ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT AS OF 6 / 20 / 2017
Gale and hazardous sea warnings are up for the entire coast from Reedsport south to Cape Mendocino, California. These conditions are expected to last through the end of the week and possibly into the weekend. Windows of opportunity for near shore fishing and crabbing will exist in the mornings.
WARNING! BE VERY WATCHUL FOR DEBRIS FLOATING IN LAKES AND ALSO IN RIVERS ACROSS THE REGION.
This winter brought far more than rain and snow. It has brought a lot of debris into our waterways. Be extra cautious out there and make sure you are always paying attention to what is in front of you. It does not take any time at all for debris to break props, puncture hulls, and overturn or swamp boats and rafts on the rivers. Stay on your guard and always wear flotation devices. They will give you a fighting chance.
FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP
SALMON ANGLING CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN THE HATCHERY HOLE ON THE UPPER ROGUE RIVER
NO OFF SHORE SALMON ANGLING FROM HUMBUG MOUNTAIN IN OREGON TO EUREKA, CALIFORNIA IN 2017. THIS WAS DONE TO PROTECT ENDANGED RUNS OF FALL CHINOOKS FOR THE KLAMTH AND SACRAMENTO RIVERS. DETAILS BELOW.
ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID
Spring Chinook fishing is good in the North Umpqua.
Shad fishing has been good on the Umpqua River.
Fishing for trout in Diamond Lake has been excellent when weather allows.
Spring Chinook and summer steelhead are now available now throughout the Rogue.
Trout anglers have excellent choices for fishing right now in the Rogue watershed. Lost Creek Reservoir, Willow Lake, Howard Prairie Reservoir, Fish Lake and Applegate Reservoir are all producing either good numbers of nice and/or big trout. The Rogue River above and below Lost Creek Reservoir offers additional trout fishing opportunity for anglers who want to fish flowing water, but remember that flows are very high due to snowmelt.
The Rogue salmonfly hatch has begun. Anglers can have very good success fishing imitation salmonflies for trout on the river above Shady Cove. These flies can also produce smallmouth bass along the dam in Lost Creek Reservoir.
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 6 / 16 / 2017
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AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, perch, bullhead catfish
Agate is 91 percent full. Fishing is reported as very good. Nightcrawlers are a good universal bait. Everything in Agate Lake will take them. Crappie jigs and small spinner baits work as well. The bullheads here will hit livers, hot dogs, and gizzards. The Boat Ramp is open from dawn to dusk daily.
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.
BE VERY WATCHFUL FOR FLOATING DEBRIS OUT HERE!
Applegate got a HUGE stocking of rainbow trout the week before Memorial Day weekend. 14,000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches, and 500 one pounders went in. It got it's first major stocking of the spring at the end of April. 10,000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches were stocked along with 800 trophy sized rainbows 2 pounds in weight. Trout fishing has been really good. Anglers have been catching trout up to 18 inches. Trout anglers will want to try trolling, and a good bet will be a wedding ring/bait combination. One angler reported a flasher tipped with a worm produced good results during mid-day hours. Fishing with bait from shore in the upper reservoir should also produce. Smallmouth bass are active. Fishing for them around rocky points and down near the dam should be igood.
The lake is currently 96 percent of capacity and all boat ramps are open.
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.
Anglers are finding excellent success in 15 - 20 feet of water. Still fishing with power bait and night crawlers is going to be the way to go right now. Success trolling will be slow until we get water temps warmed up. Remember, only rainbow trout larger than 8 inches are legal to be kept. ALL tiger trout and brown trout caught must be released with as little harm as possible. They are in the lake to eat the chubs that somebody has put in there again. The north boat ramp is open with docks in. The south boat ramp is open, and docks are in. The boat ramp at Thielsen View Campground on the west side of the lake is open with the dock in.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, perch, catfish
MERCURY ADVISORY IN EFFECT AT EMIGRANT. TROUT IS THE ONLY TYPE OF FISH THAT ARE SAFE TO EAT OUT OF EMIGRANT.
