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  • Oregon Fishing Report - July 1st 2014


    Oregon Fishing Report - July 1st, 2014

    Weekend fishing opportunities

    July is when cutthroat trout start to move into the estuaries and lower sections of many area rivers.

    With the onset of warmer temperatures, warmwater fishing should be picking up in several local area waters.

    Largemouth bass fishing has been good on Temmile and other lakes. Summer can be a great time to target largemouth with topwater lures.

    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch
      
    Fall chinook should start moving into the estuary anytime.

    Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing.

    Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching a few summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. The flow at Grants Pass was 2,390 cfs and the water temperature was 63°F on June 30.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching spring Chinook and a few summer steelhead in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

    Beginning July 1, anglers will be able to keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

    Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,205 cfs and the water temperature was 52°F the morning of June 30. The flow at Gold Ray was 2,350 cfs with a water temperature of 57°F. As of June 25, 5,732 spring Chinook and 134 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery. So far this season, the hatchery has recycled 3,561 spring Chinook salmon back downstream to Gold Hill to give anglers another chance at catching these fish.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

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  • Pavati's Fly Tying Tips - Upper Rogue River July 2014


    Trout fishing is open! Fish stone flies on top, or under an indicator. Summer Steelhead have arrived at the hatchery! Spring Chinook fishing should improve through the month as more fish arrive to the hatchery. Fishing pressure is increasing on the river as people look to catch Salmon. Remember fishing etiquette when around other anglers.

    "Must-have fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

    •                                                                                                                                                                                           Kaufmanns Stonefly Nymph
    • Lynch's Double Dot Egg
    • Tunghead Stonefly
    • Premium Alaska Selection
    • Med A Egg Sucking Leech
    • Bead Head Emerging Sparkle Caddis Pupa
    • Steelie Omelet

    Water flow: 1,800 at Cole Rivers Hatchery (as of June 26, 2014).

    Visibility: 30 inches

    Water temperature at mid-day: 51 Degrees F

    Water condition: Clear

    Best time of day to fish: All day

    Best stretch: Below Lost Creek Dam to Gold Hill.

    Best access point: Cole Rivers Hatchery, Casey State Park, Rouge Elk Campground, Shady Cove Bridge, Dodge Bridge, Touvelle State Park, Gold Ray Road.

    Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

    Stonefly, Mayfly, Caddies, Midges

    Fish species: Trout, Steelhead, Salmon

    Fishing season: Year-round: Consult regulations for more information.

    Nearest airport: Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR)

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  • Oregon Fishing Report July 8th - Rogue River


    Oregon Fishing Report for July 8th, 2014 - Rogue River

    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch
     
    Anglers have started picking up fall chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

    Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching a few summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. A decrease in the release from Lost Creek Reservoir will mean much lower river flows for the next several weeks. The flow at Grants Pass was 1600 cfs and the water temperature was averaging 67°F on July 7.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

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  • Oregon Fishing Report July 15th - Rogue River


    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch

    Anglers have started picking up fall chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

    Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. A decrease in the release from Lost Creek Reservoir will mean much lower river flows for the next several weeks. The flow at Grants Pass was 1560 cfs and the water temperature was 67°F on July 15.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching spring Chinook and summer steelhead in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

    Beginning July 1, anglers can keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

    Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1512 cfs and the water temperature was 53°F the morning of July 14. The flow at Gold Ray was 1530 cfs and water temperature was 62°F. As of July 9, 6624 spring Chinook and 321 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with over 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout each week. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

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  • Oregon Fishing Report - Rogue River July 23 2014


    Oregon Fishing Report - Rogue River July 23, 2014


    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch

    Anglers have started picking up fall chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

    Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching summer steelhead in the middle Rogue.  Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black and silver body and gold blades. Some anglers report success back trolling plugs at the bottom of riffles using crayfish imitations. Fishing for spring Chinook remains slow in this section of the river, as anglers anticipate the arrival of fall Chinook salmon. The flow at Grants Pass was 1560 cfs and the water temperature was 71°F on July 21.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Summer steelhead fishing is very good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery.  Anglers are still catching spring Chinook, although most are non-adipose fin-clipped and have to be released unharmed. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

    Anglers are reminded that all fish that are released must be unharmed. ODFW is receiving numerous reports of poor handling of wild spring chinook on the upper Rogue River.  Fish must remain in the water at all times, the hook removed while the fish is in the water, and the fish gently released from the net.  This is especially important during the very hot and dry weather of summer 2014. 

