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FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP

NO CRABBING ALLOWED IN BAYS AND ESTAUARIES FROM THE CALIFONIA BORDER TO THE NORTH JETTY AT COOS BAY, AND FROM TAHKENITCH CREEK NORTH OF WINCHESTER BAY TO CAPE FOULWEATHER DUE TO DOMOIC ACID. 

ALL ANGLING FOR BOTTOM FISH / ROCK FISH CLOSED ALONG THE ENTIRE OREGON COAST. ANGLERS HAVE CAUGHT THE QUOTA FOR BLACK ROCK FISH FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2004 CAUSING THE CLOSURE. TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL MORTALITY OF BLACK ROCK FISH, ALL FISHING FOR BOTTOM FISH MUST CLOSE.

ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

FREE FISHING THIS WEEKEND. This Friday and Saturday you won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon that is open to fishing. However, the multiple closures for the off shore and bay waters will hamper efforts at the Coast. And, the weather looks as though it will have major impacts state wide throwing a big damper on the fun.

Trout anglers should be very excited with releases of excess rainbow trout recently. Waterbodies offering fresh opportunities following recent stocking include Lake Selmac, Applegate Reservoir, Lost Creek Reservoir, Agate Lake, Willow Lake and Medco Pond.

Recent rains are bringing Chinook into the Chetco, Elk and Winchuck rivers.

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 11 / 20 / 2017 

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

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Agate is 23 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk. Fishing for trout got a shot in the arm as 350 rainbow trout of various size were stocked recently. This is the first stocking of rainbows into Agate Lake in three years. These trout will provide anglers an opportunity for trout fishing close to Medford and Eagle Point. Use nightcrawlers and power bait for best success. Sunny days will be better. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish is slow. The county park and boat ramp is open during daylight hours. 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.

Applegate Reservoir was recently stocked with legal size rainbow trout and fishing should be very good. There is very low fishing pressure up here, but recent reports indicate that trout fishing has been good for anglers trolling with wedding ring/flasher combos. 

The reservoir is basically down to the flood control pool at just 12 percent of capapcity. At current water levels the only boat access should be the low water ramp at French Gulch, but mud can be a problem in the fall at this location. Hart-tish is closed for the winter.

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.

Trout fishing has slowed after an excellent summer and early fall. Fishing can still be productive under the right conditions, but anglers need to be alert for light bites. Using night crawlers and power bait is the way to go now. Trolling is not effective as water temps have really cooled and the fish are sluggish. 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 is slow for everything. The lake is currently 26 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. 500 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches and 100 1 pound rainbows were stocked in mid October. 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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Fish Lake is stocked with rainbow trout, tiger trout and Chinook salmon. Brook trout also are available. Some rainbow trout and Chinook were caught on flies this past Saturday but the water temperature was a cold 43 degrees. Anglers should be aware that a snow park permit is needed through April 30th to use the USFS lot at the boat ramp in winter. 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 currently at 63 percent capacity.

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

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Open all year. Access is unknown and could be limited by snow. If you can get to the lake, fishing should be good for rainbow trout. Fourmile is 28 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 last week 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 water levels remain high with the lake still at 75 percent capacity. The only boat ramp is available is Willow Point. Jackson County Parks plans to keep Willow Point open until heavy snow arrives. Fishing should be good when we have sunny days.

ODF&W stocked the reservoir with nearly 37,000 5 - 6 inch Cranebows last year in October. 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.

HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass

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The reservoir remains at 40 percent full. With campground and jetty access closures in place, angler access is primarily from the bank along Hyatt Prairie Road. There has been almost zero effort here in the last month and a half.

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 was stocked before Labor Day weekend with 12- to 14-inch rainbow trout. Fishing should be slow for rainbow trout. Best fishing is from a boat. A few large brown trout can be caught this time of the year as they move along the shoreline to look for places to spawn.   

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

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Lake Selmac is freshly stocked with legal-size rainbow trout, large rainbows and fingerlings. Fishing for trout should be good. Especially for those using power bait. Fishing for bass and other warm water species has really slowed. Boat anglers are reminded to clean weeds off boats before leaving the lake. 

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Trout fishing can be great in the fall at Lemolo with rainbow, large brown trout and kokanee available. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of five per day with only one of those measuring over 20-inches. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

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

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Lost Creek Reservoir 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 has received 5,000 legal-size and 3,300 14- to 16-inch trout in October, and fishing should be very good. Many more large trout are being stocked in Lost Creek than in past years as a result of data from recent trout tagging studies.

