TRAIL — Peter Ware looks back longingly to the late 1980s for the kind of fishing days that earned this short stretch of the Rogue River below Lost Creek dam the name "Holy Water."
"You could come up here and not know what you were doing and still get double-digit fish," says Ware, 72, of Talent. "If you knew what you were doing, 50 hook-ups wasn't unheard of. It was unbelievable."
But this eighth-tenths-of-a-mile stretch of pure trout water has been anything but...
COASTWIDE: Decent conditions will welcome anglers on the South Coast this week as they go after a mixed bag of bottomfish and halibut. Today's forecast calls for 10-knot winds and four-foot wind waves, followed Saturday and Sunday by five-knot winds and five-foot swells.
Rockfish anglers must stay inside the 20-fathom line while fishing for rockfish at least through September, and possibly for the rest of the season. It does not...
Is the queen of Oregon rivers shedding gems from her crown? Or just trading diamonds for rhinestones?
The largemouth bass John Vahey of Oregon City landed Aug. 1 in the Deschutes River, 12 miles above its mouth at the Columbia River, ultimately didn't concern him that much; nor did the fact it struck in stout current he'd been told to cast into for steelhead.
He did, however, take a photo because, as he correctly pointed out, "otherwise no one would believe me."
The Grants Pass-based Middle Rogue Steelheaders will hold its 21st annual fishing derby Aug. 27 on the Rogue River with a nod toward helping disabled military veterans get an opportunity to fish for fall chinook salmon.
This year's derby will feature amputee guide Todd Logan donating his time to take fellow amputee Charles Eden fishing.
Logan has use of a specially crafted Willie Boat driftboat that allows for wheelchair access through the transom. The boat is also built so....
COASTWIDE: Decent winds and somewhat agreeable seas await Southern Oregon ocean anglers this morning, with conditions getting progressively more surly through the weekend. Today's forecast starts with 5-knot winds and 6-foot swells, followed Saturday by winds of 5 to 10 knots and swells up to 5 feet. Sunday is a bit worse, with winds of 20 to 25 knots and 6-foot wind waves.
Rockfish anglers must stay inside the 20-fathom.....
COASTWIDE: A gale warning is in effect today amid 20-knot winds and wind waves up to nine feet. Things will get a little better Saturday with 20-knot winds and five-foot wind waves, followed Sunday by 20-knot winds and swells of up to six feet. Wind and waves all week have forced bottomfishers to stay in close to work kelp beds in coves.
COASTWIDE: Small-craft and hazardous seas advisories are in effect for the Southern Oregon coast through Sunday, with 30-knot winds and nine-foot seas forecast. That will but a lid on salmon, bottomfish and tuna angling and discourage clammers looking to take advantage of some upcoming minus tides.
When anglers do return to the ocean, they must stay inside the 20-fathom line while fishing for rockfish to reduce pressure on...
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....
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...
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...
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.
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....
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.
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,...
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....
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,...
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...
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....
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....