SW Oregon Fishing Report for August 10th, 2018

From ODF&W

Reports are that rockfish fishing is still scratchy, anglers are having to work for them, might be due to some colder water that the winds pushed nearshore. Lingcod has slowed down some as well; however there are still some good-size lingcod being landed, it just may take some more time and effort than it did a few weeks ago. Reminder that as of April 1, the bottomfish fishery is restricted to inside of the 30 fathom regulatory line.

As of July 1, the general marine bag limit (rockfish, greenlings, etc.) is 4 fish. This reduction to the bag limit is necessary to keep total catches within annual quotas, and reduce the chance of an early closure of the recreational bottomfish fishery.

The longleader gear fishery outside of the 40 fathom regulatory line has been authorized to continue in April through September. Recent catches from the offshore longleader trips often consist of a nice grade of yellowtail, widow and canary rockfishes. Reminder that the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area is closed to all bottomfish trips, including longleader trips.


The summer all-depth fishery opened last Friday and Saturday (Aug. 3-4), and will be open every other Friday and Saturday until Oct. 31, or the quota is caught. There will be an update by noon on Friday, Aug. 10 on catch from the first opening, how much quota remains, and if it is enough for additional days to be open.

The Central Coast nearshore halibut fishery opened on Friday, June 1. When the winds have allowed anglers to get out, there has been limited success with nearshore halibut. The average weight of fish landed last week was around 21 pounds live weight.

The Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA Border) remains open 7 days per week.

Reminder that similar to the bottomfish fishery listed above, descending devices are mandatory when fishing for or retaining Pacific halibut.

Sport salmon fishing for Chinook is open in ocean waters from Cape Falcon (just North of Nehalem Bay) to the Oregon/California border for two salmon per day (all salmon except coho). Minimum sizes are 24-inches for Chinook and 20-inches for steelhead. Anglers are also reminded that within the 15 fathom depth contour off Tillamook Bay (Twin Rocks to Pyramid Rock) that all Chinook salmon must have a healed fin clip.

In addition, the adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will be open through the earlier of Sept. 3 or the quota of 35,000 fin-clipped coho. The minimum size for coho is 16-inches. Anglers had been averaging about 0.49 salmon per angler trip during the week of July 30-August 5.

A number of fire closures are in effect near various southwest water bodies. ODFW personnel have done their best to compile the most up to date closures for specific angling destinations below. However, due to dynamic fire behavior, situations can change and anglers should consult with web links and phone numbers, and response agencies before they decide to visit.

The hot spell continues in Southwest Oregon, and water temperatures are heating up, especially in lakes and reservoirs. To reduce stress on fish, fish early in the day when water temperatures are cooler. Avoid handling large numbers of fish. When releasing fish, handle the lure or hook and not the fish. Minimize the use of baited treble hooks if you plan to release trout.

Anglers are catching fall Chinook on the lower Rogue River from the bay up to Indian Creek. From Aug. 1 through Sept. 3, anglers with a 2018 two rod validation can fish for Chinook salmon and hatchery Coho salmon with two rods on the Rogue River from the mouth upstream to the Ferry Hole Boat Ramp (RM 5). Please note that anglers may only use one rod when angling for any other species.

People are reporting catch from the bay up to Indian Creek. For the most part, Chinook are holding in the tidal water.

A few anglers are catching summer steelhead, half pounders and surfperch. Lower flows are ideal fishing conditions for anglers swinging flies or tossing spinners.

Some anglers have reported goog fishing outside the mouth of the Rogue. Please remember to check the marine forecast and current ocean salmon regulations before heading out into this area as both change frequently.

On the middle Rogue, chinook salmon and summer steelhead are available. Anglers may keep both hatchery and wild Chinook salmon in the river downstream of Dodge Bridge. Anglers are picking up Chinook in the Gold Hill area by back-bouncing roe or quickfish. Wild steelhead must be released. Fishing for Chinook salmon upstream of Dodge Bridge to Cole Rivers Hatchery is closed, effective Aug. 1.

Effective Sat. Aug. 4, 2018, the Rogue River from Dunn Riffle to Galice is closed due to the Taylor Creek fire. All boat ramps along the river between Galice and Whitehorse Park have limited entry. Hog Creek Ramp is open for take-out. Galice Ramp is open for put-on. Rogue River Trail is open, but Rainie Falls Trailhead is closed. Check Inciweb.nwcg.gov for Taylor Creek Fire Closures here for the most up to date information.

