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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.

Good numbers of adult and half-pounder steelhead have been pushing into the lower Rogue.

Chinook fishing has been good on the lower Rogue thanks to recent rains. Most fish are being caught below the Hwy. 101 bridge.

Recent rains are great news for fish and the cooler temperatures this weekend should create better fishing and more importantly catching.

 

CONDITIONS LAST UPDATED 9 / 22 / 2019

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

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The lake is 14 percent full. Bass fishing along the dam and crappie fishing with jigs near submerged willows will be good bets, especially early or late in the day.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: trout, spring chinook, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie

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The campground and boat ramp at Hartish are now closed. The other boat ramps at French Gulch and Copper are still useable. As water cools, trout fisihng should be picking back up, especially early in the morning and in the evening. Trout will be concentrated in deeper water and inlets to seek out cooler water.

Bass fishing will still be good and bass anglers should try casting lures along a rocky shoreline. The reservoir is 27 percent full.

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. I caight one of those on my trip up to Diamond on June 22nd. Returned it to the lake as quickly as possible. 

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 the best option at this time. Anglers should concentrate on the submerged willows and the rocky area along the dam. As water temps continue to cool, fishing for trout is going to improve. If you want to try for trout now, go to the deepest water you can find and fish power bair on the bottom. .

Emigrant Lake levels are dropping quickly, so it’s a good idea to contact Jackson County Parks to inquire about the boat ramp accessibility before heading out, but as of Sept. 8 it was still useable. The lake is at 26 percent of capacity.

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.

Fishing for bass and panfish should still be good. Fishing for trout has been very slow due to warm water temps. But, water temps are dropping. This should improve trout fishing as we head into October.

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

Fish Lake was stocked this week with trophy trout. Water levels are still dropping, but trout fishing has been good with several large trout reported being caught. Anglers should concentrate on deeper areas and near the springs at the east end of the lake. If the clarity is low, still-fishing with bait is always a good option. 

Fish Lake is now 13 percent full and the Forest Service boat ramp is unusable due to low lake levels. Even inflatables and kayaks may have trouble here due to mud. The Fish Lake Resort boat ramp is still accessible. 

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

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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 35 percent full and the marina boat ramp is only usable for smaller boats (12 feet or less) due to dropping reservoir levels. Use caution when launching. No other boat ramps are available at Howard Prairie.  The marina and restaurant are now closed for the season, but the resort campground remains open for now. Trout fishing  water temperatures. It is not rwed hot yet, but that will happen. Anglers reported some success by trolling worms or lures or still fishing with power bait while anchored in deeper water.  The water clarity continues improving.

HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass

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Hyatt Lake is 35 percent full and the paved boat ramp is unusable to for launching trailered boats. Fishing can still be good from inflatables and smaller watercraft, or from shore near the dam. Bass fishing should be good, but aquatic vegetation can be problematic. The rocky shore near the dam may be the most accessible at this time.

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

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Fishing for bass and panfish should be good, especially early and late in the day with warmer temperatures. Aquatic vegetation can be thick in some areas this time of year and anglers may have to adjust their fishing techniques. Fishing for trout remains slow. But, we are getting closer to when it will be improving as water temps continue to fall, and the vegetation dies off. 

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

No recent reports. At last report, fishing has been a little slow. The lake is scheduled to be stocking at the end of the month. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of 5 per day with only one of those measuring over 20-inches. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

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

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Trout fishing should be good, especially in deeper water and in the upper reservoir above the Hwy 62 bridge, where water is cooler and anglers can avoid recreational boaters. As the water cools, trout fishing will continue to get better. Trolling a wedding ring and worm combination behind an oval egg sinker is always a good bet. Lost Creek Reservoir is 45 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 going to be improving soon. 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

The pond near the baseball fields at Reinhardt Community Volunteer Park has been stocked throughout the spring but will not be stocked again until October due to warm water temperatures. 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, or floating PowerBait fished off the bottom are all you need to catch a trout here. If you choose to use PowerBait below a bobber, make sure to add some split shot to your line below the bobber to keep the power bait from floating on the surface. Non-toxic split shot often made of tin are very good options for youth fishing.

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

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Willow Lake has been stocked with trout. Fishing for trout is improving with water temps dropping. I am told fishing with night crawlers in deep water in the creek channels is taking them. Power bait is what you want to use from the shore for now. Using nightcrawlers from the ashore now is going to get you a BUNCH of perch. But, perch are very tasty, and there is no bag limits on them. At 64 percent full, Willow Lake remains higher than other reservoirs in the area and may be the most accessible for launching boats at this time. 

 

 

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RIVER REPORTS AS OF 9 / 22 / 2019

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ROGUE RIVER

To find out more about conservation, management and outreach efforts on the Rogue River, check out the Rogue River page on the ODFW Web site.

ALWAYS consult the fishing regulations before fishing rivers and streams in Southern Oregon. You can get to the regulations by clicking here.

