Fishing Report: Friday, July 15

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The forecast for the ocean off Southern Oregon today is better for stormwatchers than ocean anglers. A gale warning will be in effect today, with 35-knot winds and 10-foot wind waves. Saturday is better but not great, with 15-knot winds and six-foot wind waves followed Sunday by 20-knot winds and five-foot swells.

Beginning today, bottomfishers must stay inside the 20-fathom line to reduce pressure on yelloweyes. The....

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A friend for dinner

A friend for dinner

SHADY COVE — My driftboat hovers in a favorite upper Rogue River riffle in the shadows of a giant oak that houses a large nest rebuilt by two bald eagles after a windstorm ripped the bottom out of it.

It's a perfect metaphor to this year's fishing season on the upper Rogue, where an excruciating spring chinook season needs to give way to something new, something smaller, but definitely something better.

Just then the right-side rod bows to the water, pulsing with...

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Fishing Report: Friday, July 8

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The forecast for the ocean off Southern Oregon today calls for winds up to 15 knots and four-foot swells to go along with showers, followed Saturday by five-knot winds, five-foot swells and showers. On Sunday, the forecast is for 10-knot winds and seven-foot swells.

The ocean was pretty rough for anglers much of this past week, but good bottomfishing came Wednesday, with limits of ling cod and black rockfish common...

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'Fish On John' wins third straight Rainbow $5,000 derby

John Linson and his dragonfly nymphs did it get again, pulling off the triple crown of trout fishing at Diamond Lake.

The 62-year-old Prospect man, known as "Fish On John," used dragonfly nymphs to perfection Saturday when he won his third consecutive Rainbow $5,000 fishing derby run by The Black Bird Shopping Center of Medford, earning himself his third grand-prize check of $1,000.

"Can you believe it?" Linson says. "Three years in a row, all with the same bug in the same spot.

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Fishing Report: Friday, July 1

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean off Southern Oregon will be quite surly this weekend, starting with 35-knot winds and eight-foot wind waves today. Things will get better but still not good Saturday, with 15-knot winds and six-foot wind waves. Sunday will bring 20-knot winds.

Limits of ling cod are harder to come by, but catches of lings and black rockfish are still good out of Coos Bay and Brookings. Jigging just off kelp beds and on rock....

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Fishing Report: Friday, June 24

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean off Southern Oregon will become progressively choppy and windy as the weekend progresses, and that could steer some anglers off the ocean despite improved salmon catches off Brookings and a steady rockfish bite. Winds will ramp up today amid a 4-foot mixed swell, followed Saturday by 10- to 15-knot winds and wind waves up to 6 feet. Sunday will see 15- to 20-knot winds and more 6-foot wind waves.

Limits of.....

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Prowling tigers

Prowling tigers

At Diamond Lake, the discovery of a single tui chub last October has the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife ready to go all-in to keep the chub's last ugly invasion from repeating itself.

The agency is using trap nets and buzzing the shallows with electroshocking gear to see whether any more chub exist in the lake and to kill them now before waiting the 13 years it took the last time for one chub to turn into almost 100 million.

It is also adding to the mix some bad-ass,...

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Fishing Report: Friday, June 17

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean off Southern Oregon will be calm today, and it will turn progressively windier and choppier as the weekend progresses, but that should work fine for bottomfishing and a little bit of chinook salmon fishing for those giving it an early shot. Five-knot winds and two-foot swells are forecast for today, followed Saturday by 10-knot winds and four-foot wind waves Saturday. Sunday will see the wind increase to 20 knots....

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Chetco motor ban proposal has Brookings abuzz

BROOKINGS — The running feud between bank anglers and driftboaters is raising hackles again, this time along the lower Chetco River about whether outboard motors are ruining the fishing experience or simply are a effective tool in the winter steelhead fishing trade.

A group of bank anglers have petitioned the Oregon State Marine Board to ban motors on the roughly 10 miles of the Chetco outside of tidewater where motors are legal.

At issue is whether driftboaters,...

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Fishing Report: Friday, June 10

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean off Southern Oregon will be calm today, and it will turn progressively windier and choppier as the weekend progresses, but that should be OK for bottomfishing. Five-knot winds and two-foot swells are forecast for today, followed Saturday by 10- to 15-knot winds and five-foot wind waves Saturday. Sunday has the same seas but winds up to 20 knots.

Limits of lings are becoming a little harder to come by, but...

