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Fishing report Sept. 27, 2019

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: A small-craft advisory and heavy-seas warnings are in effect through Friday evening. Winds Friday are forecast to hit 20 knots, with wind waves up to 8 feet. Saturday’s forecast calls for a chance of showers throughout the day, with wind hitting 10 knots and wind waves to 5 feet. Sunday’s forecast calls for 5-knot winds and wind waves to 3 feet.

Rockfish anglers no longer have to stay within the 30-fathom line, and that is in effect for the remainder of the year. That means halibut anglers can keep limits of bottomfish during the same trip.

The marine aggregate rockfish daily limit for bottomfishers is five fish. Cabezon has closed for boat-based anglers, and boat anglers have to release copper, quillback and China rockfish. Shore anglers can still keep cabezon because they have a separate poundage quota. A descending device to help release rockfish caught in deeper water is mandatory on all boats.

The halibut limit is two a day in the Central and South Coast sub-areas. The all-depth season has been extended to every Friday through Sunday until the quota is reached.

Weather has been very rough, and that has kept tuna anglers in port this week, but tuna have been reported as close as nine miles off Charleston recently.

Surfperch fishing has been good, and this weekend’s forecast doesn’t look too promising for shore fishing other than off secluded beaches. Try casting Berkley Gulp sandshrimp, sand worms or prawns.

Recreational crabbing is open coastwide.

A series of morning minus tides continues this week, but it already has peaked. Razor clamming is open from the Coquille River mouth to the California border. Clatsop beaches are closed as part of the yearly conservation closure through Monday. 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 was down Thursday to 11 percent full and getting very little interest from anglers. Water conditions are decent for crappie and perch fishing, but there is very little structure along the shoreline. 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 Thursday to more than 73 feet below full and dropping quickly. Muddy banks are discouraging most anglers. Bank anglers should try off points. Trollers are working off the Copper ramp and near the dam. Launch at the low-water French Gulch ramp. No fresh fish have been stocked since mid-summer. Troll Wedding Ring lures spiced with a piece of worm or a worm behind a flasher. Bass fishing is fair to good. The surface temperature is starting to drop.

DIAMOND: Trout fishing has picked up. The area has received some snow. Trollers should focus on small lures and worms. 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 was down Thursday to 25 percent full, with barely enough water to launch at the low-water ramp at the county park. Largemouth bass fishing has picked up, and fall fishing is good throughout the day for those working off rocky points with plastic worms. Smallmouth bass are on the gravely flats. The lake is low enough that there is no vegetation structure available to hold fish. Perch fishing is fair. The Emigrant Arm as disappeared at this water level. Rainbow trout were stocked three times early this year, and fishing for them is nonexistent.

EXPO: The pond last received trout in June, and that’s the last stocking of the season. Some bass and panfish are getting caught, but effort is light. Parking fees are required.

FISH: The lake is dropping, and rainbow trout are congregating around springs out of the lake bed. Fishing has been good early and late in the day. The lake is scheduled to get 900 trophy trout stocked there next week. The lake was 11 percent full, making hand-launching of boats possible. Troll Wedding Rings with worms or small Rapalas that look like tui chub for rainbows and tiger trout. Fish off the bank with PowerBait near underwater springs. All tiger trout must be released.

HOWARD PRAIRIE: The marina and boat ramp at the resort are closed for the season due to low water, and the restaurant is closed. The lake is 35 percent full. No ramps are usable, so bank fishing or launching smaller boats like kayaks or pontoon boats off the bank are the only options.

HYATT: The lake is seeing little interest from anglers. Some canoes, kayaks and cartoppers are launching off the bank to find decent rainbow trout fishing in the canal and near the dam. Lots of small bass in the mix.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is fair for a mix of brown trout, rainbow trout and perch. Worms and PowerBait are working best. The lake was last stocked in late June.

LOST CREEK: The lake is scheduled to get 5,000 legal-sized rainbows and 2,300 trophy-sized rainbows next week, split between the marina and the Takelma ramp. Most boat anglers are trolling Wedding Ring lures spiced with a worm, and some 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. Outflows were dropped over the past week and are now at 1,250 cubic feet per second. The lake is 2.6 feet from its normal fall low pool.

WILLOW: The lake received 4,000 rainbow trout and 1,500 trophy trout in late May at the county ramp. Fish them with worms and PowerBait or streamer flies. Fishing for them has been good.

SELMAC: Fishing for bass is fair.

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: Rain and cooler weather this weekend will throw some doubt on what so far has been a solid flies-only season on the upper Rogue, while the middle Rogue is still an evening steelhead show with not many fall chinook around to garner huge interest. The lower Rogue around Agness is solid for fall chinook, jack chinook, adult and halfpounder steelhead, while the bay has been slow, with very few Indian Creek-bound chinook yet in the mix.

That makes the lower Rogue the best bet, especially around Agness. Side-drifting roe has been good for chinook and all those jacks that seem to be dominating the run this year. Swinging streamer flies has been decent for halfpounders, as well.

In the upper Rogue, summer steelhead continue to make a good showing and are now inching close to the 2012 run for the best year-to-date totals at Cole Rivers Hatchery. Another 122 showed up in the collection pond this week, upping the total to date to 2,758. The 10-year running average for this week is 1,621 steelhead.

Flows at Dodge Bridge were down prior to this weekend’s rains to 1,429 cfs, and 1,545 cfs at the old Gold Ray Dam site. The water is warm, so now is a perfect time to swing leeches, red ants and other steelhead flies with sink-tip lines or nymphing egg patterns around spawning chinook.

The flies-only season runs through Oct. 31 upstream of Fishers Ferry boat ramp.

In the middle Rogue, a slug of jacks were milling around below Rainie Falls this week, and the bite is just starting to turn on. Summer steelhead fishing has been good around Grants Pass with worms or Panther Martin lures, and large numbers of halfpounders have been reported in the Galice area this week. They’ll hit spinners, worms, plugs and streamer flies.

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.

ILLINOIS: All angling is closed between Pomeroy Dam and the $8 Bridge (also known as the Green Bridge) through Nov. 30 to curb illegal snagging of fall chinook salmon.

A winter steelhead is released on the Rogue River near Shady Cove in April. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch