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FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP

DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID, ALL SHELLFISH ANGLING IS CLOSED FROM CAPE BLANCO TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE. THIS INCLUDES FOR CRABS IN BAYS AND ESTUARIES AS WELL.

 

There is snow in the forecast and that could limit access to some higher elevation lakes. Check ahead for road conditions, and be prepared for sudden changes in the weather.

Lost Creek Reservoir will be the premiere trout destination in the Rogue Valley throughout the winter.

Winter steelhead season is coming, and it’s not too soon to check your gear and be monitoring water levels. Some winter steelhead are showing up now in the Umpqua and a few have been reported in the southern Coastal rivers as well.

 

Ice fishing safety

With several water bodies beginning to ice over, anglers need to be cautious during first-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 12 / 10 / 2018 

 

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

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The boat ramp is unusable with the low reservoir level. Anglers can fish from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft. Fishing is very slow. 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 water level is extremely low. Lower than it would typically be at this time of the year. No boat ramps are open at this time. It will be some time before even French Gulch will be useable again. While you can hike down to the water, you are advised to use extreme caution doing that. The base of the lake is very steep and can be treacherous if rain is falling. 

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 is slow. Ice is forming on the edges on the south end of the lake. Fishing is best on the harder to come by sunny days. Still fishing will be the way to go. And, be sure to use scents on nightcrawlers for best success. The docks have been pulled from all boat launch areas that are still open. 

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.

All boat ramps are closed or very inaccessible. Anglers would do best to plan on fishing from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft. Fishing is very poor. The RV park is open year round but tent camping is now closed for the season.

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 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 success is poor as water temps have reached the point where everything is off the bite now. Night crawlers are going to be your best bet for any action..

 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 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. 

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.

Expect snow at Fish Lake. Water levels have been rising and resort ramp is now usable for small boats, but anglers should call ahead to check on conditions and open hours at the resort. The USFS ramp offers a launching point for small boats, individual watercraft and inflatables, however, be advised of stumps. Anglers have reported good success near the resort casting Kastmasters toward shore.  Good-size rainbow have been caught in recent weeks.

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

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Snow has closed off access to Fourmile. Consider it closed from now through next spring's melt off.

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 16-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 very slow now. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout

Garrison Lake was stocked for the last time this year with a little over 800 trout the week of Oct. 29. Anglers slow trolling spinners, flies, or wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm have been doing well. 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. Bass have been hanging around riprap areas in shallower portions of the lake. The lake can be very windy. Anglers will want to check the weather before heading out.

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

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Expect snow now if you head up. Fishing at Howard is limited to bank fishing, although smaller watercraft such as kayaks or canoes can still be launched. Reports from anglers indicate that PowerBait continues to produce some very nice size trout. The access road to the dam, scheduled to be open this fall, remains locked. ODFW will provide updated information as soon as possible. Anglers can still walk the shoreline and fish the point to the south of the dam. There is good bank access via BLM property on the NW side of the lake via the Keno Access Road.

Fall fingerling trout have been stocked this season. Please handle these undersized trout with care and release them unharmed. The shoreline near the dam and near Fawn Island can be very productive during periods of low water.  There is additional public access along the Keno Access Road on the northwest side of the lake.

HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass

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Hyatt is low.....really low. So low that even getting to fishable water will be almost impossible owing to heavy snow, and then deep mud around the water that is there. It looks like we will be into spring and the melt off before this appreciably changes. So for now, consider Hyatt to be closed. 

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

The lake is beginning to see ice form in some areas. Fishing is reported as slow for everything. 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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Fishing is reported as very slow with few anglers showing up. Expect the best fishing now to be for trout on sunny days. Mid days and the afternoons will offer a better bite. Use nightcrawlers and power bait. 

