Coastwide - Ocean anglers will see more stiff winds, rain and rough seas through the weekend, so it could be a tough weekend for the sea legs.
Anglers may venture past the 20-fathom line for the remainder of the season, but few have bothered recently to make deep-water runs. Near-shore halibut anglers may fish for and keep bottomfish during near-shore halibut trips until the near-shore halibut season ends Monday evening.
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 is closed to recreational crabbing through Nov. 30.
For clamming, the entire Oregon Coast is open, and diggers are in the middle of a good series of minus tides that run through Tuesday.
The only ocean chinook salmon fishing season now open is off the mouths of the Elk and Sixes rivers, where some anglers troll for chinook. However, rough seas have kept most anglers off the ocean and in the estuaries. A few salmon are taken off the beach near the mouth of the Elk, as well.
No tuna catches were reported statewide this past week.
BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season is closed, but a few chinook are being caught daily by trollers working the lower 2.2 miles of the Chetco — not lots of fish, but a few 50 pounders have been in the mix. Most are being caught with straight, large sardines trolled slowly. The wild coho fishery has closed.
COOS BAY - Chinook salmon fishing in the bay has waned, with some action still in the Millicoma and South Coos rivers. Good catches of rockfish have come when anglers have been able to get across the bar.
Crabbing has been excellent off the public piers and in the lower estuary and it will continue to be good except for when rains push the crab out to sea. The Dungeness still don't have much meat in them, but they are growing. Red crabs have more meat at this time.
WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Chinook catches are waning, and coho fishing has slowed down. Wild coho fishing is now closed. Crabbing in the bay has been excellent.
AGATE - A new batch of legal-sized and larger trout was stocked recently for the winter trout fishery. Look for very good fishing for them around the lower section of the lake, which is at 30 percent full. Worms or PowerBait will be best. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
APPLEGATE - The facilities at Hart-Tish Park are closed and 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 last month, and fishing for them remains decent for the few trying for them. Catch them trolling Triple Teasers or Wedding Ring lures with worms. Bass fishing is slowing as the water drops and cools.
EMIGRANT - The lake's stocked rainbow trout are biting fairly well near the county boat ramp, near the dam and up the Emigrant Arm, where the rainbows are attracted to the cooler water. The lake was listed Thursday at 40 percent full. The warmwater bite is waning amid colder air and water conditions, but a few bass can be taken with slowly retrieved crankbaits around submerged willows and points. Lots of yellow perch are still in the catches, with 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 is closed for the season.
HYATT - The lake is closed for the season.
DIAMOND - The lake is closed for the season.
LEMOLO - The lake is closed for the season.
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 following a bloom of blue-green algae. Fishing effort has dropped substantially since the advisory was posted. The boat ramp at Stewart State Park is all but unusable, but the Takelma ramp near the dam is operable at all water levels. The lake is down three feet below its normal winter level.
FISH - The lake was stocked recently 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. The catch and effort, however, have been light. The Forest Service ramp near the resort is open.
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 - A mix of methods are being used in the upper Rogue to catch summer steelhead and all are working fairly well, while the lower Rogue has been slow for late-run fall chinook and the middle Rogue has been a decent place to catch summer steelhead on flies and lures, but the catches are largely wild fish that must be released unharmed.
That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, where a hodgepodge of techniques and catches are now in play.
First, there's the water conditions. Flows out of Lost Creek Lake will remain at 1,100 cubic feet per second of 43-degree water, and that's not helping the summer steelhead bite. Flows at Dodge Bridge were down to 1,440 cfs, with 1,774 cfs at the old Gold Ray Dam site and 1,642 cfs at Grants Pass. The Agness gauge on Thursday was a slim 2,376 cfs. All these flows are virtually identical to what they were last week, indicating a stagnant system with little steelhead migration at this time.
Coho, however, are on the move, and more than 300 showed up this week in the Cole Rivers Hatchery collection pond. But few of these coho get caught in the upper Rogue.
Only artificial flies and lures are allowed from the Shady Cove Park ramp down to the old Gold Ray Dam site. That means good opportunities for those fishing plugs, as well as hard-plastic single-egg flies that usually work extremely well behind spawning chinook. Fishing has been decent but not spectacular on this stretch this week, largely because steelhead are sparse. Plugs such as K-11 Kwikfish have scared up some nice steelhead recently downstream of TouVelle State Park. Single hard-plastic eggs are working fairly well side-drifted with spinning rods or under strike indicators for fly-fishers. Still no bait in that zone allowed until Jan. 1.
Bait fishing is allowed upstream of the Shady Cove ramp, and driftboaters this week have done fairly well side-drifting tiny clusters of roe behind salmon redds. Cold water and very cold mornings have kept the bite down a bit, with fish biting all day during overcast conditions. Small pieces of roe are best.
In the middle Rogue, steelhead fishing has been good near creek mouths and behind spawning fall chinook with egg flies and small egg clusters. Streamer flies on sink-tip lines and plugs also are working well for summer steelhead. The vast majority of them are wild there and must be released unharmed.
In the lower Rogue, a few chinook are hanging around the mouth of Indian Creek and a few fresh fish are moving in with the tides, but the effort and catch remains quite light. Bank anglers near the mouth of Indian Creek have fared well on Kastmasters, Little Cleos and other spoons with some green on them. Others are doing pretty well on roe and sandshrimp fished under bobbers in slower water.
The Agness area remains hit-and-miss for adult summer steelhead and halfpounders in riffles. Fish mornings and evenings with streamer flies, worms, eggs or plugs.
All wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide.
APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing. All wild trout, including cutthroat, must be released unharmed. It is illegal to target summer steelhead now present in the lower Applegate.
UMPQUA - The coho and chinook fisheries are slow in the mainstem, but a few remnant fall chinook are hanging out in the Roseburg area.
The North Umpqua is slow for summer steelhead amid cold and low flows, but a few more fish have moved into the Swiftwater area of late. Only unweighted flies may be used in the fly water now.
CHETCO - The entire river is open to fall chinook salmon fishing, and catches have been very good, but water levels have dropped and the effort slowed this week. The flows Thursday were down under 1,000 cfs at the bridge gauge. More rain is forecast for the weekend and that should trigger a flurry of catches. Chinook are fairly well spread out now. When the river rises then starts to drop, look for good catches on Kwikfish wrapped with sardine fillets and some back-bouncing roe.
ELK/SIXES - Water levels remain low and that has slowed the upstream migration of fall chinook in both river systems. But rain is forecast for the weekend and that should trigger a good bite in the lower sections of each river. Fishing in the estuaries has been good at times during incoming tides that help push fish over the bars. Anchovies cast and slowly retrieved with little or no weight has been good, with spinners a distant second. Fly-fishers are doing fair for chinook in the estuary.
COOS - Jigging and trolling for chinook has slowed significantly for anglers still working the Coos and Millicoma rivers. Cut-plug herring is the main bait used in the Coos system.