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FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP

SOUTHERN OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS FROM CAPE ARAGO TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

Fishing continues to be hot at Diamond Lake.

Plenty of trout stocking this week all over Southwestern Oregon

Bottom fishing over at the coast continues to be great when conditions allow boats out. The all depth deep water fishery beyond 40 fathoms was extended and the results have been excellent for those going deep.

Both shad and smallmouth bass fishing are picking up in the mainstem Umpqua.

 

FREE FISHING WEEKEND IN OREGON THIS WEEKEND JUNE 2ND AND 3RD!

You will not need licenses or tags for any kind of fishing. BUT! You must use legal methods of angling, obey bag limits, size restrictions, and legal fishing times

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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 5 / 29 / 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 until water temps reach the upper 60s. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish is very good. Fishing for these species will be best on the warmer afternoons. Fishing for perch is good all over the lake. PLEASE take all of them that you want. Perch are excellent eating fish. But, they are ridiculously prolific. They are a great kids fish. All you need is a worm and a bobber and you are good to go. The reservoir is 91 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 15,000 legal rainbows of 8 - 10 inches and 500 trophy sized rainbows of 18 inches and a pound in size. Fishing has been good for larger trout. Bank anglers have done well near French Gulch. Trolling lures or lure and bait combinations has been effective. Casting flies should work as well. Fishing for smallmouth bass and other warmwater species should be good. The Copper boat ramp is open. The Hart-Tish Park boat ramp and campground are open. 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 66 F. The reservoir is at 98 percent of full pool,

The reservoir has been refilling and water levels are 94 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.

Fishing continues to be incredible at Diamond Lake. Most anglers were taking home limits of fishing averaging 15-inches. Trolling with flashers and nightcrawlers seems to be the most effective technique. Diamond will be stocked with 20,000 legal size rainbows of 8 - 10 inches this week. Camping is limited currently at some of the campgrounds. 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 has been stocked 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 should be good. Look for these fish in the flooded willows and around other structure. The lake is currently 75 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 will be stocked this week with 1,000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches. It has been stocked with legal and larger sized rainbow trout, so trout fishing should be good. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish is very good. 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. The other ponds at the Expo support excellent populations of wam water fish like bass and bluegills. Fishing should be good for them in all ponds. The Ampitheater Pond and the pond closest to Penniger Road on the west end of the Expo should have hold over populations of both trout and steelhead in them. Those ponds were once stocked with trout and excess steelhead. They are still there. I know of a 4 pound rainbow caught out of the pond closest to Penniger Road at the end of April. 

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

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Fish Lake will be stocked this week with 3,500 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches. It was stocked two weeks ago with 4,500 legal-size and 500 larger-size rainbow trout. Tiger trout, Chinook salmon and brook trout also are available. Trout fishing has been good for both bank and boat anglers. Larger tiger trout can be targeted by casting lures or streamer flies around structure, but remember that tiger trout must be immediately released unharmed. The lake is currently 83 percent full. The Forest Service Campground is open, and the Fish Lake Resort—which offers camping, cabins, boat rentals, and a restaurant—is now open 7 days a week.

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

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Access is blocked by snow at last report. Four Mile is considered closed until melt off. Fourmile is 54 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 was stocked last week with another 7,450 legal-size rainbow trout. Trout fishing has been fair to good. Boat anglers have been doing well by still fishing with bait, and by trolling spinner/bait combinations. Bank anglers need to find areas with access to deeper water—like between Klum Landing and the dam. With the lake being lower than normal for this time of year, the water is too shallow to provide good fishing at many of the popular bank fishing locations. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is improving. The lake is 62 percent full, and all the boat ramps except for Grizzly are open. The lake has already reached it's high water mark for the year and will continue dropping.

HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass

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Hyatt Lake will be stocked this week with 7,500 legal-size rainbow trout. They stocked it with 7,500 legals two weeks ago. Trout fishing has been fair, and fishing for largemouth bass is picking up. The Mountain View Boat Ramp is currently open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The campgrounds are open; however, they will not have water available. The lake is very low (40 percent full) and access may be difficult for large boats.

