SW Oregon Fishing Report

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SW Oregon Fishing Report – Greetings! This is my second report and I’m trying to provide as much up to date information from as many places in SW Oregon as possible. However, I’ll try and not just “fill space” with less valuable info. I’m learning about and obtaining more resources every day and will adjust the report according to the latest fishing opportunities. If I don’t mention your particular interest and/or area, please leave a comment and I’ll try to get info on it 😉. If The Guide’s Forecast is of value to you, please pass along the link to your fishing buddies: www.theguidesforecast.com

After last week’s upbeat fishing forecast, I was “chomping at the bit” to get on the river and see if the fish are in. I talked to Mike, a fishin buddy from the gym, and we made a date for Saturday morning. I got my “work in progress” drift boat ready in the sub-freezing morning temp and started a float from Schroeder Park (just a few miles downriver of Grants Pass proper). Mike started off with a bobber and soft beads and then added a worm. I used my standby of pink corky with worm. We drifted and worked the holes and slots to a froth without a nibble 😥. The day grew brighter and warmer, so we tried just worms, roe with and without corky, yarn balls, plugs and eventually some spinners. A beautiful day on the river eventually brought us 2 small ½ pounders….. more like ¼ pounders! Oh well, that’s fishing! 😎 Remember I’m NEW! Tight lines! Romer 🎣

Southern Oregon Rivers “slow” for winter Steelhead, but Grants Pass guides catch fish!


Despite some great weather and river conditions the past week, the latest rain freshet is in the past and so are any fish that may or may not have been flushed up. Various local Grants Pass anglers reported very few fish being caught no matter what was being put in front of them. Some success was had by some of the local guides that know every fish-holding seam and pocket of the river. Hence, that why they are professionals and are paid to put you on fish! 😉 The mid Rogue flow at Grants Pass is falling slowly at 1800 cfs, 3 NTU and 45 degrees (as of 8am 3/18) which means it’s fairly low and clear and still pretty chilly. There’s some rain in the forecast for the next few days into next Tuesday 3/23, so hopefully it may bring some fish on the move and bite. It might be worth trying to hit the river on the weekend after the heavier rain…. Unless you’re a true “Steelhead die-hard”!

From the Guides Mouth: Local Grants Pass guide Troy Whitaker of Troy’s Guide Service (541-761-0015) reported that this week had some, but not hot success. “There are some fish around, but you have to stay diligent and keep working the places you know have fish and maybe try something else that most boats haven’t tried yet,” Troy told me. There was a bunch of boats working the same holes one after another with no success (he could see) and so he tried back trolling plugs and caught 2 10+ lb fish! I must have been one of the bait drifters above him, fishless!

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I asked Troy about bobber doggin’ soft beads (seems to be my nemesis lately😏) and he said yes, they are effective and better when you smear some Pautzke Fire Gel on em. He likes shrimp, crawfish and anise and will even put some on his plugs.

BE SURE AND KILL EVERY PIKE MINNOW – AKA SQUAWFISH!

Boat fishers should also use the same for success and include back trolling plugs- Kwikfish K9’s in the copper colors along with black and silver, 49er, and pink/ silver combos seem to be the latest picks.

Bobber doggin’ with soft beads and yarn balls soaked in nectar is also another choice and technique that is gaining popularity and taking Steelhead. Try some with Pautzke Fire Gel!

Local Grants Pass guide Riley Wallace of Wallace Guide Service 541-761-2386. Riley has fished every day since Saturday and has got some nice fish including a 29”er Saturday😲

He’s been fishing from Rogue River to Baker Park to Robertson Bridge with decent success…. In fact, the best I’ve heard so far! Even though the river dropped, he fishes the slots and deeper holes by bobber doggin’ with soft beads and or roe w/ yarn. He was 3 for 7 on Monday! With the expected rain and higher colored water, he’ll fish plugs closer to shoreline. Blue/ silver, blk/ pink stripe are his favorite colors. Below is a client with proof!

Rivers and streams to fish this week:

Lower Applegate
– Riley Wallace of Wallace Guide Service 541-761-2386 said that the lower river toward the mouth had been hot earlier this week. Friends of his that actually live on that stretch of the river reported 2 out of 5 fish caught success with soft beads and yarn balls. Some rain is expected the next few days through next Tuesday so the low and clear river should be a good prospect for weekend fishing. What rain we do expect shouldn’t blow it out. Try casting silver spoons and spinners, small gobs of roe, soft beads, yarn balls, and worms of course.

Lower Rogue- River conditions are over 1500 cfs lower than last week at this time however, some decent rain is expected to bring it up from Thursday through Saturday. Sunday/ Monday looks to be a window of opportunity. Boats bobber doggin with soft beads in the milky natural and pink seemed to have some success as is plugging closer to shore as the river is higher and is going down. Favorite colors of plugs are silver/ chartreuse & silver/pink got a few too. Bank anglers drifting small gobs of roe, yarn balls with scent, and soft beads will see some fish too.

