Fishing Report: Oct. 28, 2011

Coastwide - Ocean anglers can expect some decent morning seas this weekend, with wind chop kicking up in the afternoons.

Anglers may venture past the 20-fathom line for the remainder of the season, but few have bothered to make deep-water runs. Also, near-shore halibut anglers may fish for and keep bottomfish during near-shore halibut trips until the near-shore halibut season ends Monday evening.

The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. Cabezon can no longer be kept by boat anglers because the quota has been met. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.

The ocean is closed to recreational crabbing through Nov. 30.

For clamming, a good set of minus tides runs through Halloween.

The entire Oregon Coast is open to mussel and shellfish harvesting.

Chinook salmon fishing opens Tuesday off the mouths of the Elk and Sixes rivers, where some anglers troll for chinook. A few are taken off the beach near the mouth of the Elk, as well.

No tuna catches were reported statewide this past week.

BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season is closed, but a few chinook are being caught daily by trollers working the lower 2.2 miles of the Chetco River. Not a lot of fish have been caught, but a few 50-pounders have been reported. Most are being caught with straight, large sardines trolled slowly.

Rockfish catches have been low because of a lack of effort. Halibut anglers can fish through Halloween, but effort has been sparse.

COOS BAY - Crab catches have been excellent off the public docks, but the Dungeness don't have much meat in them yet. Red crabs have a lot more meat. Good clamming will occur through Monday. Places such as Clam Island will be best, but crowded.

Good catches of rockfish have come when anglers have been able to get across the bar.

Trolling the bay for chinook has started to taper off, with chinook present near Daniels Creek, as well in tidewater areas up the Millicoma and South Coos rivers. Trolling cut-plug herring with a gold spinner has worked. The wild coho season is now closed, so it is catch-and-release only on wild coho.

BANDON - Trolling for chinook remains good to very good with cut-plug herring all the way up to Rocky Point. The wild coho season is now closed because the quota has been met.

WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Chinook catches are waning and coho fishing has slowed down. Wild coho fishing is closed. Crabbing in the bay has been excellent.

AGATE - A new batch of legal-sized and larger trout was stocked last week in the lake. Look for very good fishing for them around the lower section of the lake, which is still at 30 percent full. Worms or PowerBait work best. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.

APPLEGATE - The facilities at Hart-Tish Park are closed, and the low-water ramp at French Gulch is open and usable, as is the Copper ramp. The lake received some more legal-sized and lunker trout three weeks ago, and fishing for them remains decent for the few trying for them. Catch them by trolling Triple Teasers or Wedding Ring lures with worms. Bass fishing is slowing as the water drops and cools.

EMIGRANT - The lake's stocked rainbow trout are biting fairly well near the county boat ramp, near the dam and up the Emigrant Arm, where the rainbows are attracted to the cooler water. The lake was still listed Thursday at 41 percent full. The warmwater bite continues to hang on around submerged willows and points. Lots of yellow perch in the catches, with enough crappie to keep things interesting.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The last weekend of the season should be good for a mix of 15-inchers as well as a lot of 6-inch fish stocked recently. Anglers should release the small fish carefully because they are next year's targets. The lake was stocked with legal-sized and larger trout a few weeks ago. Trollers fishing deep and in the early mornings and late evenings along the channel have seen the best success, with banker's hours fine on cloudy days. Success along the jetty near the resort has been spotty, as is fishing near Grizzly Campground. The lake is holding at about 82 percent full. Fishing ends Monday night.

HYATT - The lake was stocked recently with legal-sized and larger trout. Fishing near the dam and around the Orchard has been fair for trout with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait. Late evening has been best. Largemouth bass fishing is excellent for those wind-drifting worms or casting and retrieving any red spinner or spoon. Fishing closes Monday night for the season.

DIAMOND - The last weekend of trout fishing sees the lake back to its five-fish limit. The trout are busy eating leeches and freshwater shellfish, primarily at the south end. Stay mobile, but fishing has been consistently good in 20 to 23 feet of water with PowerBait and 4 feet of 4-pound leader or lighter. Worms under bobbers work best on windy days. Trollers are using F-4 Flatfish or Triple Teasers, while fly-fishers are using black or olive leeches in the south end, with mornings and evenings best. If you go 15 minutes without a bite, move. The lake closes for the season Monday evening.

EXPO - Fishing remains fair for stocked rainbow trout with Panther Martin lures, PowerBait and worms under bobbers.

LOST CREEK - The lake remains under a voluntary advisory against water contact following a bloom of blue-green algae. Fishing effort has dropped substantially. The boat ramp at Stewart State Park is all but unusable, but the Takelma ramp near the dam is operable at all water levels. The lake is down three feet below its normal winter level.

FISH - The lake was stocked recently with big rainbow trout averaging more than a pound apiece, and trollers have been going after them with Triple Teasers, Tasmanian Devils and Wedding Rings with worms. Lots of the smaller chinook salmon have been caught, and anglers need to be careful when releasing them so they can survive and grow to legal size.

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

WILLOW - Fishing is fair for legal-sized and larger rainbow trout stocked there earlier this year. Troll deep and slow, or fish PowerBait off the bottom.

ROGUE - The upper Rogue is pretty much an egg-fly fishing show, while middle Rogue anglers are weaning themselves off fall chinook and hitting the summer steelhead at a pretty good clip, and lower Rogue bay anglers are seeing fish roll all over the place but having a tough time getting them to bite.

That shifts the best bet to the upper Rogue, where how you fish for summer steelhead will depend on when and where you are.

Through Monday, it's all fly-fishing with egg imitations behind spawning chinook from the old Gold Ray Dam site up to the Hatchery Hole area. The Lost Creek Lake outflow — 1,100 cubic feet per second of 43-degree water — is pushing the chinook onto the redds.

Beginning Tuesday, it's artificial flies and lures from the Shady Cove Park ramp down to the old Gold Ray Dam site. That means plugs will be back in play, as will hard-plastic, single-egg flies that work extremely well behind spawning chinook. Still no bait in that zone. Bait fishing will be allowed beginning Tuesday upstream of the Shady Cove ramp, meaning driftboaters will be in there in force side-drifting small clusters of roe. Fishing should be very good there, but the cold water will mean banker's hours will be fine.

In the middle Rogue, steelhead fishing has been good near creek mouths and behind spawning fall chinook with egg flies and small egg clusters. Streamer flies on sink-tip lines and plugs also are working well for summer steelhead. The vast majority of them are wild and must be released unharmed.

Another batch of retread, recycled steelhead were released Friday at the town of Rogue River and they remain primarily downstream of Bear Creek.

In the lower Rogue, chinook and coho are rolling all over the bay but trollers have had little luck the past two days. Bank anglers near the mouth of Indian Creek have fared well on spinners and anchovies under bobbers. The Agness area has been hit-and-miss for adult summer steelhead and halfpounders in riffles. Fish mornings and evenings with streamer flies, worms, eggs or plugs.

All wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide.

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 - The coho fishery is starting to wane, and all wild coho must be released unharmed. Some decent fall chinook fishing is going on from Roseburg down to Elkton, but the fish are spread out.

The North Umpqua is slow for summer steelhead amid cold and low flows.

ELK/SIXES - Fall chinook fishing has been fair to good in the lower tidewater portions of both rivers.

COOS - Jigging and trolling for chinook remains fair in the mud flats and the Millicoma.

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