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Water levels have become a major concern for anglers. While there is a perception that water levels are low in all lakes, that is not true. Only three lakes, (all controlled by the Talent Irrigation System), remain at critically low levels. These very low levels are the result of poor rain and snow years yes. But, it is also the result of the insistance of Talent Irrigation to proceed with work on the dams in their system. Even as they realized that we were in a drought situation. So, once they decided to proceed, there was no way the water levels in Hyatt, Howard Prairie, and Emigrant Lake were ever going to recover. And now that decision is impacting the stocking schedules for both Howard Prairie and Hyatt. ODF&W is not wanting to put as many trout in both lakes as they had planned as they are concerned about fish die off with very low water and oxygen levels. And, to make a bad situation worse.......water from both is being pulled by Klamath Basin irrigators as allowed under agreements. Because Klamath irrigators have been cut off from their own closer water sources. It is a mess...and it shows no signs of improvement.

 

  

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Lake Selmac and Lost Creek Reservoir would be good destinations for trout fishing 

Applegate Reservoir is very full and all boat ramps are open

Trout fishing on Diamond Lake seems to be improving

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

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The reservoir is at 87 percent capacity. All boat ramps are now open as the USFS concessionaire has opened Hart-tish park. Campground reservations for Hart-tish Park at Applegate Lake are available on Recreation.gov. French Gulch and Copper do not have docks. 

Bait is allowed and 5 trout per day, year-round, in the reservoir. The tributary streams above the reservoir are also open year-round, with bait allowed, but only 2 trout per day. The reservoir is fishing very well right now. Have seen pictures from anglers having success. One family in particular who lives in the Applegate Valley and frequently fishes the reservoir are getting limits of rainbows every trip out. Wind drifting nightcrawlers and using power bait has been working best so far this spring. They have been getting rainbows in the 10 to 18 inch class. Hearing that bass fishing is good on the points and near the dam. The key is to find rocky areas that have warmer water near them.

There is a longstanding health advisory for consumption of resident species due to elevated levels of mercury. See Oregon Health Authority consumption guidelines or the 2021 sportfishing regulations for more information.

Anglers can get the latest information about lake levels and water temps by calling the US Army Corps Lost Creek Lake and Applegate Reservoir projects information line at 1-800-472-2434

 

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.

ODFW has been conducting some angler surveys recently and fishing seems to be improving. Starting to see rainbows in the 2 to 5 pound range showing in the catches. The annual Black Bird 5000 Fishing Derby returns to Diamond Lake Saturday June 25th. This is the largest trout fishing derby in Oregon. $1000 is the top prize for the largest rainbow. Cash pay outs for the top 30 rainbows caught. Five random anglers will be drawn to win $100 each. There are adult and kids divisions. Click here to enter the derby.

Anglers should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on camps and ramps. Seasonal closures are occurring for campgrounds and boat launches. Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at Diamond Lake on the Diamond Lake Resort Facebook page, or call 541-793-3333 for updates. Diamond Lake is open year-round.

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. 

 

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

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The reservoir is at 16 percent capacity. Howard Prairie campgrounds and the resort are now open, as is the store. With low water levels, the marina boat ramp is closed. Access at Howard Prairie is currently limited to the gravel ramp near the dam. Unfortunately, irrigation drawdown has already begun and the lake is drawing down.

Trout numbers are a bit down as the last few years of extremely low water have certainly put a hurt in the population, but catch rates have been surprisingly good, on the order of 1 trout for every 40 minutes for bank anglers. These fish have also been mostly over 15 inches, and are excellent table fare this time of year as well. ODFW did stock 40k fingerlings back in the fall which should now be in the legal-size range. No legal trout will be stocked this year due to another low water year.

 

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

The most recent stocking was 1,000 legal rainbow trout the last week of May. Since mid-February, 20,000 trout have been stocked here. Anglers are reminded that daily limits are 5 rainbow trout and 1 bass per day. 

Weed growth is starting to pick up, but all boat ramps are accessible. PowerBait from shore is probably a good bet. Trollers will want to fish small wedding rings tipped with a night crawler. Both trout and bass fishing should still be good. Trout anglers will want to target deeper areas near the dam.