The Rogue River is open for trout fishing. Only hatchery rainbow trout may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.

The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir is a hot spot for summer trout fishing, offering a great place to escape the heat of the valley, enjoy some beautiful scenery, and catch some nice trout. See more here.

Anglers are reminded that all Chinook salmon fishing closes in the Upper Rogue from Dodge Bridge to Cole Rivers Hatchery effective Aug. 1. Below Dodge Bridge anglers may continue to fish for Chinook through Aug. 31. Fishing for summer steelhead remains open and anglers are picking these up with smaller plugs and drifted nightcrawlers and roe. However, only hatchery summer steelhead may be retained.

Due to Taylor Creek/Miles fire, all federal fishing access sites are closed upstream of Highway 62 (McGregor Park visitor center and fishing access, Cole Rivers Boat Ramp, and the Holy Water until further notice.

Trout fishing continues to be good at Howard Prairie Reservoir despite low water conditions. Trolling wedding ring/worm combinations behind flashers and dodgers in the channel between the marina and the dam is producing fish. Still fishing powerbait is also picking up fish: hoxie cove, red rock cove and near the dam. Chartreuse PowerBait with glitter and green garlic PowerBait were used by some anglers over the weekend. Holdover trout to 17-inches continue to be caught. A 23-inch, 3.2 pound rainbow trout caught by Kaiden Patrick, from Klamath Falls was caught 2 weeks ago.

Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is good. The lake is 46 percent full, and water clarity has been reduced somewhat due to some evidence of an algae bloom. All the boat ramps except Grizzly are open, but the ramps at Klum and Willow Point are limited to small boats. Larger boats should launch at the resort ramp.
Trout fishing on Tenmile Lakes has slowed down with the best fishing is in the early mornings. Anglers should focus on fishing in deeper water.

Fishing for largemouth bass has been good with the best fishing in the early mornings or late evenings. Bass are hitting topwater lures in the low light conditions and anglers are switching to plastics and deeper water once the sun hits the water.

Yellow perch fishing is very good fishing on the deep water side of the weedlines in water depths of 7-15 feet. Anglers are using small jigs or a worm on a hook fished near the bottom.

Please be aware that through Sept. 30, 2018 all fishing is closed within a radius of 200 feet from the mouths of all tributaries (including 200 feet into the tributary) of the Umpqua River mainstem between the Scottsburg Bridge (Hwy 38) and the River Forks Park Boat Ramp. These areas are critical for juvenile steelhead that seek refuge in the cooler tributaries as mainstem water temperatures reach 70+ degrees.

Fall Chinook fishing is starting to pick up in the lower estuary and should get better as we move into late summer.

Smallmouth bass fishing is good throughout the main.

Please be aware beginning Monday, Aug. 6, fishing the North Umpqua River fly area is closed from 2 p.m. to one hour before sunrise. The closure extends from the fly area boundary at Deadline Falls to the marker below Soda Springs Dam near the power plant enclosure and is in effect through Sept. 30.

Chinook fishing closed on July 1. Summer steelhead fishing has been slow throughout the North Umpqua, it should pick back up again closer to fall when temperatures start to cool.

Note that fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless artificial fly. July 1 through Sept. 30 the fly may not be weighted.

The South Umpqua and Cow Creek are open for catch-and-release trout fishing.

Bass fishing is good throughout the South Umpqua with particularly high catch rates from Canyonville to the mouth at River Forks/Singleton parks.

During the hot weather the best trout fishing will be early in mornings at higher lakes like Diamond, Lemolo, Hemlock, Lake in the Woods, and the high Cascade lakes in the Umpqua basin.


From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com

Fishing for chinook salmon in the four miles of Rogue River above Gold beach has been very good and anglers with 2-rod validations can use them to fish for salmon through September 3rd. Salmon anglers with valid 2-rod licenses can use them on much of the Coos River system through September.

It seems that some of those secretive Smith River striped bass anglers are telling people that their striper catches are coming out of the Coquille River – which only seems fair since some of the Coquille River striper catches are being reported as being caught in the Smith River.