Fishing report: Friday, Aug. 9
COASTWIDE: A calm ocean is predicted Friday and Saturday with 5-knot winds and 2-foot swells. Sunday’s forecast calls for 5-knot morning winds kicking up to 15 knots by the afternoon, bringing wind waves up to 3 feet. That’s a fine recipe for coastal angling.
The marine aggregate rockfish daily limit for bottomfishers is five fish, and a single cabezon can be kept as part of the aggregate limit. A descending device to help release rockfish caught in deeper water is mandatory on all boats. All rockfish anglers must stay within the 30-fathom line.
The coho and chinook bite has been fair to good for ocean anglers, with lots of wild and undersized coho salmon the norm out of Brookings. Fishing around 100 feet deep in 200-plus-foot waters has been good for chinook, but not a lot of big fish so far. Hatchery coho are allowed as part of the two-fish daily bag limit, but lots of wild coho are getting caught for every hatchery coho. Troll higher in the water column for coho, deeper and slower for chinook.
Surfperch fishing has been excellent, and this weekend’s weather forecasts likely mean great catches at most South Coast beaches, especially those close to river mouths. Try casting Berkley Gulp sandshrimp, sand worms or prawns.
Recreational crabbing is open coastwide. Watch for soft-shelled molting crabs, which don’t have much meat and should be released. Most of the crab, however, have been sporting good meat-fill.
Some very early minus tides begin Sunday but they don’t get very workable for clammers until Tuesday morning’s 5:30 a.m. tide of -0.4. Razor clamming is closed from Cape Blanco to the California border due to domoic acid levels. Clatsop beaches are also closed as part of the yearly conservation closure. 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 down to 47 percent full. Water conditions are still decent for crappie and perch fishing, especially around what’s left of submerged willows. Bass fishing has been slow. The ramp is open. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.
APPLEGATE: The lake was down to more than 32 feet below full and is dropping almost 5 feet per week now that inflows are around 50 cfs and outflows continue to be around 320 cfs. Bank anglers should try off points and in depths that caught fish last time. Trollers are working off the Copper ramp and down near the dam. No fresh fish have been stocked since early last month. Troll Wedding Ring lures spiced with a piece of worm or a worm behind a flasher. The surface temperature is hovering around 75 degrees. No new trout have been stocked.
DIAMOND: Trout fishing has been fair during the day and best early in the morning. Trollers are doing well with small lures and worms, and still-fishing is best with PowerBait or worms deep under sliding bobbers. Fly-fishers are using woolly buggers and chironomids. 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 55 percent full and dropping fairly quickly, but there remains plenty of water for boats to launch at the ramp. Bass and perch fishing is fair to good. Focus on rock outcroppings and submerged willows up the lake’s Emigrant Arm. Rainbow trout were stocked three times early this year, and fishing for them is only fair now for those trolling worms and small spinners.
EXPO: The pond received 10,500 legal-sized trout in June and that’s the last stocking of the season. Some bass and panfish are getting caught. Parking fees are required.
FISH: The lake received another 2,500 legal-sized trout in mid-July. Fish around the springs near the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp. Fishing has been very good early and late in the day. The lake is down to 38 percent full and dropping quickly. Troll Wedding Rings with worms or small Rapalas that look like tui chub for rainbows and tiger trout. The Forest Service ramp and resort ramp are operable. All tiger trout must be released.
HOWARD PRAIRIE: Fishing is decent for holdover trout and this year’s complement of stocked legal-sized rainbows, some added as recently as last month. An ongoing algae bloom has been making conditions tough. Still-fishing and trolling have been best at dawn and around dusk. 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 to 41 percent full, which is close to the limit for large boat use at the resort ramp. The other ramps are unusable for powerboats.
HYATT: The BLM Loop C boat ramp is open, and trolling has been fair to good in late evenings with Wedding Rings and worms. The lake was stocked in mid-June with 7,450 legal-sized rainbow trout, and fishing for them has been good with PowerBait or worms. Warm water 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 to 40 percent full.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is good for a mix of brown trout, rainbow trout and perch. Worms and PowerBait are working best. The lake was stocked in late June 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 in mid-June, split between the marina and the Takelma ramp, and that’s it until fall. Most of the action is near the Takelma ramp, mostly out of convenience. Most anglers are trolling Wedding Ring lures spiced with a worm. Some trollers are using small flashers. Fishing single eggs or small chunks of worm is good where the Rogue flows into the reservoir. The area upstream of Peyton Bridge is a no-wake zone. The lake is falling fast and is just shy of 36 feet from full. Outflows are holding steady at 1,700 cfs, but inflows are down to under 1,100 cfs.
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: Fishing for bass is good. The lake received 3,000 rainbows in late June, but hot weather is threatening the trout fishery.
MEDCO: The lake received 1,100 legal-sized rainbows in mid-June. Fishing is best trolling worms and flashers or still-fishing with PowerBait.
ROGUE: Summer steelhead fishing is good in the upper Rogue with a mix of offerings, while some late-run and decent-looking spring chinook are still getting caught downstream of Dodge Bridge. The lower Rogue has been slow the past couple days for fall chinook, as fish seem to be waiting before moving past the bar. The middle Rogue has been kicking out a few summer steelhead each evening, and more steelhead are in the lower 12 miles of the river.
That keeps the upper Rogue as the best bet for a mix of spring chinook and summer steelhead, just make sure you stick to water downstream to Dodge Bridge for those trying to double-dip this month.
In the upper Rogue, the numbers show it’s steelhead time.
Another 269 summer steelhead moved into Cole Rivers Hatchery this week, upping the count to 1,573 adult steelhead to date. That’s significantly better than the 10-year running average of 957 steelhead and the second-highest in the past 23 years.
Plugs and large streamer flies have been best, but roe and worms remain options through August. The fish are very aggressive and are in most riffles and around structure. The best plugs range from crayfish patterns to MagLip 3.0 in pink and purple colors.
For chinook, boat anglers downstream of Dodge Bridge are fishing primarily with roe and sandshrimp or roe and prawns, with some fishing MagLip 3.5 or 4.5 lures in chartreuse and chrome patterns. Wild chinook can be part of the two-fish daily limit downstream of Dodge Bridge, and that holds through August.
Water flows have held steady at 1,700 cfs and should remain that way until Saturday, when the first spike of water will be released to help fall chinook migrate through the Lower Rogue Canyon.
Flows at Dodge Bridge Thursday were at 1,722 cfs, and 1,729 cfs at the old Gold Ray Dam site.
In the middle Rogue, anglers are starting to hit summer steelhead at riffles throughout the Grants Pass and Galice areas, with worms or black and gold Panther Martin lures the top producers. Flows at Grants Pass were down to 1,583 cfs Thursday.
In the lower Rogue, trolling in the bay has cooled off as fewer chinook are washing into the bay. A few summer steelhead are getting caught in the lower Rogue on a mixture of streamer flies, Panther Martin lures and worms.
In the middle Rogue, summer steelhead are getting caught occasionally in the evening.
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.