BE VERY WATCHFUL FOR FLOATING DEBRIS OUT HERE, ESPECIALLY IN THE EMIGRANT CREEK ARM
Emigrant was stocked in May with 1,000 legal sized rainbows. It was stocked at the end of April with 1,000 legal size rainbows. The water is still colored up due to the high inflows into the lake. Use garlic scented power bait as the first choice. Be ready to switch up colors until you find the one that works. You can find action for catch and release bass fishing especially near rocky areas in shallow water. Emigrant is 93 percent full. All boat ramps are open.
EXPO PONDS: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead catfish, carp
JACKSON COUNTY IS CHARGING AN ACCESS FEE TO THE ISOLA POND PARKING AREA. THE FEE IS $4 PER DAY. YOU CAN USE JACKSON COUNTY PARKS PARKING PASS AS WELL. THE PASS IS $30 FOR THE YEAR. GET PASSES AT MOST MAJOR SPORTING GOODS RETAILERS IN JACKSON COUNTY.
The Expo Ponds have plenty of good bank access, and anglers can catch many of the species present by fishing night crawlers below a bobber. This makes the ponds a great place to take kids fishing. The Isola Pond was stocked two weeks ago with 1000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches. Fishing is always very good when they do that. It was also stocked in May with 1500 legals, and at the end of April with 1500 legals. There are also holover fish in there from previous stocking last year. ODF&W did stock the Amphitheater Pond in October, November, and December with legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches, and also with 1500 14 inch rainbows running about a pound each. Fishing for them has been good with power bait and nightcrawlers getting it done. Small rooster tail type spinners have also picked up some trout. Fishing for bass is very good. Use spinners, night crawlers, and bass lures and baits of all kinds to take them. Good fishing for bluegill and crappie using nightcrawlers nd jigs is also being reported.
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, tiger trout, spring chinook
Fish Lake was stocked with 3,000 legal rainbows of 8 - 10 inches this week. Fishing has been very good with limits being seen. Anglers have been catching quite a few tiger trout using nightcrawlers while fishing for rainbows. But, tiger trout must be released. Only rainbow trout more than 8 inches in length may be kept. The lake is 85 percent full at last report.
FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout
Fourmile is still closed until the snowpack melts out allowing access. The gauge on the lake is functioning and it reports the lake is at a terrific 74 percent of full pool.
GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts
Galesville was stocked with 2,000 12 - 14 inch rainbows two weeks ago. It has been stocked several times in 2017 with legal-size trout and with over 50 trophy-size trout. In addition to trout, the reservoir has been stocked with coho smolts and there have been reports of them being caught in good numbers on the lake. 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 trout has been very good, Trollers are finding success here and still fishing with poer bait is working to. Those using nightcrawlers to try for trout are now find a LOT of action from bass and other warm water species. If you are going to target trout or slamon, you will need to troll or use power bait still fishing for therm. Fishing for bass is excellent and a number of large bass over 5 pounds have aleready been taken. Fishing for bass and other panfish will continue to improve with increasing temperatures. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.
GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout
Trout fishing has been good with both boat and bank anglers were picking up a mix of trout up to 3 pounds. ODFW is implementing 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 fisherythe 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 got 5,100 legal sized 8 - 10 inch rainbows in the week before Memorial Day weekend. Fishing is very good with mornings being best right now. We have been seeing some really big rainbows come out of here, some getting up to and over 5 pounds. Use nightcrawlers and power bait as the way to. I mean you just can't go wrong with these two stalwarts of trout fishing. Historically green chartruese power bait has been a can't miss up here if the trout are on the bite. Trolling is getting better, but water temps are still on the cold side. The reservoir is 99 percent plus full. The water is out to Lily Glen and there have already been reports of trout, including large trout caught in Lily Glen. I expected that was going to happen. The Resort, and the Marina are open and the Marina has boat rentals. All boat ramps are open. ALL county facilities up here have fees to enter and use. It is $4 per day or you can get a pass for the year and all the County park facilities for $30. That is a great value if you go out fishing a lot here in Jackson County.
