Fishing and hunting report
ROGUE Spring chinook fishing continues to be slow and sporadicin the upper Rogue, where the heavy influx of hatchery fish has made fora relatively poor bite recently.
The TouVelle to Gold Ray Dam run is a virtual ghost town right now, andupper Rogue stretches have thinned out as many anglers have gone sour onthe bite. However, some of the better guides are still finding fish in pocketsthroughout the upper Rogue on roe and sandshrimp or Kwikfish.
Through June 29, the chinook count is 34,253 fish putting us enroute to a 40,000-plus run. At least three out of four, though, are hatcheryfish considered less apt to bite than wild chinook.
The main activity for bankies continues to be Gold Ray Dam and the farupper Rogue from Hoot Owl up to the Sand Hole. Fishing is good in the SandHole, fair to good at Casey and the Slide Hole, and erratic at Gold RayDam. Most successful bankies are using beads or corkies with orange, redor pink yarn. Some of the best late spring chinook fishing is going on rightnow in the Gold Beach area, where late spring chinook are biting anchoviesreally well in the Quosatana Creek area and there's virtually no onearound fishing for them.
The Gold Beach Outdoor Store reports that catches have been as high as14 per boat in the Quosatana Creek area this week. Most are in excellentshape.
Fishing in the bay, however, has been slow with only three or four chinookcaught each day.
For those not willing to make the trip, expect these chinook to showup in the Gold Ray Dam area in the next few weeks.
Also in the Gold Beach area, some early summer steelhead are showingup in catches in the Agness area, where the water was flowing at more than5,000 cfs on Wednesday.
Anchovies with Mylar spinner blades, gold-bladed spinners with greenbeads or Kwikfish are the favorite weapons.
For spring chinook, the limit is two adults and five jacks a day.
Barbed hooks are legal with all baits, flies and plugs.
The summer steelhead run over Gold Ray Dam is still not strong enoughto be worth fishing, but look for enough steelhead in two weeks to supporta fishery. Through June 29, the steelhead count was just 394 fish.
Trout fishing in the Rogue is legal again, with catches good from DodgeBridge on up for holdover rainbows and cutthroat trout. The stonefly hatchis dead in the upper Rogue trout waters. Fishing is fair at the Holy Waterand in the lake near the dam.
UMPQUA Shad fishing is quickly winding down on the Umpqua, withthe schools of fish that were in the lower main stem having all dispersedfor the spawn.
Smallmouth bass fishing is very good now in the main stem from Elktonto Scottsburg, with good catches on roostertail spinners, rubber crayfishand crayfish flies and dark jigs.
Spring chinook fishing has slowed in the main stem because of warm water,but chinook catches are good in the Rock Creek section of the North Umpqua.
APPLEGATE The Applegate is fishing fair for trout in the Cantrall-Buckleyarea as well as the far lower stretches in Josephine County. Fishing isgood with worms, single salmon eggs and caddis or golden stonefly nymphs.Action near the mouth is best.
The outflows from Applegate Lake are 271 cfs, with water temperaturesin the mid-50s.
BUTTE The main part of Big Butte Creek above Butte Falls is stockedregularly with rainbow trout and fishing is good with worms or caddis flies.The area of Little Butte above the forks is also now open and fair to goodfor trout on single salmon eggs, worms, caddis flies or tiny spinners.
LOST CREEK Smallmouth bass fishing is very good, largemouth fishingis fair to good and trout fishing is fair in key spots. Largemouth bassfishing is best above Peyton Bridge on jigs or top-water plugs very earlyin the morning. Smallmouth fishing is good in the windless coves, near theface of the dam, around the swimming area and close to creek mouths. Smallrubber worms and grubs, small lures and most flies are doing the trick.
Trout fishing will be best around the marina after extra Cole RiversHatchery fish are dumped into the lake. Workers are freeing the logjam thathas kept boaters from reaching the forks, where trout fishing should beexcellent on flies, worms or single salmon eggs.
The lake has dropped dramatically in the past week and is now about 20feet from full.
WILLOW Bass fishing has slowed some but remains good. Use crankbaitsor spinner baits near the weeds. Trout fishing is fair to good on wormsand PowerBait, or trolling Flatfish or Triple Teasers. Trout fishing isfair. The crappie bite remains good for July but has fallen off as the fishare moving to deeper cover for their midsummer siestas.
HYATT Trout fishing remains good in the Hyatt Lake Resort areaas well as the Orchard, in the coves and near the dam.
Most people are still-fishing from boats with various flavors of PowerBait,with flaming orange, pink and chartreuse seemingly working best. Most ofthe trout are about 12 inches, but there are plenty of 15- to 17-inchersin the daily catch.
The trout limit is five a day over 8 inches, with no more than one ofthem over 20 inches.
