The best fishing action continues to be in the Rogue Bay. Last weekend saw a 200+ fish day and many were out for the salmon derby and trying to beat the valley heat. The ocean was also good for decreasing the halibut quota with some limits taken out of Brookings. Summer steelhead action is fair on the mid Rogue with better action in the upper stretches whet the water is cooler. Ocean conditions for the weekend look sketchy to to a tropical storm coming from Baha. Lakes are producing bass and panfish with some trout still biting on some of the higher and deeper lakes.
The Rogue Bay had it’s ( another) best day of the season on Saturday with over 200 Chinook caught! A increase in flow helped the bite there as well as everywhere on the Rogue lately. As for the middle and upper Rogue, river floaters make up the majority of action, but those anglers targeting summer steelhead are having fair to good success on the upper from Dodge Park up to Shady cove.
Most lakes are starting to drop about 5% a week now. Lakes such as Lost Creek, Galesville, Fish and Willow have been decent and popular for trout. Selmac, Emigrant and Applegate are giving up some decent bass and bluegill.
The ocean as mentioned is probable a no go due to wind.
Bass fishing on the Coquille and S. Umpqua have been good to excellent. Pink fin perch are still biting well at Winchester Bay.
The North Umpqua is closed to all fishing!
Oh and BTW, I’ll be on a 3 week sabbatical and will return with the latest update the week of September 14th. I predict pretty much of the same will be going on with increased summer steelhead catches on the Rogue as well as some Chinook in the mid section below Hog Creek. The ocean when you can get on should also provide good opportunity for tuna, fat coho and bottom fish. See ya later😎
Be safe, be nice and enjoy!
Tight Lines 🎣 – Romer
Oregon Guides Forecast
The forecast for the weekend looks more like a no go due to a rare tropical storm heading north from Baha and is due to bring ocean conditions to the “ugly” stage. A possibility of Saturday am, but I’d let the ocean settle till next week.
As for this previous week, the halibut quota shrank a bit with some happy anglers out of Brookings getting some limits . The rock/ bottom fish were also biting as well as the Ling cod
Unfortunately, the spectacular fishing opportunity out of Brookings to the Lighthouse will be closed after August 20th to help preserve the fishery.☹
The coho are out 200-300 feet depth and are getting fatter. Mostly wild fish though. Crabs are molting and are mostly soft…. better to wait till at least September.
Jetty and sand perch fishing has been decent depending where you’re fishing. Bullards beach near Brookings and the jetty’s in Coos bay and Winchester bay are good choices for them as well as other rockfish. This nice variety was recently caught out of Winchester Bay jetty
NOAA Weather Forecast for Brookings, Chetco Cove, OR
Friday High : 61ºF
Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming NW 5 to 9 kt in the afternoon. Widespread haze between 8am and 3pm. Patchy smoke before 8am. Mixed swell…W 2 to 3 ft at 11 seconds and SW 1 ft at 15 seconds. Wind waves 6 ft building to 9 ft.
Saturday High : 60ºF
Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming NNW 5 to 10 kt in the morning. Mostly sunny. Mixed swell…W 3 ft and SW 1 ft. Wind waves around 7 ft.
Sunday High : 58ºF
N wind 7 to 9 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Mixed swell…W 2 ft and SW 1 to 2 ft. Wind waves 6 to 7 ft.
NOAA Weather Forecast for Charleston, OR
Friday High : 68ºF
N wind 10 to 15 kt increasing to 16 to 21 kt in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny. Mixed swell…W 2 to 3 ft at 11 seconds and WSW 1 ft at 15 seconds. Wind waves 5 to 7 ft.
Saturday High : 67ºF
N wind 7 to 16 kt, with gusts as high as 23 kt. Sunny. Mixed swell…WNW 3 ft and …becoming W 3 ft. Wind waves 5 to 7 ft.
Sunday High : 69ºF
N wind 7 to 13 kt, with gusts as high as 19 kt. Mostly sunny. Mixed swell…W 2 ft and SSW 1 to 2 ft becoming SW. Wind waves around 6 ft.
Lakes and ponds to fish this week:
AGATE LAKE (White City): is now at 42% full. The lake has warmed up and is mostly panfish and bass now. This is mostly a crappie and bluegill fishery with some bass in the mix.
APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: is at 55% and trout fishing has been slow for those anglers out there to fish early. Smallmouth bass fishing has picked up and there are lots to be caught. The tributary streams above the reservoir are also open year-round, with bait allowed, but only 2 trout per day. All boat ramps are usable.
COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR (Sutherlin): fishing for stocked trout has been slow due to the heat, but early mornings have seen good success. There are good numbers of fish so start early before it gets too hot.
DIAMOND LAKE: Trout catches have been slow to fair. It’s essential to fish mornings and late afternoons to have better success and working the deeper/ cooler areas. They’re scattered so keep working and changing offerings.
EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: is 31% full. Fishing early in the morning with Power bait floated off the bottom in deeper water works best for trout. The hot weather will make for more of a bass lake than trout and the bass and bluegill are biting! The lake is pretty low and fish are concentrated.
EXPO POND: The hot weather has turned it into more of a bass and bluegill pond. Power Bait and nightcrawlers on smaller size 6 and 8 hooks are the usual. Spoons and spinners have also led to strong strikes for some nice sized bass.
