COASTWIDE - Hazardous sea warnings are in effect through Tuesday evening as yet another weekend of windy weather and choppy seas push anglers off the water. Forecasts show the possibility of relief next week for coast anglers looking to take advantage of liberal salmon, halibut and bottomfishing seasons.
When the surf and winds subside, look for fewer lingcod in the mix and larger catches of black and blue rockfish for bottomfishers. Chinook salmon fishing has been relatively slow on the south coast, and anglers will have to look for the cooler rip tides again.
Clammers don't have any good minus tides to work in the immediate future, but some digging could be OK for those working bays.
The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. No cabezon may be kept until July. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
It should be another decent weekend for bay crabbing, although lots of smaller crabs have been in the catch of late, and South Coast crabs have started to molt earlier than normal, so meat densities are light.
All shellfish harvesting, including mussels, is open along the Oregon Coast.
BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season is slow as anglers are stuck in port because of hazardous seas. The limit is two chinook a day. Most ocean anglers have focused their effort toward jigging for lingcod and black rockfish, because both of them were doing very well before the latest high seas. A few early-season halibut have been caught, as well.
Surfperch fishing has slowed dramatically because of rough surf and heavy winds.
GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has slowed. Bottomfishing effort is next to nothing because of rough seas and a gnarly bar.
AGATE - Fishing for bass and crappie has picked up and should be good through the weekend, with very warm temperatures that favor bass over trout fishing. Wind-drifting worms or casting grubs will be best. Some of the trout from the March stocking are still around, but they won't last long in the warm water. The lake was listed Thursday at 90 percent full. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
APPLEGATE - Applegate got 9,000 legal-sized trout and 500 larger trout two weeks ago, and they are starting to become well dispersed from the release site at the Copper ramp. Catch them there by trolling Wedding Rings with worms or PowerBait off the bank. Trout fishing in the Seattle Bar area has been good with PowerBait, worms and streamer flies. Early morning has been best. Bass fishing slowed a bit during last week's storms, but look for it to pick up now. The lake dropped less than a foot this week despite increased outflows because of the warm weather. It is still less than 3 feet from full.
DIAMOND - The midge hatch that has dominated the attention of the trout has waned, so they're back on the bite for anglers fishing mainly PowerBait, worms under bobbers and streamer flies. The best trout fishing is in water 35 to 40 feet deep with PowerBait floated 3 to 4 feet off the bottom. Trolling has picked up slightly but could be tough in hot weather. Trollers could try Triple Teasers, No. 4 Flatfish and other lures pulled slowly just above the weed lines. Fly-fishing has been fair to good on chironomids and woolly buggers. Most of the rainbows are 12 to 16 inches long, and last year's fingerlings are 9 to 10 inches. The limit is eight trout per day longer than 8 inches, but only one can be more than 20 inches.
EMIGRANT - Bass fishing should pick up in the hot weather. Focus on rockpiles and submerged willows along the lower stretches where the water is warmer. The lake was infused in mid-April with 3,500 legal-sized rainbows and 351 adult summer steelhead from Cole Rivers Hatchery in March. Try small spinners, worms and streamer flies. The lake is 93 percent full.
EXPO - The pond received 1,300 legal-sized rainbow trout three weeks ago, but hot weather has hampered angler success. Try worms, PowerBait and small Panther Martin lures.
FISH - The lake got a dose of 3,500 legal-sized trout last week, and fishing for them has been very good around the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp. Still-fishing with PowerBait is best in deeper water. Some of last year's tiger trout could be in the 10-inch range this year, but they must be released unharmed. The lake is listed at 85 percent full.
HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trout and bass fishing have both picked up since the warm weather hit. Another 2,525 legal-sized rainbows were released last week at the resort, and fishing for them has been good off the jetty with PowerBait and in about 30 feet of water near Red Rock. Trollers also are doing wells using flashers and Wedding Ring lures with a piece of worm or Needlefish. The limit is five trout per day with an 8-inch minimum, and only one can be longer than 20 inches. Bass fishing has been very good regardless of what bassers are throwing at them, but white plastic worms and topwater baits have been the better choices this week. Largemouth are hitting a variety of crankbaits and plastic worms.
HYATT - The BLM boat ramps are open, and fishing is fair to good with PowerBait near the dam, around the Orchard and in the upper stretches of the lake. Trolling the old creek channel near the lake's western edge can be good, especially in the evenings. Bass fishing is picking up in the Orchard and on rocky points near the dam.
LOST CREEK - Another 7,650 legal-sized rainbow trout were released last week, split between the Stewart State Park and Takelma boat ramps. Combined with the 20,000 legal-sized and 500 larger-sized rainbows released there earlier, Lost Creek has become a top-drawer trout fishery. Bank fishing is better at the Takelma ramp largely because there is more room to fan out and cast PowerBait or float worms off the bottom. Slow trolling with flashers or streamer flies from float tubes also works well. The lake's surface temperature was at 61 degrees Thursday, but look for that to climb this weekend. The lake is 9 feet from full and is starting to drop rapidly as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers steps up water releases.
ROGUE - The lower Rogue has slowed as low, warm and clear water continues to plague spring chinook anglers. The middle Rogue is slow for springers other than a few standard bank-fishing spots, and the upper Rogue has been very hit-or-miss for springers, which are on the move now that outflows from Lost Creek Lake have been jacked up to keep the lower Rogue as cool and disease-free as possible for springers.
That makes the upper Rogue by far the best bet for spring chinook, but it's been tough sledding for springer anglers.
Close to 1,000 springers entered Cole Rivers Hatchery in the week preceding Wednesday, clearly showing that springers are on the move. That has created a hot-and-cold fishery for driftboaters and powerboaters who can be into fish on one particular run one day, then devoid of fish the next day. Lost Creek Lake outflows were up to 3,000 cubic feet per second this week to keep migrating springers in cool-enough water to stave off a natural disease outbreak tied to warm water and hot weather. Water in the Gold Beach area was at 67 to 68 degrees Thursday, which is borderline for a disease outbreak. That's also helped upper Rogue anglers, because it's far better to have more water than low water for springers.
For boat anglers, back-bouncing roe has out-produced plugs, with many of the bites light of late. Algae clumps breaking free in the stronger flows have been the bane of plug-pullers this week. Check and clear your plugs often.
Bank anglers are doing best at the Hatchery Hole and Casey State Park. Anglers have been complaining about bankies illegally keeping chinook that are hooked other than inside the mouth at these and several other upper Rogue holes upstream of Rogue Elk Park.
The riverwide ban on the keeping of wild spring chinook has changed for now Wild spring chinook caught downstream from the Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp near Gold Hill can be kept as part of the daily two-fish limit. The old deadline was the Gold Ray Dam site, which allowed anglers at the old Deadline Hole and other places to keep wild fish in June. Those holes now are closed to the keeping of wild fish until July.
Summer steelhead numbers remain low for now at Cole Rivers Hatchery, but look for them to pick up in mid-June.
Rainie Falls and Hayes Falls have been productive for spring chinook salmon this week for bank anglers. Anglers working Hayes Falls have been finding some of the recycled chinook returned to the Rogue weekly at Gold Hill.
The lower Rogue has been slow for springers, but look for a chinook bite to begin in the bay once Lost Creek Lake releases ebb next week when the weather cools. Sea-run cutthroat are biting anchovies or sculpin fillets.
APPLEGATE - The river is open for trout fishing, but all wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released unharmed. It is illegal to target steelhead when they reach the river during trout season.