Fishing Report: Friday, Oct. 6
COASTWIDE: Forecasts call for calm winds and relatively light seas today, with winds kicking up Saturday and easing a bit but still blowing hard Sunday. Today calls for winds at 5 to 10 knots and mixed swells up to 3 feet, followed Saturday by winds building to 25 knots and wind waves up to 7 feet. Sunday the winds will be 15 to 20 knots, with wind waves up to 7 feet.
The Chetco Bubble fishery off the mouth of the Chetco River opens Saturday and Sunday, then again Oct. 14-15. Look for good fishing slowly trolling herring or anchovies off the surf at Sporthaven Beach and along kelp lines close to the mouth. The limit is one chinook a day over 28 inches to steer clear of anglers keeping any Klamath River-bound fish in the mix. Barbless hooks are required.
Ocean bottomfishing has reopened outside the 40-fathom line after being closed last month due to the black rockfish quota being filled. Thirty-foot leaders and floats are required to keep baits off the bottom and focusing on midwater rockfish species such as quillbacks. No lingcod, cabezon or other bottomfish can be targeted, even from jetties. However, flatfish such as in-season halibut and sanddab are legal, as are surfperch.
Halibut fishing off the Central Oregon coast is closed.
Surfperch fishing remains good along the south coast, including the sand spit at the Rogue River mouth, Winchuck Beach and Nesika Beach. Berkley Gulp sandshrimp or sand worms work well and stay on hooks. Prawns also work well.
Bay crabbing has been very good to excellent in Coos Bay and Winchester Bay. Most of the crabs have recovered from molting, and the meat quality is very good. Ocean crabbing is open through Oct. 15, then closed Oct. 16 through Nov. 30. However, bay crabbing will remain open during the ocean closure.
The recreational harvest of razor clams is closed from Cascade Head to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Open, however, are Clatsop County beaches where diggers are finding fewer, but bigger, razors than most years. The recreational harvesting of mussels is open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Before digging, check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.
AGATE: The lake is down to 20 percent full. Look for isolated catches of yellow perch and bass around structure and near the dam face. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.
APPLEGATE: Fishing pressure is very light, with some catches of rainbow trout for those trolling near the mouth of Carberry Creek or fishing worms or PowerBait from the far bank. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has held releases steady at 250 cfs. The lake was listed Thursday at 62 feet from full.
DIAMOND: Anglers are catching plenty of fish between 12 and 17 inches. PowerBait floated off the bottom is out-fishing worms under bobbers, with corn yellow and salmon-egg peach popular, but don't forget the glitter chartreuse. Trollers are getting action on Needlefish and Flat Fish. All tiger trout must be released unharmed.
EMIGRANT: The lake was listed Thursday at 28 percent full, down 3 percent in the past week. Bass fishing is decent but slowin. Slowly fish plastic worms, grubs and crankbaits near structure. Smallmouth are off rocky points, largemouth are largely in the submerged willows.
EXPO: Fishing is slow. No fresh trout have been stocked. Warmwater fish are the best bet. Access the pond through Gate 5 off Peninger Road. Parking fees are required.
FISH: The lake was listed Thursday at 52 percent full, up 2 percent from last week. Another 900 trophy trout were stocked two weeks ago at the Forest Service ramp, and that has garnered interest in the cove near the ramp. Use worms or PowerBait, or strip leeches or woolly buggers. Tiger trout must be released unharmed.
HOWARD PRAIRIE: Trout fishing is good, but interest has been light in the cold weather. Fishing is best along the channel straight across from the resort, with trollers using worms and flashers finding decent fish about 30 feet down. Still-fishing with various colors of PowerBait is good in the mornings and evenings, also in deeper water. The lake was listed Thursday at 77 percent full, down a sliver from last week. The surface temperature has dropped below 70 degrees.
HYATT: The lake received 5,100 legal-sized rainbows at the BLM ramp last month, and anglers are catching them with PowerBait or worms under bobbers. Trout fishing should start picking up as water temperatures drop. The lake is 40 percent full.
LOST CREEK: The lake got another 5,000 legal-sized trout, 10,000 fingerling and 2,300 trophy trout about 15 inches apiece or more this week, stocked about evenly between the Takelma boat ramp and the marina. The trout have yet to spread out much, so fishing at the Takelma access area with worms or PowerBait should be good this weekend for bank anglers. Trollers using Wedding Rings spiced with a piece of worm should do well trolling in those areas. The lake was listed Thursday at 58 feet from full, up a foot from last week.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is good for rainbows in the shallows and farther out in the lake with bait or lures. Some kokanee have been caught in the deeper recesses of the lake.
WILLOW: The lake got 3,000 legal-sized trout and 1,500 pound-sized trout in early June. Catch them on PowerBait or worms.
ROGUE: The upper Rogue's flies-only summer steelhead season is picking up for nymphers tossing single salmon-egg flies behind spawning spring chinook, while middle Rogue anglers are doing well on summer steelhead with worms and corkies. The lower Rogue Bay continues to be solid for fall chinook as well as some hatchery coho, with fishing for summer steelhead and halfpounders good in the riffles downstream of Agness.
That keeps the lower Rogue as the best bet with its mix of salmon in the bay as well as steelhead and halfpounders in the lower river.
In the lower Rogue bay, chinook catches have been consistently good for those trolling anchovies with Rogue bait rigs. Gold and chartreuse blades are best. More coho are starting to show up in the daily catch, as well. Fishing is best on the morning incoming tides. All wild coho must be released unharmed.
Adult summer steelhead and halfpounders continue to show up in very good numbers in the lower 30 miles of freshwater. Cast Panther Martin spinners, worms and corkies or swing streamer flies. Flows at Agness were up down to 1,809 cubic feet per second, which is excellent for swinging traditional steelhead flies like red ants, green-butt skunks and buck-tail Coachmans.
In the upper Rogue, it's still flies only for summer steelhead through October, and fishing and outflows continue to be at 1,120 cfs out of Lost Creek Lake. However, the water releases are cold and have slowed steelhead, so streamer flies aren't working quite as well as earlier in the season. Most anglers are fishing egg flies on their point to go with an ugly bug as a dropper. Focus on the heads of riffles just downstream of salmon-spawning flats, and avoid wading in the redds.
Spincasters can use flies and a bobber, but no added weights or attachments. That includes bobber stoppers and swivels.
Flows at Dodge Bridge were down Thursday to 1,244 cfs. That has left some spots very skinny for driftboaters. Flows at the old Gold Ray Dam site were down to 1,404 cfs Thursday.
All chinook salmon fishing is now closed upstream of the Hog Creek boat ramp near Galice.
In the middle Rogue, anglers are reporting good catches of summer steelhead with worms and corkies off the bank or side-drifting from driftboats. Chinook Park, Ennis Riffle, Schroeder Park and the old Savage Rapids Dam areas have been the favorites.