Bluegill fishing from shore should be picking up with the warming weather, and this weekend should be good. A small chironomid fly under a bobber, or very small piece of worm should pick up a few fish. This can be fun for the young anglers. As always, switching up fly colors is recommended. Afternoons will probably be the best time to target bluegill. 

The Resort at Lake Selmac is a great place to pick up a fishing license, bait, ice and snacks. Check them out. Camping is also available.

Lake Selmac facilities including most campgrounds, day use, and boat ramps are operated by Josephine County Parks are currently open. More information about Josephine County Parks can be found on their website.

Lake Selmac has its share of non-native aquatic hitchhikers. Boat owners should do their part to remove as much vegetation as possible while leaving the ramp, as well as drain and dry their vessel before using another waterbody. Lake Selmac has had a recent introduction of a non-native bryozoan. Bryozoans are mossy like creatures that usually help to clean water and that are not typically harmful to humans. However, this particular species has been known to harbor a disease that can be transmitted to salmon and steelhead. Please help stop the spread of Oregon’s aquatic hitchhikers!

 

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

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Lost Creek is at 99 percent of capacity. Lost Creek received10,000 legal rainbow trout and 1,500 pounder trout last week. About 46,500 legal trout have been stocked this year. Fishing has been very good. There are some very nice holdover fish available that are in the 15- to 16-inch or greater range. Both the Takelma ramp and the Joseph Stuart Marina ramp are usable and have accessible docks.

Trolling spinners, wedding rings and spoons all tipped with nightcrawlers do well up here.  Bank anglers near the dam are doing well on trout as well. Cocktail shrimp have been known to fish pretty well here. PowerBait is also a good choice fished from the bottom near the Takelma boat ramp. 

Joseph Stuart Recreation Area is managed by Jackson County Parks. All loops are now open for camping on first come first serve and reservations. If you’re a frequent user of day use facilities here, a Jackson County Parks season pass is $40 and covers many other local Rogue Valley fishing destinations, as well. More information can be found on the Jackson County Parks website.

 

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

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The reservoir is 99 percent full, and the improved concrete boat ramp is open with a dock. Willow Lake received another 1,500 legal rainbow trout on May 16 and should be fishing very well. With this most recent stocking, 11,500 legal rainbow trout have been stocked this year since mid-February. There should be plenty of other holdover trout available, as well as yellow perch. Fishing from shore will likely produce plenty of perch and possibly some bluegill.

Campgrounds at Willow Lake are open. Day use is open, and fees are collected. A yearly Jackson County Park pass are also available for $40. For more information please visit the Jackson County Parks website.

Anglers encountering illegally introduced yellow perch are always encouraged to take as many of these as they want. This illegal introduction has only resulted in stunted perch and impacts to the bass and trout fishery in this lake and numerous others around the Southwest District. Anglers are reminded that using live fish as bait is prohibited. If you see someone transporting live fish from or into a water body, please get a photo and/or call OSP with this information.

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

June can be a great month to target early returning summer steelhead on the lower Rogue

Conditions on the middle Rogue continue to be very good for salmon fishing

Upper Rogue anglers are picking up spring Chinook from Dodge Bridge to McGregor Park

Bass fishing on the South Umpqua opened May 22. These fish haven’t seen a lure in a while and might be very interested in what you’re casting. 

Anglers are catching spring Chinook in the North Umpqua.

 

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Rogue River, lower: salmon, steelhead, trout

The flows are at 3,730 cfs at Agness 6/3. 

Starting June 1, anglers can keep any chinook. Anglers were limited to hatchery chinook only as a conservation measure to protect early and mid-returning spring chinook. Chinook salmon fishing should remain good into June. June is an excellent month to target early returning summer steelhead. These early fish tend to be larger than steelhead that return later.

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

 

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, chinook salmon, trout

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At Grants Pass we have a flow of 3,800 cfs. The temp is 59.5 degrees as of 6/3.

Currently only hatchery or adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook are legal for retention upstream of Hog Creek boat ramp. Downstream of Hog Creek, wild Chinook are legal for retention after June 1. As water conditions have remained pretty cool in the Grants Pass area, anglers are picking up fish here and there. Anglers are reminded that fishing is closed from Rainie Falls to 400 feet below the falls.

Trout fishing is again open. There is a 5 fish daily bag limit for adipose fin-clipped trout. Non-adipose fin-clipped trout must all be immediately released unharmed. All Rogue tributaries are closed unless noted in the exceptions.

