Lake Outlook

<b>Lake Outlook</b>

AGATE: Fishing has been good for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill. Fishing will be best during mornings and evenings. Good catches of crappie have been reported in recent weeks. Boat anglers fishing deep water, up to 20 feet, are having the best success with plastic jigs. No gas motors are allowed.

APPLEGATE: Pressure remains light at the lake despite a good mix of fishing for trout and bass. Find sunken or overhanging trees to catch fish on Sinkos and small jigs for bass. Trolling off points for trout can be good around dusk. Fish deeper water during daylight hours.

Anglers can keep up to five rainbow trout or stocked salmon a day, but only one fish can be more than 20 inches long. Also, no bass between 12 and 15 inches can be kept, and only one bass larger than 15 inches can be kept.

DIAMOND: The lake was freshly stocked with 8,000 fish-eating rainbow trout. The 100,000 fingerling trout stocked last spring are now pushing 12 inches and contributing well to the fishery. Wind-drifting night crawlers or still-fishing with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait is best along the north and west ends of the lake. Also, streamer flies have been productive for fly-fishers using sinking lines around Short Creek and Silent Creek.

EMIGRANT: The lake continues to provide a mixed-bag of good fishing for bass, trout and panfish. Fishing is best in the mornings and evenings, and anglers can do well for largemouth on buzz baits around submerged willows. Some anglers have reported good catches on top-water lures around dusk, but use crankbaits and spinnerbaits in deep water during the day. Perch catches remain high, but crappie fishing is slow for those wind-drifting jigs under bobbers.

A health advisory has been issued about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

FISH: Fishing for stocked rainbow trout has been fair, with some rainbows feeding on small chub fry near shore. Try chub-looking lures or small brown streamer flies for these. Fresh trout were stocked this past week. They likely will be most susceptible to PowerBait or worms fished near the Forest Service boat ramp.

HOWARD PRAIRIE: Trout anglers are catching a combination of larger hold-over trout and legal-sized trout planted recently at the resort. Trolling for trout is best in the evenings near Doe Point and along the eastern side of the lake. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass has been good with red plugs and small spinners.

HYATT: Largemouth bass fishing remains very good around the edges of the lake and in coves. The bass are getting a little less active now with the cooler weather and a drop in water temperatures.

Trout fishing has been hit-and-miss for trollers working Triple Teasers and other lures. There's a combination of larger hold-over trout and trout around 10-11 inches. Also, about 120 trout 12-28 inches were salvaged from Little Hyatt Lake and released at Hyatt Lake. Try spoons and Flatfish for them.

LOST CREEK: Trout and smallmouth bass fishing have picked up as cooler water temperatures have both species on the prowl. Smallmouth fishing is best in coves, off points and around submerged humps. Grubs and crankbaits are the most effective. Fly-fishing with poppers and streamers also works well now for smallmouth.

Trout anglers are doing best upstream of Peyton Bridge. Wind-drifting night crawlers is best. Motor up to where the cold water meets the lake water. A few brown trout are also in the mix there.

SELMAC: Fishing is fair for largemouth bass with grubs and Sinkos. Trout fishing is slow, but some hold-over legal-sized trout remain in the mix. Effort is light.

KLAMATH: Big trout have moved off the springs and are starting to move around. Fly-fishing with streamers or casting chub-like plugs has been good.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is fair for largemouth bass, crappie, smallmouth bass, kokanee and brown trout.

<b>River Outlook</b>

ROGUE: Summer steelhead fishing remains fair in the upper Rogue as fly-fishing conditions begin to shift, while late season fall chinook fishing is fair in the middle Rogue. A good showing of summer steelhead, half-pounders and fall chinook in the Agness area has anglers hopping, while trolling the bay for chinook and coho recently has been the best so far of the season.

That makes the Agness area the best bet for the weekend, provided you have access to a driftboat or powerboat and are willing to invest the time. Those who do will find fall chinook biting roe or Kwikfish equally well in the mornings. Switch to worms or flies for half-pounders during the day. Summer steelhead adults and half-pounders are the evening delight for fly-fishermen swinging or twitching streamers off floating or sink-tip lines.

In the upper Rogue, summer steelhead fishing is with flies only, and now is the time to switch over from streamers to Ugly Bugs and egg flies. The reason is the water-release temperatures have dropped to 49 degrees, which leaves steelhead less interested in moving up to strike streamers or surface flies. Flows out of Lost Creek Lake are down to 1,000 cubic feet per second, and low-water conditions will persist until fall rains come.

In the middle Rogue, plenty of big fall chinook remain in all the holes, but they have proven to be a bit finicky of late. Kwikfish wrapped with a sardine filet remains the offering of choice. Salmon fishing closes Sunday night from the Hog Creek boat landing upstream to Gold Ray Dam. Upstream of Gold Ray Dam already is closed to chinook fishing until Nov. 1.

The lower Rogue bay has been a good mix of fall chinook and coho, with about 100 fish caught Saturday by those trolling the bay. That's the best day of the year so far. Winds have hampered trollers, but those working the slack tides have done well with anchovies and green blades.

All wild steelhead must be released unharmed.

ILLINOIS: Fishing for summer steelhead remains fair to good during evenings near the mouth. No bait is allowed, just flies or lures or plastic corkies.

UMPQUA: In the estuary, fall chinook and coho catches have been good downstream of the Hwy. 101 bridge. A few large green sturgeon also have been caught at times.

In the main-stem, smallmouth fishing remains very good, while a few fall chinook are getting caught, but they are scattered. The North Umpqua remains fair for summer steelhead, while the South Umpqua remains excellent for smallmouth bass.

COOS: Fall chinook fishing was good this week in the bay, with trollers working the Marshfield Channel with cut-plug herring. In the Dellwood area, chinook were caught this week with eggs and sandshrimp fished under bobbers.

COQUILLE: Fall chinook fishing is good for boaters trolling anchovies and spinner blades. Some big fish have been caught around Rock Point. Striped bass fishing is fair.

CHETCO: No fall chinook have moved upstream yet, but anglers have caught a pink salmon and a few chum salmon. Only chinook may be kept in the Chetco.

ELK: No fall chinook have been reported in the estuary.

WILLIAMSON: Fly-fishermen using grasshopper patterns are still catching redband trout in the upper reaches.

WOOD: Fly-fishermen in driftboats are doing well for redband trout that have moved into the lower part of the river to spawn. Brown trout fishing with grasshopper flies is best upstream of Weed Road.

KLAMATH: Fishing for rainbow and redband trout is good downstream of JC Boyle Dam with flies and small spinners. Watch for flow fluctuations. Call 800-547-1501 for updated flow information.

<b>Ocean Outlook</b>

BROOKINGS: Chinook salmon fishing returns Monday in the ocean just off the mouth of the Chetco. Slowly trolling large herring can be good around the whistle buoy. The season runs through Oct. 14, but catches are weather-dependent.

GOLD BEACH: Heavy winds have kept anglers in the bay. When winds subside, look for excellent lingcod and black rockfish catches in the Ophir area north of the bay.

COOS BAY: Crabbing has been very good in the lower bay and the docks around Charleston. The Dungeness are large and their shells are hard. Remember to buy a shellfish license.

WINCHESTER BAY: Salmon fishing is fair, while fishing for green sturgeon is slow. Crabbing remains very good.

SOUTH COAST BEACHES: Surf perch fishing has tapered off around the Rogue and Winchuck river mouths. South coast beaches are open for clam and mussel harvest. Check for updated health advisories by calling the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Shellfish line at 800-448-2474.