Fishing Report: Friday, Feb. 5

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: We're hitting rewind on the South Coast-conditions report yet again, where a mix of winds and swells continue to turn anglers into stormwatchers. It starts today with 25-knot winds and 10-foot swells and the requisite gale warning into the evening, followed Saturday by five-knot winds and 10-foot swells and rain. Sunday is expected to see a bit of a break at five-knot winds and seven-foot swells. No other advisories for...

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8 tips for surviving a fall through the ice

The U.S. Swim School Association has some tips for winter anglers, cross-country skiers and others who find themselves falling through the ice.

1. Brace Yourself — The shock of cold water will cause you to gasp and could lead to hyperventilation and even inhalation of cold water, which increases the chance of drowning.

2. Keep Calm — The body loses 32 times more heat in cold water than cold air, so don't flail your arms.

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Fishing Report: Friday, Jan. 29

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: This weekend's ocean anglers will once again be transformed into stormwatchers as yet another series of storms hit the coast. It starts today with 25-knot winds and 17-foot swells, followed Saturday by 10-knot winds and 15-foot swells. Sunday sees a bit of a break at 15-knot winds and 10-foot swells, but that's still more than enough to separate a man from his breakfast in short order. No advisories for the weekend...

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Iffy ice: If you're going ice fishing, here's what you need to know

Iffy ice: If you're going ice fishing, here's what you need to know

It's a tragedy that Jackson County Sheriff's Sgt. Shawn Richards and his search-and-rescue staff train for regularly but haven't had to face in recent years — a winter angler falling through the ice.

"Knock on wood," Richards says from the Search and Rescue office in White City. "We train on ice rescues. However, it's a long way from the valley to high-mountain lakes."

Oregon's new streamlined angling regulations mean Hyatt and Howard Prairie now join Fish Lake,...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Jan. 22

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Fishing Report: Friday, Jan. 15

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: This weekend's ocean conditions will be better observed from high on land than on the water. Today's forecast of 15- to 25-knot winds and wind waves of up to 12 feet will be the calmest of the weekend. Saturday is predicted to see 30-knot winds and 11-foot swells out of Brookings, and Sunday's forecast is for gusts of up to 55 knots and swells up to 19 feet.

Cabezon are off the table for ocean anglers through June...

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New videos feature fishing and boating tips

New videos feature fishing and boating tips

Mail Tribune outdoors writer Mark Freeman has been floating, fishing and writing about Southern Oregon waterways for 30 years, and chances are he's learned a few things during those journeys that are worth sharing.

Beginning today, Freeman will add a short video with boating or fishing tips on the Rogue River and other Southern Oregon waters that will be attached to the section's popular Fishing Report each Friday.

This week's tip talks about changes in river levels that are...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Jan. 8

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers continue to battle rough conditions as they try to start the new year with bottomfish catches. Fifteen-knot winds and 15-foot swells are forecast for today, followed by 25-knot winds and 11-foot swells Saturday. Things will calm down a bit Sunday, with 10-knot winds and 10-foot swells.

The ocean is open to crabbing coastwide. The bays also are open to crabbing, and catches should be good until at....

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Fishing Report: Friday, Jan. 1

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers will have a chance to reel in the new year with bottomfish thanks to marginal but fishable conditions. Today's forecast calls for 15-knot winds and seven-foot swells, followed Saturday with much of the same and then swells up to nine feet Sunday.

The ocean is open to crabbing coastwide now that concerns about high domoic acid levels in crabs has waned. The bays also are open to crabbing, and...

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Retread steelhead back in upper Rogue

Christmas came a bit late, but it came in force Tuesday for upper Rogue River anglers looking for a fresh infusion of not-so-fresh summer steelhead.

Cole Rivers Hatchery technicians recycled 1,785 excess summer steelhead Tuesday when they trucked the hatchery fish downstream and released them at the TouVelle State Park boat ramp and along the banks of the Denman Wildlife Area.

