the coast: Friday’s forecast is for winds to reach 20 knots and 6 feet with rain. Saturday calls for winds to hit 25 knots and swell to stay at 6 feet but wind waves will rise up to 6 feet as well. Not a good mix. Sunday’s forecast looks a little better, with winds of 10 knots and 5 feet with more rain.
The general limit for sea bass is five fish in total, and the copperhead, quillback and Chinese rockfish are no longer part of the daily limit for boat fishermen. Bank hunters are subject to a different quota for that species and can still keep it. This includes those who fish on the wharfs. The lingcod has two fish that are over 22 inches in size.
Surf fishing is likely to improve a lot after this weekend when favorable conditions return. Look for a good spring bite while they are at school near estuaries and the beach to spawn. Shrimp and mussels are the best bait, with plastic sandworms and shrimp as secondary options.
Another set of very favorable morning tides that begin on Sunday and continue through the week. It should be a time of classic bay clamming, as long as rain and wind cooperate.
Clam pits from Cape Blanco to the California border have been closed due to high levels of domoic acid in oysters. However, the rest of the state, including its bays, is open to clams. Look for good oysters in the bay on the south coast, especially around Charleston in Coos Bay. Before digging, call the oyster hotline at 1-800-448-2474.
Recreational fishing is open to the ocean, and the catch has been excellent in the ocean and bays such as Charleston’s Lower Coos Bay. Many dirt began to get soft feathered shells. Make sure to get rid of the soft meat as the portions of the meat are not ideal.
Agate: The lake acquired another 3,000 legal-sized trout species last month to supplement the 1,000 trout released there three weeks ago. Hunting around the slope should be fine over the weekend on Power Bait, worms, or anything that smells of hatchery food pellets. The lake was completely listed Thursday, with murky waters. Electric trolling motors are good. The park closes at dusk.
Applegate: The Hart Tish Park boat ramp and dock have been closed due to a low water level. French slopes Gulch and Copper are usable. The rainbow trout will be stocked in the lake next week. Catch rainbows with PowerBait or worms from the bank, or slowly hunt down a Tasmanian spiced devil with a worm. Bass fishing was fair with plastic worms and larvae slowly catching from the bottom along rocky points and flats on warm days. The lake is slowly filling up as it fills up to a depth of 22 feet. The lake was due to fill up last week, but that’s not a likely possibility this year. Outflows remained constant at 125 cubic feet.
Diamond: The lake is ice-free and they fish fairly well for rainbow trout and tiger, mostly in shallow waters in the morning and evening when trout hunt for bugs in the warm waters. The lake’s insect groups aren’t very busy yet, so the rest of the trout are hungry. PowerBait and small leech flies caught slowly will do better. All tiger trout must be released unharmed.
immigrant: The lake is high, but it is still only 22% full, with very little fishing activity. Some catfish have been reported fishing with chicken livers in banks, as well as some pouring plastic grubs or worms to get bass from rocky points on fine days. The legal-size trout was due to be released there last week, but muddy banks prevented the storage truck from reaching the water’s edge. Storage will be rescheduled.
Expo: State wildlife biologists stocked 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout here again earlier this month. Catch them with Panther Martin bait, individual salmon eggs, or worms under bobbers. Parking fee required.
fish: The ice is thawed and it’s convenient to catch rainbow trout near the springs with PowerBait. The water is cold. On Thursday the lake was listed at 45% full and rising about 2% per week.
Howard Prairie: The lake is open for fishing and is ice-free, but few take advantage of it. Lake levels rose a full 15% on Thursday. Most of the work is near to the dam. The lake was full of 50,000 finger rainbows on Oct 8th and the catch should be very good with worms and PowerBait as well as small streamers for flycatchers. Fishermen can keep five trout a day, with only one fish over 20 inches long.
Life: The lake was up 22% full Thursday and is ice-free, with some fishing in the dam area for trout. The maximum is five trout per day, with one fish over 20 inches. Fingerling trout were not stocked last year, so trout numbers are very low. Some warm water fish such as black crappie appear in the catches.
Timber Lake: The lake is ice-free and fairly well fished for rainbow trout in the shallow waters. These fish sail in search of meals in warm water. Try PowerBait, or little minnow-like magic.
The lost creek: The lake got a new batch of installable, legal-size rainbow trout back in the Takelma slope two weeks ago. More stockpiling is planned this week as state fish biologists focus on adding more catfish-tolerant trout in open waters early this year. Hunt a bank with PowerBait near the Takelma slope, or at the Medco access point off Highway 62. The wind worms floating over the Peyton Bridge were fine. The lake on Tuesday was about 13 feet below the normal level of filling for this time of spring, and the lake is normally due to fill by May 1. The outflows were kept constant at 700 cubic feet in an effort to capture as much water as possible for later release to the salmon and steelhead downstream.
Medco: The lake is ice-free and last month it was stacked with 2,000 legal-size trout. Catch them on PowerBait or Worms.
SELMAC: 1,000 legal-sized trout were stored in the lake again two weeks ago. Hunt them with worms or PowerBait.
Will: The lake received another 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout last month. Catch them with worms or PowerBait near the county boat ramp, where the fish were released.
Overview of the river
con man: A solid springtime Chinook salmon bite stuck to the bottom of the Rogue while the top of the Rogue was starting to see its first decent halfway spring catch of the year. Central Rogue is like KS – water that flows through the fly for springs heading from west to east as quickly as possible.
This makes the lower Rogue the best bet now, but the upper Rogue is starting to catch up. Fishermen and banks drop about 50 Chinooks per day, with some clues limiting many customers before many non-dealers have even eaten their breakfast. The bottom five miles of the river are the hottest. Bank hunters use a variety of Spin-Glo. For anchored boat anglers, colorful brad cut bait fishing rigs like Shamrock and Blue Hawaiian work best in the aft. Flows in Agness were at a premium of 5025 cfs on Thursday, and are due to hit yo-yo next week. As long as the turbidity persists, expect the sting to continue.
The boat fishermen started running to some spring lilies at the top of the Rogue, mostly roe and shrimp or running plugs from pontoon boats. So far, 213 springs have arrived at Cole Rivers Hatchery, which is fine lately, but historically not much at all.
Flows at the Dodge Bridge were up to 1,254 cubic feet on Thursday and are set to bounce throughout the weekend. Flows at the former Gold Ray Dam site reached 2,129 cubic feet Thursday and are also set to bounce back.
Steelhead fishing has slowed dramatically, with few fish being spawned. They must be avoided and released.
In Middle Rogue, a spring chinook is soaring as it heads to the top of the Rogue, and little has been caught this week.
Hatchery Hole is closed to all hunting from April 1 to July 31. Hatchery Hole is permanently closed to all chinook fishing. Only the Chinese vacuum-finned aircraft may now be kept.
Rogue is closed to trout fishing to protect migratory salmon from the estuary. It can’t even be targeted for fly hunting at the moment.
Applegate: The river is closed to trout and steelhead fishing.
Shetko: The river is now closed to fishing.