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OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS FROM THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE TO CASCADE HEAD DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

River conditions are almost perfect on the lower Rogue, and spring Chinook fishing has turned on.

Winter steelhead fishing on the middle and upper Rogue has been good.

Several waterbodies have been stocked with trout. Check the reports below to find a location near you.

Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish has been getting better, especially on warm afternoons. Consider Agate Lake, Emigrant Reservoir, Expo Pond, Lake Selmac and Reinhart Park Pond.

Anglers have reported catching rockfish and lingcod inside the Umpqua jetties at Winchester Bay, and in Coos Bay near the north jetty and other submerged rock structures.

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REMINDER: The use of two rods is not currently authorized in rivers and streams, but is restricted to standing water bodies like lakes, ponds and reservoirs.

 

CONDITIONS LAST UPDATED 4 / 23 / 2018 

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AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, perch, bullhead catfish

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Agate Lake has been stocked with larger-size, and legal sized rainbow trout. It should provide good trout fishing throughout the spring. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish is improving. Fishing for these species will be best on the warmer afternoons. The reservoir is 100 percent full. The county park is open during daylight hours.. 

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout, spring chinook, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie

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MERCURY ADVISORY IN EFFECT AT APPLEGATE RESERVOIR. TROUT, SALMON, AND STEELHEAD ARE THE FISH THAT ARE SAFE TO EAT OUT OF APPLEGATE RESERVOIR. THERE ARE HEALTH ADVISORIES ON EATING WARM WATER FISH OUT OF APPLEGATE.

The Oregon Health Department has issued a mercury advisory for Applegate Reservoir. This means that the warmwater fish in Applegate have been found to be carrying higher than safe levels of mercury in them. Mercury is naturally occurring in Southern Oregon waterways. You should limit the amount of bass, perch, bluegills, and crappie that you eat out of Applegate Reservoir. Click here for the full information.

Applegate Reservoir was stocked last week with 14,000 legal-size and 800 trophy rainbow trout. The Copper and French Gulch boat ramps are usable. Fishing has been good for larger trout. Bank anglers have done well near French Gulch. Slow trolling a wedding ring/worm combination, flashers or dodgers with bait, or wind-drifting worms should be effective. Trolling a lure like a flatfish or casting flies may work as well. Fishing for smallmouth bass and other warmwater species should get better as the weather improves. Bank fishing can be difficult at Applegate due to the steep shoreline, but the upper end should have some access and there has been recent success by bank anglers at the creek mouths. The surface temperature in the reservoir is 50F. The reservoir has been refilling and water levels are 81 percent of full pool. 

DIAMOND LAKE: rainbow trout, tiger trout, brown trout

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DO NOT EVER USE LIVE BAIT IN DIAMOND LAKE!! IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND IT DOES NOT WORK ANY WAY. IF YOU SEE PEOPLE USING LIVE BAIT IN DIAMOND LAKE, REPORT THEM IMMEDIATELY.

Diamond Lake is ice free again and this time, it will remain that way. Several anglers are reporting limits, but anglers should be expecting light bites. You will need to use rods with very sensitive tips to feel these bites. Do not set rods down, or put them in holders. You will miss bites doing that. Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. Tiger trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught.

EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, perch, catfish

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MERCURY ADVISORY IN EFFECT AT EMIGRANT. TROUT IS THE ONLY TYPE OF FISH THAT ARE SAFE TO EAT OUT OF EMIGRANT.

Emigrant Reservoir was stocked two weeks ago with legal-size rainbow trout. These fish, along with larger trout from earlier releases, should provide good fishing for trout anglers. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish is improving. Fishing for these species will be best on the warmer afternoons. The lake is currently 76 percent full, and the county boat ramp is open during daylight hours.

EXPO PONDS: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead catfish, carp

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JACKSON COUNTY IS CHARGING AN ACCESS FEE TO THE ISOLA POND PARKING AREA. THE FEE IS $4 PER DAY. YOU CAN USE JACKSON COUNTY PARKS PARKING PASS AS WELL. THE PASS IS $30 FOR THE YEAR. GET PASSES AT MOST MAJOR SPORTING GOODS RETAILERS IN JACKSON COUNTY.

