Fishing Report: Friday, May 22

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE:  Fairly good ocean conditions are forecast through the weekend, particularly early in the mornings. Forecasts call for 15-knot winds but only 3-foot swells today and 4-foot swells Saturday and Sunday, which should make for excellent jigging conditions for lingcod and black rockfish.

For those who venture out, near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod has been very good close to shore. Anglers must stay within....

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Shady Cove salmon derby will pay off

SHADY COVE — Organizers of the city's inaugural spring chinook salmon-fishing derby hope to build on last year's success when they hold their second annual event Saturday, June 6, along the upper Rogue River.

A combination of Free Fishing Weekend and a $1,000 first prize for the heaviest Rogue spring chinook caught by a preregistered participant should create enough buzz for the derby to top last year's number of 75 registered participants, says Sandra Marchand, secretary of the....

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5 local fishing opportunities for summer visitors

5 local fishing opportunities for summer visitors

Southern Oregon visitors looking to wiggle some fishing between wine tasting and Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows are in luck. Jackson County sports a plethora of angling opportunities that allow visitors to test-drive some of the Northwest's best fishing with plenty of time left to get cleaned up for the next pre-play dinner.

For each month from May through September, we have a suggestion for a unique fishing day-trip that's easy to plan and...

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Fishing Report: Friday, May 15

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE:  Good ocean conditions are forecast through the weekend, particularly early in the mornings. Forecasts call for 15-knot winds but only 5-foot swells today and Sunday, with 4-foot swells Saturday. That should make for excellent jigging conditions for lingcod and black rockfish.

For those who venture out, near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod has been very good close to shore. Anglers must stay within the...

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Expo derby planned to raise money for disabilities projects

The Disabilities Recreation Project will hold its 14th annual trout-fishing derby Saturday at Expo Ponds outside of Central Point, with a new twist on this year's festivities.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be planting some trophy trout in the pond off Peninger Road Friday night just before the derby, says organizer Richard Anderson.

That way there will be more than legal-sized trout available for derby participants to catch, Anderson says.

The Fred Roberts....

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Trout gillnetting to help Diamond Lake stocking plans

Trout gillnetting to help Diamond Lake stocking plans

ROSEBURG — State wildlife biologists plan touse gillnets in their quest to learn more about how trout fare over the winter in Diamond Lake, one of the state's most popular trout fisheries.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists plan to use the lethal gillnets to collect about 250 rainbows over three nights next week in the eastern Douglas County lake.

The netting is an experimental project aimed at replacing electro-shocking as a way to collect enough fish to...

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Local bass fisher eyes return to collegiate championships

Local bass fisher eyes return to collegiate championships

Jacob Wall's baptism into the top tier of collegiate bass fishing went more like a dunking last year when his University of Oregon team showed up in Georgia just two hours before the national championship started, and it went downhill from there.

The two-man team fishing in U of O's bass club never recovered and was looking up on the leaderboard the entire tournament.

This year Wall, of Jacksonville, is headed back to the national championships with a new partner and a new...

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Fishing Report: Friday, May 8

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE:  A small-craft advisory and a hazardous sea warning are in effect today, but the ocean is forecast to lie down this weekend, and that's good for a mix of chinook salmon, lingcod and rockfish catches. Look for 10-knot winds but 2-foot seas Saturday, followed by winds up to 15 knots and seas up to 5 feet Sunday. Both are manageable for near-shore anglers.

For those who venture out, near-shore jigging for black rockfish....

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Fishing Report: Friday, May 1

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: A small-craft advisory and a hazardous sea warning are in effect today, and the forecast calls are for some pretty marginal weather through the weekend, which marks the first weekend of the ocean chinook salmon season off Southern Oregon. For Saturday, the forecast is for 20-knot winds and 7-foot wind waves, followed Sunday by more gusts up to 20 knots and wind waves dropping to 5 feet.

For those who venture out,...

