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  • Fishing Report: Oct. 26, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - The near-shore Pacific halibut fishery remains open north of Humbug Mountain through Wednesday because slightly more than 1,000 pounds of the quota remains unfilled. No halibut catches were reported in the zone last week, due largely to rough seas.
    Morning conditions look decent for bottomfishing Saturday, but the ocean is forecast to get a bit rough Sunday and Monday. No small-craft advisories have been issued so far.
    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.
    Dungeness crab catches have been good in bays statewide, with boaters faring better than dock crabbers.
    GOLD BEACH - Rain and cooler weather has dropped the lower Rogue temperature to 54 degrees, and bay anglers still are catching a mix of coho and chinook salmon. Some of the Indian Creek-bound chinook are showing up, and that has bank and boat anglers focused on the creek mouth. Trollers are averaging two to four salmon a day, with more coho in the catch than chinook. Troll the bay with anchovies behind chartreuse blades. Perch fishing has slowed, with little interest among anglers.
    BROOKINGS - Trolling with anchovies in Chetco Bay has been fair to good for fall chinook, and it should be good this weekend. Many of the fish have been in the 14-pound range, but a few 30-pounders have been caught. Trolling anchovies or herring near the top of the incoming tide has been best. Recent rains have lured some chinook upstream, but anglers are relegated to tidewater until Nov. 3.
    AGATE - Trout fishing will pick up after last week's stocking of 1,000 legal-sized and 100 larger rainbow trout. Catches will be best still-fishing with worms or PowerBait. The lake is up a hair to 23 percent full after recent rains, and cooler weather has helped get the water to more trout-friendly temperatures. Fish spinner baits or plastic worms for bass during the middle of the day. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
    APPLEGATE - The lake was infused earlier this month with 1,000 legals and 200 larger rainbow trout, and fishing has been good for them in the French Gulch area. Trolling Wedding Rings or Triple Teasers with a piece of worm is working well. PowerBait or wind-drifting worms also are good bets. The lake is down to 82 feet from full. The Copper ramp is no longer usable, and Hart-Tish Park is closed.
    EMIGRANT - Fish are 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 holding steady at 24-percent full.
    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 Rings with small pieces of worm. The lake received 1,000 legal-sized trout and 200 larger trout earlier this month, which has anglers doing well outside of the marina and off the jetty. Chartreuse and rainbow PowerBait are working OK, along with worms 7 feet or so under bobbers. The lake was listed Thursday at 68-percent full, unchanged from last week. The lake is open through Wednesday. The limit is five trout per day over 8 inches, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
    HYATT - Bass fishing is giving way to trout fishing after another 1,000 legal-sized and 200 larger rainbows were stocked there recently. The BLM boat ramp is open, but the campground is closed. The lake was listed Thursday at 67-percent full, unchanged from last week. The lake is open through Wednesday. The limit is five trout per day over 8 inches, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
    DIAMOND - Trout fishing should be good to very good for the last week of the season, as cooler temperatures have the fish active and feeding well. Fishing has been best at the south end in water 10 to 20 feet deep. Wind-drifting worms or woolly buggers along the west end also has been good. Some of this year's fingerling plant have reached the 8-inch minimum size. The limit is eight trout, with only one allowed over 20 inches. The lake closes Wednesday night until Jan. 1.
    EXPO - Fishing picked up dramatically last week when 500 legal-sized and 100 larger trout were stocked there. Catching them on worms under bobbers or small Panther Martins has been best. The limit is five trout per day with only one over 20 inches.
    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 - Trolling for trout has been very good with Triple Teasers or other lures spiked with a piece of worm. Lots of big rainbows in the mix, as well as legal-sized chinook salmon. For bank anglers, chartreuse PowerBait is working well near the resort and Forest Service boat ramp. Good water clarity was reported this week. The lake is open year-round. It was listed Thursday at 42-percent full, up a bit thanks to recent rains.
    LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing for rainbow and brown trout has been fair near the resort. PowerBait has been the top choice. Evening fishing has been best.
    ROGUE - The middle Rogue has improved for summer steelhead hovering behind spawning chinook salmon, while the upper Rogue is in the last throes of the flies-only season before bait fishing returns to a portion of it. The lower Rogue is in the midst of coho and chinook migration after this week's rains raised the lower river, with trolling still OK in the bay.
    That keeps the best bet on the middle Rogue until Thursday, when the annual shift in angling regulations puts the focus back on the upper Rogue, where anglers will be able to toss their full arsenal of bait, lures and flies at summer steelhead.
    In the middle Rogue, the best offering will be very small clusters of roe, yarn flies or single-egg plastic imitations at the tops of riffles just downstream of spawning chinook. Summer steelhead are wired into eating eggs now, with plugs a distant second choice. Find the spawning chinook, and you'll find the steelhead.
    In the Agness area, a mix of chinook, coho, adult summer steelhead and halfpounders all are present and available, but fishing pressure has been light. Flows at Agness were up to 3,000 cubic feet per second this week, and that hurt fly-fishing for halfpounders, which is best under 2,000 cfs at the Agness gauge.
    Only fin-clipped halfpounders, fin-clipped cohos and fin-clipped adult summer steelhead can be kept, but the stretch still is open to retention of wild fall chinook. Any steelhead under 16 inches long is considered a halfpounder.
    In the upper Rogue, flows remained at 1,150 cfs Thursday out of Lost Creek Lake, but rains have inched the river up and warmed it enough to generate a pretty good summer steelhead bite on egg flies. Streamer fishing has been poor, thanks to a drop to 44 degrees in the water released at the dam. The cold water is meant to slow the incubation rates of spring chinook eggs now in main-channel redds. Most of the summer steelhead are stacked up in the tops of riffles downstream from spawning chinook. In some cases, they're in water about a foot deep, so fish egg patterns in the tops of riffles and under trees.
    The flies-only season continues through Wednesday upstream of what used to be Gold Ray Dam. Beginning Thursday, bait-fishing opens from Cole Rivers Hatchery to the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park. When it does, small roe clusters, worms and plugs all should work well for summers. Until then, egg flies and Ugly Bugs are best. Spinning rods with bobbers are legal, but no added weights or attachments are allowed through October. That includes split-shots and swivels. Downstream of Shady Cove, the water opens to flies and lures Thursday. K-11 Kwikfish and crayfish plugs should work well.
    It is illegal to target spawning chinook salmon even for catch-and-release fishing in the upper Rogue.
    In the lower Rogue, a mix of wild fall chinook and wild and hatchery coho are in the bay, but their numbers diminished after this week's rains drew large schools of fish out of the estuary. Decent coho fishing is now happening from Quosatana Creek on down as these fish move through.
    All wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide.
    CHETCO - Recent rains have drawn fish out of the estuary and upstream into freshwater areas closed to angling until Nov. 3. However, fresh fall chinook are moving into the estuary on incoming tides, and anglers trolling the estuary with large anchovies or sardines are faring well.
    UMPQUA - Coho and chinook catches are starting to slow in the mainstem river. Bass fishing in the Elkton area is slowing now that cool air and water temperatures have returned. The North Umpqua is fair 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 is winding down in the bay for those trolling anchovies and cut-plug herring. Coho fishing is fair to good from the jetties up to the Dellwood Trap with anchovies or pink lures. The wild coho fishery remains open.
    COQUILLE - Fishing for coho and chinook in the lower river has been spotty. Wild coho can be caught from the jetties up to Sturdivant Park until the quota is reached.
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