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Fishing Report

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: A gale warning is in effect through Saturday evening. Friday’s forecast calls for winds up to 30 knots, with wind waves of up to 8 feet. Saturday calls for winds up to 25 knots in the afternoon and wind waves building to 15 feet. Sunday starts a turnaround, with winds up to 15 knots and 5-foot swells.

The marine aggregate rockfish daily limit for bottomfishers is five fish. Cabezon closed for boat-based anglers beginning Friday. The closure does not apply to shore-based anglers. Minimum size is 16 inches. 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 tuna bite has been excellent out of Brookings and Charleston when winds and swells allow. Fish have been as close as 16 miles off Brookings.

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. A large pod of bait is hanging offshore south of Cape Sebastian, and that’s where the chinook are holding out. 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 good to very good, but this weekend’s forecasts aren’t positive for shore fishing. When the weather improves, focus on 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.

Some late evening and night minus tides are forecast through Monday, but they are too late for clammers to take advantage of them. 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.

LAKE OUTLOOK

AGATE: The lake is down to 42 percent full. Water conditions are 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 38 feet below full and is dropping almost 6 feet per week. Bank anglers should try off points. Trollers are working off the Copper ramp and 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.

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, fished with intermediate or sinking lines and stripped short but fast. 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 49 percent full and dropping, but there is 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 fair 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 2,500 legal-sized trout in mid-July. Fish around the springs near the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp. Fishing has been good early and late in the day. The lake is 34 percent full and dropping. 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 trout, 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 40 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 39 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 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. 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 more than 39 feet from full and will be dropping even faster as outflows climb to 1,900 cubic feet per second Friday, while inflows are down 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 fair. 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.

RIVER OUTLOOK

ROGUE: Summer steelhead fishing is good in the upper Rogue with a mix of offerings despite large amounts of floating algae gumming up hooks, 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 week 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 213 summer steelhead moved into Cole Rivers Hatchery this week, upping the count to 1,786 adult steelhead to date. That’s significantly better than the 10-year running average of 1,077 steelhead and the second-highest in the past 23 years.

And to make the odds even better, another 1,153 adult summer “retread” steelhead were recycled down to the Denman Wildlife Area and TouVelle State Park Aug. 9. The TouVelle releases dropped down to the first riffle near the Sewer Hole, and that’s been very good for bait and fly-fishers.

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.

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 were upped Friday to 1,900 cfs to help migrating fall chinook move more quickly through the Lower Rogue Canyon amid more salmon-friendly water temperatures.

Flows at Dodge Bridge Thursday were at 1,722 cfs, and 1,729 cfs at the old Gold Ray Dam site. Expect those to rise by 200 cfs by Friday evening.

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.

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.

A Rogue River wild steelhead. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch