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  • Fishing Report: June 22, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - After several rough days, the ocean started lying down Thursday, and forecasts are for promising fishing conditions through the weekend. A good set of morning minus tides greets clammers today through Sunday, giving diggers a chance at clam beds in bays and on open beaches. Watch for sneaker waves.
    Ocean crabbing is open, but most crabbers are working the larger bays.
    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 was off early this week amid nasty winds and heavy surf, but anglers were back at it Thursday in search of chinook. Most anglers are hitting waters three to five miles offshore. Pacific halibut catches have been good north of the port in waters 170 to 240 feet deep. Surfperch fishing has been very good in the Winchuck Beach area. Clam necks and Berkley Gulp sand worms have been the most effective baits of late, but mussels and squid work very well, too.
    Good black rockfish catches are expected this weekend from the mouth of the Chetco River up to House Rock, with black, white and red jigs working best.
    Good tuna temperatures were reported this week about 30 miles offshore, but no tuna yet.
    COOS BAY - Good morning clamming tides start this morning and run through Sunday. Clam Island will again be a focus. Chinook fishing should pick up now that anglers are no longer getting blown off the water. Trollers are using herring and anchovies. Tuna-friendly water conditions were reported just three miles offshore at Charleston, but no tuna catches have been reported. Look for the fishery to kick in within a few weeks.
    GOLD BEACH - Ocean anglers were blown off the water much of the past week, but conditions were improving enough by the end of the week that a few anglers started fishing for chinook just south of the Rogue River mouth. Black rockfish catches have been very good, while lingcod catches remain solid, though the fish are a bit small this year. Surfperch fishing has been very good at the sand spit at the Rogue mouth and at Nesika Beach north of town.
    AGATE - Fishing for bass, crappie and perch has picked up with warming water temperatures. Wind-drifting nightcrawlers or fishing plastic grubs has been best for bass near the dam and around submerged willows. The far upper end of the reservoir is fishing best for crappie with small jigs or black flies. Trout fishing is slow. No fresh trout will be released for the rest of the summer because of warm water.
    No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
    APPLEGATE - The lake received 9,000 new legal-sized trout and 500 1-pound trout earlier this month, and they continue to be targeted by anglers from boats and the bank. The lake is less than 3 feet from full, making the Seattle Bar area still fishable from the bank or float tubes. Slowly troll lures spiked with worms or fish PowerBait from the bank near the boat ramps. Bass fishing is very good off points and along the dam face. Hart-Tish Park is open and the boat ramp is usable, as is Copper and French Gulch, but French Gulch sports little parking.
    EMIGRANT - The lake received no new trout in the past month, but fishing for legal-sized trout stocked earlier this season remains fair to 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 92 percent full. Smallmouth bass fishing has improved off rocky banks, and a few largemouth have been taken in the willows.
    A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
    HOWARD PRAIRIE - Bass and panfish action has really picked up this past week amid warming waters. Trout fishing has been good for trollers using Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with small pieces of worm, with some throwback anglers doing very well using Ford Fenders. Trout up to 5 pounds have been caught in recent weeks. Chartreuse and rainbow PowerBait are working best, along with worms seven feet or so under bobbers. Wind-drifting nightcrawlers also is good. The limit is five trout per day, with one over 20 inches.
    HYATT - The lake's trout bite remains good, with plenty of larger fish in the mix for trollers and still-fishers near the dam. One of the BLM boat ramps at the campground is closed now while it is being rebuilt. Most of the effort has been still-fishing in shallow water with PowerBait. Anchoring near the Orchard, the dam and the west bank in eight to 12 feet of water has been a good strategy for anglers chasing holdover rainbows. Bass fishing is starting to pick up for those casting red lures and streamer flies. The limit is five trout a day with an 8-inch minimum, and only one can be 20 inches or over.
    DIAMOND - The trout bite has improved now that the chironomid hatch has slowed down. Still fishing is best with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait or worms under bobbers. The south end near the pizza parlor and the west shores near the summer homes have been the hot spots. About 1,000 anglers are expected Saturday for the Rainbow $5,000 trout derby. Fly-fishing with chironomids or woolly buggers is good. The limit is eight trout over 8 inches long, with only one allowed over 20 inches.
    EXPO - Fishing is good for what remains of the 2,000 rainbow trout stocked there for the recent Free Fishing Weekend. 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. Fish Panther Martin lures and other small lures.
    LOST CREEK - The lake received no new rainbow trout this week. Holdovers from earlier stockings are getting caught regularly by anglers trolling near the dam or upstream of the Takelma ramp. Still fishing is good with PowerBait. Bass fishing has picked up in the coves and near the dam, where anglers tossing salmonfly imitations are catching smallmouth bass. Others are catching smallmouth with crankbaits fished off points. The lake was 8 feet shy of full Thursday.
    LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing is good for rainbows and brown trout along shorelines.
    FISH - Fishing for rainbow trout and stocked chinook salmon is good near the resort and the cove near the Forest Service boat ramp. Another 4,500 legal-sized rainbow were stocked there last week. The chinook are running 14- to 18-inches long now. Rainbow-brown hybrid trout called tiger trout were stocked there last year, and they must all be released unharmed. A few reportedly have been caught recently. The reservoir was listed Thursday as 96 percent full.
    WILLOW - Trolling Triple Teasers or Tasmanian Devils has been very good for stocked rainbow trout, especially in the morning and around dusk. Some 2-pounders stocked there recently have been caught off the bank with PowerBait. The ramp, campgrounds and cabins are open and available.
    ROGUE - The upper Rogue remains steadily good for spring chinook salmon for boat and bank anglers, while the middle Rogue remains slow for spring chinook and the lower Rogue has seen fewer chinook but a handful of summer steelhead and even sturgeon this past week.
    That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, where it likely will remain until August.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has kept the outflows steady at 3,100 cubic feet per second out of Lost Creek Lake this week, and that has kept bank fishing predictability good at Casey State Park, the Hatchery Hole and the Slide 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, with catches coming on plugs, back-bouncing roe and roe fished with divers from driftboats. Those fishing below the old Gold Ray Dam site are finding a mix of hatchery and wild chinook. Wild chinook now may be kept downstream of the dam, but not upstream of that site.
    Fish primarily in migration lands and on the inside of curves to improve your opportunities for hooking hatchery fish instead of wild fish. As of Monday, 4,805 springers had made it to Cole Rivers Hatchery, and more recycled fish are expected soon. With 93 summer steelhead already in the hatchery, anglers are targeting and hitting summers in the upper Rogue.
    In the middle Rogue, Hayes and Rainie falls have been good for bank anglers.
    The lower 30 miles of the Rogue slowed for late-run spring chinook, but a few big early-run summer steelhead were caught this week just upstream of tidewater. A few sturgeon were caught in lower Rogue holes such as Copper Canyon, and catches will improve as more fish move in to spawn.
    Stoneflies are still flying in the upper Rogue, with fishing good in the mainstem for rainbows and cutthroats. The Holy Water impoundment remains good, with stoneflies early in the morning and around dusk.
    APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing, but anglers cannot target steelhead. Resident trout and cutthroat trout are available, but effort so far 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. Shad fishing has been slow largely because of high water conditions. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Good spring chinook fishing is reported in the lower end of the North Umpqua.
    The South Umpqua is open for smallmouth bass fishing and catches are good in the lower section.
    CHETCO - The river is open to trout fishing, and catches of sea-run cutthroat trout have been good in tidewater and places such as the Social Security Hole. Only artificial flies and lures are allowed upstream of tidewater.
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