    Beginning July 1, anglers can keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

    Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1509 cfs and the water temperature was 54°F the morning of July 21. The flow at Gold Ray was 1530 cfs and water temperature was 65°F. As of July 21, 7176 spring Chinook and 600 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with over 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout each week. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

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  • Oregon Fishing Report - August 8th 2014


    Another great day of fishing with Willamette Valley Outfitters


    Oregon Fishing Report Forecast for the fishing week of August 8th - August 14th, 2014

     

    Weekend fishing opportunities

         *The first fall Chinook of the season are showing up in Winchester Bay, and anglers have started picking up fall Chinook at the mouth of the Rogue River.
          *Chinook and coho fishing has been good in the ocean just outside of Coos Bay.
          *Summer trout anglers can have success fishing the deeper waters of Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs, or fishing Lost Creek upstream of the Highway 62 bridge.
          *With high temperatures in the Rogue Valley predicted in the 95 - 100F range all week, anglers may want to consider escaping to the scenery and cold water of the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir. Fishing has been good at the public access points along Highway 62 and 230 that are stocked on a weekly basis through Labor Day.

     

    Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

    With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

         *Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
          *Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide and cooler refuge for fish.
          *Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress. Anglers who keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos are leaders in stewardship of the resource.
          *Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
          *Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.


    Rogue River

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook

    Chinook fishing continues to be fair in the estuary. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

    Adult steelhead and half pounders are moving up river, but warm water is making it a little tough getting them to bite. Anglers are picking up summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching some summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black body and gold blades. Early catches in the ODFW seining project Huntley Park are hinting at a very good summer steelhead run this year. Fishing for Chinook remains slow in this section of the river, as anglers anticipate the arrival of fall Chinook salmon. The flow at Grants Pass was 1630 cfs on July 28. The water temperature was averaging 68F, with a peak of 72F.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Aug. 1st brought a big change to fishing on the upper Rogue. Fishing for Chinook salmon upstream of Dodge Bridge closed for the season on that date. Most of the fish being caught currently in this reach are wild fish that must be released unharmed immediately, so chinook anglers should look for opportunity downstream at this time.

    Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Early catches in the ODFW seining project at Huntley Park are hinting at a very good summer steelhead run this year. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day. Casting flies or spinners like a Panther Martin should work well for anglers.

    Trout fishing should be very good on the upper Rogue. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1500 cfs and the water temperature was 54F the morning of July 28. The water temperature at Dodge Bridge was averaging about 60F with a peak of 64F. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 65F with a peak of 68F. As of July 21, 600 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery, and over 300 had been returned to the fishery downstream at the Gold Hill boat ramp.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    With high temperatures in the Rogue Valley predicted in the 95-100F range all week, anglers may want to consider escaping to the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir. Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout each week. Fishing has been good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgroungs and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.



    Willamette Valley/Metro With the onset of fall chinook season, interest and success for summer steelhead continues to decline, despite peaking numbers at Bonneville Dam. Water temperatures have simply warmed to put fish off the bite. The banner fall chinook season will draw interest for anchor fishers sooner as the estuary fishery is already taking off. The lower Columbia from Portland to Longview will draw the most interest, especially near the mouth of the Cowlitz.
     
    There's very little angler-related boat traffic on the lower Willamette now with the Buoy 10 fishery in progress. Take advantage of early morning hours to enjoy a decent top-water bite from smallmouth bass. As daylight comes on, switch to soft plastics until the ski boats and jet skiers show up. Fish passage has started to decline again at the Falls with this trend likely to continue.
     
    Caddis remains the go-to pattern for McKenzie trout anglers through August. The upper river has been fishing well lately.
     