HOWARD PRAIRIE Fishing continues to be good at the lake, with more12-inchers now making up the catch, but there still seem to be a good supplyof 20-inchers available for mid-June. Still-fishing has been hot recentlyaround the islands in and near Red Rock Cove and at the far north end ofthe lake. Light-colored PowerBait or Velveeta have been the weapons of choicefor the most successful still-fishermen. Trolling remains great, with mostearly morning fishermen catching their limits in an hour and afternoon anglersneeding two hours or more for their limits. The best lures are the BrownTrout, Fire Tiger and Brass Bikini Needlefish. Get your lure to 25 feetfor best success.
The trout limit is five a day over 8 inches, with no more than one ofthem over 20 inches.
DIAMOND The lake remains very good for planted rainbow trout 9-11inches long. Some residual legal-sized trout stocked for last week's FreeFishing Day remain around the resort docks.
The south end of the lake continues to be the hot spot, with the CheeseHole second. Some nice, fat trout 15-22 inches long have been caught trollingslowly where you find small tui chubs.
Good baits for still-fishermen are Velveeta and single salmon eggs orany of an array of PowerBait colors and flavors.
Woolly buggers and leeches are good bets for flyfishermen using sinkinglines.
Fewer of the big Diamond Lake rainbows are around, with competition fromtui chubs the reason.
APPLEGATE Angling for trout is good with best prospects in theupper portions of the reservoir, especially the Seattle Bar area. Anglingfor smallmouth and largemouth bass is good to very good in the eveningswith spinner baits, crankbaits and rubber worms near submerged trees orthe rafts of floating debris anchored to shore. French Gulch is closed toboat access by log booms meant to hold back debris. Most of the floatingdebris has either been contained or has lodged itself onto the shore.
EMIGRANT Fair for trout on worms, cheese and PowerBait. Anglingis fair to good for largemouth and smallmouth bass and good for crappiein the willows and grasses near the lake's south end.
AGATE The crappie bite is tapering off to good or very good atthe lake's far end, with most of the crappie hanging in or near the submergedtrees and brush. Catch them on very small jigs, lures or flies.
FISH Fishing is good for planted rainbow trout near the resort.Troll worms or Triple Teasers slowly, or use PowerBait off the bank. Extralegal-sized rainbow trout, residuals from Free Fishing Day festivities lastweek, remain near the boat ramp.
LAKE OF THE WOODS Kokanee, brown and rainbow trout fishing continuesto be fair to good for trollers and still fishermen. Some nice brown trouthave been caught recently trolling small lures. Bass and crappie fishinghas been good.
KLAMATH Fishing is good for large rainbows in the Rocky Point areaon leeches and woolly buggers for flyfishermen and small Rapalas cast ortrolled slowly near the banks, springs and weed lines. Fishing is closedon the Klamath River from the Keno Dam downstream to J.C. Boyle Reservoir.
CRANE PRAIRIE Fair for rainbow and brook trout. Bass fishing isfair to good. Good numbers of bass available.
WICKIUP Angling for kokanee fair to good. Brown trout angling isfair.
DAVIS Water level is very high. Boat launching is available atEast Davis Campground. Angling for rainbow trout fair to good.
SOUTH COAST The offshore salmon season remains open through Sundaybefore closing again until mid-September. Fishing has been good for chinookfor those willing to travel 6-12 miles offshore, where most of the chinookare swimming this year. That's
a long run in small boats, so experienced seamen with filled gas tanksare the ones making the run. Troll 100 feet down slowly with large anchoviesand flashers. One chinook a day and four a week is allowed, and there isno sports quota this year to abruptly close the season.
Surfperch fishing is good to very good in the Winchuck, Elk River andFrankport areas, with the perch primarily found in the deeper cuts in thesand and near the river mouths. Use clam necks, sandshrimp or sandwormsfor bait or small bright flies stripped medium-speed through the holes.
The halibut fishery in 30 fathoms or less is open until July 31 or untilquotas are filled. Private boats on the central coast continue to do welljigging in shallow water.
Herring and sardines are showing up in Winchester Bay, where there arethe most herring in Oregon so far. Crabbing is improving in Coos and Winchesterbays, but most crabs are soft and should be released.
GENERAL Fall controlled hunt applicants can now receive informationabout their tag success. Tags must be purchased at a computer-licensingoutlet by July 31, or they will be forfeited and placed in the hopper foranother drawing.
DESCHUTES Coyote populations remain high and should provide excellenthunting opportunities in the North Wagontire and the eastern portions ofthe Metolius, Fort Rock and Paulina units. Please contact ranch owners forpermission to hunt and avoid trespassing.
Belding ground squirrels (sage rats) have appeared and will provide anincreasing opportunity for hunters this spring and summer in and aroundthe alfalfa fields of Fort Rock and Christmas Valley.
KLAMATH Good hunting opportunities exist for coyotes. Ground squirrelsand marmots are now active. Good opportunities exist around the Basin.
GENERAL Spring is the season when wildlife begin having babies.If you find a baby animal in the wild, its mother is probably close by orwill return shortly. Please leave animals alone their chances aremuch better in the wild than in captivity. Baby birds that have fallen fromtheir nest may be returned to the nest. If you find baby seals on the beach,give them plenty of room.