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  • Fishing Report: May 13, 2011

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  • Coastwide - Early mornings could provide weekend anglers with another good shot at catching black rockfish and lingcod as winds and surf are forecast to stay somewhat low this weekend. Focus on near-shore rock piles and near 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. Lingcod and cabezon are separate from the marine aggregate.
    The first all-depth halibut season started Thursday and runs through Saturday, with anglers out of Charleston, Port Orford and Newport running past the 40-fathom line to deep-water halibut haunts.
    Chinook salmon fishing is open off the Central Oregon coast, but catches have been light. No coho fishing is allowed there yet.
    Bay crabbing has been just fair recently because of high runoff from streams. Look for bay crabbing to remain that way into next week.
    All shellfish fishing is open coastwide, including the popular Clatsop County beaches. Clammers should be mindful of sneaker waves. For more information and updated closure information, call the shellfish hotline at 800-448-2474.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean chinook season opens Saturday, but early-season effort should be light because not many chinook are available near Brookings now. 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 has been improving at Nesika Beach. No spring chinook are being caught in the bay. Some ocean rockfish opportunities could open up this weekend, particularly on early-morning trips.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing remains slow. Crabbing has been fair, largely because of high freshwater levels in the bay. Chinook fishing is open in the estuary, but catches are light. Some striped bass are being caught around dawn and dusk near the mouth of Smith River.
    CHARLESTON - Chinook salmon season is open, but little effort so far because of rough seas. Early all-depth halibut fishing should be good this week if the weather permits, with only bigger boats venturing past the 40-fathom line. The lower area of Charleston has been fair for crabbing. Watch for sneaker waves while jetty-fishing.
    AGATE - Fishing for legal- and trophy-sized rainbows has not improved much thanks largely to murky water. The lake is full. Heavy wind days have not been good for fishing. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
    APPLEGATE - Lake is almost full. Trolling for landlocked salmon and recently stocked, legal-sized rainbows has been good in the upper reaches around Seattle Bar and near the dam. The salmon school up, so stay mobile until you find them and then hit that area hard with Wedding Ring lures spiced with a piece of worm or Roostertail spinners. Smallmouth bass fishing has improved near the dam and off points, but the water is still cold. The French Gulch and Copper boat ramps are usable. Hart-Tish Park is closed until Memorial Day weekend. For updates on facilities openings, call 541-899-9220.
    EMIGRANT - Spring bass fishing has improved for those fishing grubs, rubber worms and crankbaits retrieved slowly in the cool water. The lake was listed as full Thursday.
    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 lake's water temperature is rising slightly, which has helped improve the rainbow-trout bite. Trollers are out-producing bank anglers largely because they're more mobile. Success along the jetty near the resort has been spotty. The lake is full, and the intense in-flows of late have hurt water clarity. Visibility, however, is improving. Most of the trout are being 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 throughout the day. In addition to the jetty, good bank-fishing access is available at Klum Landing and Willow Point.
    HYATT - The lake is fishing fairly well for legal-sized, stocked rainbows and some holdover trout from last year, but the effort remains 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's ice was in very poor condition, and that has ended the spring ice-fishing season. Very little open water remains, so anglers are waiting for the ice to sink so the boat-fishing season can begin there. 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 rainbow trout. Find them with Panther Martin lures, worms and single salmon eggs.
    LOST CREEK - The lake was up to about 3 feet from full Thursday, and trolling for trout has been fair to good. Effort has been light, with many anglers shifting to newly opened lakes such as Howard Prairie and Diamond. Most of the recent catch has been legal-sized trout. 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 was stocked this week with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be best around the resort and the cove near the Forest Service boat ramp with PowerBait, worms and streamer flies. The resort is open Fridays through Sundays.
    WILLOW LAKE - The lake was stocked with almost 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout recently, and the county-owned camping facilities and boat ramp are now open daily. Trolling Wedding Ring or Triple Teaser lures should be best for stocked rainbows. Water quality is very good.
    SELMAC - The lake was stocked recently with legal-sized trout, and fishing has been good for them with most baits. Single salmon eggs and cheese have worked well.
    LEMOLO - The lake is open to angling, and good early fishing for brown trout is happening 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 is starting to transition from winter steelhead to spring chinook as more fish are finally starting to show up, while the middle Rogue has been good for springers in the Galice and Rainie Falls areas and the lower Rogue has been slow of late for springers despite good water conditions.
    That leaves the best bet on the upper Rogue, but it's finally for springers instead of steelhead.
    Bank anglers at Casey State Park, the Chief Hole and the Hatchery Hole are finding decent numbers of fish as the first wave of springers move through. Most are fishing an odd variety of beads, corkies and a little yarn. Only fin-clipped hatchery fish can be kept, and only those hooked inside of the mouth. Liners don't count.
    Boat anglers are starting to get into the springers, as well. Boat traffic has been somewhat light, but look for it to pick up now that word of springers is getting around.
    With no Gold Ray Dam count available, it's hard to say how many springers have reached the upper Rogue, but the run is a bit later than last year.
    Flows are high, primarily because the Army Corps of Engineers jumped the outflows today to 3,500 cubic feet per second. Conditions, however, are good.
    In the middle Rogue, boat anglers fishing Kwikfish wrapped with sardine fillets are doing fairly well in the Galice stretch, while bankies are doing best around Rainie and Hayes falls with beads and yarn.
    In the lower Rogue, spring chinook fishing was poor this week despite 53-degree water. Anglers have turned to straight anchovies and spinners upstream of Elephant Rock.
    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 remains high but fishable for late-run winter steelhead and a few spring chinook in the lower end. Spring chinook salmon fishing has been good in the mainstem Umpqua.
    ELK/SIXES - Both rivers are closed to fishing.
    CHETCO - The river is closed.
    COQUILLE - Striped bass fishing has been fair to good at dusk and dawn in the mid-tidal areas. Fish large, loud plugs, particularly Rapalas that look like salmon smolts.
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