Wild steelhead retention is now closed. Hatchery steelhead retention remains open, but for the most part the run is done. Trout anglers may get lucky and find themselves an early summer steelhead.

It is illegal to snag and keep a snagged fish, whether it’s wild or hatchery!  Report violations to Oregon State Police by calling *OSP.

 

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

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HATCHERY HOLE IS CLOSED YEAR ROUND TO SALMON ANGLING!! THIS CLOSURE IS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

HATCHERY HOLE CLOSED TO ALL ANGLING THROUGH JULY 31ST.

The flow at Cole Rivers Hatchery just below Lost Creek Dam is at 2,697 cfs. The flow at Dodge Bridge is at 2,990 cfs as of 6/3.

1,158 winter steelhead, 1,215 spring chinook, and 37 summer steelhead have returned to the Cole Rivers Hatchery through 6/1.

Trout fishing is now open in the Rogue with a daily bag limit of 5 adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) trout. Wild trout must be immediately released unharmed. Salmonflies have been popping on and off depending on where you are on the river, and golden stoneflies will soon follow. The flows have been going up, which can put the trout bite off for a day or two after large increases.

Chinook fishing is in full swing in the upper river. Bank and boat anglers are picking up fish.   Bank anglers are picking up fish around the Casey Park and McGregor fishing access areas and slightly downstream. Drift boat anglers are using sardine or tuna wrapped Mag Lips or Kwikfish, or back bounding roe.

Wild winter steelhead retention is closed. Hatchery steelhead retention is open year-round. There are still winter steelhead around, with the best bets for these fish from Shady Cove upstream to the McGregor Fishing access near highway 62 crossing.  But most of the winter fish is winding down, and anglers may actually end up finding themselves an early summer Steelhead.

Anglers are reminded that the Hatchery Hole, which encompasses the blocker dam to 1200 feet below, is closed to ALL fishing from April 1 through July 31. It is also closed year-round to Chinook fishing.

River floating conditions are much improved with over 2,000 cfs currently coming out of the dam. Due to more winter steelhead spawning in the mainstem this year with low tributary flows, anglers are still encouraged to be mindful of redds/nests of young fish and eggs that are still in the gravel, especially around tailouts. Please watch your step if wadding or dropping an anchor.  

 

ROGUE RIVER ABOVE LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout.

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Trout stockings in the upper river started May 18 and will continue weekly through Labor Day in this popular summer destination. Due to changes in low reservoirs in the Rogue district, the upper river will be receiving 3,500 trout weekly instead of the normal 2,500 fish. The USFS has all of the developed campgrounds open. You can learn more about this and all the upper Rogue facilities, trails, and any fire restrictions on the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest website or calling their office. 

Due to snow still limiting hatchery truck access in upstream reaches, all stockings for now will be between Mill Creek and the Mt. Stella Bridge (Road 6510) until further notice.

Flows in the upper river are quite elevated right now with snow runoff. Anglers will want to target slower pools and eddies. Water flows are up and there are rock ledges in some areas, so young anglers especially should be supervised.

The Rogue and tributaries above Lost Creek Reservoir remain open year-round, with a daily retention limit of 5 trout. Stocked rainbow trout in this reach are not fin-clipped. There are also residential cutthroat ,brown trout, and even the occasional brook trout that are periodically hooked by anglers.

Great techniques up here include throwing small Panther Martin spinners or small hooks with a single Pautske fire egg under a bobber. You also can’t go wrong fishing nymphs up here, or nightcrawlers under a bobber. With very cold water, be looking for areas where fish are holding or getting out of the high flows.

 

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, sturgeon, chinook, bass, striped bass, shad, trout

As of this morning the height of the river is at 6.43 feet and the flow is 6,680 cfs at Elkton as of 6/3. 

Chinook fishing seems to be going okay with some anglers tying into a few. Previous angler surveys show it can take more than 24 hours of fishing before anglers catch a fish. NO HARVEST OF WILD CHINOOK through June 30. Anglers can still keep two salmon/steelhead per day, but they must be fin-clipped.

Summer steelhead will be moving through, but more will be coming as we approach summer.

Shad should be in the river in good numbers, but higher water has slowed fishing for some anglers

Trout fishing reopened May 22.

 

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass

As of this morning the height of the river is at 5.77 feet and the flow is 1,490 cfs at Brockway as of 6/3.

The South reopened May 22 to bass and catch-and-release trout. Bass fishing should be good. Fish haven’t seen a lure for several weeks and should be interested.

 

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring chinook, trout

Summer steelhead have started to enter the lower river. ODFW will be watching the run very closely in 2022. Possible closures may come into effect if the run is predicted to be too low.

Anglers are catching seemingly good numbers of Chinook with lots of pressure throughout the open area. With cooler water, anglers should be able to target Chinook well into June.

Remember only one wild spring Chinook adult per day and ten per season may be kept on the North in 2022. Anglers may still retain one additional Chinook per day if it’s a hatchery fish.

With the low population of summers in 2021, anglers are reminded to handle fish with extra care this year. Practicing good catch-and-release techniques will help ensure we have fish in the future.

Trout fishing is open year-round upstream of Slide Creek Dam and in tributaries in this section. Fishing above Slide Creek Dam can be a great idea after the snow melts.

 

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

The river is closed to angling at this time.

 

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, steelhead

The Applegate is open to trout. Only adipose fin-clipped trout are legal for harvest, 2 per day. Most trout caught in the Applegate will be natives that must be released. Because of this, most trout angling is done by fly anglers doing catch and release. The best portion of the Applegate to find hatchery trout would be in the very lower river near the Rogue. All tributaries below Applegate Dam are closed.

As of June 1, the fish counts to the trap at the base of Applegate Dam was 754. 

You can check the USGS stream gauge flows on the Applegate to get the most up to date flow and temperature information. 

Be aware of private property. The Applegate River has never been adjudicated for navigability, so keep that in mind when pulling over to fish pools and riffles. It’s best to stay below ordinary highwater, not be confrontational with any landowners, and have a GPS to locate landlocked public parcels to fish from unless you have permission from landowners.

 

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

Trout fishing re-opened May 22. Trout fishing is mostly catch-and-release for wild trout as there is no hatchery on the Illinois system. 

Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed on the Illinois River, and soft plastic imitations of eggs or worms are considered bait. Hence, leave your rubber pink worms or soft beads at home.

Upstream of Pomeroy Dam and all tributaries are also closed year-round. All fishing is closed from Fall Creek to 400 feet above Illinois Falls (just above Swinging Bridge). Fall creek is the first creek upstream of the swinging bridge (accessed via road NF-087).  If you suspect illegal activity, please call OSP or the local ODFW District Office.

There is also good bank access along the Illinois River Rd. outside of Selma, all the way downstream to Miami Bar and Briggs Creek. Expect to hike to some of the better fishing spots. Please park outside of the white lines to keep roads clear. Do your part and pack out what you pack in, as well as someone else’s trash. There is trash service available at the Siskiyou Field Institute outside of Selma. 8-dollar road, just north of Kerby, also has good public access, but make sure not to leave valuables in your vehicle.

Much of the publicly accessible reaches of the Illinois River fall under the USFS Wild Rivers Ranger District. More information can be found on their website

 

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

The river is closed to angling at this time.

 

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BOTTOM FISHING

Please remember that retention of quillback rockfish isn’t allowed in 2022, and cabezon can’t be kept until July 1

In Garibaldi, a lot of effort was focused on salmon rather than bottomfish. Anglers that went out for bottomfish returned with general marine fish limits (five fish) consisting mostly of black rockfish, with some kelp greenling and deacon rockfish mixed in. Nearshore lingcod fishing was slow, but from deep water trips, everyone came in with a limit (two fish).

Depoe Bay anglers caught their general marine fish limit primarily with black rockfish, plus some canary and deacon rockfish mixed in. Lingcod fishing, on the other hand, was slow, with no more than one per angler. 

Out of Newport, nearshore fishing was very good last week, as many anglers got their limits of rockfish; lingcod catches were mostly incidental, which is typical this time of year. Offshore anglers brought in some nice lingcod and a variety of rockfish species, like greenspotted and greenstriped, with their Pacific halibut. 

In Brookings, fishing was a bit slow due to some breezy conditions. Overall, fishing for rockfish was good, with catches of black rockfish and a good number of canary rockfish. Lingcod fishing was slow, but there are still some smaller males being caught nearshore.

