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FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP

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

Lost Creek Reservoir is reporting very good fishing for rainbow trout.

Winter steelhead fishing has been good to very good in the rivers of Southwestern Oregon since the last storms. But, dropping flows in the rivers will mean more difficult fishing to come.

Ocean fishing for bottomfish has been great when conditions allow.

Those going crabbing are being rewarded with limits and some very large crab.

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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 2 / 6 / 2018 

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

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Agate is 47 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk. Fishing for trout has been good at times for those who use nightcrawlers and power bait. Agate was stocked for the first time in 3 years in November with a full range of rainbows. Everything from fingerlings to one pounders. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish is slow. Gas engines are not allowed on Agate Lake. Electric troll motors only. 

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.

The reservoir is down to the flood control pool so the only boat access is the low water ramp at French Gulch. French Gulch can be tricky in the winter and early spring due to icy conditions. Especially in the mornings, and then again at the end of the day on cold days. Hart-tish is closed for the winter. 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.  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 41F. 

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 at this time. It is not expected to become iced over this year. Thin layers of ice can form. But, open water usually appears again after a couple days. Anglers going up are finding success, especially on the north end of the lake. Fish in 10 - 15 of water with nightcrawlers and power bait for best success. Meal worms will likely trigger bites too.

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.

Fishing has been slow for everything. BUT!! If this spring like weather persists, we will see a trout bite develop out here. Use nightcrawlers and power bait. The rocky shore line areas could also see a bit of bass action in the afternoons on sunny warm days. Use plastics with plenty of scent on them and work them slowly along the bottom. Using a pork rind on a trailer would also be a great idea. You could tie into a whopper bass. The lake is currently 43 percent full.

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. 1,000 legal-size rainbows of 8 - 10 inches, and 150 1 pound rainbows were stocked in the Isola Pond just ahead of Christmas as a gift to anglers. These fish came from hatcheries up north and were excess fish. Anglers are using worms and power bait to take them. Fishing for bass and other warm water species is slow. 

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 is ice free at this time. The Forest Service boat ramp is clear at last report. The lake has been stocked with rainbow trout, tiger trout and Chinook salmon. Brook trout also are available. Using nightcrawlers and power bait is the way to go now due to cold water temps. If you catch a tiger trout, it needs to be released with as little harm as possible. If it is hooked deep, cut the leader and let it go. Fish Lake is currently at 72 percent capacity.

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

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Access is blocked by snow. A thin ice layer covers the lake. Four Mile is now considered closed until melt off. Fourmile is 36 percent full. 

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville should have good numbers of trout from previous stockings. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. The coho smolts should be adipose fin-clipped, and please remember to release the ones less 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 warm water species should be slow. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout

The lake received an additional 1,500 trophy trout at the beginning of November of at least 14 - 16 inches and a pound in weight. 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 is ice free. The only boat ramp is available is Willow Point. Jackson County Parks has said last fall they would keep Willow Point open until heavy snow arrives. That has just not happened at all so far this winter. Fishing should be good to very good when we have sunny days. Use power bait and nightcrawlers for best results. Oh, I should add that I have had some great days fishing up here in the winter using roe. That's right, I said roe. Take the same roe that you would use on the river and be sure to brine it with your favorite scenting solution just as you would for going after salmon and steelhead. Use VERY small clusters of it suspended at least 4 feet below a bobber. Use your thumbnail to measure. You do not want the roe cluster any bigger than that. We have hammered trout up to 5 pounds using roe. The reservoir is 66 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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The reservoir is at 46 percent full. Angler access is primarily from the bank along Hyatt Prairie Road. There has been almost zero effort here for months. Hyatt should offer up some decent fishing on sunny warmer days if you can get down to the water. Would suggest HIGH topped boots or waders for sure. .

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

Open and accessible all year. The lake never did really freeze over. Thin layers of ice have formed and then disappeared. If you find open water and can launch a boat, fishing ought to be good in water around 15 feet deep using power bait and nightcrawlers.