    Steelheading has been slow on the North Santiam this season despite a decent number of fish in the system. Start early in the morning, high on the river and downsize offerings for the best chance of a hookup.
     
    It's the height of the summer doldrums on the Clackamas River as low water keeps getting lower. Despite this challenge, early morning steelheaders throwing diminutive spoons and spinners have continued to hook up. McIver has produced a few over the past week.
     
    Despite the milky, glacial appearance of the water in the Sandy River, fish are being caught. A few spring chinook have fallen for spinners this week in the early morning hours.
     
    Northwest Although not consistent since the opener, the Buoy 10 fishery is off to a fast start. Chinook catches were great for the first 2 days of the season and tapered slightly by Sunday. Typically, Rogue strain fish make up the bulk of the catch in the first week of fishing but upriver brights and tules are in the mix already, indicating the predicted run is likely to come to fruition. Fresh and frozen herring seems to be the most productive but the spinner bite should take off soon. Anchovies are also responsible for fair action. Few coho are being seen in the river but the ocean adjacent to the Columbia is putting out easy limits. Chinook are likely to show in greater numbers off of Long Beach in the coming week. Interest is running at an all-time high in the estuary already.
     
    Garibaldi anglers saw a rebound in ocean catches but you still have to work hard for limits. Ocean crabbing remains excellent but only about half of the catch is of high quality.
     
    The all-depth halibut season was productive for many, especially out of Newport. An announcement comes on Thursday, indicating if there is enough remaining quota for another short opener. Over half of the nearshore quota remains south of Cape Falcon.
     
    The Nehalem hasn’t taken been off the hook but it’s consistently producing fair catches of chinook from Wheeler to the jaws near Brighton. The current weak tide series should play out well for those working herring near the mouth although afternoon NW winds can often hamper success.
     
    Estuary crabbing on the Nehalem, Tillamook and Netarts should be fair over the weekend.


    Southwest- Catches of offshore coho out of Newport and Depoe Bay have been reliable and steady, providing mostly limits for ocean anglers. Hatchery coho may be taken through August 10th with the non-select (hatchery or wild) coho season opening on August 30th.
     
    The non-selective coho season quota of 20,000 fish may be supplemented by any additional, uncaught numbers from the current selective fishery.
     
    Salmon fishing is getting most of the attention from those plying offshore waters although catches of rockfish and lingcod have been excellent out of central Oregon ports. Some charters are doing combo trips and returning with limits of everything.
     
    Boats launching out of Newport and Depoe bay with sights set on albacore have gotten into good numbers 30 or 40 miles from port.
     
    Recreational boats out of Newport have targeted halibut inside the 40 fathom line to return with limits.
     
    Despite reports elsewhere to the contrary, the entire Oregon coast remains open to the harvest of mussels.
     
    Bobber and bait fishers have been taking some chinook on the Siuslaw around Cushman and Mapleton.
     
    Salmon are being caught offshore out of Reedsport in 90 foot depths over 200 feet of water. Chinook fishing has been slow to fair in Winchester Bay with the season just getting started. A few are being taken around the Highway 101 Bridge at Reedsport.
     
    While Charleston has been a popular launch point for albacore, as of August 5th, tuna have moved far offshore along with warmer water. Bottom fishing has been excellent and ocean crabbing is fair.  The fifth Annual Sunset Bay Angler of the Day is a kayak-only fishing tournament scheduled to take place August 23rd at Sunset Bay State Park in Coos Bay. Points per inch are awarded for each of nine species.
     
    When boats have been able to get out of Gold Beach, bottom fishing has been excellent for lingcod and rockfish. Limits of ocean crab have added to the bounty. Ocean salmon fishing has been fair to good with mostly chinook being taken. Coho catches are fair with a number of wild fish having to be released. Trollers dragging anchovy/spinner combos are taking two to three dozen Chinook out of Rogue Bay every day. Summer steelhead catches have started to pick up on the Grants Pass stretch of the Rogue River. With outflow from Lost Creek stable at 1,500 cfs, catches on the upper river have been steady and reliable.

