FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP
Before any fishing trips, always be sure to consult the regulations to see if there are any changes. You can check them here 2019 Sport Fishing Regulations.
Anglers continue to catch Chinook and steelhead on the middle Rogue.
While bay fishing has slowed some on the lower Rogue, anglers are still catching chinook and steelhead below the Hwy 101 bridge.
Several SW Zone waterbodies, including Lake Selmac, Expo Pond, Reinhart Park Pond, Saunders Lake, Upper Empire Lake, Butterfield Lake, Bradley Lake and Powers Pond were stocked last week with some legal size and larger trout. Thanks to cooler temperatures, these fish should be ready to bite.
CONDITIONS LAST UPDATED 10 / 20 / 2019
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AGATE LAKE: trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, perch, bullhead catfish
The lake is 11 percent full. The water is very low, and the boat ramp is now unusable due to low water levels, muddy banks make it quite difficult to access the water as well. Essentially the lake is closed until more water arrives.
APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout, spring chinook, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie
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The reservoir is 15 percent full and will continue to drop for a few more weeks. Copper boat ramp is unusable due to low levels, and French Gulch is nearing the end of its availability, so be careful when launching a boat. Now that temperatures are cooler trout should be more active, try trolling in deeper water or near inlets.
Bass may still be biting for a few more weeks and bass anglers should try casting lures along a rocky shoreline.
DIAMOND LAKE: rainbow trout, tiger trout, brown trout
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DO NOT EVER USE LIVE BAIT IN DIAMOND LAKE!! IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND IT DOES NOT WORK ANY WAY. IF YOU SEE PEOPLE USING LIVE BAIT IN DIAMOND LAKE, REPORT THEM IMMEDIATELY.
Diamond Lake is still reporting decent success. Recent reports indicate most successful anglers are using flies with a quick retrieve or trolling. Others are having good success with floating bait off the bottom. If one technique isn’t working switch to something else. They stocked Diamond Lake with sub legal rainbows of around 6 inches in size in June. It was planned that 350,000 of them would be released. These fish should now be at legal size. They are very aggressive biters. Do not be surprised if you fill your limit on them.
Make sure to contact Diamond Lake Lodge for up-to-date conditions by calling 541-793-3333 for updates. This is also the number you will use to contact the marina about boat rentals, or to book a trip with their guide service. Diamond Lake is open for fishing year-round.
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.
Fishing for warmwater species is likely still going to be good. Anglers should concentrate on rocky areas or rock cliffs. Clarity at Emigrant is fairly good so lures are a good option. Trout fishing may be picking back up, try trolling in deeper water. The boat ramp at Emigrant is still accessible at Emigrant Lake and the reservoir is 23 percent full.
The Point RV Park is open year-round. The Oak Slope Tent Campground is open as well.
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 Isola pond was stocked last week with legal size and some larger fish. The fish should be biting with the cooler temperatures we are experiencing, try still fishing some bait from the bottom. Fishing for bass and panfish may still be good for a few weeks -- anglers should concentrate on submerged vegetation or other structures.
The Southern Oregon RV Park developed by Jackson County offers parking in the lot to the right as you drive in Gate 5. 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 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.
FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, tiger trout, spring chinook
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Fish Lake was stocked a few weeks ago with trophy trout. Trout fishing remains good with good clarity and cool water temperatures. Anglers should concentrate on deeper areas and near the springs at the east end of the lake. Kayaks and inflatables can do great here right now.
Fish Lake is now 10 percent full and 55 degrees. The Forest Service boat ramp and the resort ramp is unusable due to low lake levels. Inflatables and kayaks may have trouble at the Forest Service boat ramp due to mud -- try the resort area.
Tiger trout, Chinook salmon, brook trout, and larger rainbow trout are available. Remember that tiger trout must be immediately released unharmed. Anglers are encouraged to report their catch of tiger trout to fish district staff at 541-826-8774.
FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout
Fourmile Lake was stocked before Labor Day with 1,400 rainbow trout. Fishing for rainbow trout will be fair. Fishing also should pick up for trophy brook trout and for lake trout around 20-inches. The lake is 10 percent full, based on the 15,600 acre feet taken out for irrigation. At this lake level, it will become increasingly more difficult to launch boats as there is no concrete boat ramp. You can launch small boats from the sandy beach. There is a day use fee.
GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts
No recent reports. At last report, Galesville has been stocked with a lot of “trophy-size” trout this year and fishing has been good. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015. 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 has been good. Good areas are near dead snags and the boat ramp. Try a slow retrieve with a diving crank bait. I can also add that I have seen pioctures from Galesville of whooper sized bluegill and crappie being taken there. I mean giant sized bluegills and crappie. The size truly worth going after for some really delicious filets. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.
GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout
No recent reports. At last report, trout fishing has slowed due to weed growth and lower water. Anglers fishing early morning or late evening have been doing the best. Anglers slow trolling spinners, flies, or wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm all typically do well hooking up with some feisty rainbow trout. Five trout per day/3 daily limits in possession; 8-inch minimum; only one trout over 20-inches long may be taken per day. Bank anglers can find access at the 12th street or Pinehurst boat ramps and off Paradise Point Road. The lake can be very windy so anglers will want to check the weather before heading out.
HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout, bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegills
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The reservoir is 33 percent full and 59 degrees and has good clarity. All boat ramps are closed at this time due to dropping reservoir levels. Inflatables and kayaks can probably still launch from some areas, and trout fishing should be good with cooling water temperatures. Howard Prairie has been stocked with our annual “fall fingerlings.” These trout are not of legal size, but should be by the spring, please be cognizant of the size of fish you are catching and gently release these smaller fish to grow until next year. The marina and restaurant are closed for the season, but the resort campground remains open until the end of October.If you can get a small inflatable or kayak in, try trolling worms or lures. Otherwise still-fishing with bait is always a good option at the deepest areas. It is currently very shallow around the resort area. For fishing from the shore, get down near the dam to find the deeper water yopu will want to key on to find trout.
HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass
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Hyatt Lake is 35 percent full and the paved boat ramp is unusable for launching trailered boats, but inflatables or kayaks can launch from the banks. Hyatt Lake has been stocked with our annual “fall fingerlings.” These trout are not of legal size, but should be by the spring, please be cognizant of the size of fish you are catching and gently release these smaller fish to grow until next year. Fishing was reported to be good from inflatables and smaller watercraft, or from shore near the dam. Trout are biting on bait fished from the bottom, especially near the dam. Bass fishing should be okay for a few more weeks, try lures near the submerged tree trunks.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie
The lake was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout before Labor Day weekend. Fishing will be fair for rainbow trout. Fishing for largemouth bass also has been good with a few smallmouth available. Yellow perch are the dominant fish in the reservoir. Fishing with bait on the bottom can be very good for brown bullhead.
Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent information toll free at 866-201-4194. 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
Lake Selmac was stocked last week with legal and larger size trout. With the cooler temperatures these fish should be biting well, try still fishing bait. Fishing for bass and panfish might be good. Aquatic vegetation can be thick in some areas but is beginning to die off. Warmwater fish in Lake Selmac are often found near the shore in the aquatic vegetation.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee
No recent reports. Fishing has been a little slow. The lake was last stocked before Labor Day. 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. Historically speaking, fishing in LeMolo really improves at this time of the year. The big browns are moving in to shallower waters and are usually on feeding binges. Kokanee will be spawning as well. This activity always stirs up the fish. Kokanee will turn a bright red in their spawning colors. If you find spawning kokanee, immediately start tossing out small salmon eggs on a single, or small treble hook. This will almost always get you action from predatory rainbow and brown trout looking snap up kokanee eggs that come loose. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, spring chinook, bass, bullheads
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Lost Creek Reservoir was stocked the week of Oct. 2 with legal-size and larger trout and both Tekelma and the Marina boat ramps are accessible. This is probably the best lake for launching trailered boats and fishing for trout in the area at this time.
Trout fishing should be good as water temperatures are cooling. Trolling a wedding ring and worm combination behind an oval egg sinker is always a good bet. Some bass may still be biting, especially near the dam or near any submerged structures.
Lost Creek Reservoir is 42 percent full.
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.
MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill
Fishing for bass and panfish should be good. Trout fishing is improving as the water cools. It is worth a try to see if they are on the bite. Anglers are reminded that Medco Pond is privately owned. Gas engines are not allowed on the pond, and bank access is restricted to the west shore.
Medco Pond 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
Reinhardt Park Pond was stocked last week with legal sized and some larger trout. These fish should be biting well with the cooler water temperatures we have been experiencing, try still fishing bait from the bank. Fishing for bass and panfish might still be good, especially around submerged structures. This is a great place for a family to explore with very easy access for everyone. A relative simple set up that includes either a nightcrawler fished below a bobber.
WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, brown bullhead, perch
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Willow Lake trout fishing is picking back up. Try trolling flashers and worms, or flies in deeper water. Fishing for bass and panfish is more likely to be productive. Lake clarity is good and aquatic vegetation should be dying off. Anglers should concentrate on submerged willows or rocky shorelines. At 54 percent full, Willow Lake remains higher than other reservoirs in the area, but the boat ramp was getting close to unusable at the most recent check. Try contacting Jackson County Parks before heading up with a boat to launch.
RIVER REPORTS AS OF 10 / 20 / 2019
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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 2,040 cfs this morning at Agness
As we ease into fall/winter weather, the water temperature will continue to drop, which should encourage some fish to move up river. Bay fishing has slowed some, but anglers are still fishing and catching chinook and steelhead below the Hwy 101 bridge.
Most boating anglers are trolling some type of in line flasher with an anchovy. We’re expecting some rain in the forecast and with rising water levels, some people may want to consider switching tactics to anchoring up and back-bouncing eggs.
Steelhead fishing has slowed some in the lower river. Anglers swinging flies or tossing spinners are having the best luck.
The Huntley Seining Project is winding down. Anglers can find the regularly updated Huntley Report here.
Five hatchery trout may be retained daily. Wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.
Rogue River, middle: steelhead, chinook salmon, trout
At Grants Pass we have a flow of 1,500 cfs. The temp is 49 degrees.
Half-pounder fishing has been good in the Rogue Canyon, especially below Blossom Bar. Keep in mind it is now artificial fly and lures only from Foster Creek to Whisky Creek until Oct. 31. Adult steelhead fishing continues to be good throughout the river, spinners and flies are bringing in some nice large fish and they will continue to move upstream as the water cools.
Some good fall chinook fishing has also been reported upstream of Rainy Falls, but keep in mind Chinook is now closed above Hog Creek.
Boaters floating from Hog Creek to Graves Creek should be familiar with the rapids in this section of river, and know their takeouts. Experienced oarsmen/woman are recommended here. There are many BLM public access points to bank fish from Hog Creek to Graves Creek. This is often referred to the “Galice area.”
Five hatchery trout may be retained daily. Wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout
The flow from the Lost Creek Dam is at 1,161 cfs. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 1,390 cfs.
3,794 spring chinook, and 2,899 summer run steelhead have returned to the Cole Rivers Hatchery through October 16th.
Above Fishers Ferry, Chinook fishing is now closed. The Rogue River above Fishers Ferry is artificial fly only.