The Expo Ponds have plenty of good bank access, and anglers can catch many of the species present by fishing night crawlers below a bobber. This makes the ponds a great place to take kids fishing. The Isola Pond was stocked two weeks ago with legal-sized rainbow trout, so trout fishing should be good. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish is improving. Fishing for these species will be best on the warmer afternoons. Anglers can fish the pond, which is now within a RV Park developed by Jackson County by parking in the lot to the right as you drive in Gate 5 and walking to the pond. A day use fee to park here is $4. An annual parking permit can be purchased from Jackson County Parks Department for $30. That parking permit is good for all Jackson County Parks. 

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, tiger trout, spring chinook

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SNOW PARK PERMITS REQUIRED HERE THROUGH APRIL 30TH

Anglers should be aware that a snow park permit is needed through April 30th to use the USFS lot at the boat ramp. This is the only lake in Southern Oregon that requires this. Failure to have a snow park permit results in a pretty hefty ticket. 

Fish Lake will be stocked this week with 5,000 legal size rainbow trout of 8 - 10 inches in size. has been stocked previously with legal and larger-size rainbow trout, tiger trout, and Chinook salmon. Brook trout also are available. Tiger trout must be released as quickly as possible and unharmed as they are in the lake to eat the invasive tui chubs. The lake is now free of ice, most of the snow has melted, and anglers are catching fish. The best success is coming to anglers using power bait, especially the garlic infused variety. The fish are light biters right now. The lake is currently 80 percent full. The resort will be open Fridays through Sundays during the winter.

FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout

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Access is blocked by snow. Four Mile is considered closed until melt off. Fourmile is 52 percent full. 

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville has been stocked several times this year and should have lots of trout from previous stockings. Recent stockings have included “trophy trout” weighing in close to two pounds. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015. Anglers have reported recent catches of coho measuring up to 14-inches. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. The coho smolts should be adipose fin-clipped, and please remember to release the ones smaller than 8-inches long. In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest. Fishing for bass and other panfish should be decent. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout

The lake was recently stocked with legal and trophy-sized trout. Anglers slow trolling spinners, flies, or wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm all did well. Bank anglers can access the fishery from the 12th street or Pinehurst boat ramps and off Paradise Point Road. There are still some tagged trout in the lake and anglers are encouraged to report any tagged trout they catch.

ODFW implemented a tag reward trout study for 2017. Anglers will be asked to report tagged trout that are caught. Some of the tags will be worth money. Anglers can report the tag number to the ODFW Gold Beach office (541) 247-7605 or on ODFW’s website. Tags can be cut off or pulled out of fish being released. The study is an effort by ODFW to see what size of trout contribute to the fishery the best. Garrison is always an excellent trout fishery, and this study will only help improve it.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout, bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegills

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Howard Prairie will be stocked this week with 7,500 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches. The reservoir is free of ice, and the Willow Point boat ramp is open. Fishing for rainbow trout has been slow, but should improve as the lake warms. The new arrivals will certainly help improve fishing as well. The lake is 64 percent full.

ODF&W stocked the reservoir with nearly 37,000 5 - 6 inch Cranebows in October of 2016. These rainbows are the strain of rainbow that lives in Central Oregon's Crane Prairie Reservoir. They are well noted for the size they attain. They are also well adapted to escaping forgaing bass, and that is the reason they were put in. Smallmouth bass in Howard Prairie have been very big predators of the kind of rainbows planted in there in the fall each year. It is hoped the Cranebows will have better survival rates. You will know a Cranebow if you catch it as it will have a clipped dorsal and adipose fin along with a clipped left lower ventricle fin. I have had reports of people catching Cranebows now pushing 15 inches, and having girth to them. They seem to be doing very well.

HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass

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Hyatt Lake will be stocked this week with 7,500 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches. The lake is free from ice, and rainbow trout are available. The lake is very low and access may be difficult. The best opportunity will be to fish from the bank or launch small watercraft along the western shore. The lake is 43 percent full.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie

Open and accessible all year. Fishing is improving for warmwater fish especially as largemouth bass move into the warmer shallows. Fishing should be best for yellow perch. Small yellow perch are the most abundant fish in the lake.  Lake of the Woods will be stocked this week with 1,000 trophy rainbow trout of 18 inches and one pound in size. Lake of the Woods has three improved boat ramps, numerous campgrounds and day use areas. There is a day use fee for this lake.

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullheads

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Lake Selmac was stocked two weeks ago with another 5,000 legal-size rainbow trout, and trout fishing should be very good for bank and boat anglers. Fishing for bass and other warmwater species has also been good.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Lemolo was stocked two weeks ago and there should be good fishing conditions coming up. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of five per day with only one of those measuring over 20-inches. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, spring chinook, bass, bullheads

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Lost Creek Reservoir was stocked last week with 15,000 legal-size and 800 trophy rainbow trout. Trout fishing has been good. Boat anglers can have success trolling along the dam, around the exposed island near the Takelma boat ramp, and shallower areas of the main reservoir. Bank anglers have good success on either side of the dam, but are reminded to not block access to the Takelma boat ramp. Both the Takelma boat ramp and ramps in Stewart State Park are available. The reservoir surface temperature is 47oF. 

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond will be stocked this week with 2,000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches. Fishing should be good on warm sunny days. Fishing for bass and other warm water species is just beginning to pick up. Gas engines are not allowed on the pond, and bank access is restricted to the west shore.

Medco Pond is privately owned. It is not Forest Service or BLM land. The owner has said it will remain open to public access as long as people treat it respectfully and not trash it. And as long as there is public access, ODF&W will keep stocking it. There is a caretaker on site. They are putting out garbage bags for you to put your trash in, and even providing some chairs for sitting in while fishing. Some really nice touches. Let's do our part visiting there and throw all our trash away and leave only memories of our time there. By the way, when at Medco Pond, keep your eyes open when looking at the trees around the pond, especially the east side of it. Wolf sightings have been reported up here. Keep your ears open too. Might hear them howling in the hills near the pond. I have had several people report they heard that. Especially in the evening right after dusk turns to true nightfall, and again in the early morning hours just ahead of and after dawn's arrival. I was up at the pond Saturday night and saw a wolf on the Butte Falls - Prospect Highway just north of the pond. They are in the area. 

REINHART POND: rainbow trout, warm water fish

Reinhart Pond will be stocked this week with with 300 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches. It has been previously stocked with legal- and larger-size trout. Fishing for warmwater species is improving. Anglers using nightcrawlers are getting action from everything in the pond. 

WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, brown bullhead, perch

Willow Lake was stocked two weeks ago with another 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout, so trout fishing should be good. Angling for bass and other warmwater species is picking up. The boat ramp is open, and Jackson County has a few campsites and cabins available. The lake is full.

 

RIVER REPORTS AS OF 4 / 23 / 2018

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ROGUE RIVER

To find out more about conservation, management and outreach efforts on the Rogue River, check out the Rogue River page on the ODFW Web site.

SALMON ANGLING CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN THE HATCHERY HOLE ON THE UPPER ROGUE RIVER

ALWAYS consult the fishing regulations before fishing rivers and streams in Southern Oregon. You can get to the regulations by clicking here.

 

Rogue River, lower: salmon, steelhead, trout

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The flows are at 5,100 cfs this morning at Agness

Spring chinook has really turned on. Bank anglers plunking have had some success in the lower Rogue.  Steelhead has been winding down, but can still be harvested through the rest of April.  There should be great fishing opportunities over the next few weeks.

The Rogue River is closed to fishing for trout. It will re open May 22nd. This is done to protect outbound salmon and steelhead smolts. Please see the regulations for details.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, chinook salmon, trout

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At Grants Pass we have a flow of 3,500 cfs. The temperature is 52 degrees.