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

Lake of the Woods will be stocked again this week with 600 trophy rainbows of 18 inches and a pound in size, and 1,500 legal rainbow trout of 8 - 10 inches. Fishing should be fair....but I would expect it to improve. It was stocked last week with 600 tophy sized and  1,000 legal sized rainbows. Best fishing is trolling from a boat but anglers are having success from shore. Fishing is improving for warmwater fish especially as largemouth bass move into the warmer shallows. The best fishing should be for yellow perch. Small yellow perch around 6-inches are the most abundant fish in the lake. Kokanee fishing is also worth a try as they are near the surface in early morning. Open and accessible all year. 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 will be stocked this week with 1,000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches. It was stocked two weeks ago with 3,000 legal-size rainbow trout, so trout fishing should be good for bank and boat anglers. Fishing for bass and other warmwater species has also been good. Anglers are currently catching some very nice-sized bluegill.  Lake Selmac has a lot of aquatic vegetation, so anglers will have to adjust their techniques and locations accordingly.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Lemolo was stocked two weeks ago and anglers report good fishing. 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 10,000 legal-size and 1,500 larger-size rainbow trout, so trout fishing should be very good. A 23 inch brown trout was taken in a recent fishing tournament where the river enters the lake. Rogueweather has been telling you for years that brown trout are in this lake. Look at this picture if you still do not believe it.

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Boat anglers can have success trolling along the dam and over 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. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass should be good as well. Both the Takelma boat ramp and ramps in Stewart State Park are available. The reservoir surface temperature is 65 F.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond will be stocked this week with 2,000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches. It was stocked two weeks ago with 2,500 legal-size rainbow trout, so fishing should be very good. Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill has also been good. 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 happened 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 them, and I have heard a wolf howl up here. Best times for howling to happen are 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 recently 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 has been stocked with legal and larger sized rainbows between 8  - 16 inches. Fishing for trout is beginning to slow with warmer water and vegetation growth, The best time for trout is the early morning from fishing light to around 10 am. Fishing for warmwater species is very good. Anglers using nightcrawlers are getting action from everything in the pond. 

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

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Willow Lake was stocked last week with another 5,000 legal-size and 1,500 larger-size rainbow trout, so trout fishing should be good. Fishing for bass and other warmwater species is very good, especially for perch. Perch are invasive here and there is NO bag limit on them. You are encouraged to catch all you can of these very tasty fish. Kids love to fish for them because you can use a bobber and a worm and they are active aggressive biters which means lots of fun for kids. The boat ramp and campground are open. Jackson County also has cabins available. The lake is 99 percent full.

 

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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 3,270 cfs this morning at Agness

The river is low and clear. Bank anglers plunking and anchored boats have had some success in the lower Rogue for spring chinook. Anglers are throwing roe, spin glos, and beads from the bank. Anglers in boats are using spinners with anchovy or herring wraps or wrapped plugs. The river is open to hatchery steelhead harvest year-round. As we are in summer run time now, use spinners, flies, nightcrawlers, and egg flies soaked in scents for them. There should be great fishing opportunities over the next few weeks.

Fishing for trout is open. All trout with an adipose fin must be released unharmed. 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 2,480 cfs. The temperature is 60 degrees.

Fishing has been fair for spring Chinook salmon, and a mix of late winter and a few early summer steelhead. Back-bouncing bait and back-trolling plugs have been effective for boat anglers. Bank anglers can do well by drifting bait. Anglers are reminded that wild steelhead and salmon must be immediately released.

The Rogue River is open for trout fishing. Only hatchery rainbow trout with a minimum size of 8 inches may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.

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 2,250 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 2,320 cfs.

A total of 2,081 winter steelhead, 32 summer steelhead, and 858 spring chinook have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of May 23rd. 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. 

