COASTWIDE: Forecasts are calling for decent weather on the water today but deteriorating as the weekend unfurls. Expect 10-knot winds and 3-foot swells today, followed Saturday by 10- to 15-knot winds and 6-foot swells. Sunday's forecast calls for winds of up to 25 knots and 7-foot wind waves.
Very good to excellent lingcod and black rockfish catches have occurred recently out of Brookings when the weather has allowed. Blue rockfish catches have been good to very good. The South Coast halibut season is open with just a handful of fish caught. It remains open through Oct. 31.
Canary rockfish are part of the seven-fish marine bag limit, and there is no sub limit on them, so anglers can have canaries make up their entire seven-fish daily limit if they choose. However, anglers can keep no more than six black rockfish. Also, there's a new, combined, four-fish sub-limit for a combination of blue/deacon, China, copper and quillback rockfish. There is no change to the two-fish lingcod daily limit. Cabezon are still off-limits.
Rockfish anglers must now stay inside the 30-fathom line. When that restriction is lifted Sept. 1, anglers must carry at least one descending device and use it when releasing any rockfish caught in 30 fathoms of water or deeper.
Crabbing is open along the entire Oregon Coast, but it's been slow, and a lot of males have recently molted. That makes for poor meat quality. The best ocean crabbing has been for those in more than 100 feet of water.
Razor clamming is closed along the entire coast because of domoic acid. Bay clams and butter clams are available coastwide, and mussels are closed south of Cape Arago near Charleston. Before digging, check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.
AGATE: The lake is down to 92 percent full and starting to drop quickly for the first time this year. Fishing has been pretty good for crappie, yellow perch and the occasional bass. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.
APPLEGATE: The heavy trout stocking of late May has paid off as the rainbows are spread out throughout the lake and biting well for bait anglers and trollers. Just a worm 5 feet or so under a bobber has worked well at the upper end of the reservoir. Trollers using Wedding Ring lures have also done well. Bass fishing off points and around structures in the upper part of the reservoir has also been fair to good. Still lots of floating debris throughout the reservoir. The reservoir area will be very busy today from the Wild Rogue Relay, so it might be worth abandoning until mid-afternoon. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reduced releases to 630 cfs, and inflows are running less than that. The lake was listed Thursday as 3 feet from full.
DIAMOND: The lake is fishing very well for rainbows in the shallows at the south end and near the shrimp beds. PowerBait floated off the bottom is out-fishing worms under bobbers, with corn yellow and salmon-egg peach continuing to be the most popular flavors. Trollers are getting action on Needlefish and Flat Fish. With cold water, the trout are biting lightly, so there are a lot of missed hook-ups. The south ramp is now open and so are the campgrounds.
EMIGRANT: The lake was listed at 92 percent full. Spring bass fishing is picking up for those casting plastic worms or slowly worked crankbaits in the shallower water around willows and other structure. Look for bass catches to improve in the Emigrant Arm amid this weekend's hot weather. Trolling for trout will be best in the lower section of the lake, but look for trout to work their way up toward cool creek mouths.
EXPO: The pond got another complement of 1,000 legal-sized trout two weeks ago and they continue to keep anglers busy. Fishing is best with worms and bobbers or Panther Martin lures. Access the pond through Gate 5 off Peninger Road. Parking fees are required.
FISH: The lake got another 3,000 legal-sized rainbows this past week, the latest of a large complement of stocked rainbows so far this season. Fishing is very good, mainly in the cove off the Forest Service ramp as well as the nearby points and out deep in the middle of the lake. Catches have been best with PowerBait, as well as leeches and woolly bugger flies. The lake was up a bit this week to 84 percent full, keeping its 2-percent-a-week fill rate. Tiger trout must be released unharmed.
HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake received 5,100 legal-sized trout near the resort three weeks ago, and fishing is best from the resort north to the shallows. Fishing has been very good from Grizzly Campground up into the flats at the lake's northwest side, with trolling and still fishing equally effective. Lots of bug activity in that area means fishing streamer flies like leeches and thin woolly buggers should be good. The lake was listed Thursday as 99 percent full.
