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  • Fishing Report: July 19, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - A small-craft advisory went into effect Thursday and was forecast to last through Sunday, with up to 30-knot winds forecast for Saturday evening before calming down a bit Sunday.
    Clatsop County beaches are closed to clamming for the annual conservation closure, but the rest of the coast remains open to clamming, and some excellent minus tides are coming in the mornings next week.
    Salmon fishing has been very good out of south coast ports when anglers have been able to get out. Lingcod and bottomfish catches have been very good, as well.
    The all-depth halibut fishery off the Central Oregon coast is closed until August, so it's back inside of the 40-fathom line for halibut anglers, who may end up finishing off the Central Coast near-shore quota this weekend if the weather cooperates.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. Cabezon may be kept, with a limit of one per day at least 15 inches long as part of that seven-fish aggregate. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    It should be a decent weekend for bay crabbing, although lots of smaller crabs have been in the catch of late.
    BROOKINGS - Ocean salmon fishing was excellent this past week when anglers were able to beat the winds and hit the water. A small-craft advisory is on through Sunday, and that should keep most anglers inside. Catches have been best for anglers trolling anchovies with hoochies about 30 to 40 feet down in 150 feet or so of water within a few miles of the whistle buoy.
    Jigging for black and blue rockfish as well as lingcod has been good.
    Surfperch fishing has been on-again, off-again at Winchuck Beach because of heavy winds. Catch them on bright streamer flies, clam necks, mussels or plastic, imitation crayfish.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has been excellent from the sand spit off the bay's south jetty. Catch them on mussels, bright flies, sand shrimp or fake scented sandshrimp. Chinook salmon fishing was not viable outside of the bay Thursday, but catches have been very good at times in the bay, despite it being early for fall chinook.
    AGATE - Fishing for bass and crappie has been fair. Pink or white crappie jigs have worked well, as have small, black flies cast and stripped near submerged willows. Bass are biting plastic worms and grubs. The lake is down to 60 percent full and dropping rapidly. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
    APPLEGATE - Anglers are still doing well for stocked trout high 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 17 feet from full and dropping quickly. Bass fishing has been very good off points and in coves.
    DIAMOND - Trout are on the bite, primarily in the deeper holes and along the southwestern shore. Most of the action has been on PowerBait in water 35 to 40 feet deep. Trolling has been less productive in the heat. Trollers could try pulling Triple Teasers, No. 4 Flatfish and other lures slowly just above the weed lines, then switch to PowerBait if that doesn't work. Fly-fishing has been fair on chironomids and woolly buggers. Most of the rainbows are 12 to 16 inches long. The limit is eight trout per day over 8 inches, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
    EMIGRANT - Bass fishing has been very good in the evenings off rocky points and near submerged willows. Trout fishing is slow. Try small spinners, worms and streamer flies. The lake is down to 60 percent full and dropping fairly quickly.
    EXPO - Fishing for stocked trout is poor. No new stockings are scheduled for the rest of the summer.
    WILLOW - Trolling for trout has been good during early mornings and evenings. Crappie and other panfish are being caught consistently with worms under bobbers or jigs.
    FISH - Fishing for rainbow trout is fair to good, with mornings and evenings best in the deeper recesses of the lake. Some of last year's tiger trout are as big as 12 inches long now, but they must be released unharmed.
    HOWARD PRAIRIE - Early morning fishing has been very good but the action dies off dramatically during the day and kicks back in around dusk. No new trout have been stocked recently. Anchoring in deep water and fishing PowerBait has been best, while trollers have worked the middle of the lake with some success. 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. Largemouth are hitting a variety of crankbaits and plastic worms.
    HYATT - The BLM boat ramps are open, and fishing is fair 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. Catches have been somewhat light, but the percentage of trout 16 to 20 inches long is very high.
    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's public-health advisory against water contact was lifted two weeks ago. There have been no new trout stockings. Largemouth bass are hitting plastic worms and top-water baits in the mornings and evenings off points. The lake is down to 30 feet from full, and the surface temperature has held strong at 75-76 degrees.
    ROGUE - Fall chinook salmon fishing is off to a very good early start in the bay, while middle Rogue anglers are still finding some chinook downstream of Hog Creek, as well as the occasional steelhead. The upper Rogue is a mix of early-run summer steelhead for evening anglers, while morning anglers are focusing on spring chinook salmon from Dodge Bridge on down because anglers there may keep wild chinook.
    That makes the upper Rogue the best bet for a combination spring chinook and summer steelhead.
    Springer migration is starting to slow, with only 349 new fish in the hatchery for the week ending Monday afternoon. When salmon aren't moving, it's harder to catch hatchery fish because wild fish dominate the traditional holding holes from Shady Cove on upstream. Lost Creek Lake outflows are holding steady at 1,500 cubic feet per second and are set to remain unchanged into next week. For boat anglers, back-bouncing roe has out-produced plugs.
    Most driftboat action has been from Dodge Bridge on down, and anglers are finding good pods of wild chinook. Bank anglers are doing best at the Hatchery Hole and Casey State Park. Anglers continue to complain about bankies illegally keeping chinook that are hooked other than inside the mouth at several upper Rogue holes upstream of Rogue Elk Park.
    With 294 summer steelhead seen at the hatchery, anglers are starting to target summer steelhead on late-evening floats from Gold Hill up to the hatchery. These fish are biting worms, lures, plugs and flies, but the action has not been real intense yet. They're mostly congregated in riffles 4 feet deep and deeper, so focus on good churning water. Early steelhead are either first-time spawners 18 to 19 inches long or fatties 8 pounds or up. Few early-run fish are between those sizes. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed.
    Rainie Falls and Hayes Falls remained productive for spring chinook this week for bank anglers.
    The lower Rogue bay has had some very good days and some slightly off days for those trolling anchovies for chinook in the bay. These are early-run fall chinook, and this is early to see that much action in the bay. Guides are getting multiple fish trolling most days. The anchovy and Rogue spinner blade is by far the best rig. The few hours around high tide and the bottom of low tide have been best.
    Summer steelhead fishing in the lower Rogue is slow.
    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 is open for trout fishing. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released unharmed. It is illegal to target steelhead during trout season.
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