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Fishing report 6/7/19

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Friday calls for a chance of showers with winds building from 5 knots to 20 knots, and wind waves to 5 feet. Saturday’s forecast calls for 20-knot winds and 5-foot wind waves, followed Sunday by 20-knot winds with wind waves building to 8 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 through Labor Day, and some decent early catches were reported last week along the Oregon/California border, with several undersized fish in the mix as well as coho that are not yet part of the ocean sport season. 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. Windchuck and Nesika beaches have been best.

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

Clammers still have some really good morning minus tides to work beaches Friday through Sunday, the end of one of the best minus-tide sequences of the year. Watch for sneaker waves, because high surf is forecast for the weekend.

Razor clamming is 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 down a hair to 98 percent 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 two weeks ago with 15,000 legal-sized trout and 500 trophy trout. Troll Wedding Ring lures spiced with a piece of worm or just a worm behind a flasher. 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 less than a half-foot from full.

DIAMOND: Trout fishing has started to pick up now that the midge hatch is over and the rainbows are switching their attention to a more rounded diet, including PowerBait, worms and woolly bugger flies. The charterboat is back at it and limiting everyone out daily. Trolling small spinners has also been productive. All tiger trout must be released unharmed, and some of them are pushing 20 inches.

EMIGRANT: The lake is 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 last week. 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 will get another 2,500 legal-sized trout early next week. Fishing has been very good recently. The lake is 69 percent full and rising. Troll Wedding Rings with worms or small Rapalas that look like tui chub. The Forest Service ramp and resort ramp 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 down a hair to 54 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 last 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 down 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. The lake was stocked recently with 1,000 legal-sized rainbows and 600 trophy trout.

LOST CREEK: The lake will receive another 10,000 legal-sized rainbows and 1,500 trophy trout next 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 are using small flashers. The lake is just under 4 feet from full. Outflows have increased to 3,000 cubic feet per second.

WILLOW: The lake is open, and 4,000 rainbow trout and 1,500 trophy trout were stocked two weeks ago 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 three weeks ago and plenty remain but hot weather next week will threaten the trout fishery as it often does in summer.

MEDCO: The lake is set to receive another 1,100 legal-sized rainbows next week. Fishing is best trolling worms and flashers or still-fishing with PowerBait.

RIVER OUTLOOK

ROGUE: Spring chinook salmon counts at Cole Rivers hatchery continue to lag behind the 10-year running average in the upper Rogue, while high lower-Rogue water temperatures mean some chinook are holding in the bay and getting caught by trollers. The middle Rogue is predictably slow.

That makes the upper Rogue the best bet, but it is a lukewarm endorsement.

Another 142 spring chinook were counted this week at the hatchery, a very poor showing for this time in the run. The counts so far total 993 chinook, well under the 10-year running average of 2,031.

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. Fishing migration lanes is the best bet for catching a hatchery fish that anglers can keep. Wild fish are holding in traditional holes once they get here.

Flows out of Lost Creek Lake were increased Thursday to 3,000 cfs. Flows at Dodge Bridge were just below 3,000 cfs Thursday before the extra released water reached that stretch of river. Ditto for the former Gold Ray Dam site flows at 3,134 cfs.

Another three summer steelhead made it to Cole Rivers Hatchery this week, boosting the total to 14 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 before the increased flows reached the area.

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. Water measured at 69 degrees was flowing into the bay, causing some chinook to hold there. A handful of boats have anglers trolling for them, catching a handful a day, even a few near Indian Creek. Some excellent days have been reported by guides. Flows at Agness were down to less than 4,000 cfs Thursday.

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.

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.

Brian Winkler holds a 7-pound winter steelhead caught by his son Eric Winkler, left. It was the first steelhead Eric has caught, and it came amid the strongest upper Rogue River return in more than a decade. Photo by Mark Freeman