Fishing Report: Friday, April 24

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Though no small-craft advisories or hazardous sea warnings are in effect through the weekend, some swells may be a little tough for the average inlander to handle. Today's forecast is for 15-knot winds and swells up to 9 feet, while Saturday's winds will drop to 5 knots and the swells are forecast to drop to 8 feet. Sunday is forecast for 10-knot winds and 6-foot swells.

For those who venture out, near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod has been....

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Saving money, making money with trout

Saving money, making money with trout

The spaghetti-like plastic strings on the backs of some rainbow trout heading next week to Lake of the Woods will help determine just how many trout this high-mountain lake can hold — without its boat ramps being stalked by a clipboard-toting creel checker all summer.

And U.S.S. Grant might find his way into your back pocket, just for your support.

State fish biologists have tapped Lake of the Woods as a test-water to see whether a new mark-and-recapture study that enlists....

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Solid South Coast chinook season begins May 1

Only the weather will get in the way of a bountiful summer of salmon fishing off the Southern Oregon Coast, where anglers are poised to begin another full season of trolling on the briny.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is set today to pass a series of summer salmon-fishing seasons that again should help Brookings lead the way as the top chinook-fishing port on the Oregon Coast.

The proposed chinook season for waters from Humbug Mountain near Port Orford south to the...

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6 trout to know

6 trout to know

The fourth Saturday in April is the angling equivalent of St. Patrick's Day, when everyone's at least a wee bit Irish.

For next weekend's start of the trout-fishing season here, about a quarter-million Oregonians become trout bums, at least for a day.
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Springer season looks to rebound this year

Springer season looks to rebound this year

TRAIL — It took Chris Fite all of one cast to usher in this year's spring chinook salmon season on the upper Rogue River.
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ODFW asks for anglers' help at Lake of the Woods

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to stock 11,000 rainbow trout — including 3,000 of trophy size and 36 worth $50 each — starting next week in Lake of the Woods, and the agency wants anglers to help them figure out what happens to those fish.
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Fishing Report: Friday, April 17

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Small-craft advisories and hazardous sea warnings are forecast off the Southern Oregon coast through tonight, followed by 20-knot winds and 6-foot swells Saturday before things calm down a bit to 15-knot winds and 4-foot swells. Near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod has been exceptionally good close to shore. When weather permits, most anglers are getting limits of rockfish and their two keeper lings, while releasing several smaller ones.

The.....

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A tale of two lakes

ASHLAND — Trout anglers will find Howard Prairie much to their liking this spring, but not so much at nearby Hyatt Lake as another year of drought conditions plays tricks on the trout season.

Opening day of the spring trout season is April 25, and visitors to Howard Prairie will find enough water to see working boat ramps and a full complement of rainbow trout stocked for the season.

But it's a sight that isn't likely to last long. Water levels are forecast to drop to...

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2015 ODFW trout-stocking schedule

APRIL

April 20-26

Lost Creek Reservoir, 20,000

Applegate Reservoir, 12,000

Medco Pond, 2,000

Fish Lake, 5,000

Reinhart Pond, 300

 

April 27-May 3

Expo Pond, 1,500

Reinhart Pond, 300

Emigrant Reservoir, 1,500

 

MAY

May 4-10

Howard Prairie Reservoir, 600

Hyatt Lake, 600

 

May...

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Nearly 400 steelhead die in Applegate fish-trap failure

APPLEGATE — A breakdown of a fish-loading facility at the base of Applegate Dam killed almost 400 Applegate River adult winter steelhead that were bound for Cole Rivers Hatchery.

The 380 fish killed in Tuesday's incident marked the second fish-killing breakdown at the loading facility in three years and the worst of four such failures there dating back to 2002, records show.

The failure has led to some procedural changes, as well. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife....

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Steelheaders use social media to auction off a driftboat

The Middle Rogue Steelheaders are turning to social media to sell a new driftboat as a fundraiser to support the Grants Pass-based group's ongoing restoration and conservation projects in the Rogue River Basin.

The club is using a combination of online and live auctions to sell a fully loaded 17x54 Willie's driftboat over the next four months.

Bids will be accepted on the club's Facebook page through Sept. 9, with the top three bidders invited to fight it out the next night in a.....