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

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Lake Selmac was stocked with legal-size rainbow trout, large rainbows and fingerlings at the end of last year. Worms and power bait are always going to work. Road closures are still in effect due to work on the spillway for the dam, but a detour reportedly remains available to the Mallard Loop area of the lake. Boat anglers are reminded to clean weeds off boats before leaving the lake.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

This is another lake that just never did set up and really freeze over. The question is launching boats. If you can, then fishing should be good. Maybe very good. Large brown trout should be up in he shallows along the shoreline. Try using jigs like Nordic Buzz Bombs tipped with krill nuggets and soaked in scents. 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 is a winter trout fishing hot spot in the Rogue Valley, with the vast majority of water users being anglers this time of year. The reservoir received 5,000 legal-size and 3,300 14- to 16-inch trout in October joining the holdovers from pervious stockings this year. Many more large trout are being stocked in Lost Creek than in past years as a result of data from recent trout tagging studies. Fishing has been good to very good at times. And with the forecasts we have coming up, expect that to continue. 

Boat anglers in winter 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. The reservoir surface temperature is 42 degrees at last report. All boat ramps are still open.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond was stocked with rainbow trout at the end of October and fishing should be good on warm sunny days. Fishing for bass and other warm water species is very poor. 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.

REINHART POND: rainbow trout, warm water fish

Reinhart Pond was stocked with 300 legal-size and 100 one pound rainbow trout just ahead of Christmas as a gift to anglers. These fish came from hatcheries up north and were excess fish. Anglers are using worms and power bait to take them. Fishing for bass and bluegills is now very slow. 

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

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Willow Lake was stocked at the end of October and beginning of November with 2,500 legals and 500 larger (12- to 14-inch) rainbow trout and fishing should be good, especially on warm, sunny days. Fishing for bass and other warm water species is slow. The lake is 66 percent full. At this time the county has closed the paved boat ramp due to low water, but has a temporary ramp set up in the campground. The temporary ramp is available during daylight hours in winter. The County facilities here including the boat ramp do require parking passes, or paying a daily fee for use. 

 

RIVER REPORTS AS OF 2 / 6 / 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 3,900 cfs this morning at Agness

Low. A few winter steelhead are being picked up by anglers plunking Spin-n-Glos. Boat anglers are starting to catch more steelhead. Most fish are being caught while boats are anchored up and running plugs waiting for steelhead to move up river. Boat anglers side drifting eggs in the Agness area are also picking up a some fish.

The Rogue River is open to fishing for trout. 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 2,020 cfs. The temperature is 47 degrees.

The middle Rogue is coming back into shape and fishing for winter steelhead should be improving. Yarn balls, plugs and fly-fishing all work well throughout the middle river. The stretch from Valley of the Rogue to Grants Pass always produces well.

The river is also open for trout fishing. Five hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed. Please see the regulations for restrictions. Trout can be taken using all kinds of methods.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

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SALMON ANGLING CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN THE HATCHERY HOLE

The flows from the Lost Creek Dam are at 1,213 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 1,490 cfs.

A total of 3,376 summer steelhead, and the first winter steelhead of the season have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of the 31st of January which is the last report. 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. It has remained closed, and will until further notice. 

Winter steelhead are available in the upper Rogue but it will take some time for large numbers of fish to arrive. The best results for the remaining summer runs have been on small clumps of roe. Low river levels are going to make fishing tough. Not impossible, but tough. Go to low flow tactics using light line to help get the best results.

Trout are also available. Only hatchery rainbow trout can be kept, while all cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout must be released unharmed. Nightcrawlers and single egg flies soaked in scents will be the way to get them right now. Egg flies work very well on spinning rods. You baiscally are hucking out a single salmon egg. 

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. Anglers are doing very well in the river above the reservoir. Not a lot of fishing pressure, and plenty of stocked trout are a recipe for a great time for those anglers willing to take a little drive. In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout. Using nightcrawlers right now is the best way to get the trout up here.

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 6.21 feet and the flow is 6,180 cfs at Elkton. A little low, but still good numbers to steelhead anglers.

The river is forecast to drop and with warm temperatures moving in, fishing should be good.

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

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 6.19 feet and the flow is 1,920 cfs at Brockway. Height is ok, flow is on the slow side

Anglers are having lots of success throughout the South. There seems to be good numbers of hatchery fish. The river is forecast to drop and with warm temperatures moving in, fishing should be good.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

This morning the height is 4.10 feet, and the flow was 3,450 cfs at Winchester. Good numbers here.

Steelhead are being caught throughout the river. The river is forecast to drop and with warm temperatures moving in, fishing should be good. Most steelhead in the North Umpqua are natives which must be released. But, if you enjoy catch and release fly fishing, you can have some amazing days on this river both in numbers and quality of fish. And, a hatchery fish could be your reward as well. Hatchery stock in the N U can be kept.

