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  • Fishing Report: July 13, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Windy and rough ocean conditions are forecast through the weekend, with 30-knot winds and a hazardous seas warning in effect through Saturday. That bodes poorly for salmon trollers and bottomfish jiggers and will dampen efforts to find schools of albacore tuna. Tuna reports out of the central coast put albacore 30 to 40 miles offshore. Crabbers working bays are catching plenty of Dungeness, but many have recently molted so their meat quantity has been somewhat poor even though the quality is excellent. Another set of morning minus tides begins Monday for clammers. The entire state is open to shellfish harvest now, but Clatsop beaches close for razor clams Sunday evening. Halibut anglers must stay within the 40-fathom curve until August, when the summer all-depth quota opens.
    BROOKINGS - The chinook salmon bite has died off amid rough and windy conditions. Chinook fishing had been very good for trollers working near the whistle buoy. Current shifts from the ongoing winds will force anglers to look for chinook schools again next week. Halibut fishing had been good in 270 feet of water. Surfperch fishing remains very good in the Winchuck Beach area between heavy-surf days.
    COOS BAY - Excellent morning clamming tides begin Monday. Chinook fishing has been good when weather allows. Trollers are using herring and anchovies.
    GOLD BEACH - Ocean anglers have been pushed into the bay this week, and trolling for fall chinook salmon has been a bit slow. About 10 or fewer chinook have been caught daily in the bay, but fish up to 35 pounds have been reported. Surfperch fishing has been very good at the sand spit at the Rogue mouth and Nesika Beach north of town.
    AGATE - Fishing for bass, crappie and perch has picked up. 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 well 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 93 percent full. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
    APPLEGATE - The lake has dropped to just less than 10 feet from full, focusing action away from Seattle Bar and more toward areas along the upper stretches of the reservoir. For trout, slowly troll Triple Teaser 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.
    EMIGRANT - The lake received no new trout in the past month and isn't 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 also have caught fish. The lake was listed Thursday as 85 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 amid warming water. 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, with early mornings and dusk best. The limit is five trout per day, with one over 20 inches.
    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 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 been slow for Diamond, with anglers getting four or five trout per day as the rainbows remain gorged on hatching insects. 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. 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. Catches should be good with worms, PowerBait and small Panther Martin lures. 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 being 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 20 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. Water conditions have improved and the lake's clarity has returned. Trolling near the bank has been good with Triple Teasers and worms, and others working the deep channel have done well. The reservoir was listed Thursday at 90 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.
    ROGUE - The upper Rogue remains a mix of good fall chinook salmon fishing and early summer steelhead. The middle Rogue has been slow for springers and steelhead, while the lower Rogue has seen early trolling for fall chinook in the bay.
    That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, but the game is starting to change. Water releases are scheduled to hold at about 2,600 cubic-feet-per- second out of Lost Creek Lake through this weekend. 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 downstream of TouVelle State Park by driftboaters and powerboaters.
    Steelhead anglers are starting to pop up throughout the upper Rogue, with fly-casters using streamers or nymphs in the upper Rogue around Shady Cove. Already, 839 summer steelhead have reached the hatchery, and the drop in flows has improved evening steelhead catches. Driftboaters are fishing crayfish plugs or K-11 Kwikfish lures, while others are finding success side-drifting worms, pink plastic worms or fishing jigs under bobbers.
    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, 7,725 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 anglers trolling the bay are catching 10 fish or fewer a day, but some nice 35-pounders have been in the mix so far. Look for catches to improve weekly. A few sturgeon were caught in lower Rogue holes such as 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 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 and is just about done for the season. 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.
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