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Fishing Report: Friday, April 10

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Ocean conditions look very good today and Saturday for near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod, but things will get pretty windy and rough by Sunday, when 9-foot swells are predicted. Look for 5-knot winds and 4-foot waves today. Near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod has been sensational close to shore. When weather permits, most anglers are getting limits of rockfish and their two keeper lings, while releasing several smaller...

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Fishing Report: Friday, April 3

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Ocean conditions look very good today for near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod, but things will get progressively worse into the weekend. After 5-knot winds and 3-foot waves today, the ocean is expected to kick up to 9-foot swells Saturday and 10-foot swells Sunday. That's too bad because near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod has been sensational. When weather permits, most anglers are getting limits of rockfish and their two keeper...

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'Stripped' hatchery steelhead eyed for release into Rogue

TRAIL — The upper Rogue River's winter steelhead run likely will jump another 200 fish today under a program meant to improve future year's fishing trips instead of this season's successes.

Cole Rivers Hatchery technicians hope to strip the eggs out of excess female winter steelhead being held in hatchery ponds near Trail, then truck them down to the Gold Hill boat ramp for release.

The egg-less fish can be recycled because they are no threat to stray onto wild steelhead...

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Fish on: Winter steelhead fishing is so good on the upper Rogue that even rookies can limit out

Fish on: Winter steelhead fishing is so good on the upper Rogue that even rookies can limit out

GOLD HILL — Winter steelhead are known as the fish of 1,000 casts. Eric Winkler caught his first on cast No. 3.

The third time the 20-year-old Jacksonville man drifted a plug down the surface of the upper Rogue River then closed the bail on his borrowed level-wind reel, all hell broke loose.

Moments later, his father Brian Winkler boated his son's first steelhead, a 7-pound hatchery hen that put Eric a full 997 casts ahead of the adage afforded new steelhead anglers, who...

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Tips for catching winter steelhead in the upper Rogue

Where to target: Winter steelhead like deeper and slower water than summer steelhead, so look for slower riffles 4 or more feet deep.

From a driftboat: Side-drifting roe, worms and even plastic rubber worms are stalwarts. Fishing a pink worm off a pink-headed jig beneath a bobber is becoming a go-to method for upper Rogue steelheaders in recent years.

Plugs are fished 40-50 feet off the front of a driftboat, with the oarsman holding the boat...

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Fishing Report: Friday, March 27

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Weekend fishing conditions should be decent this morning and then get worse until Sunday, when 15-knot winds and swells up to 9 feet can be expected. That's too bad because near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod has been sensational. When weather permits, most anglers are getting limits of rockfish and their two keeper lings while releasing several smaller ones.

The ocean crabbing season is open, and Dungeness.....

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Ocean salmon look plentiful off the Southern Oregon coast this year, but next year's a different story

Ocean salmon look plentiful off the Southern Oregon coast this year, but next year's a different story

Enough adult salmon are now finning off the Southern Oregon and Northern California coasts to give Brookings a good chance to repeat as Oregon's top port for boating chinook.

But the ever-changing ocean currents have to do their part.

Preseason estimates of chinook and fin-clipped coho salmon in the ocean are high enough that salmon anglers are on the cusp of seeing a summer saltwater salmon season nearly identical to 2014, when Brookings regained its spot as the top chinook port....

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Rogue steelhead migration hits the gas pedal

Last weekend's rains hit the Rogue River Basin's migrating winter steelhead like a cattle prod, boosting migration rates in the Rogue and Applegate rivers.

Counts tallied Wednesday at Cole Rivers Hatchery near Trail showed that winter steelhead captured in the trap from this week's migration more than doubled the early-run count so far, hatchery Manager David Pease says.

The 580 winter steelhead counted Wednesday upped the catch there to 1,048 winter steelhead, the highest run to....

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Fishing Report: Friday, March 13

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Morning fishing conditions should be good today and Saturday before 20-knot winds and 11-foot seas take over Sunday. Lingcod fishing has been outstanding this week off Southern Oregon ports, with red, black or white jigs all working well. Rockfish catches also have been very good.

The ocean crabbing season is open, and Dungeness catches should remain good in coastal estuaries.

Anglers can venture past the 30-fathom.....

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