Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports for Sept 9th

Charters out of Depoe Bay have been limiting on rockfish for the most part although the ling cod bite has slowed recently. Ocean crabbing has continued to produce good catches. Nearshore halibut are also being landed on occasion but are considered an incidental (if tasty) catch.

Recreational tuna boats launched out of Depoe Bay on Monday this week to find what the thought would be scratch fishing but turned into a pretty decent day. One boat described picking up a single fish, then two, two at once, more chum and so on until they ended up with over 36 nice grade of albacore. Tuna have been found about 35 miles offshore with numbers varying from one day to the next.

The announcement of any extension of the Summer All-Depth Halibut fishery off the Central Oregon Coast is scheduled by noon on Friday, September 9th but is occasionally available early. If we can find out and if enough quota remains for any additional opportunities, we’ll put the information here. The was 68& remaining prior to the opener over the past weekend. An announcement will also be made regarding nearshore halibut fishing.

Boaters can be seen trolling between Newport and Toledo on the Yaquina River, presumably for salmon but are they catching anything? It seems the answer is: sometimes. This fishery has been pretty good this season, producing Chinook for a few days, after which it seems to cool off for a while, then heat up again. Will it be good when you make the trip? ‘Only one way to tell!

Boaters report marking a good number of fish in Siuslaw River. Only a few fish have been landed but it appears this is the start of the Fall Chinook run here. Catching these fish is a trolling show using herring with or without a flasher and – most importantly – fished right on the bottom.

Siltcoos Lake has provided sea-run cutthroat trout as well as a few bass to trollers but so far, no sign of coho. But then, it is early yet. Sea-runs are entering all of the coastal ocean tribs now and will provide am angling alternative which will be at its peak over the next few months.

According to conversation with sport tuna anglers, boats launching out of Winchester Bay may now obtain live bait right in Reedsport. Smallmouth bass fishing on the Umpqua has been very good and here, ‘very good’ indicates 100 or more smallies in a day.

A passerby snapped this photo of a boat apparently dropped off at the store in Elkton.


Blogger, publisher and author of many angling books, Pete Heley (peteheley.com) reports from Reedsport, “While the salmon fishing has been disappointing so far for many anglers, a few anglers are enjoying consistent success on the Umpqua River. The most consistent bite has been on the or near the Umpqua River Bar, but that area has been crowded to the point where some anglers are choosing to fish elsewhere. A few anglers have been fishing upriver of the Umpqua River Bridge at Reedsport.

“Not many cohos were caught during the first few days of the nonselective ocean coho season. Quite a few salmon were hooked at Half Moon Bay and Osprey Point by shoreline bound spinner flingers and virtually all the salmon landed have been Chinooks. If the coho salmon show up in any numbers, this fishery could really improve – although the only cohos that will be legal to keep in the river will be finclipped ones.

“As the salmon fishing improves and the crabbing stays productive, the South Jetty/Triangle area, although fishing well, will become increasingly overlooked.

“Mardon Resort, on Potholes Reservoir, reported that a three-pound bluegill was caught last week, but was not weighed on a certified scale for state record consideration. If it had, it would have replaced the current Washington state record of 2.33 pounds taken from a Yakima County pond 32 years ago. Potholes gives up bluegill in the two-pound class yearly.

“Oregon’s Siltcoos Lake has produced four bluegills over the last three decades that weighed at least two and a half pounds – all heavier than the current state record bluegill of two pounds five and a half ounces – but none of them were officially weighed. Presently, the bluegill population in the lake is very low.

“I barely had time to savor the feeling of catching my first smallmouth bass out of Woahink Lake when the ex-logger from Florence, who first told me about the lake’s smallmouths stopped by where I worked. I had no sooner informed him that I had finally broke my Woahink Lake smallmouth jinx, then the gentleman with him, Terry Austen, informed me that he had caught a 19-inch smallmouth the previous evening while casting a spinnerbait at Woahink. Terry was quite vague about the exact location on Woahink where he caught the lunker smallie.

“Despite being seriously one-upped, I’m still happy to have caught my first Woahink Lake smallmouth after scores of largemouth. At only a half-pound, it hit hard and fought valiantly on my ultralight tackle. I definitely have no complaints, but I do intend to catch a much larger smallie out of Woahink.

“One of my favorite fishing techniques is to drive along Highway 101 and to fish every dock that is adjacent to a launching ramp. I usually make two casts parallel to both side of each dock and then move on to the next dock. While I have caught bass as heavy as five pounds doing this, my usual bass will weigh about a pound. If you can limit yourself to no more than four fishless casts per dock, you can cover quite a few spots in a two-hour period – and sometimes catch a half dozen or more bass. The key is to fish the shallow water where the dock meets the boat ramp.

“Hopefully, you will practice catch and release so others can catch bass from these overlooked spots.

“More info about the data breach in the Washington state licensing system is that the breach also occurred, to a lesser extent in Oregon and Idaho and the people that could be affected created “customer profiles” before July 2006. The at-risk information includes: names; addresses; dates of birth; the last four digits of social security numbers and driver’s license numbers (if provided). No credit card or other financial data was exposed.”

When offshore sport and charters have been able to launch out of Gold Beach, bottom fishing and ocean crabbing have been excellent. Those fall Chinook which have been providing such a hot fishery in Rogue Bay are no more – momentarily, anyway. The freshet this week was sufficient to send those salmon upriver, to the delight of those fishing the lower and middle Rogue in anticipation of this very event. Some anglers who were trolling the bay headed upriver to chase Chinook as they went. This, too, was an effective technique. Water level and flow at Agness started dropping on the 7th and are forecast to continue to do so for the next 10 rainless days. Anglers in the Grants Pass stretch who busied themselves with the occasional steelhead have been enjoying a Chinook bonus as these fish move upstream to spawn. It won’t be too much longer for upper river fishers. The upper Rogue will remain a flies-only fishery from Fishers Ferry boat ramp clear to the deadline at Cole Rivers Hatchery through October. In addition to standard fly tackle, spinning rods may be used to cast a fly with a bubble but swivels are disallowed. Fishing should be best early in this season as warm water will work to anglers’ favor with summer steelhead as active as they’ll be for the rest of the season. Outflow from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,100 on September 6th, dropped to 1,800 on the 7th to settle at just over 1,700 cfs on the 8th where it remains – for now,

According to reports from those who have fished it, Diamond lake has been slow but steady. Worms and Power Bait are most successful here.