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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

Anglers are catching fall Chinook on the lower Rogue River from the bay up to Indian Creek.

Anglers on the lower Rogue are also catching a few summer steelhead, half-pounders and surfperch.

The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir is a hot spot for summer trout fishing, offering a great place to escape the heat of the valley, enjoy some beautiful scenery, and catch some nice trout.

Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good in the south and mainstem Umpqua.

During the hot weather the best trout fishing will be early in mornings at higher lakes like Diamond, Hemlock, Lake in the Woods, and the high Umpqua lakes.

 

CONDITIONS LAST UPDATED 8 / 12 / 2018 

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

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Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish should be good. Fishing will be best early and late in the day. The reservoir is 37 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 offers fishing for stocked rainbow trout, bass and panfish. Fishing for smallmouth bass and other warmwater species should be good. You can target the smallmouth bass by casting lures along the rocky shorelines. Fishing should be best early or late in the day. Look for fish to be deeper mid-day. Anglers will need to adjust for the hot weather. 

Applegate Lake is at 59 percent capacity. Current reservoir elevation is 1953 feet with a surface temperature of 75F. French Gulch boat ramp is still usable.  Hart-Tish Park is open with camping and a boat ramp.

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 good at Diamond Lake. Most anglers are taking home fish averaging 15-inches and we are starting to see more 17-inch or larger fish in creel surveys. Trolling seems to be the most effective technique, but using bait or flies has also been showing positive results. Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger and brown trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. These 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 for bass and other warmwater fish should be good. With the warm weather anglers will have to fish deeper or fish early or late in the day. This is a popular recreational area, and with other water users and the warm weather, anglers will do best fishing deeper and early and late in the day. The lake is currently 31 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. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish is good. Trout fishing is on the skids due to water temps. 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. 

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

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Fish Lake has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout. Tiger trout, Chinook salmon, brook trout, and larger rainbow trout also are available. Larger tiger trout can be targeted by casting lures or streamer flies around structure, but remember that tiger trout must be immediately released unharmed.  Anglers are encouraged to report their catch of tiger trout to ODF&W staff at 541-826-8774.

The lake is currently 35 percent full. Water clarity has improved.  All boat ramps are currently open, but USFS ramp is getting low. The Forest Service Campground is open, and the Fish Lake Resort—which offers camping, cabins, boat rentals, and a restaurant—is open 7 days a week.

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

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Fourmile Lake fishing continues to be good for hatchery trophy rainbow trout. Brook trout and lake trout are also being caught. Best fishing is typically near the north end for lake trout and among the flooded trees for brook trout. If fishing from shore, fish near the deeper water in the lake. 

Open to fishing all year and the Fourmile Lake Campground is officially open for the summer and will be staffed with a host. Fourmile Lake is 13 percent full. This is based on the 15,000 acre feet of water stored for irrigation. The lower the percentage the more difficult it becomes to launch boats. There is no improved ramp or dock on the lake. All boats are launched from the sandy beach and larger boats will need to back into the lake a very long ways once water levels decline. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for more information on the status of launching boats at Fourmile Lake. Call toll Free at 866-201-4194.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville has been stocked several times this year and should have lots of trout from previous stockings. 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 is good. Have seen some really nice bass come out of here recently. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout

Trout fishing continues to be good. 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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Trout fishing continues to be good at Howard Prairie Reservoir despite low water conditions. Trolling wedding ring/worm combinations behind flashers and dodgers in the channel between the marina and the dam is producing fish. Still fishing powerbait is also picking up fish in hoxie cove, red rock cove and near the dam. Chartreuse PowerBait with glitter and green garlic PowerBait are good choices. Holdover trout to 17-inches continue to be caught. A 23-inch, 3.2 pound rainbow trout was caught 2 weeks ago.

Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is good. The lake is 45 percent full, and water clarity has been reduced somewhat due to some evidence of an algae bloom. All the boat ramps except Grizzly are open, but the ramps at Klum and Willow Point are limited to small boats. Larger boats should launch at the resort ramp..

HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass

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Hyatt Lake has been stocked with rainbow trout. The lake is very low (26 percent full) and paved boat ramps are no longer available. Bass fishing should be good but weed growth is making bank fishing difficult from the area around the dam. Otherwise boat access is limited to inflatables and other small craft that can be carried to the water. The BLM campground is open.

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

Fishing for rainbow trout should be poor. Water temperatures are very warm. Best fishing is from a boat. Rainbow trout move to the thermocline when water temperatures increase. Most fish will be suspended in around 15 feet of water. Using downriggers or lead core line to keep lures and bait at this depth will result in increased success. Fishing is very good 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.

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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East public Access of Selmac Lake is closed with Mallard Loop and Eagle Loop boat ramps and campsites being used for fire crew camps

On the west, Osprey, Heron, and Teal Loop are open for camping, and boat and fishing access.

Fishing for bass and other warmwater species has been good. The lake is warm, so fishing will be best early or late in the day. 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 can be a good option for fishing during hot weather and recent reports indicate brown and rainbow trout fishing has been good. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of 5 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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On the southeast access to Lost Creek Lake, Joseph Stewart State Park, Lost Creek Marina, and Casey State Recreation Site are open to the public. Effective Aug.4, the Takelma boat ramp on the southwest access of the lake is closed due to fire activities related to the Miles/Sugar Pine fire. Call 541-878-2255 for most recent information.

Anglers will need to adjust for the hot weather, since the surface temperature at Lost Creek is 76F. Anglers targeting trout will need to fish deeper or fish upstream of the Highway 62 Bridge. Trolling a wedding ring spiked with a piece of worm or Gulp worm behind an oval egg sinker can produce very well at Lost Creek. Some of the trout have external parasites called copepods. Fish parasites generally do not pose a threat to humans when fish are cooked, and copepods can be scraped off prior to cooking.  Anglers are encourage to keep fish that have copepods while staying within the daily limit, since release simply allows the parasite to expand to other hosts. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass is good. 

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill should be good. Trout fishing has really sloqwed with the hot weather. 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 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

Fishing for warmwater species has been good. Suspending a worm below a bobber is a very effect technique here. Trout fishing is lousy.

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

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Willow Lake has been stocked with legal-size and larger-size rainbow trout, Trout fishing is VERY slow with the hot weather. Being out as early in the mornings as possible is your best hope for trout. Fishing for bass and other warmwater species should be good. Willow Lake is full of perch. Perch make for great fishing with a bobber and a worm. This makes for great fun for the kids as perch are willing biters. They are invasive so there is no limit on them. They are also delicious eating. They are PERFECT for fish tacos. The lake is 94 percent full. The County Parks and Boat Ramp are open dawn to dusk. You will need a parking permit to access county facilities. All campgrounds are open.

 

RIVER REPORTS AS OF 8 / 12 / 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.

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

The flows are at 2,090 cfs this morning at Agness

From Aug. 1 through Sept. 3, anglers with a 2018 two rod validation can fish for Chinook salmon and hatchery Coho salmon with two rods on the Rogue River from the mouth upstream to the Ferry Hole Boat Ramp (RM 5). Please note that anglers may only use one rod when angling for any other species.

People are reporting catching chinooks from the bay up to Indian Creek. For the most part, Chinook are holding in the tidal water. The Huntley seining project started July 16. Find updates on Huntley counts here.

A few anglers are catching summer steelhead, half pounders and surfperch. Lower flows are ideal fishing conditions for anglers swinging flies or tossing spinners.

Some anglers have reported goog fishing outside the mouth of the Rogue. Please remember to check the marine forecast and current ocean salmon regulations before heading out into this area as both change frequently. Guid Andy Martin had two clients catch thresher sharks this last weekend while after salmon. Salmon Sharks are also being seen. The presence of these predators indicates huge numbers of salmon are there.

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 1,720 cfs. The temperature is 65 degrees.

Chinook salmon and summer steelhead are available. Anglers may keep both hatchery and wild Chinook salmon in the river downstream of Dodge Bridge. Anglers are picking up Chinook in the Gold Hill area by back-bouncing roe or quickfish. Wild steelhead must be released. Fishing for Chinook salmon upstream of Dodge Bridge to Cole Rivers Hatchery is closed, effective Aug. 1.

