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  • Fishing Report: Aug. 16, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Decent seas with relatively light winds are forecast into Saturday afternoon, when the winds will kick up, but the forecast continues to call for fishable water into Monday off Brookings.
    Shellfishers will find very good minus tides Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for bay and beach clamming. Mussel harvest south of Cape Arago near Coos Bay is closed.
    Salmon fishing has been very good out of south coast ports when anglers can get out. Lingcod and bottomfish catches have been very good coastwide. Anglers must stay within the 30-fathom line.
    The all-depth halibut fishery off the central Oregon coast is closed after anglers wiped out the quota in the first two days of the season. Halibut fishing is open south of Humbug Mountain for Southern Oregon ports.
    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 another decent weekend for bay crabbing, and crabs are starting to fill out.
    BROOKINGS - Ocean salmon fishing remains very good for anglers when they are able to beat the winds and hit the water. 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. Most of the chinook are in the 15- to 17-pound range, but there have been plenty of 30-plus pound salmon in the mix.
    Jigging for black and blue rockfish as well as lingcod has been very good. Anglers should release large female lingcod to help recruitment.
    Surfperch fishing has been on-again, off-again at Winchuck Beach depending on the 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. Bottomfishing for black rockfish and lingcod remains very good outside of Gold Beach when anglers can get out.
    Bay fishing for fall chinook has been slow.
    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 39 percent full and dropping rapidly. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
    APPLEGATE - The lake got no new fresh fish this month, but anglers are still 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 is a no-go now that the lake is down to 34 feet from full and dropping. Bass fishing has been very good off points and in coves.
    DIAMOND - Trout are an on-again, off-again proposition as good insect hatches are back and distracting the rainbows away from PowerBait or worms. Anglers still are doing well in the deeper holes and along the southwestern shore where the water tends to be cooler. Most of the action remains on PowerBait in water 35 to 40 feet deep. Trolling has slowed with the mid-summer heat. Fly-fishing has been fair on chironomids and woolly buggers. Most of the rainbows are 12 to 16 inches long, and last year's fingerlings are 9 to10 inches. The limit is eight trout per day over 8 inches, but only one can be more 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 now less than half full. Trout are holding off the mouth of Emigrant Creek and can be caught there on worms and woolly bugger flies.
    A public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
    FISH - Fishing for rainbow trout is fair amid a quickly dropping reservoir, which is down to one-third full. For trout, mornings and evenings are best in the deeper recesses of the lake. Some of last year's tiger trout are as long as 12 inches now, but they must be released unharmed.
    HOWARD PRAIRIE - Early-morning fishing is the best bet for the lake, with the action dying off dramatically during the day and kicking back in around dusk. No new trout have been stocked recently. Air quality is very good. 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 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. Air quality has been very good. Trolling the old creek channel near the lake's western edge can be good, especially in the evenings. Catches have been light, but the percentage of trout 16 to 20 inches long is 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 - Trout fishing is best above Peyton Bridge, where the water temperatures are cooler. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastic worms and crankbaits off rocky points, primarily in the mornings and evenings off points. Some nice largemouth have been taken of late around submerged trees and logs, but they are far outnumbered by smallmouth. The lake is down to 40 feet from full, and the surface temperature is down to 72 degrees.
    WILLOW - Trolling for trout has been fair to good during early mornings and evenings. Crappie and other panfish are being caught consistently with worms under bobbers or jigs.
    ROGUE - Fall chinook salmon are starting to show up in good numbers in the middle Rogue around the Hellgate and Grave Creek areas, while the upper Rogue offers a good mix of chinook downstream of Dodge Bridge and steelhead upstream of there. The lower Rogue has been slow for fall chinook despite good numbers of fish in the bay, but a very good recent showing of halfpounder and adult summer steelhead has fly-fishers busy from Quosatana Creek on down.
    That makes the best bet the upper Rogue for now, but look for the Grants Pass area to heat up for bright and fresh fall chinook in the coming weeks.
    Flows out of Lost Creek Lake are up a hair to 1,750 cubic feet per second, and that's helping both the steelhead and the chinook bite. For chinook, the open water extends from Dodge Bridge on down, with most of the driftboat action on the run from Dodge to TouVelle State Park, and for good reason. The bite has been good on both roe and Kwikfish, with some of the fish starting to get pretty dark and ready to spawn. Anglers can keep wild fish in that stretch now, as well.
    Another 80 summer steelhead reached Cole Rivers Hatchery in the past week to up the count to 608 steelhead so far, and that's off last year's pace. Still, there are enough for anglers to target on evening or morning trips from the bank or boats. The fish are biting worms, lures, plugs and flies, but the action has not been really intense yet. They're mostly congregated in riffles 4 feet deep and deeper, so focus on churning water. Early steelhead are either first-time spawners 18 to 19 inches long or fatties 8 pounds and up. Few early-run fish are between those sizes. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed.
    The lower Rogue bay has been slow for fall chinook despite improving water conditions. The fish are moving in with the incoming tides, but most head straight upstream without holding in the bay. It's strictly a trolling show with anchovies, but a few anglers will drag copper-bladed or gold-bladed spinners. Halfpounder fishing is good at Huntley Park on days the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is not seining to count fish.
    In the far upper Rogue upstream of Lost Creek, 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 when they reach the river during trout season.
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