COASTWIDE: Forecasts call for wind and choppy seas on the coast, but conditions are still doable for rockfish and halibut. Today's forecast calls for winds between 5 and 15 knots, with 4-foot wind waves. Saturday calls for winds up to 20 knots and 5-foot wind waves. Sunday calls for winds up to 25 knots and 6-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 through Oct. 31, and some very nice fish have been caught.
Rockfish anglers must stay inside the 30-fathom line.
Crabbing is open along the entire coast, but it's been slow, and a lot of males have recently molted. The best ocean crabbing has been 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 73 percent full. Look for crappie, yellow perch and occasional bass in deeper water and anywhere there's shade. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.
APPLEGATE: Rainbows are spread throughout the lake and biting well for bait anglers and trollers. A worm 5 feet or so under a bobber continues to work well at the upper end of the reservoir, but the Seattle Bar area will continue to see water levels drop. Bass fishing off points and around structure in the upper part of the reservoir has been fair to good. Still lots of floating debris throughout the reservoir. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has held releases at 370 cfs, and inflows have plunged to about 170 cfs. The lake was listed Thursday as 12 feet from full, down about 2 feet from last week.
DIAMOND: The lake continues to fish very well for rainbows in the shallows at the south end and near the shrimp beds and the old Cheese Hole — lots of fish between 12 and 17 inches. PowerBait floated off the bottom is out-fishing worms under bobbers, with corn yellow and salmon-egg peach popular, but don't forget the glitter chartreuse. Trollers are getting action on Needlefish and Flat Fish. The south ramp is open and so are the campgrounds, but the mosquitoes are brutal this year.
EMIGRANT: The lake was listed at 79 percent full and dropping fast. Bass fishing is picking up for those casting plastic worms or slowly worked crankbaits off points. 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. Fresh trout were scheduled to be stocked today at the county boat ramp for a Saturday fishing event.
EXPO: The pond got another 1,000 legal-sized trout last month. 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 3,000 legal-sized rainbows a month ago, and that's it until next month. Fishing is very good. Catches have been best with PowerBait, as well as leeches and woolly bugger flies. The lake was down a hair to 83 percent full. Tiger trout must be released unharmed.
HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake received 5,100 legal-sized trout near the resort last month, and fishing is holding up well throughout the lake. 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 such as leeches and thin woolly buggers should be good. The lake was listed Thursday as 93 percent full, which is great for July.
HYATT: The lake received 5,100 legal-sized rainbows at the BLM ramp last month, and anglers are catching them with PowerBait or worms under bobbers. Trolling is good along the lake's old creek channel with Needlefish or Flat Fish lures. Bass are active, as well. The lake has dropped a hair to 58 percent full and it will stay about that level for the foreseeable future in preparation for some improvements to Hyatt Dam this summer.
LOST CREEK: The lake got another 10,000 legal rainbows and 1,500 pound-sized trout three weeks ago, split between the Takelma and marina boat ramps. Fishing is good around both facilities. The lake was listed Thursday at 21 feet from full, down 7 feet in the past week. Water quality is getting poor from an apparent algae bloom. Trolling has been decent with red or green Wedding Ring lures with a worm near the dam. Wind-drifting worms where the river flows into the upper part of the lake is very good.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is good for rainbows in the shallows and farther out in the lake with bait or lures. Some kokanee have been caught in the deeper recesses of the lake.
MEDCO POND: The pond received another 1,600 legal-sized rainbows last month to go with 4,000 legals stocked in May.
WILLOW: The lake got 3,000 legal-sized trout and 1,500 pound-sized trout in early June.
ROGUE: Spring chinook salmon and summer steelhead catches are holding their own in the upper Rogue, while the lower Rogue is decent for a mix of late-run spring chinook and early-run fall chinook. The middle Rogue is starting to pick up for summer steelhead in the Grants Pass area.
That makes the best bet the upper Rogue, where double-dipping for steelhead and chinook is an opportunity not to be overlooked.
In the upper Rogue, the Corps of Engineers dropped Lost Creek Lake outflows to 2,850 cfs, and that has kept fish in the upper Rogue moving. A good bite occurred at times this week throughout the upper Rogue, with spring chinook hitting eggs and sandshrimp back-bounced or fished off divers. Plugs also have worked fairly well with sardine wraps and other scents. Those fishing smaller plugs have hit some nice summer steelhead on both sides of Shady Cove.
The 562 springers counted this week at Cole Rivers Hatchery represents another decent showing and has provided enough fish to fuel this year's brood stock. The count so far is 2,338 springers at the hatchery, which is less than half the 10-year running average.
Another 208 summer steelhead were counted Wednesday, nearly double what had been there and slightly above the 10-year average. The early fish tend to be either 20-inch, first-time spawners or 8-plus pounders that are either wild fish on their second or third spawning run or hatchery females stripped of their eggs and released to the Rogue. These fish will bite anything from spinners to plugs to worms and even pink plastic worms fished under bobbers.
Anglers fishing downstream of Dodge Bridge can keep wild springers as part of their two-chinook limit, while those upstream of the bridge must release wild spring chinook unharmed.
The Hatchery Hole is closed for the season. Fishing is allowed from the old deadline on down, which is the area where boat fishing begins.
Flows at Dodge Bridge were down a hair to 2,823 cfs Thursday, 2,998 cfs at the old Gold Ray Dam site, 2,714 cfs at Grants Pass, and 3,434 at Agness. All represent the lowest flows of the season.
The lower Rogue is spitting out about a fish for every two boats in the bay, with guides regularly getting fall chinook on incoming tides. Most of the action is near the mouth, but some fish have been taken near the bridge. Troll anchovies with Rogue bait rig blades or Brad's cut-plug herring.
In the middle Rogue, anglers targeting summer steelhead are catching fish most evenings, with Panther Martin lures or worms and corkies the top offerings. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed.
Surfperch fishing off the Rogue sand spit has been excellent when the surf and winds cooperate. Salmon trollers are regularly catching perch near the spit.