Fishing Report: June 24, 2011

COASTWIDE - Big winds that have been a big problem for ocean anglers for more than a week are forecast to calm down this weekend, potentially opening a window for some chinook salmon and rockfish fishing early Saturday and Sunday before the winds and surf kick back up again.

Rockfish anglers must stay within the 40-fathom line this weekend.

The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, with only one being a cabezon. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.

Ocean salmon fishing has been slow.

Another round of all-depth halibut fishing opened Thursday and runs through Saturday. Expect some effort Saturday, but nothing before that because of bad weather. More days in July could be added.

BROOKINGS - Chinook fishing has been a bust because of bad winds most of the week and few fish. Bottomfish catches have been decent when anglers can get out. Surfperch have moved offshore so catches have been slow. After a few calm days, look for the perch to move back in close. When they do, fish the late incoming and early outgoing tides with shrimp, prawns, mussels or shrimp flies. Plastic, scented sandshrimp can work well, too.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has slowed on the sand spit off the south jetty because of heavy winds. Some perch are lingering just off the surf break at Nesika Beach. Spring chinook salmon continue to move through the bay, but no serious fishing for them occurs in the estuary.

WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is still slow. Crabbing was on and off this week. Chinook fishing is slow.

AGATE - Crappie and bass fishing are improving amid warming and clearing water conditions. Crappie are hitting drifted nightcrawlers or small purple or pink jigs, while bass are hitting purple worms fished around structure. Look for crappie far up in the lake. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.

APPLEGATE - The lake is almost full, with trollers doing best for trout near Seattle Bar or near the dam. Fly-fishers using float tubes, sinking lines and woolly buggers have done well near Seattle Bar. Smallmouth bass are biting plastic worms and small crankbaits near the dam. Bass fishermen have done well on plastic worms and crankbaits around structure and off points. The French Gulch and Copper boat ramps are usable. Hart-Tish Park is open. For updates on facilities, call 541-899-9220.

EMIGRANT - Water conditions have cleared, and that has helped bass and crappie catches in the Songer Wayside area and off rocky points. Perch are active in the willows. Trolling for trout is good with Wedding Rings spiced with a worm or single salmon egg.

A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake is in perfect shape for Saturday's trout derby based out of the resort. Plenty of holdover trout remain from the stocking for Free Fishing Weekend. Trout up to 17 inches have been caught rather regularly. Trollers continue to out-produce bank anglers. Success along the jetty near the resort has been improving, as is fishing near Grizzly Campground. Shore anglers have done best with rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait or worms floated off the bottom off the jetty or near Klum Landing.

HYATT - The lake continues to fish very well for a mix of legal-sized stocked rainbow and some holdover trout between 17 and 20 inches. Fishing near the dam and around the Orchard has been good with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait. Trolling success has picked up largely because there's been more effort this week. Try Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with worms. Troll slowly and in the top 10 feet of the water column.

DIAMOND - The lake's surface temperature has inched above 50 degrees, triggering major insect hatches that have trout gorging on nymphs. Still, they're hitting chironomid flies and PowerBait, with catches best early in the morning and in the evening. Fishing with worms under bobbers is starting to pick up. The south end is fishing well in 7 to 9 feet of water, while the shrimp beds are out-producing the Cheese Hole on the north end. Saturday's trout derby will mean the lake will be extremely busy. All the ramps are open.

The temporary eight-fish limit is in effect, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.

EXPO - Fishing has been good for what's left of the 2,000 trout stocked for Free Fishing Weekend. Panther Martin lures, PowerBait and worms all are working.

LOST CREEK - The lake is under a voluntary public-health advisory against water contact because of a blue-green algae bloom, primarily in Catfish Cove. Trolling for trout was good for rainbows near the dam's face and upstream of Peyton Bridge.

FISH - The lake was stocked last week with another 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing has been best around the resort and the cove near the Forest Service boat ramp with PowerBait, worms and streamer flies. Trolling should be good for stocked and landlocked spring chinook around 12 inches long. Try Flatfish and Wedding Rings.

WILLOW LAKE - The lake was stocked recently with another 3,000 legals and 500 larger rainbow trout, all put in at the Jackson County boat ramp. All of the county facilities are open. Trolling Wedding Ring or Triple Teaser lures should be best for stocked rainbows. Water quality is good.

SELMAC - The lake was stocked last week with 2,000 legal-sized trout and plenty of fish are left after Free Fishing Weekend. Single salmon eggs and cheese have worked well.

LEMOLO - Trolling for big brown trout is good, and fly-fishers using woolly buggers or leeches are finding a mix of rainbows and browns.

MEDCO - Fishing for rainbow trout has been good off the bank with PowerBait.

LAKE of the WOODS - Bank and boat fishing for stocked rainbow trout has been good with PowerBait and worms. Brown trout fishing has been a little slow.

ROGUE - The upper Rogue remains high, and fishing for spring chinook salmon has been off and on, while the middle Rogue has been slow for early-run summer steelhead, and the lower Rogue has been very good for guides fishing for late-run springers without much pressure from casual anglers.

That keeps the best bet the upper Rogue, because it's June, and that's where the action should be.

Bank anglers at Casey State Park, the Slide Hole and the Hatchery Hole are still finding fair to good numbers of fish moving through off and on all day. Cole Rivers Hatchery workers reported capturing 1,013 springers in the collection pond Monday, and that more than doubled the number of fish in the hatchery to date.

More fish are being caught farther down toward the Shady Cove area, particularly by driftboaters, and in the TouVelle State Park area by powerboaters. Releases from Lost Creek Lake will hold at just about 3,300 cubic feet per second, which is actually 350 cfs less than the in-flow. Fish are moving better now that water temperatures have increased thanks to some 90-degree days. So look for springers more in migration lanes and less in deeper holes, which will improve your chances for hatchery chinook.

Most bank anglers are fishing an odd variety of beads, corkies and a little yarn. Remember, only fish hooked on the inside of the mouth can be kept legally.

Boat anglers back-bouncing roe or using divers or Kwikfish are getting decent catches of springers throughout the upper Rogue. However, the ratio of wild chinook to hatchery chinook has climbed in the past two weeks. All wild chinook must be released upstream of the old Gold Ray Dam site.

In the middle Rogue, anglers have largely abandoned spring chinook fishing and moved into the upper Rogue.

In the lower Rogue, guides have been catching three to six springers a day, and they are spread out from just above tidewater to Agness. A few anglers have found some big, early-run summer steelhead at places such as Quosatana Creek with spinners. No halfpounders have been reported yet.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing. All wild trout, including cutthroat, must be released unharmed. It is illegal to target spawning winter steelhead in the Applegate.

UMPQUA - Spring chinook salmon are still being caught in the mainstem below Elkton, but they are also being caught at Cleveland Rapids, River Forks and Amacher on the lower part of the North Umpqua. Shad are in, but they are tough to catch amid high-water conditions. A few striped bass were caught this week in the lower part of the mainstem near Dean Creek. Use big plugs that resemble steelhead smolts.

The South Umpqua is starting to heat up for smallmouth bass in the Elkton area. South Umpqua flows have been dropping consistently, and that has helped bass catches on rubber worms and crayfish flies.

CHETCO - Side-drifting worms or tiny roe clusters is working well for cutthroat trout from Ice Box on down, or use prawns free-drifted in tidewater near high tide.

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