Fishing Report: Friday, Jan. 30

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE:  Good fishing weather is forecast this weekend, as 10-knot winds in the Brookings area will bring 5-foot seas today, but farther north will see 20-knot winds. Things are forecast to mellow Saturday and Sunday, with 4- to 5-foot seas predicted. Should be good conditions for some near-shore catches of black rockfish and lingcod.

The ocean crabbing season is open, and Dungeness catches will be good again off estuary...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Jan. 23

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE:  Small-craft advisories have been issued through Saturday warning against heading over Southern Oregon bars, and 9-foot seas are predicted Sunday and Monday, so bottomfishing is a no-go for the next few days. When anglers were able to get out earlier this week, rockfish catches were very good out of most ports.

The ocean crabbing season is open, and Dungeness catches will be good again off estuary mouths once the...

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Over the rainbow?

Over the rainbow?

Larry Warren of Orofino, Idaho, joined an exclusive club last week when he landed what can only be described as an incredibly large, if not morbidly obese, rainbow trout from the North Fork Clearwater River in the shadow of Dworshak Dam.

The 32-inch trout, with a girth of 28.25 inches, weighed an impressive 28.37 pounds. That would shatter the state record of 20 pounds. But Warren will have to be content with the satisfaction of landing a magnificent fish and forgo the glory of having.....

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Early they come

Early they come

TRAIL — Technician Mitch Semrow had already sorted through close to 200 dark and ripe hatchery summer steelhead from the Rogue River at the Cole Rivers Hatchery collection pond when he grabbed something special.

"It stuck out like a sore thumb, basically," Semrow says. "It had the bulky winter build and it was really bright. Right away, I knew exactly what it was."
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Rockfish limits tightened

Recreational ocean anglers will see their daily catches of blue rockfish cut back, but far less than expected, under new ocean angling limits meant to curb impacts on less-common bottomfish.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission last week set a three-fish limit for blue rockfish caught and kept as part of the seven-fish marine rockfish limit that is dominated in Oregon by catches of black rockfish.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife had recommended cutting to one the...

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Fishing Report: Jan. 9, 2015

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE:  Relatively light winds and pretty calm surf await anglers looking to hit near-shore reefs for black rockfish and lingcod. Five-knot winds are forecast for today and Saturday, building to 10 knots Sunday, while swells will range from 3 to 7 feet.

The ocean crabbing season is open and Dungeness catches off bay mouths should be very good now that the freshwater flows have ebbed during the recent dry spell. Dungeness...

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Fishing report: Jan. 2, 2015

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The new year is forecast to come in a bit more quiet than it has the past month on the South Coast, with 5-knot winds and manageable swells meaning some anglers can start the new year bottomfishing for black rockfish and winter lingcod.

The ocean crabbing season is open and Dungeness catches off bay mouths should be very good when weather allows, such as this weekend. This week's high water pushed Dungeness out of most...

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Fishing report, Dec. 12

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Fishing Report: Friday, Nov. 14

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: After a week that has seen small-craft advisories and wind warnings, the ocean will start getting in better shape, but it's still not very enticing. Saturday has a forecast of 10-knot winds and 7-foot swells to go along with the rain, and Sunday's forecast doesn't look much different.

The South Coast halibut fishery is closed until spring. Ocean salmon fishing is closed as well, except off the Elk and Sixes mouths, but...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Nov. 7

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: After a rough week that saw small-craft advisories and wind warnings, the ocean will start to lay down a bit this weekend. Forecasts call for 5-knot winds and 3- to 5-foot seas today, followed by 10-knot winds and 3- to 4-foot swells Saturday before kicking up to 7-foot swells Sunday.

The South Coast halibut fishery is closed until spring. Ocean salmon fishing is closed as well, except off the Elk and Sixes mouths, but...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Oct. 31

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Forecasts call for 10-knot winds and 9-foot swells today, followed by 10-foot swells Saturday and 6-foot swells Sunday. That likely means most anglers will remain inland this weekend.

The South Coast halibut fishery closes this evening.
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Angler embarks on 'Big Fishing Year'

Angler embarks on 'Big Fishing Year'

VANCOUVER, Wash. — At midnight on New Year's Day, Tyler Hicks was drifting lures that glow in the dark for steelhead on the North Fork of the Lewis River. He was a man starting an unusual quest.

Hicks, 32, a Ridgefield resident, is making 2014 his "Big Fishing Year." He's trying to see how many species of fish and shellfish he can harvest in Washington and Oregon in the 12-month period.

His tally so far: 78 species.

And he's doing most of his angling from a...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Oct. 17

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: A hazardous seas warning and small-craft advisory are in effect today, and ocean conditions aren't forecast to get much better through the weekend. Saturday will bring 15-knot winds and 7-foot swells, followed Sunday by 20-knot winds and swells growing to 11 feet. Not a good weekend for bottomfishing or clamming, because big swells also bring sneaker waves that make digging on the sand hazardous. Besides, there are no minus...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Oct. 10

Fishing Report: Friday, Oct. 10

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Weekend forecasts call for 15-knot winds and seas ranging from 4 to 8 feet, so those glassy ocean conditions that led to great fishing for chinook off Brookings all week are disappearing. A few nighttime minus tides await clammers next week, but that will mean digging in darkness, and that's never recommended for beach activity. Still, daytime clammers will be working Clatsop County beaches as well as the sands around...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Oct. 3

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Weekend forecasts call for 15-knot winds and seas ranging from 3 to 6 feet, so expect most ocean fishing to be in the morning before the afternoon winds kick up. Some decent morning low tides will come next week, as well as some evening minus tides for clammers working Clatsop County beaches as well as the sands around Charleston in Coos Bay.

Anglers can now venture past the 30-fathom line for bottomfishing, but few will.....

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Fishing Report: Friday, Sept. 26

Fishing Report: Friday, Sept. 26

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Weekend forecasts call for small-craft and high-winds through this morning, then 5-knot winds and subsiding seas later today. Decent weekend weather should provide good opportunities out of South Coast ports.

Beginning Monday, anglers can venture past the 30-fathom line for bottomfishing. Near-shore jigging should be very good for lingcod and black rockfish. The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day.

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Fishing Report: Friday, Sept. 19

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Weekend forecasts call for small-craft and high-winds advisories through Saturday, then 15-knot winds with 5-foot seas on Sunday. That likely will keep most anglers from venturing past the jetties of most Southern Oregon ports.
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Fishing Report: Friday, Sept. 12

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Weekend forecasts call for 5-knot winds and pretty calm seas through Sunday, and that should bode well for bottomfishers heading after black rockfish or the last of the halibut quota for the South Coast.

Bottomfishers must stay within the 30-fathom line to protect yelloweye rockfish. Near-shore jigging should be very good for lingcod and black rockfish when anglers can get back out to sea. Black, white or red jigs are...

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Spey champ to visit Rogue Flyfishers

A four-time women's spey-casting champion will be in Southern Oregon later this month to talk to the Rogue FlyFishers Association about casting, and she'll hold a casting workshop on the Rogue River.

Whitney Gould is the featured speaker at the club meeting set for Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Rogue Regency, 2300 N. Biddle Road, Medford.

She will follow that presentation up with a spey-casting class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TouVelle State Park on the Rogue at Table Rock Road. The...

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Crayfish catchers to escape pinch of the law

After more than a decade of oversight, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to change non-native crayfish status from prohibited to controlled, giving crayfish lovers the right to help curb their spread by adding them to their dinner.
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When the going gets low

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Cast-aways

May 16, 2014

Hooked on fishing

April 20, 2014

Trout on ice

April 11, 2014

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