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FISHING INFORMATION ROUNDUP

Diamond and Willow lakes are good bets for some fall trout fishing

The Chetco bubble fishery for chinook salmon on the ocean opens for the first of two weekends on Oct. 6-7.

Fishing for Chinook is now closed upstream of the Hog Creek boat ramp on the Rogue (middle and upper Rogue River). Fishing for summer steelhead should be good for the next month or two due to a strong run this year. Only hatchery Summer Steelhead may be harvested.

Both boat ramps at Lost Creek Reservoir are usable at this time, and large trout are being stocked there this week. Trout fishing should be very good at Lost Creek through the winter and early spring.

 

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

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Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish should be good. The lake is extremely low. Unfortunately, the boat ramp is unusable with the low reservoir level. Anglers would do best to plan on fishing from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft.

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.

The water level continues to drop, and now the only access for boats is the low water ramp at French Gulch. The lake surface temperature has cooled to 64 degrees. Trout fishing is picking up. ASnglers are rweporting good success trolling on the point at French Gulch. Using a wedding ring and worm combo has been a very good way to put fish in the boat.. Power bait is producing as well. Fishing for bass should still be productive. 

DIAMOND LAKE: rainbow trout, tiger trout, brown trout

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DO NOT EVER USE LIVE BAIT IN DIAMOND LAKE!! IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND IT DOES NOT WORK ANY WAY. IF YOU SEE PEOPLE USING LIVE BAIT IN DIAMOND LAKE, REPORT THEM IMMEDIATELY.

Fishing continues to be good at Diamond Lake. Most anglers are taking home fish averaging 15-inches and we are starting to see more 17-inch or larger fish in creel surveys. Larger rainbows are still being seen. Trolling seems to be the most effective technique, but using bait or flies has also been showing positive results. Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger and brown trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. These trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught.

EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, perch, catfish

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MERCURY ADVISORY IN EFFECT AT EMIGRANT. TROUT IS THE ONLY TYPE OF FISH THAT ARE SAFE TO EAT OUT OF EMIGRANT.

All boat ramps are closed or very inaccessible. Anglers would do best to plan on fishing from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft. The RV park is open year round, but the Oak Slope tent camping will close Oct. 15.

EXPO PONDS: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead catfish, carp

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JACKSON COUNTY IS CHARGING AN ACCESS FEE TO THE ISOLA POND PARKING AREA. THE FEE IS $4 PER DAY. YOU CAN USE JACKSON COUNTY PARKS PARKING PASS AS WELL. THE PASS IS $30 FOR THE YEAR. GET PASSES AT MOST MAJOR SPORTING GOODS RETAILERS IN JACKSON COUNTY.

The Expo Ponds have plenty of good bank access, and anglers can catch many of the species present by fishing night crawlers below a bobber. This makes the ponds a great place to take kids fishing. Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish is still good...but it is slowing. Trout fishing is beginning to show some signs of life. It is getting better as water temps continue to drop. Anglers can fish the pond, which is within a RV Park developed by Jackson County by parking in the lot to the right as you drive in Gate 5 and walking to the pond. A day use fee to park here is $4. An annual parking permit can be purchased from Jackson County Parks Department for $30. That parking permit is good for all Jackson County Parks. The other ponds at the Expo support excellent populations of wam water fish like bass and bluegills. Fishing should be good for them in all ponds. 

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

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

All boat ramps at the lake are inaccessible. Anglers fishing from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft should have very good fishing at Fish Lake this fall. Water clarity has improved. Anglers may be walking their vessel through mud to get to deeper water.

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

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Fishing for hatchery rainbow trout will be fair at least as 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 14-inches were stocked a month ago along with a few trophies averaging 18-inches. Recent reports from anglers on this lake are that bigger rainbows in the 18 - 20 inch range are being taken. Anglers are also catching brook trout and lake trout. Best fishing is typically near the north end for lake trout. If fishing from shore, fish near the deeper water in the lake. The best fishing is from a boat but look out for late afternoon winds. There is a 10 mph speed limit on the lake.

