Fishing Report: Oct. 5, 2012

COASTWIDE - Light winds are forecast for the weekend, which should keep the surf down and bottom-fishers happy.

The near-shore Pacific halibut fishery is open north of Humbug Mountain until the final 4,700 pounds of the quota are filled or until Oct. 31, whichever comes first.

The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, and no cabezon may be kept for the rest of 2012. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.

Dungeness crab catches have been good in bays statewide, with boaters faring better than dock crabbers.

GOLD BEACH - Trolling the bay for coho and chinook salmon has been good this week, with the exception of last weekend, when catches were somewhat of a bust. Trollers are using anchovies with green blades. Bottomfishing has been excellent this week, as relatively calm winds have helped locals get limits of black rockfish.

BROOKINGS - The chinook season near the mouth of the Chetco River is open. Chinook fishing started very slowly but has picked up as the week has progressed. This fishery targets those large chinook headed to the Chetco to spawn this year. Lots of 14- to 18-pound fish are in the mix. Large anchovies skipped along the sand should work well.

AGATE - Fishing for bass, crappie and perch is fair to good in the evenings, while trout fishing is very slow. Rubber worms and jigs are working best for bass. The lake is down to 30 percent full. No gas motors are allowed. Small electric motors are legal.

APPLEGATE - Most of the access restrictions to keep anglers away from firefighters on the lake's south end are over. The lake is down to 66 feet from full, with bass and trout fishing fairly good. The Copper ramp is no longer usable, and Hart-Tish Park is closed, so anglers need to launch at the Squaw Arm. Trout fishing is best near creek mouths.

EMIGRANT - Fish are getting more concentrated in the low water. Smallmouth bass fishing is best off rocky banks, and a few largemouth have been taken in the willows. The lake is down to 30 percent full and dropping.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trout fishing has picked up with cooler weather. Boat anglers are doing well trolling Wedding Rings with small pieces of worm, while some throwback anglers are doing well using Ford Fenders. Chartreuse and rainbow PowerBait are working OK, along with worms 7 feet or so under bobbers. The lake was listed Thursday at 70 percent full. The lake is open through October, and the limit is five trout per day over 8 inches, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.

HYATT - Bass fishing is in high gear, with anglers casting a variety of red lures doing well all day. One of the BLM boat ramps at the campground is closed while it is being rebuilt. The lake was listed Thursday at 69 percent full. The lake is open through October, and the limit is five trout per day over 8 inches, but only one can be longer than 20 inches.

DIAMOND - The trout bite has improved with cooler air and water temperatures. Fishing remains best at the lake's south end in water 10 to 20 feet deep. Wind-drifting worms or woolly buggers along the lake's west end also has been good. Some of this year's fingerling plants are reaching the 8-inch minimum size. The limit is eight trout, with only one allowed over 20 inches.

EXPO - Fishing is slow for what remains of the 2,000 rainbow trout stocked there in the summer. Use worms, PowerBait and small Panther Martin lures.

LOST CREEK - A voluntary advisory against water contact has kept most anglers away. Those who are there are encouraged to practice catch-and-release fishing until the blue-green algae bloom advisory is lifted. The lake was down to less than a foot from minimum pool.

FISH - Trout fishing around the resort and in the middle of the lake is fair to good, with a late-season stocking of trout helping. PowerBait is working best, with most catches from anchored boats near the Forest Service ramp near the resort. The lake was listed Thursday at 40 percent full. The lake is open year-round.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing for rainbow and brown trout has been fair near the resort. PowerBait has been the top choice. Evening fishing has been best.

LEMOLO - A good combination of rainbow and brown trout catches have occurred recently, in part because of a late-season trout stocking just before Labor Day. Trolling streamer flies, Bingo Bugs and PowerBait are all good choices.

ROGUE - The middle Rogue's chinook salmon season is over, while the upper Rogue remains a bit slow for summer steelhead as water conditions continue to cool down. The lower Rogue is entertaining light numbers of anglers, with a good mix of coho salmon and a few chinook each day, while the Agness area continues to be good in the evenings for halfpounders on flies, worms and Panther Martin lures.

That puts the best bet on the lower Rogue, which has seen some very good days sandwiched around slow ones. Most boats trolling the bay are averaging about six coho a day, but the vast majority of them are wild and must be released unharmed. They're biting anchovies with pink blades. Fresh chinook salmon have been moving in on the incoming tides, and catches of them have been decent on anchovies with green or chartreuse blades in front. Afternoon incoming tides have fished very well.

Those not into trolling can hit the Agness area with flies and lures for halfpounders. With flows at Agness down to 1,544 cubic feet per second, the conditions are perfect for fly-fishing with streamers such as red ants and green-butt skunks. Riffles around Cougar Lane and the mouth of the Illinois River have been kicking out halfpounders at a solid clip. Only fin-clipped halfpounders can be kept, and they count as trout on the limits. Any steelhead under 16 inches long is considered a halfpounder.

In the upper Rogue, flows remained at 1,150 cfs Thursday out of Lost Creek Lake, and the out-flows have dropped in temperature to 48 degrees. This has slowed migration of summer steelhead.

The flies-only season is in full swing upstream of what used to be Gold Ray Dam. Swinging streamers through riffles has slowed down thanks to the cooler water, and more steelhead are getting caught by anglers nymphing with Ugly Bug dropper flies and an egg on the point. Spinning rods with bobbers are legal, but no added weights or attachments are allowed through October. That includes split-shots and swivels.

It is illegal to target spawning chinook salmon even for catch-and-release fishing in the upper Rogue.

In the middle Rogue, fall chinook fishing is over upstream of the Hog Creek Boat Ramp, and anglers have switched over to summer steelhead. Adult steelhead are biting yarn flies, small clusters of roe, worms or Panther Martin lures, but the majority of the adults are smallish. There seems to be plenty of summer steelhead just downstream of Rainie Falls, and these fish are looking for the river to rise so they can get moving. Bank anglers have done well at Finley Bend and Chinook Park, Carpenter's Island and Ennis Riffle.

All wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide.

CHETCO - Chinook are starting to stack up in the estuary, and anglers are finding them fishing anchovies on the tops of incoming tides. The ocean terminal fishery is on, and anglers are catching a few chinook near the whistle buoy.

UMPQUA - Good catches of chinook and coho are occurring on the lower mainstem. Bass fishing in the Elkton area also is good and will continue to be good until water levels cool off. The North Umpqua is fair to good for summer steelhead, and chinook fishing is banned in the North Umpqua. The South Umpqua is closed to all angling through November.

COOS - Chinook salmon fishing remains good in the bay for those trolling anchovies and cut-plug herring. Coho fishing is good from the jetties up to the Dellwood Trap with anchovies or pink lures. The wild coho fishery remains open and the quota has yet to be reached.

COQUILLE - Fishing for chinook in the lower river has been spotty, while coho fishing has picked up. Wild coho can be caught from the jetties up to Sturdivant Park until the quota is reached.

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