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  • Fishing Report: July 25, 2014

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  • COASTWIDE - A small-craft advisory is in effect through Sunday afternoon, and hazardous seas warnings are in effect until Sunday morning. Winds are forecast for 25 knots through Saturday, dropping to 20 knots Sunday.
    Bottomfishers must stay within the 30-fathom line to protect yelloweye rockfish. Near-shore jigging should be very good for lingcod and black rockfish. 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. Anglers can keep one cabezon as part of that limit.
    The ocean is open for both chinook and fin-clipped coho salmon fishing, and there have been some excellent catches of chinook off Southern Oregon ports and some decent catches of cohos, although plenty of wild cohos are getting released, as well.
    Clammers get some decent morning minus tides today through Sunday, then good morning lows for the rest of the week. Clatsop County beaches are closed, but the Coos County sands around Charleston and Empire are good. The entire Oregon Coast is closed to recreational mussel harvest because of elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning. All other recreational shellfish harvesting is open.
    The all-depth halibut fishery off the Central and Northern Oregon Coast is closed until next weekend when the summer all-depth seasons begin. The near-shore fishery inside 40 fathoms remains open.
    COOS BAY - Tuna fishing dropped off last week, but recent storms should help move warmer water, and tuna, closer to shore. Look for water 58 degrees or warmer, likely about 25 miles offshore.
    Bottomfish catches have been excellent when anglers have gotten out, and chinook catches are around one fish per two anglers. Crabbing has improved to fair. Many red rock crabs in the Charleston area have been tagged as part of a study. Anyone who catches one is urged to call state fish biologists at 541-888-5515.
    Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway and Clam Island. Decent morning minus tides are forecast through Sunday.
    BROOKINGS - Chinook catches out of Brookings have fallen way off the past two days. Still, it has been Oregon's hottest chinook port. Most of the action so far remains near the Oregon/California border, but fishing straight off the jetties has been good, as well. Last week's creel counters reported 60 percent success rates. The fin-clipped coho season is open, as well. 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. About half of the Southern Oregon halibut quota remains, with recent catches somewhat light.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has been very good, and rockfish catches have been excellent when anglers have been able to cross the bar. Smelt have entered the lower bay.
    AGATE - The lake is down significantly to 41 percent full and dropping quickly. The warmwater fishery is dominating the catch. Crappie, bass and bluegill are very active around submerged willows and along the dam, mostly early in the morning and in the evening. Fish worms or small spinners or crankbaits. Most of the bass are in the shallows along the lake's edges, with higher up better. Wind-drifting worms has worked well for a mixture of species, primarily yellow perch. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal. The gate to the day-use park closes at 9 p.m.
    APPLEGATE - The lake is fishing decently for holdover rainbow trout 10 to 14 inches long, and it received another complement of 12,000 legal-sized trout last month. No new trout stockings are scheduled for the rest of the year. Trolling has been good off points and in the lower section of the reservoir. All the boat ramps are open. The lake was down to 29 feet from full Thursday and dropping about 2 feet a week.
    Applegate Lake now has a standing advisory against eating too many portions of warmwater fish caught in the lake due to elevated mercury levels found in the bass and crappie.
    DIAMOND - Fishing for trout is best early in the morning and then it tapers off quite a bit during the day. Catches have been light, but it's better now that fresh fish have been stocked there the past two weeks. Most of the action is still-fishing with worms under bobbers, PowerBait or the old standby, Velveeta cheese. Action has improved at the northwest end of the lake, but most effort remains in the south end in 12 to 15 feet of water. The limit is eight trout per day longer than 8 inches, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
    EMIGRANT - Plastic worms and grubs are working best around structure early and late in the day for bass, with pink and purple crappie jigs finding crappie in the Songer Wayside area. Trout fishing is very slow, but it's best at creek mouths where cooler water can be found. The lake was listed Thursday at 41 percent full, having dropped significantly in the past week.
    A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
    EXPO - With hot weather, anglers are catching bass, perch and the occasional crappie.
    FISH - The lake received another 3,000 legal-sized rainbows and some larger trout late last month. Fishing is decent for a mix of trout and chinook salmon, mainly around the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp and 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 12- to 14-inch range. The lake was down to 42 percent of full Thursday.
    HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake is still-fishing OK early in the morning and late in the evening for rainbow trout, and it is very good for bass during the day. Trolling, especially in the morning, is still producing decent catches of rainbows. Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with worms are always hot bets, with or without flashers. Most of the trout are 10 to 14 inches, with another group at 18-plus inches. The lake is listed at 41 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 Campground is fair to good, but only the resort ramp works. The limit is five trout a day but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
    HYATT - The lake is down to 25 percent full, rendering the BLM boat ramp unusable. Driftboats, smaller boats and cartoppers are launching along dry bank areas, but be very careful about mud. That has left the lake virtually unused. The limit is five trout a day but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
    LEMOLO - The lake was stocked last month with rainbow trout. Expect good fishing for rainbows and brown trout while trolling lures in about 15 feet of water but very far behind the boat. Some decent kokanee catches have been reported.
    LOST CREEK - Another batch of legal-sized rainbow trout was stocked there last month and they are creating action. Trollers continue to focus near the dam and straight out from the marina. Bass fishing is very good with a mix of crankbaits and plastics. The lake is 61 feet shy of full.
    LAKE of the WOODS - Trolling with green or black Wedding Rings is working well for rainbow trout, while pink ones are knocking the kokanee well. Still-fishing with PowerBait from the bank has been good for trout, especially early. Bass are thick in the shallows, and night fishing for catfish is good.
    WILLOW - 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. The lake is starting to get drawn down and was 89 percent full Thursday.
    ROGUE - The spring chinook salmon bite in the upper Rogue has held on upstream of Shady Cove, while the early summer steelhead run has been pretty decent in the evenings and early mornings. The middle Rogue is starting to stir with some summer steelhead action around Grants Pass and Robertson Bridge, while the lower Rogue is bustling with early fall chinook and a pretty steady bite.
    That puts the best bet evenly on the Rogue's two extremes. Whichever is closer or more appealing is your pick.
    In the upper Rogue, water flows out of Lost Creek Lake were holding steady at 1,500 cubic feet per second Thursday. 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. That has the flows at Dodge Bridge at just 1,614 cfs.
    A few more anglers are floating the Dodge to TouVelle run now, where anglers can keep wild chinook as part of their two-fish daily limit. Upstream anglers are still getting into chinook, often catching summer steelhead in the morning.
    All wild chinook must be released unharmed from the Hatchery Hole downstream to Dodge Bridge through Thursday.
    Some early summer steelhead are being caught in the evenings and mornings on streamers, worms and plugs. Dusk is best.
    A few summer steelhead are getting caught on worms in the middle Rogue, especially at Schroeder Park.
    In the lower Rogue, at least 30 chinook are getting caught each morning, and there seems to be plenty of fish in the bay for this early. A clam dredger working the bay seems to have slowed the bite down, but it should be gone by the weekend. Troll anchovies with Rogue rig blades a few feet off the bottom.
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