COASTWIDE: No small-craft advisories were forecast for the ocean this weekend as of Thursday. Friday's ocean anglers can expect 5- to 15-knot winds and 3- to 5-foot swells, with morning ocean better than later. Saturday will see winds up to 20 knots and some afternoon chop, with things slowing down a bit Sunday.
Bottomfishers must stay within the 30-fathom line to protect yelloweye rockfish. Near-shore jigging should be very good for lingcod and black rockfish once anglers can get back out to sea. 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 but not coho. Southern Oregon has picked up again for chinook fishing, particularly Brookings.
Clammers have some very good morning low tides Saturday through Wednesday, but no minus tides. Clatsop County beaches are closed, but the Coos County sands around Charleston and Empire are good. The entire Oregon Coast is now open to recreational mussel harvest. All other recreational shellfish harvesting is open, as well.
The all-depth halibut fishery off the Central and Northern Oregon Coast reopens Aug. 29-30. The near-shore fishery south of Humbug Mountain inside 40 fathoms remains open.
COOS BAY: Tuna fishing was pretty good when anglers could get out, but wind has been a problem. When they do get out, creel checkers have been noting seven albacore per angler, with a fair number of tuna in the 25- to 35-pound class. Look for water 58 degrees or warmer, likely about 30 miles offshore. Bottomfish catches have been excellent when anglers have gotten out, but chinook catches have slowed. Coho fishing is closed until next weekend.
Crabbing has been very good, especially for boat crabbers. 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.
BROOKINGS: Chinook catches have held steady with about one fish a day for every two anglers. Stiff winds but decent seas are forecast for today and Sunday, with Saturday's 20-knot winds likely scaring off most chinook anglers. Rockfishing has been excellent when anglers can get out. About one-quarter of the Southern Oregon halibut quota remains, with recent catches somewhat light.
GOLD BEACH: The Rogue bay has held steady for fresh fall chinook, with 40-60 fish caught daily by trollers. The fish seem to be spread out on both sides of the Highway 1091 bridge, with some catches off the bank with spinners near the mouth of Indian Creek during high tide. Fresh chinook seem to be coming in nightly and heading upstream. Surfperch fishing has remained very good, and rockfish catches have been excellent when anglers have been able to cross the bar.
AGATE: The lake is down to 15 percent full and still dropping quickly. Bass and crappie fishing remain good. The fish are active around rock piles now as well as grassy areas. Fish worms, small spinners or crankbaits. 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 fair to decent for holdover rainbow trout 10 to 14 inches long, with trollers finding fish with Wedding Ring lures spiced with worms between 40 and 60 feet deep. The fish are hanging deep off points. Most of the action, and effort, has been directly across from the Copper boat ramp. Bass fishing is good with crankbaits and grubs. All of the boat ramps are open. The lake was down to 46 feet from full Thursday but dropping about 4 feet a week now because of light water releases to the Applegate River and very low inflows.
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 slow most of the day, with decent catches in the morning for boat, bait and fly-fishers. Catches have been light. Most of the action is still-fishing with worms under bobbers, PowerBait, and pheasant-tail flies. Action is mixed between the northwest end of the lake and 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: Plastic worms and grubs are working best around structure early and late in the day for bass, with pink and purple crappie jigs finding crappie in the Songer Wayside area. Trout fishing is very slow, but it’s best at creek mouths where cooler water can be found. The lake was listed Thursday at 35 percent full, up a hair recently thanks to more water transfers from Hyatt Lake.
A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
EXPO: With hot weather, anglers are catching bass, perch and the occasional crappie.
FISH: Fishing is decent 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. Only the resort ramp is now useable. 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 17 percent full Thursday and dropping quickly.
HOWARD PRAIRIE: Still-fishing is OK early in the morning and late in the evening for rainbow trout, and it is very good for bass during the day. Trolling, especially in the morning, is still producing decent 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 35 percent full Thursday. The resort ramp is now unusable, with some boaters launching off a rocky area at the Willow Point Campground. Fish as deep as you can with worms or PowerBait. Bank fishing around Klum Landing and Grizzly is fair. The limit is five trout a day, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
HYATT: The lake is down to 14 percent full, rendering the BLM boat ramp unusable. A few bank anglers casting red spinners are doing very well for bass near the dam and other access points where the mud is less troublesome. Other than that, the lake is virtually unused. The limit is five trout a day, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
LEMOLO: 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: Trolling for trout is best upstream of Peyton Bridge, where the river flows into the reservoir. The trout are stacking up there because of cooler water. Some decent trout are getting caught by anglers wind-drifting worms off the bottom there. Bass fishing is very good with a mix of crankbaits and plastics. The lake is 43 feet shy of full.
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. Water levels remain excellent because the lake is not drawn down for irrigation
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. The lake is starting to get drawn down more quickly now and was 74 percent full Thursday.
ROGUE: The upper Rogue is steady yet not spectacular for summer steelhead as the push of early-run fish is over and the regular dribble of fresh steelhead beings. The middle Rogue is starting to turn on for fall chinook, with catches this week coming from Lathrop's Landing on down. The lower Rogue has been hot for halfpounders and adults from Agness on down, especially below cool-flowing tributaries, and the bay has been steady at 40 to 60 chinook a day.
That makes the lower Rogue this week’s best bet, with a close eye on the middle Rogue. Bay anglers trolling anchovies the past week are seeing fresh fish daily on both sides of the Highway 101 bridge, but fly-fishers casting streamers are hammering the halfpounders and adults that keep coming into freshwater in waves. The flows at Agness are finally up over 2,000 cubic feet per second, which aids fall chinook salmon migration. Typically any flows under 2,000 cfs makes for excellent fly-fishing in the lower Rogue as well as the canyon stretch.
In the middle Rogue, new fall chinook are getting caught by driftboaters using Kwikfish wrapped with a sardine fillet. These early fish are primarily bound for the Applegate River, so fishing anywhere downstream of there is best. Fall chinook are rolling in the Rogue River area, as well.
In the upper Rogue, water flows out of Lost Creek Lake were increased this week to 1,850 cubic feet per second and they are forecast to hold steady there through Thursday. The extra water is meant to draw fall chinook through the lower Rogue, but it has helped steelhead fishing. Downstream of Dodge Bridge remains open for wild and hatchery chinook, with catches still pretty good but some dark fish starting to show up in the mix.