COASTWIDE - Relatively flat seas and light winds should greet ocean anglers this weekend, which should be a busy one for those fishing for bottomfish, lingcod or salmon out of South Coast ports. Fishing for all of them has been excellent.
The all-depth halibut fishery off the Central Oregon coast is closed until August after anglers gobbled up the last of the spring quota during last week's three extra days of fishing. It's back inside of the 40-fathom line for halibut anglers, who still should be getting them pretty well out of Newport this weekend.
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. South Coast crabs started molting earlier than normal, so meat densities are light.
The minus tides have petered out for clammers. All shellfish harvesting, including mussels, is open along the Oregon Coast.
BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season turned on last week and was absolutely red-hot Thursday for chinook anglers trolling out of Brookings. The fish finally made it past California and seemed to be everywhere Thursday for anglers trolling anchovies with Rogue blades or purple hookie skirts.
Jigging for black and blue rockfish as well as lingcod has been good, but anglers have lost interest in bottomfish now that the chinook have reached Southern Oregon.
Surfperch fishing has been very good at Winchuck Beach. Catch them on bright streamer flies, clam necks, mussels or plastic, imitation crayfish.
GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has been very good. Bottomfishing has been great when anglers can get out of the bay, and this weekend looks good for that.
AGATE - Fishing for bass and crappie should be fine through the weekend in very warm water that favors bass over trout fishing. Wind-drifting worms or casting grubs will be best. Figure that trout fishing will be a bust until next spring. The lake was listed Thursday at 78 percent full. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
APPLEGATE - The lake got no fresh fish this past week, but anglers still are doing well for stocked trout higher in the lake and near the Copper ramp. Catch them by trolling Wedding Rings with worms or using PowerBait off the bank. Evenings are best. Trout fishing in the Seattle Bar area has died off now that the lake is down to 9 feet from full. Bass fishing slowed a bit during this week's storms, but look for it to be good through the weekend with high temperatures forecast into midweek.
DIAMOND - Trout are 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 three to four feet off the bottom. Trolling has picked up slightly but could be tougher with this week's hot weather. Trollers could try pulling Triple Teasers, No. 4 Flatfish and other lures 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 over 8 inches, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
EMIGRANT - Bass fishing has been off and on. Focus on rockpiles and submerged willows along the lower stretches where the water is warmer. Trout fishing is slow. Try small spinners, worms and streamer flies. The lake is 81 percent full.
EXPO - The pond received 1,300 legal-sized rainbow trout a month ago, and that will be the last stocking for the summer because of warm water that hampers trout survival. Try worms, PowerBait and small Panther Martin lures.
WILLOW - Trolling for trout has been very good during early mornings and evenings.
FISH - The lake got a dose of 3,000 legal-sized trout earlier this month, 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.
HOWARD PRAIRIE - The trout bite has been very good, with still-fishing outdoing trolling. Anglers anchored in 15 to 30 feet of water have done best with PowerBait, while trollers have worked the middle of the lake with some success. Another 2,525 legal-sized rainbows were released earlier this month 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. 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.
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 - The lake is under a voluntary public-health warning against water contact since late last week because of a bloom of blue-green algae that could be toxic. Trout fishing, bass fishing and overall boating effort is very low at this time. The lake is down to 23 feet from full and the surface temperature is 67 degrees, but look for that to rise.
ROGUE - The lower Rogue has emptied of spring chinook salmon anglers who have all migrated to Brookings for an outstanding chinook bite in the near-shore ocean, while middle Rogue anglers have run into a few steelhead and the occasional spring chinook but not much else. The upper Rogue has been hit-and-miss for springer fishing thanks to yo-yoing weather conditions, and the start of summer steelhead fishing has been good.
That makes the upper Rogue by far the best bet for a combination spring chinook and summer steelhead.
More than 1,000 springers entered Cole Rivers Hatchery in the week preceding Wednesday, which shows that the fish are really on the move. That has created a hit-and-miss fishery for driftboaters and powerboaters. Lost Creek Lake outflows have hung steady at about 2,250 cubic feet per second this past week. Wednesday's rain seemed to trigger an upper Rogue bite for boat anglers mostly back-bouncing roe, but look for pretty good fishing under the hot and stable weather pattern that will dominate this weekend and early next week.
For boat anglers, back-bouncing roe has out-produced plugs, with many of the bites light of late.
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 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 August.
Another 38 summer steelhead showed up this week at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing the count there to 78 adults so far. With two straight weeks of decent early counts, the upper Rogue ought to be decent for early-season summer steelhead. Early steelhead are either first-time spawners 18 to 19 inches long or fatties 8 pounds or more. Few early-run fish are between those sizes. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Catch early summers on K-11 Kwikfish, streamer flies, nymphs and even worms, because the flies-only season on the upper Rogue does not start until Sept. 1.
Rainie Falls and Hayes Falls were productive for spring chinook 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 very poor for springers, but a handful of anglers are catching migrating summer steelhead, sea-run cutthroat trout and the occasional shad.
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.