COASTWIDE: Forecasts call for 5- to 10-knot winds and 4-foot mixed swells today. Saturday's forecast calls for 10-knot winds and 6-foot swells, followed Sunday with 5-knot winds and 6-foot swells.
Very good to excellent lingcod and black rockfish catches have occurred recently out of Brookings when the weather has allowed. Blue rockfish catches have been good to very good. The South Coast halibut season is open with just a handful of fish caught. It remains open through Oct. 31.
Canary rockfish are part of the seven-fish marine bag limit, and there is no sub-limit on them, so anglers can have canaries make up their entire seven-fish daily limit if they choose. However, anglers can keep no more than six black rockfish. Also, there's a new, combined, four-fish sub-limit for a combination of blue/deacon, China, copper and quillback rockfish. There is no change to the two-fish lingcod daily limit. Cabezon are off-limits.
Rockfish anglers must carry at least one descending device and use it when releasing any fish caught in 30 fathoms of water or deeper, but that does not affect rockfish anglers, who must currently stay inside the 30-fathom line.
Crabbing is open along the entire Oregon Coast, but it's been slow, and a lot of males have recently molted. That makes for poor meat quality. The best ocean crabbing has been for those in more than 100 feet of water.
Razor clamming is closed along the entire coast because of domoic acid. Bay clams and butter clams are available coastwide, and mussels are closed south of Cape Arago near Charleston. Before digging, check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.
AGATE: The lake is down to 97 percent full. Fishing has been pretty good for crappie, yellow perch and the occasional bass. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.
APPLEGATE: Another 14,000 legal-sized trout and 500 pound-size trout were stocked two weeks ago and they are spreading out throughout the reservoir. Catches should be very good with worms and bobbers off the bank or trolling Tasmanian Devils or Wedding Ring lures off points near those ramps. Bass fishing is improving as the water warms. The lake is loaded with floating woody debris, so be cautious and heed the 10-mph speed limit. The lake is a foot under full. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reduced releases to 800 cfs, and inflows are running less than that. Fishing off the bank higher up in the reservoir has been good at times for those using PowerBait or worms under bobbers with varying leader lengths.
DIAMOND: The lake is fishing fairly well for rainbows in the shallows at the south end and near the shrimp beds. PowerBait floated off the bottom is out-fishing worms under bobbers, with corn yellow and salmon-egg peach the most popular flavors this week. Trollers are starting to get some action on Needlefish and Flat Fish. With cold water, the trout are biting lightly, so there are a lot of missed hook-ups. The south ramp is closed because of snow. The north ramp near the resort is open but busy, so plan accordingly.
EMIGRANT: The lake was listed at 68 percent full. Spring bass fishing is picking up for those casting plastic worms or slowly worked crankbaits in the shallower water around willows and other structure. Look for bass catches to improve in the Emigrant Arm amid this weekend's hot weather. Trolling for trout will be best in the lower section of the lake, but look for trout to work their way up toward cool creek mouths.
EXPO: The pond got another complement of 1,000 legal-sized trout last week and many of them are still around. Fishing is best with worms and bobbers or Panther Martin lures. Access the pond through Gate 5 off Peninger Road. Parking fees are required.
FISH: Last week saw another big infusion of rainbows, with 3,500 legal-sized trout released to go along with 3,500 legal-sized rainbows and 500 pounders released in mid-May. The fish have spread out, but many remain in the cove near the Forest Service ramp. Catches have been best with PowerBait, as well as leeches and woolly bugger flies. The lake was up a bit this week to 82 percent full, and fishing is good around the shallows as trout cruise for early insects. Tiger trout must be released unharmed.
HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake received 5,100 legal-sized trout near the resort two weeks ago, and fishing is best from the resort north to the shallows. Fishing has been very good from Grizzly Campground up into the flats at the lake's northwest side, with trolling and still fishing equally effective. Lots of bug activity in that area means fishing streamer flies like leeches and thin woolly buggers should be good.
HYATT: The lake received 5,100 legal-sized rainbow trout at the Bureau of Land Management ramp two weeks ago, and anglers are catching them with PowerBait or worms under bobbers. Trolling will be good along the lake's old creek channel with Needlefish or Flat Fish lures. Bass are starting to get active, as well. The lake is holding steady at 61 percent full and it will stay about that level for the foreseeable future in preparation for some improvements to Hyatt Dam this summer. The bass are getting very active, and while numerous, they tend to be small.
LOST CREEK: The lake got 800 trophy trout in mid-May split between the Takelma and marina ramps, as well as 20,000 legals last month. The lake level is holding at a foot under full as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has cut releases down to 3,300 cfs, and that is a hair above inflows. Debris levels aren't bad this year. Trolling has been decent with red or green Wedding Ring lures with a worm near the dam. Wind-drifting worms right where the river flows into the upper part of the lake is very good, but the water above Peyton Bridge is a no-wake zone, so it takes a while to get there.
LAKE OF THE WOODS: Fishing is picking up for rainbows in the shallows with bait or lures. The resort is open.
MEDCO POND: The pond received another 1,600 legal-sized rainbows this late week to go with 4,000 legals stocked in May. Fishing is good for them with PowerBait or worms under bobbers.
WILLOW: The lake got 3,000 legal-sized trout and 1,500 pound-sized trout last week. Catch them early on PowerBait or worms near the ramp before they disperse.
ROGUE: More manageable flows and a few more fish means for better spring chinook salmon fishing in the upper Rogue, while the lower and middle Rogue have both slowed to a crawl for springers. That makes the best bet is the upper Rogue, and that likely will stay through the season.
In the upper Rogue, the Corps of Engineers has dropped the Lost Creek Lake outflow to 3,200 cfs, and that's just a little more than inflow right now. That's stabilized fishing conditions throughout the upper Rogue, where traditional holes are starting to come into play after too much water plagued fishing there. For driftboaters, back-bouncing roe and sandshrimp or the same baits on divers have worked best, while Kwikfish and Mag Lip lures are still drawing action.
The Hatchery Hole is closed for the season because state fish biologists are concerned that Cole Rivers Hatchery might not meet spring chinook production goals for the second straight year. Fishing is allowed from the old deadline on down, which is the area where boat fishing begins.
Flows at Dodge Bridge were down to an attractive 3,330 cfs Wednesday, the lowest they've been there all season. Water color is very good.
Bank fishing is best at Hayes Falls.
The lower Rogue was very slow this past week, as guides were managing one or two fish per boat from Quosatana Creek down to above tidewater.
The Grants Pass area is very slow for spring chinook. A few anglers are hiking into Rainie Falls for spring chinook and hitting a few fish a day.
Surfperch fishing off the Rogue sand spit has been excellent when the surf cooperates.
APPLEGATE: The river is open to trout fishing, but all wild trout must be released unharmed. Most of the trout are actually steelhead pre-smolts.
CHETCO: The river is open for angling. Look for sea-run cutthroat trout in the estuary.