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Fishing Report: Friday, July 30

Jamie Lusch / Mail TribuneA native winter steelehead is released on the Sixes River. A group of wild fish advocates is working on a emergency ban on killing wild winter steelhead in 2020 on south coast rivers.
OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: A small-craft advisory is in effect through Saturday evening. Friday’s forecast calls for winds up to 10 knots and wind waves up to 6 feet, followed Saturday by much of the same. Sunday’s forecast calls for winds to 15 knots with wind waves to 5 feet.

Ocean salmon fishing has been good out of Brookings, with charters and private boaters finding chinook in the top 80 feet of water while trolling large sardines or herring. The limit is two chinook a day.

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 can keep one cabezon. The lingcod limit is two fish over 22 inches.

Surfperch fishing could be rough through the week as winds up to 20 knots are forecast for much of the time. When the winds subside, focus close to river mouths. 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 from Netarts Bay to California. It is closed on the north coast, including the popular Clatsop Bay area.

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. Troll worms or fish worms or PowerBait under bobbers near the county boat ramp. Bank anglers need to stay off the ramp. The lake is 26% full and dropping very quickly. Water temperatures are extremely high. 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 Hart Tish Park boat ramp and dock are closed due to low water. The French Gulch and Copper ramps are still usable. Fish for rainbows with PowerBait or worms from the bank or slowly troll Tasmanian Devil lures spiced with a piece of worm. Bass fishing has been fair with plastic worms and grubs fished slowly off the bottom along rocky points and flats. The reservoir was 61 feet from full Thursday and dropping steadily. Water releases are down to 175 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. All tiger and brown trout must be released unharmed.

EMIGRANT: The lake is 4% full, and that has all but shut off angling activity. The lake received 3,500 legal-sized rainbows in mid-April and 1,000 more in late May. They were all released at the county boat ramp.

EXPO: The pond was stocked in May with 1,500 legal-sized rainbows. Catches were decent on worms under bobbers. Some bass and panfish are available. Parking fees are required.

FISH: Fishing is good in the open water near the marina for rainbow trout. The lake received another 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout in May. Boat access is all manual, with bank fishing best around springs near the resort. Use worms or PowerBait. All tiger trout must be released. The lake was listed Thursday at 9% full and dropping.

HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake is open but access is poor. The lake was not stocked with rainbows this spring. The lake is down to 4% full and dropping. Fishing access is best near the dam. All limits on trout and other species have been lifted due to extremely low water.

HYATT: The lake was down to 2% full and dropping Thursday. All limits for size and numbers of trout and bass have been lifted because of poor water conditions.

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 10,000 legal-sized rainbows in mid-June, and that helped bank anglers near the Takelma boat ramp, and boat anglers trolling worms and flashers near the dam. The trout were split between the marina and the Takelma boat ramp. Bank fish with PowerBait near the ramp. Wind-drifting worms above Peyton Bridge has been good. The lake Thursday was barely a foot above the normal late-season target for flood control as outflows remain at 1,450 cfs.

MEDCO: The lake was last stocked with 1,100 legal-sized trout in June, to go with 4,000 in May and 2,000 in April.

SELMAC: The lake was last stocked with 1,000 legal-sized trout in mid-May to go with 5,000 legal-sized rainbows stocked in mid-April. Fish for them with worms or PowerBait. Bass are active. The lake is loaded with algae.

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

RIVER OUTLOOK

ROGUE: Chinook fishing ends Saturday night in the upper Rogue, when the region’s anglers shift over to summer steelhead, which are showing in decent but not spectacular numbers. The middle Rogue is very slow, while the lower Rogue Bay is starting to move into what appears to be a decent to good fall chinook season.

That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, with a mix of late chinook (until Saturday) and some large summer steelhead starting to show up in the mix.

The Hatchery Hole is closed until August.

Spring chinook fishing has been best for boat anglers back-bouncing roe and sandshrimp combinations, with a piece of tuna belly also a good addition. Only the upper Rogue waters downstream of Dodge Bridge are open, and that will close Saturday all the way down to Fishers Ferry boat ramp.

Summer steelhead are starting to show in the upper Rogue, and early returns are improving. Another 52 summer steelhead showed up this past week at Cole Rivers Hatchery, upping the count to 637 to date. It’s better than last year but still under the 10-year running average of 860 steelhead by this time. 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. 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.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has held outflows at 1,450 cfs.

Trolling anchovies with copper Rogue blades has been decent in the bay, and chinook catches will improve weekly into September.

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.

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