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 has cooled dramatically to 53 degrees. All boat ramps are still open.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond is freshly stocked with rainbow trout, and fishing should be good. Fishing for bass and other warm water species is slow. 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. There is a new owner 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. 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

Fishing for trout improves as water temps have dropped. And, ODF&W stocked the pond with 250 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches, and 100 1 pound rainbows in October. Anglers are using worms and power bait to take them. Fishing for bass and bluegills is slowing way down. 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. 

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

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Willow Lake was recently stocked with 2,500 legals and 500 larger (12- to 14-inch) rainbow trout and fishing should be good. Fishing for bass and other warm water species is slow. The lake is 56 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 11 / 20 / 2017

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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 7,620 cfs this morning at Agness

Anglers plunking off gravel bars in the lower river have been doing well for steelhead and coho. Rains will raise flows and probably make for some tough fishing conditions. Anglers will want to check flows prior to heading out and try to fish when river levels are dropping and clearing.  

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 3,450 cfs. The temperature is 45 degrees.

Steelhead fishing has continued to be good in Grants Pass at Griffin Park, Schroeder Park and near the footbridge area by Reinhardt Park. Steelhead anglers should be aware of spawning Chinook, and  avoid spooking fish off their redds. The best bet for summer steelhead is drift fishing small roe, yarn balls or cocktail shrimp. They can also still be caught on small k-9 or k-11 plugs. Fly-fishers are doing well swinging copper johns or egg imitations. Hatchery coho salmon numbers should be peaking now in the Middle Rogue as 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 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

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SALMON ANGLING CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN THE HATCHERY HOLE

The flows from the Lost Creek Dam are at 2,316 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 2,720 cfs.

A total of 2,204 summer steelhead, 76 fall chinook, and 397 coho salmon have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of the 15th of November. The springer return earlier this year was 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. 

Beginning Nov. 1 and continuing for the rest of the year, fising is restricted to artificial flies and lures from the Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp upstream to the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park. Bait is allowed upstream of the Shady Cove boat ramp. 

Hatchery coho salmon are entering the collection pond in numbers now at Cole Rivers. Summer steelhead are available and fishing for them has really improved with the higher flows in the river. Trout are also available. Only hatchery rainbow trout and steelhead can be kept, while all cutthroat and wild trout and wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Anglers should be aware of spawning spring Chinook and not disturb these fish.

The Holy Water from the dam to the hatchery is open and is fly fishing ONLY! No bait fishing is ever allowed. Fishing has been slow for anglers with afternoons of sunny days offerring the best success. Matching the hatch is critical to success out here. 

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. The weekly stocking of rainbow trout has ended, however, there have been reports of anglers doing very well in the river above the reservoir. Not a lot of fishing pressure, especially toward the latter half of summer due to fires, 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.

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. 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. 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 6.36 feet and the flow is 6,040 cfs at Elkton.

Chinook fishing in the estuary has slowed. Bank anglers in Half Moon Bay and the boat basin have also seen a decline in catch rates. There have been reports of folks catching fish throughout the main. 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. Trout fishing on the mainstem Umpqua tributaries closed Sept. 15.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass

CLOSED TO ALL ANGLING!

The South Umpqua mainstem and tributaries are closed to all angling to protect fall chinook.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

This morning the height is 4.02 feet, and the flow was 3,360 cfs at Winchester.

The North Umpqua is closed to Chinook fishing till February. Trout fishing in North Umpqua tributaries from the mouth to the fly area boundary at Deadline Falls closed Sept. 15.

Summer steelhead fishing below deadline falls has been spotty and the season is coming to an end. Winter steelhead should start moving in as we get closer to December.

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

There has been awesome fishing of late. Many large chinooks have been taken with the top one so far a 48 pound beauty landed by a client of guide Andy Martin. Rains will dictate success. There have been some days with the river blown out...but not many. Mostly we have seen perfect to near perfect conditions and great fishing has been the result. Most of the success is coming to those in boats using wrapped plugs. However, bank anglers plunking roe have had their share of fun too. A rare to see Chum salmon was caught at the beginning of the month. The angler who caught it was using a wrapped plug and fishing with Andy Martin. After photos, the Chum was released. If you should catch a Chum you will need to release it unharmed. Anglers need to pay extra attention to water levels and floating debris this year due to impacts from the Chetco Bar fire. 

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

The Elk and Sixes are open for angling. On the Elk, most anglers are fishing the estuary. Rains should improve fishing conditions in the river. The Sixes will be best behind rains as the uptick in flows will have salmon on the move.

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead

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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 where hatchery fish are mostly found. They do not stock the Applegate with hatchery fish any longer. The Applegate is a wonderful river to learn the art of fly fishing. 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.

