Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports for Dec 18th

Forecast as of 2:16 PM PST on December 17, 2015
Small Craft Advisory for winds in effect until 6 PM PST this evening
Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas in effect until 6 PM PST this evening

Storm Warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to 1 am PST Friday

Coastal Waters From Cascade Head To Florence Or Out 10 Nm-
Waters From Cascade Head To Florence Or From 10 To 60 Nm-

Tonight
SW wind 25 to 30 kt with gusts to 40 kt… becoming S 35 to 40 kt with gusts to 50 kt in the evening…then…becoming W 20 to 25 kt with gusts to 30 kt after midnight. Combined seas 13 ft dominant period 15 seconds…building to 16 ft dominant period 14 seconds. Rain.

Fri
W wind 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt. Wind waves W 4 ft at 5 seconds. W swell 11 ft at 10 seconds. Showers likely.
Fri Night
SW wind 10 kt with gusts to 15 kt. Wind waves SW 3 ft at 4 seconds. W swell 13 ft at 14 seconds. Showers likely and a slight chance of t-storms.

Sat
SW wind 10 to 15 kt… rising to 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves SW 5 ft at 5 seconds. NW swell 15 ft at 15 seconds. Showers likely.
Sat Night
SW wind 20 to 25 kt… becoming S 25 to 30 kt after midnight. Gusts to 35 kt. Combined seas 17 ft dominant period 15 seconds. Rain.

Sun
W wind 25 to 30 kt with gusts to 35 kt. Combined seas 19 ft. Rain.
Sun Night
W wind 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt. Wind waves 3 ft. W swell 12 ft. Rain likely.

Mon
SW wind 25 to 30 kt. Combined seas 17 ft.

Tue
W wind 20 to 25 kt. Combined seas 18 ft.

Offshore bottom fishing is excellent at this time of year with the ocean producing plenty of rockfish and ling cod. That’s something to think about this week as no one will be launching due to high swells and strong winds.

Ocean and bay crabbing remains closed on the south coast. Offshore conditions are too rough for biologists to get out in order to test domoic acid levels so we can count on the closure continuing at least until that occurs, plus time to run the tests.

A few bright steelhead were taken on the Alsea just before it blew out (again) on Wednesday this week. Pink plastic worms have been a weakness for early winters this season although bobber and jigs have taken a share as well. A report was just received of a tree down on the Alsea between Mill Creek and Campbell Park. It can be seen from the road so scout the area before launching although the possibility of doing so may be a trip best considered after Christmas, looking at river forecasts.

The Rogue River is a raging beat right now from stem to stern. There is simply no portion, not even the recently-productive upper stretches, which will be fishable for a while. Just as the river starts to recover over the next couple of days, another storm front is due right behind this one and it will keep the Rogue out of shape for a week or so. That said and on a brighter note, Steelhead will respond to pulled plugs or drifted roe as the river drops and clear, which it will actually do eventually. Plunkers, of course, will be the first to score at places like Quosatana Park and Lobster Creek. About 3,100 summer steelhead and over 1,700 coho have entered the Coles River Hatchery facility along with a handful of winter steelhead.

In addition to the seven inches of rain south coast residents endured in Curry County over the past weekend, the prediction for the current storm is another four to seven inches to fall through Friday this week. Anglers will want to watch river levels and they react to these passing fronts.

The flame and chartreuse colored Spin ‘n’ Glos are referred to as Chetco Specials on the south coast and for good reason, they account for high water wither steelhead. There were some who fell for this rig earlier this week then all hell broke loose Wednesday night and the Chetco is quite thoroughly blown out at this writing. The forecast goes like this: Water level and flow will rise through tomorrow, December 18th, then rapidly drop but only to about the 6,600 cfs range on Monday before the next deluge sends levels skyrocketing again ‘long about Tuesday, the 22nd after which it should crest somewhere in the 40,000 cfs range, then, yep, drop again. It’ll be the Spin ‘n’ Glo plunkers who will first hook wither steelhead following these roller coaster events. In addition to the color mentioned, Tequila Sunrise and fluorescent red/orange are good colors to carry in sizes 2 and 4.

Showing decent color on Tuesday this week, the Elk River was a fishable 4 feet 9 inches and 49 degrees. Then the current storm from hit and now it’s high and muddy. This ocean tributary along with the Sixes will be one of the first to recover and often offers a window of opportunity between fronts.

Trout fishing is poor at Diamond Lake with anglers trying only at the south end near the resort. There is no sign of ice anywhere on the surface.