COASTWIDE: Forecasts call for windy and choppy weather on the coast, but it's likely doable for ocean anglers, especially early runs out of Brookings. Today calls for 15-knot winds and 3-foot wind waves, followed Saturday by 10-knot winds around Brookings and 4-foot wind waves. Sunday calls for 25-knot winds and 5-foot wind waves.
Very good to excellent lingcod and black rockfish catches have occurred recently out of Brookings when the weather has allowed. Blue rockfish catches have been good to very good. The South Coast halibut season is open through Oct. 31, but just a handful of fish have been caught.
Rockfish anglers must stay inside the 30-fathom line.
Crabbing is open along the entire Oregon Coast, but it's been slow, and a lot of males have recently molted. The best ocean crabbing has been in more than 100 feet of water.
Razor clamming is closed along the entire coast because of domoic acid. Bay clams and butter clams are available coastwide, and mussels are closed south of Cape Arago near Charleston. No minus tides are forecast this week. Before digging, check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.
AGATE: The lake is down to 83 percent full. That should be fine, but hot weather is warming the reservoir a bit too much. Start looking for crappie, yellow perch and occasional bass in deeper water and anywhere there's shade. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK.
APPLEGATE: Rainbows are spread throughout the lake and biting well for bait anglers and trollers. A worm 5 feet or so under a bobber has worked well at the upper end of the reservoir. Trollers using Wedding Ring lures have also done well. Bass fishing off points and around structure in the upper part of the reservoir has been fair to good. Still lots of floating debris throughout the reservoir. The Army Corps of Engineers has reduced releases to 400 cfs, and inflows have plunged to about 300 cfs as the snowmelt starts to slow. The lake was listed Thursday as 6.3 feet from full.
DIAMOND: The lake continues to fish well for rainbows in the shallows at the south end and near the shrimp beds and the old Cheese Hole. PowerBait floated off the bottom is out-fishing worms under bobbers. Trollers are getting action on Needlefish and Flat Fish. The south ramp is open, and so are the campgrounds, but the mosquitoes are brutal this year.
EMIGRANT: The lake was listed at 87 percent full, the same as last week. Bass fishing is picking up for those casting plastic worms or slowly worked crankbaits off points and structures. Look for bass catches to improve in the Emigrant Arm amid this weekend's hot weather. Trolling for trout will be best in the lower section of the lake, but look for trout to work their way up toward cool creek mouths.
EXPO: The pond got another 1,000 legal-sized trout earlier this month. Fishing is best with worms and bobbers or Panther Martin lures. Access the pond through Gate 5 off Peninger Road. Parking fees are required.
FISH: The lake got 3,000 legal-sized rainbows two weeks ago. Fishing is very good, mainly in the cove off the Forest Service ramp, off nearby points and in the middle of the lake. Catches have been good with PowerBait, as well as leeches and woolly bugger flies. The lake was holding steady at 86 percent full. Tiger trout must be released unharmed.
HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake received 5,100 legal-sized trout near the resort earlier this month, and fishing is holding up well throughout the lake. Lots of bug activity means fishing streamer flies such as leeches and thin woolly buggers should be good. The lake was listed Thursday as 97 percent full. The boat ramp at Klum Landing is open.
HYATT: The lake received 5,100 trout at the BLM ramp earlier this month, and anglers are catching them with PowerBait or worms under bobbers. Trolling will be good along the lake's old creek channel with Needlefish or Flat Fish lures. Bass are starting to get active, as well. The lake dropped a hair to 59 percent full and it will stay about that level for the foreseeable future in preparation for some improvements to Hyatt Dam this summer. Construction has not yet begun.
LOST CREEK: The lake got another 10,000 legal rainbows and 1,500 pound-sized trout last week, split between the Takelma and marina boat ramps. Fishing is good around both facilities. The lake is dropping and was listed Thursday at 10 feet from full, down 4 feet in the past week. Water quality is getting poor from an apparent algae bloom. Trolling has been decent with red or green Wedding Ring lures with a worm near the dam. Wind-drifting worms right where the river flows into the upper part of the lake is very good, but the water above Peyton Bridge is a no-wake zone, so it takes a while to get there.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is good for rainbows in the shallows and farther out into the lake with bait or lures. The resort is open.
MEDCO POND: The pond received 1,600 legal-sized rainbows earlier this month to go with 4,000 legals stocked in May. Fishing is good with PowerBait or worms under bobbers.
WILLOW: The lake got 3,000 legal-sized trout and 1,500 pound-sized trout in early June. Catch them early in the day on PowerBait or worms.
ROGUE: Spring chinook salmon catches picked up in the upper Rogue with the first decent slug of fish moving through this season, while the lower Rogue was just starting to see early fall chinook wash into the bay. The middle Rogue remains a dead zone for salmon and steelhead, with some cutthroat fishing for fly-fishers.
That makes the best bet the upper Rogue, with the lower Rogue Bay starting to inch closer.
In the upper Rogue, the Corps of Engineers dropped Lost Creek Lake outflows to 3,000 cfs last week, and that got fish moving. A good bite occurred at times this week throughout the upper Rogue, with spring chinook hitting eggs and sandshrimp back-bounced or fished off divers. Plugs also have worked fairly well with sardine wraps and other scents.
The 877 springers counted this week at Cole Rivers Hatchery was more than double what had been counted there so far. That put the count at 1,311 fish, which is about a third of the 10-year running average. Another 85 summer steelhead were counted Wednesday, bouncing the count there to 126 fish. That's close to average.
Anglers are starting to report more summer steelhead getting caught, mostly by anglers fishing for spring chinook, but driftboaters are starting to target them on evening floats. The early-run fish tend to be either 20-inch, first-time spawners or 8-plus pounders that are either wild fish on their second or third spawning run or hatchery females stripped of their eggs and released to the Rogue. These early fish will bite anything from spinners to plugs to worms and even pink plastic worms fished under bobbers.
The Hatchery Hole is closed for the season because biologists are concerned Cole Rivers Hatchery might not meet spring chinook production goals for the second straight year. Fishing is allowed from the old deadline on down, which is where boat fishing begins.
Flows at Dodge Bridge were down to an attractive 3,086 cfs Thursday, 3,325 cfs at the old Gold Ray Dam site, 3,091 cfs at Grants Pass, and 4,134 at Agness. All represent the lowest flows of the season.
The lower Rogue has very few anglers working the area, and 69-degree water is why. However, it's starting to turn into an advantage as fresh early-run fall chinook have started to move into the bay. They're going as far upstream as the mouth of Indian Creek, where bank anglers are catching them on Blue Fox spinners and Rooster Tails. The warm water deters the chinook from moving upstream, so they'll either wash in and out of the bay or mill around in it. Troll anchovies with Rogue bait rig blades or Brad's cut-plug herring.
Surfperch fishing off the Rogue sand spit has been excellent when the surf and winds cooperate.
APPLEGATE: The river is open to trout fishing, but all wild trout must be released unharmed. Most of the trout are actually steelhead pre-smolts.
CHETCO: The river is open for angling. Look for sea-run cutthroat trout in the estuary.