Open to fishing all year and the Fourmile Lake Campground is officially open for the summer and will be staffed with a host. Fourmile Lake is now officially 0 percent full. This is based on the 15,000 acre feet of water stored for irrigation. The lower the percentage the more difficult it becomes to launch boats. There is no improved ramp or dock on the lake. All boats are launched from the sandy beach and larger boats will need to back into the lake a very long ways once water levels decline. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for more information on the status of launching boats at Fourmile Lake. Call toll Free at 866-201-4194.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville has been stocked several times this year and should have lots of trout from previous stockings. Stockings have included “trophy trout” weighing in close to two pounds. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015. Anglers have reported recent catches of coho measuring up to 14-inches. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. The coho smolts should be adipose fin-clipped, and please remember to release the ones smaller than 8-inches long. In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest. Fishing for bass and other panfish is good. Have seen some really nice bass come out of here recently. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE - Curry County: rainbow, cutthroat trout

Trout fishing continues to be good. Anglers slow trolling spinners, flies, or wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm all did well. Bank anglers can access the fishery from the 12th street or Pinehurst boat ramps and off Paradise Point Road. There are still some tagged trout in the lake and anglers are encouraged to report any tagged trout they catch.

ODFW implemented a tag reward trout study for 2017. Anglers will be asked to report tagged trout that are caught. Some of the tags will be worth money. Anglers can report the tag number to the ODFW Gold Beach office (541) 247-7605 or on ODFW’s website. Tags can be cut off or pulled out of fish being released. The study is an effort by ODFW to see what size of trout contribute to the fishery the best. Garrison is always an excellent trout fishery, and this study will only help improve it.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout, bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegills

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Boat access at Howard Prairie resort is now closed. While the marina, restaurant, and North Campground are closed for the season, the resort’s South campground should remain open through October. Smaller watercraft such as kayaks or canoes can still be launched.  The access road to the dam, scheduled to be open this fall, remains locked. ODFW will provide updated information as soon as possible. Anglers can still walk the shoreline and fish the point to the south of the dam. Trout fishing should pick up with cooler water this fall. Fall fingerling trout have been stocked this week. Please handle these undersized trout with care and release them unharmed. The shoreline near the dam and near Fawn Island can be very productive during periods of low water. The lake is 35 percent of full pool. 

HYATT LAKE: trout, largemouth bass

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Low water means that anglers are limited to fishing from shore around the dam, or fishing from inflatables or personal watercraft. Weed growth will likely make bank fishing difficult near the dam. Some trout anglers have reported success at Hyatt in recent weeks. Bass anglers are encouraged to harvest largemouth smaller than 14-inches while releasing larger bass. Larger bass may help reduce the chance of stunted populations when Hyatt fills again.  All anglers should be aware that Hyatt appears to be dropping lower than the levels seen during the 2013-2015 drought. The lake is currently at just 4 percent full.

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

Rainbow trout fishing is pretty good right now. Especially in the middle part of the day when the sun is out. Water temperatures have cooled significantly. Best fishing is from a boat. Using downriggers or lead core line to keep lures and bait at this depth will result in increased success. Fishing is slow for warmwater fish. The best fishing should be for yellow perch. Small yellow perch around 6-inches are the most abundant fish in the lake. Open and accessible all year. Lake of the Woods has three improved boat ramps, numerous campgrounds and day use areas. There is a day use fee for this lake.

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

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Fishing for bass and other warmwater species has been good. The lake is still warm, so fishing will be best early or late in the day. Lake Selmac has a lot of aquatic vegetation, but it has been dying off. Still, anglers will have to adjust their techniques and locations accordingly.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

With the recent addition of 1,000 trophy-size rainbow trout, fishing should be good.  Brown trout fishing should improve as they move into the shallower arms of the reservoir to get ready for spawning. 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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Large rainbow will be stocked this week to complement fish remaining as holdovers from earlier releases. In addition, Lost Creek is the only place where trailered boats of any size can be launched. Both the Takelma and Marina boat ramps are usable at this time. The lake is at 41 percent full. Lake surface temperatures continue to cool, and have dropped to 62F. Trout fishing should be very good, and bass anglers should continue to have good success through fall.  Trolling a wedding ring spiked with a piece of worm or Gulp worm behind an oval egg sinker can produce very well at Lost Creek. Some of the trout have external parasites called copepods. Fish parasites generally do not pose a threat to humans when fish are cooked, and copepods can be scraped off prior to cooking.  Anglers are encourage to keep fish that have copepods while staying within the daily limit, since release simply allows the parasite to expand to other hosts.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill should be good. Trout fishing is improving with cooling water temps. Gas engines are not allowed on the pond, and bank access is restricted to the west shore.