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Fishing Report: Friday, April 24

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Though no small-craft advisories or hazardous sea warnings are in effect through the weekend, some swells may be a little tough for the average inlander to handle. Today's forecast is for 15-knot winds and swells up to 9 feet, while Saturday's winds will drop to 5 knots and the swells are forecast to drop to 8 feet. Sunday is forecast for 10-knot winds and 6-foot swells.

For those who venture out, near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod has been....

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Saving money, making money with trout

Saving money, making money with trout

The spaghetti-like plastic strings on the backs of some rainbow trout heading next week to Lake of the Woods will help determine just how many trout this high-mountain lake can hold — without its boat ramps being stalked by a clipboard-toting creel checker all summer.

And U.S.S. Grant might find his way into your back pocket, just for your support.

State fish biologists have tapped Lake of the Woods as a test-water to see whether a new mark-and-recapture study that enlists....

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Solid South Coast chinook season begins May 1

Only the weather will get in the way of a bountiful summer of salmon fishing off the Southern Oregon Coast, where anglers are poised to begin another full season of trolling on the briny.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is set today to pass a series of summer salmon-fishing seasons that again should help Brookings lead the way as the top chinook-fishing port on the Oregon Coast.

The proposed chinook season for waters from Humbug Mountain near Port Orford south to the...

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6 trout to know

6 trout to know

The fourth Saturday in April is the angling equivalent of St. Patrick's Day, when everyone's at least a wee bit Irish.

For next weekend's start of the trout-fishing season here, about a quarter-million Oregonians become trout bums, at least for a day.
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Springer season looks to rebound this year

Springer season looks to rebound this year

TRAIL — It took Chris Fite all of one cast to usher in this year's spring chinook salmon season on the upper Rogue River.
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ODFW asks for anglers' help at Lake of the Woods

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to stock 11,000 rainbow trout — including 3,000 of trophy size and 36 worth $50 each — starting next week in Lake of the Woods, and the agency wants anglers to help them figure out what happens to those fish.
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Fishing Report: Friday, April 17

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Small-craft advisories and hazardous sea warnings are forecast off the Southern Oregon coast through tonight, followed by 20-knot winds and 6-foot swells Saturday before things calm down a bit to 15-knot winds and 4-foot swells. Near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod has been exceptionally good close to shore. When weather permits, most anglers are getting limits of rockfish and their two keeper lings, while releasing several smaller ones.

The.....

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A tale of two lakes

ASHLAND — Trout anglers will find Howard Prairie much to their liking this spring, but not so much at nearby Hyatt Lake as another year of drought conditions plays tricks on the trout season.

Opening day of the spring trout season is April 25, and visitors to Howard Prairie will find enough water to see working boat ramps and a full complement of rainbow trout stocked for the season.

But it's a sight that isn't likely to last long. Water levels are forecast to drop to...

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2015 ODFW trout-stocking schedule

APRIL

April 20-26

Lost Creek Reservoir, 20,000

Applegate Reservoir, 12,000

Medco Pond, 2,000

Fish Lake, 5,000

Reinhart Pond, 300

 

April 27-May 3

Expo Pond, 1,500

Reinhart Pond, 300

Emigrant Reservoir, 1,500

 

MAY

May 4-10

Howard Prairie Reservoir, 600

Hyatt Lake, 600

 

May...

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Nearly 400 steelhead die in Applegate fish-trap failure

APPLEGATE — A breakdown of a fish-loading facility at the base of Applegate Dam killed almost 400 Applegate River adult winter steelhead that were bound for Cole Rivers Hatchery.

The 380 fish killed in Tuesday's incident marked the second fish-killing breakdown at the loading facility in three years and the worst of four such failures there dating back to 2002, records show.

The failure has led to some procedural changes, as well. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife....

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Steelheaders use social media to auction off a driftboat

The Middle Rogue Steelheaders are turning to social media to sell a new driftboat as a fundraiser to support the Grants Pass-based group's ongoing restoration and conservation projects in the Rogue River Basin.

The club is using a combination of online and live auctions to sell a fully loaded 17x54 Willie's driftboat over the next four months.

Bids will be accepted on the club's Facebook page through Sept. 9, with the top three bidders invited to fight it out the next night in a.....

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