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FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP

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.

Trout fishing has been holding up well in several area reservoirs, including Cooper Creek, Galesville, Diamond Lake, Howard Prairie and Lost Creek.

Anglers have been catching smallmouth bass throughout the South Umpqua River.

Chinook fishing has been fair to good throughout the Rogue.

Bass and other warmwater fishing is good in the waters where they are present.

If you fish in lakes and ponds that have perch in them, use a bobber and nightcrawler to catch them in high numbers. Perch are invasive in Oregon, There is no bag limit on them. You can take all you want of these very good eating fish.

Water levels at both Howard Prairie and Hyatt Lakes are low. But why? There has been so much rain and snow. The answer is the result of the last two years. We went through dry periods. There was heavy demand for irrigation and also for fisheries reasons. Hyatt Lake also saw low levels due to repair work being done on the dam there. So now they are playing catch up. The reservoirs downstream which are Emigrant and Keene Creek Reservoir are being filled up. That is almost done. They are going to be storing more water in Howard and Hyatt now that the lower reservoirs are reaching desired levels. So expect to see rising waters soon. 

 

CONDITIONS LAST UPDATED 6 / 23 / 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 84 percent full and visibility is good, which has led to more success for those fishing warmwater species. Bass fishing along the dam and crappie fishing with jigs near submerged willows will be good bets. 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.

The lake was stocked in mid-April with 10,000 legals and 800 quality trophy trout, and was  stocked again a few weeks ago with 15,000 legals and 500 pounder-size rainbow trout.

Trout anglers have reported success trolling a flasher/wedding ring/worm combination, or just a night crawler behind a flasher. Bank anglers at the creek mouths, around Seattle Bar and off the dam have reported good catches over the last week using bait and spinners.

Applegate Lake has three boat ramps. The Hart-Tish Park ramp is open as are Copper and French Gulch. The reservoir level is 92 percent of capacity.

DIAMOND LAKE: rainbow trout, tiger trout, brown trout

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DO NOT EVER USE LIVE BAIT IN DIAMOND LAKE!! IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND IT DOES NOT WORK ANY WAY. IF YOU SEE PEOPLE USING LIVE BAIT IN DIAMOND LAKE, REPORT THEM IMMEDIATELY.

Diamond Lake is seeing fishing success running hot at times, and at others not as hot. The bug hatches stopped with the cooler weather and fishing heated up. Still fishing with power bait and nightcrawlers is putting fish in the boats. The Cheese Hole on the north end of the lake and the shrimp beds on the south end are the still fishing hot spots. Trolling with flashers and worms is also producing. Best success for trollers has been the south end of the lake and west side near the cabins. Yesterday during the Black Bird 5000 fishing derby, success was slow in coming to most anglers. Very few fish being caught. However, as the day went on, the bit did pick up considerably. I was fishing yesterday and did manage to catch one rainbow that likely would have been a money fish. But, sadly for me, I caught it after the weigh in for the derby was over. Our party was trolling in 15 to 22 feet of water over sandy and rocky bottoms using Ford Fenders with nightcrawlers. We tried still fishing several times without any bites at all...even with a fish finder full of fish. The afternoon was much. much better than the morning. Expect that could be the case going forward. If the morning is slow the afternoon may pick up significantly. It did yesterday. Or, the morning may be the time to be out and then the bite slows in the afternoon. That would be far more typical for Diamond at this time of the year. 

They have stocked Diamond Lake with sub legal rainbows of around 6 inches in size. It was planned that 350,000 of them would be released. I caight one of those yesterday. Returned it to the lake as quickly as possible. 

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.

Make sure to contact Diamond Lake Lodge for up-to-date conditions by calling 541-793-3333 for updates. This is also the number you will use to contact the marina about boat rentals, or to book a trip with their guide service. Diamond Lake is open for fishing 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 has been stocked three times this year and trout have reportedly been caught recently. In addition to trout, crappie and bass are available. Water clarity is good. Warmwater anglers should concentrate on the submerged willows and the rocky area along the dam. Emigrant is at 85 percent of capacity. 

The boat ramp nearest to Emigrant Lakes at The Point RV Park is open. Any size fishing boat is able to launch now. The Point RV Park is open year-round. The Oak Slope Tent Campground is open 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.

Fishing for bass, panfish and trout is good. With the warmer temperatures, trout will be in the deeper water. The Isola Pond has been stocked numerous times this spring with legal-size rainbow. 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 regularly stocked with both.  