Medco Pond is privately owned. It is not Forest Service or BLM land. The owner has said it will remain open to public access as long as people treat it respectfully and not trash it. And as long as there is public access, ODF&W will keep stocking it. There is a caretaker on site. They are putting out garbage bags for you to put your trash in, and even providing some chairs for sitting in while fishing. Some really nice touches. Let's do our part visiting there and throw all our trash away and leave only memories of our time there. By the way, when at Medco Pond, keep your eyes open when looking at the trees around the pond, especially the east side of it. Wolf sightings have happened up here. Keep your ears open too. Might hear them howling in the hills near the pond. I have had several people report they heard them, and I have heard a wolf howl up here. Best times for howling to happen are in the evening right after dusk turns to true nightfall, and again in the early morning hours just ahead of and after dawn's arrival. I saw a wolf on the Butte Falls - Prospect Highway just north of the pond. They are in the area. 

REINHART POND: rainbow trout, warm water fish

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

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

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Willow Lake has been stocked with legal-size and larger-size rainbow trout, Trout fishing has improved as water temps are dropping now. Trolling worm and flasher combos or worm and spinner combos is working. So is still fishing with power bait.  Fishing for bass and other warmwater species should be still be good. Willow Lake has more water than most reservoirs in SW Oregon. Cabins are available year-round (make reservations made through Jackson County Parks), and there are 10 first come-first serve campsites as well. You will need a parking permit to access county facilities. 

 

 

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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.

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Rogue River, lower: salmon, steelhead, trout

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The flows are at 1,810 cfs this morning at Agness

Water levels are low and with cooler than average water temperatures, Chinook have begun to move up river. People trolling bait are still reporting catches in the bay, but anglers might also think about side drifting with eggs farther up river. Coho salmon have started pushing through as well. Anglers have reported catch in the bay and lower sections of the Rogue. Only hatchery coho may be kept as part of an angler’s adult and jack salmon daily bag limit. Both adult and half-pounder steelhead have been moving up river in decent numbers. Lower flows are ideal fishing conditions for anglers swinging flies or tossing lures. Anglers interested in traveling up river are advised to contact the Forest Service for updates on road closures during fire season.

The Huntley seining project will continue through Oct 31. Find updates on Huntley counts here.

For a current view of the Rogue from the Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge, check out the ODOT’s camera.

Fishing for trout is open. All trout with an adipose fin must be released unharmed. Please see the regulations for details.

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At Grants Pass we have a flow of 1,220 cfs. The temperature is 53.5 degrees.

Beginning Oct. 1, the river between Hog Creek boat ramp and Fishers Ferry boat ramp is closed to fishing for Chinook.

The river remains open for hatchery summer steelhead, and the 2018 runs appears to be very strong. Anglers are catching summer steelhead on plugs fished from a drift boat, or side planner and plug from shore, or drifting night crawlers/roe or roe/yarn imitations. Wild steelhead must be released unharmed.

The Rogue River is also open for trout fishing. Only hatchery rainbow trout may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.  There are half-pounder steelhead present from near Hog Creek downstream throughout the Rogue Canyon.  There are many BLM public access points to fish for these from Hog Creek to Graves Creek.

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The flow from the Lost Creek Dam is at 1,150 cfs this morning. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 1,300 cfs.

A total of 5,016 spring chinook, 55 fall chinook, and 1,716 summer run steelhead have entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery as of October 2nd. 

THE UPPER ROGUE FROM THE SHADY COVE BOAT RAMP TO THE FISH HATCHERY IS NOW FLIES ONLY!

The artificial fly season is underway between Fishers Ferry boat ramp and Cole Rivers Hatchery. Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, anglers may only fish artificial flies on any type rod and reel: no added weights or attachments except a bubble. This reach of the Rogue is open to fishing for hatchery summer steelhead and trout. Fishing for Chinook is now closed. Fly anglers fishing from drift boats have been doing quite well in the Dodge Bridge to Fishers Ferry Reach of the Rogue. Reports of anglers catching a 50/50 ratio of wild to hatchery steelhead have been reported.

The Rogue River is open for trout fishing. Only hatchery rainbow trout of a minimum 8 inches may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.

The Holy Water from the dam to the hatchery is open and is fly fishing ONLY! No bait fishing is ever allowed. The best success has come for those hitting the evening hatch with emergers just coming off. Fish with a wet presentation in mind like you would with nymphs. 

