Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports – Offshore bottom fishers had better plan for a different week to launch out of central Oregon ports. While rockfish and lingcod fishing is highly productive, ocean conditions are predicted to be too rough to allow it.
Surf perch fishing has been remarkably good on beaches near Newport over the past week. Forecasts for rough ocean conditions will probably put this activity off for a while.
There are some winter steelhead in the Siuslaw and while a few are being taken by bank and boat fishers, the majority of steelheaders are getting skunked here. Crabbing is gradually picking up at Winchester Bay but rain in the coming week may reverse that trend. Best results have been coming out of the Triangle area. Most of the fishing pressure on Winchester Bay’s South Jetty has been directed at striped surfperch, but lingcod should be available for anglers willing to cast large lures or baits for a long enough period of time to give them a chance to work. With spring Chinook entering the Rogue River now, Umpqua anglers have springer fever as well. Attached find photo of the Spring Chinook caught Saturday, March 27th on the Umpqua while with a 3.5 Mag Lip in a copper finish for steelhead. The springer was 43 inches long with a 28 inch girth and was estimated at 42 to 44 pounds.
Both plunkers from the bank and boat fishermen have been taking good numbers of winter steelhead on the lower Rogue. The first springer of the season was taken a week ago Wednesday on the lower Rogue at the old Champion Mill site on a chrome and silver Mag Lip 3.5 plug. The 18-pound wild fish was released. Steelhead season should fair well. Bank fishers have done best using pink-pearl Spin ‘n’ Glos fished right against the bank in 4 to 6 feet of water. Boaters pulling plugs, particularly the hot Mag Lip 3.5 lures. The fish are averaging 8 to 12 pounds. Plunking with pink Spin ‘N’ Glo lures has been turning up winters with some regularity. Better steelheading has been and will continue to be on the middle Rogue. Whenever conditions improve and the water is dropping and clearing, the best stretch on the middle Rogue is downstream of the mouth of the Applegate River. Side-drifters using roe with a small piece of shrimp has been a popular and productive technique for drift boaters. Bank fishers are drifting bait and corkies or using side-planers with plugs and catching fish. The upper Rogue offers a mix of early winter steelhead and late summer steelhead, with more spawned-out steelhead than fresh winters. A lot of spawned-out summer steelhead can look bright, but the stomach will be soft and the flesh mushy.
Boats targeting bottomfish out of Brookings have enjoyed the few days that allowed crossing into the ocean over the past week. They’ve also enjoyed outstanding results for lingcod which anxiously devoured baits of herring or curly-tailed jigs with equal abandon. Water and flow at the Chetco River started to increase at the first of the month and has continued since. It’s forecast to rise and fall with passing storm fronts over the coming week. For those who catch it as it’s dropping and if the water has cleared a bit, there will be steelhead to be caught. It has fished very well this season in good conditions.
The Elk River, low and clear for much of this week, will rise and is expected to produce winter steehead once it starts to drop and clear.
According to the most recent report on Diamond Lake in the Medford Mail Tribune, ice at Diamond Lake has hardened sufficiently to allow ice fishing. We think double-checking at the resort would be wise prior to making that trip.
Yeah, TGF doesn’t usually report on southern fishing clear into California but always like to share stories of truly jaw-dropping catches. Golden State lakes have been producing drool-worthy largemouth bass recently and Greg Springer of Vista California took the latest and one of the biggest recently on a top-water lure, no less, central California’s Comanche Lake.. At 16.3 pounds, it is an amazing fish, indeed.