COASTWIDE - Hazardous seas warnings are in effect through Saturday, but a small window might open for fishing Sunday before bigger swells and surf shroud the sands. That could mean trips Sunday for black rockfish and lingcod along near-shore reefs and off kelp beds. Red, white and black jigs are most popular.
For clammers, no great minus tides are forecast next week, but that shouldn't keep diggers from working the bays during low tide. The entire coast is open to shellfish harvest.
Ocean crabbing is an option, but most crabbers will work larger bays such as Coos Bay and Winchester Bay.
The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. Anglers are relegated to inside the 30-fathom line. Cabezon are back in the aggregate daily bottomfish limit of seven per day. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
BROOKINGS - Bar conditions look fair for Sunday morning, which could entice a few locals to try for black rockfish and lingcod just north of the jetty. Rockfish catches have been slow but should pick up when the swells settle down.
Surfperch fishing should be good Sunday and perhaps Monday at Winchuck Beach. Clam necks, mussels, prawns or bright flies all work well.
COOS BAY - Improved conditions have brought crabs back into the bay. Dungeness catches off the public docks in Charleston have been fair. The chinook salmon season in the ocean is open down to Humbug Mountain. Effort has been light. Trollers should stay relatively close to shore in 150-foot waters and use anchovies and hoochies.
AGATE - Plenty of legal-sized rainbow trout are spread out throughout the lower third of the reservoir, which is now full. Fishing with worms beneath bobbers or PowerBait off the dam has been good for bank anglers, while boaters can wind-drift worms or slowly troll Wedding Ring lures with worms. Crappie, bass and perch are starting to get active and are showing up in catches. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
APPLEGATE - The lake is starting to settle down, and plenty of hold-over rainbow trout are available. Angling pressure, however, is light. An aggressive out-flow plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has dropped the reservoir more than 10 feet this week, and out-flows are still ahead of in-flows by about 300 cubic feet per second of water. Bass fishing has been slow, but action should pick up in shallows, off points and near the dam as soon as the recent storm fronts move out and barometric pressure stabilizes.
EMIGRANT - The lake this week received its second complement of 3,500 legal-sized rainbow trout, and fishing for them has been good for bank and boat anglers along the lower section of the reservoir, particularly around the county park. Bank anglers using chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait have fared very well, while trollers using Little Cleo's or Triple Teasers have also caught fish. The lake was listed Thursday at 97 percent full. Bass and perch fishing is starting to pick up in the Songer Wayside area, particularly for anglers fishing around submerged willows and other woody structure. A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
EXPO - Fishing is decent for legal-sized rainbow trout and bass, as the pond warms faster than mountain lakes. The pond is accessible at Gate 5 for the Jackson County Expo Park off Peninger Road.
LOST CREEK - The lake received its second batch of 25,000 legal-sized rainbow trout this week and they were split between the ramps at Stewart State Park and Takelma. Fishing for them has been best for bank anglers fishing various colored PowerBait balls off the shore near the Takelma ramp. Most are fishing fairly close to shore. Trollers working the point off the marina also have done fairly well with Little Cleo's or Wedding Rings spiced with a piece of worm.
In-flows dropped to about 3,100 cfs by Thursday, and the lake's surface temperature has increased to 45 degrees. That should get smallmouth bass moving around in the shallows. Fish slowly presented crankbaits or worms or grubs near structure.
LAKE of the WOODS - Rain and warm weather has softened the ice, making ice fishing a poor choice for the remainder of the season. The resort is closed through April to prepare for its May 1 reopening.
FISH - The lake's ice has softened substantially. Ice fishing is not recommended.
WILLOW - The lake received another installment of 4,500 legal-sized rainbows this week and fishing for them is best around the boat ramp. Bank anglers are finding success with PowerBait, while trollers should work back and forth near the ramp slowly trolling small spinners and worms.
ROGUE - The upper Rogue is dropping and fishing well for winter steelhead and a smattering of early spring chinook salmon, while the middle Rogue has been high and slow for winter steelhead without much springer action. The lower Rogue, however, has been seeing a great flurry of spring chinook fishing for boat and bank anglers.
The upper Rogue gets the nod for best bet for two reasons: excellent conditions for boat anglers chasing steelhead, and gas prices over $4 a gallon, making a Gold Beach trip a bit of an investment.
Flows out of Lost Creek Lake were down to 3,160 cfs Thursday and were scheduled to drop 150 cfs per day through Sunday, holding steady at 2,700 cfs. This steady drop will get the winter steelhead and spring chinook moving. Fishing will be best in migration lanes, usually close to the bank and in water 3 to 8 feet deep. Plugs will out-work bait for steelhead and chinook.
A few spring chinook have been caught daily in the upper Rogue's Hatchery Hole by bank anglers. None reached the hatchery's fish trap before a collection run was made Tuesday. Bank anglers were using a mixture of beads and yarn for springers.
Flows at Dodge Bridge were down to 4,650 cfs Thursday, which is a bit high but good to trigger migration.
April steelhead fishing can be very good in the upper Rogue, but spawned-out fish are starting to show up in the catches. The upper Rogue has the highest percentage of hatchery fish in the mix, but Rogue anglers can keep one wild steelhead 24 inches or larger per day, and no more than five per year.
In the lower Rogue, guides fishing anchovies with green spinning blades are consistently putting more than two springers in their boats per day, and that's a great initial showing. The wild fish, which must be released unharmed, outnumber hatchery fish about 2 to 1. Water levels at Agness were a hefty 11,000 cfs Thursday and forecast to increase through Saturday before dropping again. Boat anglers are hugging the shore, while plunkers using No. 2 Spin-Glo's are catching springers in 4 to 6 feet of water. Most of the recent action has been upstream of the Willows, but anglers fishing off both ends of Elephant Rock have been catching springers, as well.
In the middle Rogue, flows were chugging at 7,100 cfs Thursday, but there hasn't been much of a buzz for late-run winter steelhead or spring chinook. Look for fresh chinook at Rainie Falls, below Ennis Riffle and downstream of Pearce Park near Rogue River. Kwikfish should out-produce bait because these springers are on the move. Only fin-clipped springers can be kept now riverwide.
APPLEGATE - Closed to angling.
UMPQUA - The mainstem Umpqua was fishing very well for spring chinook in the Elkton area, where flows were a high 13,000 cfs but of decent color. Late-run winter steelhead were fishing very well in the North and South Umpquas.