Reports from the last couple of weeks have been that rockfish continue to be slow. Lingcod success is marginal, limits are being caught but it takes a lot of time and work. Reminder that as of Sunday, 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.
The Central Coast nearshore halibut fishery opened on Friday, June 1June 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 been good for boat anglers on the lower river. Early morning or late evenings have been the best. Water temperatures dropped a bit over the weekend and the springer bite has potential to turn on.
On the middle, 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.
Fishing continues to be incredible at Diamond Lake. Most anglers are taking home limits of fishing averaging 15-inches. Trolling seems to be the most effective technique, but using bait or flies has also been showing positive results.
Fishing for spring Chinook is good as more fish have moved into the upper Rogue River. Fishing for steelhead has been fair for a mix of late winter steelhead and a few early summer steelhead. Anglers are reminded that wild steelhead and salmon must be immediately released.
The Rogue River is open for trout fishing. A few salmonflies are still around to entice hungry trout. Only hatchery rainbow trout may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.
Coquille River Basin
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.
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.
Anglers are reporting good catches of shad on the mainstem Coquille River near the town of Coquille.
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.
Bass and other warmwater fishing has been picking up, in the words of one biologist, “everywhere.”
Anglers are reporting good shad fishing mostly down around Sawyers Rapid. Smallmouth bass fishing should be good throughout the main and south. Chinook fishing is slow. Summer steelhead should be around, but catching has been slow.