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Fishing Report: Friday, June 25

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: A small-craft advisory is in effect through Friday evening, with winds up to 25 knots and wind waves up to 5 feet. Look for conditions to mellow a bit Saturday with finds down to 10 knots and swells up to 5 feet. Sunday’s forecast is calling for winds up to 15 knots and a mixed swell to 4 feet.

The general marine bag limit is five fish in aggregate, with copper, quillback or China rockfish no longer part of the daily limit for boat anglers. Boat anglers cannot keep cabezon until July 1. The lingcod limit is two fish over 22 inches.

Surfperch fishing should pick up later this weekend around river mouths as ocean perch are moving toward estuaries to spawn. Focus close to river mouths, such as the mouth of the Elk and Rogue rivers. Sandshrimp and mussels are the best bets, with plastic sand worms and shrimp a secondary bait.

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, along the Central Coast, so everything from Netarts Bay to California is now open. It remains closed on the North Coast, including the popular Clatsop Bay area.

Another excellent set of morning minus tides continues through Tuesday, with the best days Friday and Saturday. These should be excellent days for clam digging. Before digging, call the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

LAKE OUTLOOK

AGATE: The lake received 2,500 legal-sized rainbow trout early last month. Don’t expect any more thanks to extremely warm water conditions. 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 has dropped significantly and is now 60% full. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.

APPLEGATE: The lake was stocked last month with another 10,000 legal-sized rainbows, the same as a few weeks ago. The Hart Tish Park boat ramp and dock are open, as are French Gulch and Copper ramps. 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 33 feet from full Thursday. The lake will not fill this year. Water releases are at 225 cfs.

DIAMOND: Trout fishing is best on the south end near the Silent Creek channel for both rainbows and tiger trout. But hot weather is sending the trout into deeper water. Fishing is best with worms under bobbers, but alter your depths until you find the trout. All tiger and brown trout must be released unharmed.

EMIGRANT: The lake is 24% full and dropping quickly amid high temperatures and need of irrigation water. The county boat ramps are unusable and that has all but shut off angling activity. The lake received another 3,500 legal-sized rainbows in mid-April to go with the 1,000 legal-sized rainbows late last month. 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 on worms under bobbers. Some bass and panfish are available. Parking fees are required.

FISH: Fishing is decent in the open water near the marina for rainbow trout. The lake received another 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout last month. 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 44% full, with spring inflow no longer matching irrigation outflow.

HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake is open but access is poor. The lake was not stocked with rainbows this spring. It was listed Thursday at 6% full. Fishing access is best near the dam.

HYATT: The lake is 14% full and dropping very quickly as irrigation needs increase. The lake received 5,000 legal-sized trout earlier this month, all released near the dam. Fish them with worms or PowerBait off the bank.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: 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 earlier this month, and that has supported a fishery that is getting more interest among bank anglers near the Takelma Boat Ramo and boat anglers trolling worms and flashers near the dam. The stocked trout were split between between the marina and the Takelma boat ramp. Bank fish with PowerBait near the Taklema ramp. Wind-drifting worms above Peyton Bridge has been good. The lake Thursday was 56 feet shy of full and dropping quickly as outflows were reduced to 1,850 cfs.

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 earlier this month with 2,000 legal-sized rainbows.

RIVER OUTLOOK

ROGUE: Spring chinook fishing has improved in the upper Rogue for boat anglers but remaining slow for bank anglers amid a relatively poor return, particularly of hatchery fish targeted by anglers to keep. Also, a few more summer steelhead are showing up and starting to get targeted, primarily by fly-fishers. The middle Rogue has been a dud for river fishing, especially during this weekend’s extremely hot temperatures and the lower Rogue is in a funk for salmon but some summer steelhead are getting caught in the Agness area.

That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue. Just73 springers made it to Cole Rivers Hatchery this past week, upping the count to 874. That’s terrible and well under the 10-year running average of 3,389 fish to date. Still, a few are getting caught by driftboaters back-bouncing roe and sandshrimp. All wild chinook must be released unharmed.

The Hatchery Hole is closed due to a low number of returning hatchery springers, and it will remain closed until August.

Summer numbers are starting to show in the upper Rogue and early returns are improving, but not necessarily this week. Another2 adults showed up this week at Cole Rivers Hatchery, upping the count-to-date to 92 steelhead. These are aggressive biters with some big fish in the mix. Catch them on everything from plugs and worms to roe and various flies, from streamers to nymphs and single-egg patterns. Most of the interest so far has been by fly-fishers but look for some evening fishing floats with hardware very soon. 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.

Anglers can no long keep any wild steelhead Rogue-wide until 2022.

Another two winter steelhead showed up this week at Cole Rivers Hatchery, pushing the count to date to 1,558 adult steelhead. That’s a low showing and definitely late.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decreased outflows to 1,850 cfs. For spring chinook, use roe and sandshrimp or large plugs with sardine wraps.

APPLEGATE: The river is open to trout fishing but anglers cannot target steelhead.

CHETCO: The river is open to cutthroat and rainbow trout fishing.

ELK/SIXES: The rivers have reopened to angling but there is very limited effort now.

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