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Fishing and Hunting Report

River Outlook ROGUE ' Chinook fishing is good in the upper and lower Rogue stretches now and the early-run summer steelhead are bolting over Gold Ray Dam in very good numbers for early July.

The best bet for the week again depends upon where you live because anglers on both ends of the Rogue have plenty of reasons to stay local.

In the upper Rogue, the chinook bite has been good early in the morning from Gold Ray Dam up to the Hatchery Hole, but boat anglers are out-fishing bank anglers. From boats, fighting the algae and water weeds has been a problem, with Kwikfish rarely staying in the water more than 10 minutes without collecting some form of aquatic greenery. Back-bouncing roe and sandshrimp or fishing them off plastic divers have been out-producing Kwikfish. Most of the boat catches have come in traditional holes like the Betts Hole, Buzzard Hole and Glass House.

For bank anglers, the bite has slowed at the Hatchery Hole, where first light still is the best time to fish. Glow-in-the-dark beads and yarn are most common.

The out-flow from Lost Creek Lake is down to 1,701 cubic feet per second of 52-degree water. Both are good for upper Rogue anglers.

— Through June 23, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has counted 28,622 spring chinook over Gold Ray Dam, and 10,543 of them have already reached Cole Rivers Hatchery.

Summer steelhead fishing is starting to pick up, and numbers of fish are very encouraging for the early run. Through June 23, the ODFW counted 966 summer steelhead over the dam ' an excellent count for that period ' and at least 100 are coming over the dam daily. Through July 7, 435 of those hatchery fish have reached Cole Rivers Hatchery.

These early steelhead are very aggressive biters, willing to take all kinds of flies as well as roe, worms, sandshrimp and most small plugs.

The lower Rogue is very good for a mix of fresh fall chinook and some late-run spring chinook. Trolling is the only way to go, with anchovies with G-Spot spinners the main bait, with straight anchovies second. No one is using herring yet. Only about 50 boats have been working the bay regularly now, and fish as high as 48 pounds were caught this week.

The river is open to trout fishing, with anglers catching primarily steelhead and chinook juveniles. Only fin-clipped fish over 8 inches long may be kept as part of the legal trout limit.

For daily flow reports out of Lost Creek Lake, telephone 800-472-2434.

Anglers can no longer keep any wild steelhead as part of their two-fish bag limit. Wild spring chinook, however, are legal to keep as part of the two-fish limit.


Angling for resident rainbow trout and large juvenile steelhead is fair to good, with water releases holding steady at 271 cubic feet per second.

The river is open to angling downstream of the deadline below Applegate Dam. The limit is two adipose fin-clipped trout per day, 8 inch minimum length may be kept downstream from the Applegate Dam. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout and steelhead caught downstream of the dam must be released unharmed.

UMPQUA ' Spring chinook fishing remains good in the main-stem Umpqua around Scottsburg and Elkton. Shad fishing has clearly tapered off in the Scottsburg area. Warming water temperatures have improved the smallmouth bass fishing in the Elkton area as well as the Roseburg area.

WOOD/WILLIAMSON ' Trout fishing has been good in both streams for fly-fishermen. The annual grasshopper hatch has not yet kicked in.

Lake Outlook HOWARD PRAIRIE ' Trolling early in the mornings in the 20-25 foot range is a good bet, with Wedding Ring spinners spiced up with a worm or a Tasmanian Devil considered good options. The best trolling is still taking place along the eastern shoreline from the resort to the dam.

Bait fishermen are having the best luck with Velveeta cheese followed closely by rainbow or chartreuse or yellow Powerbait with glitter.

The best bait fishing is at Buck Island, usually the north side, in 30-40 feet of water or in front of the dam. Red Rock Cove, and out in front of Klum Landing are still producing well, too.

Fly fishing is good at dusk, with Brown Baileys and brown woolly buggers the best bet.

Excellent bass fishing continues, with plenty of fish around — pounds getting caught. The resort jetty and in front of the dam continue to be the best places. Flipping jigs and casting Panther Martins or Rooster Tails works.

The limit is five trout over 8 inches a day, with only one of them allowed to be more than 20 inches.

HYATT ' Early morning and dusk are good times for trolling or still-fishing for trout around the stumps and just outside the weed lines along the southeastern and southwestern portions of the lake. Trollers can use Triple Teasers or black Roostertails, while still-fishermen should focus on glittery PowerBaits or worms. The lake was recently stocked with 10,000 more legal-sized rainbows and they are biting baits and trolled lures fairly aggressively already.

Fly-fishermen using dragonfly nymphs and woolly buggers are also catching trout in the evenings near the resort. The upper end of the lake is choked with weeds and not fishing well. The lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout.

The limit remains five trout more than 8 inches long, with only one of them allowed to be more than 20 inches long.