Summer steelhead and trout remain open in the upper Rogue, and summer steelhead fly-fishing has been good. This has been a great run of summer steelhead with not only many fish available, but larger fish as well. With the Chinook fishing now closed in this area, it’s a great time to fly-fish while there is less pressure. Excess hatchery adult summer steelhead from Cole River Hatchery are being recycled back into the fishery and anglers are reporting success in catching these fish. Some summer steelhead have red tags extending from the top of the fish near the dorsal fin. ODFW encourages anglers that catch these fish to call the upper Rogue office at 541-826-8774.
The Holy Water from the dam to the hatchery is open and is fly fishing ONLY! No bait fishing is ever allowed. Use both wet and dry flies. Wets tend to outfish dries, until a pale evening dunn hatch starts coming off. Use prince nymphs or copperswans, steelhead brassies, stone flies, ugly bugs, or you will want to fish large dark flies if swinging. Don’t be afraid of color such as black and chartreuse, black and blue, black and purple, black and pink, or black and red. If tying your own flies, don’t be afraid to add a little bit of flash dubbing or tinsel in the body of your fly.
ROGUE RIVER ABOVE LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout
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The Rogue River and feeder creeks like Mill Creek, National Creek, and Union Creek are stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day with 2500 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in size. 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. In 2017 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. That is the largest brown to be caught in the upper Rogue in years. But, it is proof they are in there.
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 can be done along Highway 230 where there is enough separation of the foliage and trees to allow for fly casting.
No recent reports, but at last report fishing was good from Prospect upstream. With cold water, you’ll want to swing your lure right in front of fish, so work through a hole a bit more slowly. Anglers can cast flies or smaller lures like a Panther Martin or rooster tail. Often tipping the lure with bait helps to produce. In slower holes, fishing straight bait such as night crawler or Pautzke eggs, even PowerBait will produce.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, sturgeon, chinook, bass, striped bass, shad, trout
As of this morning the height of the river is at 5.25 feet and the flow is 4,120 cfs at Elkton.
Chinook fishing is winding down in the lower river, but there are often some fall Chinook caught in the river through October. Please note there is no retention of unclipped coho salmon in the river, but fin-clipped coho is open in the river as part of your two adult salmon daily limit. The river regulations start at the tips of the jetties.
Bass fishing has still been good in most of the main.
Trout fishing reopened on May 22, 2019, but tributaries closed to all fishing Sept. 16. The mainstem is catch-and-release only.
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 mainstem South Umpqua and all tributaries are closed through November 31st to all fishing as part of the annual closure to protect salmon.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout
There have been some reports of anglers catching summer steelhead, but it has been slow.
The North is closed to all fishing for Chinook.
Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout (those above Slide Creek Dam): check the fishing regulations to see which areas are closed.
Note that as of Oct. 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, artificial fly.
ODFW released 76,000 spring Chinook last week. This is below the release goal of 212,000 fall smolts. With a poor return of adults in the fall of 2018, ODFW was unable to meet the release for 2019/ 2020. These fish are expected to return to the Umpqua in year 2023 and 2024.
CHETCO RIVER: Sea run cuttthroat trout, rainbow trout, chinook salmon, steelhead
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Temporary fishing regulations will be in place Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 this year for wild Chinook salmon. Adult wild Chinook may be harvested, 1 per day and 5 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit. However, of the 5 no more than 2 adult wild Chinook may be harvested for the period of Oct. 1 – Dec. 3.
A low- water closure of all fishing will be in place upstream of river mile 2.2 beginning Oct. 1 and will be lifted after heavy and consistent rains have allowed fish the chance to distribute throughout the river system. For more information, please see the in-season regulation change tables here.
See a map of the low water closure area on the Chetco.
ELK / SIXES RIVERS: Sea run cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
Temporary fishing regulations will be in place Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 for wild chinook salmon. For more information, please see the in-season regulation change tables here.
See a map of the low water closure area on the Elk.
To check river current conditions, call 541-332-0405.
APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead
The Applegate River is open to trout fishing. Only fin-clipped rainbow trout may be retained. All wild cutthroat and rainbow trout must be released unharmed.
ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead
The Illinois is open for trout fishing, but hatchery fish are not stocked so the fishery is primarily catch-and-release for wild rainbow and cutthroat trout.
Starting Oct. 1 there will be an emergency closure to all fishing from the $8 Bridge/Green Bridge and Pomeroy Dam to address public concern over illegal snagging of wild fall Chinook.
WINCHUCK RIVER: Sea run Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, steelhead
Temporary fishing regulations are now in place through Dec. 31 this year for wild chinook salmon. Adult wild Chinook may be harvested, 1 per day and 5 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit. However, of the 5 no more than 2 adult wild Chinook may be harvested for the period of Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 This rule does not affect hatchery fish or jacks.
A low-water closure of all angling from the river mouth to the Peavine bridge will be in place beginning Oct. 1and will be lifted after heavy and consistent rain gives fish a chance to distribute throughout the river system. For more information, please see the in-season regulation change tables here.
See a map of the low water closure area on the Winchuck.
SOUTHERN OREGON COASTAL REPORTS -
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Ocean surfaces will be very rough from Friday 10/25 through Sunday night 10/27. Small boats under 30 feet are not advised to be out of port owing to small craft advisory conditions, gale conditions, and hazardous seas
FOR 10 / 20 / 2019
Salmon fishing in the estuary has been the main attraction in Brookings as low watwer flows have kept the fish kegged up in the lower river. Fishing in the near shore waters of Brookings has been for bottom fish off the jetties and the beaches. Crabbing remains slow in the estuary and boat basin. When ocean conditions have cooperated, the fishing for bottom fish, including some huge lings has been very good with limits being hit. Boat angling for cabezon is now closed as the quota has been hit. But, Cabbies are taken off the jetties in Brookings and you are still allowed one cabezon a day when fishing from the shore or jetties. Salmon angling s closed in the open ocean until next spring.
GOLD BEACH: The reports from Gold Beach show that salmon fishing in the bay is slowing down as the fall chinooks that had been populating the bay have moved on upriver. That said, there are still some chinooks to be had. Anglers are mainly using spinner and anchovy combos to boat fall chinooks. Crabbing is slow in the bay. Bottom fishing is good out of Gold Beach. That is the focus of off shore fishing here.
COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, steelhead, bottom fish, striped bass.
Fishing for rockfish inside the bay has been good near the submerged rock piles. Fishing is typically best near slacktide. Boat anglers are no longer able to harvest copper, quillback, or China rockfish for the remainder of the year because we reached our catch limit on these species. A jig with a twister tail can be a great bait for catching rockfish.
Most salmon are being caught near SOMAR to the forks of the Millicoma and South Fork Coos rivers. The forecasted rain may pull many of the Chinook salmon out of tidewater and on their way up the rivers in preparation to spawn. Salmon fishing in Coos Bay continues to be decent one day and very slow the next day. There is no harvest of wild coho this year in Coos Bay.
Temporary wild fall Chinook salmon regulations started on Aug. 1. Salmon anglers in Coos Bay will only be able to harvest 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 wild Chinook for the season in aggregate from all waters from Coos Basin, Coquille Basin, Sixes River, and Elk River, but no more than 2 adult Chinook salmon may be harvested from the Coquille Basin.
The South Fork Coos River will be closed to salmon fishing upstream of Myrtle Tree Boat Ramp, and the Millicoma River will be closed to salmon fishing upstream of Rooke Higgins Boat Ramp.
Trout fishing in streams and rivers remain open through Oct. 31. Anglers may now use bait through the end of the trout season. Some anglers have had success catching sea-run cutthroat trout in the upper reaches of tidewater.
WINCHESTER BAY: sturgeon, chinook, rock fish, surf perch
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We have finally seen the end of tuna fishing. First that was due to rough ocean conditions....but now temps are changing too. Salmon fishing is still open in the ocean. The anglers targeting salmon are mostly in the river. Trolling with spinners, and spinners with anchovies has been producing. Bottom fish anglers are taking them in good numbers with limits reported. Crabbing is now limited to the bay and boat basin. It is slow going. You will get keepers. But plan on long soaks of at least three hours to really get them.
