Coastwide - Weather forecasters have issued small-craft and hazardous-seas warnings through this afternoon, then the weekend looks like the ocean should settle down for some very good opportunities for chinook salmon and bottomfish.
Catches should 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 and halibut anglers must stay within the 40-fathom line.
The marine aggregate limit is seven rockfish a day, with only one being a cabezon. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum. The lingcod catch has dropped off, with almost one ling for every two anglers this week. Look for that trend to continue. Ocean salmon fishing has been slow.
Clamming and mussel harvest are open coastwide. For more information and updated closure information, call the shellfish hotline at 800-448-2474.
BROOKINGS - Chinook fishing remains pretty good 5-7 miles off Bird Rock, where anglers are finding some big chinook anywhere from 40 to 180 feet deep. Slow trolling with anchovies and hoochies has worked best.
Surfperch fishing should be 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. Ocean rockfish trips could be good this weekend.
WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is still slow. Crabbing was on and off this week. Chinook fishing is slow, with only one chinook per 10 ocean anglers this week. Some striped bass are being caught around dawn and dusk near the mouth of Smith River.
AGATE - Crappie and bass fishing have improved. Crappie are hitting drifted nightcrawlers and small purple or pink jigs, while bass are hitting purple worms fished around structure. Look for crappie far up in the lake. No gas motors are allowed. Electric motors are legal.
APPLEGATE - The lake has risen to one foot 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 - 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. The lake received another 4,500 legal-sized rainbow trout for Free Fishing Weekend and the Disabilities Recreation Project derby at Howard Prairie Resort. The water temperature continues to inch upward, and that has helped 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 very well for legal-sized, stocked rainbow and some holdover trout from last year. No fresh legals were stocked for Free Fishing Weekend. Fishing near the dam and around the Orchard has been good. Trolling success has picked up because there's been more effort this week. Try Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with worms. Troll slowly and in the top 10 feet of the water column. Free Fishing Weekend festivities are centered around the BLM campground Saturday and Sunday.
DIAMOND - The lake's surface temperature has inched up to 48 degrees, and that has improved the trout bite for bait fishers as well as fly-fishers. Success now is split between the north and south ends, with most action coming for bait fishers in 15 feet of water. Chartreuse PowerBait has out-produced everything, but chironomid nymphs and small leeches are starting to produce for fly-fishers, especially on days with slight winds. The north ramp and the Thielsen Campground ramp are open.
An eight-fish limit is in effect, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
EXPO - Fishing improved greatly after another 2,000 trout were stocked for Free Fishing Weekend. Loaner rods and reels will be available Saturday morning and early afternoon.
LOST CREEK - The lake was infused with another 7,624 rainbows this week for Free Fishing Weekend festivities Saturday at the marina. Catch them on worms, Triple Teasers and Wedding Ring lures. Vary your depths because the fish are suspended in the water column. The lake is about two feet from full. Smallmouth bass fishing is good with rubber worms and grubs off points and around structure.
FISH - The lake was stocked recently with legal and trophy-sized rainbows. 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 this week with 2,000 legal-sized trout for Free Fishing Weekend, and fishing should be very good for them with most baits. Single salmon eggs and cheese have worked well.
MEDCO - Fishing for rainbow trout has been good off the bank with PowerBait. Another 1,600 legal-sized trout were stocked for Free Fishing Weekend.
LAKE of the WOODS - Bank and boat fishing for stocked rainbow trout has been good with PowerBait and worms. Brown trout fishing has been slow.
ROGUE - The upper Rogue remains high but is 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. Fishing downstream of the old Gold Ray Dam site gives anglers the option of keeping a wild chinook now, but the better catches remain upstream of Shady Cove.
Bank anglers at Casey State Park, the Slide Hole and the Hatchery Hole are finding good numbers of fish moving through off and on all day. But more fish are being caught farther down toward the Shady Cove area. Releases from Lost Creek Lake will hold at just about 3,100 cubic feet per second. That's 500 cfs less than last weekend, so anglers at Casey are chucking 31/2 ounces or so 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.
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 - Side-drifting worms or tiny roe clusters is working well for cutthroat trout from Ice Box on down. All wild trout, including cutthroat, must be released unharmed.