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Publisher Bob Rees took a good part of the week to pursue his elk in Central Oregon. Sadly, he has to rely on his fish supply this winter. We’re taking a pass on the full version this week (we’ve always promised a minimum of 50 issues/year) but it’s not fair to our readers to just fill in the lines without accurate information. So, hope you enjoy the short version, we’ll be back in action next week.
Willamette Valley/Metro – With salmon and sturgeon fishing a non-factor on the Columbia, not to mention inclement weather, anglers are winding down their gear and losing their motivation. It’ll be many months before anglers get excited enough to get after spring Chinook in March and April.
The big news on the Willamette is the initiative to remove sea lions from Willamette Falls. There are significant numbers of sea lions already present, likely chomping on the wild coho run now in full force. No one is inspired to target wild coho.
The Willamette remains a strong option for catch and release sturgeon fishing, you can’t go wrong.
The coho run on the Sandy and Clackamas is largely over, at least for hatchery fish. Wild fish will provide sport opportunity well into November, if you know how to target them. The steelhead run is still may weeks away, but one hatchery winter steelhead was reported around McIver last week, rumor have you. Regardless, it’s way early.
Northwest – Many anglers have switched their focus to the rivers, where flows are nearly ideal for good fishing in the district’s rivers. Unfortunately, the fishing isn’t.
Reports from the Trask as dismal. More coho than Chinook being caught, late season Chinook seem sparse. Reports from the Wilson and Kilchis Rivers are also not encouraging. Chum are fairly numerous in the Kilchis and to a lesser extent on the Wilson.
Tillamook Bay is fishing poorly, and the weather has been troubling. Crabbing remains fair.
The Nestucca is slowing as well, which was to be expected. The Nehalem remains a non-option, the North Fork Nehalem will offer up some wild coho, the hatchery run is long-gone.
The lower Columbia is excellent for crabbing, and should be through the weekend. The tides are softening, which is a good thing.
There’s nothing to do on the ocean. Stay away!
Southwest -From ODF&W
The longleader gear rockfish fishery is open outside the 40 fathom regulatory line. The daily bag limit is 10. Retention of black, blue, deacon, China, copper, quillback, and yelloweye rockfish, cabezon, and lingcod are prohibited.
Flatfish fishing is open at all depths. Boats out of Newport on Saturday had limits of flatfish, mostly sanddabs but also some Petrale sole.
Trout anglers in the Rogue should be very excited with releases of excess rainbow trout recently. Most Rogue lakes have been freshly stocked for the fall months. Waterbodies offering fresh opportunity include Lake Selmac, Applegate Reservoir, Lost Creek Reservoir, Agate Lake, Willow Lake and Medco Pond.
Look for recent rains to bring Chinook into the Chetco, Elk and Winchuck rivers.
Agate Lake has been stocked with 350 larger-sized rainbow trout along with fingerling trout, which should provide good fishing opportunities through the spring.
Applegate Reservoir is freshly stocked with rainbow trout and fishing should be very good.
Rains late this week are expected to increase the Chetco River flows significantly. Anglers need to pay extra attention to water levels and floating debris this year due to impacts from the Chetco Bar fire. Anglers will want to check flows and USFS road closures before fishing the river.
Cooper Creek received over 10,000 trout in 2017. Fishing is has slowed a little, but there should still be plenty of fish available.
Rainbow trout were stocked last month in Bradley Lake, Powers Pond, Butterfield Lake, Upper Empire Lake and Saunders Lake.
Chinook salmon fishing is still open in the Coos Basin although majority of the fish have move up river to spawn. There is not a wild coho season inside Coos Bay this year so all wild coho must be released but anglers may keep any adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho.
The Elk River is low and clear. Most anglers are fishing the estuary. Rains late in the week should improve fishing conditions in the river.
From our friend Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com
Halloween may be over, but ODFW still has some treats, so take those kids away from the candy bowl this weekend and into the great outdoors for some excellent trout fishing.
Reservoirs in Jackson, Josephine and Curries counties are stocked this week and next with trophy-sized trout (12 to 15 inches) and legal-sized rainbows. Some lakes will also be stocked with fingerlings that will be ready for harvest next spring or summer.
Medco Pond near Butte Falls: 350 trophy trout and 13,000 fingerlings. The east end of Medco Pond is on private property but plenty of access is on the west end of the lake with parking along the road.
Willow Lake near Butte Falls: 2,500 legal and 500 trophy trout.
Agate Reservoir: 350 trophy and 13,000 fingerlings. A Jackson County day use parking pass is required.
Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs: Both reservoirs offer excellent fall fishing. Lost Creek has received several trout stockings in October and Applegate is getting 1,000 trophy trout this week and 5,000 legals next week.
Lake Selmac: In addition to 200 trophy trout stocked in October, another 1,000 legal and 200 trophy trout will be stocked next week. ODFW is also stocking 10,000 fingerlings for spring anglers.
Garrison Lake near Port Orford: 1,500 trophy trout will be stocked on Friday.
Weather is expected to be varied this weekend in the Rogue Valley with only a chance of rain Saturday. The mountains could see snow showers in the morning with clearing in the afternoon. The coast should see rain.
Eastern – From our friend Tim Moran
Deschutes River – The Upper River has good steelhead fishing most days. Fish nymphs, beads or jig flies under an indicator or swing purple/black/pink combination maribou or rabbit fur streamers. Spinners and wobblers should take fish too. If you like to talk to people while fishing bring a friend..there won’t likey be anyone else out there :)
John Day River – I spent last Sunday on the JDR up near Clarno on a cast and blast…we didn’t do much of either. The bad weather never materialized so neither did the ducks and geese. As for the Smallmouth..they’ve shut it down as well as the water temp was below 55. Steelhead are in the lower river so if that’s your target, fish downstream from Cottomwood until after the 15th of December.
Metolius River – Broken record…it’s a great fall/winter trout fishery. Don’t show up until after 10am…..nothing happens until the air starts to warm up. You will get hatches all winter! It’s mostly a BWO show now so bring em in different patterns, sizes and stages along with an assortment of nymphs and you’ll have what you need. Bull trout are always an option too and big white rabbit fur streamers are the ticket…If you think you’re streamer is too big..it probably isn’t! I’ve had Bull Trout eat a 10″ whitefish I was playing before!
Grande Ronde River – Here’s some good news! The Grande Ronde is fishing well! Swinging flies is the ticket and the guides over yonder are reporting multi fish days. If your looking for adventure this place is awesome! It’s very wild and a bit intimidating so hire a guide or at least stop in at one of the fly shops and get some info before you head out.
Lake Roosevelt – okay it’s not Oregon but the winter rainbow fishing on the lake is great! Trollers are getting rainbows averaging 18″ with several over 22″. And these things are FAT! Make sure you monitor the Gorge weather if you head east from Portland…there may be spots of freezing rain this weekend…ugh!
Have a great weekend everyone!
SW Washington – Cowlitz River –
I-5 Br. downstream: 30 bank rods kept 3 adult coho and released 3 fish. 2 boat anglers had no catch. Upstream from the I-5 Br: 77 bank rods kept 34 adult and 1 jack coho and released 11 adult Chinook and 26 adult coho. 6 boat rods kept 6 adult coho and released 6 fish.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,900 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, November 6. Water visibility is four feet and water temperature is 51.1 degrees F.
Mainstem Lewis River – 12 bank and 3 boat rods had no catch.
North Fork Lewis River – 72 bank rods kept 1 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho. 40 boat rods kept 4 adult Chinook and 1 jack and 24 adult coho and released 4 adult Chinook and 5 jack and 8 adult coho.