FISH LAKE: is 47% full and is a good choice for decent trout fishing where it’s cooler. It’s been stocked several times and is good for trout from the bank tossing small spinners. The weed growth is a factor now for both trolling and shore fishing, so possibly a bobber with bait could work good in those difficult spots.
GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: It’s best to fish early or late in between the recreational boater traffic. The trout bite has been fair lately. There’s still plenty of fish to be caught and the bite has been fair lately. All landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20 inches long allowed for harvest.
HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: is just over 38% full and with the lake getting lower, the fish are packing up in the deeper water. It will soon be too low to launch a boat from the ramp, so go soon or plan to use a different floating device. The gravel ramp near the dam will be the main access when it gets any lower. Anglers are catching both recently stocked trout and larger hold-overs. Fishing has been more productive by the dam with Power Bait fished a foot or two off the bottom. Best in the morning or late afternoon.
HYATT LAKE: is 44% full and has been stocked with trout. Trout fishing has been fair with best success in the mornings.
LAKE SELMAC: The bass bite has been good to excellent lately. Weeds are growing along the edge making it better for bass and bluegill. Power bait from shore cast over the weed edge is a good bet for trout. Trollers will want to fish small wedding rings tipped with a night crawler. Or troll a leech for some early season bass.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: is down to 55% and is still providing good catches of stocked and holdover trout in the mid to upper teen range. Boater traffic is up so be careful and try to stay away from the wake boats that can easily swamp a small low gunwale boat. Better choices are along the dam or up past the bridge into no wake zone. Trolling the typical flasher setup with a wedding ring tipped with worm or power bait is the trick. The water temp has raised, so getting your offering down to at least 60′ is prime. Also, small spoons in silver and gold (on cloudy days) work good too. All boat ramps are open.
WILLOW LAKE: The lake is the fullest lake at around 79% and there’s plenty of other holdover and recently stocked trout available, as well as yellow perch. Fishing has been fair to good and angler pressure is low. Fishing from shore will likely produce plenty of perch and possibly some bluegill. Fish early
Mid Coast Forecast:
COOS and Coquille RIVER BASIN: Eager salmon anglers are starting to troll the Coos between Empire and the Chip pile in hopes of early success. A few confirmed catches by eager salmon angler have been reported Striped bass are biting good in the mid to upper tide water area of the Coquille and around Riverton and Rocky Point in the lower river. There’s tons of em so go get em! Anglers fishing late evening and into the night are having the best success. Spears and spear guns are now allowed to take small mouth bass on the Coquille river system. Sea-run Cutthroat trout should be starting to show any time in the lower tide water of the Coquille and into the Coos river as well.. Surf perch fishing has been good to excellent around Horsefall beach on up. Anglers fishing the jetty can also catch coho salmon. Winchester bay is also still a good option for red fin perch. Chinook salmon fishing is closed in the Coquille Basin this year.
Rivers and streams to fish this week:
Lower Rogue– Jim from Rogue Outdoor Store reports that last Saturday they lost count of over 200 fish caught!!! “The best I’ve seen in many, many years” Jim said. Of course it dropped a bit the following days, but is still good. A slight uptic of flow from the dam might be what inspired the epic bite. Trolling spinner baits with anchovy or sardines with a 360 flasher is most popular. Any questions, go see he knowledgeable folks at Rogue Outdoor store. With lots of boats on a small stretch of water, please be mindful of boats with fish on and the direction you go around the small bay. The Huntley Park seining project is seeing a decent number of half pounders moving through as well as some coho and Chinook. All a good sign! Indian Creek is starting to see some action from bank anglers tossing Flying C spinners for the eager Chinook making their way up from the bay.
Middle Rogue– Dam flow increased the river flow a tad to around 1800 cfs and anglers trying for summer steelhead are doing fair at best with the hot weather and numerous recreational river floaters. Summer steelhead anglers are starting to see better success mostly from boats using plugs and soft beads under a float in the early mornings. Fly anglers are also targeting them with decent success in the riffles. Trout season is open for fin clipped only.
Squawfish are on the bite, so if you catch one, kill it! Make sure you enter the derby….
BE SURE AND KILL EVERY PIKE MINNOW – AKA SQUAWFISH!
Upper Rogue– There’s a lot of people on the water so fishing is tough, and so ya gotta do it early or very late. Summer steelhead catches have been pretty good with anglers working the pockets and seams tossing spinners. Anglers actually floating and fishing with plugs and drifting soft beads have also gotten a few nice ones this week in the mornings. More and more Summers are making their way up and the count is now around 1600 fish. The Hatchery Hole at Cole River Hatchery reopened on Aug. 1. It’s closed for Chinook year-round, but anglers may now fish for trout and steelhead.
Rogue River, above Lost Creek: has been recently stocked again with trout and should fish well. It’s a nice area to get out of the valley heat and the fishing can be quite good. Flies, spinners and worms worked in the pocket water ad along deeper seams will find em.
MAIN UMPQUA RIVER: There are some summer steelhead throughout the river, but the hot weather has kept a lot of anglers trying only in the mornings with slow success. More fish should be coming.
NORTH UMPQUA : All fishing on the North Umpqua River and its tributaries is closed July 31 through Nov. 30, 2023.
SOUTH UMPQUA : Bass are all over and smallmouth bass fishing has been great with high catch rates and good sized fish. There is no bag limit or size restrictions on bass