Last week anglers reported having trouble finding fish at their usual spots, although Sunday seemed to have picked up some. Boats/anglers that put in the time have been able to come home with limits. Lingcod catches have been hit and miss. Reminder that as of April 1, the bottomfish fishery is restricted to inside of the 30 fathom regulatory line.
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 Central Coast nearshore halibut fishery opened on Friday, June 21-23 is the last set of fixed dates for the Central Coast spring all-depth fishery. Available back-up dates, if quota remains are: July 5-7 and July 19-21.
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.
Salmon fishing has generally been slow to date. Most open areas are seeing one Chinook landed for every four angler trips.
Spring chinook fishing has begun to slow a little on the lower Rogue River, but anglers are still catching both from boats and from the shore. Early morning or late evenings have been the best. Water levels are dropping and anglers should expect some low and clear conditions for a while.
Very few anglers are targeting early summer steelhead. Lower flows are ideal fishing conditions for anglers swinging flies or tossing spinners.
On the middle Rogue River fishing has been fair for spring Chinook salmon, and early summer steelhead. Back-bouncing bait and back-trolling plugs have been effective for boat anglers. 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 the Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp. Wild steelhead must still 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.
As of Monday, the flow in Grants Pass was 2,600 cfs, the water temperature was 61oF, and the clarity was 3 NTUs. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.
Fishing for spring Chinook has been good on the upper Rogue. Fishing for early summer steelhead has been fair. Anglers are reminded that wild steelhead and salmon must be immediately released.
Updated fish counts at Cole Rivers Hatchery can be viewed here.
The salmonfly “hatch” is winding down; however, the trout are still taking the imitations. Only hatchery rainbow trout may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.
The river discharge from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,400 cfs and 51oF. For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434.
Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking legal-size rainbow trout each week on the Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir, at most of the campgrounds and popular access sites along Highways 62 and 230. In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout. As the weather warms up, this section of the Rogue River offers some of the best trout fishing in the Rogue Basin.
For the Coquille River Basin, streams and rivers are open to trout fishing. Trout anglers are having success using small spinners or flies. Anglers can use only artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater, except the use of bait is allowed on the South Fork Coquille up to the Forest Service boundary upstream of Powers. The daily limit for trout in streams is 2 fish per day and they must be 8-inches or longer.
Smallmouth bass have started to bite in the mainstem Coquille River. Smallmouth are hitting on crankbaits, jigs and bait in the mainstem and South Fork Coquille River. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on the number of smallmouth bass you can keep in the Coquille River Basin.
Anglers are reporting good catches of shad on the mainstem Coquille River near the town of Coquille.
Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the Crabbing and Clamming section of the Recreation Report.
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.
Legal-size rainbow trout were stocked in Tenmile Lakes last week. Trout anglers trolling spinners and wedding rings in the main part of the lake are catching lots of trout, some over 20-inches. As water temperatures warm, trout fishing will be best in the early mornings. Trout fishing is open all year in Tenmile Lakes.
Fishing for largemouth bass is picking up with the warm, sunny days. Water temperatures are in the mid-60s and bass will become very active in shallow water near weed lines and submerged logs.
Butterfield Lake was stocked last month with 3,000 legal-size and 400 larger-size rainbow trout.
Largemouth bass fishing is best in the early mornings and late evenings.
Anglers are having best success using crankbaits or jigs.
Trout fishing in the mainstem Umpqua opened May 22 and is catch-and-release only. Retention of trout is allowed in the tributaries, which also opened May 22.
Smallmouth bass fishing should be good throughout the main. Anglers are reporting good shad fishing mostly down around Sawyers Rapid.