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Fishing Report: Friday, May 7

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Friday’s forecast calls for winds up to 25 knots but falling to as low as 15 knots by afternoon, with swells up to 7 feet and showers. Saturday’s forecast calls for 20-knot winds and wind waves to 5 feet, and swells up to 7 feet. Not looking good. Sunday has winds up to 25 knots and swells building to 8 feet.

The general marine bag limit is six fish in aggregate. Anglers can keep just one copper, quillback or China rockfish when fishing from a boat. Boat anglers can not keep cabezon until July 1. The lingcod limit is two fish over 22 inches.

Surfperch fishing has slowed from big surf and rough winds. Look for the surfperch to move back toward shore when the swells subside. Sandshrimp and mussels are the best bets, with plastic sand worms and shrimp as secondary baits.

Recreational crabbing is open coastwide.

Razor clamming is open on a sliver of the south coast from the mouth of Coos Bay to Cape Arago. Bay clamming is open on the south coast. Before digging, call the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

LAKE OUTLOOK

AGATE: The lake received 2,500 legal-sized rainbow trout two weeks ago as state fish biologists look to steer anglers toward Agate because of relatively stout water volumes. Troll worms or fish worms or PowerBait under bobbers near the county boat ramp, but bank anglers need to stay off the ramp. The lake is full, but it remains extremely turbid. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.

APPLEGATE: The lake was stocked two weeks ago with another 10,000 legal-sized rainbows, the same as a few weeks ago. The Hart Tish Park boat ramp and dock are closed, but the low-water access at French Gulch and Copper are open. Fish for rainbows with PowerBait or worms from the bank or slowly troll Tasmanian Devil lures spiced with a piece of worm. Bass fishing on nice days has been fair with plastic worms and grubs fished slowly off the bottom along rocky points and flats. The reservoir was 34 feet from full Thursday, despite Saturday’s target to be full. The lake will not fill this year. Water releases are at 175 cfs.

DIAMOND: The lake is ice-free and fishing well for rainbows on the south side, especially in the canal off Silent Creek. The water is cold, and the fish are somewhat lethargic but hungry. Fish them with Power Bait or worms under bobbers. Large leech patterns fished slowly also will work. All tiger and brown trout must be released unharmed.

EMIGRANT: The lake is 32% full and garnering little interest from boaters and anglers. The lake received another 3,500 legal-sized rainbows in mid-April. They were all released at the county boat ramp. Fish for them off the bank with chartreuse garlic or rainbow PowerBait or slowly troll worms from boats.

EXPO: The pond was stocked again last month with 1,500 legal-sized rainbows. Catches have been fairly good for rainbow trout on worms under bobbers. Some bass and panfish are available. Parking fees are required.

FISH: The ice is off, and fishing is decent in the open water near the marina for rainbow trout. The lake received another 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout two weeks ago. Find them in the cove near the Forest Service boat ramp with worms or PowerBait. All tiger trout must be released. The lake was listed Thursday at 46% full.

HOWARD PRAIRIE: The ice is gone and there is plenty of open water but not decent boat access to it. The lake was not stocked with rainbows as normally planned in spring. It was listed Thursday at 10% full. Fishing access is best near the dam.

HYATT: The lake is 23% full and ice-free. The lake received 5,000 legal-sized trout last week, all released near the dam. Fish them with worms or PowerBait off the bank.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: The ice gone, and trolling for rainbow trout is fair to good with worms behind flashers in the shallows. Go slow. Perch fishing is good near the resort.

LOST CREEK: The lake received 15,000 legal-sized rainbows last week, to go along with the 20,000 legals stocked there at the end of March. They were split between the marina and the Takelma boat ramp. Bank fish with PowerBait near the Taklema ramp or troll worms behind flashers near the boat ramp and the dam areas. Wind-drifting worms above Peyton Bridge has been good. The lake Thursday was 20 feet shy of full and not expected to fill this year. Outflows have increased to 1,450 cfs to aid spring chinook salmon migration through the Lower Rogue River Canyon.

WILLOW: The lake received another 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout in mid-April, and they have acclimated well. Fish them with worms or PowerBait near the county boat ramp and deeper water across the lake.

SELMAC: The lake was stocked in mid-April with another 5,000 legal-sized rainbows, making it the only put-and-take trout fishery working well in Josephine County. For trout, fish with worms or PowerBait. Bass are getting active.

MEDCO: The first trout stocking of the season came last week with 2,000 legal-sized rainbows.

RIVER OUTLOOK

ROGUE: Winter steelhead are still showing up, albeit late, in the upper Rogue while spring chinook salmon continue to be a no-show in the Shady Cove area. Late-season winter steelhead are a no-go in the Grants Pass area, while a few spring chinook are getting caught downstream of Rainie Falls. The lower Rogue continues to be slow for springers.

That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue. Anglers can no longer keep any wild steelhead Rogue-wide until 2022.

Another 95 winter steelhead showed up this week at Cole Rivers Hatchery, pushing the count to date up to 1,453 adult steelhead. That’s a fair showing but definitely late. Much better than last year, but still about 1,000 short of the 10-year average. Catch them on eggs, small fake egg clusters coated with scent, single egg flies, small plugs and worms. The entire arsenal is open this month. However, flows are problematic.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has bumped outflows from Lost Creek Lake to 1,450 cfs to help migrating spring chinook move through the lower Rogue Canyon. Still, the flows at Dodge Bridge remained a paltry 1,546 cfs Thursday.

In the middle Rogue, where the winter steelhead are around but a bit finicky on the bite, virtually no one is fishing for them now, with most anglers waiting for spring chinook to show up. The springers are below Rainie Falls, with a few caught daily on beads.

Flows at Grants Pass were up to 1,690 cfs, but that’s still exceedingly low.

Roe, yarn balls and soft egg clusters are working best in deeper runs. For plugs, use MagLip 3.5s or 3.0s, with Misty River colors as well as gold, black and chartreuse. K-11 Kwikfish in gold or copper are also decent choices.

In Agness, flows Thursday were down to late-summer levels of just a hair above 2,000 cfs of clear water. Those are brutal conditions, more akin to late summer than spring. Spring chinook anglers from Lobster Creek down are catching a half-dozen fish a day, but fewer than half are hatchery chinook that can be kept.

APPLEGATE: The river is closed to all angling.

CHETCO: The river is closed to all angling.

ELK/SIXES: The rivers are closed to all angling.

UMPQUA: The mainstem Umpqua is closed to all retention of wild chinook salmon, including jacks.