SW Oregon fishing report – contributor Jeff Rome

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Finally some much needed rain last weekend “sweetened” up the Rogue and helped cool in down for the Spring Chinook waiting at the mouth to come up. Even with that, catch rates are still nothing to brag about and most have been up river past Shady Cove. The Rogue Bay at Gold Beach got some better action right after their 4″ of rain Saturday but fish are screaming up to their spawning grounds. Trout and bass fishing has been great at most lakes and streams. Coho fishing that opened last Saturday in Brookings produced some limits and (early) Chinook bites when the weather wasn’t a factor. Expectations for the upcoming weekend Chinook opener is high as are the winds! One might try some tide water Sea run Cutthroat trout fishing on the Chetco, Elk, Sixes, Pistol, and Umpqua rivers. Here’s a link from ODFW on Cutthroat fishing tips.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL THE DAD’S!

Josh reports that the salmon fly hatch is winding down from Shady Cove on up to Lost Creek. It slowed down with the cooler weather last weekend but has picked up and expected to go on for another week or two. Some summer and even a few late winter steelhead are still being caught around the “Holy water” (which is the short section between the Dam and the hatchery) and down to Shady Cove using any stone fly pattern- dry flys like a chubby Chernobyl in a size 6-8 and wet stone patterns and nymphs if fish aren’t going for the drys. “There are many varieties to choose from” says Josh as he recommends having several in one’s fly box because you never know what they will bite on from day to day.

Marine Forecast- Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082

Weekend outlook in the ocean for Saturday’s Chinook salmon opener looks doubtful until maybe Sunday. Gale and small craft advisory’s are in effect Friday and possibly into Saturday. Reports of Coho limits earlier this week when boats could get out indicates a decent salmon season. Coho are usually in the top 15 or so feet of water and trolling herring or anchovy behind a flasher will entice them. Occasional Chinook have been know to get caught this way as well.

Bottom fishing is now restricted to inside the 40-fathom line unless you choose to fish in the offshore longleader fishery. The daily bag limit for marine fish was recently reduced to 5 fish. As of June 1, boat anglers can no longer retain China, copper, and quillback rockfish. Anglers can still harvest 2 lingcod per day. Anglers must release all cabezon through June.

Anglers may also choose to fish the offshore longleader fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line, which is open year-round. The longleader fishery has a daily bag limit of 10 fish made of yellowtail, widow, canary, blue, deacon, redstripe, greenstripe, silvergray, chillipepper, and bocaccio rockfish. No other groundfish are allowed and offshore longleader fishing trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish or halibut trips. Find information about a longleader setup here.

Nearshore halibut season is currently open seven days a week inside the 40-fathom line. Anglers have been picking up nearshore halibut in the Coos Bay/Bandon area.

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