Rogue River, lower: salmon, steelhead, trout

The flows are at 2,170 cfs this morning at Agness

With recent rainfall, the water temperature has dropped a couple degrees and the water has colored up a bit, which has encouraged some fish to move up river. Bay fishing has slowed, but should pick up again when the weather clears up. Anglers reported catching a lot of jacks along with many adults downstream of Hwy 101. Most boating anglers are trolling some type of in line flasher with an anchovy. With rising water levels, some people have considered switching tactics to anchoring up and back-bouncing eggs. Anglers can expect fishing to only get better through the month of September. Coho have just started showing up.   

Steelhead fishing picked up in the lower river as good numbers of adult and half pounder steelhead have pushed into the river. Anglers swinging flies or tossing spinners are having the best luck. 

The Huntley Seining Project is in full swing. 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

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At Grants Pass we have a flow of 1,770 cfs. The temp is 59 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.

Above Fishers Ferry, Chinook fishing is now closed until Dec. 31, as well as it being artificial fly only. Anglers may keep hatchery summer steelhead and hatchery trout throughout the river and hatchery or wild Chinook downstream of Fishers Ferry.

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.

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The flow from the Lost Creek Dam is at 1,257 cfs. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 1,410 cfs.

3,370 spring chinook, and 2,636 summer run steelhead have returned to the Cole Rivers Hatchery through September 17th.

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 fishing has been good. A good number of hatchery trout have also been reported in the upper river and these can make for fun bank fishing, especially on a fly. A reminder that anglers can keep 5 hatchery trout a day on the Rogue River.

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 by drifting eggs. 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 3.67 feet and the flow is 1,840 cfs at Elkton.

Fall Chinook have been caught in the bay, and even in the boat basin at Winchester Bay/Salmon Harbor. Trollers using spinners and spinner and anchovy combos are having success. Anglers from the bank are scoring using spinners. 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 close 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 to all fishing as part of the annual closure to protect salmon.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

There have been no recent reports from the North Umpqua. If it is doing what it historically has, fishing is very slow. 

The North closed to all fishing for Chinook on July 1.

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 July 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, unweighted artificial fly.

CHETCO RIVER: Sea run cuttthroat trout, rainbow trout, chinook salmon, steelhead

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Temporary fishing regulations will be in place October 1 – December 31 this year 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 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

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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.

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

Temporary regulations will be in place between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 for wild Chinook. For more information, please see the in-season regulation change tables here.

See a map of the low water closure area on the Winchuck. 

 

 

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Ocean surfaces will be favorable through this week until we get to Thursday. Rough seas and possible Gale Fore winds will be likely top develop as more storms come in.

 

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Fishing in the near shore waters of Brookings has largely been for bottom fish off the jetties and the beaches. Crabbing remains slow in the estuary and boat basin. The real crabbing in Brookings is happening off shore for keepers. 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. But, a few chinooks have been caught in the estuary. Back off shore on the ocean, tuna have still been found as close as 17 miles out. While not nearly as red hot as it is further north, anglers have still been boating plenty of tuna when boats can get out to get to them 

GOLD BEACH: The reports from Gold Beach show that salmon fishing in the bay has been good, at times very good. Anglers are mainly using spinner and anchovy combos to boat fall chinooks. The recent rains have improved success. More rain is coming later this week into next weekend. So expect salmon fishing to remain good. Crabbing is slow in the bay, and much better off shore. But, conditions have to be such that boats can get out. 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.

Salmon fishing was good late last week from the Chip Pile to California Street Boat Ramp with a few salmon caught above Marshfield Channel. Anglers have been catching wild coho downstream of California Street Boat Ramp. 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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Incredibly, the tuna and dorado fishing continues to be smoking hot when conditions allow boats to get out.  How far out can be the question. Some days that has been as close as 8 miles out. Others you have to run about 20 miles out to find favorable watwer conditions. Dorado are still showing in the catches, but nearly the way they were in July and August. This could be the first sign of things changing water condition wise. Salmon fishing is open in the ocean, but the real focus is still on tuna. The anglers targeting salmon are mostly in the river. Trolling with spinners, and spinners with anchovies has been producing. Crabbing remains great as lots of limits are still being seen for those soaking pots in the ocean. Bottom fish anglers are also taking them in good numbers with limits reported. In short, we are continuing to see excellent fishing out of Winchester Bay. 

 

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

SOUTHERN OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS FROM COQUILLE RIVER SOUTH JETTY TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

Prohibitions at Oregon’s marine reserves at Cascade Head, Cape Perpetua, Redfish Rocks and Otter Rock are in effect. Fishing, crabbing, clamming, hunting and gathering seaweed are all prohibited. Beach walking, surfing, bird watching, diving and other non-extractive uses continue to be allowed. See complete details and a map of the boundaries of the reserves:

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TUNA

Albacore tuna angling success continues to be very good for anglers who can access the offshore waters. Albacore catch rates by port for the week ending on September 15 were: Garibaldi – 8.34 tuna per angler, Pacific City – 2.00 tuna per angler, Depoe Bay – 7.21 tuna per angler, Newport – 7.39 tuna per angler, Winchester Bay – 3.25 tuna per angler, and Charleston – 4.58 tuna per angler.

