SW Oregon Fishing Reports for June 8th, 2018

From ODF&W

Bottom Fishing

Reports from the Central Coast last week were that rockfish continue to be slow. Lingcod success is marginal, limits are being caught but it takes a lot of time and work.

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 1. Early reports from the first weekend indicate that fishing was sketchy. The wind and drift speed caused issues. This Thurs-Sat (June 7-9) is the next set of fixed dates for the Central Coast spring all-depth fishery. Currently, 68 percent of the quota remains for that fishery.

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.

On the lower Rogue spring chinook fishing has been good for boat anglers. Early morning or late evenings have been the best. As water temperatures increase and flows drop, anglers may want to start trolling the estuary.

Very few anglers are targeting early summer steelhead. Lower flows have made for perfect fishing conditions for anglers swinging flies or tossing spinners.

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. 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.

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. Only hatchery rainbow trout may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.

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.

In 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 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.

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.

On the main stem of the Umpqua, Spring Chinook fishing has almost come to an end for the year in the mainstem.

Anglers are reporting good shad fishing mostly down around Sawyers Rapid.

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 allowed in the tributaries, which also opened May 22.

On the North Umpqua, Chinook fishing is slow but a few are being caught.