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Fishing report for May 17, 2019


COASTWIDE: Friday calls for winds up to 10 knots, 5-foot swells and a chance of showers all day, followed Saturday by winds to 25 knots and wind waves building to 7 feet in the afternoon. Sunday calls for winds to 10 knots but swells to 11 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 for all bottomfish should be very good through the weekend.

Surfperch fishing has been very good at some south coast beaches. Try casting Berkley Gulp sandshrimp, sand worms or prawns.

Recreational crabbing is closed on the south coast from Cape Blanco to the California border because of a domoic acid bloom.

Clammers have a round of good morning minus tides beginning Saturday and running through the 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 down a hair to 97 percent full, and clarity is starting to improve enough to fish small jigs or black flies for crappie and perch, especially around submerged willows. Bass are in the rocky areas. 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 two weeks ago at French Gulch and Copper ramps, which are both operable. The surface temperature has steadied at 50 degrees and the lake is 3 feet from full.

DIAMOND: Trout fishing has slowed, with fishing better at the south end but the south ramp remains closed due to snow. Fly-fishing is best with chironomids and big leeches, while trolling small lures and worms has worked best for rainbows. All tiger trout must be released unharmed.

EMIGRANT: The lake is down a hair to 93 percent full, with visibility improving. Bass fishing is good. Focus on rock outcroppings and submerged willows. Early trout fishing has been good for some of the 2,000 legal-sized rainbows released over the past month. The boat ramp closest to the RV park is open.

EXPO: The pond received 1,500 legal-sized trout two weeks ago, and fishing for them is very good with small spinners, single salmon eggs and PowerBait. Some bass and panfish are getting caught as well. Parking fees are enforced.

FISH: The lake received 4,500 legals and 500 lunker trout this past week and early-season trout fishing has been very good recently. The lake is up to 63 percent full. Troll Wedding Rings with worms or small Rapalas that look like tui chub. The Forest Service and resort ramps are both operable. All tiger trout must be released unharmed.

HOWARD PRAIRIE: Early-season fishing is very good for holdover trout, with still fishing and trolling working well. Also, 7,500 legal-sized rainbows were stocked there last week out of the Klamath Hatchery. Trollers are using Tasmanian Devils or other lures, even long worms. Still-fishing for trout is good with PowerBait or worms, with chartreuse and garlic-flavored baits working best. The lake is holding steady at 54 percent full.

HYATT: The BLM Loop C boat ramp is open, and trolling has been good with Wedding Rings and worms. Two weeks ago, 7,500 legal-sized rainbows were stocked. Water temperatures are rising and that has bass more active. Fish plastic worms and crank baits for bass. Most of the action should be in the lower areas of the lake, which is up a hair to 56 percent full.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is good for a mix of brown trout and rainbow trout. Perch fishing also is good.

LOST CREEK: The lake received another 10,000 rainbows this 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 using small flashers. The lake is just under 2 feet from full.

WILLOW: The lake is open, and 4,000 rainbow trout were stocked last month at the county ramp. Fish them with worms and PowerBait or streamer flies.

SELMAC: Bass fishing is good and fishing for stocked trout is good with PowerBait. The lake received another 3,000 rainbows last week.


ROGUE: Spring chinook salmon are starting to show up with a bit more regularity on the upper Rogue, while the middle Rogue is dead, and the lower Rogue is poised for a decent weekend of fishing if enough rain materializes to add some color to the too-clear water.

That makes the upper Rogue the best bet — likely through July.

Spring chinook counts remain underwhelming. Just 99 fresh springers showed up this past week at Cole Rivers Hatchery, inching the number up to 151. That’s one-fifth of the 10-year average, but decent water conditions have helped both boat and bank anglers hit a few fish daily, with most of the action upstream of Rogue Elk Park. Boat anglers are fishing primarily with roe and sandshrimp or roe and prawns, with some fishing MagLip 3.5 lures in chartreuse and chrome patterns. Bank anglers are also hitting fish at Hayes Falls, the Slide Hole and the Hatchery Hole. Catches will only improve. Early-season fishing is best in migration lanes.

All wild chinook must be released unharmed river-wide. Flows out of Lost Creek Lake were about 2,900 cubic feet per second Thursday, with flows at Dodge Bridge up to 3,587 cfs and just under 3,849 cfs at the former Gold Ray Dam site.

In the middle Rogue, not much is happening. Flows at Grants Pass were up to 3,630 cfs.

In the lower Rogue, Brad’s Cut Plug lure or large Spin-Glo’s have been the baits of choice for boat and bank anglers. Pink-pearl, glitter pink and tequila sunrise have been the hot Spin-Glo colors. Flows at Agness were up to 5,664 cfs Thursday. Anglers hope this week’s rains bring enough color to lower Rogue to get chinook moving. On Wednesday, boat anglers did best, with about half the catches hatchery fish that anglers can keep.

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.