ODF&W stocked the reservoir with 300,000 thousand regular rainbow trout sub legals of 4 - 6 inches in October. But, they also planted nearly 37,000 5 - 6 inch Cranebows. 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. There will be creel studies done in April and May to see how the Cranebows did. You will know a Cranebow if you catch it as it will have a clipped doirsal and adipose fin along with a clipped left lower ventricle fin.
HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass
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Fishing is fair for rainbow trout. Hyatt got 5,100 legal sized 8 - 10 inch rainbows sticked the week before Memorial Day Weekend. Still fishing with bait will be productive; however, fish are being caught on flies and lures as well. My barber caught a beautiful rainbow of 4 - 5 pounds fishing from the shore on Sunday the 4th during Free fishing weekend. Been a long time since i have seen a rainvbow like that come out of here. Bass fishing is really picking up and some nice ones are being seen already for those tossing nightcrawlers. The reservoir is 61 percent full. The Mountain View boat ramp is open. The campgrounds facilities are open for the season. The lake level is as high as it is going to be through this fall. BLM is doing retro fitting to the dam and they will hold the lake at 60 - 65 percent of capacity until that work is complete.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie
The lake was stocked this week with 200 trophy and 1,000 legal rainbow trout. Fishing should be excellent for rainbow trout. Best fishing is from a boat. Concentrate on water 10 - 25 feet deep especially near the resort and marina on the north end of the lake. Power bait will get you action from rainbows. But, throwing nightcrawlers is fun because you never know what you could bring up. Could be a rainbow, could be a brown. might even be a perch or bullhead. Jigging for kokanee with jigs tipped with corn should produce results. The water is cold still so you will want to work your jigs slowly.
The Lake of the Wood Resort Marina is open. You can call them for recent reports toll free at 866-201-4194.
LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullheads
Lake Selmac was stocked with 1000 leagl sized rainbows two weeks ago. It has been stocked with 16,000 legals previously this year, There are still a lot of holdovers from last year's stockings including rainbows that were at least 18 inches in size and a pound in weight when they went in. Trout fishing has been good out here. Power bait, nightcrawlers, and small yellow rooster tail spinners are proven to be successful here. Fishing for bass is very good as is fishing for panfish. This is a great time to take the kids out here as fishing with nightcrawlers and bobbers is going to get you into a lot of action.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee
ODF&W put 2000 12 - 14 inch rainbows in two weeks ago. It got 1000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in length in May, and 2000 legal rainbows went in at the end of April. Fishing has been very good for trout both browns and rainbows, It is picking up for kokanee. Remember, kokanee do count in the limits up here. LeMolo is a year round fishery. Fish with worms and power bait for best success. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information. Be sure to bring beverages and food with you. They had their store and restaurant burn down last spring so they are limited on what they can offer up there.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, spring chinook, bass, bullheads
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Lost Creek was stocked the week before Memorial Day weekend with 10,000 legal 8 - 10 inch rainbow trout, and will also get 1,500 one pounders. It was stocked with 15,000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches, and 800 trophy rainbows of 2 pounds in weight at the end of April. That is on top of the 20,000 legal sized rainbows stocked at the end of March. That has generated some great fishing. Trolling a wedding ring/worm behind an oval egg sinker and dodger has produced fish. Anglers were also successful trolling around the dam and throughout the lake below Peyton Bridge. Bank anglers are catching fish near the Takelma ramp and near the marina and spillway using spinners, powerbait, or threading a nightcrawler below a bobber. Bass are active here with action on smallmouths best up near the Takilma boat ramp area. Melt runoff has increased turbidity in the upper part of the lake so success has not been very good there. The annual Salmonfly hatch is now underway and this is going to trigger a feeding binge for trout and bass. Catch Salmonflies and get them tied on to hooks. Then toss them on the surface near the banks especially with trees or brush near the water. The trout and bass will nail them.
MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill
Medco Pond was stocked with 1600 legal sized rainbows two weeks ago. It got 2000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in mid May. It was stocked last fall with both legal sized rainbows and rainbows that were at least a pound when they went in. Fishing is very good for trout, bass, and bluegills. Use nightcrawlers and power bait. Fly fishing is also effective here with leech patterns and wooly buggers proven successful patterns for both trout and bass.
Medco Pond is privately owned. It is not Forest Service or BLM land. There is a new owner now who 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 now. That is something they have never had there before. They are also 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 by the new owner. 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 this winter. Keep your ears open too. Might hear them howling in the hills near the pond.
MILLER LAKE IN NORTHERN KLAMATH COUNTY: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout
There still is no access to the lake due to snow.
REINHART POND: rainbow trout, warm water fish
Fishing has slowed for trout as warmer watwer temps is spurring vegetation growth in the water. Anglers are still getting some trout in the mornings using nightcrawlers and power bait. ODF&W stocked the pond a month ago with 300 legal 8 - 10 inch rainbows, and 100 1 pound rainbows. Holdovers from earlier stocking do remain. Fishing for bass is very good now. Use nightcrawlers presented under bobbers to try for bass. And, use the whole crawler rather than a piece of it like you would for trout. Fishing for bluegills is also very good. This is a great place to take kids fishing. A bobber and worm gets a lot of action.
WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, brown bullhead, perch
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Willow was stocked the week before Memorial Day weekend with 3,000 legal 8 - 10 inch rainbow trout, and 1,500 one pounders.Trout fishing has been very good at Willow. ODF&W stocked the lake with 4000 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches at the end of April. They stocked it at the end of March with 4000 legal sized rainbows. They also stocked it in October with 450 one pound rainbow trout. Anglers are having the best success from the shore from the swimming area on down to the boat ramp. The cove where the boat ramp is at is also producing well. Anglers have had success with a variety of power bait and also nightcrawlers. Bass fishing and fishing for perch and panfish is really picking up in the shallows as the water warms. The lake level is excellent for this time of the year. The paved County ramp is open from dawn to dusk daily. The County facilities here including the boat ramp do require parking passes, or paying a daily fee for use.
RIVER REPORTS AS OF 6 / 16 / 2017
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WARNING! BE VERY WATCHUL FOR DEBRIS FLOATING IN RIVERS ACROSS THE REGION.
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
The flows are at 5,350 cfs this morning at Agness
Wild steelhead may be retained. Minimum size is 24 inches. Limit is 1 per day, 5 for the season.
Boat and bank anglers are picking up springers consistently, but the majority of fish have been wild. Most angling pressure has been in the lower river and the top of estuary. Boat anglers are scorring trolling spinner and anchovy or cut herring. They are also use straight spinners. Wrapped kwikfish are always good choices to use. Bank angerls are making efforts as well. Spin glos, beads, and roe clumps are being tossed. Summer steelhead action is really picking up down here. Anglers have been plunking roe for them. But, spinners, flies, and soaked yarn is also productive.
Anglers have been picking up a few surf perch off the sand spit in the lower estuary.
The Rogue River is open to fishing for trout. Please see the regulations for details.
Rogue River, middle: steelhead, chinook salmon, trout
At Grants Pass we have a flow of 3,880 cfs. The temperature is 56 degrees this morning.
Wild steelhead may not be retained per regulation.
Spring chinook and summer steelhead are available. Be ready to fish for the steelhead to save outings as springers have been tough to come by. Chinook have been caught on bait-wrapped plugs and on roe. Anglers are reminded that only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained. Summwer steelhead are being caught using bait, flies, and spinners at the heads of riffles.The area near Valley of the Rogue State Park is a well known summer steelhead hot spot.
The Rogue River is open to fishing for trout. Please see the regulations for restrictions. Trout fishing should be good using just about anything to take them from bait, to spinners, to flies as water temps are ideal.