    Ocean chinook fishing has slowed out of Brookings but catches of rockfish, lingcod and halibut are filling the gap. Deep trollers report taking some of each specie on occasion. About half of the southern Oregon halibut quota remains to be taken.


    Eastern – Summer steelhead catches on the lower Deschutes are slow to fair but steady with fish being landed daily. Shaded water is producing best.
     
    Trout fishing is fair at best on the Wallowa River with fish off the bite over the past week. Hot weather may be contributive. Fishing remains worthwhile at Wallowa Lake although action has slowed a bit.
     
    Crane Prairie has been producing for the bobber 'n' bait crowd but the trout have been running small.
     
    Trollers are taking kokanee at Odell Reservoir in the mornings with the bite shutting down around 9 a.m.
     
    And here’s the latest update on the halibut extension starting the 15th of August:
     
    Central Oregon Coast Summer All-Depth Sport Halibut Open August 15 & 16
      
    The Central Coast Summer All-depth halibut fishery will be OPEN August 15 & 16.  During the first opening, 17,788 pounds were landed, this leaves approximately 30,000 pounds remaining.  Any additional dates after that will be announced by noon on Friday, August 22.
     
    The Central Coast nearshore fishery, through August 3, has landed 9,508 pounds, leaving 12,766 pounds (57%) of the quota remaining.
     
    The Columbia River summer all-depth fishery is open Thursday-Sunday, and the nearshore open Monday-Wednesday.  Both fisheries have the majority of their quota remaining.
     
    The Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt to the OR/CA Border) through August 3 has landed 2,646 pounds, leaving 1,066 pounds (29%) of the quota remaining
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  • Oregon Fishing Report - August 15th 2014


    Oregon Fishing Report Forecast for the fishing week of August 15th - August 21st, 2014

     

    Weekend fishing opportunities

    The first fall Chinook of the season are showing up in Winchester Bay, and anglers have been having good success in the Rogue River estuary.
    Coho fishing has been good in the ocean just outside of Coos Bay.
    Summer trout anglers can have success fishing the deeper waters of Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs, fishing Lost Creek upstream of the Highway 62 bridge, or fishing the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir.

    Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

    With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

    Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
    Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
    Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress. Anglers who keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos are leaders in stewardship of the resource.
    Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
    Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.


    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook
     
    Chinook fishing picked up in the estuary with most boats picking up a fish or two. The best bite has been on the incoming tide and as it starts to drop out. River water temperatures may drop a little this week which may move greater numbers of chinook into the river.

    Adult steelhead and half pounders are moving up river, but warm water is making it a little tough getting them to bite. Anglers are picking up summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

    Anglers are catching some summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black body and gold blades. The flow at Grants Pass was 1620 cfs on August 12. The water temperature was averaging 68F, with a peak of 70F.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

    Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Casting flies or spinners like a Panther Martin should work well for anglers.

    Trout fishing should be very good on the upper Rogue. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1500 cfs and the water temperature was 56°F the morning of Aug. 12. The water temperature at Dodge Bridge was averaging about 60F with a peak of 64F. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 64F with a peak of 66F. As of Aug. 8, 833 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery (108 new for the week), and over 300 had been returned to the fishery downstream at the Gold Hill boat ramp.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout each week. Fishing has been good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

    Willamette Valley/Metro Metro anglers are still waiting for what should be ample opportunity for chinook later this month. Fish that were in the estuary from the opener on August 1st should be present in the Portland to Longview stretch but a lull exists just behind the initial push. Steelheaders continue to struggle in the warming waters.
     
    Fish passage remains at a near-standstill at Willamette Falls in mid-70 degree water. Fishing has been decent on the lower Willamette for bass anglers taking advantage of early mornings prior to the appearance of go-fast craft. The middle Willamette has offered fair to good fishing for trout and, occasionally, summer steelhead.
     
    Water levels on the McKenzie have been a roller coaster, literally up one day, down the next. While this is generally considered a less-than-optimal condition, trout fishing has been reliable although steelheading is slow.
     
    North Santiam bank fishers have had nothing to show for their time recently except smiles and sunburns. A few summer steelhead were located and landed by boaters over the past week.
     
