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Fishing Report: Aug. 3, 2012

COASTWIDE - Nice-looking ocean conditions are forecast for Sunday, which could be a boon for salmon, tuna and bottomfish anglers along the coast.

Some good morning low tides are forecast this morning and Saturday, and that should get clammers busy everywhere except Clatsop County, where the annual conservation closure remains in effect.

Chinook salmon fishing has been extremely good off Southern Oregon ports, and coho catches are good off central and northern ports. Crabbers working bays are catching plenty of Dungeness, but many have recently molted so they have less meat, though the quality is excellent.

Today and Saturday are the first days of the summer all-depth halibut fishery north of Humbug Mountain, and anglers are expected not only to hit the deep waters but also work inside the 40-fathom line.

The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. No cabezon may be kept for the rest of 2013. 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 incredible Sunday, with more than 400 chinook landed and a three-hour wait for a spot at the fish-cleaning station in the port. Then winds kicked up and fishing ebbed. When conditions improve again, look for chinook anywhere from the jetty jaws to three miles offshore, trolling 30 feet to 50 feet deep with anchovies and hoochies.

No favorable tuna reports so far.

COOS BAY - Excellent morning clamming tides run today and Saturday. Very good chinook catches were reported earlier in the week before wind hampered effort. Albacore tuna were reported 13 to 15 miles out, but they were not biting as aggressively as tuna typically do.

GOLD BEACH - Ocean anglers are doing well for bottomfish when they can get out. Trolling the bay has been best during the afternoon and evening incoming tides. The bay is getting little pressure now, but there are plenty of chinook present.

Surfperch fishing is excellent off the bay sand spit and at Nesika Beach. Use clam necks, mussels or Berkley Gulp sand worms.

AGATE - Fishing for bass, crappie and perch are very good in the evenings, while trout fishing is very slow. Wind-drifting nightcrawlers or fishing plastic grubs has been best for bass near the dam and around submerged willows or weed lines. The far upper end of the reservoir is fishing best for crappie with small jigs or black flies. No fresh trout will be released for the rest of the summer. The lake is starting to drop, and it was listed Thursday at 75 percent full.

No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.

APPLEGATE - The lake has dropped about 3 feet in the past week and was listed at slightly more than19 feet from full Thursday. For trout, slowly troll Triple Teasers 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 - Fishing for legal-sized trout stocked earlier this season is fair to 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 well for trout, while trollers using Little Cleo's or Triple Teasers have also caught fish. The lake was listed Thursday as 71 percent full and dropping fast. 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 - Trout fishing has been fair for trollers using Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with small pieces of worm. Chartreuse and rainbow PowerBait are working best, along with worms seven feet or so under bobbers. Wind-drifting nightcrawlers also is good, with early mornings and dusk best. The limit is five trout per day, with one over 20 inches. The lake was listed Thursday at 81 percent full and dropping.

HYATT - Bass fishing is in high gear, with anglers casting a variety of red lures doing well all day. One of the Bureau of Land Management 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. The limit is five trout a day with an 8-inch minimum, and only one can be 20 inches or more.

DIAMOND - The lake's trout bite has picked up and is very good for the middle of summer. The major midge hatches that plagued fishing have subsided, but the mosquitoes continue to work the shorelines and campgrounds. Fishing is best on the south end, where anglers are tossing worms or PowerBait into holes in the weeds. Focus on water 10 to 20 feet deep. Trollers are doing well along the west end with Triple Teasers and small pieces of worms. Damsels, leeches and woolly buggers have been best. The limit is eight trout over 8 inches long, with only one allowed over 20 inches.

EXPO - Fishing is fair for what remains of the 2,000 rainbow trout stocked there last month. Catches should be possible 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 is not scheduled for any more trout releases this summer. Water conditions are good. Holdover trout from earlier stockings are being 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, near the dam and off points. The salmon-fly hatch is over. The lake was down to almost 41 feet from full Thursday.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing is good for rainbows and brown trout along shorelines, especially at dusk.

FISH - The lake received another 3,000 legal-sized rainbows in mid-July, and fishing for them is good near the Forest Service boat ramp and the marina. Fishing for stocked chinook salmon is good near the resort and the cove near the Forest Service boat ramp. Trolling near the bank has been good with Triple Teasers and worms, and anglers working the deep channel have done well. The reservoir was listed Thursday at 81 percent of full, meaning it's starting to drop rather quickly.

WILLOW - Trolling Triple Teasers or Tasmanian Devils has been fair 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 - Most of the upper Rogue is shifting to summer steelhead fishing, while other parts remain good for a strong late running of spring chinook and a few early fall chinook. The middle Rogue is slow for chinook and steelhead, while the lower Rogue is starting to see decent steelhead catches near Agness but a slow bite in the bay.

That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, but for different reasons than usual.

Upstream of Dodge Bridge is closed to chinook fishing now, but the entire arsenal of angling tools is available for summer steelhead anglers. Plugs are out-fishing roe and worms, and flies have been good in the evenings. Water releases will drop today to 2,200 cubic feet per second out of Lost Creek Lake, down from 2,400 cfs earlier this week.

Spring chinook anglers continue to fish downstream of Dodge Bridge throughout the month, and that stretch will get hit hard by guides who are still having little trouble finding chinook to catch. Kwikfish wrapped with sardines are out-fishing roe and corkies for boat anglers, while some catches have been reported by those fishing eggs beneath bobbers in slow-water pockets. As of July 31, 8,150 spring chinook and 1,411 summer steelhead had returned to Cole Rivers Hatchery. About 700 summer steelhead have been recycled so far this season to Gold Hill, and they are making their way upstream quickly. These fish have foy tags on their backs, and anyone who catches one is urged to call Cole Rivers Hatchery to report when and where it was caught.

Both wild and hatchery chinook may be kept downstream of Dodge Bridge, but all wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide.

In the lower Rogue, the bite has picked during the afternoons on incoming tides. Good numbers of fall chinook are showing up in the bay, with the best success on anchovies with various types of spinner blades. Summer steelhead fishing is slow.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing, but anglers cannot target steelhead. Resident trout and cutthroat trout are available, but effort has been light.