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.

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

Anglers have been picking up Chinook on a regular basis in the estuary. Rains will distribute Chinook throughout the river. 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 11 / 20 / 2017

Small craft advisories, hazardous sea warnings, and gale warnings are in effect from the near shore waters on out. However, due to the near total shut down of fishing off shore for the Oregon waters, nobody is going out anyway. Angling effort has shifted attention to the coastal rivers in pursuit of fall run chinooks and looking for early arriving winter run steelhead.

NO CRABBING ALLOWED IN BAYS AND ESTAUARIES FROM THE CALIFONIA BORDER TO THE NORTH JETTY AT COOS BAY, AND FROM TAHKENITCH CREEK NORTH OF WINCHESTER BAY TO CAPE FOULWEATHER DUE TO DOMOIC ACID. 

ALL ANGLING FOR BOTTOM FISH / ROCK FISH CLOSED ALONG THE ENTIRE OREGON COAST. ANGLERS HAVE CAUGHT THE QUOTA FOR BLACK ROCK FISH FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2004 CAUSING THE CLOSURE. TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL MORTALITY OF BLACK ROCK FISH, ALL FISHING FOR BOTTOM FISH MUST CLOSE.

ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

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Sadly for Brookings EVERYTHING is now shut down except for fishing in the local rivers, and fishing for surf perch in the estuary and boat basin. 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.

GOLD BEACH: As is the case with Brookings, EVERYTHING is now shut down except for fishing in the river. Fishing for surf perch is open. 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. 

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

Streams and rivers are now closed to trout fishing until next spring.

Chinook salmon fishing is still open in the Coos Basin although majority of the fish have move up river to spawn. There is not a wild coho season inside Coos Bay this year so all wild coho must be released but anglers may keep any adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho.

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is closed because the quotas for several species have been reached. This includes the ocean along with bays and estuaries. On Oct. 1, recreational bottomfishing will reopen outside 40 fathoms but for anglers using “longleader” gear only. The daily bag limit for the long-leader fishery has been increased to 10 marine fish but retention of black rockfish, cabezon, lingcod, and other nearshore rockfish (blue, deacon, china, copper, and quillback rockfishes) are not allowed at any depth for the remainder of the 2017 season. Find more information about a longleader setup here.

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the Crabbing and Clamming section of the Recreation Report.

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

Salmon fishing in the river is still on here, and this is the ONLY place open for crabbing now south of Cape Foulweather on the Coast. Salmon fishing is not what it had been for sure. But, there is still enough success to keep anglers making an effort. Trolling the main channel is the most effective way to go. You are going to have to search for speed and depth until you start getting hits. That will vary by the day and the conditions. There have been some days with the river blown out, but not very many for this time of the year. Crabbing is an up and down affair right now. As rain falls and flows increase, crabbing is poor. But after the flows settle and we go three or four days without rain....crabbing picks up. But, we are in the time of the year now when the windows of opportunity are just fewer to come by. Surf perch fishing is good when conditions are favorable for them. But again, getting those days is becoming tougher. When we do find the river flows down and a slack tide, tossing sand shrimp, works, or Berkely gulp baits will get you action. Bottom fishing is closed here as it is up and down the Coast.

 

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

NO CRABBING ALLOWED IN BAYS AND ESTAUARIES FROM THE CALIFONIA BORDER TO THE NORTH JETTY AT COOS BAY, AND FROM TAHKENITCH CREEK NORTH OF WINCHESTER BAY TO CAPE FOULWEATHER DUE TO DOMOIC ACID. 

ALL ANGLING FOR BOTTOM FISH / ROCK FISH WILL END FOR THE REST TO THE YEAR AT THE END OF LEGAL FISHING TIME SUNDAY ALONG THE ENTIRE OREGON COAST. ANGLERS WILL HAVE CAUGHT THE QUOTA FOR BLACK ROCK FISH FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2004 CAUSING THE CLOSURE. TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL MORTALITY OF BLACK ROCK FISH, ALL FISHING FOR BOTTOM FISH MUST CLOSE.

ENTIRE OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS AND MUSSELS 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

Sport Groundfish

Effective Oct. 1, 2017:

Inside 40 Fathom Line:

Anglers may no longer catch and retain lingcod (except by spear), any species of rockfish, cabezon, greenling, or other bottomfish (aka groundfish) species, except flatfish species (other than Pacific halibut) inside of the 40 fathom regulatory line. Lingcod may be taken by spear only (with no change to the bag limit or minimum length). This closure is through Dec. 31, 2017 for all Oregon waters, including bays, estuaries, banks, and fishing off of jetties. Retention of flatfish and spear caught lingcod is not allowed on the same fishing trip.