Fishing for spring Chinook is improving as more fish move into the upper Rogue River. Fishing for steelhead has been fair for a mix of late winter steelhead and a few early summer steelhead. Anglers are reminded that wild steelhead and salmon must be immediately released.

The Rogue River is open for trout fishing. Only hatchery rainbow trout of a minimum 8 inches may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.

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 is going to be awesome as the salmonfly hatch is well underway now. Use anything that resembles a salmonfly and in you are in business.

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

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The weekly stocking of rainbow trout in the Rogue River above the reservoir began last. In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout  ALL trout caught with adipose fins must be released unharmed. The best thing to use up here is without question nightcrawlers. Next would be using a single salmon egg like a Pautzke egg on a treble hook. Fly fishing is very good along Highway 230 where there is enough separation of the foliage and trees to allow for fly casting. Dry flies will produce a ton of action! 

The Rogue River and feeder creeks like Mill Creek, National Creek, and Union Creek will be stocked weekly with at least 2500 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 are 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. Last 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. 

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 3.77 feet and the flow is 2,420 cfs at Elkton. 

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

Fishing for springers has really slowed as the river drops and warms. There should be more springers to come, but fishing get even slower as algae builds with warming water temperatures.

Anglers are reporting good shad fising. Use the commercial darts and switch colors until you get the "hot" color combination. Then stick with that and fill the cooler.

Smallmouth bass fishing should continue to improve. It has been pretty good already as high up as Roseburg. Saw a 4 pounder that was caught down near Elkton last week so the big girls are getting very active.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass

The South Umpqua is open for angling again. This is mostly for smallmouth bass from Rosebrug up to Tiller. Fishing for smallmouths has been pretty good so far and will only improve going forward. Best success right now is coming to those tossing plastics and working them along the bottom. But, will not be much longer before spinner fishing gets really good. There is some trout angling for the upper South Umpqua above Days Creek and tributaries up there. BUT! KNOW the regulations and what is open before you go. 

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

This morning the height is 2.78 feet, and the flow was 1,630 cfs at Winchester. 

The river is looking really good for steelhead fishing and should be good for a little while longer. Chinook fishing opened on the North up to Deadline Falls, and a few are being caught. Trout fishing is open again. Please be sure to know the regulations.

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 last summer’s fires. 

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

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The Chetco is open for trout through Aug. 31. The daily limit is 2 fish with an 8-inch minimum length. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead. 

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

Trout fishing is open. Two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. To check river current conditions, call 541-332-0405.

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead

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The river is now open again for trout angling. The limit out here is 2 hatchery rainbows of at least 8 inches in size. Legal keepers are found in the lowest section of the river near the Rogue. The upper portions of the river offer great catch and release opportunities. Fly fishing is the main form of trout angling. Remember, much of the Applegate Rivver goes through private property. Be sure you are on publically owned land when fishing. Fishing from boats, rafts, and other floating devices is not allowed. Wade angling only. There have been 2,659 winter run steelhead return to the trap at the base of the dam through May 23rd. The run was really late showing up this year. But, seeing good numbers now. Good for the fish, bad for anglers when the run comes this late.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

Trout fishing is open. Two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. 

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

Trout fishing is open. Two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. 

 

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OCEAN ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS AS OF 5 / 29 / 2018

GALE WARNING EFFECT THROUGH 11 PM TONIGHT FROM THE COASTAL WATERS OUT 60 NAUTICAL MILES FROM FLORENCE, OREGON TO PT. ST. GEORGE, CALIFORNIA, AND FROM 10 NAUTICAL MILES OUT TO 60 NAUTICAL MILES OUT FROM PT. ST. GEORGE, CALIFORNIA TO CAPE MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA. EXPECT WINDS FROM THE NORTH AT 25 - 45 KNOTS.

