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  • Fishing Report: Oct. 7, 2011

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  • Coastwide - Ocean anglers can venture past the 20-fathom line for the remainder of the season beginning tomorrow now that bottomfish restrictions to curb the bycatch of yelloweye rockfish will wane. Also, near-shore halibut anglers will be able to fish for and keep bottomfish starting Saturday, as that rule also sunsets for the season.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. Cabezon can no longer be kept by boat anglers because the quota has been met. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    The ocean coho season is over coastwide in the ocean, but anglers are now fishing for them in some bays, such as the Coos, Coquille and Rogue.
    Clatsop beaches open to clamming Saturday.
    Beaches from the mouth of the Columbia River down to Cape Meares are closed to mussel harvest, but the rest of the coast is open. The next minus tide is Oct. 13-14 in the evening.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season has been fair so far with lots of big chinook in the mix. Anglers are finding success in 40 feet of water just south of the river mouth, but troll at varied depths. The weather looks good for morning fishing this weekend. The bubble fishery runs through Wednesday, with the limit one chinook a day and five per season. Troll cut-plug or large, whole herring or sardines as slowly as you can.
    CHARLESTON - Coho fishing has closed for the season in the ocean, but the bay is open for wild and hatchery coho. Fishing for coho and chinook have been very good in the bay this past week, with solid catches near the jetties, off the public dock in Coos Bay and at the mouth of Daniel's Creek. Trolling cut-plug herring behind flashers works best. A fresh batch of chinook moved in last week.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has slowed amid choppy seas. Decent catches of rockfish have come when anglers have been able to get across the bar.
    Trolling in the bay for chinook remains good, with chinook starting to stack up near the Indian Creek mouth. Trolling cut-plug herring with a gold spinner has worked. Coho are starting to show up in decent numbers, but the ratio of hatchery to wild coho remains very low on the fin-clipped side.
    Bank anglers are hooking chinook near the creek mouth.
    BANDON - Trolling for chinook remains good to very good with cut-plug herring all the way up to Rocky Point. Some striped bass have shown up in the lower bay and they can be caught by casting and retrieving large Rapala lures that look like salmon smolts.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Chinook catches have been very good for trollers. Wild coho fishing is now closed, and anglers are catching and releasing a few dozen wild coho for every hatchery coho they catch. Crabbing has improved for Dungeness.
    AGATE - Water levels have dropped quickly recently, with the lake now at 31 percent full. Still, catches of bass and crappie are continuing for those wind-drifting worms or fishing off the dam. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
    APPLEGATE - The facilities at Hart-Tish Park are closed, but the low-water ramp at French Gulch is open and usable, as is the Copper ramp. The lake received some more legal-sized and lunker trout this week. Catch them trolling Triple Teasers or Wedding Ring lures with worms. Bass fishing is slowing as the water drops and cools.
    EMIGRANT - The lake has dropped to 44 percent of full and the warmwater bite continues around submerged willows and off points. Lots of yellow perch in the catches, but still enough crappie to keep things interesting.
    A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
    HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake was stocked with legal-sized and larger trout last week, just in time for the late-season push through October. The lake is starting to see a better trout bite now that cooler air temperatures have hit the Dead Indian Plateau. Anglers fishing deep and in the early mornings and late evenings along the channel have seen the best success. Success along the jetty near the resort has been spotty, as is fishing near Grizzly Campground. The lake is holding at about 82 percent full.
    HYATT - The lake was stocked last week with legal-sized and larger trout, jump-starting the fall fishery just as the water starts to cool. Fishing near the dam and around the Orchard has been fair for trout with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait. Late evening has been best. Largemouth bass fishing is excellent for those wind-drifting worms or casting and retrieving any red spinner or spoon. The lake is down a bit, but the 81-percent level for early October is excellent.
