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  • Fishing Report: July 27, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Small-craft advisories are in effect through Friday, then some decent but not ideal ocean conditions are forecast for the weekend, when some small chop and relatively light winds could allow decent bottomfishing trips, particularly in the morning.
    Chinook salmon fishing has been very good out of Southern Oregon ports, and coho catches are good from central and northern ports. Crabbers working bays are catching plenty of Dungeness, but many have recently molted so their meat quantity has been somewhat light.
    Another set of morning minus tides runs today through Sunday, but early-week morning tides will be pre-dawn until Thursday.
    Halibut fishing is closed north of Humbug Mountain, but all-depth fishing will open there Aug. 3-4. South of Humbug Mountain remains open and with no quota or depth restrictions.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, and no cabezon may be kept for the rest of 2013. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    BROOKINGS - The chinook bite has been good to very good for those trolling 21/2 to 4 miles offshore. Bottomfishing has been very good closer to shore. Halibut fishing had been good in 270 feet of water. Surfperch fishing remains very good in the Winchuck Beach area when the surf subsides. Clam necks and Berkley Gulp sand worms have been the most effective baits, but mussels and squid work very well, too.
    No favorable tuna reports so far.
    COOS BAY - Excellent morning clamming tides run Thursday and Friday. Very good chinook catches have been reported this week, but winds should kick up and blow tuna anglers back to shore.
    GOLD BEACH - Ocean anglers are doing well for bottomfish when they can get out. Trolling the bay has been slow even though a good number of early fall chinook are present. 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 remain good in the evenings, while trout fishing is very slow. Wind-drift nightcrawlers or fish plastic grubs 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. No fresh trout will be released for the rest of the summer. The lake is starting to drop and was listed Thursday at 80 percent full. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
    APPLEGATE - The lake has dropped about five feet in the past week and was listed at almost 19 feet from full Thursday, further taking Seattle Bar out of the picture. 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 is not scheduled for any more this summer. Fishing for legal-sized trout stocked earlier this season remains fair for bank and boat anglers along the lower section of the reservoir, particularly around the county park. Water clarity is good. The lake was listed Thursday as 76 percent full and dropping fast. 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 warmer water. Trout fishing has been good for trollers using Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with small pieces of worm. Trout up to 23 inches 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. The lake was listed Thursday at 84 percent full.
    HYATT - Fishing remains fair, 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 getting rebuilt. Most of the effort has been still-fishing in shallow water with PowerBait. Bass fishing is starting to get very good 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 lake's trout bite has picked up and is very good for the middle of summer. The major midge hatches that plagued fishing have subsided, but the mosquitoes continue to work the shorelines and campgrounds. Fishing is best on the south end for anglers tossing worms or PowerBait into holes in the weeds. Focus on water 10 to 20 feet deep. Trollers are doing well along the west end with Triple Teasers tipped with small pieces of worm. Fly-fishing is best over the weeds in the south end. Damsels, leeches and woolly buggers have been best. A square-dance group has invaded the resort through Saturday. 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. 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. Water conditions are good. Holdover trout 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, near the dam and off points. The salmon fly hatch is over. The lake was down to almost 28 feet from full Thursday.
    LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing is good for rainbows and brown trout along shorelines, especially at dusk.
    FISH - The lake received another 3,000 legal-sized rainbows last week, and fishing for them is good near the Forest Service boat ramp and the marina. Fishing for stocked chinook salmon is good near the resort and the cove near the Forest Service boat ramp. 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 81 percent of full, meaning it's starting to drop rather quickly.
    WILLOW - Fishing has been fair 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 a mix of good fishing for fall chinook salmon and the early part of the summer steelhead run, which got a boost by the recycling of more than 700 excess steelhead from Cole Rivers Hatchery over the past two weeks. The middle Rogue has been slow for springers and steelhead, while the lower Rogue has just started to pick up with a good evening bite Wednesday during the incoming tide.
    That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, where it is anglers' preference. Water releases have held steady at 2,400 cubic feet per second out of Lost Creek Lake. Spring chinook anglers continue to do well upstream of Shady Cove from banks and boats, particularly in the morning. Driftboaters are doing best with Kwikfish or roe, with some bobber-and-egg fishing turning out to be successful. As of July 18 — the latest counts available — 8,109 spring chinook and 1,036 summer steelhead had returned to Cole Rivers Hatchery.
    In the upper Rogue, all spring chinook salmon fishing closes Aug. 1 upstream of Dodge Bridge where Highway 234 crosses the Rogue. Downstream of there remains open. Both wild and hatchery chinook may be kept downstream of Dodge Bridge, but all wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide.
    Fish primarily in migration lands and on the inside of curves to improve your opportunities for hooking hatchery salmon instead of wild fish.
    In the lower Rogue, the bite has picked up for afternoon angling during incoming tides. Good numbers of fall chinook are showing up in the bay, with the best success on anchovies with various types of spinner blades. Summer steelhead fishing is slow.
    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.
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