are picking up Chinook in the Gold Hill and Grants Pass area and from Robertson Bridge to Graves Creek by back-bouncing roe or Kwikfish, or fishing wobblers in deep holes. Look for Chinook rolling in deep holes. If you don’t see anything, best bet is to move on after a few drifts. September is a good time to fish fall Chinook in the middle Rogue area.
Anglers are catching summer steelhead on plugs fished from a drift boat, or side planner and plug from shore, or drifting night crawlers/roe or roe/yarn imitations. If anglers are side-drifting, steelhead can often be leader shy. With the clearing water and dropping flows, fluorocarbon leaders, or smaller test monofilament leaders are suggested (8-10 lb). Wild steelhead must be released unharmed.
The Rogue River is also open for trout fishing. Only hatchery rainbow trout may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released. There are half-pounder steelhead present from near Hog Creek downstream throughout the Rogue Canyon. There are many BLM public access points to fish for these from Hog Creek to Graves Creek.
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout
The flow from the Lost Creek Dam is at 1,265 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 1,320 cfs.
A total of 4,7927 spring chinook, 24 fall chinook, and 1,617 summer run steelhead have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of September 18th.
Anglers are reminded that all Chinook salmon fishing is closed in the Upper Rogue from Dodge Bridge to Cole Rivers Hatchery effective Aug. 1. Below Dodge Bridge anglers may continue to fish for Chinook through Aug. 31.
THE UPPER ROGUE FROM THE SHADY COVE BOAT RAMP TO THE FISH HATCHERY IS NOW FLIES ONLY!
With the start of September, the artificial fly season is underway between Fishers Ferry boat ramp and Cole Rivers Hatchery. Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, anglers may only fish artificial flies on any type rod and reel: no added weights or attachments except a bubble. This reach of the Rogue is open to fishing for hatchery summer steelhead and trout. Fishing for Chinook is now closed.
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. Anglers had red hot success in the first week that the Holy Water was open following the closure due to the Miles Fire. The trout have become very wise again and fishing success has slowed. But, those anglers going out are reporting the best success for the evening hatches matching the emergers coming off. Fish with a wet presentation in mind like you would with nymphs for best success.
ROGUE RIVER ABOVE LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout
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The weekly stocking of rainbow trout in the Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir has ended for the year. 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 is very good along Highway 230 where there is enough separation of the foliage and trees to allow for fly casting. Dry flies will produce a ton of action!
The Rogue River and feeder creeks like Mill Creek, National Creek, and Union Creek were stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day with 2500 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in size each week. 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. Last year a brown trout that was nearly 24 inches long and weighing about 4 pounds was caught at the mouth of Union Creek where it enters the Rogue. That fish was released after the angler that caught it posed for pictures with it.
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 2.95 feet and the flow is 847 cfs at Elkton.
Please be aware that through Sept. 30, 2018 all fishing is closed within a radius of 200 feet from the mouths of all tributaries (including 200 feet into the tributary) of the Umpqua River mainstem between the Scottsburg Bridge (Hwy 38) and the River Forks Park Boat Ramp. These areas are critical for juvenile steelhead that seek refuge in the cooler tributaries as mainstem water temperatures reach 70+ degrees.
Fall Chinook fishing is good in the lower estuary. Anglers have been seeing more of the 20 pound and higher class chinooks coming in. Cohos are being picked up as well. Spinners have been producing the best results for cohos.
Smallmouth bass fishing is good throughout the main.
Open to trout fishing through Oct. 31 and is catch-and-release only. Retention of trout is allowed in the tributaries, which are open to trout through Sept. 15.
Trout fishing in the mainstem is catch-and-release only. Retention of trout is allowed in the tributaries. If fishing for trout try to avoid the warmer parts of the day.
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
The South Umpqua is reporting good fishing for smallmouth from Canyonville to Roseburg. There is some trout angling for the upper South Umpqua above Days Creek and tributaries up there. BUT! KNOW the regulations and what is open before you go.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout
This morning the height is 1.91 feet, and the flow was 831 cfs at Winchester.
Please be aware effective Monday, Aug. 6, fishing the North Umpqua River fly area is closed from 2 p.m. to one hour before sunrise. The closure extends from the fly area boundary at Deadline Falls to the marker below Soda Springs Dam near the power plant enclosure and is in effect through Sept. 30.
Chinook fishing closed on July 1. Summer steelhead fishing has been slow throughout the North Umpqua, it should pick back up again closer to fall when temperatures start to cool.
The North Umpqua and its tributaries are open for trout: check the fishing regulations to see which areas are closed.
Note that fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless artificial fly. July 1 through Sept. 30 the fly may not be weighted.
CHETCO RIVER: Sea run cuttthroat trout, rainbow trout, chinook salmon, steelhead
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Trout fishing is open through Oct. 31. Artificial flies, lures and bait may be used. The daily limit is 2 fish with an 8-inch minimum length. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.
Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Nook Creek through Dec. 31. Anglers are picking up a few Chinook in the estuary below the Hwy 101 bridge. However due to low and warm water conditions above tidewater, fishing in this part of the river doesn’t typically start for another few weeks. Anglers are encouraged to drop hatchery fish snouts in the kiosk at the Port of Brookings cleaning station (instructions on how to remove and package snouts is available at the kiosk). Fishing is restricted to fly- fishing or bobber fishing from river mile 2.2 through to Nook Creek from Sept. 1 through Nov. 3. Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details.
ELK / SIXES RIVERS: Sea run cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
Trout fishing is open. Two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. To check river current conditions, call 541-332-0405.
APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead
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The river is open for trout angling. The limit out here is 2 hatchery rainbows of at least 8 inches in size. Legal keepers are found in the lowest section of the river near the Rogue. The upper portions of the river offer great catch and release opportunities. Fly fishing is the main form of trout angling. Remember, much of the Applegate Rivver goes through private property. Be sure you are on publically owned land when fishing. Fishing from boats, rafts, and other floating devices is not allowed. Wade angling only.
ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead
Trout fishing is open. Two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length.
WINCHUCK RIVER: Sea run Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
Open to trout fishing through Oct. 31, anglers using, bait, lures and artificial flies, anglers can keep 2 fish per day; 8-inch minimum length. Remember to get landowner permission before crossing private land adjacent to the river.
Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Wheeler Creek through Dec. 31. However, due to low and warm water conditions, this fishery doesn’t typically heat up for at least another month. Fishing is restricted to fly fishing or bobber fishing from Sept. 1 through Nov. 3. Please see specific rules in the southwest zone of the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book prior to fishing. Also note: no fishing from a floating device is allowed on the Winchuck River.
SOUTHERN OREGON COASTAL REPORTS -
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OCEAN ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS AS OF 9 / 20 / 2018
NO advisories or warnings in effect at this time.
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
FOR 9 / 20 / 2018
Salmon fishing is now closed until the Chetco Bubble Seasons the first two weekends of October. Bottom fishing will be good when conditions allow. Lings are still getting taken. Limits of them are still happening. Halibut fishing has also been good....when conditions allow. Surf perch fishing is good from the jetties, the fishing pier, and Sporthaven Beach when conditions are favorable. You do not want to see high winds and rough seas. It puts them off the bite. The mouth of the Winchuck area is another very productive spot for them. Clam necks, live sand shrimp, and Berkley Gulp are proven perch takers. Watch the tides and fish the opportune moments on slack tides and outgoing minus tides. Crabbing has been very poor ever since they dredged the port. They beat feet out into the ocean.
GOLD BEACH: Gold Beach has been lights out for chinooks in the bay. Low water flows in the river have kept them kegged up and fishing has been great. With the salmon season now closed for the ocean....fishing the bay for them is the focus. Fishing has been good for bottom fish when conditions are right. Not seeing the lings here the way they are in Brookings and to the north. Crabbers are doing very well. Low flows in the Rogue are really helping to hold crabs in the near shore and bay making them very accessible. Fishing for surf perch is open year round. Fishing for them on the beaches and on the sand spit in the bay has been excellent when conditions create fishing opportunity. Look for low tide / minus tide situations. Fishing will also be best when winds are light and seas are calm. Clam necks, live sand shrimp, and Berkley Gulp are proven perch takers. Watch the tides and fish the opportune moments of slack and especially minus tides..
COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, steelhead, bottom fish, striped bass.
Streams and rivers are open to trout fishing through Oct. 31. Trout fishing in streams and rivers is slow to due to low water conditions. Trout anglers can now use bait in all streams when fishing for trout in all streams that are open to fishing. The daily limit for trout in streams is 2 fish per day and they must be 8-inches or longer.
From Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 salmon anglers with a two-rod validation will be able to use an extra rod while fishing for Chinook salmon and hatchery coho salmon in Coos Bay. Salmon anglers had mixed results this past week from the BLM boat ramp up to Chandler Bridge. The majority of the salmon caught this week were jacks with a few adults mixed in.
Recreational fishing for bottomfish is open in the ocean along with bays and estuaries. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 4 plus 2 lingcod. The retention of cabezon is no longer allowed for the rest of the year. Fishing for rockfish and greenling inside Coos Bay near the north jetty and other submerged rock structures has been spotty this past week with good fishing one day and poor fishing the next.
Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the links highlighted here Crabbing and Clamming
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
Winchester Bay continues to offer salmon fishing. Salmon angling here is good for both chinooks and cohos. Fishing for chinooks and coho in the.bay and even the boat basin has been productive. Average size chinook has been 20 pounds. Bottom fishing is good as well for boats going out to the waters where you find them. And the 40 fathom plus bottom fishing success is unreal....again, when you can get to those waters. Lings are still showing in the catch. Crabbing continues to be good both in the bay and out on the open waters. Surf perch fishing is good when conditions are favorable for them. Tossing sand shrimp works, or Berkely gulp baits will get you action.
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:
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
Flatfish daily bag limit is 25 fish for species of sanddab, sole, flounder, etc.
Does not include Pacific halibut.
Open all depths year round.
Offshore Midwater Fishery
As of July 1, the general marine bag limit (rockfish, greenlings, etc.) is 4 fish. This reduction to the bag limit is necessary to keep total catches within annual quotas, and reduce the chance of an early closure of the recreational bottomfish fishery.
The longleader gear fishery outside of the 40 fathom regulatory line has been authorized to continue in April through September. Recent catches from the offshore longleader trips often consist of a nice grade of yellowtail, widow and canary rockfishes. Reminder that the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area is closed to all bottomfish trips, including longleader trips.
For additional regulation information, see the Sport Groundfish Seasons webpage.
Crabbing is open for the entire coast in all bays, estuaries, and on the open ocean. Shore and boat crabbing in most of Oregon’s bays are starting to pick up. Many crabs have recently molted, producing soft crab (i.e. crab that are not full of meat). Crabbers can expect to find a mix of full and soft crab in their catch.
The recreational bottomfish fishery is open with a 4 fish daily bag limit, no sub-bag limits (except cabezon, when open).
Public piers provide opportunities to catch surfperch and baitfish and to drop crab pots (but check first for crab health safety closures).
Surfperch are available year-round, with the best fishing occurring when swells are small. Learn about surfperch fishing.
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. 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.
Landings from the summer all-depth halibut fishery on the central coast last week were reportedly slow on Friday and somewhat better on Saturday. Landing estimates and an announcement about upcoming open dates will be available by noon on Friday, Aug. 24. If sufficient quota remains, the fishery would next be open Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and continue every other Friday and Saturday until Oct. 31.
The Central Coast nearshore halibut fishery remains open 7 days per week. When the winds have allowed anglers to get out, there has been limited success with nearshore halibut: not a lot of fish, but the average weight is a robust 25 pounds undressed. Through Aug. 12, approximately 5,600 pounds (22 percent) of the quota remained.
The Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA Border) remains open 7 days per week. Brookings has seen an average of 24 fish landed weekly, averaging nearly 30 pounds undressed in recent weeks.
Reminder that similar to the bottomfish fishery listed above, descending devices are mandatory when fishing for or retaining Pacific halibut.
Additional information and details can be found on the 2018 Halibut Season map.
Sport ocean salmon fishing is now closed from Humbug Mountain to the California border, and from Ledbetter Point, WA, to Cape Falcon, OR.
Salmon fishing is open for all species from Cape Falcon, OR to Humbug Mountain OR. The adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will be open through the earlier of Sept. 3 or the quota of 35,000 fin-clipped coho. The minimum size for coho is 16-inches. There have been no recent quota updates or angler success rates since August 12th.
Details on salmon seasons are available at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/regulations/regindex.asp
Effective Mar. 16, 2018, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission issued a three year temporary closure for harvest of abalone in Oregon. The season had been temporarily suspended since Jan. 1 due to concerns over the health of Oregon abalone population and potential increases in fishing effort. This temporary closure will allow for assessment of Oregon’s abalone population and coordination with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which has also closed fishing of red abalone. The closure also provides more time for kelp beds, which produce drift kelp upon which red abalone feed, to recover from adverse ocean conditions and other factors.
RAZOR CLAMMING CLOSED FROM THE COQUILLE RIVER SOUTH JETTY TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE, AND ALSO FROM TILLAMOOK HEAR TO THE COLUMBIA RIVER FOR THE NORTHERN OREGON COAST
Spring and summer harvesting can be quite successful. Unlike the fall and winter, low tides are in the morning which allows for better visibility. This along with better weather allows more accessibility to the razor clam harvest areas. Harvesters will still need to monitor storm events and subsequent large surf, greater than 10 feet, as both will reduce success.
Given the lower than average abundances of razor clams on popular beaches, harvesters will need to actively pound the sand for razor clams to show. Harvesters should plan to be on the harvest area at least two hours before low tide and focus on sections of the beach that show exposed sand bars as these areas could have more clams showing than other areas.
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.
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.
Mussel harvest is open along the entire Oregon coast.