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 were stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day with 2500 legal sized rainbows of 8 - 10 inches in size each week. Stocking points are at campgrounds, and access points along Highway 62, Highway 230, and Forest Service roads in the area. You will also encounter larger sized hold overs going to 20 inches in the creeks. The deep pools of the Upper Rogue holds rainbows that can get up to 5 pounds. We see a couple of those caught every year up here. Last year a brown trout that was nearly 24 inches long and weighing about 4 pounds was caught at the mouth of Union Creek where it enters the Rogue. That fish was released after the angler that caught it posed for pictures with it. 

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.

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 2.95 feet and the flow is 847 cfs at Elkton. 

Fall Chinook fishing has been slow with only a few reports of success, but more fish have been moving into the river recently. We have also been hearing that coho fishing has been excellent but please remember that only fin-clipped hatchery origin coho may be harvested.

Smallmouth bass fishing is good throughout the main.

Trout fishing closed on Sept 16.

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

CLOSED TO ALL ANGLING

The annual closure of the South Umpqua and Cow Creek began Sept. 16 and continues through Nov. 30. Tributaries to the South and Cow Creek also close September 15 until the opener in May.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

Chinook fishing closed on July 1. Summer steelhead fishing has been slow throughout the North Umpqua.

Some of the North Umpqua and tributaries are open for trout: 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.

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

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Trout fishing is open through Oct. 31. Artificial flies, lures and bait may be used. The daily limit is 2 fish with an 8-inch minimum length. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead.

Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Nook Creek through Dec. 31. Anglers are picking up a few Chinook in the estuary below the Hwy 101 bridge. However due to low and warm water conditions above tidewater, fishing in this part of the river doesn’t typically start for another few weeks. Anglers are encouraged to drop hatchery fish snouts in the kiosk at the Port of Brookings cleaning station (instructions on how to remove and package snouts is available at the kiosk). Fishing is restricted to fly- fishing or bobber fishing from river mile 2.2 through to Nook Creek from Sept. 1 through Nov. 3.  Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book for more details.

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

Chinook salmon and Steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Edson Creek through Dec. 31, but doesn’t typically pick up for at least another month. Steelhead may be fished for up to the South Fork of the Sixes River. Please see the southwest zone regulation exceptions in the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulationsbook for more details. Please note: there is an aggregate bag limit rule for Floras/New, Sixes, and Elk Rivers for wild Chinook.

Trout fishing is open. Two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. To check river current conditions, call 541-332-0405.

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead

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The river is open for trout angling. The limit out here is 2 hatchery rainbows of at least 8 inches in size. Legal keepers are found in the lowest section of the river near the Rogue. The upper portions of the river offer great catch and release opportunities. Fly fishing is the main form of trout angling. Remember, much of the Applegate Rivver goes through private property. Be sure you are on publically owned land when fishing. Fishing from boats, rafts, and other floating devices is not allowed. Wade angling only. 

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

Trout fishing is open. Two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. 

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

Open to trout fishing through Oct. 31, anglers using, bait, lures and artificial flies, anglers can keep 2 fish per day; 8-inch minimum length. Remember to get landowner permission before crossing private land adjacent to the river.

Chinook salmon and steelhead season is open from the river mouth to Wheeler Creek through Dec. 31. However, due to low and warm water conditions, this fishery doesn’t typically heat up for at least another month. Fishing is restricted to fly fishing or bobber fishing from Sept. 1 through Nov. 3. Please see specific rules in the southwest zone of the ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations book prior to fishing.  Also note: no fishing from a floating device is allowed on the Winchuck River.

 

 

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SMALL CRAFT WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH 5 AM SUNDAY MORNING FROM THE COASTAL WATERS OUT 60 NAUTICAL MILES FROM FLORENCE, OREGON TO CAPE MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA. THIS IS FOR WINDS GUSTING FROM THE NORTH AT 20 TO 25 KNOTS WITH GUSTS TO 35 KNOTS. SEAS WILL BE STEEP AND SHORT SIDED FROM 10 TO 13 FEET. THESE ARE VERY HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS FOR SMALL BOATS AND APPRAOCHING HAZARSDOUS SEAS WARNING CRITERIA. 

