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Fishing report: Friday, June 3

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean off Southern Oregon will be a bit choppy but not too bad this weekend, starting with 10-knot windws and four-foiot wind waves today followed Saturday by winds again up to 10 knots and five-foot swells. Sunday starts to get a bit sketchy with winds up to 20 knots and five-foot wind waves.

Limits of lings and rockfish are still coming in regularly out of Coos Bay, Brookings and Gold Beach when anglers can get out. Jigging just off kelp beds is very good.

The halibut season out of Brookings is open south of Humbug Mountain, and while effort has been light, a few fish have come back to the dock. Look for some early action north of Brookings in water close to 200 feet.

The ocean off Southern Oregon is now open to chinook salmon fishing, but not much is happening yet. The fin-clipped coho season open June 25.

The ocean and bays are open to crabbing coastwide, but ocean crabbing has been slow.

Excellent early-morning minus tides are happening for the next week and it's one of the best weeks for spring clamming. Razor clamming, however, is closed south of Yahats because of domoic acid levels, while bay clams and butter clams are available coastwide. Mussels can be taken only south of Cascade Head now. Before digging, check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

LAKE OUTLOOK

AGATE: The lake is dropping slowly and was listed Thursday at 92 percent full. Fishing is fair for a mix of bass, crappie and perch. No trout stockings are planned this year. Most of the boat action has been high up in the reservoir around submerged willows, especially on cloudy days. No gas motors are allowed.

APPLEGATE: Fishing is very good for a mix of recently stocked, legal-sized rainbow trout and holdover trout running 16-plus inches. The lake got 8,000 legal-sized trout last week. All the boat ramps are open and operational. Trollers and still-fishers off the bank high up in the reservoir are doing well. Bank anglers using worms under bobbers in the Seattle Bar area are seeing consistent action, but mostly for smaller rainbows. The lake is dropping now and was listed at 1 1/2 feet shy of full Thursday as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases a little more than 325 cfs of water, which is a less than the inflow.

DIAMOND: The lake is warming, and fishing is very good now for rainbows, with PowerBait and worms out-fishing trolling. Fly-fishing chironomid patterns is working well for fly-fishers. The rainbows are spread out. Mornings are more productive, but fishing has been decent all day during cloudy days. Another 300,000 fingerlings are scheduled for stocking later this month. The first tiger trout are scheduled to be stocked Monday and they all most be released unharmed. The rainbow limit now is the statewide limit of five trout per day over eight inches, with only one 20 inches or more.

EMIGRANT: The lake dropped a hair this week and was 93 percent full Thursday. The 1,000 legal-sized trout stocked there earlier this month have dispersed, but the cove off the ramp is the best bet for trout. Bass are starting to bite thanks to extremely warm weather. Fish crankbaits, plastic worms or grubs very slowly around structure on cloudy days. Fishing plastic worms, jigs or grubs is very good in and around the submerged willows of the Emigrant Arm.

FISH: The lake was up to 75 percent full Thursday. Another 3,725 legal-sized trout and 425 pounders were stocked last this month, and fishing has been best near the marina and the Forest Service boat ramp. However, a growing algae bloom has harmed water clarity. Fish PowerBait for a mix of holdover rainbows, landlocked chinook and tiger trout, which must be released unharmed. Fishing around the springs is best and will remain that way for most of the season, particularly during the algae bloom.

HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake is fishing well for anchored boats fishing rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait off the bottom near shore. Trolling has picked up with Triple Teasers, Tasmanian Devils and Wedding Ring lures. Lots of holdover trout in the 16- to 19-inch range are getting caught, with another 5,000 legals set for stocking there next week. The lake has dropped a smidge to 69 percent full.

HYATT: The lake is hosting the county's only Free Fishing Weekend event Saturday at the Bureau of Land Management boat ramps on the lake's southwest side. Trout and bass fishing has improved. The lake got its first 6,000 legals and 400 trophy trout last month at the BLM boat ramp, and another 5,000 legals made it into the lake at the BLM ramp this week. Bass fishing is very good. The lake has dropped a hair to 73 percent full.

LOST CREEK: The lake is starting to drop now that in-flows are outstripping out-flows. Fishing is good for the 10,000 recently stocked legal-sized trout and 800 trophy-sized rainbows stocked there last month. Another 25,000 legal-sized rainbows and 1,075 pound-sized rainbows were released three weeks ago. Fishing is good with worms in the area where the Rogue flows into the lake above Peyton Bridge. Trollers should start with green Wedding Ring lures with a piece of worm. Landlocked salmon have been holding deeper than the trout. The lake's surface temperature is 67 degrees and will rise this weekend. Fish largemouth in the submerged willows and smallmouth off rocky points. Smallmouth are also aggressively eating salmonflies dropping onto the surface near the dam, particularly around dusk.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: The lake was fishing very well for a mix of rainbows, brown trout and perch near the resort with worms under bobbers and PowerBait off the bottom.

WILLOW: Trout fishing is improving after 3,225 legal-sized rainbows and 425 pounders were stocked there last week at the county boat ramp. Most of this weekend's catches will be around the county ramp where the stocking truck stopped. The lake remains close to full.

EXPO: The pond near the outdoor stage gets another 1,000 legal-sized trout this past week, and that will have to sustain the fishing there. Catches are good with worms under bobbers, PowerBait and small spoons slowly retrieved. That's it for stocking this year.

RIVER OUTLOOK

ROGUE: Early spring chinook fishing continues to be somewhat slow river-wide, but a mix of wild and hatchery springers are getting caught daily in the lower Rogue and far upper Rogue despite low salmon numbers. The upper Rogue is kicking out fish daily to bank and boat anglers, but not like normal and the build-up of algae breaking away from submerged rocks is confounding things.

That keeps the upper Rogue as not only the best bet but perhaps the only real bet right now for spring chinook.

In the upper Rogue, the spring chinook bite for driftboaters was decent this week some days, but the triple-digit heat forecast for this weekend won't help. Algae is starting to break off and clog hooks, and that's not a welcome adversary. Flows in the upper Rogue are up to 2,800 cfs out of Lost Creek Lake, and that should help the Free Fishing Weekend bite. Some boat anglers are using Mag Lip 3.5 or K-15 Kwikfish lures with pink and chartreuse on them, while others are back-bouncing roe and sandshrimp combinations. Live sandshrimp are best. The best action is in migration lanes on overcast days, but it's all sun this weekend. Focus on deeper water where you can't see bottom on the inside turns of gravel bars. As the water drops, it can be best to stay in a productive migration lane and wait for the chinook to come to you.

All wild spring chinook must now be released upstream of Fishers Ferry boat ramp. Downstream of the ramp near Gold Hill, anglers can now keep wild chinook as part of the two-fish daily limit.

Flows Thursday afternoon at Dodge Bridge were down to just over 3,100 cfs, with flows at the old Gold Ray Dam site up a tick to 3,015 cfs.

Spring chinook migration remains something of a mystery. Another 283 springers reached ColeRivers Hatchery in the past week, upping the total to date at 825. That pales compared to the 10-year running average of 1,906 fish by this week. Also, the first confirmed summer steelhead reached the hatchery this past week, but not enough in the river yet to target them.

In the lower Rogue, plunkers and boat anglers had a couple good days of getting in front of some springers, but the action slowed down again this week. Flows at Agness were up over the past week and were right at 3,800 cfs Thursday.

APPLEGATE: The river is open to trout fishing. All wild trout must be released unharmed. No fin-clipped rainbows are stocked there.

CHETCO: The river is open to trout fishing. Look for some sea-run cutthroat in tidewater.