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:
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
Tuna fishing has seen very little effort made the last three weeks. Mostly that was due to ocean suface conditions which were very rough for this time of the year. But, now the bouys offshore are showing cooling sea temps which is going to cause the tuna to depart. It is looking like the season has already wrapped up. If favorable conditions allow, anglers who have boats that will allow them to make long runs off shore may still find schools of tuna out there. 2019 will go into the record books as the all time greatest tuna harvest off Oregon since they have been tracking it. And the record was smashed. It was an incredible year for tuna in Oregon. Who knows when we will see another one like this.
Seasons and regulations summary on the main sport bottomfish seasons page
CABEZON RETENTION FROM BOATS NOW CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. ANGLERS FISHING FROM THE SHORE MAY RETAIN ONE LEGAL CABEZON IN THEIR DAILY CATCH THROUGH DECEMBER 31ST.
As usual, autumn finds bottomfish anglers pursuing other activities, but some level of effort is common through the winter when safe ocean conditions allow. The rockfish bite has been sporadic – from good to very slow, or vice versa, within a single day. Lingcod are trickling in. The fall storms are already arriving. Some very hazardous seas were seen last week. Anglers are reminded to carefully check the weather forecast before venturing out to the ocean fishing.
Retention of cabezon, China rockfish, copper rockfish, and quillback rockfish is prohibited from boats. The quota for these rockfish species, along with cabezon, is estimated to have been reached. Shore-based fishing for copper, China and quillback rockfishes as well as cabezon will continue, as there is quota set aside to accommodate this.
Excited to go bottomfish fishing but find yourself wondering what you can keep and how many? Click here
Want to work on your identification skills of commonly caught bottomfish? Try the Common Bottomfish online quiz (similar to the Yelloweye or Not quiz) byclicking here.
The bottomfish fishery is now open to all depths with a General Marine Species bag limit of 5 fish. Retention of China, copper and quillback rockfishes as well as cabezon is allowed for shore fishing only, of which no more than 1 may be a cabezon. Retention of cabezon, China rockfish, copper rockfish and quillback rockfish from a boat is prohibited. A separate bag limit allows retention of 2 lingcod. Yelloweye retention is still closed this year.
Anglers participating in the offshore longleader fishery frequently catch limits (10 fish) of large canary rockfish and yellowtail rockfish. The longleader gear fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line is open all year.
Vessels fishing for or retaining bottomfish (including flatfish) species or Pacific halibut in the ocean 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.
Waypoints (for fathom lines and other restricted areas)
Crabbing is closed in the ocean from Oct. 16 – Nov. 30. Bays, beaches, estuaries, tide pools, piers, and jetties remain open.
Crabbing in the Coos Bay estuary has been moderate to good. Crabbing by boat and setting pots near the jetties yields the most crab. Dock crabbers are picking up some legal Dungeness crabs on the docks at Weber’s Pier in Bandon. Crabbing in Florence has been slow, with crabbers only getting a few crab off the docks.
Central coast crabbing in Alsea has been moderate to good, with some boats landing limits. Yaquina Bay has seen fair to moderate returns by boat. Crabbers are landing fuller crab.
Crabbing in Tillamook and Netarts bays has been moderate, with more higher catches in Netarts Bay.
In addition to Dungeness crab, another Oregon native present in some of Oregon’s estuaries is the red rock crab. Crabbers can retain 24 red rock crabs of any sex or size. There have also been higher numbers of Pacific rock crab in Yaquina Bay this year. This crab counts as your “Other” shellfish, which has a daily bag limit of 10 in aggregate with other species that fall in this category (see page 82 of the fishing synopsis for more details). While they look very similar to red rock crab, their long antennae and large claws distinguish them; they sometimes have spots on their abdomen.
