SW Oregon Fishing Report for March 8th, 2019

From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com The first spring chinook was reported taken from the Rogue River two weeks ago and according to “The Rogue Outdoor Store” in Gold Beach, three have been reported caught so far. None of them were lunkers and they were caught between five and 12 miles above Gold Beach. As for…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report February 22nd, 2019

From Pete Heley at www.PeteHeley.com Winter steelhead are in all of our local streams and fishing success depends on stream conditions in most cases. Two streams that never seem to muddy up are Eel Creek and Tenmile Creek. Eel Creek is extremely “snaggy” and difficult to fish, while Tenmile Creek is the exact opposite and…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report February 15th, 2019

From Pete Heley at www.PeteHeley.com The first Columbia River spring chinook was caught near Portland on the lower Willamette River on January 29th by Dave Frey. He was fishing by himself with a red prawn for bait. The springer was a finclipped hatchery fish of 16 pounds. While Oregon’s first springer each year usually is…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report February 8th, 2019

From Pete Heley at www.PeteHeley.com Crabbing has slowed down, but seems to better than normal for this time of year. A dock crabber last Friday caught a red rock crab in addition to a couple of legal-sized male dungeness crabs while crabbing off Winchester Bay’s “A” Dock. Red Rock Crabs, while fairly common inside the…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report February 1, 2019

From Pete Heley at www.PeteHeley.com Trout plants in our area start during the second week in February (actually Feb. 4-8) with several Florence-area lakes being stocked. Alder Lake (3 acres) 738 trout (566 legals + 172 trophies; Carter Lake (28 acres) 750 trophies; Cleawox Lake (88 acres) 2,636 trout (2,000 legals + 636 trophies); Dune…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report January 25th, 2019

From Pete Heley at www.PeteHeley.com A current hot topic on the internet is the number of complaints regarding undersized crabs that are being sold in larger markets from Newport north to Astoria and in the Portland area. The complaints are surprising in that the commercial crab fishery is closely regulated to the point where any…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report January 18th, 2019

From Pete Heley at www.PeteHeley.com The main outdoor-related topic of conversation continues to be the new licensing system the ODFW started this year. While the new system seems to be a major step backward from the previous system which was in effect through mid-December of 2018, the ODFW does seem to be doing a pretty…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report January 11th, 2018

From Pete Heley at www.PeteHeley.com Crabbing at Half Moon Bay continues to be better than expected. More rain may move most of the crabs closer to or into the ocean where sport crabbers will have to compete with commercial crabbing fleet. The South Jetty continues to fish well when conditions allow anglers to fish it.…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report January 4th, 2018

From Pete Heley at www.PeteHeley.com The fishtrap just below Eel Lake on Eel Creek was checked last week and had about 35 adult cohos and 50 jacks in it, most of which were quite dark. These salmon had to ascend Tenmile Creek for about three miles before heading up Eel Creek (which was virtually dried…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report December 28th, 2018

From ODF&W Bottomfishing should be decent if the ocean lays down. Bottomfish anglers may now fish at all depths for the remainder of the year. Fishing for lingcod and rockfish has been good when the ocean is calm enough to fish. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 plus 2 lingcod. The retention…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report December 21st, 2018

From ODF&W Bottomfishing should be decent if the ocean lays down. Bottomfish anglers may now fish at all depths for the remainder of the year. Fishing for lingcod and rockfish has been good when the ocean is calm enough to fish. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 plus 2 lingcod. The retention…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report December 14th, 2018

From ODF&W Bottomfishing should be decent if the ocean lays down. Bottomfish anglers may now fish at all depths for the remainder of the year. Fishing for lingcod and rockfish has been good when the ocean is calm enough to fish. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 plus 2 lingcod. The retention…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report December 7th, 2018

From ODF&W Lingcod and other bottomfishing in the ocean was going well, but with winter weather on its way crossing the bar may be difficult. Bottomfish anglers may now fish at all depths for the remainder of the year. Fishing for lingcod and rockfish has been good when the ocean is calm enough to fish.…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report November 30th, 2018

From ODF&W There may be a few winter steelhead that start poking their way into the river in early December Smallmouth bass fishing should be starting to slow as the water temperatures dip. On the North Umpqua River, summer steelhead fishing is slowing down, but winter steelhead should start moving in in late December. Lost…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report November 22nd, 2018

From ODF&W At Arizona Pond, rainbow trout stocked this week and holdover trophies from earlier this year will enjoy the fresh water from this season’s first major rainstorm. Youth anglers fishing this pond are allowed to keep five trout per day; one of which can be over 20 inches. Oregon State Parks manages Arizona Pond…

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