    With the often-milky waters of the Sandy River running low, pontoons and rafts are appropriate craft for those willing to drag their boats in spots. Steelhead and chinook are laying low.

    Steelheading is slow to fair on the Clackamas with hardware occasionally effective. Beat the splash 'n' giggle crowd and fish high up on the system for the best chance of taking one home.
     
    Generally, when stalking steelhead in the summertime, make an earnest effort to be stealthy. Stay low, use light line and small offerings. If the fish sees you, all bets are off. You might as well move on.
     
    Northwest – Traditionally, chinook make a strong showing by this time in the Astoria area. They are however, largely absent but an explosive fishery is likely just days away. Thankfully, coho have become abundant in recent days, with the best action right at the Buoy 10 deadline. Fresh herring and anchovies are taking the bulk of the fish but small #5 silver Fatal Flash blades are also taking good numbers of coho. This fishery should really take off by the weekend.

    Ocean fishing out of the mouth of the Columbia remains excellent for the larger boat fleet that can comfortably fish outside. A weather change mid-week is offering up better opportunity into the weekend. Coho will continue to dominate the catch although more chinook are being taken off the Long Beach Peninsula.
     
    Ocean crabbing remains good but the strong tide series we’re currently on, keeps river and estuary crabs buried for a larger portion of the day.
     
    The ocean south of Cape Falcon closed August 10th for coho but remains open for chinook, which are hard to find. An “any salmon” season opens later this month and should be productive.
     
    Nehalem Bay is producing fair at best for summer chinook. The strong tides should have Nehalem and Wheeler the more productive reaches but that could change by the middle of next week.
     
    Southwest- The selective or hatchery coho season came to a close at the end of day on Sunday, August 10th. The next opportunity starting Saturday, Aug. 30 will be a great one as all coho are fair game, fin-clipped or not. This non-selective fishery is scheduled to continue through September or fulfillment of quota.
     
    Bottom fishing has been good out of central ports but it has been an either/or fishery with rockfish on the bite one day, lingcod the next. Either way, there’s nothing to complain about.
     
    Tuna fishing has been good out of Newport when boats have been able to find pods of fish. Warm water has yet to move close enough to guarantee an offshore trip of less than 40 miles.
     
    With 35,063 pounds remaining of the all-depth halibut quota after the last scheduled fishery, offshore anglers will be allowed to fish Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15 and 16. Any additional dates after that will be announced by noon on Friday, August 22.
     
    Sport craft crossing the bar at Winchester Bay, the top port for Chinook on the coast by a wide margin, have been taking salmon to 30 pounds. A few Chinook are being caught by trollers inside the bay with this fishery due to turn on at any time.
     
    Trollers on Rogue Bay hit the jackpot on several days over the past week as scores of salmon were landed on several days. The spike in flows that historically occurs on August 10th as cold water is released to draw Chinook upstream, has been delayed a week. Estuary trollers are thankful. Steelheading has been slow to fair in the warm waters of the middle Rogue. If weather or the hand of man serves to lower water temperatures however, sending chinook upstream, the outlook for Grants Pass will be much more optimistic. Summer steelhead catches are fair to good bit steady on the upper Rogue with a good early showing this season.
     
    Persistence seems to be the key to salmon limits out of Brookings. Bottom fish limits have filled the void created by a spotty salmon bite for many anglers.
     
    Trout fishing has been slow to fair at Diamond Lake with best catches coming to bait fishers working 30 to 35 feet of water.

    Eastern – Summer steelhead numbers continue to improve on the lower Deschutes although catches have been only fair. Trout fishing has slowed a little on the Warm Springs to Trout Creek drift. The same tactics that have been recommended have endured; caddis dries early and late in the day with nymphs getting grabs during daytime hours.
     
    The fire closure on the Metolius was lifted late last week. Dries have been ineffective of late although nymphs are fooling some fish.
     
    Crane Prairie was slow over the past weekend although it did give up a few of those large rainbows for which it is so well-known.
     
    A drop in water temperature on the Wallowa River has triggered the bite. Trout from 10 to 18 inches are being caught now.
     
