Tomorrow, October 16th, will be the last day for ocean crabbing. Fortunately, estuary and bay crabbing improves at this time of year and is generally good through December, weather permitting, of course. Offshore crabbing resumes on December 1st with that weather advisory thing again.
The topic of the ocean crabbing closure was recently mentioned in conversation today. When the question why the closure doesn’t take place in the summer when Dungeness are molting and in the worst condition of the year was asled, no one had an answer.
The all-depth halibut fishery will be open again October 16th and 17th (Friday and Saturday). Whether or not additional days (tentatively October 30th and 31st) will be open depends on how much quota remains after Oct. 17. A reminder that on any depth halibut day, you aren’t allowed to have rockfish or ling cod on board with halibut.
While offshore conditions may get a little dicey over the coming weekend, Tomorrow, October 16th looks good, Even if long-term forecasts don’t look friendly, keep checking as conditions change quickly at this time of year and winds might just moderate as ocean swells lay down.
Surf perch fishing has continued to deliver the goods from beaches along the coast. If you’d like to try it, pick a steeper beach, preferably near a river or bay mouth.
Chinook are being taken daily on the Siletz River, just not very many. For the number of boats trying, a half-dozen or eight all day ain’t hot fishing. You mileage, as the kids say, may vary. For us mature individuals, that means you may do better or worse.
Chinook are being landed occasionally by trollers on the Yaquina River. A few coho can be seen but it appears there aren’t many around this year. Bay crabbing has been good recently, however.
Siuslaw salmon fishers have had a tough week. On Tuesday this week, there were some taken at Dairy Creek at first light, then nothing for the rest of the day. This pattern seems to be repeating at many coastal salmon fisheries. A report from an angler fishing Rhody Wall on Wednesday this week was nothing. No fish rolling or jumping and no one hooking up. If readers have verifying reports or those to the contrary, we’d love to hear ’em!
The wild coho season ends today, October 15th, on the Umpqua, Siuslaw, and Alsea rivers. The early curtailment of these fisheries was due to a prediction of few fish this year than last. Most coho fishers concur.
Many trollers are hoping with each spate of precipitation that enough water will fall from the sky to entice coho into Siltcoos Lake. It appears that it hasn’t happened so far. Boats are landing sea-run-cutthroat trout but no reports have been forthcoming of any coho. Perhaps rain this Saturday ….
We have mentioned several times that during the wild coho fisheries at Siltcoos, Tenmile and Tahkenitch lakes that only one rod may be used, even by those who have purchased a two-rod permit. This fishery will remain open the remainder of October through November and December.
While it didn’t make the headlines, Tenmile Reef, which had been closed for six months, opened for fishing on October 1st. Boats launching out of Reedsport are fishing this area to score large ling cod and rockfish which have not seen and angler’s bait or lure for a while. It will remain open through April of 2016, then close for another half a year. Lower Umpqua River trollers continued to take Chinook this week and several limits have been reported as bright fish are apparently still entering. Herring is preferred over anchovy on thie system. While the wild coho fishery will close at the end of day today, fin-clipped coho are still fair game. The East Boat Basin is a prime spot to target salmon.
Action slowed this week for Coos Bay trollers following some pretty good catches over the past weekend. There have been fish taken at sunrise every day.
Lower Coquille trollers have been hammering Chinook this week with many limits or near-limits taken. Steelheading ain’t bad, either, as this angler who’s straining ( a little) to hold up this 20-plus pounder can attest.
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There are still plenty of Chinook in the river and more are expected in coming weeks. Productive fishing is expected to continue on the Coquille well into November. Trolling cut-plug herring behind a flasher has been responsible for many salmon dinners with fish coming from the boat ramp at Rocky Point down into tidewater.
Boats launching out of Gold Beach are returning with great catches of rockfish and, for one more day, lots of hard ocean Dungeness. As with other locations from which boats may launch to ply offshore waters, Friday this week is the last day for ocean crabbing. Trollers in Rogue Bay have had some epic days interspersed with a few fair days but, as they say, that’s fishing. Dragging spinner/anchovy rigs remains de rigueur here, yielding a mix of Chinook and coho with the latter appearing in greater number recently. Be sure to release any with the adipose fin attached; there is no wild coho fishery here. To target goho, pink or orange spinners are most effective. Fly fishers have been having a ball with half pounders upriver near Agness. Those mini-seelhead may be counted as trout so adults can still be tagged. Just be certain any half-pounder retained are of hatchery origin; those with all fins intact have to be released. With flows in this stretch less than 1,100 cfs (!), this is the type of water fly fishers long for although spinner flingers who can adapt to these conditions will also do well.Results for Chinook on the middle river have been slow and slower as catches wane in poor water flows. Weekend showers are forecast to make only the slightest improvement, after which, summer level lows with return. Be mindful of the deadline at Hog Creek as no Chinook may be targeted above that point. With the upper Rogue at levels too challenging for most drift-boaters, those anglers willing to wade and cast in the flies only section are catching fair to good numbers of summer steelhead. FLows out of Lost Creek have been steady at a paltry 850 cfs. Be sure to try egg flies downriver of spawning salmon as summer just love to stage below those areas in order to suck down loose eggs.
The Chetco Bubble fishery ended, perhaps not with a bang, but considerably more than a whimper, at sundown Sunday, October 11th. While this may not go down as a banner season, ocean trollers numbering nearly 200 at times took fair to good numbers of Chinook, some of which were of decent size but not the string of giants we’ve seen ion the past. With plenty of the quota remaining, offshore anglers can target halibut seven days a week out of Brookings Harbor south the California border.
Trout fishing at Diamond Lake is good for numbers but the vast majority have been small. Releasing all the sub-10-inch fish in order tot take home some larger trout is a challenge since there will be inevitable mortality and no one wants to waste fish.