HYATT: The lake received 5,100 legal-sized rainbow trout at the Bureau of Land Management ramp three weeks ago, and anglers are catching them with PowerBait or worms under bobbers. Trolling will be good along the lake's old creek channel with Needlefish or Flat Fish lures. Bass are starting to get active, as well. The lake has dropped a hair to 60 percent full and it will stay about that level for the foreseeable future in preparation for some improvements to Hyatt Dam this summer. Construction has not yet begun. The bass are getting very active, and while numerous, they tend to be small.
LOST CREEK: The lake got 800 trophy trout in mid-May split between the Takelma and marina ramps, as well as 20,000 legals last month. Another 10,000 legals will be split next week between the Taklema and Marina ramps, so pick your pleasure. The lake level is finally dropping after a wet spring and is now 3 feet from full. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will cut releases slowly Saturday and Sunday, from the current 3,400 cfs to 3,000 cfs as inflows are dropping. Debris levels aren't bad this year. Trolling has been decent with red or green Wedding Ring lures with a worm near the dam. Wind-drifting worms right where the river flows into the upper part of the lake is very good, but the water above Peyton Bridge is a no-wake zone, so it takes a while to get there.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is picking up for rainbows in the shallows with bait or lures. The resort is open.
MEDCO POND: The pond received another 1,600 legal-sized rainbows two weeks ago to go with 4,000 legals stocked in May. Fishing is good for them with PowerBait or worms under bobbers.
WILLOW: The lake got 3,000 legal-sized trout and 1,500 pound-sized trout two weeks ago and they are keeping anglers busy, especially on cloudy days. Catch them early on PowerBait or worms near the ramp before they disperse.
ROGUE: With spring chinook finally starting to show themselves, catches of springers has picked up this week on the upper and lower stretches of the Rogue, while the middle Rogue remains a dead zone of sorts now for chinook and steelhead.
That makes the best bet what's closest to home, the upper or lower Rogue.
In the upper Rogue, the Corps of Engineers will drop Lost Creek Lake outflows from 3,400 cfs to 3,000 cfs by Sunday and that should get fish moving again. A good bite occurred from Dodge Bridge on up Thursday with a good mix of chinook hitting plugs and bait. For driftboaters, back-bouncing roe and sandshrimp or the same baits on divers have worked best, while Kwikfish and Mag Lip lures are starting to get more attention. That usually means the fish are on the move.
The 109 springers caught in the Cole Rivers Hatchery trap this past week represent the best yet for what so far has been an extremely late run. It's common to see a very late return in high-water springs, and the 244 springers so far at the hatchery are showing that trend. The 10-year average for this week is about 3,000 fish, so do the math. Another 13 summer steelhead at the hatchery bounced that count to 26 so far, which is half the 10-year average for this week.
The Hatchery Hole is closed for the season because state fish biologists are concerned that Cole Rivers Hatchery might not meet spring chinook production goals for the second straight year. Fishing is allowed from the old deadline on down, which is the area where boat fishing begins.
Flows at Dodge Bridge were down to an attractive 3,531 cfs Thursday, 4,042 cfs at the old Gold Ray Dam site, 3,846 cfs at Grants Pass (where no one is fishing now), and 5,361 at Agness.
Bank fishing is best at Hayes Falls.
The lower Rogue has picked up and fishing is good for the few anglers there. Guides have been limiting out at times in the lower river as well as the bay, but fewer than two dozen boats have been out lately. Anglers can now keep wild spring chinook downstream of Fisher's Ferry as part of the two-fish daily limit.
Surfperch fishing off the Rogue sand spit has been excellent when the surf and winds cooperate.
APPLEGATE: The river is open to trout fishing, but all wild trout must be released unharmed. Most of the trout are actually steelhead pre-smolts.
CHETCO: The river is open for angling. Look for sea-run cutthroat trout in the estuary.