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

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The lake was stocked the week of June 10 with 2,500 legal-size trout and has already been stocked numerous times this spring. Fishing is reportedly pretty good in deeper water for larger trout. Bank anglers using PowerBait have been catching fish as well. The Forest Service has temporarily closed the boat ramp at Fish Lake. Fish Lake is at 67 percent of capacity.

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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The lake is accessible. Fishing is fair for brook trout, good for lake trout around 20-inches and there are a few rainbow trout carryovers. The lake will be stocked the week of June 24. The lake is 52 percent full. This is based on the 15,600 acre feet taken out for irrigation.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville has been stocked with a lot of “trophy-size” trout this year and fishing has been good. 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 has been 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 this spring with legals, trophies, and SUPER-trophies. 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/3 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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Howard has been stocked twice this spring with 7,500 legals and fishing has been good.  Last weekend, anglers still fishing from boats caught fish throughout the lake. Specific hot spots were the shoreline opposite the marina and in the channel between Fawn Island (red wedding ring with worm fished behind a dodger or lake troll). All facilities are now 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. The lake is 51 percent of capacity.

HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass

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This is a sleeper pick this week. Hyatt has water (53 percent full), was stocked the week of May 27 with 7,450 legal-size rainbow trout, and is reportedly fishing ok based on the limited reports. Trolling and bank fishing has produced trout and the bass are active as well. Hyatt was also stocked with 7,500 legal-size rainbow is late April. Due to the low fishing pressure, I would say Hyatt is going to be a good spot to find trout, maybe even some very large trout on a bite....and no crowds. 

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

Lake of the Woods was stocked this week with legal and trophy rainbow trout. As water temperatures warm near shore, trout will move out into colder water and hold at a depth around 15 feet. Fishing should be good for rainbow trout. Fishing for largemouth bass also has been good. Yellow perch are the dominant fish in the reservoir. Fishing with bait on the bottom can be very good for brown bullhead. A few kokanee are still being caught in early mornings near the surface. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent information 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 was stocked with 1,000 legal-size rainbow the week of May 27. It has been stocked several times since February, including 3,500 legal-size rainbow the week of May 13. Fishing has been good, with reports of decent-size trout and large bass being caught. Trout have moved out to the deeper, colder water. You will need a boat to access them. Fishing from shore will produce bass and bluegills in abundance. Fishing for bullheads has been good too. Use nightcrawlers and catfish baits to take them.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

The lake was stocked the week of May 13 and there have good reports of success for anglers. 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 was stocked the week of May 13 with 10,000 legal-size trout and 1,500 pounders to complement previous stocking this year. There should still be good populations of holdover fish from last year as well. Recent reports indicate the fishing continues to be good for trolling and bank angling. Bank anglers have reported success at the spillway access point, the tower and around Takelma Park. Last weekend fishing was reportedly good with large trout caught trolling between the Takelma boat ramp and Stewart State Park. Additional reports indicate trolling under Peyton Bridge continues to be good as well. The lake is 83 percent full and both ramps are usable.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco was stocked the week of May 27 with 2,000 legal-size rainbows this week. It also had received 2,000 legal-size rainbow trout the week of May 13. Bank anglers have reportedly caught trout and warmwater fish. Anglers are reminded that Medco Pond is privately owned. Gas engines are not allowed on the pond, and bank access is restricted to the west shore.

Medco Pond 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 has been stocked throughout the spring but will not be stocked again until October due to warm water temperatures. 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 PowerBait 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.

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

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Willow Lake was stocked the week of May 20 with 4,000 legal-sized rainbows and 1,500 pounders, and 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 good. Recent reports indicate that boat anglers had been catching fish with very little in the way of crowds. Willow is a greatly under utilized lake full of fish. If I am out to catch dinner and want to be certain of success....this is where I am headed. 

 

 

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RIVER REPORTS AS OF 6 / 22 / 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

The flows are at 3,400 cfs this morning at Agness

Anglers are catching a few steelhead, but the really hot summer run fishing has yet to kick in. As of May 1, only hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Fall run chinook have already been showing up in the bay. Not great numbers, but a few. Enough to spark some interest. Look for the bigger incoming tides and fish those. Spinners, plugs, anchovies, and sardines have all been used successfully. Hatchery Chinook may be retained year-round. Wild Chinook opened for retention June 1.