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Heavy snow jas been falling. Fishing is slow and not expected to improve much as the inactivity of winter is setting in. Fishing can have periods of improvement if there there is a stretch of sunny days. 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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Lost Creek will be the primary draw for trout anglers in the Rogue Valley now through early spring. Water levels are lower than usual right now, so trailered boats can only launch at the Takelma boat ramp currently. Action has been sporadic but anglers are catching fish up to 16-inches long. Red wedding rings fished with a worm behind a dodger or flashers produce fish, as does PowerBait fished deep while trolling. Some trout are still being caught with copepods on them. But, the number of fish with them continues to decline. If you do get a trout with copepods on it, just skin that fish. It is safe to eat. 

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Fishing is very slow out here right now. And few anglers are making an effort here.

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 is slow for all species. Suspending a worm below a bobber will be the most effective technique.

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. Willow Lake has more water than most reservoirs in SW Oregon. That said, fishing is slow here as it has been most everywhere. If you are going to give it a shot, use nightcrawlers soaked in scents for best success. Be ready for very light bites at first. That big hard tug is the one you have to set the hook on. Miss it and you missed your chance. Snow has been falling out here and the snow pack at the lake is building. 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 12 / 10 / 2018

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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 1,990 cfs this morning at Agness

After a significant rainstorm, the Rogue received some much needed water. This has encouraged fish to move upriver as well as into the tributaries for spawning. Anglers may want to consider plunking during these higher water events. As the water drops, anglers should switch to side drifting with eggs or tossing spinners. There was an exceptional number of half-pounders and steelhead running up river all fall. This push of fish offers an oddly timed fishing opportunity on the Rogue.

Coho salmon are also still moving up river. Anglers have reported catching them in the lower sections of the Rogue. Only hatchery coho may be kept as part of an angler’s adult and jack salmon daily bag limit.

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

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

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At Grants Pass we have a flow of 1,500 cfs. The temperature is 42.5 degrees.

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

Fishing for summer steelhead should be good. The river remains open for hatchery summer steelhead, and the 2018 runs appears to be very strong. With recent rains and the river expected to rise, fish will be pushed to banks. Running plugs from a drift boat may be best best options or drifting nightcrawlers.  With the Rogue slowly rising, fish should be on the move. Wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Fishing for summer steelhead below Hog Creek boat ramp to Graves Creek has been good, however only experienced driftboaters should be floating these floats as you will encounter Galice Chute and Argo Rapid; know where your take outs are if you don’t want to run these rapids. Gold Hill to Rogue River, Baker to Lathrop or Ferry Hole, or Griffin Park to Robertson Bridge are all good floats this time of year. Remember, in the Fishers Ferry to Shady Cove reach, anglers can still only fish artificial flys and lures, no bait.

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 Robertson bridge downstream throughout the Rogue Canyon. This area will likely be pretty dead for adult summer steelhead, so anglers will be waiting for winter steelhead to begin showing in December. There are many BLM public access points to fish for these from Hog Creek to Graves Creek.

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The flow from the Lost Creek Dam is at 1,177 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 1,310 cfs.

A total of 5,028 spring chinook, 73 fall chinook, 395 coho salmon, and 2,103 summer run steelhead have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of December 5th. 

THE UPPER ROGUE FROM THE SHADY COVE BOAT RAMP TO FISHERS FERRY IS FLIES AND LURES ONLY!

Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures between the Shady Cove boat ramp and Fishers Ferry. Bait is allowed between Shady Cove and Cole Rivers Hatchery. There is good public access at McGregor Park, Casey Park, and Rogue Elk where bait is allowed. 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.

Excess hatchery steelhead (162 fish) have been recycled downstream to Touvelle. There are still some of those out there.

The upper Rogue water levels don’t typically fluctuate dramatically upstream of Elk Creek, but the rain forecasted throughout the week should get fish moving. Water color should also improve.

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 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. 

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.

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 3.60 feet and the flow is 1,740 cfs at Elkton. Rain in the forecasts is going to improve those numbers.

Fall Chinook fishing typically slows in the lower river this time of year and anglers usually switch to coho. Coho and Chinook should move into spawning habitat after recent rains, but there may be a few left in the upper river. Please also follow good catch-and-release techniques of unclipped coho.