    SW Washington-  Cowlitz River steelheaders are still struggling for consistent returns of summer steelhead but action should be picking up for chinook, if the run actually materializes this fall.
     
    Wild steelhead will continue to make up the bulk of the recreational catch in the Wind River fishery for just another few weeks.
     
    High temperatures still have the Klickitat River producing poorly with no relief in sight; turbid waters from glacial siltation is to blame.

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  • Oregon Fishing Report - August 22nd 2014


    Oregon Fishing Report for the week of August 22nd - 28th, 2014 


    Weekend fishing opportunities

    • On the lower Rogue, half-pounders have really started to move this week and anglers fishing with flies and spinners are reporting excellent success.

    • Coho fishing has been good in the ocean just outside of Coos Bay.

    • Summer trout anglers can have success fishing the deeper waters of Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs, fishing Lost Creek upstream of the Highway 62 bridge, or fishing the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir.

    Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

    With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

    • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.

    • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.

    • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress. Anglers who keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos are leaders in stewardship of the resource.

    • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.

    • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.


    Rogue River

    Rogue River, lower: half-pounders, steelhead, Chinook

    Anglers have continued to pick up Chinook at a fairly regular pace in the estuary. Good numbers of Chinook are in the bay as this is only the beginning of the salmon fishery which will continue into October. A few chinook have been moving upriver, but warm water will make it hard to get them to bite.

    Half-pounders have really started to move this week and anglers fishing with flies and spinners are reporting excellent success. Half-pounders are immature steelhead that move back into freshwater after spending 3 to 4 months in the ocean. These fish will return to the ocean in the spring to continue feeding until maturing as adult steelhead. The best time to fish is in the morning or evening.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, fall Chinook

    With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

    Early season catches of summer steelhead at ODFW’s Huntley Park seining project on the lower river remain very good, and hint at a good steelhead season for anglers this year. Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black body and gold blades. Some fall Chinook have been reported in the middle Rogue this week, and fishing should improve over the next several weeks. Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir are increasing slightly Monday and Tuesday of this week to minimize prespawning loss in adult fall chinook. The flow at Grants Pass was 1860 cfs on August 19. The water temperature was averaging 68F, with a peak of 72F.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

    With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

    Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Casting flies or spinners like a Panther Martin should work well for anglers.

    Trout fishing should be very good on the upper Rogue. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.
    Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir are increasing slightly Monday and Tuesday of this week to minimize prespawning loss in adult fall chinook. The release was 1850 cfs and the water temperature was 56°F the morning of Aug. 19. The water temperature at Dodge Bridge was averaging about 60F with a peak of 64F. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 65F with a peak of 68F. As of Aug. 12, 894 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery (65 new for the week), and over 300 had been returned to the fishery downstream at the Gold Hill boat ramp.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout each week. Fishing has been good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

    Around Oregon

    Willamette Valley/Metro - Although early, chinook counts at Bonneville are far behind last year's total to date. It's too early to call the run under-predicted but anchor anglers in the Portland to Longview stretch haven't begun to show positive results just yet. Summer steelhead are still pouring through but not very responsive to angler's offerings.

    Catch-and release sturgeon fishing is poor in the lower Willamette at this time of year and Multnomah Channel walleye catches are slow in warm water. That leaves smallmouth bass fishing as the activity of choice for anglers, and it has been good.

    Boaters are urged to exercise caution in drifting the North Santiam. Most channels are clear on the upper river but there are the occasional obstacles to avoid. Fishing has been slow. Water level and flow has settled down a little but is still exhibiting minor irregularities every day.

    Sandy anglers are used to glacial conditions but over the past week, the water color has turned opaque. It's difficult to imagine a fish finding a lure in the murky water until there's some improvement.

    Steelheaders on the Clackamas are spotting fish but they seem to be lock-jawed with in the low, clear water. NOAA forecasts indicate only a gradual decline in level and flow over the next 10 days. This time of year, most anglers are waiting for rain and coho.

