Ocean Outlook

Ocean Outlook

Coastwide - Weather forecasters are predicting some decent seas this weekend, with swells subsiding Saturday afternoon. That should give coastal anglers a chance at chinook salmon and bottomfish.

Catches could be good for black rockfish and lingcod around 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, as must halibut anglers this weekend.

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.

Sport crabbers are allowed on the ocean.

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 - Chinook fishing remains pretty good 4-5 miles off Bird Rock, where anglers are finding some big chinook anywhere from 60 to 180 feet deep. Slow trolling with anchovies and hoochies has worked best.

Surfperch fishing should be very good this weekend, with good tides forecast. Fish the late incoming and early outgoing with shrimp, prawns, mussels or shrimp flies. Plastic, scented sandshrimp can work well, too.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has improved at Nesika Beach. No bay fishing is going on for spring chinook. Ocean rockfish trips could be good this weekend.

WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is still slow. Crabbing was on and off this week as water salinity varied between storms. Chinook fishing is open in the estuary, but catches are low. Some striped bass are being caught around dawn and dusk near the mouth of Smith River.

Lake Outlook

AGATE - Fishing for legal- and trophy-sized rainbows has been fair. 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 has dropped to about two feet from full. Trout of up to 4 pounds have been caught recently, with most of the activity at and near the Seattle Bar area. Troll Wedding Rings with a piece of worm. Fly-fishers using float tubes, sinking lines and woolly buggers have done well near Seattle Bar. 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. Trolling Wedding Rings spiced with a worm or single salmon egg has been good for recently stocked rainbow trout.

A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake is full, and water clarity has improved slightly. The water temperature continues to inch upward, and that has helped rainbow trout catches. Trollers continue to out-produce bank anglers. Success along the jetty near the resort has been spotty. Anglers have done best with rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait or worms floated off the bottom. Most of the trout are being caught in water 20-feet deep or less. Good bank-fishing access is available at the jetty, Klum Landing and Willow Point.

HYATT - The lake is fishing fairly well for legal-sized, stocked rainbows and some holdover trout from last year. Fishing near the dam and around the Orchard has been good. Trolling success has picked up largely because there was more effort last week. Try Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with worms. Troll slowly and in the top 10 feet of the water column.

DIAMOND - The lake is ice-free, but only the north boat ramp near Diamond Lake Resort is usable. Most effort and success this past week has been on the north end at the Cheese Hole and the shrimp beds on the northwest side of the lake. Most anglers are using chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait. Worms suspended four to six feet beneath bobbers should be good along the lake's south end, but it's a long motor from the north end to the Pizza Parlor. The temporary eight-fish limit is in effect, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.

EXPO - Fishing 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 infused with another 20,000 legal and 500 larger rainbow trout last week, and they are already biting worms, Triple Teasers and Wedding Ring lures. No need to troll with flashers, and vary your depths because the fish are suspended in the water column. The lake is about 21/2 feet from full. Effort has been light. Focus near Lost Creek Lake Marina and the Takelma boat ramp. Bank fishing has been best with worms, single salmon eggs or PowerBait. The Stewart State Park and Takelma boat ramps are open.

FISH - The lake 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 12 inches long. Try Flatfish and Wedding Rings.

WILLOW LAKE - The lake was stocked recently with another 3,000 legals and 500 larger rainbow trout, all put in at the Jackson County boat ramp. All of the county facilities are open. 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 fishing for brown trout is occurring for those still-fishing with worms or PowerBait or fly-fishers using woolly buggers or leeches. The Poole Creek boat ramp is open.

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 trolled Tasmanian Devil lures in Klamath and Agency lakes.

River Outlook

ROGUE - The upper Rogue is high but fishing very well for spring chinook salmon from the bank and from boats, while the middle Rogue has produced some good springer catches around Pearce Park and Rainie Falls, and the lower Rogue continues to be slow for springers.

That makes the best bet the upper Rogue, but with a slight shift to take advantage of Wednesday's rule change that allows anglers to keep wild fish caught downstream of the old Gold Ray Dam site. Upstream of the old dam it remains catch-and-release for all wild chinook, with only fin-clipped salmon allowed in the bag limit.

Bank anglers at Casey State Park, the Chief Hole and the Hatchery Hole are finding good numbers of fish moving through off and on all day. But more fish are being caught further down toward the Shady Cove area. Releases from Lost Creek Lake will hold at just under 3,600 cubic feet per second. That means anglers at Casey are chucking 31/2 to 4 ounces of lead with their corkies and yarn.

Most bank anglers are fishing an odd variety of beads, corkies and a little yarn. Remember, only fish hooked on the inside of the mouth can be kept legally.

Boat anglers back-bouncing roe or using divers or Kwikfish are getting consistently good catches of springers throughout the upper Rogue. High flows mean chinook are on the move, so fish migration lanes and the inside turns of gravel bars, while steering clear of traditional holes.

In the middle Rogue, boat anglers fishing Kwikfish wrapped with sardine fillets have been hitting a few chinook daily near Grave Creek, while bank anglers were doing best at Rainie and Hayes falls with beads and yarn.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing. All wild trout, including cutthroat, must be released unharmed. It is illegal to target any spawning winter steelhead in the Applegate.

UMPQUA - The North Umpqua remains high but is fishing fairly well for spring chinook in the lower stretches. A few striped bass are being caught in tidewater near the mouth of the Smith River.

CHETCO - Cutthroat trout are biting side-drifted worms or tiny roe clusters from Ice Box on down. All wild trout, including cutthroat, must be released unharmed.