Fishing Report: Friday, Nov. 24


    COASTWIDE: Today's forecast calls for 5-knot winds and 5- to 6-foot swells, followed Saturday by 10-knot winds and 5-foot swells with rain. Sunday will see winds up to 15 knots and swells up to 15 feet.

    Halibut fishing is closed off the South Coast. That leaves only ocean bottomfishing outside the 40-fathom line. Thirty-foot leaders and floats are required to keep baits off the bottom and focused on midwater rockfish species. No lingcod, cabezon or other bottomfish can be targeted, even from jetties. Also open is fishing for sanddab and surfperch. Surfperch fishing is likely to be poor through the weekend because of stiff winds and surf.

    Crabbing is closed in the ocean, off beaches and in bays south of the north jetty at Coos Bay as well as from Tahkenitch Creek to Cape Foulweather near Newport because of high levels of domoic acid found in Dungeness. The ocean is closed to crabbing until Dec. 1 regardless of whether the current public-health closure is lifted.

    The recreational harvest of razor clams is closed from Cascade Head to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid, which includes all beaches and bays. The recreational harvesting of mussels is open along the entire coast. Before digging, check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.


    AGATE: The lake is up to 28 percent full thanks to recent rains and runoff, and fishing pressure is very light. Look for isolated catches of yellow perch and bass around structure and near the dam face. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.

    APPLEGATE: Fishing pressure has been very light, with some catches of rainbow trout for those trolling near the mouth of Carberry Creek or fishing worms or PowerBait from the bank. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has increased water releases to 550 cfs beginning Thursday to offset increased runoff from recent rains. The lake has risen to 94 feet from full and just about where the Corps keeps it for winter flood control.

    DIAMOND: Warm weather means no snow around the lake, but most afternoons of late have been windy. Some anglers are hitting the lake, and catches are usually good in mid-fall. Those who have gone out have done well with streamer flies or leeches at the south end and PowerBait around the edges. All tiger trout must be released unharmed.

    EMIGRANT: The lake was listed Thursday at 28 percent full and increasing slightly. Fishing pressure is light. Bass fishing is decent but slowing. Slowly fish plastic worms, grubs and crankbaits near structure. Smallmouth are off rocky points, largemouth are largely in the submerged willows.

    EXPO: For Free Fishing Weekend today and Saturday, 300 legal-sized and 150 17-inchers were stocked Tuesday. Catch them on PowerBait, worms and bobbers or small spinners like Panther Martins.

    FISH: Anglers are still running into what's left of 900 trophy trout stocked late last month at the Forest Service ramp, but effort is very light. Use worms or PowerBait, or strip leeches or woolly buggers. Troll plugs that look like chubs or Wedding Ring lures with a small chunk of worm on the hook. Tiger trout must be released unharmed.

    HOWARD PRAIRIE: Trout fishing is decent but pressure is very light. The marina is closed but the Willow Point boat ramp is open and usable, with most angling in that area. Fishing has been best near the dam. Trollers should use worms and flashers, starting deep and working their way up the water column until they find where the trout are suspended. The lake was listed at 75 percent full, very high for this time of year.

    HYATT: BLM has closed the boat ramps at its recreation area. The lake is 40 percent full. Any fishing now is off the bank.

    LOST CREEK: Flows out of Lost Creek were bumped up to 3,500 cubic feet per second to deal with the rise in the inflow to about 3,300 cfs this week. The lake elevation is 1,813.4 feet, about a foot and a half higher than what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shoots for by Dec. 1. Anglers are still feasting on the several thousand legals and trophy trout stocked there this fall, with most of the action around the Takelma boat ramp and around the dam.

    LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is good for rainbows in the shallows and farther out in the lake with bait or lures. Some kokanee have been caught in the deeper parts of the lake. Expect snow this weekend.

    WILLOW: The lake got 3,000 legal-sized trout and 1,500 pound-sized trout in early June. Catch what's left on PowerBait or worms.


    ROGUE: The upper Rogue has seen an uptake to late-run summer steelhead fishing as the steelhead adjust to the colder weather and start getting more territorial as they get closer to spawning. The middle Rogue has been pretty hit-and-miss for late-run summer steelhead, and the lower Rogue will suffer from high and likely dirty water this weekend from rain.

    That keeps the best bet on the upper Rogue, where what you use is determined largely by where you go. The Shady Cove boat ramp has been the demarcation line between bait and non-bait fishing since Nov. 1. Upstream of the ramp, catches were still good to very good on roe fished at the heads and tailouts of pools and riffles. Summer steelhead were in good shape and scattered for driftboaters. Downstream of Shady Cove, catches have been very good of late on plugs, mostly Mag Lip 3.0 and 3.5 in the Misty River or crayfish colors. Steelhead are getting pretty territorial, so catches of larger males, mostly wild, has occurred. The steelhead are also back on the move, with Cole Rivers Hatchery technicians collecting 291 new steelhead Tuesday. That also allowed hatchery technicians to recycle 409 summer steelhead to the Modoc Unit of the Denman Wildlife Area Wednesday for holiday anglers to catch.

    A few coho are getting caught in the upper Rogue, chiefly by anglers fishing pinkish plugs. All wild coho must be released. Another big push of coho showed up this past week, adding another 208 coho to the mix. However, coho are notoriously poor biters and are usually poor eating quality.

    Fly-fishermen continue to fish single-egg patterns for summer steelhead in the upper Rogue, while other bank anglers are finding success casting spinners near TouVelle State Park and at the Denman Wildlife Area.

    Flows out of Lost Creek Lake increased to 3,500 cubic feet per second Wednesday, and that's getting fish on the move but spreading them out more. Flows at Dodge Bridge were at 3,820 cfs and are forecast to peak today at about 4,500 cfs. Flows at the former Gold Ray Dam site were up Wednesday to 4,342 cfs and rising.

    In the lower Rogue, adult summer steelhead and halfpounders are still trickling in, but flows are against angling efficiency. Flows at Agness were already at 8,585 cfs and climbing Wednesday. That puts steelheaders out of business there. When it resumes, cast Panther Martin spinners, worms and corkies or swing streamer flies. Try Quosatana Creek, Lobster Creek and Cole Riffle.

    All chinook fishing is closed upstream of the Hog Creek boat ramp near Galice.

    In the middle Rogue, anglers are reporting a few summer steelhead caught with worms and corkies off the bank or side-drifting from driftboats. Also, fly-fishing with small nymphs has been surprisingly good in the Robertson Bridge area. A few coho are getting caught in the slow water around Galice by dragging pink jigs off the bottom. Flows Thursday at Grants Pass were at 2,740 cfs and forecast to peak Monday at around 5,200 cfs.

    APPLEGATE: The river is open to trout fishing, but all wild trout must be released unharmed. Most of the trout are steelhead pre-smolts.

    CHETCO: Flows were forecast to be high but likely fishable this weekend for fall chinook. Boat ramps and access points on the upper Chetco within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest are now open all the way to the forks. Plugs have been out-fishing roe when the chinook are on the move.

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