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Fishing report, April 26, 2019


COASTWIDE: The forecast Friday calls for winds up to 20 knots and 6-foot wind waves building to 10 feet by nightfall. Saturday calls for winds up to 25 knots and wind waves up to 10 feet, while Sunday will see the wind peak at 30 knots with wind waves still hanging around 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 has 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 have no minus tides this week.

Razor clamming is open from the Columbia River to Cape Blanco, but it remains closed from Cape Blanco to the California border due to domoic acid levels. Bay clamming and mussel harvesting are 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: Bass fishing is picking up off points and in the shallows. 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 lake received 10,000 legal-sized trout and 800 larger trout stocked this week at French Gulch and Copper ramps, which are both operable. The surface temperature has steadied at 50 degrees. The lake is about 8 feet from full. 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 next week.

DIAMOND: Anglers continued to avoid ice fishing this past week, and the lake remains under a blanket of snow and ice that likely won’t melt for a couple weeks.

EMIGRANT: The lake is up to 93 percent full, with visibility improving. Bass fishing should improve thanks to the recent warm weather. 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 month, half of which went in the first week of April. The boat ramp closest to the RV park is open.

EXPO: The pond received 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout two weeks ago. 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: The ice has disappeared, and the lake is ready for trollers and still-fishers for rainbow trout despite very cold water. The lake is 59 percent full. The lake was stocked last week with 5,000 legal-sized rainbows at the Forest Service ramp near the resort. All tiger trout must be released unharmed.

HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake is ice-free, and the resort opens for operation Friday, with the boat ramp completely operable at the resort. The Willow Point boat ramp also is open, as is Klum Landing. Still-fishing for trout should be good with PowerBait or worms, with trolling improving as the water warms. The lake is 50 percent full and rising.

HYATT: The lake is ice-free but boat access is not available at the federal Bureau of Land Management boat ramps. Fishing should be very good for trout and bass, with worms and Powerbait for trout and small plastic worms for bass. Most of the action should be in the lower areas of the lake. The lake is 46 percent full and rising quite quickly.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: The lake is ice-free and fishing has been good for brown trout trolling Rapalas or wind-drifting worms.

LOST CREEK: The lake received another 15,000 rainbows last week split between the marina and the Takelma ramp. Most of the action is near the Takelma ramp, trolling Wedding Ring lures spiced with a worm. Some trollers were also using small flashers. The lake is back up to about 6 feet from full and a little below the normal filling rate that puts the lake full May 1.

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 earlier this month, and fishing for them should be very good.


ROGUE: The lower Rogue has been consistently good for spring chinook from the top of tidewater all the way to Agness for both bank and boat anglers,while the middle Rogue has been a dead zone with no real angling effort. The upper Rogue remains slow for late winter steelhead and very slow for springers, which just a handful of legitimate catches so far in this very early season.

That makes the lower Rogue the best bet no-brainer.

Brad’s Cut Plug lure or large Spin-Glo’s have been the baits of choice for boat and bank anglers. The Pink-Pearl, Glitter Pink and Tequila Sunrise have been the hot Spin-Glo colors of choice. Those fishing the Brad’s Cut Plug lure are filling the scent well with tuna scent. About 30 or more springers are getting caught daily, with about one in three a hatchery fish that can be kept. All wild fish must be released unharmed. Flows at Agness were in good shape this week, hovering a little over 7,500 cubic feet per second.Plunkers have done well at Dunkelberger Bar, Quosatana and Lobster Creek bars.

The upper Rogue is a mix of winter steelhead and a few early springers, with conditions improving daily, but so far no spring chinook have entered Cole Rivers Hatchery. Flows out of Lost Creek Lake were set at 3,000 cfs this week. Clarity has improved greatly and plenty good for plugs or bait. Focus on migration lanes. Flows at Gold Ray Dam were still over 5,200 cfs so look for some slower water for moving steelhead. Flows at Dodge Bridge were hanging aroun 4,100 cfs. That’s doable.

The middle Rogue is getting no love, with very few anglers fishing and no reports of spring chinook.

APPLEGATE: The river is closed.

CHETCO: The river is closed.

ELK AND SIXES: The rivers are closed.

A tiger trout is released into Fish Lake. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch