COASTWIDE - Sharp winds forecast for today should wane over the weekend, with 5-foot seas that should appease saltwater anglers looking for everything from salmon and rockfish to lingcod and halibut.
Many of those heading out will look to double-dip with chinook salmon and black rockfish, which should be plentiful. Chinook salmon fishing has picked up along on the South Coast, and catches should improve as the summer goes on.
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 molting earlier than normal, so meat densities are light.
Clammers don't have any good minus tides to work in the immediate future, but some bay digging could be OK.
All shellfish harvesting, including mussels, is open along the Oregon Coast.
BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season has started to pick up as chinook move closer to shore. Heavy winds are forecast for today, but look for winds to die down tonight. The limit is two chinook a day. Many ocean anglers are 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 picked up. Catch them on bright streamer flies, clam necks, mussels or plastic imitation crayfish.
GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing will pick up after the winds abate. Bottomfishing effort has been light because of rough seas and a gnarly bar.
AGATE - Fishing for bass and crappie has picked up and should be good through the weekend amid 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 last month and they are well dispersed from their release site at the Copper ramp. Catch them by trolling Wedding Rings with worms or PowerBait off the bank. Trout fishing in the Seattle Bar area has been good on PowerBait, worms and streamer flies. Early morning has been best. Look for bass fishing to pick up. The lake dropped less than a foot this past week despite increased outflows due to the warm weather. It is still less than 5 feet from full.
DIAMOND - Trout are 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 3-4 feet off the bottom. Trolling has picked up slightly. 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 longer than 20 inches.
EMIGRANT - Bass fishing should pick up with the warmer temperatures. 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 91-percent full.
A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
EXPO - The pond received 1,300 legal-sized rainbow trout a month ago and that will be the last stocking for the summer due to warm water that hampers trout survival. Try worms, PowerBait and small Panther Martin lures.
FISH - The lake received 3,000 legal-sized trout earlier this 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 still must be released unharmed. The lake is listed at 85-percent full.
HOWARD PRAIRIE - The trout and bass bites have picked up quite well since the warm weather hit. Another 2,525 legal-sized rainbow trout were released two weeks ago at the resort, and fishing for them has been good off the jetty with PowerBait. Bass fishing has been very good regardless of what bassers throw at them, but white plastic worms and topwater baits have been the better choices this week. Trout fishing is best for still-fishermen using PowerBait in about 30 feet of water near Red Rock. Trollers are also doing well 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.
HYATT - The BLM boat ramps and most of the campgrounds 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.
LEMOLO - Fishing has been good. Brown trout are averaging 16 inches, rainbows are 12 to 16-plus inches, and kokanee are in the 13- to 15-inch range. The limit is five trout per day. A combination of brown trout, rainbows and kokanee can be harvested to make up the limit, and only one trout can be longer than 20 inches.
LOST CREEK - Another 7,650 legal-sized rainbow trout were released two weeks ago, split between the Stewart State Park and Takelma boat ramps, on top of 20,000 legal-sized and 500 larger-sized rainbows released there earlier. 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 is 11 feet from full but is starting to drop rapidly as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has stepped up water releases.
ROGUE - Some spring chinook have been caught by trollers in the lower Rogue bay, but a stiff and persistent wind has kept many anglers off the water much of the past week. The middle Rogue is slow for springers other than at a few standard bank-fishing spots, and the upper Rogue has remained hit-or-miss for springers, which are slowing down now that outflows from Lost Creek Lake have been ratcheted down to keep more cool water around for the next heat wave.
That makes the upper Rogue by far the best bet for spring chinook, but it's still been a rough year for a rough fish to catch.
Fewer than 800 springers had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery in the week preceding Tuesday, and that's lower than most recent weeks thanks to slower migration. That has created an up-and-down 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 down 400 cubic feet per second to 2,600 cfs this week, and that helped get a little bite going as the water dropped. Now that it's holding steady, the fish are holding more.
For boat anglers, back-bouncing roe has out-produced plugs, with many of the bites light of late.
Another 614 spring chinook were recycled Wednesday from Cole Rivers Hatchery to Gold Hill, upping this year's recycle total to 3,164 fish.
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.
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 old 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 at Cole Rivers Hatchery. Look for early summer steelhead numbers to pick up soon.
Rainie Falls and Hayes Falls were productive for spring chinook salmon last week for bank anglers, and those 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 anglers trolling for springers in the bay have had some success when the wind has allowed it. Troll anchovies with a Rogue rig a few feet off the bottom.
Sea-run cutthroat are biting anchovies and sculpin fillets.
In the far upper Rogue upstream of Lost Creek Lake, the regular stocking schedule for the summer is in place, and anglers are catching legal-sized trout daily.
APPLEGATE - The river opened for trout fishing. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released unharmed. It is illegal to target steelhead when they reach the river during trout season.