That brings to 3,377 the number of "retread steelhead" that have been recycled into the Rogue for...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Dec. 18

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers will remain stormwatchers this week as the ocean coastwide kicks up as it often does in late December when fresh storms move in. Winds up to 25 knots and seas up to 12 feet are forecast for this weekend, keeping everyone at bay. Forecasts call for a bit of a let-up around Christmas but not much before that.

The ocean remains closed to crabbing from Heceta Head near Yachats south to the California....

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Fishing Report: Friday, Dec. 11

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers will play stormwatchers this week as the sea throws its regular December fit. Fifteen-knot winds and 26-foot swells are forecast for today, bringing the Mr. Obvious-ish warning of hazardous seas from the National Weather Service. On Saturday, 25-knot winds and 16-foot swells are forecast for the South Coast, followed Sunday by 20-knot winds and 15-foot swells.

The ocean remains closed to crabbing....

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New piers offer access at Denman's Whetstone Pond

Wheelchair-bound anglers, birdwatchers and others soon now have better access to a Denman Wildlife Area pond, thanks to upgrades funded in part from parking fees at the state-run lands.

Two 50-foot-long, wheelchair-accessible fishing piers now jut into Whetstone Pond off East Gregory Road.

The roughly $62,000 project was paid in part by the wildlife area's cut of $22 annual passes to park at wildlife areas across Oregon.

Wildlife Area Manager Clayton Barber used $15,500...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Dec. 4

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers will see more of the high winds and rough surf of the past few days through at least the weekend, with 15-knot winds and 12-foot swells forecast for today. By Sunday, expect 25-knot winds and swells to 19 feet off the South Coast. That not only will keep everyone at bay, it also likely will curb the numbers of late-run chinook salmon and early-run winter steelhead hitting coastal streams this...

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Sport crabbers could return to South Coast today

Sport-crabbers could be back on South Coast bays and off beaches as early as Friday as the latest rounds of tests on Dungeness crab show levels of domoic acid well under safety thresholds.

Preliminary results on crabs sampled last weekend coastwide show a second straight week of Dungeness from Winchester Bay to Brookings with domoic acid levels beneath the alert level that triggered a full crabbing closure Nov. 13 south of Heceta Head near Yahats.

The health advisory against...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Nov. 20

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers will see marginal winds and decent swells until Sunday, when 10-foot swells are forecast to go along with 10-foot seas.

The ocean is closed to crabbing from Heceta Head near Yahats down to the California border because of high domoic acid levels in Dungeness. The bays also are closed to Dungeness crabbing until further notice, and that closure will be in place at least one more week while domoic.....

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Fishing Report: Friday, Nov. 20

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers will see marginal winds and surf conditions through the weekend, with 15-knot winds and swells running at 7 feet today but lying down a bit to 4 feet Sunday.

The ocean is closed to crabbing after high domoic acid levels in Dungeness led to a complete crabbing closure from Heceta Head near Florence to the California border, including bays.

Near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod...

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The Club: Fly fishing for chinook salmon on the Elk River

The Club: Fly fishing for chinook salmon on the Elk River

PORT ORFORD — Jeff Barnard powered his cast through the sideways rain that is almost a daily occurrence here, and his freshly tied clouser fly flopped into the Elk River with all the promise that hundreds of casts likewise carried the past three days.

The fly swung past the bankside starthistle like so many others before it, but this one happened to stop.

Barnard pulled his 10-weight fly rod skyward, simultaneously pulling the fly line down to drive the clouser deep...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Nov. 6

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers will see growing surf and winds through the weekend, making for some rough times on the water. Five-knot winds and five-foot swells are forecast for today, and then they'll go up to 15-knot winds and 12-foot swells by Sunday.

The ocean is closed to crabbing until Dec. 1, and bay crabbers are being advised to pull the guts out of both red and Dungeness crabs before cooking them because of domoic...

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California delays 2015 crab season

California delays 2015 crab season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to delay opening of the crab-fishing season as officials scramble to deal with a coastal algae bloom that has left Dungeness crabs with a potentially fatal toxin called domoic acid.

Meeting by conference call, the commission voted 3-0 to delay the recreational crabbing season, which was supposed to begin Saturday. Officials said the season would open once the toxins, which the crabs flush out of their...

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