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Fishing report: Friday, June 3

OCEAN OUTLOOK

 

COASTWIDE: The ocean off Southern Oregon will be a bit choppy but not too bad this weekend, starting with 10-knot windws and four-foiot wind waves today followed Saturday by winds again up to 10 knots and five-foot swells. Sunday starts to get a bit sketchy with winds up to 20 knots and five-foot wind waves.

 

Limits of lings and rockfish are still coming in regularly out of Coos Bay, Brookings and Gold Beach when anglers can get out. Jigging....

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Salmonfly hatch at Holy Water fills sky with bugs, anglers with hope

Salmonfly hatch at Holy Water fills sky with bugs, anglers with hope

TRAIL — A wiggling piece of prehistoric Plecoptera crawls up Wayne Taylor's neck but he doesn't bother to swat it away.

After all, it's the reason he travels from Grants Pass to a little isolated patch of the Rogue River every early June, transforming from a steelhead fly-fishing disciple to a trout bum for a few spectacular weeks.

"It's all about this bug right here, and it's insane," Taylor says.

Yes, he is stoned.

Hooked on stoneflies, at least the....

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Tiger trout primed to pounce at Diamond

Diamond Lake is getting a dose of predatory trout that quite literally will be lying in the weeds while doing their part to keep invasive tui chub and red-sided shiners from robbing the lake of its top-drawer trout fishery.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife next week will stock the first hybrid tiger trout intended to prey on the unwanted invasives before they take hold in this eastern Douglas County lake.

Tiger trout are infamous for their boldness, willing to stalk...

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Backcountry group to stump for wild steelhead sanctuary

Backcountry group to stump for wild steelhead sanctuary

STEAMBOAT — A backcountry advocacy group plans to jump-start a stalled campaign to protect a 104,000-acre chunk of the North Umpqua River Basin for wild steelhead and name it after one of the fish's most ardent and iconic defenders.

The group Backcountry Hunters and Anglers plans to launch a statewide grassroots campaign to see the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary east of Roseburg become a reality.

The sanctuary and the Congressional bill seeking to designate it are in....

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Fishing Report: Friday, May 27

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean off Southern Oregon will be more than a bit windy and squirrely heading into the weekend, but the weather will improve incrementally as it goes. Winds of 20 to 25 knots are forecast for today with wind waves of 6 to 9 feet near Brookings. That's not good. Saturday the winds will abate to 15 knots with 4- to 6-foot waves. Sunday will see 10- to 20-knot winds and 3- to 5-foot waves. No rain is...

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Trout rewards offered at Lost Creek

TRAIL — Lost Creek Lake trout anglers will get a chance to be citizen biologists, and possibly make some cash, during a new survey that will help determine what trout-stocking strategy works best for angling at Jackson County's largest and most popular lake.

Biologists at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife this week affixed spaghetti-like tags to the dorsal fins of 1,500 legal-sized trout and 162 14-inch "pounders" bound for the lake to determine which size trout is...

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Rewards offered for illegal fish-stocking

Rewards offered for illegal fish-stocking

Angler groups seeing red over the rampant introduction of non-native fish into Southern Oregon waterways are hoping a little green will curb the practice and perhaps lead to someone getting caught in the act.

Three nonprofit organizations of bass anglers — Oregon BASS Nation, The Bass Federation and Oregon Black Bass Action Committee — have created a fund called Turn In Illegal Introductions, or TI3, to provide cash rewards of up to $3,000 for information leading to...

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Fishing Report: Friday, May 20

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: After a lake-like ocean last weekend, ocean anglers will see some bumpier water through the weekend, but it'll be doable for those with fair sea legs. Today's forecast calls for 10-knot winds and seven-foot wells, followed Saturday by 10-knot winds and six-foot swells. Sunday looks best with five-knot winds and five-foot swells. No advisories are forecast off Oregon this weekend, but expect rain.

Limits of lings and.....

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Fishing Report: Friday, May 13

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean has been flat, and forecasts call for it to remain that way through the weekend, which means plenty of happy bottomfishers out of Brookings and even Gold Beach in recent days. Look for winds around five knots off the South Coast and two-foot swells today, giving way to 10-knot winds and three-foot swells Saturday. Sunday looks a little rougher but still very good with 15-knot winds and two- to three-foot...

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Howard Prairie to host ODFW event

Howard Prairie Resort will host a family fishing event Saturday that will be put on by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to give families a taste of fishing at Howard Prairie reservoir.

The free event will run from 9 a.m. to noon and include several activities focused on learning how to catch Howard Prairie's stocked rainbow trout.

The agency recently stocked 5,725 legal-sized trout and 400 larger trout averaging about two pounds apiece. The lake is also home to...

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