Pacific halibut are managed separately, for up-to-date information on Pacific halibut fishing, please visit our halibut page.

Outside 40 Fathom Line:

Long-leader fishery

  • Ocean waters outside the 40-fathom curve will reopen to fishing, with longleader gear only.
  • The daily rockfish bag limit is increased to 10 fish.
  • The following fish may NOT be retained black, yelloweye, blue, deacon, China, copper and quillback rockfish, cabezon, lingcod.
  • Retention of flatfish species (sanddabs, sole, flounder, California halibut) is NOT allowed during long-leader trips.
  • Descending devices are mandatory.

Flatfish fishery

  • Fishing for flatfish species (sanddabs, sole, flounder, California halibut) remains open at all depths.
  • Retention of other groundfish species (rockfish, greenling, sablefish, etc.) is NOT allowed during flatfish trips.
  • Descending devices are mandatory.

Lingcod fishery

  • Open only for spearfishing (at all depths).

Waypoints for the 40-fathom curve (pdf, 1 page)

Ocean Salmon SPECIAL SEASON

The Elk River Terminal Area Chinook Salmon season will be open from Nov. 1-30 within the described boundaries with a limit of 2 Chinook per day but no more than 1 non fin-clipped Chinook per day and 10 non fin-clipped seasonal aggregate limit combined with the Elk River, Sixes River, New River, and Floras Creek.

OCEAN SALMON

ALL off shore seasons except the Elk River Terminal special season are now closed. See you next spring.

BOTTOM FISHING

Oregon’s recreational bottomfish (a.k.a. groundfish) season is closed inside the 40 fathom regulatory line. Anglers may no longer catch or retain lingcod, any species of rockfish, cabezon, greenling, or other bottomfish species except for flatfish species (sanddab and Petrale sole, for example). Fishing for flatfish species (excluding Pacific halibut) and spearfishing for lingcod are open at all depths through Dec. 31.

Beginning Oct. 1 through the end of the year, limited bottomfish fishing reopened outside of the 40 fathom regulatory line, only with the use of longleader gear. (Bottomfish fishing remains closed inside the 40 fathom regulatory line.) Longleader gear has a minimum of 30 feet between the sinker, or weight, and the lowest hook. Additionally, a non-compressible float above the top hook is required. No bait or lures larger than five inches in length are allowed. This gear is designed to target midwater rockfish species such as yellowtail, widow, and canary rockfish, while avoiding the more bottom dwelling yelloweye rockfish. The daily bag limit is 10 fish per angler for the remainder of 2017. During this reopening, retention of black, blue, deacon, China, copper, and quillback rockfish, cabezon, lingcod, and yelloweye rockfish is prohibited. Trips for flatfish, longleader bottomfish, and lingcod spearfishing must all remain separate, i.e. they cannot be onboard the boat at the same time.

The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation area, approximately 15 miles west of Newport, is closed to bottomfish (groundfish) and halibut fishing year round.

Vessels fishing for or retaining bottomfish (including flatfish) species or Pacific 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 see the rockfish recompression webpage.

In addition to the descending device rule, ODFW continues to encourage anglers to use a descending device when releasing any rockfish with signs of barotrauma. 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.

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.

DUNGENESS CRAB

  • Ocean waters will be closed to Dungeness crab Oct. 16 – Nov. 30. Bays and estuaries from the California state line to the north jetty at Coos Bay are closed due to domoic acid. Bays and eastuaries are also closed from Tahkenitch Creek to the Cape Foulweather also for domoic acid. North of Cape Foulweather, bays and estuaries are open. Success is very dependent on river flows. High flows chases crabs out into the salt and kills fishing. Low river flows produce opportunities. Success has been fair of late when conditions allow. Alot of females and sub adult males in the pots so you will have to cull to find your keepers.

PACIFIC HALIBUT

All 2017 sport halibut fisheries have concluded for 2017. Allocations for 2018 will be available in late January 2018.  For more information on please see the sport halibut webpage.

SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING

Shore and estuary anglers may fish for surfperch, flatfish species like starry flounder and sanddabs, and baitfish (herring, for example). On the Central and Southern Coasts, be very mindful of closures on crabbingin bays and estuaries due to domoic acid

Due to inseason regulation changes, anglers may NOT catch or retain lingcod, any species of rockfish, cabezon, greenling, or other bottomfish species except for flatfish species like sanddab and starry flounder. Surfperch fishing is not impacted by this closure, and remains 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

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.

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