Fishing Report, 5th August – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News – Mail Tribune | Gmx Pharm


COASTAL: Small craft advice will remain in effect through Friday evening. Winds of up to 25 knots and wind waves of up to 6 feet are forecast on Friday through the afternoon, followed by winds of up to 20 knots and waves that drop to 5 feet on Saturday. Sunday’s forecast calls for winds to drop to 5 knots and waves to drop to 4 feet.

Saltwater salmon fishing has slowed somewhat for a mix of Chinook and Coho salmon off southern Oregon as currents shift. Fish Chinook with downriggers from 80 to 150 feet with anchovies. Coho are caught higher in the water column and closer to the boat. The season is open seven days a week.

No new catches were reported for the past week after a brief surge of tuna.

Bottom fishing was excellent for black scorpion fish, ling cod and halibut weather permitting. Halibut has been found in waters as shallow as 100 feet.

Surf bass fishing is likely to be very good again throughout the weekend as bass move towards estuaries to spawn and the ocean appears to be calming. Sand shrimp and clams are the best baits, with plastic sand worms and shrimp being second choices.

Shelling in the bay should be good despite the lack of morning minus tides which has been very helpful over the past two weeks.

Razor clam burrowing is open south of Tillamook Head after domoic acid levels in clams finally dropped to safe levels south of Cape Blanco. However, Clatsop County beaches are now subject to the annual conservation closure. Razor clam digging has been poor on the south coast, but look for good clams on the south coast, particularly around Charleston in Coos Bay. Before digging, call the Shellfish Hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

Recreational crabs are open in the ocean and catches in the ocean and in bays such as lower Coos Bay in Charleston have been excellent. Many Dungeness become firmer after moulting. Make sure you discard the soft ones, as the meat amounts aren’t ideal.


AGATE: The lake has 4,000 legal sized trout in June and that’s about it for the season. The trout fishing was slow. Bass and perch fishing was very good in warm weather and water. The lake was 58% full on Thursday, with murky water and rapid dropping due to demand for irrigation water in triple-digit heat. Electric trolling motors are fine. The park closes at nightfall.

APPLEGATE: The boat ramp and dock at Hart Tish Park are open and there is plenty of water for the boat ramps. The lake was last stocked with rainbow trout in June. Fish for rainbows from the shore with PowerBait or worms, or troll Tasmanian Devil baits flavored with a piece of worm. Fishing for bass was good with plastic worms and larvae slowly fished from the bottom along rocky points and flats on warm days. The lake sinks rapidly after inflows fall off the charts, as they typically do in midsummer. The lake was listed at 31 feet below full with discharges remaining constant at 300 cf. The lake was 62% full on Thursday. Remember the 10 mph speed limit on the reservoir.

DIAMOND: The lake fishes fairly well for rainbow trout, with catches being best at the southern end near the pizza joint, in the Silent Creek channel, or across the lake near the scout camp. Most of the action takes place in the shallows in the mornings and evenings, slowing down at midday in warmer temperatures. Fish deep during the day with PowerBait. Mosquitoes are dense on the shore, but thin out as you move farther from the shore. PowerBait and small leech flies fished slowly work best, with worms under swimmers close to the bottom is another good bet. All tiger trout must be released intact. Some eclipse 5 pounds.

EMIGRANT: The lake is only 18% full as the hot weather has increased demand for irrigation water, which is siphoned from the reservoir. Fishing activities are mainly for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass on rocky points with crankbaits and gummy worms worked from the bottom. Very little fishing activity for trout. Some bank fishing for catfish with chicken livers has been reported. More boat fishing for bass has occurred on warmer days.

INDUSTRIAL FAIR: State wildlife biologists stocked 1,500 legal-size rainbow trout here nearly two months ago, and numbers are now low. Catch them with Panther Martin baits, single salmon eggs or worms under bobbers. Parking fees are required.

FISHES: Fishing for rainbow trout has been best near the springs as irrigation withdrawals have drained the lake significantly. However, no percentage of the full reading was available Thursday in Fish Lake. It is all the more important to localize the sources. PowerBait and worms work best, plus trolling baits that look like little Tui chubs. Tiger trout must be released unharmed. Some of the most accessible springs are at the Fish Lake Resort Marina.