Some crabbers in estuaries may encounter non-native European green crab in their catch this year. While they look similar to Oregon’s native shore crabs, they can be identified by the three prominent bumps between the eyes and 5 spines down the side of the carapace. They are not always green and color is not a good identifying feature. The daily catch limit for European green crab also falls in the “Other” shellfish category and is 10 in aggregate with other species that fall in this category (see page 82 of the fishing synopsis for more details). European green crab can be any size or sex.
Anglers fishing for salmon and all anglers fishing from boats with salmon on board are limited to no more than 2 single point barbless hooks per line, and no more than one line per angler (treble and double point hooks are prohibited). The area from Humbug Mt. to the Oregon/California Border is now closed to all ocean salmon fishing for the remainder of the year.
The area from Leadbetter Pt., WA to Cape Falcon, OR closed to all salmon fishing effective Sept. 30.
In the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt., the non-selective coho season ended on Sunday, Sept. 29. Fishing for Chinook salmon remains open in this area through October 31.
Fishing has been fair to poor for Chinook when ocean conditions have allowed access.
Details for the ocean salmon season, full catch and quota updates are available here.
You’ll find a guide and tips to identification of salmon and steelhead on the Ocean salmon fishing page here.
Clatsop Beach razor clam season opened on Oct. 1. The best low tides have switched to the evenings so harvesters should plan accordingly. Clammers should expect a high abundance of razor clams 3 ½ inches or less. Targeting the largest “show,” greater than a nickel in diameter, will greatly increase the odds of harvesting a larger clam.
Razor clam season starts to slow down at beaches south of Clatsop as the end of good daytime negative low tides approaches.
For the Central Coast area, diggers report mixed success at Newport beaches, with more clams landed at North Jetty and Agate Beach.
Fall and winter harvesting of razor clams can be a challenging endeavor. Unlike the spring and summer, low tides are in the evenings and at night when visibility is poor or nonexistent. Typical to the Oregon coast, the fall and winter brings large storm events, which keep the razor clams from “showing” as readily and can also be a safety risk with surging water and debris on the beach. Make sure to monitor swell and surf advisories as well as predicted wind prior to harvesting. Combined seas greater than 10 feet and winds greater than 20mph will make harvesting difficult for all, including the most experienced harvester.
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.
2019 PACIFIC HALIBUT
In the Columbia River subarea, the halibut fishery is closed for the remainder of the year.
Elsewhere (south of Cape Falcon), anglers have a few more weeks to take advantage of an increased bag limit (two halibut daily). What’s more, in the Central Oregon Coast subarea, the all-depth halibut fishery is open three days a week, Friday through Sunday, through Oct. 27, and anglers may retain bottomfish (including lingcod) and halibut on the same trip, even on all-depth halibut days. (This is because the bottomfish fishery is also open at all depths, effective Oct. 1).
Reports are that some of the regular halibut spots (e.g., “the rockpile” out of Newport) are not as productive as they have been. However, some exploring and patience have resulted in halibut being landed.
The Central Oregon Coast nearshore halibut fishery is open daily through Oct. 31. This fishery takes place inside of the 40-fathom regulatory line. On days closed to the all-depth halibut fishery (Monday-Thursday), halibut may not be targeted, retained or on-board while fishing beyond the 40-fathom regulatory line (e.g., for bottomfish).
The Southern Oregon subarea, open through Oct. 31, has seen some effort and success this year. One hefty halibut (landed in Brookings during the week ending June 16) weighed 56 pounds; the average this season is 22 pounds.
Additional information about sport halibut management, including landing estimates (posted by noon on Fridays), can be found on the ODFW halibut management webpage.
SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING
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 in the surf year-round along sandy beaches and rocky shore, with the best fishing (and safest fishing) occurring when swells are small. Learn about ocean 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.