Good news for those hoping for crab at Christmas time! The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have announced the reopening of recreational bay crabbing from Heceta Head, north of Florence on the Oregon Coast, to the California border. This includes crab harvested in bays and estuaries, and off docks, piers, jetties, and the ocean. Commercial Dungeness harvesting season is scheduled to open January 4, 2016.
Razor clam harvesting remains closed on the south coast due to elevated domoic acid levels and mussels may once again be taken from the Yachats River to the California border.
Steelhead were caught on the Alsea between storm fronts as the water level dropped. Conditions should be good and will continue to improve in the coming week. Go get ’em!
Following the high water event of the 18th, the Siuslaw should be fishing well by late in the coming weekend or early next week.
Coho fishing is allowed at Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile lakes through December 31st. It has been a less-than stellar troll season on the lakes, due primarily to dry weather and low water conditions. It’s a pity that poorly-timed construction closed the most convenient boat ramp at Siltcoos through the season.
The Rogue River is still over 20,000 cfs at Agness on the morning of Christmas eve, it probably won’t drop to plunking level until Sunday or Monday. At that time, pink pearl Spin ‘n’ Glos should take some fish. Start right near the bank where flows will be lower, allowing for easier upstream passage by migrating winters. After the water clears a bit, plugs or baits of cured eggs will tempt steelhead. There is a lot of water flowing through the Grants Pass stretch (see Random Links) and even the upper Rogue is high at this writing. The level will be falling into the foreseeable future (which is about the 3rd day of January) and, as long as the clarity is decent, will fish for winter steelhead.
Photo from Curry County Pilot regarding Brookings with the accompanying explanation: ”The damage extends from the shoulder of the highway about 50 feet into the parking lot. Transportation officials have closed the right-hand lane of Highway 101 due to erosion of the shoulder and curb. The hole, which originally was about the size of one parking spot, has grown to about 2,000 square feet in size and 25 feet in depth by Tuesday morning.”
While the Chetco River was over 30,000 cfs on December 18th, it is at 8,000 cfs as of mid-day on Christmas eve and may be suitable for plunking as early as Christmas day. For the Chetco, that’s 6,000 cfs or less. NOAA forecasts indicate the river will be dropping through New Year’s Eve.
Hail fell on the high waters off the Elk River Wednesday this week. A break in precipitation will have this one fishable in short order and winter steelhead will be present to entertain holiday anglers.