The preliminary estimated total albacore catch through Sept.15 is 101,639 fish. Far exceeding the next best year of catch in 2012 when 63,167 albacore were landed by the Oregon recreational fishery. Other warm water species making surprise appearances on boats targeting albacore this season have included:  thresher shark, short fin mako shark, bluefin tuna, yellowtail, dolphinfish (dorado), and striped marlin.

BOTTOM FISHING

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.

The winds and rains have come early this year, churning up the ocean just enough to lower the number of anglers to about half as many as the week prior. For those that were able to get out on the ocean, reports indicate that there was some good bottomfish fishing happening, with near bag limits for those that went for rockfish, with an occasional lingcod.

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.

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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)

Longleader gear

2019 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations

Catch estimates

What can I keep and how many?

DUNGENESS CRAB

 
Recreational crabbing is open along the entire Oregon coast from the Columbia River to the California border, including the ocean, bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties. For recreational crab harvesters, it is recommended that crab always be eviscerated prior to cooking, which includes removal and discard of the viscera, internal organs, and gills. Because of Oregon’s precautionary management of biotoxins, the crab and shellfish products currently being sold in retail markets and restaurants are safe for consumers.Before clamming or crabbing, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page at: http://ODA.direct/ShellfishClosuresThe consumption of crab viscera is not recommended.
 
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. 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. The daily catch limit for European green crab is 10 crab of any size or sex. Excellent crabbing in the salt has been reported from Winchester Bay this last week. Lots of limits of huge males being seen. Males so big measuring them is not even required. It is obvious they are keeps. Seeing some as large as 10 inches across! Crabbing has also been reported as good at Gold Beach and Brookings in the salt. But, not seeing the same size males as they are seeing out of Winchester Bay. 

Ocean Salmon

Selective coho salmon fishing is currently open in all areas of the Oregon Coast. Anglers fishing for salmon and all anglers fishing from boats with salmon on board are limited to no more than 2 single point barbless

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.

In the Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR, the season is open for two salmon.  All retained coho must have a healed adipose fin-clip, and anglers may retain no more than one Chinook per day. Fishing continues to be good in the area with average catch rates at 0.94 salmon per angler-trip with 75 percent of the catch made up of coho. As of Sept 8, approximately 66 percent of the coho quota, and 56 percent of the Chinook guideline had been landed in the area.

In the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt., the non-selective coho season was open September 13-15, and will continue open each Friday through Sunday through the earlier of Sept. 30 or the quota.

The third open period saw good fishing for the first two days, then very rough weather on Sunday kept most anglers off the water. Catch rates dropped a bit to 0.6 salmon per angler overall with best catch rates seen from Depoe Bay, Newport, and Winchester Bay. Overall landings totaled 983 coho for the three-day opening, with season total landings estimated at 9,073 for the non-selective season out of the quota of 15,640 coho. As of Sept. 15, 42 percent of the coho quota remains. On days closed to coho retention (each Monday through Thursday) the season remains open for all salmon except coho.

Based on dockside interviews, salmon catch rates by port for the non-selective coho opening on 9/13-15 were:  Garibaldi – 0.43 salmon per angler, Pacific City – 0.50 salmon per angler, Depoe Bay – 0.81 salmon per angler, Newport – 0.62 salmon per angler, Winchester Bay – 0.64 salmon per angler, Charleston – 0.33 salmon per angler, and Bandon – 0.13 salmon per angler.

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.

SHELLFISH REPORTS -

RAZOR CLAMS

  • Razor clamming is OPEN from Tillamook Head to Cape Blanco.

    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.

  • Recreational razor clamming is CLOSED from Cape Blanco to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid toxin

 

2019 PACIFIC HALIBUT

Anglers may now keep two halibut per day in Oregon subareas south of Cape Falcon (Central Oregon Coast and Southern Oregon subareas). During all-depth halibut days, anglers may retain bottomfish (including lingcod) on the same trip as halibut now that the bottomfish fishery is open at all depths. Furthermore, the Central Coast all-depth fishery moved to a three (3) day opener, Friday-Sunday. Weather interfered with fishing during the early part of the year, so there is quite a bit of quota remaining, allowing for the additional all-depth days and a bag limit increase.

In the Columbia River subarea, the nearshore halibut fishery is open daily; there has been little effort and only a few landings so far this season.

The Central Oregon Coast summer all-depth season is open three days a week (Friday-Sunday). Ocean conditions were favorable during the latter part of August and early September giving opportunity for some summer “halbicore” trips (targeting both albacore tuna and halibut).

Reports are that some of the regular spots (e.g., “the rockpile” out of Newport) are not as productive as they have been in the past. However, some exploring and patience has resulted in halibut being landed.

The Central Oregon Coast nearshore halibut fishery is open four days per week (Monday-Thursday). The nearshore halibut fishery is restricted to inside of the 40-fathom regulatory line. Halibut may not be targeted, retained or on-board while fishing beyond the 40-fathom regulatory line during days closed to the all-depth halibut fishery.

The Southern Oregon subarea 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.

 

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