COASTWIDE - Good ocean conditions are forecast through the weekend, and it should bring good catches of bottomfish and chinook salmon and give tuna anglers a chance to run far offshore, where the fish have been reported from 23 to 40 miles offshore.
Crabbers working bays are catching plenty of Dungeness, but many have recently molted and their meat quantity has been poor.
Morning minus tides are forecast today through Sunday for clammers, who will be focused on Charleston and Clatsop County beaches. The entire state is open to shellfish harvest now. Watch for sneaker waves.
Halibut anglers must stay within the 40-fathom curve this weekend.
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 hot until Tuesday, then it slowed, but catches remain decent and close to shore. Some good action occurred Thursday just past the whistle buoy, with the chinook about 100 feet down in the water column. Trollers stayed slow and used anchovies and hoochies or sardines. Bottomfishing remains excellent off near-shore reefs. Halibut catches are fair to good of late.
Surfperch fishing has been very good in the Winchuck Beach area. Clam necks and Berkley Gulp sand worms have been the most effective baits, but mussels and squid work very well, too.
Good tuna waters were reported this week about 30 miles offshore.
COOS BAY - Excellent morning clamming tides run in the mornings through the weekend. Clam Island will again be the focus. Chinook fishing has picked up. Trollers are using herring and anchovies.
GOLD BEACH - Ocean anglers sneaking over the bar have caught chinook salmon as well as heavy catches of black rockfish and lingcod, but not too many big ones. 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 better weather and water conditions. 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. The lake was listed Thursday at 95 percent full.
No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
APPLEGATE - The lake is less than seven feet from full and dropping, 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 and is not scheduled for any more this summer. 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 89 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 action has picked up with the warming water. Trout fishing has been good for trollers using Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with small pieces of worm, and some throwback anglers are 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 night crawlers also is good, with early mornings and dusk best. The limit is five trout per day, with one over 20 inches allowed.
HYATT - The trout bite remains good, with plenty of larger fish in the mix for trollers and still-fishers near the dam. One of the Bureau of Land Management boat ramps at the campground is closed now while it is getting 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 worked well 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 longer.
DIAMOND - The trout bite has picked up again, and cold weather has kept the lake temperatures pretty low for this time of year. 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. One $100 trout with a floy tag in its back was caught earlier this week. Five more tagged fish, including the $1,000 Lithia Lunker, remain in the lake, and those who catch them throughout the course of this season must turn the tag in at the Diamond Lake Resort to claim their prize. 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 last month for Free Fishing Weekend. Use 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 no new rainbow trout this week and is not scheduled for any more this summer. 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 down to 16 feet shy of full Thursday.
LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing is good for rainbows and brown trout along the 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 three weeks ago, and another set of legals are set for stocking in mid July. Water conditions are a bit murky, and still-fishing from boats with PowerBait is best. The chinook are running 14 to 18 inches long now. Rainbow-brown hybrid trout called tiger trout were stocked there and must be released unharmed. A few reportedly have been caught recently. The reservoir was listed Thursday at 91 percent of 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 and is starting to perk up for early-run summer steelhead. The middle Rogue remains slow for spring chinook or steelhead, while the lower Rogue has seen some good late-run fishing in the Agness area for spring chinook, with guides and savvy locals getting a handful of fish per day.
That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, but the game is starting to change. Water releases are down to 2,600 cubic feet per second out of Lost Creek Lake, causing springers to settle into upper Rogue holes but triggering a good summer steelhead run.
Bank fishing remains steadily good Casey State Park, the Hatchery Hole and the Slide Hole for those casting beads and yarn. Multiple hook-up days are 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 may now be kept downstream of Dodge Bridge, which has generated more interest in fishing the waters downstream of TouVelle State Park by driftboaters and powerboaters.
Steelhead anglers are starting to get into the mix, with fly-casters using streamers or nymphs in the upper Rogue around Shady Cove. Already 422 summer steelhead have reached the hatchery — 121 in the past week alone — and the drop in flows has improved evening steelhead catches. Driftboaters are fishing crayfish plugs or K-11 Kwikfish.
Fish primarily in migration lands and on the inside of curves to improve your opportunities for hooking hatchery salmon instead of wild fish. As of Monday, 6,190 springers had made it to Cole Rivers Hatchery, and more recycled fish are expected soon.
In the middle Rogue, Hayes and Rainie falls have been good for bank anglers.
In the lower Rogue, a handful of guides have consistently picked up spring chinook from river mile 5 up to Agness on roe.
A few sturgeon were caught in lower Rogue holes like Copper Canyon, and catches will improve as more fish move in to spawn.
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, and moss is 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 higher 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 were good in tidewater and places such as the Social Security Hole. Only artificial flies and lures are allowed upstream of tidewater.