Southwest Oregon Fishing Reports
From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com
No SW fishing report from Pete this week.
Ocean salmon fishing off the south coast continues to be good.
Ocean salmon fishing for Chinook salmon from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt is open. The ocean opened to fin-clipped coho salmon on June 22. Chinook must be a minimum of 24-inches long and coho must be at least 16 inches. Fishing for salmon has been okay with Winchester being the most productive ports on the coast. Anglers have been averaging one fish per person. As of July 14, ocean salmon anglers have caught 26.3 percent of the fin-clipped coho quota.
The Nearshore Halibut season is open seven days a week in the Central Coast Subarea. As of July 14, there is 82 percent of the Nearshore quota remaining. As of July 6, there is still 48 percent of the Spring All-Depth quota remaining for the Central Coast. The next open All-Depth halibut days will be on August 2-3. The Southern Oregon Subarea is open seven days a week for halibut. There is still 86 percent of the quota remaining for the Southern Oregon Coast halibut season.
Trout fishing is still decent at higher elevation lakes like Diamond and Fish, and anglers are still picking up trout in some valley reservoirs as well.
Diamond Lake has been decent. Recent reports indicate most successful anglers are using flies with a quick retrieve or trolling. Others are having good success with floating bait off the bottom. If one technique isn’t working switch to something else
Summer steelhead numbers are increasing in the middle and upper Rogue. Now would be a good time to hit the water.
The lower Rogue bay has been slow for Chinook. Most of the fish are being caught downstream of Highway 101. Chinook numbers should continue climb through July.
Summer steelhead numbers are building through the middle section so it might be a good time to try catching one. Reports indicate fish are being caught on spinners and flies throughout the middle Rogue.
The upper Rogue is in good shape and expect flows to hold around this level for the foreseeable feature. Spring Chinook continue to be caught in the upper river as the run progresses. More summer steelhead are around as well and reports indicate good catch rates in the Tou Velle area for the summers.
Approximately 148 hatchery adult spring Chinook and 95 hatchery adult summer steelhead from Cole River Hatchery were recycled into the upper Rogue on July 3. The summer steelhead have red tags (spaghetti like) extending from the top of the fish near the dorsal fin. ODFW encourages anglers that catch these fish to call the upper Rogue office at 541-826-8774. More fish may be recycled this week but that is not known at the time of this writing.
There is good public access for bank fishing and boat access at Cole Rivers Hatchery, McGregor Park, Casey Park, Rogue Elk, Shady Cove, Takelma, Dodge Bridge, Modoc, Denman Wildlife Area, Touvelle State Park, Gold Ray and Fishers Ferry. Most floats in the upper Rogue have been from the hatchery or Rogue Elk downstream to Shady Cove. Dodge Bridge to Touvelle is an excellent float but anglers should be aware that they will encounter Rattlesnake Rapids. If you are not ready for Rattlesnake, many floats will start at the ODFW Modoc Access Site and float to Touvelle or Fishers Ferry.
Fly anglers that nymph will want to use prince nymphs or copperswans, steelhead brassies, stone flies, ugly bugs, or will want to fish large dark flies if swinging. Don’t be afraid of color such as black and chartreuse, black and blue, black and purple, black and pink, or black and red. If tying your own flies, don’t be afraid to add a little bit of flash dubbing or tinsel in the body of your fly. Also, covering lots of water when working through a run is a good technique when swinging flies. Trying moving 4-5 feet down every cast or two.
As of July 17, a total of 616 summer steelhead have entered Cole Rivers Hatchery with 172 new fish last week. A total of 2,615 spring Chinook have entered the hatchery this season, including 177 last week.
Bass fishing continues to be good in the mainstem and South Umpqua rivers, as well as area reservoirs and lakes.
Bass fishing has been good in most of the main. Some fall Chinook have been caught in the bay, and it should continue to improve as we get closer to August.
On the north river, there have been some reports of summer steelhead being caught, but it has been slow.
Bass fishing has been good on Tenmile Lakes. Most of the bass are being caught along the deeper weedlines and submerged trees. Yellow perch fishing is picking up with anglers catching yellow perch along the edges of weedlines. Most of the fish are under 10 inches long but there are a few 12-inch plus fish being caught.
Trout fishing has slowed down on Tenmile Lakes but a few anglers are still trolling deep with wedding ring spinners.
Striped bass fishing continues to be very good in the Coquille River from Riverton to Bullards, with most anglers using cut bait or nightcrawlers fished with sliding sinkers on the river bottom.
The smallmouth bass bite is also good at this time in the mainstem and South Fork Coquille rivers. Smallmouth bass will bite on worms, jigs with a twister tail, crankbaits, and small spinners.
Lost Creek was stocked the week of June 17 with 10,000 legal-size trout and 1,500 pounders to complement the previous stocking this year. There should still be good populations of holdover fish from last year as well.
Recent reports indicate the fishing continues to be good for trolling and bank fishing. Steady catches of fish 12- to 14-inches were reported a couple ofeks ago. Bank anglers have reported success at the spillway access point, the tower and around Takelma Park. Last weekend fishing was reportedly good with large trout caught trolling between the Takelma boat ramp and Stewart State Park. Additional reports indicate trolling under Peyton Bridge continues to be good as well. The lake is 69 percent full and both ramps are usable.