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  • Fishing Report: May 20, 2011

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  • Coastwide - Anglers might have a slight chance for bottomfishing or salmon fishing in the early mornings this weekend, but stiff winds are forecast through the weekend at Southern Oregon ports. Swells won't be too bad, but the wind chop could create a few breakfast sightings. Catches could be good for black rockfish and lingcod for those focusing on near-shore rock piles and kelp beds. Big black or glow-in-the-dark jigs will be best. Rockfish anglers must stay within the 40-fathom line.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, with only one being a cabezon. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    Halibut anglers are relegated to near-shore haunts now, and catches will be slow.
    Chinook salmon fishing is open off the Central Oregon Coast, and catches are starting to improve for anglers fishing out of Charleston and Tillamook Bay. Troll deeply and slowly with anchovies and hoochies. No coho fishing is yet open.
    Sport crabbers are allowed on the ocean, but few are fishing for Dungeness these days because of treacherous seas. Bay crabbing improved in bays this week thanks to improved salinity levels in bays.
    Excellent morning minus tides are forecast through this weekend, and then again May 30-31, which should make for excellent spring clamming in Charleston and at Clatsop County beaches. Clamming is open statewide. Mussel harvest also is open coastwide. For more information and updated closure information, call the shellfish hotline at 800-448-2474.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean chinook season opened Saturday, but fishing was only fair when anglers were able to get out this past week. The fish caught have been relatively small so far, but wind has kept anglers at bay. Most fishing has been six to eight miles out and throughout the water column.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing was good again at Nesika Beach this week. No bay fishing is going on for spring chinook. Some ocean rockfish opportunities could open up this weekend, particularly in the early-mornings.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is still slow. Crabbing has been fair. Chinook fishing is open in the estuary, and catches are low. Some striped bass are getting caught around dawn and dusk near the mouth of Smith River.
    AGATE - Fishing for legal- and trophy-sized rainbows has been fair due to murky water. The lake is full. Largemouth bass are biting plastic worms and grubs, while crappie are hitting pink and purple jigs. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
    APPLEGATE - The lake is about two feet shy of full. Trout up to four pounds have been caught recently, with most of the activity at and near the Seattle Bar area. Trolling Wedding Rings with a piece of worm is good, while fly-fishers using float tubes, sinking lines and woolly buggers have done well near Seattle Bar, as well. Smallmouth bass are biting plastic worms and small crankbaits near the dam. The French Gulch and Copper boat ramps are usable. Hart-Tish Park is open. For updates on facilities, 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 is full.
    A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
    HOWARD PRAIRIE - The water temperature is rising slightly, and that's added steady improvement to 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 water clarity has improved slightly. 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 mornings with rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait or worms floated off the bottom. Good bank-fishing access is also available at Klum Landing and Willow Point.
    HYATT - The lake is fishing fairly well for legal-sized stocked rainbow 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's ice is receding slowly, with little open water available. The Diamond Lake Resort is predicting some open water around the north end, and the north end's boat ramp may be usable, by Memorial Day weekend, but not until then. The ice is unsafe for ice fishing.
    The new 8-fish limit is in effect, but only one can be longer 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 hovering slightly less than three feet from full Thursday. Trolling for trout has been fair to good. Effort has been light. 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 recently 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. Trolling should be good for stocked and landlocked spring chinook around 10 inches long. Try Flatfish and Wedding Rings.
    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 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-morning fishing for brown trout is happening for those still-fishing with worms or PowerBait or fly-fishers using woolly buggers or leeches.
    MEDCO - Fishing for rainbow trout has been good off the bank with PowerBait.
    LAKE of the WOODS - Bank and boat fishing for stocked rainbow trout has been good with PowerBait and worms. Brown trout fishing has been a little slow.
    KLAMATH - Fishing for native redband trout has been good with PowerBait, and for those trolling Tasmanian Devil lures in Klamath and Agency lakes.
    ROGUE - The upper Rogue is starting to look more like it's in spring chinook salmon mode and not winter steelhead mode, while the middle Rogue is spotty for spring chinook that aren't holding in too many spots, and the lower Rogue has slowed to a crawl for spring chinook.
    That makes the best bet the upper Rogue ... a best bet that will stand at least through July because the upper Rogue and springers are where the action is.
    Bank anglers at Casey State Park, the Chief Hole and the Hatchery Hole are finding decent numbers of fish as the first waves of springers are moving upstream. But more fish are getting caught further down toward the Shady Cove area.
    Releases from Lost Creek Lake will hold at 3,200 cubic feet per second through the weekend, barring any radical changes to in-flow to the reservoir.
    Most bank anglers are fishing a variety of beads, corkies and a little yarn.
    Only fin-clipped hatchery fish can be kept, and only those hooked inside of the mouth.
    Boat anglers fishing primarily Kwikfish are starting to get into springers, as well. Boat traffic has been somewhat light, but look for it to pick up this weekend.
    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. Only 17 springers were in the Cole Rivers Hatchery fish trap Tuesday.
    In the middle Rogue, boat anglers fishing Kwikfish wrapped with sardine fillets are hitting a few chinook in the Galice stretch, while bankies are doing best at Rainie and Hayes falls with beads and yarn.
    In the lower Rogue, spring chinook fishing was poor this week despite agreeable water conditions.
    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 is fishing fairly well for spring chinook in the forks area. A few striped bass are getting caught in tidewater near the mouth of Smith River.
    COQUILLE - Striped bass fishing is 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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