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout
SALMON ANGLING CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN THE HATCHERY HOLE
The flows from the Lost Creek Dam are at 3,430 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 3,510 cfs.
A total of 26 summer steelhead, and 244 spring chinook salmon have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of June 14th. The springer return is so poor that ODF&W closed angling in the Hatchery Hole effective at Midnight on the 15th of May. It will remain closed until further notice. That likely will be until they get a return of at least 1600 springers to the hatchery. That did not happen last year and this year is looking like a disaster already. This by the way is NOT the fault of ODF&W. This is due to natural factors alone. Poor river and ocean conditions in years past are having full effect now.
The first summer steelhead have arrived at Cole Rivers Hatchery, so both summer steelhead and spring Chinook are available for upper river anglers. Fishing for spring Chinook has been fair since there much fewer legal hatchery fish. Anglers are reminded that only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained. The river from the Highway 62 bridge upstream to the deadline 1200 feet downstream of the Cole Rivers Hatchery is currently closed to fishing from 8:00 PM to one-half hour before sunrise.
The Rogue River is open to fishing for trout. Wild steelhead may not be retained per regulations. The annual Salmonfly hatch is on and this is improving fishing for fly anglers using imitators.
The Holy Water from the dam to the hatchery is open and is fly fishing ONLY! No bait fishing is ever allowed. Fishing is improving as the annual Salmonfly hatch is underway. That and the stocking that ODF&W did ought to really kick the fishing here into high gear for fly fishing anglers. Anglers are reminded that a fish study is underway. This is to determine how stocking of the Holy Water will proceed. They want to know if the fish are staying there, or if they are going down river. Personally, I think it is a mix of both happening. But, the study will tell the tale.
ROGUE RIVER ABOVE LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout
This section of the Rogue is open to all forms of angling. Fishing has been slow. The cold and high water from snowmelt has trout off the bite. You will need to put effort in to getting them. Nightcrawlers and a single salmon egg would be the best choices to try to tempt a bite right now.
The Rogue River and feeder creeks like Mill Creek, National Creek, and Union Creek will be 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 are at campgrounds, and access points along Highway 62, Highway 230, and Forest Service roads in the area. Use nightcrawlers as the first choice. A single salmon egg could also produce well for you. The best fishing will be where sunlight can hit the water. Flies will also produce as will spinners. But, heavy streamside growth can limit opportunities to utilize those methods. 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.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, sturgeon, chinook, bass, striped bass, shad, trout
As of this morning the height of the river is at 4.83 feet and the flow is 3,840 cfs at Elkton.
The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Spring Chinook season is in full swing with regular reports of anglers catching fish throughout the main. Summer steelhead are migrating through the mainstem.
On the Main, anglers can harvest 2 wild spring Chinook per day and up to 5 wild springers from Feb. 1 – June 30. From July 1– Dec. 31, anglers can harvest 2 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.
The traditional season for shad is from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. Shad are being caught in decent numbers. Fishing should improve with the river in better shape for them. Use commercial shad darts as the way to take them. Shad are very bony fish. The best eating is smoking them.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass
The South Umpqua is open for angling. From now through the fall, that mainly means smallmouth bass fishing as the South Umpqua is a tremendous smallmouth fishery from it's confluence with the main Umpqua in Roseburg all the way up to Milo. The section of the river near Canyonville is a great section for bass fishing. Use jigs, minnow and trout imitators, and spinners,. Nightcrawlers will work on them too, as will fly fishing for them. Trout fishing is allowed in the South Umpqua. There are closed sections of the river so always consult the regulations before fishing for trout in the South Umpqua.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout
This morning the height is 3.51 feet, and the flow was 2,650 cfs at Winchester.
Summer steelhead season should start soon.
There have been consistent reports of spring Chinook being caught. Per the new regulation, from Feb. 1 – June 30, two wild Chinook per day can be harvested. Ten wild Chinook may be harvested in the North during this time frame in aggregate with wild Chinook harvested in the Main. Anti-snagging rules are in effect from March 1 through July 31 in the area below the fly boundary. This rule includes hook restrictions (one single-point hook with less than ¾” gap) and a leader length of no more than 36 inches. Please refer to the fishing regulations for more information.
