Fishing Report: July 26, 2013

COASTWIDE - A small-craft advisory and gale warnings are forecast for the south coast, with winds peaking around 30 knots Saturday night. Nine-foot seas are forecast for Saturday, and that should discourage many pleasure boaters.

All Oregon beaches outside of Clatsop County are open to clamming. Morning low tides are just shy of minuses and ought to encourage some clammers into action, especially around Charleston.

Salmon fishing has been very good in south coast ports when anglers have been able to get out. Lingcod and bottomfish catches have continued to be very good when anglers have been able to get out coastwide. Anglers must stay within the 30-fathom line.

The all-depth halibut fishery off the Central Oregon coast is closed until Aug. 2, and today is the last July day for Central Coast halibut fishing in side the 40-fathom line.

The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. Cabezon may be kept, with a limit of one per day at least 15 inches long as part of that seven-fish aggregate. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.

It should be another decent weekend for bay crabbing, although lots of smaller crabs have been in the catch of late.

Eating whole, recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended unless only the adductor muscle is eaten. If you don't know what an adductor muscle is, don't eat scallops.

BROOKINGS - A public-health advisory has been issued against wading at Harris Beach near Brookings.

The ocean salmon season again was excellent this past week when anglers have been able to beat the winds and hit the water. A small-craft advisory is on through Sunday, and that should keep most anglers inside. Catches have been best for anglers trolling anchovies with hoochies about 30 feet to 40 feet down in 150 feet or so of water within a few miles of the whistle buoy. Most of the chinook are in the 15- to 17-pound range, but there have been plenty of 30-plus-pound salmon in the mix.

Jigging for black and blue rockfish and lingcod has been very good, and many anglers are targeting lingcod instead of chinook. Anglers should release the large female lingcod to help recruitment.

Surfperch fishing has been on-again, off-again at Winchuck Beach because of heavy winds. Catch them on bright streamer flies, clam necks, mussels or plastic, imitation crayfish.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has been excellent from the sand spit off the bay's south jetty. Catch them on mussels, bright flies, sand shrimp or fake scented sandshrimp. Chinook salmon fishing was not viable outside of the bay Thursday but catches have been very good at times in the bay.

AGATE - Fishing for bass and crappie has been fair amid hot water and air temperatures. Pink or white crappie jigs have worked well, as have small black flies cast and stripped near submerged willows. Bass are biting plastic worms and grubs. The lake is down to 54 percent full and dropping rapidly. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.

APPLEGATE - The lake got no new fresh fish this month, but anglers are still doing well for stocked trout higher in the lake and near the Copper ramp. Catch them by trolling Wedding Rings with worms or using PowerBait off the bank. Evenings are best. Trout fishing in the Seattle Bar area is a no-go now that the lake is down to 22 feet from full and dropping quickly amid stepped-up outflows. Bass fishing has been very good off points and in coves.

DIAMOND - Trout are on the bite in the deeper holes and along the southwestern shore. Most of the action is on PowerBait in water 35 to 40 feet deep. Trollers could try pulling Triple Teasers, No. 4 Flatfish and other lures slowly just above the weed lines, then switch to PowerBait if that doesn't work. Fly-fishing has been fair on chironomids and woolly buggers. Most of the rainbows are 12 to 16 inches long, and last year's fingerlings are 9 to 10 inches. The limit is eight trout per day over 8 inches, but only one can be more than 20 inches.

EMIGRANT - Bass fishing has been very good in the evenings off rocky points and near submerged willows. Trout fishing is slow. Try small spinners, worms and streamer flies. The lake is up a hair from last week to 61 percent of full.

EXPO - Fishing for stocked trout is poor and will remain poor for the rest of the summer.

WILLOW - Trolling for trout has been good during early mornings and evenings. Crappie and other panfish are being caught consistently with worms under bobbers or jigs.

FISH - Fishing for rainbow trout is fair to good, with mornings and evenings best in the deeper recesses of the lake. Some of last year's tiger trout are as big as 12 inches long, but they must be released unharmed.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Early morning fishing has been very good but the action dies off dramatically during the day and kicks back in around dusk. No new trout have been stocked recently. Anchoring in deep water and fishing PowerBait has been best, while trollers have worked the middle of the lake with some success. Bass fishing has been very good regardless of what bassers throw at them, but white plastic worms and topwater baits have been the better choices this week. Largemouth are hitting a variety of crankbaits and plastic worms.

HYATT - The BLM boat ramps are open, and fishing is fair with PowerBait near the dam, around the Orchard and in the upper stretches of the lake. Trolling the old creek channel near the lake's western edge can be good, especially in the evenings. Catches remain light, but the percentage of trout 16- to 20-inches long is high.

LOST CREEK - The lake's water-quality issues are gone for now, and that has trout and bass anglers returning. There have been no new trout stockings. Largemouth bass are hitting plastic worms and top-water baits in the mornings and evenings off points. The lake is down to 32 feet from full, and the surface temperature has held strong at 75 to 76 degrees.

ROGUE - Fall chinook salmon fishing is off to a very good early start in the bay, while middle Rogue anglers are seeing a few chinook in pools and canyon waters but they've been unable to catch them. The upper Rogue is a mix of early-run summer steelhead for evening anglers, and morning anglers are focusing on spring chinook salmon from Dodge Bridge on down because anglers there may keep wild chinook. And those catches have been very good this past week for those primarily fishing roe or roe and sandshrimp combinations.

That makes the upper Rogue the best bet for a combination of spring chinook and summer steelhead.

The springers aren't moving a lot these days, but they are biting throughout the upper Rogue quite consistently during morning floats. When salmon aren't moving, it's harder to catch hatchery fish because wild fish dominate the traditional holding holes from Shady Cove on upstream. Lost Creek Lake outflows are holding steady1,500 cubic feet per second and are set to remain unchanged until at least Thursday. For boat anglers, back-bouncing roe has out-produced plugs, with many of the bites light of late.

Most driftboat action has been from Dodge Bridge on down as anglers are finding good pods of wild chinook to catch and keep. Bank anglers are doing best at the Hatchery Hole and Casey State Park.

With 409 summer steelhead seen at the hatchery, anglers are starting to target summer steelhead on late-evening floats from Gold Hill on up to the hatchery. These fish are biting worms, lures, plugs and flies, but the action has not been really intense yet. They're mostly congregated in riffles 4 feet deep and deeper, so focus on good churning water. Early steelhead are either first-time spawners 18 to 19 inches long or fatties 8 pounds or up.

All wild steelhead must be released unharmed.

Rainie Falls and Hayes Falls were fair for spring chinook this week for bank anglers.

The lower Rogue bay was red-hot Monday and good the rest of this week despite stiff winds blowing boats around. It's strictly a trolling show with anchovies, but a few anglers will drag copper-bladed or gold-bladed spinners. The hot river water has acted as a thermal barrier and kept the chinook from moving through. These are early-run fall chinook, and this is early to see that much action in the bay. Guides are getting multiple fish trolling most days. The anchovy and Rogue rig spinner blade is by far the best. The few hours around high tide and the bottom of low tide have been best.

Summer steelhead fishing in the lower Rogue is slow.

In the far upper Rogue upstream of Lost Creek Lake, the regular stocking schedule for the summer is in place, and anglers are catching legal-sized trout daily.

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