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Fishing Report: June 29, 2012

COASTWIDE - A few sprinkles are forecast but otherwise, good weather should greet ocean anglers this weekend. Another excellent set of morning minus tides will have clammers busy in Charleston. The entire state is open to shellfish harvest now.

The first tuna of the season showed up last weekend about 40 miles off Lincoln City and a few came into Charleston, as well.

An extra all-depth Pacific halibut fishery runs today and Saturday, with catches expected to be very good because of good offshore weather.

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 was spot on the past few days just 21/2 miles offshore, with trollers using anchovies and hoochies or sardines anywhere from 50 to 120 feet deep. That big spread indicates good numbers of fish. Lots of two-chinook limits were reported during mid-week fishing.

Bottomfishing has been excellent off near-shore reefs. Halibut catches have been fair to good. Surfperch fishing has been very good in the Winchuck Beach area. Good tuna conditions were still reported this week about 30 miles offshore.

COOS BAY - Excellent morning clamming tides run in the mornings through the week. Chinook fishing should pick up now that anglers are no longer getting blown off the water. The first tuna came into port over the weekend, but it was unclear just how far out anglers had to run from Charleston.

GOLD BEACH - Ocean anglers were blown off the water much of the past week, but conditions were improving enough that a few anglers started fishing for chinook just south of the Rogue River mouth. Black rockfish catches have been very good, and lingcod catches remain solid. Surfperch fishing has been very good off the sand spit at the Rogue mouth and at Nesika Beach north of town.

AGATE - Fishing for bass, crappie and perch has tailed off with the colder weather, but expect it to pick up this weekend. Wind-drifting nightcrawlers or fishing plastic grubs has been best for bass near the dam and around submerged willows. The far upper-end of the reservoir is fishing best for crappie with small jigs or black flies. Trout fishing is slow. No fresh trout will be released for the rest of the summer because of warm water. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.

APPLEGATE - The lake received 9,000 legal-sized trout and 500 1-pound trout earlier this month. The lake is less than three feet from full, making the Seattle Bar area still fishable from the bank or float tubes. Slowly troll lures spiked with worms or fish PowerBait from the bank near the boat ramps. Bass fishing is very good off points and along the dam face.

EMIGRANT - The lake received no new trout in the past month and is not scheduled for any more this summer. Fishing for legal-sized trout stocked earlier this season remains fair to good for bank and boat anglers along the lower section of the reservoir, particularly around the county park. Water clarity is good. The lake was listed Thursday as 92 percent full. Smallmouth bass fishing has improved off rocky banks, and a few largemouth have been taken in the willows.

A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Bass and panfish action really picked up this week. Trout fishing has been good for trollers using 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 seven 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 while it is getting rebuilt. Most of the effort has been still-fishing in shallow water with PowerBait. 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 has improved now that the chirnonomid hatch has dropped off, and cold weather has kept the lake temperatures low for this time of year. Still-fishing is best with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait or worms under bobbers. The south end near the pizza parlor and the west shores near the summer homes have been hot spots. The limit is eight trout over 8 inches long, with only one over 20 inches.

EXPO - Fishing is good for what remains of the 2,000 rainbow trout stocked there two weeks ago for Free Fishing Weekend. The pond is accessible at Gate 5 for the Jackson County Expo Park off Peninger Road.

LOST CREEK - The lake received no new rainbow trout this week and is not scheduled for any more this summer. Holdovers from earlier stockings are getting caught regularly by anglers trolling near the dam or upstream of the Takelma ramp. Still-fishing is good with PowerBait. Bass fishing has picked up in the coves and near the dam, where anglers tossing salmonfly imitations are catching smallmouth bass. Others are catching smallmouth with crankbaits fished off points. The lake was eight feet shy of full Thursday.

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 rainbows were stocked there two weeks ago, and a stocking of legals is set for mid July. The chinook are running 14 to 18 inches. Rainbow-brown hybrid trout called tiger trout were stocked there and must be released unharmed. The reservoir was listed Thursday at 96 percent full.

WILLOW - Trolling Triple Teasers or Tasmanian Devils has been very good for stocked rainbow trout, especially in the morning and around dusk. The ramp, campgrounds and cabins are open and available.

ROGUE - The upper Rogue remains good for spring chinook salmon for boat and bank anglers, while the middle Rogue is slow for spring chinook and the lower Rogue has seen a smattering of spring chinook catches from Quosatana Creek up to Agness — a good sign for a solid July on the upper Rogue.

That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, where water flows are starting to drop as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers walks down releases from 3,000 cubic feet per second to 2,600 cfs by early next week. That should trigger a mini-bite much like it does after a freshet peaks and starts to drop naturally.

Bank fishing remains good 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 catches coming on plugs, back-bouncing roe and roe fished with divers from driftboats. Those fishing below the old Gold Ray Dam site are finding a mix of hatchery and wild chinook. Wild chinook may be kept downstream of the dam, but not upstream of that site until Sunday, when anglers fishing downstream of Dodge Bridge can start keeping wild springers.

Steelhead anglers are starting to get into the mix, with fly-casters using streamers or nymphs in the upper Rogue around Shady Cove. Already 213 summer steelhead have reached the hatchery, and the drop in flows will do nothing but help steelhead fishing. Driftboaters are fishing crayfish plugs or K-11 Kwikfish.

Fish primarily in migration lands and on the inside of curves to improve your opportunities for hooking hatchery fish instead of wild fish. As of Monday, 5,282 springers had made it to Cole Rivers Hatchery, and more recycled fish are expected soon.

In the middle Rogue, Hayes and Rainie falls have been good for bank anglers.

On the lower Rogue, a handful of guides have consistently picked up spring chinook on roe from Quosatana Creek up to Agness, including the Copper Canyon area. A few sturgeon were caught in lower Rogue holes, and catches will improve as more fish move in to spawn.

Stoneflies are tailing off, but they're still flying in the upper Rogue, with fishing good in the mainstem for rainbows and cutthroats. The Holy Water impoundment remains good, with stoneflies early in the morning and around dusk.

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, where moss breaking free is clogging hooks. A few fresh summer steelhead have been caught on the lower mainstem by driftboat anglers side-drifting roe or worms. Shad fishing has been slow largely because of high water. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Good spring chinook fishing is reported in the lower end of the North Umpqua. The South Umpqua is open for smallmouth bass fishing, and catches are good in the lower section.

CHETCO - The river is open to trout fishing, and catches of sea-run cutthroat trout were good in tidewater and at places such as the Social Security Hole. Only artificial flies and lures are allowed upstream of tidewater.