Note that from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 through June 30, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to fly fishing only with a single barbless fly.
CHETCO RIVER: Sea run cuttthroat trout, rainbow trout, chinook salmon, steelhead
The Chetco is open for angling. From now through the fall that will be for trout. Fishing for sea run cutthroats can be quite good in the estuary and the lower river. Higher up look for great fishing for rainbow trout as the river has some of the best conditions for trout fishing we have seen in years.
ELK / SIXES RIVERS: Sea run cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
The Elk and Sixes are open for angling. There will not be much pressure on them until the fall salmon and steelhead seasons get going. There are good numbers of sea run cutthroat trout in both rivers.
APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead
The Applegate is open for angling. 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. They do not stock the Applegate with hatchery fish any longer. The Applegate is a wonderful river to learn the aert of fly fishing in the summer. Hardly any angling pressure and feisty native rainbows will make it fun even if it is catch and release fishing. 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.
A total of 1,604 winter run steelhead have been collected through 5/24 at the trap at the bottom of the dam..
ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead
The Illinois is open for angling. Like the Applegate the limit is 2 trout per day. Like the Applegate they must be at least 8 inches long, and also like the Applegate the best chance for a legal to take fish is near the Rogue River. There is not much effort made for trout angling out here through the summer.
WINCHUCK RIVER: Sea run Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
The Chuck is open for angling. Most angling efforts will be concentrated in the lower section enar the ocean with anglers after sea run cutthroats. The Winchuck is another river where you cannot fish from a floating device. And, it also has a lot of private property along it. So, be aware of where you are exactly at all times.
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FOR 6 / 16 / 2017
BROOKINGS: Fishing for bottom fish is excellent when conditions allow boats to get out. Anglers are getting limits of both ling cod and rockfish easily and usually quickly. Crabbing is open for both the bay and ocean.
GOLD BEACH: As is the case with Brookings, expect excellent fishing for bottomfish when boats can get out. As is the case in Brookings limits are being seen here. Howver ling cod catch is not what it is at Brookings either in size or in limits. That is not too unusual. Crabbing is open for both the bay and the ocean. Many anglers are targeting spring chinook in the bay and the lower river where there has been success. But, a fair percentage of that success is coming for wild fish. Not many hatchery stock fish being seen. Fishing for surf perch has been excellent when conditions create fishing opportunity. That will be best when winds are light and seas are calm. Clam necks are proven perch takers.
COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, steelhead, bottom fish
Anglers are still catching a few rockfish and surfperch along the jetties and submerged rock piles. Fishing for rockfish in the bay has been spotty. The marine fish daily bag limit for bottom fish (rockfish) is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). The 7 fish marine bag limit will remain in place, with these adjustments for 2017: Create a sub-bag limit of 6 black rockfish, Remove the sub-bag limit for canary rockfish, Add China/quillback/ copper rockfishes to the sub-bag limit with blue/Deacon rockfish and change the limit from 3 to 4. Finally remove the 10-inch minimum size for kelp greenling. Retention of cabezon is not allowed until July 1.
Recreational crabbing is open inside the Coos Bay estuary. Crabbing has been good one day and then slow the next. Crabbers will need to sort through several short crab to find keepers.
Recreational harvest of bay clams remains open along the entire Oregon coast. Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay.
Recreational harvest of razor clams is closed coastwide due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check here for any updates.
WINCHESTER BAY: sturgeon, chinook, rock fish
Fishing for bottom fish has been good of late. Limits are being seen regularly now. Lings have been showing up as well. Crabbing has been really good out on the ocean, Some sorting will need to be done for keepers, but they are being taken in numbers. Surf perch fishing has really turned on here with anglers finding very good success when peak conditions hit.