Steelhead fishing has been fair, and the first spring Chinook are arriving in the middle Rogue. Yarn balls, plugs and fly-fishing all work well throughout the middle river.

The Rogue River is currently closed to trout fishing.  It will reopen for trout on May 22.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

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SALMON ANGLING CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN THE HATCHERY HOLE

The flow from the Lost Creek Dam is at 2,265 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 2,540 cfs.

A total of 1,032 winter steelhead, and the first spring chinook have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of the 17th of April. The springer return was so poor last year that ODF&W closed angling in the Hatchery Hole effective at Midnight on the 15th of May, 2017. It has remained closed, and will until further notice. 

Winter steelhead are available in the upper Rogue, and fishing has been good. What you do has not seemed to matter. All methodology that will catch winter run steelhead has been working.  The first spring Chinook of the season has arrived at Cole River Fish Hatchery. I did get a report of a springer being caught the weekend of the 14th and 15th by friends fishing above Shady Cove. They got it close enough to the boat to identify what it was. It managed to break off before they could land it. It was estimated to be about 15 pounds. 

The Rogue River is currently closed to trout fishing.  It will reopen for trout on May 22.

The Holy Water from the dam to the hatchery is open and is fly fishing ONLY! No bait fishing is ever allowed. OFG&W did stock the Holy Water last fall with rainbows of all sizes. Some of these fish were tagged for dispersal studies. If you catch a tagged fish there, please fill out a report at the reporting stations they have set up out there. Fishing has been slow for anglers with afternoons of sunny days offerring the best success. Matching the hatch is critical to success out here.Sunny skies and warm temps will spur bug activity, which in turn spurs trout activity.....which results in happy anglers. :)

ROGUE RIVER ABOVE LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout

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This section of the Rogue is open to all forms of angling year round. The lower elevation areas near Prospect are free of snow and open to trout fishing. Using nightcrawlers right now is the best way to get the trout up here. High flows and cold water will make fishing difficult. In addition to stocked rainbow trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout. ALL native fish caught must be released unharmed. 

The Rogue River and feeder creeks like Mill Creek, National Creek, and Union Creek were stocked weekly with at least 2225 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in size from the week of the Memorial Day holiday through the week of the Labor Day holiday. Stocking points were at campgrounds, and access points along Highway 62, Highway 230, and Forest Service roads in the area. You will also encounter larger sized hold overs going to 20 inches in the creeks. The deep pools of the Upper Rogue holds rainbows that can get up to 5 pounds. We see a couple of those caught every year up here. This year a brown trout that was nearly 24 inches long and weighing about 4 pounds was caught at the mouth of Union Creek where it enters the Rogue. That fish was released after the angler that caught it posed for pictures with it. It is after all a native trout. All nates get released unharmed.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, sturgeon, chinook, bass, striped bass, shad, trout

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As of this morning the height of the river is at 6.47 feet and the flow is 6,710 cfs at Elkton. 

Open for Chinook salmon Feb 1 – Jun 30 (Umpqua Wild Chinook Aggregate Bag Limit applies).

Springers are still hard to come by and most winter steelhead have moved through the system. There should be more springers to come and the later part of April can be decent for winters.

There have been reports of large groups of juvenile steelhead moving through the basin. Please remember to release these fish quickly and unharmed. Trout fishing in the mainstem Umpqua tributaries will reopen May 22, 2018 and is catch-and-release only.

From July 1– Dec. 31, anglers can harvest two wild Chinook per day, and in combination with the other salmon/ steelhead recorded on your salmon tag, up to 20 fish total. Fin-clipped hatchery fish can be recorded on a separate hatchery harvest tag that is available. There is no limit on the number of hatchery tags that can be purchased. Daily limits still apply. 

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass

As of this morning the height of the river is at 6.41 feet and the flow is 2,140 cfs at Brockway. 