Five hatchery trout may be retained daily. Wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.

This spring, ODFW is conducting a genetic study on wild chinook by collecting fin tissue samples. Anglers interested in learning more and participating in this project can contact ODFW staff at 541-247-7605.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, chinook salmon, trout

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At Grants Pass we have a flow of 2,850 cfs. The temp is 59.5 degrees.

Fishing for hatchery rainbow trout opened May 22.

Fishing continues to be slow in this section of the river. Spring Chinook have been caught and more should be arriving soon. Popular floats include: Gold Hill to Rogue River, Baker to Lathrop or Ferry Hole, or Griffin Park to Robertson Bridge. Summer run asteelhead are out there, but not getting any good reports from the middle section. The area around Valley of the Rogue State Park has always been the summer run steelhead hot spot. Try flies and spinners on the seams of riffles. Nightcrawlers will also take them as well. 

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”.  

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The flow from the Lost Creek Dam is at 2,858 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 2,810 cfs.

The river opened to trout fishing May 22.

1,754 spring chinook, and 94 summer run steelhead have returned to the Cole Rivers Hatchery through June 19th.

The upper Rogue is in good shape and expect flows to hold around this level for the foreseeable feature. Spring Chinook continue to be caught in the upper river as the run progresses A few steelhead are around as well. Salmonfly hatch is coming to an end but there are still a few around helping the top water action. Approximately 230 hatchery adult spring Chinook and 66 hatchery adult summer steelhead from Cole River Hatchery were recycled into the upper Rogue yesterday. The fish were released at the Gold Hill boat ramp. This should get some good action going this weekend.

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.

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 Holy Water from the dam to the hatchery is open and is fly fishing ONLY! No bait fishing is ever allowed. Te annual salmonfly extravaganza is winding down now. But, there is still some tremendous fishing to be had. You do not need to be a skillful fly angler right now. Just get a salmonfly imitation out on the water and start stripping. Presentation is not something too fuss over. Just get the fly on the water! As the salmonfly hatch winds up, you will need to use the same flies as mentioned above...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. 

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. 

Reports indicate fishing has been good from Prospect upstream. With cold water, you’ll want to swing your lure right in front of fish, so work through a hole a bit more slowly. Anglers can cast flies or smaller lures like a Panther Martin or rooster tail. Often tipping the lure with bait helps to produce. In slower holes, fishing straight bait such as night crawler or Pautzke eggs, even PowerBait will produce.

 

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

As of this morning the height of the river is at 3.34 feet and the flow is 1,580 cfs at Elkton.

All wild steelhead must be released in the Umpqua so please follow good catch-and-release techniques. Some summer steelhead should be around, and a few are being caught.

Shad anglers are at the usual spots between Scottsburg and Roseburg, and some folks are having great success. The typical season is from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day.

Trout fishing reopened on May 22, 2019. The mainstem is catch-and-release only, but in tributaries 2 per day may be kept as long as they meet the 8-inch minimum length.

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

Some stretches of the South are closed to fishing still. Please consult the fishing regulations for more info. Trout fishing in the entire basin is catch-and-release only. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good throughout.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

As of this morning the height of the river is at 2.40 feet and the flow is 1,190 cfs at Winchester.

We are entering the “shoulder” season for steelhead. Most of the winters should be done spawning and heading out, and some early summers might start showing up. A few summers have been caught, but it is a little early

A few Spring Chinook have been caught, but it is still slow.

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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Trout fishing opened May 22. Above tidewater, only artificial flies and lures may be used. The bag limit is two per day. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.

Please see the southwest zone special regulations and exceptions for current regulations.

ELK / SIXES RIVERS: Sea run cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead

The trout season opened May 22. Two Rainbow trout per day may be retained per day. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.  Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details.

To check river current conditions, call 541-332-0405.

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead

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The Applegate River is now open to trout fishing. Only fin-clipped rainbow trout may be retained. All wild cutthroat and rainbow trout must be released unharmed. As of May 29th 3,435 winter run steelhead have returned to the trap at the base of Applegate Dam. 

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois is open for trout fishing but hatchery fish are not stocked so the fishery is primarily catch-and-release for wild rainbow and cutthroat trout.

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

Trout season opened May 22. Two trout may be retained daily. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead. Please see the exceptions to the southwest zone regulations for more details.

 

 

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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.

 

 FOR 6 / 22 / 2019

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Crabbing will be good in the boat basin for those soaking pots. This gives anglers another sterling opportunity to go home with full coolers. Fishing for bottom fish off the jetties and at Harris Beach State Park has been good for anglers working jigs. Surf perch fishing has been very good when ocean conditions are right. The perch will be finicky in terms of what they want to hit. But, clam necks, and Berkely gulp baits are proven producers. The best spot for perch at Brookings is the mouth of Winchuck River.

GOLD BEACH: There are large numbers of crab in the bay. Those soaking pots will bve rewarded. But, be sure to give the pots a good longer soak. Be prepared to have to go through a lot of females and sub legals to keep the keeper males. Surf perch fishing off the sand spit and at Nesika Beach should be great when conditions are favorable. be looking for big minus tides and slack tides with little wind for the best action. 

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

Conditions for crabbing and rockfish and lingcod fishing in Coos Bay should improve as the mud and heavy freshwater runoff from recent storms had subsided. 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 opened on May 22, while lakes in the basin are open year-round. Try cutthroat trout fishing on streams of the Elliott State Forest.

Marine perch species are available around rocks, riprap, pilings, and docks at this time of year. 

Trout fishing is open in the streams and rivers, while lakes in the basin are open year-round.

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

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It has been a great time to be fishing out of Winchester Bay. It is all going on here! Crabbing has been solid. Having to work for the keepers. Especially in the river and the boat basin. But, they are there. The Pinkfin Surf Perch spawning run into the Umpqua is in high gear right now. Catch a good minus or slack tide and the action is red hot with limits of these tasy fish coming QUICKLY! Fishing for bottom fish in the triangle has been decent. Those anglers making the effort are getting rewarded with fish for dinner. There are some salmon being caught in the estuary and even in the boat basin for those tossing spinners. The spring chinook run has really not kicked in yet. But, that should be coming soon. 

 

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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BOTTOM FISHING

Seasons and regulations summary on the main sport bottomfish seasons page

When participating in the traditional groundfish fishery, please remember to stay inside the 40-fathom regulatory line from May through September.

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A combination of winds and waves kept most anglers off the ocean last week. The forecast for this coming week isn’t looking great either.  

The bottomfish fishery is open inside the 40 fathom regulatory line from May through Septemberwith a General Marine Species bag limit of 5 fish, and a separate lingcod limit of 2 fish. No cabezon may be retained until July 1. Yelloweye retention is still closed this year.

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Anglers participating in the offshore longleader fishery frequently catch limits (10 fish) of large canary rockfish and yellowtail rockfish. The longleader gear fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line is open all year.

Vessels fishing for or retaining bottomfish (including flatfish) species or Pacific halibut in the ocean are required (1) to have onboard a functioning rockfish descending device, and (2) use it to descend any rockfish released when fishing outside of the 30-fathom regulatory line. For more information and videos, please see the rockfish recompression webpage.

In addition to the descending device rule, ODFW continues to encourage anglers to use a descending device when releasing ANY rockfish with signs of barotrauma. Signs of barotrauma, such as bulging eyes and a gut protruding from the mouth, are reversible when fish are returned to depth with a descending device. Use a descending device to safely return fish to a depth of 60 feet or more. Even fish that are severely bloated can survive after being released at depth.

Waypoints (for fathom lines and other restricted areas)

Longleader gear

2019 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations

Catch estimates

What can I keep and how many?

DUNGENESS CRAB

 
Recreational crabbing is open along the entire Oregon coast from the Columbia River to the California border, 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/ShellfishClosuresThe consumption of crab viscera is not recommended.
 
In addition to Dungeness crab, another Oregon native present in some of Oregon’s estuaries is the red rock crab. Crabbers can retain 24 red rock crabs of any sex or size. Some crabbers in estuaries may encounter non-native European green crab in their catch this year. While they look similar to Oregon’s native shore crabs, they can be identified by the three prominent bumps between the eyes and 5 spines down the side of the carapace. The daily catch limit for European green crab is 10 crab of any size or sex.

2019 Ocean Salmon

Statewide Regulations:

  • Anglers fishing for salmon and all anglers fishing from boats with a salmon on board are limited to no more than 2 single point barbless hooks per line, and no more than one line per angler. It is unlawful to fish for or take and retain any legal species while possessing on board any species not allowed to be taken in that area at that time.
  • Minimum lengths: Chinook = 24”, coho = 16”, steelhead = 20”, no min. length for pink, chum, or sockeye salmon in ocean fishery
  • Refer to the “2019 Oregon Sportfishing Regulations” booklet for descriptions of special marine management areas including closed areas and additional restrictions

Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR:

Selective Coho (fin-clipped) Season: Open June 22 through the earlier of September 30 or 79,800 marked coho quota (Chinook guideline of 7,150)
Bag Limit: All salmon. Two salmon per day, but no more than one Chinook, and all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip
Notes: Open seven days per week. Closed within the Columbia Control Zone

Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain:

Chinook Season (all salmon except coho): Open March 15 through Oct. 31
Bag Limit: Two salmon per day, closed to retention of coho except as listed below for the “selective coho” and the “non-selective coho” seasons

Selective Coho (fin-clipped) Season – open from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border: Open June 22 through earlier of Aug. 25 or 90,000 marked coho quota
Bag Limit: All salmon. Two salmon per day, all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip

Non-selective Coho Season: Open Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and each Fri-Sun through earlier of Sept. 30 or 9,000 non mark selective coho quota
Bag Limit: All salmon. Two salmon per day

Notes: Within the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area salmon angling is restricted to trolling on all depth halibut days.

Humbug Mountain to OR/CA Border:

Chinook Season (all salmon except coho): Open May 25 through Sept. 2
Bag Limit: Two salmon per day, closed to retention of coho except as noted above for the selective coho season from June 22 – Aug. 25 or quota

Details available at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/.

SHELLFISH REPORTS -

RAZOR CLAMS

  • Razor clamming is now OPEN from the Columbia River to Cape Blanco (includes Clatsop County beaches).
  • Recreational razor clamming is also CLOSED from Cape Blanco to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid toxin.

MUSSELS

The entire Oregon coast is now open for mussel harvest.

Clatsop Beach razor clamming (Oregon’s northern 18 miles of beach) was very productive the last low-tide tide series with many harvesters obtaining their limit. Clams can be found throughout the area and are uniform in size at around 4-inches. Clams can be found at tides as low as a 0.0 or lower if the surf is lower than 8 feet.

For the Central Coast area, 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. Diggers report mixed success at Newport beaches as well as difficulty seeing shows at times.

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. You can also get more clamming maps here or at the coastal ODFW offices.

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.

 

2019 PACIFIC HALIBUT

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted the staff recommended 2019 sport halibut seasons. Season dates are below. Printable pdf.

Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR)

  • All-Depth Fishery: open Thurs, May 2 and Sun, May 5; Thurs, May 9 and Sun; May 12; Fri (not a typo), May 24 and Sun, May 26. If any quota remains after those dates, can be open every Thurs and Sun until the quota is taken. Quota = 14,627 pounds.
  • Nearshore Fishery: Opens May 6, every Mon through Wed, until the quota is taken or Sept. 30. Quota = 500 pounds.

Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.)

  • Spring All-Depth Fishery: Fixed dates: May 9-11; May 16-18; May 23-25; May 30-Jun 1; and Jun 6-8. Back-up dates, if quota remains, are: Jun 20-22; Jul 4-6; and Jul 18-20. Quota = 171,103 pounds
  • Summer All-Depth Fishery: Opens Fri, Aug 2 and Sat, Aug 3, then every other Fri and Sat until the quota is taken or Oct 31, whichever is earlier. Quota = 67,898 pounds
  • Nearshore fishery: Opens June 1, seven days per week until the quota is taken or Oct 31, whichever is earlier. Quota = 32,591 pounds

Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA Border)

  • Opens May 1, seven days per week until the quota is taken or Oct 31, whichever is earlier. Quota = 11,322 pounds.

Additional information about sport halibut management can be found on the ODFW halibut management webpage.

Descending devices are mandatory.

 

SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING

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 in the surf year-round along sandy beaches and rocky shore, with the best fishing (and safest fishing) occurring when swells are small. Learn about ocean surfperch fishing.

Spring is traditionally a great time to fish for bay perch. Striped seaperch, pile perch, walleye surfperch, white seaperch, and shiner surfperch can be found near rocks, docks or pilings in bays. Some bay anglers use a #4 or #6 hook secured 24-30 inches below a 1- to 2-ounce sinker on 8- to 10-pound line. Baits include sand and kelp worms, sand shrimp, clam necks and mussels. Keep the line close to rocks or alongside pilings.

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.

 

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