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  • Fishing Report: July 4, 2014

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  • COASTWIDE - Forecasts call for winds of up to 15 knots, but the swells shouldn't be too bad, which should make for a decent holiday weekend of fishing off the South Coast. No small-craft advisories were listed for the weekend.
    Bottomfishers must stay within the 30-fathom line to protect yelloweye rockfish, and 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 now start keeping 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 decent catches of cohos, although plenty of wild cohos are getting released.
    Clammers won't get any minus morning tides until next weekend, though digging is still good on low tides in the Clatsop County beaches and the Coos County sands. The entire Oregon Coast is now closed to recreational mussel harvest due to 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 August. The near-shore fishery inside 40 fathoms remains open.
    COOS BAY - Bottomfish catches have been excellent this week, with chinook salmon fishing a little slow. Last week, more than half the deep-water halibut anglers caught fish. Tuna remain about 25 miles offshore, but winds have kept most anglers from venturing that far. Crabbing has improved to fair. Many red rock crabs in 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. Good morning minus tides are forecast for next weekend.
    BROOKINGS - Chinook catches have picked up, and fishing should be very good through the holiday weekend, which is one of the busiest of the season. Most of the action so far has been near the Oregon/California border. This past week, creel counters showed one chinook landed for every two anglers. The fin-clipped coho salmon 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, where chinook fishing is nearly nonexistent.
    AGATE - The lake is down significantly to 61 percent full and dropping quickly. The warmwater fishery is really taking over. 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, but fish them slowly. 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 well 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 18 feet from full Thursday but dropping about 2 feet a week because of light water releases to the Applegate River.
    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 the fish quality has been very good. 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 around 12 to 15 feet of water. Vary your depths. Trolling is slow and won't pick up until the water warms some. The limit is eight trout per day longer than 8 inches, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
    EMIGRANT - No new rainbow trout were planted this week, and the lake's best feature is its warmwater fishing. Plastic worms and grubs are working best around structure early and late in the day, with pink and purple crappie jigs finding crappie in the Songer Wayside area. Trout fishing is slow, but it's best at creek mouths where cooler water can be found. The lake was listed Thursday at 55 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 - The pond was stocked last month with trout, and that will be it for the season. With the hot weather here, trout fishing is probably history, but there are plenty of bluegill and perch to play with.
    FISH - The lake received another 3,000 legal-sized rainbows and some larger trout last week, boosting the already solid action there. Fishing is very good for a mix of trout and chinook salmon, mainly around the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp or 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 59 percent of full Thursday.
    HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake is still-fishing fairly well early in the morning and late in the evening for rainbow trout and is very good for bass during the day. Trolling, especially in the morning, is still producing good 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 45 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 is fair to good, but only the resort ramp and the Klum Landing ramp reach the water. The limit is five trout a day but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
    HYATT - The lake is down to 32 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 few anglers who are there are not catching many rainbows, but the trout are nice and fat. Several 16- to 18-inch fish have been caught by trollers slowly working around submerged trees or the old creek channel. The limit is five trout a day but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
    LEMOLO - The lake was recently stocked 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, as well.
    LOST CREEK - Anglers are back now that the blue-green algae advisory is over. Another batch of legal-sized rainbow trout were stocked there last month and they are available and 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 26 feet shy of full, having dropped about 4 feet in the past week.
    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.
    SELMAC - Fishing for trout improved after 2,000 legal-sized rainbows were planted last month. Bass fishing has definitely heated up in the shallows.
    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. The middle Rogue is starting to get some summer steelhead action, while the lower Rogue is a bust for chinook thanks to low and warm flows that even have the cutthroat trout hard to find.
    That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, and chances are it will stay that way through the remainder of the spring chinook season.
    In the upper Rogue, water flows out of Lost Creek Lake were hovering at 2,200 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 2,273 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.
    All wild chinook must be released unharmed from the Hatchery Hole downstream to Dodge Bridge.
    The technicians at Cole Rivers Hatchery have been busy, with 556 new spring chinook and 81 summer steelhead moving into the hatchery this past week.
    Some early summer steelhead are being caught in the evenings 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, a few optimists are trolling the bay, but no fall chinook have been reported yet.
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