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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DUE TO THE MILES FIRE...THE HATCHERY HOLE IS CLOSED AS IS THE BOAT RAMP.

Casey State Park is open and is the high point boat ramp. It is very crowded right now. The flow from the Lost Creek Dam is at 1,733 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 1,810 cfs.

A total of 4,051 spring chinook, and 905 summer run steelhead have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of August 8th. 

Anglers are reminded that all Chinook salmon fishing closes in the Upper Rogue from Dodge Bridge to Cole Rivers Hatchery effective Aug. 1. Below Dodge Bridge anglers may continue to fish for Chinook through Aug. 31. Fishing for summer steelhead remains open and anglers are picking these up with smaller plugs and drifted nightcrawlers and roe. However, only hatchery summer steelhead may be retained. Due to the Miles fire, all federal fishing access sites are closed upstream of Highway 62 (McGregor Park visitor center and fishing access, Cole Rivers Boat Ramp,  and the Holy Water until further notice,

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. Due to the Miles Fire...the Holy Water is closed. 

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 Lost Creek Reservoir is under way. That continues through the week of the Labor Day Weekend. 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 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

As of this morning the height of the river is at 2.90 feet and the flow is 1,130 cfs at Elkton. 

Please be aware that through Sept. 30, 2018 all fishing is closed within a radius of 200 feet from the mouths of all tributaries (including 200 feet into the tributary) of the Umpqua River mainstem between the Scottsburg Bridge (Hwy 38) and the River Forks Park Boat Ramp.  These areas are critical for juvenile steelhead that seek refuge in the cooler tributaries as mainstem water temperatures reach 70+ degrees.

Fall Chinook fishing is starting to pick up in the lower estuary and should get better as we move into late summer.

Smallmouth bass fishing is good throughout the main.

Open to trout fishing through Oct. 31 and is catch-and-release only. Retention of trout is allowed in the tributaries, which are open to trout through Sept. 15.

Trout fishing in the mainstem is catch-and-release only. Retention of trout is allowed in the tributaries. If fishing for trout try to avoid the warmer parts of the day.

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. 

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass

The South Umpqua is reporting very good fishing for smallmouth from Canyonville to Roseburg. 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 1.85 feet, and the flow was 640 cfs at Winchester. 

Please be aware beginning Monday, Aug. 6, fishing the North Umpqua River fly area is closed from 2 p.m. to one hour before sunrise. The closure extends from the fly area boundary at Deadline Falls to the marker below Soda Springs Dam near the power plant enclosure and is in effect through Sept. 30.

Chinook fishing closed on July 1. Summer steelhead fishing has been slow throughout the North Umpqua, it should pick back up again closer to fall when temperatures start to cool.

The North Umpqua and its tributaries are open for trout: check the fishing regulations to see which areas are closed.

Note that fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless artificial fly. July 1 through Sept. 30 the fly may not be weighted.

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 open 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. 

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 8 / 12 / 2018

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS AND HAZARDOUS SEAS IN EFFECT THROUGH 5 AM TUESDAY MORNING FROM THE COASTAL WATERS OUT 60 NAUTICAL MILES FROM FLORENCE, OREGON TO PT. ST. GEORGE, CALIFORNIA. EXPECT WINDS FROM THE NORTH AT 20 - 30 KNOTS WITH GUSTS TO 35 MILES AN HOUR  SEAS WILL BE 6 - 11 FEET. SWELLS WILL BE STEEP TO VERY 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 fishing is ok. Nothing to get excited about. But, those putting the time in are getting at least one legal chinook per outing Bottom fishing is off the hook good when conditions allow. Lings...and sometimes BIG lings are still getting taken. Limits of them are still happening. Halibut fishing has also been good....when conditions allow. So as you can see, what you want to see are good surface conditions. Get those, you have good fishing for everything over there. 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. Crabbing has been very poor ever since the dredging operations began. They beat feet out into the ocean. 

GOLD BEACH: Gold Beach has been lights out for chinooks in the bay. Low water flows in the river have kept them kegged up and fishing has been great. And this is where the bulk of the salmon fishing effort has switched to on the Southern Oregon coast. 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. Low flows in the Rogue are really helping to hold crabs in the near shore and bay making them very accessible. 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 of slack and especially minus tides.. 