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Middle Rogue- Fishing pressure during the Spring like weather was high during the past week with varying success. The cold nights and lower flow are thought to decrease the bite action of what little fish there are. Rain is expected Thursday through Saturday and should improve river conditions and “fingers crossed”, the fish numbers starting Sunday when there’s a break from the rain.

Usual tackle fare for bank anglers- side drifting worms or roe with corky, soft beads and yarn balls soaked in scent should do the trick. If that doesn’t work, try your hand at bobber doggin with the above baits. Try some Pautzke Fire Gel on plugs, corkys, soft beads and such.

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Upper Rogue- Fishing has still been slow with a few winter fish are being caught from Touvelle to the hatchery and numbers will only increase in the next month. The flow rate is much lower than in the middle and is a favorite for avid fly fisher and spoon/ spinner casters.

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Chetco River- Not much to report here except the pressure and fish are low. The outlook for weekend fishing is promising since rain may bring some fresh fish in. Social Security hole plunkers (a popular spot for locals) will be hitting it hard. Plunking Spin-n-Glo’s tipped with a piece of shrimp or roe is most popular. Reports of down runner fish are also in the mix of catches. PLEASE be courteous to other bank and boat fisherman! 😉😊🎣

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UMPQUA RIVER System- River conditions have been good and seasoned guides are catching some nice steelhead. With some rain in the forecast, fishing should improve especially for boater’s bobber dogging roe, yarn balls and soft beads. Those plug enthusiasts will also be rewarded with popular colors of pink, silver, blue and chartreuse combos. Bank anglers drifting roe and nightcrawlers can get fish too.

Spring Chinook anglers will start fishing in the lower river towards the end of March. Most anglers plunk from a boat or the bank using either a spinner or other lures. Please remember that the mainstem is temporarily closed to the harvest of all wild Chinook (including jack Chinook) through June. Consider using gear that will be less harmful to fish that need to be released. Tactics such as using single point hooks and artificial lures may ensure a higher survival of wild fish after release.

Note that as of Oct 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, artificial fly.

NOTE: Umpqua winter steelhead study Anglers who catch a hatchery winter steelhead in the Umpqua Basin are being asked to turn in the snouts from those fish. Some of these snouts contain small tags. Anglers who turn in snouts that contain these tags will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card. Snouts may be turned in at barrels located around the basin, Sportsman’s Warehouse in Roseburg, or the Roseburg ODFW office. Tags obtained from the fish will inform ODFW on the best release strategy for juveniles to provide the most fish back to anglers in the future.

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SW Oregon Fishing Report - Again, the Rogue river conditions are back to flows in the low 1500’s (cfs) at Grants Pass. However, the water temp has risen to the low 50’s which many believe is a more active bite temperature.
Mid-Rogue Fishing Report

Applegate, Illinois and Chetco – Steelhead fishing is closed April 1.

Most all neighboring streams are closed for steelhead, but the Rogue will remain open all year and retention of wild steelhead closes April 30th.

The mid Rogue flow at Grants Pass is at 1510 cfs, 2 NTU and 52 degrees (as of 8am 4/1). Nice weather over the weekend and will again provide opportunity to steelhead die-hards to get out and practice low and clear water tactics for success.

Tackle tactics will be the same as what to put out there except when using roe, worms, or other bait, you’ll need to go a little longer and lighter leader using smaller gobs and pieces of bait.
Grants Pass guide Troy Whitaker of Troy’s Guide Service (541-761-0015) reported this week “Plenty of fish are still in the area but scattered”. He suggested to fish more upriver towards Gold Hill since the last pod of fish have moved up.

Bobber doggin with soft beads and yarn balls soaked in nectar is also another choice and technique that is gaining popularity and taking Steelhead.
There are quite a few good places to fish within the middle/ Grants Pass area- Gold Hill sports park ramp, Coyote Evans Park at Rogue River bridge, Chinook Park, Pierce Rifle, Pierce Park, Baker Park, Schroeder Park, Lathrop, Findley bend, and Griffin Park.
 
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Fly fishing forecast:

Josh from Rogue Fly Shop in Grants Pass 541-476-0552

Josh reports that steelhead fishing is still hit and miss, but there are decent quality and numbers of fish in the Grants Pass area. The “holy water” (which is the short section between the Dam and the hatchery) has been productive this week with a good March Brown and Olive hatch. Other areas to try is Griffen Park, Ennis Riffle, and Carpenters Island all down below Grants Pass.

Trout fishing on the Rogue closed March 31 and reopens on May 22. This includes catch-and-release fishing. Any angler on the Rogue at this time will need to have in possession a valid combined angling tag, in addition to their fishing license.

