Fishing Report: June 15, 2012
COASTWIDE - Rough seas and high winds have plagued ocean anglers all week, and the weekend could bring much of the same.
Good morning minus tides start Saturday for clammers, and they will run all week, giving diggers plenty of opportunities in bays and on open beaches.
Ocean crabbing is open.
The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, which can include one cabezon. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
BROOKINGS - The chinook salmon bite slumped this past week largely because of conditions and not a lack of fish. When anglers weren't blown off the water they were getting chinook about three miles offshore by trolling 30 to 40 feet down with small anchovies with purple hoochies.
A few Pacific halibut were caught this week. The action was light, but a few limits before 7 a.m. were reported.
Excellent black rockfish catches have occurred in recent days from the mouth of the Chetco up to House Rock, with black, white and red jigs working best.
Surfperch fishing has been very good to excellent at Winchuck Beach. Focus on the top two hours of the incoming tide to one hour after high tide. Clam necks and Berkley Gulp sand worms have been the most effective baits, but mussels and squid work very well, too.
COOS BAY - Good morning clamming tides start Saturday morning and run through the week. Clam Island will be a focus. Chinook fishing has slowed largely because anglers are getting blown off the water early. The all-depth Pacific halibut fishery kicked in again Thursday and runs through Saturday. No tuna reports yet.
GOLD BEACH - Ocean anglers have been kept off the water. Surfperch fishing has been very good at the sand spit at the Rogue mouth and Nesika Beach north of town.
AGATE - Water clarity has improved at the lake, and trout fishing has picked up. No fresh trout will be released for the rest of the summer because of warm water conditions. Fishing with worms beneath bobbers or PowerBait at the lower end of the lake is your best bet. Trolling has improved for trout. Bass and crappie are active in the shallows and near the dam. Work plastic worms slowly near the willows for largemouth. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
APPLEGATE - The lake received 9,000 new legal-sized trout and 500 1-pound trout two weeks ago. The lake is now just a few inches shy of full, opening the Seattle Bar area for good angling opportunities for trout and bass. Slowly troll lures spiked with worms or fish PowerBait from the bank near the boat ramps. Hart-Tish Park is open and the boat ramp is usable, as are Copper and French Gulch.
EMIGRANT - The lake received no new trout in the past month, but fishing for legal-sized trout stocked earlier this season remains good for bank and boat anglers along the lower section of the reservoir, particularly around the county park. Water clarity is good. Bank anglers using chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait have fared very well for trout, while trollers using Little Cleo's or Triple Teasers have also caught fish. The lake was listed Thursday as 95 percent full. Smallmouth bass fishing has been a bit slow but OK off rocky points and around other rocky structure along the lake's lower end.
A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trout fishing has improved with rising water temperatures. Trollers working the lake edges have done fair to good with Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with small pieces of worm, with some throwback anglers doing very well using Ford Fenders. Trout up to 5 pounds have been caught in recent weeks. Chartreuse and rainbow PowerBait are working best, along with worms 7 feet or so under bobbers. Wind-drifting nightcrawlers also is good. The limit is five trout per day, with one over 20 inches.
HYATT - The trout bite remains good, with plenty of larger fish in the mix for trollers and still-fishers near the dam. One of the BLM boat ramps at the campground is closed now while it is being rebuilt. Most of the effort has been still-fishing in shallow water with PowerBait. Anchoring near the Orchard, the dam and the west bank in 8 to 12 feet of water has been good for anglers chasing holdover rainbows. Bass fishing is starting to pick up for those casting red lures and streamer flies. The limit is five trout a day with an 8-inch minimum, and only one can be 20 inches or over.
DIAMOND - The trout bite remains good but best in the mornings amid a continued strong chironomid hatch that has the trout focused on emerging insects. Fly-fishing with chironomid nymphs or woolly buggers can be good at the south end near the pizza parlor and the west side in front of the summer homes. The PowerBait bite and the trolling bite is best early in the morning before the insects get hatching. The limit is eight trout over 8 inches long, with only one allowed over 20 inches.