DIAMOND ' Trout fishing remains good along the lake's south end despite an algae bloom that has led to a ban on water-skiing, swimming and wading at the lake. Fishing and boating remain open, but anglers are encouraged to avoid the algae scum and keep their dogs at home. Catches are a mixed bag of recently stocked legal-sized rainbow, some of the two-pound lunkers stocked this past spring and some of the large hold-over trout up to 10 pounds.

Trollers are catching the majority of the fish, with Needle fish or medium-sized Rapalas the best choice when used with a half-ounce of lead to get your lure deeper. Troll from the Diamond Lake Campground boat ramp to the Thielsen View Campground ramp.

The limit remains five trout more than 8 inches long, with only one of them allowed to be more than 20 inches long.


The lake is dropping faster, and it is now 22 feet from full. Trout fishing upstream of Peyton Bridge is fair to good, with trolling deep and early in the morning good near the dam.

The lake's surface temperature has steadied at 69 degrees, which causes the fish to move deeper in the water column, so vary your depths when trolling.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife last month released 27,500 legal-sized rainbows into the lake, putting half at the Lost Creek Lake Marina and the other half at the Takelma boat ramp near the dam's face. These trout are biting an assortment of offerings, from worms and PowerBait to small spinners and leech flies.

Smallmouth bass fishing is improving in the shallows and around rocky structure. Grubs and crankbaits both have been good.

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. Angling is open year-round.

APPLEGATE ' Fishing for rainbow trout and stocked coho is still good for those trolling points and coves, as well as bank fishing in the upper portions of the reservoir. The lake has dropped seven feet in the past three weeks, and that will get the fish to ease out of the Seattle Bar area and head toward deeper water. The lake was five feet from full Wednesday, dropping more than a foot in the past week.

Worms, single salmon eggs and Velveeta cheese are the baits of choice. For fly-fishermen, the bigger rainbows are biting green or brown leeches or nymph patterns.

The smallmouth bass bite has picked up amid warmer weather and better water temperatures. Bass anglers are reminded that they cannot keep any bass between 12 inches and 15 inches, and just one bass longer than 15 inches can be part of the five-bass daily limit.

EMIGRANT ' Fishing for legal-sized rainbows remains good near the dam and in the cooler water sections of the upper end of the reservoir. Bass fishing with crankbaits has improved in the upper arms, but schools of perch are dominating the catches there. Crappie fishing is very slow.

The willows areas of the lake continue to be well-flooded, but the lake is starting to drop quickly.


Fishing for rainbows near the springs has been good for fly-fishers and early-morning trollers.

LAKE of the WOODS '

The lake is fishing well for both rainbow trout and brown trout early in the mornings and evenings. The lake is open to night fishing as a way to target brown trout.

SELMAC LAKE ' Trout fishing is good with bait and lures, chiefly near the boat ramp. Bass fishing was very good at the lake, with grubs fished near submerged vegetation a good first choice.


The lake was recently stocked with legal-sized trout and catches were good but activity was light. Bass fishing was improving as the weather and water has warmed.

The campground, cabins and ramp at the Willow Lake Resort are open, but the restaurant remains closed.

Ocean Outlook Chinook salmon fishing has been good out of Brookings, where anglers are running into far more coho than chinook as the coho schools move north. All coho must be released unharmed, and anglers should troll deeper and near the bottom to find the chinook. Windy days have been interspersed with nice ones. Most anglers continue to bottomfish for lingcod and other rockfish, with catches excellent for those jigging in 80-100 feet of water north of the port.

The chinook season for Southern Oregon is open daily and runs to Sept. 14, with a two-chinook daily limit and no weekly limit or mid-season closures. All wild and hatchery coho salmon must be released unharmed.

At Coos Bay, ocean fishing for salmon and bottomfish has been very good for both, with lots of 8-9 pound hatchery coho making up the lion's share of the salmon catch. Anglers are also catching lots of wild coho, which must be released unharmed, and some chinook are still available. Fishing is best now early, with afternoon winds kicking up daily.

Surfperch fishing has slowed a bit in the Rogue River bay at Gold Beach, and it's also good near the mouth of the Elk River, but wavy conditions have made afternoon fishing difficult. Clam necks or sandshrimp are good baits.

Crabbing is slowing down, and crabs may begin to get soft-shelled as the spring and summer progresses.

The razor clam closure has been expanded to include all razor clamming in Oregon, regardless of where the razor clams are found. Testing conducted two weeks ago reveals domoic acid levels are elevated in razor clams found at the mouth of bays including Yaquina, Alsea and Coos. Other clamming remains closed on the beaches and at the entrance to bays north of Port Orford at Cape Blanco. On beaches south of Port Orford, non-razor clams tested safe and may be harvested. For more information, call the Oregon Department of Agriculture's shellfish line 503-986-4728 or visit its Web site () under Warnings and Alerts.

Hunting Outlook KLAMATH ' Squirrel hunting is good to very good. Remember to get landowner permission.

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 on Whetstone Pond, just north of the ODFW office.