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  • Fishing Report: July 18, 2014

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  • COASTWIDE - Forecasts call for a small-craft advisory today, followed by 15-knot winds and 4-foot wind waves Saturday. Sunday's forecast is for 10-knot winds and 7-foot swells.
    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. Anglers can keep one cabezon as part of that limit. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    The ocean is open for both chinook and fin-clipped coho salmon fishing, with chinook fishing best off Southern Oregon and fin-clipped coho fishing best out of Central Oregon ports.
    Tuna fishing has been very good 30 miles offshore. Charleston remains the best tuna port, where anglers are averaging eight tuna per trip, while Bandon anglers are coming back with half that.
    Clammers will get some excellent 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 are under their standard mid-summer conservation closure.
    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.
    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 very good chinook and salmon fishing. Anglers are averaging limits of bottomfish and one lingcod for every two anglers. Tuna fishing has been hot.
    Many red rock crabs in the 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 morning minus tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway and Clam Island.
    BROOKINGS - Chinook catches have been very good 5 to 7 miles offshore. Nine out of 10 salmon anglers who ventured offshore last week caught a chinook. Most of the action has been 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. The Southern Oregon halibut quota has 47 percent remaining.
    GOLD BEACH - Fall chinook fishing has been good in the bay this past week, with trollers catching 20 to 30 fish a day. Halfpounders are starting to move into the lower river. Ocean fishing for chinook has been good just offshore when anglers can get out. Surfperch fishing has been very good.
    AGATE - The lake is down to 49 percent full and dropping quickly. 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. 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 25 feet from full Thursday but dropping almost 4 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 from the lake due to elevated mercury levels in bass and crappie.
    DIAMOND - Another 23,700 legals and larger trout were stocked to boost 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 - 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. The lake was listed Thursday at 50 percent full; it 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 - Warmwater fishing is fair to good in the mornings.
    FISH - Fishing is still good on holdover trout as well as the 3,000 legal-sized rainbows and some larger trout stocked last month. Stocked chinook and predatory tiger trout are getting caught. Chinook are part of the trout limit, but tiger trout must be released unharmed.
    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. Pressure is light. The lake is listed at 43 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 is usable.
    HYATT - The lake is down to 28 percent full, with no boat-ramp access. Driftboats, smaller boats and cartoppers are launching along dry bank areas, but be very careful about mud. That has left the lake virtually unused.
    LEMOLO - Trolling for brown trout is good in the mornings and evenings for those trolling lures about 15 feet down and very far behind the boat. Some decent kokanee catches have been reported, as well.
    LOST CREEK - Another batch of legal-sized rainbow trout were released last month and they are 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 30 feet shy of full and dropping slowly as outflows have been reduced for July.
    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 is slow, while bass fishing is very good with plastic worms and smaller crankbaits.
    ROGUE - The lower Rogue bay is perking up with decent early fall chinook fishing, while the upper Rogue is good for a mix of chinook and summer steelhead, while everything in between is slow for anything.
    That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, but keep an eye on the bay, as this should be a very good season for fall chinook.
    Halfpounders are starting to show in the lower Rogue and fishing is best between Quosatana and Lobster Creek. With flows at less than 1,600 cubic feet per second at Agness, fly-fishing conditions are excellent.
    In the upper Rogue, water flows out of Lost Creek Lake were holding steady at 1,500 cfs 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.
    Cole Rivers Hatchery technicians captured another 360 chinook this past week, a drop from recent weeks. The overall chinook count at the hatchery now is 6,982 chinook. Another 182 summer steelhead made it back to the hatchery, upping the early-run count to 503 adults.
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