Fishing Report: June 20, 2014
COASTWIDE - A small-craft advisory has been issued through today, with 15-knot winds and 5-foot seas forecast for Saturday and Sunday, which should be OK for most boaters.
Bottomfishers must stay within the 30-fathom line to protect yelloweye rockfish.
Near-shore jigging should be very good for lingcod and black rockfish when conditions allow. Black, white or red jigs are always good bets.
The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate. No cabezon can be kept until July 1.
The fin-clipped coho salmon season starts Saturday off the Oregon Coast, and catches should be good right off the bat.
Clammers will have good morning minus tides Wednesday and Thursday. All shellfish harvest is open along the entire Oregon Coast.
Today and Saturday are all-depth halibut fishing days, but semi-rough waters could keep most of the pleasure fleet from venturing out that far.
COOS BAY - Bottomfish catches have been excellent this past week, with chinook salmon fishing a little slow. Larger boats have discovered the first tuna of the season in waters 20 to 30 miles west of Charleston, with the fish running 10 to 20 pounds. Crabbing has improved to fair. Many red rock crabs in the Charleston area have been tagged as part of a study. Anyone who catches one is urged to call state fish biologists at 541-888-5515.
Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway and at Clam Island, with good morning minus tides Wednesday and Thursday.
BROOKINGS - Chinook catches fell off Thursday despite good trolling weather. Most of the action has been near the Oregon/California border. The fin-clipped coho salmon season opens Saturday coastwide, and catches should be fair this weekend despite the forecast for choppy seas. Excellent fishing for bottomfish has been the norm when anglers have been able to get out of port, with big lingcod still a regular part of the catches. This weekend's conditions look much better for getting over the bar.
GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has been very good, and rockfish catches have been excellent when anglers have been able to cross the bar.
AGATE - The lake is down significantly to 73 percent full, and the warm-water fishery is really taking over. Crappie, bass and bluegill are becoming active around submerged willows and along the dam. Fish worms or small spinners or crankbaits, but fish them slowly. Most of the bass are in the shallows along the lake's edges, with higher up better. Wind-drifting worms have worked well for a mixture of species, primarily yellow perch. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.
APPLEGATE - The lake is fishing well for holdover rainbow trout 10 to 14 inches long, and it received another complement of 12,000 legal-sized trout less than two weeks ago. Trolling has been good off points and in the lower section of the reservoir. All the boat ramps are open. The lake was down to 14 feet from full but dropping slowly despite a small uptick in water releases to the Applegate River on Thursday.
DIAMOND - Fishing for trout is best early in the morning, and then it tapers off quite a bit during the day. The Rainbow $5,000 trout-fishing derby is Saturday, so the lake might not be the place to be if you're not in the derby. Most of the action is still-fishing with worms under bobbers, PowerBait or the old standby Velveeta cheese. Action has improved at the northwest end of the lake. Vary your depth and get mobile if you're not catching fish every half-hour. Trolling is slow and won't pick up until the water warms some. The limit is eight trout per day longer than 8 inches, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
EMIGRANT - No new rainbow trout were planted this week, and the lake it turning into a warm-water fishing show. Plastic worms and grubs are working best, especially around structures early and late in the day, while pink and purple crappie jigs are finding crappie in the Songer Wayside area. Trout fishing is slow, but it's best at creek mouths where cooler water can be found. The lake has been holding steady this past week and was listed Thursday at 63 percent full.
EXPO - The pond was stocked two weeks ago with rainbow trout, and that will be it for the season, so look for anglers to pick them out this week before hot weather moves in. Small Panther Martin spinners, worms and PowerBait have worked well for rainbows there. There are plenty of bluegill and perch to play with, as well.
FISH - The lake received another 3,000 legal-sized rainbows this week, boosting already solid action there. Fishing is very good for a mix of trout and chinook salmon, mainly around the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp or in the center of the lake. Tiger trout must be released unharmed. Chinook are legally considered trout and can be kept as part of the five-trout daily limit. The chinook are in the 12- to 14-inch range. The lake was under three-fourths full Thursday.
