COASTWIDE: Today’s forecast calls for winds up to 10 knots and swells up to 5 feet, rising Friday night as rain sets in. Saturday’s forecast calls for winds up to 10 knots and 6-foot swells, with rain in the afternoon. Sunday’s forecast is for 5-knot winds and swells up to 6 feet but no rain.
The marine aggregate rockfish daily limit for bottomfishers is five fish. Rockfish only open now inside the 30-fathom line. A descending device to help release rockfish caught in deeper water is mandatory on all boats.
Lingcod fishing has been excellent when anglers can get out, particularly out of Brookings, and look for some morning action on lingcod through the weekend despite Saturday’s rain. Rockfishers might get out a little farther early in the morning but work their way in.
The ocean chinook salmon season is open, and catches have been decent for this early in the season. Trollers out of Brookings are working near the California border, trolling slowly 150 to 180 feet down. The Southern Oregon coastal chinook season runs uninterrupted through Aug. 26.
Surfperch fishing should be very good through the weekend at places such as Nesika and Winchuck Beach, as well as Cape Blanco, particularly near the mouth of Elk River. Now is when surfperch start moving toward estuary mouths for later spawning. Fish with Berkley Gulp sand worms or sandshrimp as well as lug worms.
Commercial and recreational crabbing is open coast-wide, but ocean and dock crabbing in Charleston have slowed.
Another decent stretch of morning minus tides begins at 5:25 a.m. Tuesday morning at Brookings and runs through the week, with a minus 2.1-foot tide Thursday morning around 7 a.m.
Razor clamming has been very good in the open stretch from the Columbia River to Cascade Head, including the clam-rich Clatsop County beaches. That open area was extended recently all the way to the Yachats River thanks to decreased levels of domoic acid in Dungeness tested in that zone. That joined the recent opening for razor clams on beaches from the Umpqua River’s south jetty to Cape Arago south of Coos Bay. The rest of the coast is closed to razors because of elevated levels of domoic acid. Bay clamming and the recreational harvest of mussels is open along the entire coast, but that can change quickly, so check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474 before digging.
AGATE: Perch, bass and some crappie are dominating the catch, and just a few holdover trout are showing up in the mix. Most of the action is on perch and bass near the submerged willows. Wind-drift worms with light weight or just a swivel, cast small spinners or flies. The lake is 87 percent full. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.
APPLEGATE: The lake is down about 3.5 feet from full as inflows are about 150 cubic feet per second less than outflows. The rainbow trout are well dispersed in the lake, but most of the action has been in the Seattle Bar area and around the mouth of Carberry Creek and points in the upper reservoir. Bass fishing is good for those casting crankbaits toward rocky points. Slow trolling of Flatfish or Wedding Ring lures could be good for trout, and still-fishing in the French Gulch cove with PowerBait should be good. The surface temperature was inching up close to 70 degrees.
DIAMOND: Trout fishing has been excellent and should hold up for a while now that 20,000 more legal-sized trout were stocked at the north boat ramp last week. The lake’s rainbows are very active, and catches have been excellent, with most anglers getting their five-trout limit with a little effort. Still-fishers and fly-fishers working the south side, the shrimp beds and the old cheese hole have done very well. Fish worms about 5 feet under bobbers and PowerBait off the bottom, as well as chironomid flies stripped slowly in the bottom half of the water column. All tiger trout must be released unharmed.
EMIGRANT: The lake is down just a hair to 72 percent full. The lake was stocked last month with 1,000 rainbow trout at the county boat ramp. Expect to continue seeing some action around there. Look for bait fishers using PowerBait or worms under bobbers to do the most damage. Trollers should use Flatfish or Wedding Ring lures with worms, with or without dodgers. Bass fishing has been good with plastic worms and grubs fished slowly, and with crankbaits deep. The county boat ramp is open during daylight hours.
EXPO: The pond was stocked with another 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout last week. Action is best with worms, PowerBait and small spinners. There is a $4 day-use parking fee off Gate 5.
FISH: The lake got another 3,500 legal-sized trout last week on top of 4,500 legal-sized rainbows and 500 trophy rainbows stocked there last month. Look for good fishing in the marina area and the cove near the Forest Service boat ramp with PowerBait, worms and small spinners. The lake dropped to 83 percent full this week. Streamer flies and small Rapala plugs that look like tui chubs will start working for bigger rainbows and brown trout now that the water is warming. Also start focusing on the springs out in the lake.
HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake is fishing well for rainbow trout for still-fishers with PowerBait in the shallows in the morning, and for trollers working the lake’s far-side channel with Wedding Ring or Tasmanian Devil lures. All of the resort facilities are open. The lake was stocked earlier this month with 7,500 legal-sized rainbows. The lake was listed Thursday at 60 percent full, down a hair from last week.
HYATT: The lake received another 7,450 legal-sized trout last week. BLM’s campground and Mountain View boat ramp are open, and the lake level is at 38 percent full, and that is too shallow for some trailered boats to launch easily there. Trolling and still-fishing for trout have been very good near the dam, in the Orchard area and along the creek channel. Trollers should work the shorelines and the old creek channel.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: The lake is fishing well for rainbows and perch with worms and PowerBait, while trolling Tasmanian Devils has been good for trout. Brown trout fishing and kokanee catches have been slow.
LOST CREEK: Another 10,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 1,500 larger trout were stocked last month and they’ve started to disperse more in the lower 20 percent of the lake. Fishing is best near the Takelma ramp, around the island and trolling the far portion of the dam’s face. Flows out of Lost Creek have held steady at 2,250 cfs, and the lake is down to almost 10 feet from full. Bank anglers using PowerBait at either side of the dam are faring well.
WILLOW: The lake was stocked two weeks ago with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 1,500 larger trout. Bass fishing is picking up. The lake was listed this week at 98 percent full.
SELMAC: The lake received 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout last month and 1,000 legals last week, but the water is warming and getting a bit rough on the trout. Catch them on PowerBait, small spinners and woolly bugger flies.
ROGUE: Chinook salmon fishing is heating up as more fish are on the move in the upper Rogue, and early summer steelhead continue to pop up daily. The middle Rogue is more miss than hit for spring chinook, and the lower Rogue is a dead deal waiting for fall chinook to be worth the trip.
That keeps the upper Rogue the best bet with a strong eye toward spring chinook fishing and ignoring the summer steelhead for a while longer.
Cole Rivers Hatchery technicians collected another 502 spring chinook this week at the hatchery collection pond, the biggest count by far for one week so far this season. That ups the previously anemic counts to 1,602 springers. That’s the best in three years and just shy of the 10-year running average of 1,876 chinook. Upper Rogue catches have been reflecting that, for both bankies and boat anglers. Bank anglers are somewhat consistently getting spring chinook early in the morning at the Hatchery Hole, while driftboaters are doing best upstream of Shady Cove, but more people are focusing on runs above and below TouVelle State Recreation Site. Fish by back-bouncing roe and sandshrimp combinations or use MagLip 3.5 or 3.0 plugs scented, but don’t abandon the smaller Kwikfish wrapped with sardines.
Another seven summer steelhead showed up at the hatchery this week, upping the early total to 44 fish. That’s not enough to start targeting summers, but it is encouraging. It’s the highest for this time of year since 2013. When targeting them, they’ll hit everything, and they range from under 20 inches to 12 pounds. But be wary, late-run or spawned-out winter steelhead can look bright, but their meat will be poor and they should be released. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed river-wide for the remainder of the year.
Flows at Dodge Bridge held steady this week at a little over 2,400 cfs and are expected to stay there. Flows at the old Gold Ray Dam site were just under 2,550 cfs Thursday.
In the middle Rogue, bank anglers are either pounding Hayes or Rainie falls or heading upriver. A few springers have come to driftboat anglers between Rogue River and Grants Pass on roe and sandshrimp by back-bouncing. Flows Thursday at Grants Pass were pretty low at 2,533 cfs.
In the lower Rogue, the spring chinook bite has dropped basically to nonexistent and effort is commensurate.
In the far upper Rogue, trout are stocked weekly, and fishing for them is consistently good with worms and single salmon eggs at places like Union Creek Campground.
APPLEGATE: The river opened to rainbow trout fishing, and only hatchery trout can be kept. Don’t expect to find them, however, because only fin-clipped winter steelhead are released there and they are small and should be avoided. All cutthroat must be released. Any rainbow trout over 16 inches is considered a steelhead, and the river is closed to steelhead fishing until Jan. 1.
CHETCO: The river is open to trout angling, and sea-run cutthroat trout should be present in the lower river and estuary.