COASTWIDE: This weekend's forecasts don't look good for the angling opportunities available for the rest of 2017 off the Southern Oregon coast. Forecasts for Friday call for 10-knot winds and 9-foot swells, followed Saturday by 10-knot winds and 5-foot swells.
Halibut fishing is closed off the South Coast. That leaves only ocean bottomfishing outside the 40-fathom line. Thirty-foot leaders and floats are required to keep baits off the bottom and focused on midwater rockfish species. No lingcod, cabezon or other bottomfish can be targeted, even from jetties. Also open is fishing for sanddab and surfperch. Surfperch fishing is likely to be poor through the weekend because of stiff winds and surf.
Crabbing is closed in the ocean, off beaches and in bays south of the north jetty at Coos Bay because of high levels of domoic acid found in Dungeness. The ocean is closed to crabbing until Dec. 1 regardless of whether the current public-health closure is lifted.
The recreational harvest of razor clams is closed from Cascade Head to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid, which includes all beaches and bays. The recreational harvesting of mussels is open along the entire coast. Before digging, check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.
AGATE: The lake is holding steady at 23 percent full and fishing pressure is very light. Look for isolated catches of yellow perch and bass around structure and near the dam face. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.
APPLEGATE: Fishing pressure has been very light, with some catches of rainbow trout for those trolling near the mouth of Carberry Creek or fishing worms or PowerBait from the bank. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has held releases down to 205 cfs.
DIAMOND: Trout are averaging 15 inches, with angling pressure falling way off. Snow is expected at the lake this week. Anglers have been averaging 3½ trout per trip and about one trout an hour. PowerBait floated off the bottom has been out-fishing worms under bobbers, with corn yellow and salmon-egg peach popular. Fly-fishers had been doing very well off the south end with leeches or woolly buggers fished with an intermediate sink line. All tiger trout must be released unharmed.
EMIGRANT: The lake was listed Thursday at 25 percent full and holding steady. Fishing pressure is light. Bass fishing is decent but slowing. Slowly fish plastic worms, grubs and crankbaits near structure. Smallmouth are off rocky points, largemouth are largely in the submerged willows.
EXPO: 500 legal-sized trout and 100 12-inch trout were stocked two weeks ago. Catch them on PowerBait, worms and bobbers or small spinners like Panther Martins.
FISH: Anglers are still running into what's left of 900 trophy trout stocked late last month at the Forest Service ramp, but effort is very light. Use worms or PowerBait, or strip leeches or woolly buggers. Troll plugs that look like chubs or Wedding Ring lures with a small chunk of worm on the hook. Tiger trout must be released unharmed.
HOWARD PRAIRIE: Trout fishing is good, but snow is likely this weekend. Fishing has been best near the dam. Trollers should use worms and flashers, starting deep and working their way up the water column until they find where the trout are suspended. The lake was listed at 75 percent full, very high for this time of year.
HYATT: BLM has closed the boat ramps at its recreation area. The lake is 40 percent full. Any fishing now is off the bank.
LOST CREEK: The lake got another 1,000 trout 14 to 16 inches long three weeks ago, complementing 5,000 legal-sized trout, 10,000 fingerling and 2,300 trophy trout about 15 inches apiece stocked there earlier last month. That's far more larger trout released this fall than in past years. They were dispersed between the Takelma boat ramp and the marina. The lake was listed at 58 feet from full.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is good for rainbows in the shallows and farther out in the lake with bait or lures. Some kokanee have been caught in the deeper parts of the lake. Expect snow this weekend.
WILLOW: The lake got 3,000 legal-sized trout and 1,500 pound-sized trout in early June. Catch them on PowerBait or worms.
ROGUE: The upper Rogue flies-only summer steelhead season is over, and catches have been good for bait anglers upstream of Shady Cove and decent for those using artificial lures downstream of Shady Cove. The middle Rogue has slowed for summer steelhead, but expect it to pick up in the Valley of the Rogue stretch for those fishing eggs behind spawning fall chinook salmon. The lower Rogue will be slow this weekend for steelhead thanks to rising flows, but look for more halfpounders when flows drop.
That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, where what you use is determined largely by where you go. The Shady Cove ramp is the demarcation line between bait and non-bait fishing since Nov. 1. Upstream of the ramp, catches were still good to very good on roe fished at the heads and tailouts of pools and riffles. Summer steelhead were in good shape and scattered for driftboaters. Downstream of Shady Cove, catches have remained good on a mix of plugs, scented yarn balls and a few pink worms fished under bobbers. Typically the fishing holds up through this weekend then slows down. These rules remain in effect through the remainder of the year.
A few coho are getting caught in the upper Rogue, chiefly by anglers fishing pinkish plugs. All wild coho must be released unharmed.
Fly-fishermen continue to fish single-egg patterns for summer steelhead in the upper Rogue, while other bank anglers are finding success casting spinners near TouVelle State Park and at the Denman Wildlife Area.
In the lower Rogue, adult summer steelhead and halfpounders are still showing up in decent numbers in the lower 30 miles of freshwater. Cast Panther Martin spinners, worms and corkies or swing streamer flies. Try Quosatana Creek, Lobster Creek and Cole Riffle.
All chinook fishing is closed upstream of the Hog Creek boat ramp near Galice.
In the middle Rogue, anglers are reporting a few summer steelhead caught with worms and corkies off the bank or side-drifting from driftboats. A few coho are getting caught in the slow water around Galice by dragging pink jigs off the bottom.
APPLEGATE: The river is open to trout fishing, but all wild trout must be released unharmed. Most of the trout are steelhead pre-smolts.
CHETCO: Flows are expected to peak somewhere around 4,000 cubic feet per second today before dropping quickly. That could put a good weekend bite on for fall chinook river-wide. The Chetco Bar fire restrictions have been modified so Nook Bar and its boat ramp are now open for public access. Plugs have been out-fishing roe when the chinook are on the move.