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Fishing report


COASTWIDE: A small-craft advisory is in effect through Saturday afternoon, with 20-knot winds and 10-foot swells expected. Saturday will see the winds back down to 15 knots and swells drop to 9 feet. Winds will die down Sunday to 10 knots, with swells forecast to drop to 7 feet.

Rockfish anglers no longer have to stay within the 30-fathom line 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 remains 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. That includes this weekend.

Surfperch fishing is likely to be tough going through the heavy surf this weekend. When conditions settle down, try casting Berkley Gulp sandshrimp, sand worms or prawns.

Recreational crabbing is open coastwide, and Dungeness catches have been good in Coos Bay and the Coquille estuary at Bandon.

Nighttime minus tides continue through Monday but they’ll be tough to take advantage of more than two hours after sunset. Razor clamming, bay clamming and mussel harvesting are open along the south coast. Before digging, call the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.


AGATE: The lake is stuck at 11 percent full. The lake is getting little interest from anglers. The water is cold for crappie, bass and perch fishing. 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 103 feet below full. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reduced the reservoir’s outflow to 130 cubic feet per second. Muddy banks continue to discourage anglers. Bank anglers should try off points. No one’s trolling the lake of late, but those wanting to try should 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 very slow. The surface temperature is dropping amid freezing nights. Hart-Tish Park is closed.

DIAMOND: Trout fishing has been decent during the recent spate of warm weather, but activity dipped dramatically when the weather worsened Thursday. Most of the action had been in 20 feet of water, but winds have forced most anglers to the north side. Trolling is slow. Still-fishing is best with worms or PowerBait in chartreuse, rainbow and even corn-flavored dough. Fly-fishers are using woolly buggers and chironomids fished with intermediate or sinking lines and stripped short but fast. Both ramps are open. All brown trout and tiger trout must be released unharmed, and some of them are now eclipsing 20 inches.

EMIGRANT: The lake was holding steady this week at 23 percent full, with barely enough water to launch at the low-water ramp at the county park. Largemouth bass fishing is decent on sunny days for those working the points with plastic worms. Smallmouth bass are on the gravely flats. Perch fishing is fair. Rainbow trout fishing is nonexistent.

EXPO: The pond last received trout in June. Some bass and panfish are getting caught, but effort is light. Parking fees are required.

FISH: Rainbow trout are congregating around springs in the lake bed, and water surface temperatures are dropping amid freezing nights. Fishing has been good midday as the water warms a bit from the sun. The lake received another 900 trophy trout two weeks ago. The lake was up to 26 percent full this week, making inflatables and other small boats launchable around the resort, but not at the Forest Service ramp because of mud. Still-fishing with worms or PowerBait is best near 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 stuck at 32 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. The lake was listed Thursday at 35 percent full.

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 received 5,000 legal-sized rainbows and 2,300 trophy-sized rainbows in early October, split between the marina and the Takelma ramp. 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 this week were holding steady at 1,150 cfs. The lake is more than 2 feet below the normal fall low pool in preparation for the flood-control season, which begins Dec. 1.

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. The lake has been hampered by an algae bloom.

MEDCO: Trout fishing is slow.


ROGUE: Bait fishing has slowed predictably in the far upper Rogue after a decent flurry of action during the first two weeks of legal bait-fishing there, while the rest of the upper Rogue remains decent to good for summer steelhead amid very low floating conditions. The Agness area is somewhat hit and miss for summer steelhead and halfpounders, and the Rogue Bay is done with a disappointing fall chinook season.

That makes the upper Rogue upstream of the Shady Cove boat ramp the best bet because bait and artificial lures are allowed there.

Most of the action will be from the Cole Rivers Hatchery boat ramp down to Shady Cove, and the best action will be for those side-drifting eggs, scented soft eggs or scented yarn balls. Plugs should also do well on longer runs. The water is extremely cold, so it’s bankers hours on the water.

Below the Shady Cove ramp remains closed to bait but is open for artificial lures such as molded plastic eggs. Mag Lip 3.0s and 3.5s should be the go-to plugs. For those still fly-fishing, Ugly Bug droppers and single-egg flies or single rubber eggs are good bets.

Steelhead are pretty well spread out and barely moving in the cold water. Only 13 summer steelhead and a dozen coho salmon moved into the Cole Rivers Hatchery collection pond over the past week.

Flows out of Lost Creek Lake held steady at 1,150 cfs, and river flows have held pretty steady, as well. Flows Wednesday at Dodge Bridge were down to 1,283 cfs, and 1,363 cfs at the old Gold Ray Dam site. The water will continue to get colder as water is released from Lost Creek Lake.

In the middle Rogue, very few adult fall chinook showed up this week at Rainie Falls. Chinook fishing is closed upstream of the Hog Creek boat ramp.

Summer steelhead fishing has been fair to good from Grants Pass upriver to Gold Hill, and from Robertson Bridge downriver to Grave Creek. Fish with worms or Panther Martin lures or streamer flies. Fly-fishing has been slow.

APPLEGATE: The river is closed to all angling until Jan. 1.

CHETCO: A low-water closure to all angling is in place upstream of river mile 2.2 and will remain in place until significant rains allow fall chinook to disperse throughout the system. Trolling in the bay has been decent as fall chinook wait for river conditions to improve so they can head into freshwater for spawning.

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

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune Brookings guide Andy Martin holds a chinook salmon while fishing the Chetco Bay Thursday.