Afew winter steelhead are just now beginning to show up. The run will pick up as we move through the month.

Smallmouth bass fishing is slowing as the water temperatures dip.

Trout fishing will reopen in May 2019.

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 4.12 feet and the flow is a pathetic 432 cfs at Brockway. Rain in the forecasts is going to improve those numbers.

Winter steelhead fishing will be slow as only a few winter steelhead have been reported in the main Umpqua. And of course they need to run that to get to the South Umpqua. Better fishing will develop later towards Christmas. Tributaries to the South and Cow Creek are closed for trout fishing until the opener in May.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

As of this morning the height of the river is at 2.75 feet and the flow is 1,630 cfs at Winchester. Rain in the forecasts is going to improve those numbers.

Steelhead fishing will be transitioning to winter steelhead as we enter December. Usually winter steelhead are around in high numbers in mid- to late December.

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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Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Nook Creek through Dec. 31. The Southwest zone recently received significant rain and flows are back on track for the year. As of Nov. 27, the temporary strike indicator/bobber rule has been lifted. Beginning January 1, 2019, wild Steelhead may be harvested one per day and three per year as part of the daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.  Please see the Southwest zone special regulations and exceptions for current regulations. A visual and status update on the river bar crossing can be found here at the NOAA bar camera webpage.

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 are available at the kiosk). Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the regulations book for more details.  

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

Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Bald Mountain Creek through Dec. 31. With recent rainfall, fish have really begun moving into the river system. Water levels are now high enough for anglers to consider floating in addition to bank fishing. Anglers please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details. Please note: there is a wild Chinook aggregate bag limit rule for Floras/New, Sixes, and Elk Rivers.

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 hatchery fin clipped trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. 

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

Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Wheeler Creek through Dec. 31. Due to significant recent rainfall, flow levels are back on track and the temporary strike-indicator/bobber rule has been lifted. 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.

 

 

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As we are now into the winter storm season, be expecting stormy conditions with rough ocean surfaces now through the spring.  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

DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID, ALL SHELLFISH ANGLING IS CLOSED FROM CAPE BLANCO TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE. THIS INCLUDES FOR CRABS IN BAYS AND ESTUARIES AS WELL.

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The action in Brookings for now will focus on bottom fishing when conditions allow, and winter steelhead fishing in the local rivers. With crabbing completely shut down for all waters due to domoic acid, a major winter fishery is gone. Nobody is sure how long the closure will last. So, until you can find a window of opportunity to get out to go bottom fishing, fishing the rivers for winter styeelhead will be the focus here. Flows in the rivers have significantly improved. Anglers will find flows suitable for using plugs, or roe. As to the ocean, when it does lay down enough, bottom fishing will be great! Very good success has been reported. Ling cod are very much showing up with a lot of limits being taken when boats can get out. 

GOLD BEACH: Like Brookings, shellfish angling has been closed due to domoic acid levels. This also includes crabs. Salmon fishing in the bay is slow now. Most of the fish have pushed upriver. Fishing has been good for bottom fish when conditions are right. 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.

Steelhead anglers are getting their gear ready. Steelhead could be entering the rivers with enough rain. Steelhead anglers wanting to fish the South Fork Coos River will need to purchase a Dellwood Fishing Permit from the Weyerhaeuser website.   

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is open in the ocean along with bays and estuaries. The daily bag limit for marine fish is back to 5 plus 2 lingcod. The retention of cabezon is no longer allowed for the rest of the year. Fishing for rockfish and greenling continue to be good inside Coos Bay near the north jetty and other submerged rock structures.

Trout fishing in streams and rivers will reopen May 22, 2019.

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

Fishing in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful. Bottom fishing is good for boats going out to the waters where you find them when conditions allow. Crabbing continues to be good both in the bay and out on the open waters. Anglers have had some great days in the last two weeks. But, with river levels coming up now, expect success on crabbing in the river and the port to slow dramatically. Surf perch fishing is good when conditions are favorable for them. Tossing sand shrimp works, or Berkely gulp baits will get you action.

