Fishing Report: Nov. 8, 2013
COASTWIDE - Forecasts call for winds up to 5 knots and 9-foot swells today, then 15 knots and 11-foot swells Saturday. That should keep bottomfishers inside most larger estuaries.
The offshore salmon season off Brookings is closed until next year.
For clammers, no good negative tides are available in the next week. Mussel harvest is closed from the California border north to the Yachats River in Lincoln City. Razor clam digging is open along the entire coast.
The halibut season for all of Oregon is closed.
The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. The cabezon season has been extended because close to half of the quota went unfilled in the regular season, which was supposed to close Sept. 30. The limit is one per day at least 15 inches long, and it counts against the seven-fish marine aggregate limit. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
Bay crabbing success will remain good until a good freshet pushes the Dungeness out of estuaries and into the ocean.
BROOKINGS - Ocean salmon fishing is closed. Jigging for black and blue rockfish as well as lingcod has been good when anglers have been able to sneak outside of the estuary. This weekend doesn't look like one of them.
GOLD BEACH - The bay fishery is very slow, with the occasional fall chinook caught near the mouth of Indian Creek. Flows are very low and that's keeping fresh fish from moving upstream. Coho fishing is slow. All wild coho must be released unharmed.
AGATE - The lake was stocked recently with legal-sized and larger rainbow trout, boosting what had been a languishing fishery. Worms or PowerBait are best. Trolling for the fresh plants is slow. Fishing for largemouth bass and crappie has been slow. Pink or white crappie jigs have worked OK for crappie, as have small black flies cast and stripped near submerged willows. A few bass are biting plastic worms and grubs. The lake is 13 percent full. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
APPLEGATE - The lake's boat ramps are open, and angler interest has been lagging. Banks are muddy and steep, so most action is by trollers working points and coves. Bass fishing is slow.
DIAMOND - Late-season fishing has picked up, and anglers are finding November to be a good time to fish the lake ... if it's not snowing. Fishing has been best at the south and west ends of the lake. Most of the rainbows are 12 to 16 inches long, and last year's fingerlings are longer than 10 inches. The limit is eight trout per day over 8 inches, but only one can be more than 20 inches.
EMIGRANT - Bass fishing has been fair, and afternoons have been decent for bass and perch. Trout fishing is slow. Try small spinners, worms and streamer flies. The lake is 24 percent full, which is the normal low pool. Trout are holding off the mouth of Emigrant Creek and can be caught there on worms and woolly bugger flies.
EXPO - Fishing for stocked trout has improved after a recent influx of legal-sized trout. Catch them with worms, small spinners or streamer flies. Crappie and bluegill can be caught on worms under bobbers. A few large bass have been caught recently.
FISH - Fishing for rainbow trout is good despite little fishing pressure and cold weather. The Forest Service boat ramp is open and usable for smaller boats to launch. The lake is 30 percent full. The resort is closed. Trolling Wedding Ring lures spiced with a piece of worm behind a Ford Fender has worked well, as have Little Cleo's. Some of last year's tiger trout are as long as 12 inches now, but they must be released unharmed.
HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake is closed for the season.
HYATT - The lake is closed for the season.
LEMOLO - Lemolo is open through Dec. 31 with a daily limit of five trout. From Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, all brown trout must be released. People are catching 13- to 15-inch kokanee, with some up to 20 inches, by trolling deeper water with a small spoon and single hook. The boat ramps are open at East Lemolo and Poole Creek Campgrounds.
LOST CREEK - The lake remains under a voluntary advisory against water contact because of blue-green algae. Smallmouth bass were hitting plastic worms and crankbaits off rocky points this week, primarily in the mornings and evenings. The lake is up to about 3 feet above its normal fall low-water elevation of 1,812 feet above sea level, and the surface temperature is 56 degrees. Look for that to continue dropping.
WILLOW - Trolling for trout has been very good after last week's stocking of legal-sized and larger rainbow trout from the boat ramp. Still-fishing is good with worms or PowerBait.
ROGUE - After a weekend flurry with the change in rules, the upper Rogue has slowed a bit for summer steelhead after lots of effort and action this past week. The middle Rogue around Grants Pass has slowed dramatically for summer steelhead as the fall chinook spawn peters out, and the lower Rogue is slow for chinook, with more water needed to get fish moving.
That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, but along different stretches based on your taste for tactics.
Upstream of the Shady Cove boat ramp is open to the use of bait, and that has most anglers there fishing for steelhead using a variety of tactics. Most are fishing small clusters of roe or side-drifting scented yarn balls. Fishing is a bit crowded, and it's best if you're in one of the first few driftboats to drift through a steelhead riffle.
Downstream of the Shady Cove ramp, anglers are relegated to artificial flies and lures only, with plugs, egg flies and most plastic eggs popular now. Anglers can side-drift egg flies, and that will dominate the action down to Fishers Ferry boat ramp.
Downstream of Fishers Ferry, bait is legal for summer steelhead. Some plug action has worked well in this stretch, too, with crayfish and smaller Kwikfish patterns working best. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide.
Only seven new summer steelhead reached Cole Rivers Hatchery this past week, because of low and cold flows out of Lost Creek Lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to hold its releases at 1,150 cubic feet per second through Nov. 14.
The steelhead are mostly congregated in tailouts behind spawning salmon, sometimes in very shallow water. Catches are best on overcast days or late in the evening.
In the middle Rogue, steelheaders are using a mix of flies, bait, Panther Martin lures and crayfish plugs to catch an occasional summer steelhead, but action is light. Start targeting fish around spawning tributaries, but the vast majority of steelhead caught in the middle Rogue are wild and must be released.
The Agness area has slowed after schools of coho salmon moved into the Lower Rogue Canyon. A hodgepodge of halfpounders and adult summer steelhead are in most riffles and tail-outs, where they can be caught side-drifting worms or swinging flies. Crayfish lures are deadly in the Agness area as long as the water levels remain low.
The lower Rogue bay still has its holdouts targeting the Indian Creek-bound chinook salmon, which are starting to get a bit dark. A couple are being caught daily, but the effort has really fallen off there. Try anchovies for trollers and Blue Fox spinners for bank anglers.
In the Agness area, fishing for halfpounders and adult steelhead has tapered off, and the coho have moved through. Catch halfpounders and adults on everything from streamer flies to fake egg clusters, crayfish plugs and Panther Martin lures.
CHETCO - Low-water has harmed boat fishing, but bank fishing is OK for fall chinook. The fish are kegged up in holes, and a freshet is needed to get things going. A few winter steelhead were caught this week. Anglers are allowed to keep only one wild chinook a day as part of the two-chinook daily limit.
ELK - Low-water conditions are present, but some fall chinook have hit the lower stretch of freshwater. The first freshet will spur the fishery.
SIXES - The river is slow for fall chinook, but some fish are washing into the estuary on high and outgoing tides.
APPLEGATE - The river is open for trout fishing. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released unharmed. It is illegal to target steelhead when they reach the river during trout season.
COQUILLE - Trolling large spinners for fall chinook has been very good in tidewater this week, with several large fish caught around the Prosper area. Red or pink bodies with copper blades are good choices.