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  • Fishing Report: May 6, 2011

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  • Coastwide - Winds and surf are forecast to die down some this weekend, giving weekend anglers a shot at catching black rockfish and lingcod. Take a stab at near-shore rock piles and kelp beds for bottomfish, especially lingcod. Big black or glow-in-the-dark jigs will be best. Rockfish anglers must stay within the 40-fathom line now.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, plus one cabezon. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum.
    Chinook fishing remains open off the Central Oregon Coast but catches have been light. No coho fishing is open yet. All shellfish fishing is open coastwide. For more information and updated closure information, call the shellfish hotline at 800-448-2474.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean chinook season opens Saturday, May 14. Surfperch fishing was picking up this week around the Winchuck River mouth thanks to better surf conditions. Look for decent catches on incoming tides this weekend if the wind stays down. Catch them with clam necks, prawns, shrimp flies, mussels or plastic shrimp imitations.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing was improving again at Nesika Beach. No bay fishing is going on for spring chinook.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Crabbing has been fair. Chinook fishing is open in the estuary but action is slow.
    CHARLESTON - Chinook salmon season is open, but there has been little effort so far because of rough seas. Early all-depth halibut fishing should be good this weekend if the weather permits, with only bigger boats venturing past the 40-fathom line. The lower area of Charleston is fair for crabbing.
    AGATE - Fishing for legal- and trophy-sized rainbows has not improved due largely to murky water. The lake is full. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
    APPLEGATE - The lake is about 5 feet from full. Trolling for landlocked salmon has been good in the upper reaches. The salmon school together, so stay mobile until you find them and then hit that area hard with Wedding Ring lures spiced with a piece of worm. Smallmouth bass fishing has improved near the dam and off points, but the water is cold. The French Gulch boat ramp is usable. Hart-Tish Park is closed. For updates on facilities openings, call 541-899-9220.
    EMIGRANT - Spring bass fishing has been good for those using grubs, rubber worms and crankbaits fished slowly in the cool water. The lake is full. Trollers are finding trout with Triple Teasers and woolly buggers, but clarity issues and cold water have not helped.
    A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
    HOWARD PRAIRIE - The water temperature hit 48 degrees Thursday, and that will help trout fishing this weekend. Water temperatures around 40 degrees slowed the bite of late, but lots of nice trout 11 to 15 inches have been caught lately. Trollers are out-producing bank anglers largely because they're more mobile. The lake is listed at 101 percent of full, and the intense in-flows of late have hurt water visibility. Clarity, however, is improving. Most of the trout are getting caught in water 20 feet deep or less. Bank anglers off the jetty at Howard Prairie Resort have done very well in the early morning with rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait or worms floated off the bottom. Bobbers and worms can work well for suspended fish throughout the day. Good bank-fishing access also is available at Klum Landing and Willow Point.
    HYATT - The lake is fishing fairly well for legal-sized rainbows and some holdover trout from last year, but effort has been somewhat light. Fishing near the dam and around the Orchard has been good. Trolling is slow, but try Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with worms. Troll slowly and in the top 10 feet of the water column.
    DIAMOND - The lake continues to fish very well for ice anglers, with the ice still holding despite warm weather. Anglers are strongly advised to wear snowshoes or skis while on the lake to displace their weight. Wear life jackets. Most anglers are fishing pre-cut holes about 100 yards in front of the Diamond Lake Resort and catching plenty of rainbows. Worms and PowerBait dropped delicately through the ice are working well. Experiment at different depths.
    The new eight-fish limit is in effect, but only one can be more than 20 inches.
    EXPO - The pond is open year-round, and fishing has improved greatly after the recent release of 1,400 legal-sized rainbows. Find them with Panther Martin lures, worms and single salmon eggs.
    LOST CREEK - The lake was up to about 6 feet from full Thursday, and trolling for trout has been fair to good. Effort has been light. Focus on catching them near the Lost Creek Lake Marina and the Takelma boat ramp. Bank fishing has been best with worms, single salmon eggs or PowerBait. Trolling will pick up once the fish get acclimated to the lake. The Stewart State Park boat ramp and the Takelma ramp are open.
    FISH - The lake is ice-free, and most action has been around the resort and adjacent Forest Service ramp. Worms and chartreuse PowerBait are working well for rainbow trout.
    WILLOW LAKE - The lake was stocked with almost 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout recently, and they have been largely neglected so far by anglers. No county facilities are open at the lake now.
    SELMAC - The lake was stocked recently with legal-sized trout, and fishing has been good for them with most baits.
    LEMOLO - The lake is open to angling, and good fishing for brown trout has been reported for those still-fishing with worms or PowerBait and for fly-fishers using woolly buggers or leeches.
    MEDCO - Fishing for rainbow trout has been good off the bank with PowerBait.
    ROGUE - The upper Rogue was dropping and clearing into good shape for late-run winter steelhead fishing, while the main attention for anglers in the middle Rogue is a good spring chinook salmon fishery. The lower Rogue died out this week for spring chinook from Agness downstream, but anglers are anticipating another few batches of fresh springers, with good fishing conditions awaiting them.
    That makes the best bet the upper Rogue, but for steelhead, not salmon.
    In the upper Rogue, wild steelhead must be released unharmed, but there remains a good batch of wild and hatchery steelhead in the mainstem upstream of TouVelle State Park. Another 200 winter steelhead entered Cole Rivers Hatchery over the past week, and many were in surprisingly good shape. Expect the same in the river.
    Flows are high, but not as high as earlier this spring. Flows out of Lost Creek Lake were cut back to 2,500 cubic feet per second Thursday afternoon, allowing flows at Dodge to be just above 3,200 cfs — good steelheading water.
    Side-drifting yarn balls scented with egg juice is excellent for steelhead now, while K-11 Kwikfish plugs are also good. Pink and silver is the best. Stay closer to shore and in slower water.
    In the middle Rogue, anglers hiking in to Rainie Falls and fishing for spring chinook are doing well and catches will improve as water levels drop and more springers move out of the canyon and into the middle Rogue. A few anglers with side-planers have hit fish in the Grants Pass area, but that's been spotty.
    In the lower Rogue, spring chinook fishing got poor this week, meaning catches were down to one fish per boat per day, but look for it to improve again. Water temperatures continue to hover in the lower 50s, making for excellent conditions when the next wave of springers come. Boat anglers will stick to fishing a Brad's Cut Plug rig with an anchovy or sardine. Bankies are using larger Spin-Glo's. All wild chinook must be released riverwide.
    ILLINOIS - The river is closed to all fishing.
    APPLEGATE - The river is closed to all fishing.
    UMPQUA - The South Umpqua is closed. The North Umpqua is high but fishable for winter steelhead. Spring chinook fishing has improved in the mainstem Umpqua.
    ELK/SIXES - Both rivers are closed to fishing.
    CHETCO - The river is closed.
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