Fishing Report: June 13, 2014

OCEAN

COASTWIDE - Marginal weather conditions are forecast for the weekend, but the chinook salmon fishing is good enough for people to venture out.

Bottomfishers must stay within the 30-fathom line to protect yelloweye rockfish.

Near-shore jigging should be very good for lingcod and black rockfish when conditions allow. Black, white or red jigs are always good bets.

The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate. No cabezon can be kept until July 1.

Clammers will have excellent morning minus tides through Thursday, providing some of the best digging of the year. All shellfish harvest is open along the entire Oregon Coast.

COOS BAY - Bottomfish catches tapered off this week amid poor ocean conditions, but when conditions have been good, the vast majority of anglers on charterboats have been catching limits. The chinook salmon bite has been slow largely because the chinook are still scattered. When they can get out, anglers likely will stay somewhat close to shore and ply the water anywhere from 50 to 130 feet down.

Crabbing has been poor.

BROOKINGS - Chinook catches have been strong, with most of the focus near the California border. Anchovies have worked best. Excellent fishing for bottomfish has been the norm when anglers have been able to get out of port, with big lingcod still a regular part of the catches. This weekend's conditions look much better for getting over the bar.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has slowed amid rough surf and winds, but look for it to pick up again as soon as the conditions improve. It usually takes one or two days after rough surf for the surfperch to return to the breakers. Bottomfishing has been good when anglers can get out.


LAKE OUTLOOK

AGATE - The lake is down a bit to under 90 percent full, and the warmwater fishery is really taking over. Crappie, bass and bluegill are becoming active around submerged willows and along the dam. Fish worms or small spinners or crankbaits, but fish them slowly. Focus on the shallows, particularly in the morning. For trout, wind-drift for holdover trout with worms. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.

APPLEGATE - The lake is fishing well for holdover rainbow trout 10 to 14 inches long, and it received another complement of 12,000 legal-sized trout last week. Trolling has been good off points and in the lower section of the reservoir. All the boat ramps are open. The lake was down almost 2 feet over the past week.

DIAMOND - Fishing is slow — not what Diamond Lake anglers are used to in early June. Holdover trout are running either 12 to 13 inches or 19 inches long. The fish are gorged on insects so they are tough to entice with baits. PowerBait is working best, with worms under bobbers second. Vary your depth and get mobile if you're not catching fish every half-hour. Trolling is slow and won't pick up until the water warms some. The limit is eight trout per day longer than 8 inches, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.

EMIGRANT - No new rainbow trout were planted this week, and that has slowed interest in trout fishing. The trout previously planted have moved around in the lower third of the lake. Try small spinners, worms and streamer flies for holdover trout. Bass and bluegill fishing should improve as the water warms. Focus around the submerged willows. The lake has been dropping and it was listed Thursday at 71 percent full.

A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

EXPO - The pond was stocked last week with rainbow trout and that will be it for the season, so look for pressure here this weekend. Small Panther Martin spinners, worms and PowerBait have worked well for rainbows there.

FISH - The lake received another 3,500 legal-sized rainbows recently, boosting the action there. Fishing is very good for a mix of trout and chinook salmon, mainly around the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp or in the center of the lake. Tiger trout must be released unharmed. Chinook are legally considered trout and can be kept as part of the five-trout daily limit. The chinook are in the 12- to 14-inch range. The lake was under three-fourths full Thursday.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake is fishing fairly well for trout, with PowerBait working well. Trollers are doing well with flashers and Triple Teasers. Spice lures with a piece of worm. Most of the trout are 10 to 14 inches, with another group at 18-plus inches. The lake is listed at 53 percent full and dropping. Most of the still-fishing is in deeper water now that warmer weather has moved in. Low water is making fishing from the resort's jetty difficult. Bank fishing around Klum Landing and Grizzly is fair to good, but only the resort ramp and the Klum Landing ramp reach the water. The limit is five trout a day but only one over 20 inches.

HYATT - The lake is down to less than 40 percent full, making the BLM boat ramp unusable for larger boats but OK for cartoppers or other small boats. Anglers are not catching lots of rainbows but the trout are nice and fat. Several 16- to 18-inch fish have been caught by trollers slowly working around submerged trees or the old creek channel. The limit is five trout a day but only one longer than 20 inches.

LEMOLO - The lake was recently stocked with rainbow trout. Expect good fishing for rainbows and brown trout in exposed waters along the shoreline, and decent kokanee fishing has been reported.

LOST CREEK - Another batch of legal-sized rainbow trout were stocked last week, but a blue-green algae bloom there triggered an advisory against water contact. The lake is open to fishing and boating, but anglers are recommended to practice catch-and-release fishing and avoid water contact.

LAKE of the WOODS - The lake is fishing well for trout from boats and from the bank. Rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait are the most popular offerings for brown trout and rainbow trout, especially near the resort.

WILLOW - The reservoir received another 3,500 rainbow trout last month. Fishing from the bank with PowerBait or worms has been good around the resort and directly across from the county boat ramp. Very little trolling has occurred, but trollers could try Tasmanian Devils or Triple Teasers, or wind-drift worms in the afternoon.

SELMAC - Fishing for trout improved after another 2,000 legal-sized rainbows were planted last week for the Free Fishing Weekend event. Bass fishing will start picking up when the water warms.


RIVER OUTLOOK

ROGUE - The spring chinook salmon bite in the upper Rogue remains decent to good, with the action upstream of Shady Cove better than the downstream action. The middle Rogue is dead for springers, and the lower Rogue is too warm to get springers to bite.

That puts the best bet on the upper Rogue, and chances are it will stay that way through the remainder of the spring chinook season.

In the upper Rogue, water flows out of Lost Creek Lake were back down to 2,500 cubic feet per second Wednesday, with that level expected to remain through the weekend. That will keep chinook moving in the mornings. Back-bouncing roe with sandshrimp has been best, with straight roe and Kwikfish plugs equally in second place. There is very little tributary flow from Little Butte or Bear creeks.

Some early summer steelhead are being caught by chinook anglers.

All wild chinook must be released unharmed downstream of the Fishers Ferry boat ramp.

Winter steelhead also are sprinkled throughout the upper Rogue.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing. All wild trout must be released unharmed. Fin-clipped trout can be kept, but they are not stocked there.


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