EXPO - Fishing is very good for what remains of the 2,000 rainbow trout stocked there for last weekend's Free Fishing Weekend. Catches should be good with worms, PowerBait and small Panther Martin lures. Water conditions are very good. The pond is accessible at Gate 5 for the Jackson County Expo Park off Peninger Road.
LOST CREEK - The lake received its second batch of 7,650 legal-sized rainbow trout last week for Free Fishing Weekend, and fishing for those that survived the weekend has been best for bank anglers fishing various-colored PowerBait balls off the shore near the Takelma ramp. The lake has dropped to a little more than 3 feet from full now that releases are out-stripping inflows by about 700 cubic feet per second. Most anglers are fishing fairly close to shore. Trollers working the point off the marina have done fairly well with Little Cleo's or Wedding Rings spiced with a piece of worm. Warming water should improve bass fishing. Fish slowly presented crankbaits or worms or grubs near structure.
LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing is good for rainbows and brown trout along shorelines.
FISH - Fishing for rainbow trout and stocked chinook salmon is good near the resort and the cove near the Forest Service boat ramp. Another 4,500 legal-sized rainbow were stocked there this week. The chinook are running 14 to 18 inches long. Rainbow-brown hybrid trout called tiger trout were stocked there and must be released unharmed. A few reportedly have been caught recently.
WILLOW - Trolling Triple Teasers or Tasmanian Devils has been very good for stocked rainbow trout, especially in the morning and around dusk. Some 2-pounders stocked there recently have been caught off the bank with PowerBait. The ramp, campgrounds and cabins are open and available.
ROGUE - The upper Rogue remains a strong spring chinook salmon show amid steady water flows out of Lost Creek Lake. The middle Rogue remains slow overall for spring chinook, with some catches at a few traditional hotspots. The lower Rogue has been decent for springers from above tidewater all the way to Agness, but only a few guides and their clients are fishing there now.
That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, where it likely will remain until August.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has kept the out-flows steady at 3,000 cfs out of Lost Creek Lake, and that has added some predictability to fishing. Bank fishing has been very good at Casey State Park, the Hatchery Hole and the Slide Hole for those casting beads and yarn. Multiple hook-up days are now quite common. Boat anglers are doing best for hatchery chinook upstream of Shady Cove, with wild fish up to 40 pounds caught and released there this past week. Those fishing below the old Gold Ray Dam site are finding a mix of hatchery and wild chinook. Wild chinook now may be kept downstream of the dam, but not upstream of that site.
Boat anglers have done very well with a mix of offerings. Roe either back-bounced or on divers, has been best. Kwikfish have worked very well this week. Fish primarily in migration lands and on the inside of curves to improve your opportunities for hooking hatchery fish instead of wild fish. So far, 3,612 springers have made it to Cole Rivers Hatchery, and more recycled fish are expected soon. Anglers are already targeting and hitting summers in the upper Rogue, and 44 summer steelhead are already in the hatchery.
In the middle Rogue, Hayes and Rainie falls have been good for bank anglers.
The lower 30 miles of the Rogue have picked up with a decent late-run bite this week after cooling waters and fresh chinook moved in, but very few anglers are targeting them. Guides are getting multiple-fish days and a few have gotten their clients limits there recently, but the overall effort is light.
Stoneflies are flying well in the upper Rogue.
APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing, but anglers cannot target steelhead. Resident trout and cutthroat trout are available, but effort so far has been light.
UMPQUA - The mainstem Umpqua has slowed for spring chinook amid moss breaking free and clogging hooks. A few fresh summer steelhead have been caught on the lower mainstem by driftboat anglers side-drifting roe or worms. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Good spring chinook fishing is reported in the lower end of the North Umpqua.
CHETCO - The river is open to trout fishing, and catches of sea-run cutthroat trout were good in tidewater and at places like the Social Security Hole. Only artificial flies and lures are allowed upstream of tidewater.