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH 11 AM THURSDAY MORNING FROM THE COASTAL WATERS OUT 10 NAUTICAL MILES FROM PT. ST. GEORGE, CALIFORNIA TO CAPE MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA. EXPECT WINDS FROM THE NORTH AT 20 - 30 KNOTS WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 40 KNOTS. SEAS WILL BE 6 - 8 FEET, AND OCCASIONALLY TO 10 TO 12 FEET. SWELLS WILL BE STEEP AND SHORT.

HAZARDOUS SEAS WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH 11 AM THURSDAY FROM THE COASTAL WATERS OUT 60 NAUTICAL MILES FROM FLORENCE, OREGON TO PT. ST. GEORGE, CALIFORNIA, AND FROM 10 NAUTICAL MILES OUT TO 60 NAUTICAL MILES OUT FROM PT. ST. GEORGE, CALIFORNIA TO CAPE MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA. EXPECT SEAS OF 9 - 15 FEET ON SHORT, STEEP SWELLS.

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM TONIGHT THROUGH 11 AM THURSDAY MORNING FROM THE COASTAL WATERS OUT 60 NAUTICAL MILES FROM FLORENCE, OREGON TO PT. ST. GEORGE, CALIFORNIA, AND FROM 10 NAUTICAL MILES OUT TO 60 NAUTICAL MILES OUT FROM PT. ST. GEORGE, CALIFORNIA TO CAPE MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA. EXPECT WINDS FROM THE NORTH AT 20 - 30 KNOTS WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 40 KNOTS. SEAS WILL BE 6 - 8 FEET, AND OCCASIONALLY TO 10 TO 12 FEET. SWELLS WILL BE STEEP AND SHORT.

 

 

SOUTHERN OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS FROM CAPE ARAGO TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

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Salmon season is on....but so far not many legal chinooks being seen. BUT! The baitfish are here in good numbers. Anchovies and herring both being seen. Anglers have been doing a lot of catch and release on cohos which are not legal to keep at all this year, and also on jack chinooks. But, this too is a good sign of what is to come. Bottom fishing has been nothing short of great when conditions allow boats out. Limits are being seen both on bottom fish and ling cod. Crabbing has been going very well too. Not as many limits being seen now on them, but still usually get more than enough to make anglers happy. 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, salmon fishing is on, but very slow. Gold Beach is just not nearly as good a chinook fishery as Brookings is off shore. But, you can find chinooks here too. Just have to work harder for them. 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 opened to trout fishing on May 22. Anglers can only use artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater. The daily limit for trout in streams is 2 fish per day and they must be 8-inches or longer.

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, greenling and striped surfperch 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

Anglers are working to get salmon out on the open waters. Not getting a lot of red hot success out there yet, but some are being taken. Anglers are also fishing for springers from the jetties upstream in the channel. This has been a bigger challenge as poor flows from the Umpqua have not helped. There was an uptick in success with the storm that came through this week. But flows have already settled out. 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. Pinkfin perch are showing up in the river now as they start getting ready for the spawn. As we get into June, action will be become red hot for them on slack and minus tides over sandy bottom areas in 8 - 20 feet of water.

 

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

SOUTHERN OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS FROM CAPE ARAGO TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE 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:

Otter Rock Marine Reserve
Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area
Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area
Cascade Head Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area

BOTTOM FISHING

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. 

Reports from the Central Coast last week were that rockfish were off the bite. Those that were caught had stomachs full of crab larvae. Lingcod success is marginal, limits are being caught but it takes a lot of time and work. Reminder that as of Sunday, April 1, the bottomfish fishery is restricted to inside of the 30 fathom regulatory line.

The longleader gear fishery outside of the 40 fathom regulatory line has been authorized to continue through September. Recent catches from the offshore longleader trips often consist of a nice grade of yellowtail, widow and canary rockfishes. Reminder that the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area is closed to all bottomfish trips, including longleader trips.

For additional regulation information, see the Sport Groundfish Seasons webpage.

