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Fishing report April 12, 2019


COASTWIDE: A small-craft advisory is in place through Sunday. The forecast Friday calls for winds up to 10 knots and a northwest swell that will be up to 10 feet. Saturday calls for much of the same, while Sunday will see the wind die down to 5 feet but northwest swells still up to 10 feet.

The marine aggregate rockfish daily limit for bottomfishers is five fish. Cabezon must be released unharmed until summer. Rockfish angling is open beyond the 30-fathom line. A descending device to help release rockfish caught in deeper water is mandatory on all boats.

Lingcod are done spawning, and males are guarding egg nests. They are aggressive and will take most jigs or frozen sardines. Fishing had been very good when anglers can get out, particularly around rock piles and kelp beds.

Surfperch fishing has been very good at some south coast beaches when the surf cooperates. Nesika and Winchuck beaches have been the most consistent. Try casting Berkly Gulp sandshrimp, sand worms or prawns.

Recreational crabbing is open on the entire Oregon Coast after domoic acid tests showed Dungeness within acceptable levels in the Port Orford area. Bay crabbing has been good to very good in Charleston. The next domoic acid test on Dungeness is scheduled for some time next week.

Clammers will see no morning minus tides this weekend.

Razor clamming is closed from Cape Blanco to the California border due to domoic acid levels. Also closed are beaches from the Columbia River down to Tillamook Head, including Clatsop beaches, because of elevated levels of domoic acid. Bay clamming is open along the coast. Before digging, call the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.


AGATE: The lake is full, but runoff into the reservoir has been very muddy, and visibility is only about 6 inches and that’s tough for fishing. The water is warming, and crappie fishing should be improving. Try jigs near submerged willows. No new rainbow trout have been stocked yet this spring. The ramp is open. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.

APPLEGATE: The lake was slowed for fishing primarily because of intense and turbid runoff into the reservoir. When things settle down, bass fishing should be good off points. For trout, troll Wedding Ring lures spiced with a piece of worm or just a worm behind a flasher. Also, some fishing with PowerBait from the bank has been good along the lake’s back side. The surface temperature has steadied at 50 degrees. The lake is about 7 feet from full and finally dropping after rising more than 15 feet during the past week’s storm. The French Gulch and Copper ramps are usable. The Hart-Tish Park ramp won’t open until the concessionaire returns this spring. The lake is set to receive 10,000 legal-sized rainbow trout this coming week.

DIAMOND: Anglers have avoided ice fishing in recent days. The lake surface is a mix of 16 inches of snow and two sets of ice separated by slush. Each ice layer was about a foot deep Thursday. When ice fishers return, expect the effort to be spread between the south end near the pizza parlor and straight out from the resort. Worms and small jigs, and chartreuse-garlic PowerBait, have worked well. Vary depths until you get into the rainbows. All tiger and brown trout must be released unharmed.

EMIGRANT: The lake is up to 812 percent full, with visibility becoming poor thanks to turbid inflows this past week. Bass fishing should improve when the weather and water improve, but this weekend’s rains won’t help. When conditions improve, focus on rock outcroppings and submerged willows. Early trout fishing has been good for some of those 2,000 legal-sized rainbows released over the past couple weeks, half of which went in this week. The far boat ramp closest to the RV park is open.

EXPO: The pond received another 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout this past week and that has jump-start the fishery. They are biting PowerBait and small spinners. The occasional bass or panfish has been caught, and that should improve as the water warms. Parking fees are enforced.

FISH: Ice fishing has been good but conditions are starting to deteriorate, with a coat of water and slush on top of the ice. Fishing had been good over the springs near the resort and off the Forest Service boat ramp, where a sno-park permit is needed to park. Worms, jigs and rainbow PowerBait are popular. The lake is up a hair to 53 percent full. All tiger trout must be released unharmed, but catches of them have been rare through the ice.

HOWARD PRAIRIE: There were no updates on ice thickness this week, but conditions likely are deteriorating. The lake is up to 40 percent full.

HYATT: The ice was thinning and starting to crack this week so it is likely unsafe for fishing. The lake went up 10 percent of capacity and is now listed at 24 percent full.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: The ice is still more than a foot thick, but rain and then snow has made the top very mushy and wet, and that has chased some ice fishers away. Anglers had been catching yellow perch and the occasional trout or kokanee. Rainbows are biting worms in the top 8 feet of the water column.

LOST CREEK: The lake received 20,000 rainbows three weeks ago split between both boat ramps and another 15,000 rainbows are on their way next week. Both ramps are open. Most angling activity was occurring near the dam and the Takelma ramp, but extremely heavy inflows and releases are scaring anglers away. Fishing had been good for those trolling Wedding Ring lures spiced with a worm. Some were also using small flashers.

WILLOW: The lake is open, and 4,000 rainbow trout were stocked three weeks ago at the county ramp. Fish them with worms and PowerBait while they get acclimated.

SELMAC: Bass fishing is poor but should improve as the water warms. The lake received 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout this past week and fishing for them should be very good.


ROGUE: A lost week on the Rogue will be followed by a lost weekend as flows and turbidity remain very high river-wide in this washout after a historic spring storm brought Lost Creek Lake outflows to a whopping 12,000 cubic feet per second. Outflows have dropped below 10,000 cfs Thursday but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still needs to shave about 2 feet off the reservoir to get it back to its normal filling schedule. Expect high releases well into next week if not longer, but look for some late winter steelhead and early spring chinook salmon fishing to begin once turbidity levels settle down. Turbidity Thursday at Grants Pass was 58 NTUs, and that’s going to need to be closer to 14 NTUs before fishing resumes. Look for high-water spring chinook fishing next week in the Gold Beach area. No spring chinook have been captured so far at Cole Rivers Hatchery, but the it’s still early. Expect to see some springers in the upper Rogue once these flows settle down a bit.

Once outflows drop significantly, look for some fishing from the Hatchery Hole down to Casey State Park, particularly at Casey where winter steelhead and perhaps a chinook or two could be coming out next week.

APPLEGATE: The river is closed.

CHETCO: The river is closed.

ELK AND SIXES: The rivers are closed.

Mike Feeley submitted this photo of his son, Colin, 6, with his first trout, at Applegate Lake.