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

Steelhead fishing has been fair. If you are with a guide it has been good to very good. What's the difference? Guides don't fall in love with just one method of fishing and so they consistently outproduce the average fisherman. To increase your success be ready to switch up what you are doing until you find what works. Oh, and cheat! Watch what the guides are doing. That said, plunking from the bank will be good as flows drop and the river clears.

The ODFW angler caught winter steelhead broodstock program started last week. This is an annual program to collect adult steelhead to be spawned for the hatchery program on the river. Anglers interested in participating or would like more information can call the ODFW Gold Beach office at 541-247-7605.

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

The Elk and Sixes are in the same boat as the other coastal streams. Fishing has been pretty good of late. But, that will not hold up as the flows bottom out. Need rain arriving to keep fishing good.

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead

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This morning the height is 2.46 feet, and the flow was 378 cfs at Wilderville. VERY anemic flows at this time of the year.

The Applegate has been fishing well behind the rain that came. But, the flows are already bottoming out and that means real tough fishing out here. Have to see rain showing up to improve things. The Applegate is also open for trout. There is a 2 trout limit per day. They must be bigger than 8 inches and be hatchery fish with no adipose fin. That really means that most trout fishing happens in the lower river nearer the Rogue River confluence where hatchery fish are mostly found. They do not stock the Applegate with hatchery fish any longer. You do need to be careful out here. Most of the Applegate flows through private property so always be aware of where you are. No fishing from a floating device, but you can use a floating device to run the river.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois has been in prime shape and fish should be spread throughout the system. Only hatchery trout may be retained. Wild steelhead over 24-inches may be harvested, 1 per day and 5 per year. See 2018 fishing regulations for more information.

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

Low and clear. Steelhead are spread throughout the river. This river clears quickly and often times requires anglers to use lighter gear and a stealthy approach. Rain is essential to good fishing out here. There is none of that on the horizon at all. The mouth of the Winchuck is a very good spot to fish for surf perch. Look for low tides and slack tides as the moments of opportunity. Use clam necks, live sand shrimp, and the Berkely Gulp baits as top choices.

 

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OCEAN ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS AS OF 2/ 6 / 2018

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH 4 AM THURSDAY MORNING FROM CAPE BLANCO, OREGON TO CAPE MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA FROM THE COASTAL WATERS OUT 60 NAUTICAL MILES. EXPECT WINDS OF 20 - 25 KNOTS, GUSTING TO 30 KNOTS AT TIMES, AND STEEP SWELLS OF 7 TO 10 FEET AS WELL.

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

 FOR 2 / 6 / 2018

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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 returned. And, crabbing has been going very well too. It is a great time to be fishing in Brookings. That is for sure. 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. Crabbing has returned here as well. Crabbers are doing very well. The bay will improve for crabbing as the river continues to see decreasing flows. 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 West Fork Millicoma was fishing well earlier this week but because the water clears quickly anglers will want to focus their efforts on the East Fork Millicoma and South Fork Coos rivers later in the week. Steelhead anglers are having success fishing eggs or yarn balls along the bottom or by fishing a jig suspended below a bobber.

Anglers fishing the South Fork Coos River above Dellwood will need a permit from Weyerhaeuser, which allows the angler access up to the Seven Mile Bridge. Permits can be obtained at Weyerhaeuser’s Coos Bay office. In the Coos Basin, 1 additional hatchery steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily.

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is opened on Jan. 1 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 near the north jetty of Coos Bay.

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 as they have been seeing very good conditions persist. Lings are also popping in the catch with limits being seen. Crabbing is likely to continue to be very good as we are going to be seeing very little flow out of the Umpqua. That is a very rare thing for this time of the year there. Surf perch fishing is good with conditions favorable for them. Tossing sand shrimp works, or Berkely gulp baits will get you action. Bottom fishing is open again here as it is up and down the Coast. Success should be very good with very favorable ocean conditions and a very mellow bar.

 

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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
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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 now 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

The 2018 Oregon recreational fisheries allocation will be approximately 10 percent lower than in 2017. Based on input received from anglers, staff recommended seasons will be available mid-February. For more information, please see the link highlighted here sport halibut webpage.

OCEAN SALMON

ALL off shore seasons are now closed. See you next spring.

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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