SOUTHERN OREGON COAST CLOSED TO THE HARVEST OF RAZOR CLAMS FROM CAPE ARAGO TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE LINE DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID

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Anglers interested in pursuing Chinook Salmon in the ocean may want to get to get their gear ready for the fall Chinook State Waters Terminal Area or “bubble” season.  It opens this weekend Oct. 6-7 and next weekend Oct. 13-14.  From the mouth (outside of the jetties) of the Chetco River out three nautical miles between Twin Rocks and the Oregon/California boarder, anglers are allowed to retain 1 Chinook salmon per day. The minimum size limit is 28-inches. Terminal tackle is limited to no more than two single point barbless hooks. Here’s a printable pdf map of these regulations.

Bottom fishing will be good when conditions allow. Halibut fishing has also been good....when conditions allow. Surf perch fishing is good from the jetties, the fishing pier, and Sporthaven Beach when conditions are favorable. You do not want to see high winds and rough seas. It puts them off the bite. The mouth of the Winchuck area is another very productive spot for them. Clam necks, live sand shrimp, and Berkley Gulp are proven perch takers. Watch the tides and fish the opportune moments on slack tides and outgoing minus tides. Crabbing is improving now. It has been good at times off shore with full pots being seen. If they are on a long soak of at least 2 hours.

GOLD BEACH: Salmon fishing in the bay is slowing...but still is not bad. It just is not anywhere nearly as good as it was in September.  Fishing has been good for bottom fish when conditions are right. Crabbers are still doing well. Low flows in the Rogue are really helping to hold crabs in the near shore and bay making them very accessible. Fishing for surf perch is open year round. Fishing for them on the beaches and on the sand spit in the bay has been excellent when conditions create fishing opportunity. Look for low tide / minus tide situations. Fishing will also be best when winds are light and seas are calm. Clam necks, live sand shrimp, and Berkley Gulp are proven perch takers. Watch the tides and fish the opportune moments of slack and especially minus tides.. 

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

Streams and rivers are open to trout fishing through Oct. 31. Trout fishing in streams and rivers is slow to due to low water conditions. Trout anglers can now use bait in all streams when fishing for trout in all streams that are open to fishing. The daily limit for trout in streams is 2 fish per day and they must be 8-inches or longer.

The use of the two-rod validation for salmon fishing in Coos Bay ended on Sept. 30.  Salmon fishing continues to be slow but anglers have caught some Chinook salmon from the Marshfield Channel up to the head of tide. The majority of the salmon caught this week were jacks with a few adults mixed in. Bank anglers are starting to catch fish at the mouth of Daniels Creek, upper Isthmus Slough, Coos Bay boardwalk and Pony Slough. Boat salmon anglers have been catching and releasing wild coho near the airport. There is no retention of wild coho in Coos Bay this season.

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is open in the ocean along with bays and estuaries. The daily bag limit for marine fish is back to 5 plus 2 lingcod. The retention of cabezon is no longer allowed for the rest of the year. Fishing for rockfish and greenling inside Coos Bay near the north jetty and other submerged rock structures has been good lately.

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the links highlighted here Crabbing and Clamming

The recreational harvest of razor clams is CLOSED from Cascade Head to the California Border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Recreational harvesting of mussels is open along the entire Oregon coast, except from Tillamook Head south to Cascade Head. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

WINCHESTER BAY: sturgeon, chinook, rock fish, surf perch

Fishing in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful. Chinook and coho are being caught from the shore at Half Moon Bay and Osprey Point. They have evenbeen caught in the boat basin. Average size chinook has been 20 pounds. Bottom fishing is good as well for boats going out to the waters where you find them. Crabbing continues to be good both in the bay and out on the open waters. Surf perch fishing is good when conditions are favorable for them. Tossing sand shrimp works, or Berkely gulp baits will get you action.

 

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

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

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

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2018 Sport Groundfish (EFFECTIVE Jan. 1, 2018)

Beginning Oct. 1 the fishery will be open to all-depth.

General marine fish daily bag limit has been increased back to 5 fish, as of Wednesday, September 19.

Effective Friday, Aug. 17 at 11:59 p.m. sport anglers can no longer retain cabezon.

Lingcod daily bag limit is 2 fish, separate from the general marine fish bag limit. Minimum size of 22-inches.

Reminder skates and rays are not part of the flatfish group, they are part of the general marine fish group.  The general marine fish regulations (bag limit, depth restrictions, etc.) apply.

Yelloweye rockfish prohibited at all times and in all waters.

Descending devices are mandatory.

