Fishing Report: Friday, April 27
COASTWIDE: Forecasts call for scattered showers Friday and winds up to 15 knots with swells up to 6 feet, followed Saturday by 5-knot winds, showers and swells up to 6 feet. Sunday sees winds up to 10 knots and a 5-foot swell with some wind waves around 2 feet.
The marine aggregate rockfish daily limit for bottomfishers is five fish. Anglers are allowed to fish for midwater rockfish species outside 40 fathoms using 30-foot leaders and floats to stay off the bottom. The midwater species limit is 10 per day.
Lingcod fishing has been excellent when anglers can get out, particularly out of Brookings, and anglers this past week benefited from excellent ocean conditions.
Surfperch fishing has been solid more often than not off the Rogue River sand spit off the south jetty, as well as at Nesika Beach. Winchuck Beach has been very good for surfperch after two days of relatively calm surf. Fish with Berkley Gulp sand worms or sandshrimp.
Commercial and recreational crabbing is open coast-wide. However, ocean crabbing has slowed, as has dock crabbing in Charleston.
No minus tides for clammers this week. Razor clamming has been very good in the open stretch from the Columbia River to Cascade Head, including the clam-rich Clatsop County beaches. The rest of the coast is closed to razors because of elevated levels of domoic acid. Bay clamming and the recreational harvest of mussels is open along the entire coast, but that can change quickly, so check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474 before digging.
AGATE: The lake was stocked last month with 350 larger-sized rainbow trout to go along with trout stocked in early winter. Fishing for them has been pretty good with PowerBait or worms under bobbers. The lake is completely full, but turbidity is a problem. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.
APPLEGATE: The lake is up 6 feet from last week and is 10 feet from full. Look for a big boost in fishing success now that 10,000 legal-sized trout and 800 larger trout were stocked last week. Most of the action has occurred around the French Gulch and Copper ramps. Slow trolling of Flatfish or Wedding Ring lures could be good, and still-fishing in the French Gulch cove with PowerBait should be good. The surface temperature has risen to the mid 40s.
DIAMOND: The lake is ice-free, and fishing has been very good for still-fishers and fly-fishers working the south side and the shrimp beds, as well as the old cheese hole. The water is cold, so be mindful of light bites. Fish worms about 5 feet under bobbers and PowerBait off the bottom, as well as chironomid flies stripped slowly in the bottom half of the water column. All tiger trout must be released unharmed.
EMIGRANT: The lake is up to 77 percent full as the Talent Irrigation District moves water into the reservoir from Hyatt and Howard Prairie lakes. The lake was stocked two weeks ago 1,000 larger rainbow trout at the county boat ramp, and that’s where the action is for bait fishers using PowerBait or worms under bobbers. Trollers should use Flatfish or Wedding Ring lures with worms, with or without dodgers. Bass fishing has been good with plastic worms and grubs fished slowly. The county boat ramp is open during daylight hours.
EXPO: The pond was stocked two weeks ago with 1,500 legal-sized rainbows, and action should continue to be very good for them with worms, PowerBait and small spinners. There is a $4 day-use parking fee off Gate 5.
FISH: The lake received 5,000 legal-sized rainbows stocked at the resort this week. Look for good fishing in the marina area with PowerBait, worms and small spinners. The lake is holding steady at 80 percent full. A sno-park pass is needed to park at the Forest Service lot near the boat ramp through Monday, then it’s free.
HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake is fishing well for rainbow trout for still-fishers with PowerBait in the shallows each morning and trollers working the lake’s far-side channel with Wedding Ring or Tasmanian Devil lures. The resort’s boat ramp and campgrounds open today, but the marina, restaurant and store are not scheduled to open until May 12. The Willow Point boat ramp is open. The lake was to be stocked Tuesday with 7,500 legal-sized rainbows. The lake’s water gauge was inoperable Thursday.
HYATT: BLM has opened the Mountain View boat ramp and there is just enough water for most trailered boats to launch there, but be cautious. Trolling and still-fishing for trout has been good near the dam and in the Orchard area. Trollers should work the shorelines and the old creek channel. The lake level was holding steady at 44 percent full this week.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: The lake is ice-free, and fishing for rainbows and perch is good with worms and PowerBait. Brown trout fishing and kokanee catches have been low.
LOST CREEK: Another 15,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 800 larger trout were stocked last week and were split between both boat ramps. Most of the action is in the lower few hundred yards of the reservoir. Flows out of Lost Creek were decreased to 2,000 cubic feet per second Thursday as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looks to reduce the filling rate for the reservoir, which is expected to fill by Tuesday, the target date for filling. The lake was less than a foot from full Thursday. Outflows were increased this past week to 2,500 cfs to slow the filling rate. Anglers have been finding trout by trolling near the dam and around the island off the Takelma boat ramp. Bank anglers using PowerBait at either side of the dam also are faring well.
ROGUE: A decent showing of late winter steelhead and a few early spring chinook are entertaining anglers in the upper Rogue, while the middle Rogue has slowed a bit for winter steelhead but some bright late-run steelhead remain in the mix. The lower Rogue has slowed some for springers, but there are still fish caught daily in the lower 11 miles of river.
That makes the upper Rogue this weekend’s best bet, in part because of the decent steelhead showing as well as the prospect of running into a spring chinook.
A few springers have been caught in the Hatchery Hole by bank anglers casting beads, as well as a sprinkling of fish in migration lanes upstream of Shady Cove. Just two more springers made it to Cole Rivers Hatchery this past week. Three have made it to the hatchery so far, and the 10-year running average to the hatchery this week is 24 chinook.
In the upper Rogue, flows out of Lost Creek Lake were upped earlier this week to 2,500 cfs and forecast to hold steady ... at least as of Thursday. Flows Thursday at Dodge Bridge were up to 2,771 cfs and forecast to increase slowly and rather steadily through Saturday, but not enough to throw off the steelhead bite much. Flows at the old Gold Ray Dam site were at 3,119 cfs Thursday and also are forecast to inch up through Saturday.
Another 211 winter steelhead reached Cole Rivers this week, showing that fish are on the move despite no real changes in water levels in recent days. The total count of 1,243 fish to the hatchery remains quite low of the 10-year average of 2,100 to date.
In the middle Rogue, steelhead have been caught in the Rogue River run as well as the Galice area. Fishing has been best with roe, worms and plugs, with fishing best on cloudy days. This week’s rains could provide decent fishing as long as flows don’t rise too dramatically or get dirty. Flows Thursday at Grants Pass were at a favorable 3,573 cfs and forecast to rise today and Saturday before dropping Sunday. That’s the target day for float trips. Bank anglers casting beads and yarn are picking up spring chinook daily at Hayes Falls. The crew that fishes Rainie Falls has been silent, which usually means catches have been decent daily.
In the lower Rogue, a consistently fair but slower spring chinook bite has occurred this week in the lower 11 miles of freshwater, but catches were slower than last week. Flows Thursday at Agness were just over 4,900 cfs and set to rise. Most of the action was on 6-inch anchovies behind a gold blade, but boat anglers found success on cloudy days with a brass blade. Bankies continue plunking with the Gray Ghost Spin-Glo (now named the Rogue), as well as flame-chartreuse and pink-pearl, but catches have been slow amid clear-water conditions.
Anglers can now keep one wild winter steelhead longer than 24 inches river-wide through Monday, then it returns to catch and release of all wild steelhead regardless of size.
APPLEGATE: The river is closed to all angling.
CHETCO: The river is closed to all angling.
ELK: The river is closed to all angling.