Fishing and Hunting Report
River Outlook ROGUE ' The fall chinook salmon bite is good to excellent throughout most of the Rogue, while summer steelhead fishing and halfpounder fishing are also very good in some areas.
The best bet for the week is fall chinook fishing, and where to go depends upon how far you wish to travel.
Locally, the fishing in the middle Rogue has been excellent the past week, with most of the holes from Galice to the mouth of the Applegate all loaded with large and fresh chinook. Places like Griffin Park, Finley Bend and Ennis Riffle have been packed with anglers, who are catching fish as large as 45 pounds. Bank anglers are doing best with Kwikfish wrapped with sardine or anchovy fillets for scent, but bank anglers are also doing very well with corkies and beats at Finley Bend.
Boat anglers are also catching salmon consistently in Taylor Canyon and Whitehorse riffle.
In the lower Rogue, fall chinook are present from Agness all the way to the ocean, where bay fishing remains very good. Trollers in the bay are finding good success in the afternoon recently, with plenty of fish weighing more than 50 pounds caught every week. Schools of salmon are also running upstream regularly, and bank anglers using roe are doing well for these migrating fish.
The lower Rogue also is good for summer steelhead and halfpounders, with most of the halfpounders remaining downstream of the mouth of the Illinois River. Hot spots recently have been Huntley Park, the waters near Lobster Creek Campground and spots downstream of Agness.
Access to the lower Rogue is troublesome because Bear Camp Road remains closed due to the Biscuit fire, so anyone heading to Agness or Gold Beach needs to get there via Highway 199.
Also, the Rogue River Trail remains closed at the Grave Creek boat ramp because the Forest Service wants to restrict hiking access into areas near the Biscuit fire. However, permit holders for the Lower Rogue Canyon are still allowed boat access.
In the upper Rogue, the spring chinook salmon season is over and the summer steelhead activity is only fair right now. Though lots of fish have traveled over Gold Ray Dam, the migration has been slowed recently. Catches have been decent on roe, worms, plugs and flies from below TouVelle State Park up to the Hatchery Hole. However, the bait and plugs season for the upper Rogue ends Sunday, with fishing only with flies upstream of Gold Ray Dam through Oct. 31.
Upper Rogue flows are 1,900 cubic feet per second of 55-degree water out of Lost Creek Lake. The flow is a tad high for good fly-fishing, but the relatively warm water makes for very good fly-fishing.
For fly anglers, black streamers like Tiger paws and egg-sucking leeches are good patterns, while prince nymphs, ugly bugs and single egg patterns are doing well for nymph-fishermen. Also, skating flies over the surface in the evenings is a good option until waters start to cool later in September.
Anglers can no longer keep any wild steelhead on the Rogue for the remainder of the year. Only fin-clipped hatchery steelhead may be kept as part of the two-fish daily limit. The rule allowing a third hatchery steelhead expired July 12.
COOS/COQUILLE ' Fishing for fall chinook salmon has been very good, with catches of fish 25-35 pounds caught regularly upstream of Coquille. Just outside the jetties at the river mouth, however, has been excellent for trolling and mooching with anchovies.
Recent modifications to the inland salmon fishing regulations allow chinook angling in the Coquille from the tips of the jetties up to the South Fork.
Night fishing for striped bass in the lower Coquille has been good recently as well.
UMPQUA ' Steelhead fishing is slow in the main-stem, while fall chinook fishing remains only fair so far. Most of the main-stem angling now is for smallmouth bass, which is excellent in the Elkton and Roseburg areas.
Smallmouth bass fishing is also good to very good in the lower sections of the South Umpqua, which is also open to rainbow trout fishing.
In the North Umpqua, summer steelhead fishing is fair in the all-angling and the fly-only sections. The fly-only section is restricted to single-point unweighted flies that are also unweighted.
Lake Outlook HOWARD PRAIRIE ' Summer fishing conditions have hit the lake, causing unpredictability in daily catches. Most successful anglers are now still-fishing in waters 35-40 feet deep, and moving from place to place in an effort to find trout. The bite has been erratic, with good catches coming at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. some days, then 2 p.m. on others. The lake is generally unpredictable like this until cooler temperatures return.
Use Velveeta cheese, possibly spiced with garlic or shrimp oil, or any of the light-colored PowerBait flavors. Chance locations and bait regularly if you are not successful.
Most anglers have given up trolling for now.
Boat launching is open at the resort and Klum Island, but the water has not reached Grizzly Campground.
The daily limit is five trout 8 inches or longer, with no more than one of them allowed to be more than 20 inches long.
HYATT ' The lake's die-off of rainbow trout is over, but catches of trout have been slow. Bass fishing is good with small lures.
The daily limit is five trout 8 inches or longer, with no more than one allowed to be more than 20 inches long.
DIAMOND ' The mouth of Silent Creek has been good for rainbow trout, with a mixed bag of the 2-pound trout as well as the pan-sized legals stocked earlier in the year. The chinook salmon are also present and contributing to the catches, chiefly for bait anglers.
Rainbow and Spring Green colors of PowerBait are the top choices among Diamond Lake anglers this summer. The most effective tactic is using 4-pound test leader with an egg sinker and very small hook so the fish do not feel any tension until they swallow the bait.
For trollers, early morning and late evening is good for those slowly trolling a No. 2 Needlefish or a No. 7 Rapala, with chub-looking lures the best.
The daily limit is five trout more than 8 inches long, but only one of them can be more than 20 inches long.
LOST CREEK ' Trout fishing was very good in the upper reaches of the reservoir where the cool river forks drop into the lake. Catches were best by wind-drifting worms or single salmon eggs.