Howard Prairie: The lake is open for fishing, but the water level is very low and no legal-sized trout were caught this spring. There are some holdover trout which are caught by anglers with PowerBait from the shore near the dam. Not much other action. Lake levels dipped slightly to 8% full Thursday as water is diverted to Emigrant Lake for irrigation.

HYATT: The lake has remained constant at a pitiful 3% level as it is drained to feed Emigrant Lake for irrigation purposes. Some fishing remains in the dam area for trout. The limit is five trout per day with only one being over 20 inches long. No young trout were caught last year, so the trout numbers are very low. Some warm-water fish, such as B. black crappie, appear in the catch.

FOREST LAKE: The lake continues to fish well for lagging rainbow trout in shallower waters. Lots of bass are caught just off the resort’s ramp.

LOST STREAM: The lake received a fresh batch of catchable legal size rainbow trout at the Takelma Ramp late last month. Inflows are declining and releases remain at 1,700 cfs, allowing the lake to drop fairly quickly for the first time this year. Bank fish PowerBait near the Takelma ramp or at the Medco access point off Highway 62. Wind blowing worms over the Peyton Bridge were good. Bass fishing has been good near ledges lately, with crankbaits and shads being the top offerings. The lake was listed as 65% full and 32 feet from full on Thursday, which is good for this time of year amid the drought.

MEDCO: The lake was stocked with 2,000 legal sized trout last month. Catch them with PowerBait or Worms.

SELMAC: The lake was restocked with 1,000 legal sized trout about a month ago and that was it for the season. Fish them with worms or PowerBait.

PASTURE: The lake received an additional 2,000 legal-size rainbow trout late last month. Catch them with worms or PowerBait near the county boat ramp where the fish were released.


VILLAIN: The upper rogue is now only partially open to spring chinooks, but fully open to summer steelheads, which are now attracting the greater interest. The middle rogue remains slow for steelhead and a no go for fall chinook salmon that haven’t made it upstream yet. Bottom Rogue continues to have a decent Fall Chinook bite, with a 41-pounder caught Wednesday.

That 41-pounder alone is worth making a shift in this week’s best bet to the lower Rogue, despite nice Steelhead catches in the upper Rogue.

Early fall fishing from Lower Rogue for Chinook has slowly picked up this week as 68 degree river waters force Chinook to stay in the cooler confines of the bay. Troll anchovies with chartreuse and copper blades or other combinations of chartreuse, yellow and bronze. Look for catches to level up as more fish move into the bay.

Lots of smaller Chinooks this year and get used to it as the run is expected to be dominated by 3 year old fish in the 14lb range. But there will still be a nice show of very large Chinooks.

The estuary is also teeming with bass, and their taste for anchovies can be frustrating. If you’re targeting perch, use perch flies, beach crab, or pieces of anchovy.

The return of fish to the Cole Rivers Hatchery continues to be encouraging for a change. Hatchery technicians collected 64 spring Chinooks last Wednesday to bring the number to 4,304 fish – the best so far since 2015. An additional 139 summer steelheads also made it into the hatchery, bringing that number to 1,926 fish. This is the best since at least 1993, the last year’s records were available. This week’s collections were not available on Thursday.

Boat anglers will find some large Spring Chinooks in the Upper Rogue, downstream of the Dodge Bridge, mainly receding deer and king prawns or running wobblers from driftboats. Salmon fishing is now closed upstream of Dodge Bridge. Steelheaders use everything from worms and pink plastic worms to various plugs and an array of flies ranging from streamers to ugly bugs and prince nymphs. Early steelheads are aggressive, so open the fly and tackle boxes for these guys.

Flows at Dodge Bridge remained oddly steady at 1,883 cfs on Thursday and will decline slightly each day throughout the week as tributary inflows fall off the charts.

Summer steelhead fishing is open year-round, but all wild steelhead must now be released unharmed throughout the river for the remainder of the year. Steelhead will bite everything from worms and small clusters of salmon eggs to nymph flies and an assortment of smaller wobblers. The best are pink, black and/or silver.

Hatchery Hole is now open for steelhead fishing from the bank and wading. There is no fishing from boats there. All wild steelheads must be released river wide unharmed.

In the middle rogue, a few Summer Steelheads get caught up in worms and corkies on their way to the upper rogue. Some of these early fish can be in the 10 pound range.

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