Fishing report: Friday, May 11
COASTWIDE: Forecasts call for winds starting at about 20 knots and ratcheting up to 30 knots today, with gale warnings in effect through this evening. Wind waves will rise to 5 feet today. Saturday calls for 15 knots around Brookings on Saturday with wind waves up to 8 feet and swells up to 6 feet. Sunday calls for winds of about 10 knots Sunday and a mixed swell of up to 4 feet.
The marine aggregate rockfish daily limit for bottom fishers is five fish. Anglers are allowed to fish for midwater rockfish species outside 40 fathoms using 30-foot leaders and floats to stay off the bottom. The midwater species limit is 10 per day.
Lingcod fishing has been excellent when anglers can get out, particularly out of Brookings, but this weekend could bring short fishing days before the winds kick up or force boats to head into shallower near-shore coves to stay alee of the breeze.
Surfperch fishing likely will be slow this weekend if the winds cause the surf to get bigger. That will entice the perch to move farther off the beach. Find some deeper, less choppy spots. Fish with Berkley Gulp sand worms or sandshrimp.
Commercial and recreational crabbing is open coastwide. However, ocean crabbing has slowed, as has dock crabbing in Charleston.
There is a morning minus tide today but none the rest of this week. Razor clamming has been very good in the open stretch from the Columbia River to Cascade Head, including the clam-rich Clatsop County beaches. Also now open for razor clams are beaches from the Umpqua River’s south jetty to Cape Arago south of Coos bay. The rest of the coast is closed to razors because of elevated levels of domoic acid. Bay clamming and the recreational harvest of mussels is open along the entire coast, but that can change quickly, so check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474 before digging.
AGATE: The lake was stocked last month with 350 larger-sized rainbow trout to go along with trout stocked in early winter. Fishing for them has been pretty good with PowerBait or worms under bobbers. The lake is full, but turbidity is a problem. Fish for bass and panfish around the submerged willows. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.
APPLEGATE: The lake is up 3 feet from last week and is less than 2 feet from full. Another 10,000 legal-sized trout and 800 larger trout were stocked three weeks ago and they’re starting to spread out more from boat ramps. Most of the action has occurred around the French Gulch and Copper ramps and the Seattle Bar area is getting more popular now that the weather has warmed and the water is high. Slow trolling of Flatfish or Wedding Ring lures could be good, and still-fishing in the French Gulch cove with PowerBait should be good. The surface temperature continues to rise.
DIAMOND: The lake’s rainbows have gotten very active and catches have been excellent recently, with most anglers getting their five-trout limit with a little effort. Still-fishers and fly-fishers working the south side and the shrimp beds have done very well, as well as the old cheese hole. The water is warming and conditions close to ideal as they have been so far this year. Fish worms about 5 feet under bobbers and PowerBait off the bottom, as well as chironomid flies stripped slowly in the bottom half of the water column. All tiger trout must be released unharmed.
EMIGRANT: The lake is holding steady at 79 percent full as the Talent Irrigation District begins to draw irrigation water from the reservoir. The lake was stocked this past week with 1,000 rainbow trout at the county boat ramp, and that’s where the action is for bait fishers using PowerBait or worms under bobbers. Trollers should use Flatfish or Wedding Ring lures with worms, with or without dodgers. Bass fishing has been good with plastic worms and grubs fished slowly and crankbaits deep. The county boat ramp is open during daylight hours.
EXPO: The pond was stocked this week with 1,500 legal-sized trout. Look for the action to be very good for them with worms, PowerBait and small spinners. There is a $4 day-use parking fee off Gate 5.
FISH: The lake received 5,000 legal-sized rainbows stocked at the resort two weeks ago. Look for good fishing in the marina area with PowerBait, worms and small spinners. The lake is holding steady at 81 percent full.
HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake is fishing well for rainbow trout for still-fishers with PowerBait in the shallows each morning, and for trollers working the lake’s far-side channel with Wedding Ring or Tasmanian Devil lures. The resort’s boat ramp and campgrounds open Friday, but the marina, restaurant and store will open Saturday. The lake was to be stocked two weeks ago with 7,500 legal-sized rainbows. The lake was listed Thursday at 64 percent full, down a tick from last week.
HYATT: BLM has opened the Mountain View boat ramp, and there is just enough water for most trailered boats to launch there, but be cautious. Trolling and still-fishing for trout has been very good near the dam, in the Orchard area and along the creek channel. Trollers should work the shorelines and the old creek channel. The lake is down a hair to 43 percent full.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: The lake is fishing well for rainbows and perch with worms and PowerBait, while trolling Tasmanian Devils has been good for trout as well. Brown trout fishing and kokanee catches have been low.
LOST CREEK: Another 15,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 800 larger trout were stocked late last week, with the majority planted at the Takelma ramp and a few at the marina. That’s why the best fishing is near the Taklema ramp and the island. Flows out of Lost Creek will be holding steady at 2,400 cubic feet per second through the weekend as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has the lake hovering just under full with increased inflow from warming weather. Bank anglers using PowerBait at either side of the dam also are faring well.
ROGUE: Chinook salmon are starting to show themselves in the upper Rogue for both bank and boat anglers, while a few bankies have run into springers between Grants Pass and the town of Rogue River. In the lower Rogue, anglers are catching a few springers daily in places like the Agness area and lower, but the action has been relatively light.
That makes the upper Rogue this weekend’s best bet as the long-awaited springer season finally seems to get going. Evidence of that is at Cole Rivers Hatchery ,where 175 fresh springers were caught this week in the hatchery trap. That’s not great, but a good sign considering just six fish had made it that far in more than a month.
A few springers are getting caught each morning at the Hatchery Hole by bank anglers casting beads, and driftboaters are doing best upstream of Shady Cove. Daily catches are also reported at Hayes Falls near Gold Hill. Fish by back-bouncing roe and sandshrimp combinations or use MagLip 3.5 or 3.0 plugs scented, but don’t abandon the smaller Kwikfish wrapped with sardines. Some late-run winter steelhead definitely remain in the mix, with fish hitting bait and plugs. But be wary, late-run or spawned-out fish can look bright but their meat be of poor quality and definitely should be released. Also, all wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide for the remainder of the year.
In the upper Rogue, flows out of Lost Creek Lake are planned to hold steady at 2,400 cfs through the weekend despite rising temperatures because the lake is a hair under full. Flows Thursday at Dodge Bridge were holding steady at 2,522 cfs and forecast to hold steady. Flows at the old Gold Ray Dam site were at 2,790 cfs Thursday.
In the middle Rogue, a few steelhead have been caught in the Rogue River run as well as the Galice area, with a mix of spawned-out summer steelhead and some surprisingly fresh late winter steelhead. Fishing has been best with roe, worms and plugs, with fishing best on cloudy days. Flows Thursday at Grants Pass were at a bit low at 2,747 cfs. The crew that fishes Rainie Falls has remained deathly silent, which usually means catches have been decent.
In the lower Rogue, the spring chinook bite has improved some but there still is a dearth of springers there. Water flows of 3,866 cfs at Agness on Thursday aren’t helping boaters fishing spinning anchovies. Bankies are doing poorly amid low and clear flows.
APPLEGATE: The river is closed to all angling.
CHETCO: The river is closed to all angling.
ELK: The river is closed to all angling.