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Fishing Report: Oct. 12, 2012

COASTWIDE - The near-shore Pacific halibut fishery remains open north of Humbug Mountain until anglers fill the final 4,700 pounds of the quota or until Oct. 31.

A small-craft advisory is in effect today through Saturday, with winds up to 25 knots forecast for this weekend. That should keep bottomfishers in the bays.

The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, and no cabezon may be kept for the rest of 2012. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.

Dungeness crab catches have been good in bays statewide, with boaters faring better than dock crabbers.

GOLD BEACH - Trolling in the bay for coho salmon has been good to very good, with heavy catches of wild fish compared to hatchery fish. Fall chinook catches have started to increase as more fish bound for Indian Creek are showing up. Chinook in the 40-pound class have been caught recently. Trolling anchovies with a green Rogue Bait rig has been best. Perch fishing has slowed.

BROOKINGS - Trolling with anchovies in Chetco Bay has created a consistent bite on Chetco-bound fall chinook. Lots of fish in the teens, but a few in the 30-pound class. Near the top of high tide has been best.

AGATE - Fishing for bass, crappie and perch is fair to good in the evenings. Trout fishing will pick up as early as Monday, when the lake is set to get 1,000 legal-sized and 100 larger rainbow trout. Catches will be best still-fishing with worms or PowerBait. The lake is down to 24 percent full. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.

APPLEGATE - The lake was infused last week with 1,000 legals and 200 larger rainbow trout, and fishing has been good on them in the French Gulch area. Trolling Wedding Rings or Triple Teasers with a piece of worm is working well. PowerBait or wind-drifting worms are also good bets. The lake is down to 76 feet from full. The Copper ramp is no longer usable and Hart-Tish Park is closed.

EMIGRANT - Fish are more concentrated with the low water levels. Smallmouth bass fishing is best off rocky banks, and a few largemouth have been taken in the willows. The lake is down to 24 percent of full and dropping.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trout fishing has picked up for those trolling Wedding Rings with small pieces of worm, while some throwback anglers are doing well using Ford Fenders. The lake last week received an extra 1,000 legal-sized trout and 200 larger trout. Chartreuse and rainbow PowerBait are working OK, along with worms seven feet or so under bobbers. The lake was listed Thursday at 68 percent of full. The lake is open through October, and the limit is five trout per day over 8 inches, but only one of them can be longer than 20 inches.

HYATT - Bass fishing is giving way to trout fishing now that another 1,000 legal-sized and 200 larger rainbow trout were stocked there late last week. The BLM boat ramp is open but the campground is closed. The lake was listed Thursday at 68 percent full. The lake is open through October, and the limit is five trout per day over 8 inches, but only one of them can be longer than 20 inches.

DIAMOND - The trout bite has improved with cooler air and water temperatures. Fishing remains best at the south end in water 10 to 20 feet deep. Wind-drifting worms or woolly buggers along the west end also has been good. Some of this year's fingerling plant have reached the 8-inch minimum size now. The limit is eight trout, with only one allowed over 20 inches.

EXPO - Fishing should pick up dramatically Monday when 500 legal-sized and 100 larger trout are stocked there. Catch them on worms under bobbers or small Panther Martin lures until they get acclimated. The limit is five trout per day with only one over 20 inches.

LOST CREEK - A voluntary advisory against water contact at the lake has kept most anglers away. Those who are there are encouraged to practice catch-and-release fishing until the blue-green algae advisory is lifted. The lake was down to less than a foot from minimum pool.

FISH - Trout fishing around the resort and in the middle of the lake is fair to good, with some late-season stocking of trout helping. PowerBait is working best, with most catches from anchored boats near the Forest Service ramp near the resort. The lake was listed Thursday at 40 percent full. The lake is open year-round.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing for rainbow and brown trout has been fair near the resort. PowerBait has been the top choice. Evening fishing has been best.

LEMOLO - A good combination of rainbow and brown trout catches have been reported recently, in part because of a late-season trout stocking just before Labor Day. Trolling streamer flies, Bingo Bugs and PowerBait all are good choices.

ROGUE - The middle Rogue has picked up for summer steelhead, while the upper Rogue remains a bit slow for summer steelhead as the water continues to cool down. The lower Rogue is in full swing for its fall coho and chinook fishery in the bay, and catches have remained high, while the Agness area has been relatively slow for summer steelhead and not yet turned on for coho.

That keeps the best bet on the lower Rogue, which has seen some excellent fishing days in the past week. Most boats trolling the bay are averaging about six coho a day, but the majority of them are wild and must be released unharmed. They're biting anchovies with green or pink blades. Fresh chinook salmon have been moving in with the incoming tides, and catches of them have been decent on anchovies with green or chartreuse blades in front. Some chinook are getting caught off the mouth of Indian Creek now as well. Afternoon incoming tides have fished very well.

Fishing pressure in Agness is light for halfpounders and adult steelhead, which are biting streamer flies and Panther Martin lures. Only fin-clipped halfpounders can be kept, and they count as trout on the limits. Any steelhead under 16 inches long is considered a halfpounder.

In the upper Rogue, flows remained at 1,150 cubic feet per second Thursday out of Lost Creek Lake, and the out-flows have dropped in temperature to a frigid 45 degrees to slow down the incubation rates of spring chinook salmon eggs now in main-channel redds. This has slowed migration of summer steelhead. The flies-only season is on through October upstream of what used to be Gold Ray Dam. Swinging streamers through riffles has slowed down due to the cooler water, and more steelhead are getting caught by anglers nymphing with Ugly Bug dropper flies and an egg on the point. Spinning rods with bobbers are legal, but no added weights or attachments are allowed through October. That includes split-shots and swivels.

It is illegal to target spawning chinook salmon even for catch-and-release fishing in the upper Rogue.

In the middle Rogue, fall chinook fishing is over upstream of the Hog Creek boat ramp, and anglers have switched over to summer steelhead. A few adult steelhead are biting yarn flies, small clusters of roe, worms or Panther Martin lures, but the majority of the adults are smallish. Plenty of summer steelhead are holding just downstream of Rainie Falls waiting for the river to rise so they can get moving. Bank anglers have done well at Finley Bend and Chinook Park, Carpenter's Island and Ennis Riffle. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide.

CHETCO - Chinook are starting to stack up in the estuary, and anglers are finding them fishing anchovies on the tops of incoming tides.

UMPQUA - Good catches of chinook and coho are occurring on the lower mainstem. Bass fishing in the Elkton area is good and will continue to be good until the water cools. The North Umpqua is fair to good for summer steelhead, and chinook fishing is banned in the North Umpqua. The South Umpqua is closed to all angling through November.

COOS - Chinook salmon fishing remains good in the bay for those trolling anchovies and cut-plug herring. Coho fishing is good from the jetties up to the Dellwood Trap with anchovies or pink lures. The wild coho fishery remains open.

COQUILLE - Fishing for chinook in the lower river has been spotty, while coho fishing has picked up. Wild coho can be caught from the jetties up to Sturdivant Park until the quota is reached.