 

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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

DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID, ALL SHELLFISH ANGLING IS CLOSED FROM CAPE BLANCO TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE. THIS INCLUDES FOR CRABS IN BAYS AND ESTUARIES AS WELL.

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
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BOTTOM FISHING

2018 Sport Groundfish (EFFECTIVE Jan. 1, 2018)

Beginning Oct. 1 the fishery will be open to all-depth.

General marine fish daily bag limit has been increased back to 5 fish, as of Wednesday, September 19.

Effective Friday, Aug. 17 at 11:59 p.m. sport anglers can no longer retain cabezon.

Lingcod daily bag limit is 2 fish, separate from the general marine fish bag limit. Minimum size of 22-inches.

Reminder skates and rays are not part of the flatfish group, they are part of the general marine fish group.  The general marine fish regulations (bag limit, depth restrictions, etc.) apply.

Yelloweye rockfish prohibited at all times and in all waters.

Descending devices are mandatory.

Offshore Longleader Fishery

  • The Offshore Longleader Fishery is open year round only outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line and longleader gear must be used.
  • The daily rockfish bag limit is 10 fish.
  • No other groundfish are allowed on the same trip.
  • Offshore longleader trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish, or halibut trips, and lingcod cannot be retained.
  • Offshore longleader trips can be combined with other non-bottomfish trip types (e.g. tuna, salmon), as long as the multi-species rule, which prohibits fishing for, or taking and retaining any species of salmon, Pacific halibut or marine fish while possessing on board any species not allowed to be taken in the area at that time, is followed along with any and all specific gear rules.
  • For additional information see Offshore Longleader Fishery Frequently Asked Questions 
  • Descending devices are mandatory.

For additional regulation information, see the Sport Groundfish Seasons webpage.

 

Flatfish Fishery

  • Flatfish daily bag limit is 25 fish for species of sanddab, sole, flounder, etc.  Does not include Pacific halibut.
    • Open at all depths year round.
  • Descending devices are mandatory.
  • Reminder skates and rays are not part of the flatfish group, they are part of the general marine fish group.  The general marine fish regulations (bag limit, depth restrictions, etc.) apply.

DUNGENESS CRAB

 
Ocean crabbing is now closed. Crabbing on beaches, piers, jetties, and bays is open, EXCEPT
 
All crabbing is closed from Cape Blanco to the California border due to high levels of domoic acid.
 
Starting Dec. 1, recreational ocean crabbing will open back up in the ocean from the Columbia River to Cape Blanco. Cape Blanco to the California border will remain closed due to domoic acid.
It is recommended that crab be eviscerated and the guts or butter discarded prior to cooking. When whole crab are cooked in liquid, domoic acid may leach into the cooking liquid and should be discarded.
 
The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended.

SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING

The recreational bottomfish fishery is open with a 5 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.

OCEAN SALMON

The state waters Chinook salmon fishery inside approximately the 20 fathom line off the Elk River at Port Orford (Cape Blanco to Humbug Mt.) will be open through today. There is a daily bag limit of 2 Chinook, but no more than 1 non fin-clipped Chinook per day and no more than 10 non fin-clipped Chinook in seasonal aggregate with the Elk R., Sixes R., New R., and Floras Cr. Minimum legal size of 24”, and terminal tackle is limited to 2 single point barbless hooks. Details available at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/

SHELLFISH REPORTS -

ABALONE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

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 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

The annual conservation closure for the Clatsop County beaches (from Columbia River south to Tillamook Head) has been extended through Feb 28, 2019 due to small clam sizes.
 
Open from Tillamook head south to the north jetty of the Umpqua River.
 
Closed from the south jetty Umpqua River to the OR/CA border.

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.

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.

 

PACIFIC HALIBUT

All seasons closed until next year..

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