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May 31, 2019 Fishing Report

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Friday calls for winds up to 30 mph and 9-foot wind waves, followed Saturday by winds to 20 mph and wind waves of 8 feet in the afternoon. Sunday calls for winds kicking back up to 25 mph and waves building to 9 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. Fishing for all bottomfish should be very good through the weekend if the waves allow for it.

The ocean chinook salmon season is open now through Labor Day, and some decent early catches were reported last week along the Oregon/California border, with several undersized fish in the mix. The best bet is to start trolling herring or anchovies slowly at about 150 feet deep.

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

Recreational crabbing is open coastwide. Crabbing should be fair, but watch for soft-shelled molting crabs that don’t have much meat and should be released.

Clammers have another set of awesome morning minus tides beginning Sunday. Watch for sneaker waves because high surf is forecast for the weekend.

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.

LAKE OUTLOOK

AGATE: The lake is full, with good clarity for crappie and perch fishing, 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: The lake was stocked last week with 15,000 legal-sized trout and 500 trophy trout for the Memorial Day weekend, but they’re still around for Free Fishing Weekend. 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, particularly in the Seattle Bar area. The surface temperature has steadied at 50 degrees, and the lake is a half-foot from full.

DIAMOND: Trout fishing has started to pick up, 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. PowerBait is starting to work. Free Fishing Weekend events are planned Saturday at the resort. All tiger trout must be released unharmed.

EMIGRANT: The lake is up a hair to 93 percent full, and there is plenty of water for all boats to launch at the ramp. Bass fishing is good. Focus on rock outcroppings and submerged willows. Rainbow trout have been stocked three times so far this year, and fishing for them is good for those trolling worms and small spinners.

EXPO: The pond received 10,500 legal-sized trout this week, and the pond is expected to get a lot of attention this weekend. Fish for trout with small spinners, single salmon eggs and PowerBait. Water temperatures are rising. Some bass and panfish are getting caught as well. Parking fees are enforced by Jackson County.

FISH: The lake received 3,500 legal-sized trout this past week, and Free Fishing Weekend events are planned at the resort. Fishing has been very good recently. The lake is up to 67 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: Fishing is very good for holdover trout, with still fishing and trolling working well. Also, 7,500 legal-sized rainbows were stocked there earlier this month 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 55 percent full.

HYATT: The BLM Loop C boat ramp is open, and trolling has been good with Wedding Rings and worms. The lake was stocked this week with 7,450 legal-sized rainbow trout, and fishing for them has been good with PowerBait or worms. 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 holding steady at 57 percent full.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is good for a mix of brown trout and rainbow trout. Perch fishing also is good. The lake was stocked this week with 1,000 legal-sized rainbows and 600 trophy trout, with Free Fishing Weekend festivities centered at the resort.

LOST CREEK: The lake received another 10,000 rainbows two weeks ago 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 are using small flashers. The lake remains just under 2 feet from full.

WILLOW: The lake is open, and 4,000 rainbow trout and 1,500 trophy trout were stocked last week at the county ramp. Fish them with worms and PowerBait or streamer flies. Fishing for them has been very good.

SELMAC: Bass fishing is good, and fishing for stocked trout is good with PowerBait. The lake received another 3,000 rainbows two weeks ago. Free Fishing Weekend events are planned for Saturday morning.

RIVER OUTLOOK

ROGUE: Spring chinook salmon counts at Cole Rivers hatchery have doubled this past week in the upper Rogue, with likely about 20 percent of this year’s run up that far by now. Early summer steelhead continue to trickle into the upper Rogue, and they tend to be a mix of rather small and very large fish. The middle Rogue remains slow, while the lower Rogue has had some very good days but still not a lot of fish going home in coolers.

Much of that could change Saturday, when anglers can start keeping wild spring chinook upstream of the Hog Creek boat ramp. The deadline doesn’t move upstream to Dodge Bridge until July 1.

Still, that makes the upper Rogue the best bet.

Another 400 spring chinook were counted this week at the hatchery, doubling the count to 791 fish. That’s very underwhelming, but an improvement.

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 and around Shady Cove. 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 hitting fish at the Hatchery Hole, while a few are coming out daily at Hayes Falls and the Slide Hole. Catches will only improve. Early-season fishing is best in migration lanes.

Flows out of Lost Creek Lake were increased this week to 2,700 cubic feet per second. Flows at Dodge Bridge were just over 3,000 cfs Thursday, and that’s about 1,000 cfs higher than last week. Flows Thursday at the former Gold Ray Dam site were at 3,275 cfs.

Another five summer steelhead made it to Cole Rivers Hatchery this week, boosting the total to 11 early steelhead. Definitely not enough yet to start targeting them.

In the middle Rogue, almost nothing is happening. Flows at Grants Pass were up Thursday to just under 3,000 cfs.

In the lower Rogue, Brad’s Cut Plug lure or large Spin-Glo’s have been the baits of choice for bank anglers. Pink-pearl, glitter pink and tequila sunrise have been the hot Spin-Glo colors. Boat anglers are using anchovies and Brad’s Cut Plugs. Some excellent days have been reported by guides. Flows at Agness were down to less than 4,000 cfs Thursday. Small schools of springers are moving daily out of the bay, but not yet in force. Less than half the catch are fin-clipped chinook, which anglers can keep.

APPLEGATE: The river is open for trout fishing, and all wild rainbow trout and cutthroat trout must be released unharmed. That’s pretty much all of the catch.

CHETCO: The river is open for trout fishing, and only artificial flies and lures are allowed above tidewater.

A redband rainbow trout fell for a golden stone fly imitation on the Metolius River near Camp Sherman.