DUNGENESS CRAB

Crabbing is open for the entire coast in all bays, estuaries, and on the open ocean. Success is slowing now. Not nearly as many limits being seen as the bulk of the crab have moved out into the deeper waters. 

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. Pinkfins are making their appearance in coastal rivers like the Umpqua as they prepare to spawn. June will be the big month for red hot fishing on spawning pinkfins.

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

Recreational Pacific halibut fisheries opened on May 1. Reminder that similar to the bottomfish fishery listed above, descending devices are mandatory when fishing for or retaining Pacific halibut.

Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR)

  • All-depth season:  Opened May 3, every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.  New in 2018 Saturdays are CLOSED.  Open until Sept. 30, or quota attainment, whichever is earlier.  Quota = 11,182 lbs.
  • Nearshore season:  opens May 7, every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday inside the 40 fathom regulatory line, until Sept. 30 or quota attainment, whichever is earlier.  Quota = 500 lbs.

Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain)

  • Spring all-depth season:  Fixed open dates are: May 10-12, May 24-26, Jun 7-9, and June 21-23.  If enough quota remains after the fixed dates, available back-up dates are:  Jul 5-7 and July 19-21.  Quota = 135,742 lbs.
  • Summer all-depth season:  opens Aug. 3-4, every other Friday and Saturday, until Oct. 31 or quota attainment, whichever is earlier.  Quota = 53,866 lbs.
  • Nearshore season:  Opens June 1, seven days per week inside of the 40 fathom regulatory line, until Oct. 31 or quota attainment, whichever is earlier.  Quota = 25,856 lbs.

Southern Oregon Subarea:  open seven days per week until Oct. 31 or quota attainment, whichever is earlier.  Quota = 8,982 lbs.

Additional information and details can be found on the 2018 Halibut Season map.

OCEAN SALMON

Sport salmon fishing for Chinook in ocean waters from Cape Falcon (just North of Nehalem Bay) to Humbug Mt. (just South of Port Orford) is open for two salmon per day (all salmon except coho). Minumum sizes are 24-inches for Chinook and 20-inches for steelhead.

Anglers are also reminded that within the 15 fathom depth contour off Tillamook Bay (Twin Rocks to Pyramid Rock) that all Chinook Salmon must have a healed fin clip.

Salmon fishing has been very slow to date all up and down the coast. It is still really early in the season for the best fishing. That will typically be from mid July through mid October.

Details are available at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/regulations/regindex.asp

SHELLFISH REPORTS -

ABALONE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

Effective Mar. 16, 2018, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission issued a three year temporary closure for harvest of abalone in Oregon. The season had been temporarily suspended since Jan. 1 due to concerns over the health of Oregon abalone population and potential increases in fishing effort. This temporary closure will allow for assessment of Oregon’s abalone population and coordination with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which has also closed fishing of red abalone. The closure also provides more time for kelp beds, which produce drift kelp upon which red abalone feed, to recover from adverse ocean conditions and other factors.

RAZOR CLAMS

The popular Clatsop County beaches are open to razor clamming. Expect to find fewer, but larger, clams.

Spring and summer harvesting can be quite successful. Unlike the fall and winter, low tides are in the morning which allows for better visibility. This along with better weather allows more accessibility to the razor clam harvest areas. Harvesters will still need to monitor storm events and subsequent large surf, greater than 10 feet, as both will reduce success. 

Given the lower than average abundances of razor clams on popular beaches, harvesters will need to actively pound the sand for razor clams to show. Harvesters should plan to be on the harvest area at least two hours before low tide and focus on sections of the beach that show exposed sand bars as these areas could have more clams showing than other areas.

BAY CLAMS

Bay clamming is open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Check out the Where to Clam articles for places to find them.

This upcoming month we will see some good negative afternoon/evening tides, providing some daylight for clamming opportunities. Remember to always exercise caution when going out to clam at night.

Always call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or ODA shellfish closures website before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures.

MUSSELS

Mussel harvest is open along the entire Oregon coast.

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