Fishing report, June 14, 2019
COASTWIDE: A hazardous seas warning and a small-craft advisory is in effect through Saturday afternoon from Cape Blanco south into Northern California. Friday’s forecast calls for winds building to 30 knots, and wind waves up to 8 feet. Saturday calls for 25-knot winds and 8-foot wind waves, followed Sunday by 25-knot winds with wind waves 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 about 5 miles west of Bird Rock in deep water. Several undersized fish in the mix as well as coho, which are not part of the ocean sport season until June 22. 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, especially close to river mouths. Try casting Berkley Gulp sandshrimp, sand worms or prawns. Winchuck and Nesika beaches have been good.
Recreational crabbing is open coastwide. Watch for soft-shelled molting crabs that don’t have much meat and should be released.
Clammers have another great round of really minus morning tides all week, and these are some of the best digging tides of the year.
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.
AGATE: The lake is 93 percent full and dropping quickly, but water conditions are good 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 earlier this month with 15,000 legal-sized trout and 500 trophy trout. Troll Wedding Ring lures spiced with a piece of worm or 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 risen above 50 degrees, and the lake is down to slightly more than 2 feet from full.
DIAMOND: Trout fishing has started to pick up for those trolling small lures and worms, and still-fishing with PowerBait. Fly-fishers are using woolly buggers and chironomids. The charterboat is back at it and limiting everyone out daily. The south end ramp is open. All tiger trout must be released unharmed, and some of them are pushing 20 inches.
EMIGRANT: The lake is down to 89 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 two weeks ago and that’s the last stocking of the season. 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 another 2,500 legal-sized trout earlier this week. Fishing has been very good recently. The lake is 70 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 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 53 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 54 percent full.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is good for a mix of brown trout and rainbow trout. Perch fishing also is good. Worms and PowerBait are working best. The lake was stocked recently with 1,000 legal-sized rainbows and 600 trophy trout.
LOST CREEK: The lake received another 10,000 legal-sized rainbows and 1,500 trophy trout this past 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 will decrease to 2,800 cubic feet per second Sunday.
WILLOW: The lake is open, and 4,000 rainbow trout and 1,500 trophy trout were stocked in late May 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 late last month, but hot weather is threatening the trout fishery as it often does in summer.
MEDCO: The lake is set to receive another 1,100 legal-sized rainbows earlier this week. Fishing is best trolling worms and flashers or still-fishing with PowerBait.
ROGUE: Spring chinook salmon counts at Cole Rivers Hatchery lag behind the 10-year running average in the upper Rogue, while warming lower-Rogue water means the chinook catch is spotty, though a few fish are getting caught daily in the bay. The middle Rogue is slow.
That makes the upper Rogue the best bet, but with an endorsement even more lukewarm than last week’s.
Just 95 spring chinook were counted this week at the hatchery, the worst showing in at least a month. The counts so far total 1,029 chinook, well under the 10-year running average of 2,455. Cole Rivers Hatchery technicians recycled seven chinook Saturday down to the Shady Cove boat ramp.
So-so 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. However, there has been a rash of tickets and warnings for people snagging chinook and illegally keeping wild chinook. 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 as well as Casey State Park. 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 set to drop Sunday from 3,000 cfs to 2,800 cfs. Flows at Dodge Bridge on Thursdaywere just below 3,000 cfs Thursday, while the former Gold Ray Dam site flows were at 3,134 cfs.
Another 30 summer steelhead made it to Cole Rivers Hatchery this week, boosting the total to 44 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 more popular Spin-Glo colors. Water temperatures are up, and a few chinook are holding in the bay. 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.