Prior to the rise in the river, fishing has been really good. There has definitely been a mix bag, but there are still some bright fish moving through the river. The Umpqua has a late run of steelhead. Watch the river level as fishing should be good if it drops back into shape.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

This morning the height is 4.21 feet, and the flow was 3,670 cfs at Winchester. 

Steelhead fishing was really good before the river came up. The river is looking really good for steelhead fishing and should be good through the end of the month. Chinook fishing opened on the North up to Deadline Falls, but very few have been caught so far.

Open for Chinook salmon Feb 1 – Jun 30. PLEASE refer to the regulations to see where the special closure zones are. Click here

Check with the US Forest Service regarding potential trail closures on the North Umpqua. Most access points are open, but some trails remain closed after this summer’s fires. The North Umpqua is closed to Chinook fishing till February. Trout fishing in North Umpqua and its tributaries is closed until May 22, 2018.

Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30 fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless artificial fly.

CHETCO RIVER: Sea run cuttthroat trout, rainbow trout, chinook salmon, steelhead

CLOSED UNTIL MAY 22ND 

ELK / SIXES RIVERS: Sea run cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead

CLOSED UNTIL MAY 22ND 

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead

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ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

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WINCHUCK RIVER: Sea run Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead

CLOSED UNTIL MAY 22ND 

 

SOUTHERN OREGON COASTAL REPORTS -

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OCEAN ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS AS OF 4/23/2018

Seas are calming exactly as they were expected to do. Look for favorable seas now through Wednesday.  BUT, rough seas and potential small craft to even gale force winds are expected to return for late week and then through next weekend. 

 

100 DAY CHINOOK SALMON SEASON APPROVED FOR THE SOUTH COAST STARTING MAY 19TH AND RUNNING THROUGH AUGUST 26TH.

ANGLING FOR BOTTOM FISH / ROCK FISH OPEN ALONG THE ENTIRE OREGON COAST. 

CRABBING ALLOWED IN BAYS AND ESTAUARIES FROM THE CALIFONIA BORDER TO THE COLUMBIA RIVER. 

OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS FROM THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE TO CASCADE HEAD DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

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100 DAY SALMON SEASON APPROVED FOR THE SOUTHERN OREGON COAST

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One year after a crash in Klamath River salmon returns sparked a full-scale closure, sport anglers off the southern Oregon coast are on track for a 100-day chinook season from mid-May through late August. The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the framework for ocean-salmon seasons at its meeting in Portland, where it also determined commercial troll fishing for chinook will be open intermittently along the entire Oregon coast from May through the summer. Like sport anglers, the commercial fleet off Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford saw no chinook fishing last spring and summer. "While this won't be a banner year for ocean salmon fishing, overall it's an improvement from 2017," Chris Kern, a deputy administrator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a news release Wednesday.

What has been approved is limit of 2 chinook perday with a minimum length of 24 inches. There will be no coho season south of Humbug Mountain to the California state line. North of Humbug Mountain to Cape Falcon the Chinook salmon season is already underway having opened March 15th. It runs through October 31st. The coho season here will be June 30th through September 3rd, or 35,000 hatchery coho are caught. Whichever happens first. Then each Friday and Saturday through September any coho may be harvested until the quota of 3500 is met. This area from Humbug Mountain up to Cape Falcon includes very popular ports Winchester Bay, Charleston, Bandon, Florence, Depoe Bay, and Newport.

The council's recommendations will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for approval. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted matching rules for state waters at its April 20 meeting in Astoria. Considering the actions of both the PMFC and the Oregon Fish and Game Commission, it is extremely unlike that the National Marine Fisheries Service will take any action other than to give the final stamp of approval The ocean season was crafted around estimates that 462,800 Rogue River fall chinook are now in the ocean, which is almost twice that of last year.Those fish entered the ocean during the drought years of 2014 and 2015, but they largely escaped low and warm summer flows thanks to supplemental water from Lost Creek and Applegate reservoirs. In contrast, Sacramento River-bound chinook smolts were hit hard by drought, triggering poor survival rates, with estimates of 229,400 Sacramento chinook in the ocean, down 1,300 from last year.

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Bottom fishing has been nothing short of great when conditions allow boats out. Limits are being seen both on bottom fish and ling cod. And, the good news gets better as crabbing has been going very well too. It is a great time to be fishing in Brookings when conditions are favorable. BUT! It looks like we are going to have to wait for fishing to resume as we are going to see very rough seas in the days ahead. Surf perch fishing is an often overlooked opportunity in Brookings. Fishing for them can be quite good from the jetties, the fishing pier, and Sporthaven Beach when conditions are favorable. You do not want to see high winds and rough seas. It puts them off the bite. The mouth of the Winchuck area is another very productive spot for them. Clam necks, live sand shrimp, and Berkley Gulp are proven perch takers. Watch the tides and fish the opportune moments on slack tides and outgoing minus tides.. 

GOLD BEACH: Just like Brookings, fishing has been very good here for bottom fish when conditions are right. Not seeing the lings here the way they are in Brookings and to the north. Crabbers are doing very well. Fishing for surf perch is open year round. Fishing for them on the beaches and on the sand spit in the bay has been excellent when conditions create fishing opportunity. Look for low tide / minus tide situations. Fishing will also be best when winds are light and seas are calm. Clam necks, live sand shrimp, and Berkley Gulp are proven perch takers. Watch the tides and fish the opportune moments.. 

COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, steelhead, bottom fish, striped bass.

Streams and rivers are now closed to trout fishing until May 22, 2018.

The Coos Basin steelhead rivers are open until April 30. In the Coos Basin, 1 additional hatchery steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult hatchery fish harvested daily.

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is open in the ocean along with bays and estuaries. The daily bag limit will be 5 marine fish plus 2 lingcod. There will be no retention of cabezon until July 1.  Anglers have reported catching rockfish and lingcod inside Coos Bay near the north jetty and other submerged rock structures.

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the links highlighted here Crabbing and Clamming

The recreational harvest of razor clams is CLOSED from Cascade Head to the California Border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Recreational harvesting of mussels is open along the entire Oregon coast, except from Tillamook Head south to Cascade Head. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

WINCHESTER BAY: sturgeon, chinook, rock fish, surf perch

Bottom fishing has been terrific here when they have good conditions. Lings are also popping in the catch with limits being seen. Crabbing has been very good both in the bay and out on the open waters. Surf perch fishing is good when conditions are favorable for them. Tossing sand shrimp works, or Berkely gulp baits will get you action.

 

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MARINE OFF SHORE FISHING: bottomfish, crab, salmon, tuna, halibut

ANGLING FOR BOTTOM FISH / ROCK FISH OPEN ALONG THE ENTIRE OREGON COAST. 

CRABBING ALLOWED IN BAYS AND ESTAUARIES FROM THE CALIFONIA BORDER TO THE COLUMBIA RIVER. 

OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS FROM THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE TO CASCADE HEAD DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

Prohibitions at Oregon’s marine reserves at Cascade Head, Cape Perpetua, Redfish Rocks and Otter Rock are in effect. Fishing, crabbing, clamming, hunting and gathering seaweed are all prohibited. Beach walking, surfing, bird watching, diving and other non-extractive uses continue to be allowed. See complete details and a map of the boundaries of the reserves:

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Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area
Cascade Head Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area

BOTTOM FISHING

Bottom fishing is very good at all ports when conditions are allowing fishing. Limits are being seen all up and down the Coast. Be very mindful of the new bag limits of 5 total of the legal bottomfish species, plus 2 legal ling cod. See below.

Cabezon rules and restrictions apply as they always have with Cabezon season starting July 1st as usual. See below.

2018 Sport Groundfish (EFFECTIVE Jan. 1, 2018)

Bottomfish fishery

  • Open at all depths, Jan-Mar and Oct –Dec.  Only open inside of 30 fathom line Apr-Sept.
  • General Marine Fish daily bag limit is 5 fish; no sub-bag limits except for cabezon when open.
  • Cabezon opens July 1, with a 1 fish sub-bag limit.
  • Lingcod daily bag limit is 2 fish, separate from the General Marine fish bag limit.  Minimum size of 22 inches.
  • Yelloweye rockfish prohibited at all times and in all waters. 

