COASTWIDE - The near-shore Pacific halibut fishery is over for the year along the Oregon Coast.
After gale-force winds earlier this week, 10-knot winds and choppy seas are forecast to greet ocean anglers this weekend, which means most will likely remain in port.
The ocean is now off-limits to sport crabbing through November. Sport and commercial crabbing are set to resume in the ocean Dec. 1.
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 caused most of the coho and chinook to move upstream. However, a handful of boats trolling the bay still are catching a good mix of coho and chinook daily. Wild chinook may be kept, but not wild coho. Anchovies with chartreuse spinner blades have been best. A few Indian Creek chinook remain in the mix.
BROOKINGS - Bay effort slowed Wednesday when the rest of the Chetco River opened to fall chinook fishing, which was very good to excellent all day.
AGATE - Trout fishing has picked up after the October stocking of 1,000 legal-sized and 100 larger rainbow trout. Catching 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 water temperatures to more trout-friendly levels. Fish spinner baits or plastic worms for bass during the middle of the day. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal. The lake is open year-round.
APPLEGATE - The lake was infused in October with 1,000 legals and 200 larger rainbow trout, and fishing has been good on 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 are also good bets. The lake is down to 82 feet from full. The Copper ramp no longer is 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. The lake is open year-round.
A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
HOWARD PRAIRIE - Fishing closed Wednesday evening until April.
HYATT - Fishing closed Wednesday until April.
DIAMOND - The season closed Wednesday, but the lake will reopen Jan. 1 under new rules that make the lake a year-round fishery.
EXPO - Fishing and interest have picked up dramatically with the recent stocking of 500 legal-sized and 100 larger trout. Catching them on worms under bobbers or small Panther Martin has been best. The limit is five trout per day with only one over 20 inches. The pond is open year-round.
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 up to more than a foot above minimum pool this week after recent rains.
FISH - Trolling for trout was very good this past week 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. 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 because of recent rains. The lake is open year-round.
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. The lake is open year-round.
LEMOLO - The lake is closed for the season.
ROGUE - The upper Rogue is good to very good for summer steelhead now that the rules have shifted out of the traditional fall flies-only season. The middle Rogue has been good for summer steelhead for those side-drifting roe or worms, with fly-fishing decent until recent rains swelled the river a bit. The Agness area has been hot for summer steelhead and halfpounders, while the lower Rogue bay has slowed dramatically for coho and chinook.
That makes the upper Rogue the best bet, due largely to the swelling of the tackle arsenal anglers can employ.
Bait fishing opened Thursday from Cole Rivers Hatchery to the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park. Small roe clusters, worms and plugs all should work well for summers. Many anglers will favor small yarn flies soaked in roe juice, which is legal, and it's a good offering because it doesn't require rebaiting hooks. A fair number of cutthroat trout also are in the mix focusing on eggs, and they must all be released unharmed.
Downstream of the Shady Cove ramp, the water is open to artificial flies and lures. Scented yarn flies side-drifted from boats or the bank is the main choice for anglers. For driftboaters, K-11 Kwikfish and crayfish plugs should work well.
In the upper Rogue, flows jumped up at the old Gold Ray Dam gauge but were forecast to drop today, likely creating better fishing conditions.
The upper Rogue is closed to chinook fishing. It is illegal to target spawning chinook even for catch-and-release fishing in the upper Rogue.
In the middle Rogue, driftboat fishing for summer steelhead has been decent, with anglers targeting wild summers feasting on eggs. Most of the steelhead present in the middle Rogue are wild and must be released unharmed. The stretch from Valley of the Rogue State Park through the former Savage Rapids Dam site has good spawning gravels and good numbers of summer steelhead and cutthroat, and virtually everything caught there must be released under angling rules.
In the Agness area, a mix of chinook, coho, adult summer steelhead and halfpounders are present and available, but fishing pressure has been light.
Only fin-clipped halfpounders, fin-clipped cohos and fin-clipped adult summer steelhead can be kept, but the stretch is open to retention of wild fall chinook. Any steelhead under 16 inches long is considered a halfpounder.
In the bay, a mix of wild fall chinook and wild and hatchery coho are present, but their numbers have diminished after this week's rains drew large schools of fish out of the estuary. Decent coho fishing now is happening from Quosatana Creek on down as these fish are moving through.
All wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide.
CHETCO - The river opened to fall chinook salmon fishing Wednesday and catches were excellent for driftboaters side-drifting roe or tossing Kwikfish, with chinook into the 30-pound range. But conditions deteriorated rapidly during the rain, and the river was in poor shape for fishing by mid-afternoon. Fishing was slow in the estuary.
UMPQUA - Coho and chinook catches are starting to diminish in the mainstem river. Bass fishing in the Elkton area has slowed 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 salmon 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 chinook and coho in the lower river has been spotty. Wild coho can be caught from the jetties up to Sturdivant Park until the quota is reached.
ELK - Fishing was good in the estuary this week as fresh fall chinook moved in. It's a bank-anglers' show. Some fly-fishers are faring well with chartreuse streamers, while spin-casters are swimming anchovies midway through the water column.