The offshore longleader fishery gives anglers a year-round opportunity to catch a larger daily bag limit of rockfish – ten in aggregate - and helps distribute effort away from nearshore species. Only certain species may be retained. We invite you to learn more about the gear and the fishery.

 

CRAB

Crabbing along the coast has been slow lately. Depoe Bay and Garibaldi have been seeing 1-3 crabs per person. Crab numbers out of Brookings have dropped off.

In addition to Dungeness crab, another Oregon native present in some of Oregon’s estuaries is the red rock crab. Look for them in larger bays with jetties and other rocky habitats. 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 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 also encounter non-native European green crab in their catch this year. While they look similar to Oregon’s native shore crabs, identify them 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 has just been increased to 35 per person per day. European green crab can be any size or sex. Learn more about this species.

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, recreational crabbers will need to mark all floating surface buoys with the owner’s full name or business name and at least one of the following: phone number, permanent address, ODFW Angler ID number, or vessel identification number. Mark your information in a clear, legible, and permanent manner. While this rule does not apply to gear tied to docks, piers, jetties, or beaches, we recommend marking buoys on any gear that could become derelict or lost. Find more information here.

 

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RAZOR CLAMS

Razor clamming Is OPEN along the entire Oregon coast.

Spring and summer harvesting of razor clams can be a rewarding endeavor. Unlike the fall and winter, low tides are in the mornings and visibility is much better. Typical to the Oregon coast, the spring and summer brings better weather, which allows harvesters to see razor clams “showing” more readily. Harvesters will still need to 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 20 mph will make harvesting difficult for all, including the most experienced harvester. Spring and summer harvesting can be greatly improved if harvesters actively “pound” to make clams show. 

See this article for more information on razor clams, including how to harvest.

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plenty of larger ones available. Targeting the largest “show,” greater than a nickel in diameter, will greatly increase the odds of harvesting a larger clam. Clammers should plan to be on the beach at least two-hours before low tide to ensure plenty of time for a successful harvest. Any low tide that is negative is sufficient to harvest clams on Clatsop Beach if the seas are less than 10 feet. With lots of smaller clams available, clammers need to remember to retain the first 15 regardless of size or condition.

Clatsop Beach low tides can be found here.

Other beaches

Other areas such as Indian Beach (Cannon Beach); Cannon Beach; Cape Meares Beach (Tillamook); Agate Beach (North of Newport); North Beach and South Beach (Newport); Waldport Beach; North Umpqua Spit (Winchester Bay); Bastendorff Beach and North Spit (Coos Bay); Whiskey Run (Bandon); and Meyers Creek Beach (Gold Beach) will also have razor clams.

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

Oregon State Parks have tide tables post on their website.

With the arrival of spring, bay clamming opportunities increase with early morning low tides. As negative tides switch from night to daytime, clammers should use caution when visibility is low. Monitor the weather forecast and the swell and surf advisories before going out to make sure you can safely clam.

Check out the Where to Clam articles for places to find bay clams. You can also get more clamming maps here.

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.

 

PACIFIC HALIBUT

Halibut seasons are open up and down the Oregon coast, and anglers are taking the opportunity to combine offshore halibut trips with bottomfish trips.

Windy conditions last week put a damper on halibut effort. For the previous week, ending on May 22, Newport saw the most landings, followed by Charleston and Depoe Bay. In the central coast subarea, anglers averaged 0.4 fish (compared to 0.9 the week before), and halibut averaged 17 pounds after heading and gutting. In the Columbia River subarea, anglers averaged 0.7 fish, and fish averaged 13 pounds. Weekly landing estimates are typically posted no later than Friday of the following week. Halibut seasons and numbers

OCEAN SALMON

The ocean recreational Chinook salmon season (all salmon except coho) from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. reopened March 15, 2022. Find the ocean salmon seasons, catch updates, and more information on the ocean salmon season page.

SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING

There are plenty of rocky or sandy fishing sites up and down the coast where shore anglers can drop a line for saltwater fish. Read about how and where

Lingcod and many other bottomfish species are available year-round to shore anglers fishing in rocky areas. A common setup for lingcod is a jig head with a rubber swim bait – it’s simple but effective. Also pack a measuring device for lingcod: the minimum legal size is 22 inches.

Surfperch are available in the surf year-round along sandy beaches and rocky shores, 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 issue.

 

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