MARINE OFF SHORE FISHING: bottomfish, crab, salmon, tuna, halibut
ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMIC 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 -
Rockfish fishing over the weekend was excellent off the central coast, with limits of nice-sized fish hitting the docks; lingcod were a little spotty, but every boat had at least one. Just remember to know and understand the new bag limits. On the south coast, anglers had good catches of black rockfish with a smattering of other rockfish species and lingcod.
New bag and sub-bag limits for 2017: To stay within Federal allocations, and try to provide for year-round fishing opportunities, there are some changes to daily bag limits. Canary rockfish has been declared rebuilt and is now part of the 7 fish marine bag limit (no sub-bag limit). Black rockfish will have a sub-bag limit of 6 fish (out of the 7 fish daily bag, no more than 6 may be black rockfish). There is a 4 fish sub-bag limit for blue/deacon, China, copper, and quillback rockfish combined (out of the 7 fish marine bag, no more than 4 may be these species combined). The daily bag limit for lingcod remains at 2 fish and flatfish species, other than Pacific halibut, remains at 25 fish. Several handouts, including “What Can I Keep, and How Many?” (updated for 2017) and species identification tips, are available on the ODFW sport bottomfish webpage by clicking here.
Bottomfish is restricted to shoreward of the 30 fathom line (defined by waypoints) as of April 1.
Cabezon retention is not allowed until July 1st.
ODFW REQUIRES anglers to use a descending device when fishing for rockfish. Using descending devices saves fish. It prevents barotrauma in them. Signs of barotrauma, such as bulging eyes and a gut protruding from the mouth, are reversible when fish are returned to depth with a descending device. Use a descending device to safely return fish to a depth of 60 feet or more. Even fish that are severely bloated can survive after being released at depth. For more information and videos, click here to see the rockfish recompression webpage.
Deacon rockfish was formerly referred to as the solid version of blue rockfish. What does that mean for anglers? Nothing in 2016. Every rule that refers to blue rockfish (like the daily bag limit of 3) now applies to blue rockfish and deacon rockfish combined.
If you’re lucky enough to catch a colorful assortment of fish, keep in mind that the following species of rockfish are prohibited: China, copper, quillback and yelloweye. Several handouts, including “What Can I Keep, and How Many?” and species identification tips, are available on the ODFW sport groundfish webpage.
Pacific Halibut - With the closure on salmon fishing in the ocean waters off the Southern Oregon Coast, it is expected there will be more of an effort made for halibut than has been seen before.
In 2017 vessels fishing for or retaining halibut are required (1) to have onboard a functioning rockfish descending device, and (2) use it to descend any rockfish released when fishing outside of the 30-fathom regulatory line. For more information and videos, please click here.
The 2017 halibut quota is up 16.7 percent from 2016, which should allow for some additional fishing days, depending on weather and catch rates. To see the season map, click here.
Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR): The all-depth halibut fishery will be open for one additional day, this Saturday, June 17. The nearshore fishery is now open seven days per week until the quota is caught or Sept. 30.
Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.): The all-depth halibut fishery will be open June 15-17, for the last pre-set spring all-depth halibut opener. If quota remains after this weekend, additional days may be available every other week. Fishing during the June 8-10 opening was strongly hampered by rough seas and high winds, resulting in low effort from anglers.
The nearshore fishery opened June 1, 2017, seven days per week until the quota is caught or Oct. 31. Reports of "hot halibut fishing" were reported early in the week last week, of halibut in the 45-50 inch range. In addition, petrale sole was landed by some fortunate anglers. Note that when both the nearshore and all-depth halibut fisheries are open on the same day, e.g., June 15-17, regulations for the all-depth fishery – namely, groundfish retention rules – apply to all halibut anglers, regardless of where fishing occurs.
The summer all-depth fishery opens Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, and every other Friday-Saturday until the quota is caught or Oct. 31.
Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA Border): Opened May 1, seven days per week until the quota is caught or Oct 31.