HOWARD PRAIRIE - Fishing for rainbow trout is tailing off as it normally does in late June. Trolling, especially in the morning, is still producing good catches of rainbows. Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with worms are always hot bets, with or without flashers. Most of the trout are 10 to 14 inches, with another group at 18-plus inches. The lake is listed at 48 percent full and dropping. Most of the still-fishing is in deeper water now that warmer weather has moved in. Low water is making fishing from the resort's jetty difficult. Bank fishing around Klum Landing and Grizzly is fair to good, but only the resort ramp and the Klum Landing ramp reach the water. The limit is five trout a day, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.
HYATT - The lake is down to 37 percent full, making the BLM boat ramp unusable for larger boats but OK for cartoppers or other small boats. Anglers are not catching lots of rainbows, but the trout are nice and fat. Several 16- to 18-inch fish have been caught by trollers slowly working around submerged trees or the old creek channel. The limit is five trout a day, but only one longer than 20 inches.
LEMOLO - The lake was recently stocked with rainbow trout. Expect good fishing for rainbows and brown trout while trolling lures in about 15 feet of water but very far behind the boat. Some decent kokanee catches have been reported, as well.
LOST CREEK - Another batch of legal-sized rainbow trout were stocked two weeks ago, but a blue-green algae bloom there triggered an advisory against water contact. The lake is open to fishing and boating, but anglers are recommended to practice catch-and-release fishing and avoid water contact.
LAKE of the WOODS - Green or black Wedding Rings are working well when trolled for rainbow trout, while pink ones are knocking the kokanee well. Still-fishing with PowerBait from the bank has been good for trout, especially early. Bass are thick in the shallows, and night fishing for catfish is good.
WILLOW - The reservoir received another 3,500 rainbow trout last month. Fishing from the bank with PowerBait or worms has been good around the resort and directly across from the county boat ramp. Very little trolling has occurred, but trollers could try Tasmanian Devils or Triple Teasers, or wind-drift worms in the afternoon.
SELMAC - Fishing for trout improved after another 2,000 legal-sized rainbows were planted just before Free Fishing Weekend. Bass fishing is definitely heating up in the shallows.
ROGUE - The spring chinook salmon bite in the upper Rogue took a hit this week with increased water flows out of Lost Creek Lake, but fishing was decent upstream of Shady Cove. The Middle Rogue is dead for springers, and the Lower Rogue is still too warm to get more than a handful of springers to bite each day.
That keeps the best bet on the Upper Rogue, and chances are it will stay that way through the remainder of the spring chinook season.
In the Upper Rogue, water flows out of Lost Creek Lake were back up to 2,650 cubic feet per second Wednesday, with that level expected to remain through the weekend. That will keep chinook moving in the mornings. Back-bouncing roe with sandshrimp has been best, with straight roe and Kwikfish plugs equally in second place. There is very little tributary flow from Little Butte or Bear creeks. That has the flows at Dodge Bridge at just 2,750 cfs and just 2,770 cfs at the old Gold Ray Dam site.
Some early summer steelhead are being caught by chinook anglers, as well as by a few anglers targeting them with spinners or flies.
All wild chinook must be released unharmed from the Hatchery Hole downstream to the Fishers Ferry boat ramp.
The Middle Rogue remains pretty dead for chinook fishing even though fish are moving through Grants Pass pretty regularly. No real action has been reported lower than Gold Hill. A few summer steelhead have been caught, but the effort and action remain light.
In the Lower Rogue, water temperatures are making late-run chinook fishing very slow.
APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing. All wild trout must be released unharmed. Fin-clipped trout can be kept, but they are not stocked there.
CHETCO - Spinners and streamer flies are working well for sea-run cutthroat trout, which are plentiful in the river during June.