Flatfish Fishery

Flatfish daily bag limit is 25 fish for species of sanddab, sole, flounder, etc. 

Does not include Pacific halibut.

Open all depths year round.

Offshore Midwater Fishery

  • Ocean waters outside the 40-fathom regulatory line are open to fishing, with longleader gear only.
  • The daily rockfish bag limit is 10 fish.
    • The only species allowed in the 10-fish bag limit are:  yellowtail, widow, canary, restripe, greenstriped, silvergray, chilipepper, and bocaccio rockfish.
  • No other groundfish are allowed on the same trip.
  • Offshore midwater trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish, or halibut trips, and lingcod cannot be retained.
  • Longleader trips can be combined with other non-bottomfish trip types (e.g. tuna, salmon), as long as the “multispecies” rule, which prohibits fishing for, or taking and retaining any species of salmon, Pacific halibut or marine fish while possessing on board any species not allowed to be taken in the area at that time, is followed. For additional information see:  Offshore Midwater Fishery Frequently Asked Questions 
  • Descending devices are mandatory. 

DUNGENESS CRAB

Crabbing is open for the entire coast in all bays, estuaries, and on the open ocean. As with bottom fishing, success has been very good with lots of limits when conditions allow you to get out.

SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING

The recreational bottomfish fishery is open with a 5 fish daily bag limit, no sub-bag limits (except cabezon, when open). 

Public piers provide opportunities to catch surfperch and baitfish and to drop crab pots (but check first for crab health safety closures). Learn about surfperch fishing.

When fishing from shore or inside estuaries and bays, it is important to check the tide. Many fish that swim into estuaries and bays, including salmon, surfperch, and Pacific herring, tend to come in with the tide. Catch of these species is more likely to occur closer to slack tide. Additionally, the accessibility of some areas can be completely dependent on the tide. Do not allow the incoming tide to become a safety hazard.

Surfperch are a diverse group of fish that provide a variety of angling opportunities. Striped seaperch are found year-round in rocky areas like jetties; and ocean surf is the place to find redtail surfperch and silver perch. Surfperch Fishing (pdf). Surfperch are not included in the bottomfish closure. 

The bag limit for surfperch is generous at 15 per day. However, a lot remains unknown about the status of surfperch populations off the Oregon Coast, so, as usual, take only what you will use.

PACIFIC HALIBUT

Seasons (as recommended by staff) (pdf). The 2018 Oregon recreational fisheries allocation is approximately 10 percent lower than in 2017. For more information, please see the sport halibut webpage. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will finalize the recreational halibut fisheries at their April 20 meeting. For more information, please see the link highlighted here sport halibut webpage.

OCEAN SALMON

The planned ocean Chinook salmon (all salmon except coho) season is open as scheduled from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. through April 30, 2018. The bag limit will be two salmon, except closed to retention of coho, with a minimum size of 24-inches for Chinook and a minimum size of 20-inches for steelhead. Within 15 fathoms of depth off Tillamook between Twin Rocks and Pyramid Rock all retained Chinook must have a healed fin clip.

Seasons from May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019 are currently being developed. Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting April 5-11 in Portland, Oregon.

MUSSELS

  • Closed to recreational and commercial harvest from the south jetty of the Columbia River to the north jetty of Yaquina Bay. This includes mussels on all beaches, rocks, jetties and bays in this section of the coast.
  • This closure is due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins.
  • Mussel harvesting remains open from the south jetty of Yaquina Bay to the California border.

For your safety, call the Oregon Department of Agriculture Shellfish Safety Hotline before harvesting clams or mussels at 1-800-448-2474 or
check their website.

RAZOR CLAMS

  • Open from Columbia River to Cascade Head. This includes the Clatsop County beaches.
  • Closed from Cascade Head to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays.

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