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

Streams and rivers are open to trout fishing. Trout fishing in streams and rivers is slow to due to low water conditions. Anglers can use only 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.

From Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 salmon anglers with a two-rod validation will be able to use rods while fishing for Chinook salmon and hatchery coho salmon in Coos Bay. A few anglers have been trolling for salmon in the lower portion of the estuary. The best Chinook salmon fishing will occur in late August and September. 

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is open in the ocean along with bays and estuaries. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 4 plus 2 lingcod. The retention of cabezon started on July 1 with a 1-fish sub-bag limit. Anglers have reported catching rockfish and greenling 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

Winchester Bay is tough to be beat right now. It is the full meal deal for ocean fishing. Salmon is going very well off shore with cohos showing up. Fishing for chinooks in the.bay and even the boat basin has been productive. Not huge ones yet for sure. Most are going 15 - 25 pounds. Tuna fishing has been great when boats can get out to them. That has been as close as 30 miles out. Halibut fishing has also been very good when conditions allow. And the 40 fathom plus bottom fishing success is unreal....again, when you can get to those waters. Bottom fishing over all has been very good. 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

SOUTHERN OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS FROM COQUILLE RIVER SOUTH JETTY 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:

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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 4 fish; no sub-bag limits except for cabezon when open.
  • Cabezon opened 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. 

As of July 1, the general marine bag limit (rockfish, greenlings, etc.) is 4 fish. This reduction to the bag limit is necessary to keep total catches within annual quotas, and reduce the chance of an early closure of the recreational bottomfish fishery.

The longleader gear fishery outside of the 40 fathom regulatory line has been authorized to continue in April 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. Shore and boat crabbing in most of Oregon’s bays are starting to pick up. Many crabs have recently molted, producing soft crab (i.e. crab that are not full of meat). Crabbers can expect to find a mix of full and soft crab in their catch.

SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING

The recreational bottomfish fishery is open with a 4 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).

Surfperch are available year-round, with the best fishing occurring when swells are small. 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.

PACIFIC HALIBUT

The summer all-depth fishery opened last Friday and Saturday (Aug. 3-4), and will be open every other Friday and Saturday until Oct. 31, or the quota is caught. There will be an update by noon on Friday, Aug. 10 on catch from the first opening, how much quota remains, and if it is enough for additional days to be open.

The Central Coast nearshore halibut fishery opened on Friday, June 1. When the winds have allowed anglers to get out, there has been limited success with nearshore halibut. The average weight of fish landed last week was around 21 pounds live weight.

The Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA Border) remains open 7 days per week. 

Reminder that similar to the bottomfish fishery listed above, descending devices are mandatory when fishing for or retaining Pacific halibut.

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

OCEAN SALMON

Sport ocean salmon fishing is open from Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR. It will be closing at 11:59pm on Sunday, Aug 12. The bag limit is two salmon a day, but no more than one Chinook and all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip. Minimum sizes are 24-inches for Chinook, 16-inches for coho, and 20-inches for steelhead. Reminder that it is closed within the Columbia Control Zone. Salmon fishing has been fair in this area with catch rates continuing to improve each week. The week of Aug. 5 anglers averaging 1.32 salmon per angler-trip. The majority of the catch has been coho with 95 percent of the catch being coho in the most recent week of angler checks.

Sport salmon fishing for Chinook is open in ocean waters from Cape Falcon (just North of Nehalem Bay) to the Oregon/California border for two salmon per day (all salmon except coho). Minimum 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.

In addition, the adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will be open through the earlier of Sept. 3 or the quota of 35,000 fin-clipped coho. The minimum size for coho is 16-inches. Anglers had been averaging about 0.49 salmon per angler trip during the week of July 30-August 5.

 

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

RAZOR CLAMMING CLOSED FROM THE COQUILLE RIVER SOUTH JETTY TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE, AND ALSO FROM TILLAMOOK HEAR TO THE COLUMBIA RIVER FOR THE NORTHERN OREGON COAST

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.

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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