Rough ocean conditions have hampered efforts out of central Oregon ports recently. When boats have been able to get out to deep water fishing grounds, they have landed ling cod to 30 pounds
This will be a common story as late fall segues into winter; bottom fishing is great but ocean conditions don’t often cooperate.
The last chance for trollers to take an ocean Chinook will be Saturday, October 31st as the offshore season closes at the end of day on Halloween.
There will be no more all-depth halibut opportunities. It is done for the year off the central Oregon coast.
Oh, and tuna fishing? Fuhgedabouddit. Even the die-hards have given up searching for warm water and by the time the ocean settles down again, it will just be a memory.
Give surf perch fishing some consideration, though, on any day when waves aren’t too big. One neophyte angler took a 15-fish limit this week and this fishery shows no sign of slowing.
Pro guide Paul Coppinger (971-235-1691) took a break from his regular Sandy River fishery to try for Chinook on Tuesday this week. “We took eight,” he said,” only three of which were bright enough to keep. The bright fish were suspended while the dark ones were hunkered down in the holes. Of course, all that’s gonna change with rain this week.” A new boat slide on the Siletz River at Ojalla will grant drift boaters easy access according the Oregon State Marine Board. See Random Links for detailed information.
While there are fish in the river below the outlet at below Siltcoos Lake, there have been none coming up the fish ladder so far this season. Hopefully the coming rainfall will reverse this trend and finally get this fishery underway. It’s certainly a late start this year and we can only hope for a few bright fish yet to come. On Wednesday this week, the Siltcoos River gave up a couple of jacks but little else.
It ain’t over yet, but the Chinook fishery on Winchester Bay and the lower Umpqua River is showing signs of slowing. Spinner flingers on the bay are still hooking up occasionally but a better bet might be to move up to the mouth Winchester Creek where bobber and bait anglers are taking a few.
Boasting a Chinook run that times out later in the season, Coos Bay and the tidewater stretch of the Coquille River are rewarding trollers with Chinook and will continue to do so well into the month of November, something to keep in mind with the ocean closure.
Water conditions are in flux on the lower Rogue as levels are forecast to drop over the next couple of days, then jump dramatically as the coming weather front blesses the south coast with much needed rainfall. Unfortunately, if predictions remain accurate, water level and flow are supposed to fall back to summer level lows almost as quickly as they increased. While the Chinook troll fishery on Rogue Bay is showing signs of winding down, the late-comers bound for Indian Creek are yet to arrive. Rain in the forecast should be sufficient impetus to bring those salmon in. It remains to be seen what becomes of the half-pounder fishery which has been the delight of spinner flingers and fly fishers in the Agness area. Once the freshet passes through early in the coming week, this opportunity may wash away. A lesser impact is predicted for the middle Rogue which means salmon will likely be moving through which should create additional opportunities in this stretch. The flies-only restriction on the upper river will end at the start of day on Sunday, November 1st. While precipitation will put a little extra water in the river, it probably won’t be enough for drift-boaters to start working upper sections. At this time of year, however, there are additional fronts on the way.
It is true that opportunities to cross over into the ocean are fewer but one of the nice things about launching out of Brookings is that cooperative bottomfish await offshore anglers just outside the harbor entrance and they have been cooperating as anglers are landing good numbers of rockfish on a variety of lures. Only a couple of days remain during which ocean fishers may try for halibut as the seven-day-a week fishery will be over at the end of day Saturday, October 31st. Rain has started falling on the South coast, with the Chetco Rivers starting to experience a little benefit in the form of a slight rise li levels and flow. As with most coastal rivers, salmon have been waiting for a freshet to move upstream. The Chetco was just pushing past 300 cfs near Brookings on the afternoon of October 29th but the heaviest rain is yet to fall. Bobber fishing with baits of cured eggs, live sand shrimp or a combination thereof has been responsible for the most hookups. Anglers are hooking a mix of fresh, bright, fish and those which are starting to color up. In a recent seining operation, the ODFW found a couple over 40 pounds which would explain the stories about of broken lines and fish which have been just too big to hold.
Fish have been caught at the mouth of the Elk over the past week or so. With the southernmost part of the coast forecast to get some significant rainfall on Saturday, Chinook should be moving up into the river.