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  • Fishing Report: July 11, 2014

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  • COASTWIDE - Forecasts call for 5-knot winds and decent seas today and Saturday, with winds starting to kick up again Sunday. No warnings are in effect so far for this weekend, which could be promising for offshore fishing.
    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 keep one cabezon as part of that limit.
    The ocean is open for chinook and fin-clipped coho salmon fishing, with chinook fishing best off Southern Oregon and fin-clipped coho fishing best off Central Oregon ports.
    Tuna fishing has been very good 30 miles offshore in rip currents and warmer water.
    Clammers will get some good morning minus tides through Wednesday, and they should bring out diggers by the droves, especially at the Clatsop County beaches and the Coos County sands. Clatsop beaches close Tuesday to clamming.
    The entire Oregon Coast remains closed to recreational mussel harvest due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning. All other recreational shellfish harvesting is open. Always call the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474 for closure updates before going clamming.
    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 fishing decent and tuna catches good 28 to 30 miles offshore. Crabbing has improved. 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 has been excellent near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway and Clam Island.
    BROOKINGS - Chinook catches have picked up, and the port is again leading the state in chinook catches. Nine out of 10 salmon anglers who ventured offshore last week caught a chinook. Most of the action has been south of Brookings and three to five miles out, with anglers finding chinook anywhere from 40 to 150 feet down. 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 - The first fall chinook of the season were caught in the bay this week by trollers. The first came Saturday and another half-dozen were caught Wednesday. Most of the chinook are staging offshore waiting for better conditions to move into the bay. 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.
    AGATE - The lake is down to 55 percent full and dropping. 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. All the boat ramps are open. The lake was down to 21 feet from full Thursday and is dropping about 3 feet a week.
    Applegate Lake now has a standing advisory against eating too many portions of warmwater fish caught in the lake because of elevated mercury levels found in the bass and crappie.
    DIAMOND - Fishing for trout will pick up this week when another 23,700 legals and larger trout are stocked to jumpstart a lagging fishery. Fishing 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. 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 50 percent full.
    A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
    FISH - The lake received another 3,000 legal-sized rainbows and some larger trout at the end of July, 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. 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. 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.
    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. The few anglers using the lake are not catching many rainbows, but the trout are nice and fat.
    LOST CREEK - 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 29 feet shy of full, having dropped about 4 feet in the past week. A drop in outflows will slow the drain for now.
    LAKE of the WOODS - Trolling with green or black Wedding Rings is working well for rainbow trout, while pink ones are catching kokanee. 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.
    ROGUE - The spring chinook salmon bite continues to hold on in the upper Rogue despite really warm air temperatures and a drop in outflows from Lost Creek Lake, while the early summer steelhead run has brought hit-and-miss action for evening anglers trying to beat the heat. The middle Rogue is still getting some summer steelhead action, while the lower Rogue is seeing the season's first fall chinook in the bay.
    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 back down to about 1,500 cubic feet per second Thursday as storage is being saved for release in August to improve fall chinook migration. 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 1,602 and 1,554 cfs at the former Gold Ray Dam.
    All wild chinook must be released unharmed from the Hatchery Hole downstream to Dodge Bridge.
    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, about a half-dozen fresh fall chinook were caught by anglers trolling anchovies in the bay, with more to come.
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