    DIAMOND - The lake continues to show good water quality and clarity, but the snow was sticking on the ground earlier this week. Anchored anglers are faring well in water anywhere from 8 to 20 feet deep. The trick is to fish amid the pockets of weeds, finding holes in the weeds and casting either PowerBait or worms under bobbers. Try to put the worms a few feet above the weedline. Trollers are using F-4 Flatfish or Triple Teasers, while fly-fishers are using black or olive leeches in the south end, with mornings and evenings best. If you go 15 minutes without a bite, move.
    The trout limit is eight, but only one can be longer than 20 inches. One smaller rainbow with an orange tag in its dorsal fin is worth $500 to whomever catches it. Check it in at the resort if you catch it.
    EXPO - Fishing remains fair for stocked rainbow trout with Panther Martin lures, PowerBait and worms under bobbers.
    LOST CREEK - The lake remains under a voluntary advisory against water contact after another bloom of blue-green algae hit the lake. Fishing effort has dropped substantially. The boat ramp at Stewart State Park is all but unusable, but the Takelma Ramp near the dam is operable at all water levels. Effort has been extremely light or non-existent. The lake is down four feet below its normal level.
    FISH - The lake was stocked last week with big rainbow trout averaging more than a pound apiece, and trollers have been going after them with Triple Teasers, Tasmanian Devils and Wedding Rings with worms. Lots of the smaller chinook salmon have been caught and anglers need to be careful when releasing them so they can survive and grow to legal size.
    LEMOLO - A voluntary advisory against water contact has been lifted. Trolling for big brown trout should be good, and fly-fishers using woolly buggers or leeches were finding a mix of rainbows and browns.
    WILLOW - Fishing is fair for legal-sized and larger rainbow trout stocked there earlier this year. Troll deep and slow, or fish PowerBait off the bottom.
    ROGUE - The upper Rogue is flowing low and in good shape to fish egg flies behind chinook for steelhead, while the middle Rogue around Indian Mary Park has seen some fresh fish move in but not a lot of biting of late. A decent mix of fall chinook and coho salmon fishing is going on in the lower Rogue bay as more decent-sized coho start to move into the mix.
    That keeps the best bet at the lower Rogue, where early October often sees a good push of late-run fall chinook and plenty of coho in the bay. This week's rains pushed many of the Indian Creek fish up the creek and away from anglers, but it also brought some fresh chinook in. Savvy anglers were getting one or more of them a day. The coho bite has really picked up, and about 40 percent of the action is coho. Anglers are trolling primarily straight anchovies for chinook and adding orange and pink blades for coho. Most of the coho are wild and must be released unharmed.
    Flyfishing for halfpounders and adult steelhead has been slow and very erratic in the Agness area, where the flows Thursday were 2,376 cubic feet per second. Swinging flies or twitching flies from driftboats works great for halfpounders, with the occasional adult in the mix.
    In the middle Rogue, anglers using Kwikfish wrapped with sardine filets are finding good numbers of big fall chinook in and around Taylor Creek Canyon, including some bright fish. While a lot of fish are rolling, fewer are biting. Flows at Grants Pass were at 1,642 cfs Thursday. Swinging or twitching flies for summer steelhead has picked up in the Grants Pass area now that river flows have dropped and stabilized. Most are wild steelhead that must be released unharmed.
    In the upper Rogue, it's flies-only now through October from the Hatchery Hole down to the old Gold Ray Dam site. Anglers can use up to three flies and a bubble regardless of what kind of rod or reel is used. However, no added weights or attachments are allowed.
    Flows are out of Lost Creek Lake are a fly-fisher-friendly 1,100 cfs. Look to fish egg patterns below spawning beds. Catches have been a bit slow this past week, but look for steelheading to rebound.
    Swinging flies is starting to wane now that water-release temperatures are so low. But swingers should use large leech patterns in black, olive or purple.
    APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing. All wild trout, including cutthroat, must be released unharmed. It is illegal to target spawning winter steelhead in the Applegate.
    UMPQUA - Excellent catches of chinook and coho are reported in the lower end of the mainstem river. Summer steelhead catches remain low in the lower North Umpqua, where all wild steelhead must be released unharmed.
    COOS - Jigging and trolling for chinook remains good, as is coho fishing.
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