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  • Fishing Report: Sept. 28, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - The near-shore Pacific halibut fishery is open north of Humbug Mountain so that anglers can fill the final 4,700 pounds of the quota. Fishing will remain open until Oct. 31 or when the quota is reached.
    Winds up to 20 knots are forecast through the weekend, which should keep most bottomfishers at bay. Winds should start to die down a bit Monday during the start of the ocean chinook season off the Chetco River mouth.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, and no cabezon may be kept for the rest of 2012. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    GOLD BEACH - Trolling the bay for chinook and coho salmon has been good this week, mostly with anchovies. Bottomfishing also has been excellent as relatively calm winds have greeted locals getting limits of black rockfish.
    BROOKINGS - The chinook season near the mouth of the Chetco River opens Monday. Fishing should be very good near the can and in as anglers target chinook headed toward the Chetco. Large anchovies skipped along the sand should work well.
    AGATE - Fishing for bass, crappie and perch is fair to good in the evenings, while trout fishing is very slow. The lake is down to 32 percent full. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
    APPLEGATE - Most of the access restrictions to keep anglers away from firefighters on the lake's south end are over. The lake is down to 65 feet from full, with bass and trout fishing fairly good. The Copper and Squaw Arm ramps are open, but Copper is barely usable.
    EMIGRANT - Fish are getting more concentrated with the low water levels. Smallmouth bass fishing is best off rocky banks, and a few largemouth have been taken in the willows. The lake is down to 32 percent of full and still dropping.
    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 for those trolling Wedding Ring lures with small pieces of worm, while some throwback anglers continue to do well using Ford Fenders. Chartreuse and rainbow PowerBait are working OK, along with worms seven feet or so under bobbers. The lake was listed Thursday at 71 percent of full. The lake is open through October and the limit is five trout per day over 8 inches, but only one of them can be longer than 20 inches.
    HYATT - Bass fishing is in high gear, with anglers casting a variety of red lures doing well all day. One of the BLM boat ramps at the campground is closed while it is being rebuilt. The lake was listed Thursday at 69 percent full. The lake is open through October, and the limit is five trout per day over 8 inches, but only one of them can be longer than 20 inches.
    DIAMOND - The lake's trout bite has improved with the arrival of cooler air and water temperatures that are more trout-friendly. Fishing remains best at the lake's south end in water 10 to 20 feet deep. Wind-drifting worms or woolly buggers along the lake's west end also has been good. The limit is eight trout over 8 inches long, with only one allowed over 20 inches.
    EXPO - Fishing is slow for what remains of the 2,000 rainbow trout stocked there in the summer. Use worms, PowerBait and small Panther Martin lures.
    LOST CREEK - A voluntary advisory against water contact at the lake has kept most anglers away. Those who are there are encouraged to practice catch-and-release fishing until the blue-green algae advisory is lifted. The lake was down to less than a foot from minimum pool.
    FISH - Trout fishing around the resort and in the middle of the lake is fair to good, with some late-season stocking of trout helping the cause. PowerBait is working best. The lake was listed Thursday at 42 percent full. The lake is open year-round.
    LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing for rainbow and brown trout has been fair near the resort. Evening fishing has been best.
    LEMOLO - A good combination of rainbow and brown trout catches have occurred recently, in part because of a late-season trout stocking just before Labor Day. Trolling streamer flies, Bingo Bugs and PowerBait are all good choices.
    ROGUE - The middle Rogue is tapering off for fall chinook salmon fishing, while the upper Rogue remains a bit slow for summer steelhead as water conditions drop and cool. The lower Rogue is entertaining anglers with a good mix of chinook and coho salmon, while those fishing the Agness area are seeing nice returns of halfpounders on flies, worms and Panther Martin lures.
    That puts the best bet on the lower Rogue, which has seen some of the best salmon fishing of the year recently. Coho have moved in the past few days, and they're bending rods at pretty good clips. However, only hatchery coho can be kept. Fresh chinook have been moving in with the incoming tides and catches of them have been good on anchovies with Rogue blades in front. Afternoon incoming tides have fished very well. Those not into trolling can hit the Agness area with flies and lures for halfpounders, which are thick. Riffles around Cougar Lane and the mouth of the Illinois River have been kicking out halfpounders at a solid clip. Only fin-clipped halfpounders can be kept, and they count as trout on the limits. Any steelhead under 16 inches long is considered a halfpounder.
    In the upper Rogue, flows dropped to 1,150 cubic feet per second Thursday out of Lost Creek Lake, and the out-flows have dropped in temperature to 49 degrees. This has slowed migration of summer steelhead. The flies-only season is in full swing upstream of what used to be Gold Ray Dam. Swinging streamers through riffles has been fair to good, with more steelhead getting caught by anglers nymphing with Ugly Bug dropper flies with an egg on the point. Spinning rods with bobbers are legal, but no added weights or attachments are allowed through October. That includes split-shots and swivels.
    In the middle Rogue, fall chinook still are still getting caught, primarily by boat anglers fishing from Chinook Park on down. Bank anglers have done well at Finley Bend and Chinook Park. That activity ends Sunday night, when chinook fishing closes for anglers from the Hog Creek ramp upstream to the former Gold Ray Dam site.
    Both wild and hatchery chinook may be kept downstream of the former Gold Ray Dam site, but all wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide.
    CHETCO - Chinook are starting to stack up in the estuary, and anglers are finding them fishing anchovies on the incoming tides. The ocean terminal fishery resumes Monday.
    UMPQUA - Good catches of chinook and coho are occurring on the lower mainstem. Bass fishing in the Elkton area also is good and will continue to be good until water levels cool off. The North Umpqua is fair to good for summer steelhead, and chinook fishing is banned in the North Umpqua. The South Umpqua is closed to all angling through November.
    COOS - Chinook fishing remains good in the bay for those trolling anchovies and cut-plug herring. Coho fishing is good from the jetties up to the Dellwood Trap with anchovies or pink lures. The wild coho fishery remains open.
    COQUILLE - Fishing for chinook in the lower river has been spotty, while coho fishing has picked up. Wild coho can be caught from the jetties up to Sturdivant Park until the quota is reached.
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