    Northwest – Although chinook are starting to show with more regularity, anglers fishing the Buoy 10 region are largely disappointed with early season results. Some large upriver brights are beginning to show however and coho are being caught with more regularity. Fatal Flash spinners in size 5 and 6, with white/red on cloudy days and brass/red on sunny days are going down with regularity.

    The ocean fishery just outside of Astoria continues to be productive for trollers working Long Beach. Bobby Keerins of Portland hoisted a 41-pounder on Friday, fishing a trolled anchovy in about 34 feet of water. Former Oregonian outdoors writer Tom McAllister came in shy one fish from the ocean on Saturday but instantly hooked up a 24-pounder on the last trickle of outgoing tide on a whole herring by Buoy 20 to finish out the boat limit of 12 salmon. The ocean will once again be an excellent option on Thursday and Friday if the weather prediction holds. Salmon should be plentiful and the lower Columbia should be producing very well too.

    All is quiet south of Cape Falcon as ocean coho season is closed. Bottomfish and tuna remain a strong option this week however.

    Nehalem summer chinook trollers are taking fair numbers of fish along the jetty but the crowds are intense. The weak tide series should continue to produce good catches and some coho are showing as well. Check the ODF&W web site for what's legal to take as there will be a wild coho fishery here this fall.

    Albacore chasers should do well this week and weekend as we near peak season for those looking for canning opportunities.

    Ocean crabbing is productive but gear in the lower Columbia only frustrates Buoy 10 trollers. The better crabbing will start mid-September anyway.

    Southwest- Warmer water and with it, albacore tuna finally moved closer to shore over the past week. Sport and charter vessels were quick to respond. Charters report each client taking four or five large fish. Wind early this week shut down efforts, unfortunately.

    Bottom fishing out of Newport and Depoe Bay is still a good bet for limits of rockfish and lingcod as well as good catches of large ocean Dungeness.

    Since the closure of ocean coho on August 10th, chinook fishing has taken a hit. It has been challenging for offshore anglers to keep coho off the hook. This problem will solve itself come August 30th when all coho, fin-clipped or not, may be kept. An additional 15,000 coho will be added for a total quota of 35,000 fish according to the ODFW. In the interim, silvers are gaining about a pound of body weight each week.

    Ocean chinook fishing has been spotty for boats out of Winchester Bay. Salmon trollers around Reedsport are experiencing marginal results but fishing will improve in coming weeks.

    Offshore fishers found tuna out of Florence over the past weekend. Fishing was a little spotty but numbers ended up being good.

    Boats launching out of Charleston found spotty results with tuna but returned with limits or near-limits of lingcod and rockfish. Crabbing has been good offshore as well as inside Coos Bay.

    Fishing around Gold Beach has been remarkable over the past week. Offshore bottom fishing on a calm ocean has rewarded boats with good catches of bottomfish, lingcod, the occasional halibut and pots loaded with ocean crab, Inside the bay, trollers have continued to score chinook, which have be awaiting cool water and more of it. Fishing for steelhead and half-pounders has been good on the lower Rogue. Release of water from Lost Creek Lake began Tuesday this week which will cause chinook to high-tail it upstream. While this is bad news for bay trollers, chinook fishers in Grants Pass will get the salmon they have been hoping for. Passage of summer steelhead into the upper Rogue has slowed and results for steelheaders have similarly declined.

    Offshore boaters saw an improvement in chinook catches occur the past week out of the Port of Brookings. Trolling anchovies near the whistler buoy has been producing well. In addition, about one-fourth of the southern Oregon halibut quota remains to be taken.

    Trout fishing has been best early in the day at Diamond Lake. Bait is the best bet although catches are only fair at best.

    Eastern – Steelhead are being caught as pods of fish move through various sections of the lower Deschutes. August fishing can be a challenge here but at least the water is not too warm as it has been the past few years. Chinook and steelhead are represented in counts daily at Sherars Falls. This data is considered indicative of fish movement rather than an accurate count.

    Access to eastside fisheries is being periodically limited by wildfires. Be sure to check with local ranger stations before making the trip.

    Light-colored hoochies trolled behind a flasher have been taking good numbers of kokanee at Odell. Anglers are reminded of the tournament taking place on Saturday, August 23rd.

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