Offshore Longleader Fishery

  • The Offshore Longleader Fishery is open year round only outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line and longleader gear must be used.
  • The daily rockfish bag limit is 10 fish.
  • No other groundfish are allowed on the same trip.
  • Offshore longleader trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish, or halibut trips, and lingcod cannot be retained.
  • Offshore longleader trips can be combined with other non-bottomfish trip types (e.g. tuna, salmon), as long as the multi-species rule, which prohibits fishing for, or taking and retaining any species of salmon, Pacific halibut or marine fish while possessing on board any species not allowed to be taken in the area at that time, is followed along with any and all specific gear rules.
  • For additional information see Offshore Longleader Fishery Frequently Asked Questions 
  • Descending devices are mandatory.

For additional regulation information, see the Sport Groundfish Seasons webpage.

 

Flatfish Fishery

  • Flatfish daily bag limit is 25 fish for species of sanddab, sole, flounder, etc.  Does not include Pacific halibut.
    • Open at all depths year round.
  • Descending devices are mandatory.
  • Reminder skates and rays are not part of the flatfish group, they are part of the general marine fish group.  The general marine fish regulations (bag limit, depth restrictions, etc.) apply.

DUNGENESS CRAB

Crabbing is open for the entire coast in all bays, estuaries, and on the open ocean. Shore and boat crabbing in most of Oregon’s bays are starting to pick up. Many crabs have recently molted, producing soft crab (i.e. crab that are not full of meat). Crabbers can expect to find a mix of full and soft crab in their catch.

SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING

The recreational bottomfish fishery is open with a 4 fish daily bag limit, no sub-bag limits (except cabezon, when open). 

Public piers provide opportunities to catch surfperch and baitfish and to drop crab pots (but check first for crab health safety closures).

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

When fishing from shore or inside estuaries and bays, it is important to check the tide. Many fish that swim into estuaries and bays, including salmon, surfperch, and Pacific herring, tend to come in with the tide. Catch of these species is more likely to occur closer to slack tide. Additionally, the accessibility of some areas can be completely dependent on the tide. Do not allow the incoming tide to become a safety hazard.

PACIFIC HALIBUT

  • Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR)
    • All halibut seasons closed for the remainder of 2018, quota has been caught. 
  • Central Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain)
    • The all-depth halibut season is closed for the year.
    • Nearshore season: Opened June 1, 7 days per week until quota attained, or Oct. 31
  • Southern Oregon Subarea: Opened May 1, 7 days per week until quota attained, or Oct. 31.

See Pacific halibut section below or the sport halibut webpage for additional information

OCEAN SALMON

Sport ocean salmon fishing is now closed from Humbug Mountain to the California border, and from Ledbetter Point, WA, to Cape Falcon, OR. 

Salmon fishing is open for all species from Cape Falcon, OR to Humbug Mountain OR. The adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will be open through the earlier of Sept. 3 or the quota of 35,000 fin-clipped coho. The minimum size for coho is 16-inches. There have been no recent quota updates or angler success rates since August 12th. 

 Details on salmon seasons are available at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/regulations/regindex.asp

SHELLFISH REPORTS -

ABALONE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

Effective Mar. 16, 2018, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission issued a three year temporary closure for harvest of abalone in Oregon. The season had been temporarily suspended since Jan. 1 due to concerns over the health of Oregon abalone population and potential increases in fishing effort. This temporary closure will allow for assessment of Oregon’s abalone population and coordination with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which has also closed fishing of red abalone. The closure also provides more time for kelp beds, which produce drift kelp upon which red abalone feed, to recover from adverse ocean conditions and other factors.

RAZOR CLAMS

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

Spring and summer harvesting can be quite successful. Unlike the fall and winter, low tides are in the morning which allows for better visibility. This along with better weather allows more accessibility to the razor clam harvest areas. Harvesters will still need to monitor storm events and subsequent large surf, greater than 10 feet, as both will reduce success. 

Given the lower than average abundances of razor clams on popular beaches, harvesters will need to actively pound the sand for razor clams to show. Harvesters should plan to be on the harvest area at least two hours before low tide and focus on sections of the beach that show exposed sand bars as these areas could have more clams showing than other areas.

BAY CLAMS

Bay clamming is open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Check out the Where to Clam articles for places to find them.

Always call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or ODA shellfish closures website before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures.

MUSSELS

Mussel harvest is open along the entire Oregon coast.

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