The surface temperature has trickled back down to 67 degrees. The lake is 49 feet from full and falling rapidly as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at the request of the ODFW, is releasing 1,900 cfs of water. Less than 900 cfs is flowing now into the lake.
The smallmouth bass bite is good, but most action is trolling or bank fishing for trout. Evenings have been very good. Some stoneflies drifting over the dam are providing a good evening opportunity for those fly-fishing for smallmouth bass around the shoreline near the dam and the Takelma Boat Ramp access area.
Angling access off the water intake tower, along the southeast corner of the dam and along the dam's upper face are open again.
The daily limit is five trout at least 8 inches long, but only one trout over 20 inches. For bass, the limit is five a day with no more than three over 15 inches long, but most bass fishing is catch and release.
APPLEGATE ' Trout fishing and smallmouth bass fishing are good, but effort there remains light.
The creeks are all open to trout angling, but be careful to make sure you are fishing only in the Oregon side of the streams. Even though the area is accessible only through Oregon, a California angling license is needed in the upper Carberry Creek areas.
ODFW recently stocked the lake with 9,000 legal-sized trout and 800 1&
189; -pound lunker trout. The fish were stocked at Hart-Tish Park, where there is little bank access but excellent boat access.
LAKE of the WOODS '
Fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout continues to be good, with fresh trout stocked earlier this month. To catch the brown trout, try trolling Rapala lures colored to look like the stocked coho or trout, while bait and streamer flies have been working well for rainbows.
The lake is open for fishing 24 hours a day so anglers can better target the brown trout in the evenings.
WILLOW ' Trout fishing is good on worms, PowerBait or small spinners. The lake was stocked recently with 3,125 legal-sized rainbows as well as 500 1&
189; -pound lunker trout. These fish will be actively feeding, and will be easy to catch on woolly buggers or leech flies.
FISH ' The lake was stocked recently with 5,000 legal-sized rainbows as well as 290 lunker rainbows weighing about 1&
189; pounds. These fish are ripe for anglers fishing small spinners, trolling worms and flies.
EMIGRANT ' Bass fishing is good, but the crappie bite has been very poor. Yellow perch are dominant in the lake, with some of them up to 10 inches. Trout fishing is good in the deeper water and near the creek mouths. The water is dropping rapidly, and the upper end of the Emigrant Arm is getting shallow and muddy.
Ocean Outlook Chinook salmon fishing was a bust Wednesday when heavy surf and breakers have kept anglers at bay in Brookings. And that's a shame, because catches had been excellent straight off the mouth of the Chetco when the weather has given anglers a chance to get out of the bay.
The ocean season runs through Sept. 15, with the limit two chinook a day and seven in any seven consecutive days.
Catches in the Chetco bay have been poor so far this year, but bait fish are starting to move into the estuary and the salmon will soon follow once weather conditions ease.
Rockfish fishing was poor. Anglers may keep one lingcod a day over 24 inches, with the maximum size restriction lifted. However, of the 10-fish rockfish limit, only one can be a canary rockfish.
Hunting Outlook ROGUE ' Bear hunting season is good in high-elevation areas as well as around the rims of the various wildfires, which have pushed bears toward lower elevations and to pear orchards. The season continues through December in western Oregon, and tags will be sold through Sept. 28.
KLAMATH ' Good numbers of bears and cougars exist in the Cascades. Cougars can be found scattered throughout the county.
The general deer and elk season for archery hunters opened last weekend. U.S. Timberlands has closed its land in Klamath and Lake counties, taking 600,000 acres out of public access. That has forced hunters to crowd into the Winema and Fremont national forestlands and the federal Bureau of Land Management lands that remain open.
Pronghorn antelope seasons are underway. Consult the appropriate land management agency regarding fire restrictions.
SUMMER LAKE ' There remains no hunting on the wildlife area, and discharging firearms is illegal except for those with a special permit. Dove hunting, however, opens Sunday.
PRINEVILLE ' Early season antlerless elk hunters should be aware that fire danger is extremely high. Check with the BLM (541-416-6700) and Oregon Department of Forestry (541-447-5658) for updated fire restrictions. Most of these hunts involve access to private lands to find the elk as well as learn about recent elk activity.
For antelope hunters, conditions are dry, with water availability below normal. Hunters need to scout prospective hunting areas for signs and activity around water. Antelope are widely scattered, with water availability influencing their distribution.
Watchable Wildlife ROGUE ' A covered viewing station on the Denman Wildlife Area provides a good opportunity to view waterfowl, egrets, raptors and songbirds. The structure was built by the Oregon Hunters Association and is accessed by a paved, wheelchair-accessible pathway. It is located on Whetstone Pond, just north of the ODFW office.
SUMMER LAKE '
Nesting season is well underway. As many as a dozen species of ducks are present, with nearly all being paired and dispersed onto nesting territories. Early breeding species such as mallards and cinnamon teal are hatching and broods should become more visible as the season progresses.
Canada goose nesting is largely over, and brood rearing is underway. Canada goose broods are difficult to detect, since adults move their young to large bodies of water secure from disturbance and human activity. Molting will take place soon, rendering adult birds flightless.
It is very easy to find duck and shorebird
nests along roads and dikes now. If found, viewers should move away quickly so as not to disturb these birds during a critical time of their life cycle.
Resident bald and golden eagles can sometimes be viewed hunting over the Summer Lake Wildlife Area, and locally nesting peregrine and prairie falcons have been observed recently.
Resident sandhill cranes are scattered throughout the area on breeding territories, and the occasional small flock of sub-adults or nonbreeders can be found. Nests are hatching now, and several pairs of colts (crane chicks) have been observed.