Crabbing - Ocean and bay crabbing is open coastwide. Bay crabbing is still slow. Typically this time of year we start seeing some soft male crabs that have recently molted. Recent reports are that crabbing has been getting better in the ocean, and the best results are seen in water deeper than 100 feet.
Salmon - No off shore salmon fishing from Humbug Mountain in Oregon to Eureka, California for 2017. Poor ocean conditions and low stream flows several years ago have resulted in poor returns to the Klamath and Sacramento Rivers for chinooks. And since the Klamath and Sacramento chinooks spend their time in the ocean off Southern Oregon and Northern California, this is the reason for the closure. There are just not going to be eough salmon returning to keep the stock going according to estimates. This will not impact rivers except for the Klamath and the Sacramento where closures will be enforced there as well. The Chetco and Elk River Bubble seasons in the fall will be happening.
The Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. Chinook salmon recreational fishing season opened March 15, 2017 and is scheduled to go until October 31, 2017. This season is open for all salmon except coho salmon, with a bag limit of two salmon per day, and minimum sizes for Chinook at 24 inches or larger, and steelhead at 20 inches or larger.
Ocean Chinook fishing effort and catch have been slow so far this season; however, some ocean Chinook were landed in Garibaldi last week.
Just a reminder: Anglers are restricted to no more than two single point barbless hooks when fishing for salmon, and when fishing for any other species if a salmon is on board the vessel.
Anglers fishing in ocean waters adjacent to Tillamook Bay between Twin Rocks and Pyramid Rock and within the 15 fathom depth contour are reminded that only adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon may be retained or on board while fishing prior to Aug. 1.
2017 ocean recreational and commercial troll salmon seasons were approved by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on April 21, 2017.
Click here for details, including regulations, and more information on ocean salmon seasons.
ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMIC ACID, AND CLOSED FOR HARVEST OF MUSSELS FROM THE COLUMBIA RIVER TO HECETA HEAD DUE TO DOMOIC ACID
Call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures. Additional information is available from ODA’s Food Safety Program at (503) 986-4720 or the ODA shellfish closures website. Openings and closures listed below were accurate on October 4th.
For everything you need to know about identifying and harvesting Oregon’s shellfish, including maps of individual estuaries that show where to crab and clam, see the recreational shellfish pages on the ODFW website.
The harvest of Mussels is open on the entire coast.
NOTICE: Razor clams harvest is now closed due to high levels of domic acid the entire length of the Oregon Coast.
Bay clamming is Open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Check the ODFW Shellfish website for where and when to harvest your favorite bivalves. Updated maps on where to clam. There will be some good tides at the end of the week for bay clamming. This will be some of the last morning clamming tides as we transition to a period where the best clamming tides occur after sunset.
Shore and Estuary Angling -
There are many fishing opportunities from shore and inside the bays and estuaries of the Oregon coast. Public piers provide opportunities to catch anything from surfperch to Chinook salmon as they begin to enter coastal bays in anticipation of the fall rains. Rocky ocean coastline and jetties provide the ideal habitat for greenling, rockfish, cabezon, and lingcod. These areas are often fished by boat and from shore, and can be targeted with rod and reel or spear gun. 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. Rockfish, greenling and cabezon generally take cover during strong incoming and outgoing tides. 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. Surf perch are excellent table fare. Striped seaperch are found year-round in rocky areas like jetties; and ocean surf is the place to find redtail surfperch and silver perch. So how do I try to catch these fish and what do I use as bait? Click on this link. Surfperch Fishing (pdf). Redtail and other species of surfperch commonly caught in the breaker waves along ocean beaches are usually plentiful in the late spring and early summer months. Striped seaperch, pile perch, and shiner perch can be caught year round in most Oregon bays. The bag limit for surfperch is generous at 15 per day. While it is believed that populations of surf perch are in good shape, a lot remains unknown about the actual status of surfperch populations off the Oregon Coast, so, as usual, take only what you will use.
Tuna - The 2017 season is not underway yet. A few reports of stragglers have been received. But, the big schools have not arrived yet.