Fishing Report: June 8, 2012

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE - Fairly decent surf conditions are forecast for this weekend, with rain and winds in the mix. Morning trips could be good, but the swells will kick up as the days progress, with conditions forecast to be worse Sunday than Saturday. The last of the great minus tides for this series are this morning and Saturday, with a good low also Monday.

The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, which can include one cabezon. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.

BROOKINGS - The chinook salmon bite heated up this week for anglers running 3 to 4 miles offshore and trolling small anchovies with purple hoochies 30 to 35 feet down. A few limits before 7 a.m. were reported this week. Excellent black rockfish catches have occurred in recent days from the mouth of the Chetco River up to House Rock, with black, white and red jigs working best.

Surfperch fishing has been very good to excellent at Winchuck Beach near Brookings and Nesika Beach near Gold Beach. Focus on the top two hours of the incoming tide to one hour after high tide. Clam necks and Berkley Gulp sand worms have been the most effective baits of late, but mussels and squid work well, too.

COOS BAY - Excellent morning clam tides are forecast for early today and Saturday, and they likely will create a lot of interest in the sands around Clam Island. Chinook fishing has been very good recently, and this weekend's weather should cooperate. Troll anywhere from 12 to 60 feet down. No tuna reports yet.

GOLD BEACH - Ocean anglers running 41/2; to 6 miles offshore are finding good numbers of chinook by trolling purple hoochies and small anchovies.


LAKE OUTLOOK

AGATE - Turbidity levels are improving at the lake, but it's still a bit cloudy for good trout fishing. No fresh trout will be released this week. Fishing with worms under bobbers or PowerBait at the lower end of the lake is your best bet. Trolling will be poor until the water clears. Bass and crappie fishing have started to pick up now that the water is warming. Work plastic worms slowly near the willows for largemouth.

APPLEGATE - The lake received 9,000 new legal-sized trout and 500 1-pound trout two weeks ago. The lake is just a few inches shy of full, opening the Seattle Bar area for good angling opportunities for trout and bass. Slowly troll lures spiked with worms or fish PowerBait from the bank near the boat ramps. Hart-Tish Park is open and the boat ramp is usable, as is Copper and French Gulch.

EMIGRANT - The lake received no new trout in the past three weeks. Fishing for legal-sized trout stocked earlier this month has been good for bank and boat anglers along the lower section of the reservoir, particularly around the county park. Water clarity is good. Bank anglers using chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait have fared very well for trout, while trollers using Little Cleo's or Triple Teasers have also caught fish. The lake was listed Thursday as a hair under full. Smallmouth bass fishing has been a bit slow but OK off rocky points and around other rocky structure along the lake's lower end.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trout fishing has picked up as water temperatures have improved, with trolling and still-fishing from boats or the bank producing fish. Trollers working the lake edges have done fair to good with Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with small pieces of worm. Chartreuse and rainbow PowerBait are working best, along with worms 7 feet or so under bobbers. Wind-drifting nightcrawlers also is good. Expect Free Fishing Day crowds Saturday at the marina. The limit is five trout per day, with one over 20 inches.

HYATT - Fishing has picked up a bit for rainbow trout, with plenty of 15-inch rainbows among the cluster of legal-sized trout stocked there recently. A few trout over 20 inches have been caught recently. Most of the effort has been still-fishing in shallow water with PowerBait. Anchoring near the Orchard, the dam and the west bank in 8 to 12 feet of water has been good for anglers chasing holdover rainbows. The limit is five trout a day with an 8-inch minimum, and only one can be 20 inches or larger.

DIAMOND - The trout bite has slowed amid a continued strong chironomid hatch that has the trout focused on emerging insects and getting quite gorged. Fly-fishing with chrionomid nymphs or woolly buggers can be good at the south end near the pizza parlor and the west side in front of the summer homes. The PowerBait bite and the trolling bite is best early in the morning before the insects get hatching. The limit is eight trout over 8 inches long, with only one allowed over 20 inches.

EXPO - The pond will be abuzz with Free Fishing Weekend events Saturday, and an extra 2,000 legal-sized trout were stocked there this past week. Catches should be good with worms, PowerBait and small Panther Martin lures. Water conditions are very good. 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 7,650 legal-sized rainbow trout this week for Free Fishing Weekend, and fishing for them has been best for bank anglers fishing various-colored PowerBait balls off the shore near the Takelma ramp. The lake is just under full. Most anglers are fishing fairly close to shore. Trollers working the point off the marina have done fairly well with Little Cleo's or Wedding Rings spiced with a piece of worm. Warming water should improve bass fishing. Fish slowly presented crankbaits or worms or grubs near structure.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing is good for rainbows and brown trout along shorelines.

FISH - Fishing for rainbow trout is good near the resort and the cove near the Forest Service boat ramp. No new fish were stocked for Free Fishing Weekend. Rainbow-brown hybrid trout called tiger trout were stocked there and they must all be released unharmed. The lake recently got 4,500 legal-sized trout and another 500 larger trout, and they're starting to bite, with PowerBait or worms top choices. Trolling is improving with warming water temperatures.

WILLOW - The lake received 3,000 legal-sized rainbow and 1,500 1-pouind rainbows two weeks ago but nothing new for Free Fishing Weekend. Trolling Triple Teasers or Tasmanian Devils has been very good, especially in the morning and around dusk. The ramp, campgrounds and cabins are open and available.


RIVER OUTLOOK

ROGUE - The upper Rogue has held on for spring chinook salmon despite the increase in water flows out of Lost Creek Lake. The middle Rogue remains slow overall for spring chinook, with some catches at a few traditional hotspots. The lower Rogue has picked up for springers with a slight cooling of the water and fresh schools of fish moving in.

That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has kept the out-flows from Lost Creek Lake steady at 3,000 cfs, and that has added some predictability to fishing. Bank fishing has been very good at Casey State Park, the Hatchery Hole and the Chief Hole for those casting beads and yarn. Multiple hook-up days are now quite common. Boat anglers are doing best for hatchery chinook upstream of Shady Cove, while those fishing below the old Gold Ray Dam site are finding a mix of hatchery and wild chinook. Wild chinook may be kept downstream of the dam but not upstream of that site.

Boat anglers have done very well with a mix of offerings. Roe either back-bounced or on divers has been best. Kwikfish have worked fairly well at times.

In the middle Rogue, Hayes and Rainie falls have been good for bank anglers.

The lower 8 miles of the Rogue has picked up, with a decent late-run bite this week after cooling waters and fresh chinook moved in.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing, but anglers cannot target steelhead. Resident trout and cutthroat trout are available, but effort has been light.

UMPQUA - The mainstem Umpqua has slowed for spring chinook amid moss breaking free and clogging hooks. A few fresh summer steelhead have been caught on the lower mainstem by driftboat anglers side-drifting roe or worms. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Good spring chinook fishing is reported in the lower end of the North Umpqua.

CHETCO - The river is open to trout fishing, and catches of sea-run cutthroat trout were good in tidewater and at places such as the Social Security Hole. Only artificial flies and lures are allowed upstream of tidewater.


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