SW Oregon Fishing Report for July 13th, 2018

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Lingcod fishing off the central coast has been good during the past couple of weeks and saw most anglers taking home a limit (2 lingcod). In contrast, rockfish action has been slower; fish were seen on fish finders but were reluctant to bite, especially black rockfish. Reminder that as of April 1, the bottomfish fishery is restricted to inside of the 30 fathom regulatory line.

The Central Coast nearshore halibut fishery opened on Friday, June 1. During the last couple of weeks, anglers were bringing in 2-3 Petrale sole per angler along with some halibut.

There will be an announcement by noon on Friday, July 13 if enough quota remains for any additional back-up dates in the Central Oregon Coast Subarea spring all-depth fishery. Remaining available back-up dates are: July 19-21. The summer all-depth fishery opens August 3-4, every other Friday and Saturday until October 31, or the quota is caught.

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.

Tuna fishing has been good for anglers fishing roughly 30 miles from Coos Bay last week and weekend.

Eel Lake was stocked in May with legal-size trout. Boat anglers are catching trout while trolling spinners tipped with a worm on the main part of the lake. Anglers are continuing to catch crappie and bluegills from the fishing dock and along the weedlines in Eel Lake. Fishing is typically the best in the mornings before the wind starts blowing in the afternoons.

Trout fishing on Tenmile Lakes has started to slow down. The best fishing is in the early mornings and 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.

Fishing continues to be good at Diamond Lake. Most anglers are taking home fish averaging 15-inches. Trolling seems to be the most effective technique, but using bait or flies has also been showing positive results.

On the mianstem of the Umpqua River fall Chinook fishing will starting picking up in mid-July in the lower estuary.

Smallmouth bass fishing should be good throughout the main.

Trout fishing in the mainstem Umpqua opened May 22 and is catch-and-release only. Retention of trout is allow in the tributaries, which also opened May 22. If fishing for trout try to avoid the warmer parts of the day.

On the north Umpqua River chinook fishing closed on July 1. Summer steelhead should be around, but catching has been only decent.

Bass fishing should be good throughout the South Umpqua and Cow Creek opened to trout fishing May 22. Catch-and-release only.

Lower Rogue River: The bay Chinook troll fishery has been heating up. People are reporting catch from the bay up to Indian Creek. Water levels are dropping and anglers should expect some low and clear conditions for a while.

A few anglers are targeting summer steelhead. Lower flows are ideal fishing conditions for anglers swinging flies or tossing spinners.

Middle Rogue River: Fishing has been slow for spring Chinook salmon in the Grants Pass and Gold Hill area. There are reports of Chinook moving through the canyon which should be arriving between Hog Creek and Graves Creek soon. Not many anglers are specifically targeting summer steelhead yet, so reports have been lacking.

Back-bouncing bait below Dodge is the most common method. Back trolled plugs work if you can find adequate flow to make the plug work. From a boat, try experimenting with wobblers in calmer holes, or back trolling plugs in pools with more flow. Bank anglers can do well by drifting bait. Anglers are now able to retain both hatchery and wild Chinook salmon in the river downstream of Dodge Bridge. Wild steelhead must be released.

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

Upper Rogue River: Over 900 hatchery Spring Chinook excess to brood needs have been recycled back into the fishery upstream of Gold Hill. Anglers are now able to retain both hatchery and wild Chinook salmon in the river downstream of Dodge Bridge. From Dodge to Touvelle has been very good fishing. Above Dodge Bridge, only hatchery Chinook may be retained, but anglers have been doing well on just catch-and-release from boats. Anglers are reminded that wild steelhead and trout must be immediately released. Some early summer steelhead were picked up incidentally while fishing for springers this week.