Marine Forecast

Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082

Bottom Fishing
-Andy reports bottom fishing for lingcod and rockfish has still been great when one can get out on the ocean. “The better the ocean conditions, the better the catches”. Limits of lingcod and various rockfish are to be had!

Most of the lingcod are being caught in shallow water, from 30 to 60 feet.

Surf Perch - for those who want some other great fun to catch dinner fare, surf perch fishing is great now! Andy said that areas along Harris Beach, Lone Ranch and the boarder visitor center beach areas are all great access to fish. Raw shrimp, and Gulp 2” camo sand worms are baits of choice for surf perch.

Halibut- all depth halibut season opens May 1st.

Salmon- Season opener is yet to be determined and will be around mid-May

Lakes and ponds to fish this week:

Since rivers and streams are closed for trout, local ponds and lakes are a great choice to take advantage of Spring weather and recent trout stockings. Check out the local spots and enjoy some family fishing time😎🎣

TROUT STOCKING MAPS: Find your place to fish Check out the ODFW fishing and trout stocking maps to find nearby fishing locations, driving directions and descriptions of amenities.
  • Lake Selmac (Selma) received its third rainbow trout stocking (5,000 fish) of the year this week. The fishing should be particularly good out here for trout and picking up for bass, and the weather great. Try Power bait and/ or worms. The bass bite is picking up with the warming weather. Various bass hardware and plastics
  • Reinhardt Pond in Grants and Expo Pond (day use permits are required) in Central Point have both recently received trout stockings, and Expo is receiving another 1500 legal trout this week.
  • Lost Creek is 68% full and surface temp is 47 degrees is a good bet for trout fishing. More news on the marina and park will be available soon as the Jackson County Parks is going to take over April 1st- stay tuned!
  • Galesville Reservoir would be a good bet as there should be lots of bass and trout ready to bite.
  • Applegate reservoir- it’s about 37% full and surface temps are in the mid 40’s now. There’s some hold over trout but no stocking is planned until mid-April.
  • Trout fishing on most rivers and streams remains closed until May 22.
Rivers and streams to fish this week:

Lower Rogue-
Despite low water conditions, boat and bank anglers have been regularly picking up spring Chinook. Fishing pressure has been light however so obviously it’s not great yet😉

Middle Rogue- Fish are scattered throughout with a mixed bag of adult, “1/2 pounders” and down runner steelhead.

Wild steelhead can now be retained in the whole Rogue basin, as long as the fish is a minimum of 24 inches long. Only 1 wild fish per day, and 3 per year zone wide in aggregate may be kept. However, retention of wild steelhead closes April 30th.

Upper Rogue-
As of March 31, 149 new winter steelhead entered the ladder at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing this year’s total to 351 fish. ODFW estimates around 1,100 winter steelhead are destined for the hatchery, so the upper river will be the place to fish in the coming weeks as this year’s run has been later than average.

UMPQUA RIVER System- Remember that the mainstem is temporarily closed to the harvest of all wild Chinook (including jack Chinook) through June. There’s not much to report except from the ODFW report that said that river conditions are and catching steelhead is slow throughout the Umpqua system.

Spring Chinook anglers have started fishing in the lower rivers and still no reports of fish caught as of yet.

Note that as of Oct 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, artificial fly.
 
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The mid-Rogue river has received a bump in flow the past week from a combination of a few much-needed showers last weekend and some increased out flow from Lost Creek Dam. Most winter steelhead being caught are down runners with only an occasional fresh fish. Spring Chinook action has still yet to come and trout fishing at local lakes and ponds during the nice weather seem to be the better bet.

Low and clear water tactics will be the same as what to put out there except when using roe, worms, or other bait, you’ll need to go a little longer and lighter leader using smaller gobs and pieces of bait.

Josh from Rogue Fly Shop in Grants Pass 541-476-0552

Josh reports that fly fishing for steelhead might be more for practice than catching right now. There are quite a few smolts/ baby steelhead that are moving down river to the ocean and catching them especially now before trout season opens could be detrimental to future runs.

Trout fishing on the Rogue won’t reopen until May 22. This includes catch-and-release fishing. Any angler on the Rogue at this time will need to have in possession a valid combined angling tag, in addition to their fishing license.
 
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Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

Trout and bass action in the lakes catches angler’s attention

Mid-Rogue Fishing Report


The Rogue River is open all year and retention of wild steelhead is now closed!

The Rogue river has increased flow to over 2000cfs from Lost Creek Dam to keep the water cool and good flow to perpetuate upriver Spring Chinook salmon migration. Still very few Springers have made the long dry trek up to the dam as only 16 have been counted so far. No “real” reports of any springers caught yet, but with flows increased by over 25% the last week, hopes are high that catches, and counts will pick up any time.

Tight lines! Romer

From the Guides Mouth:

Grants Pass guide Troy Whitaker of Troy’s Guide Service (541-761-0015) – Looks to be more of a lake time fishing for trout and bass right now until some significant Springer action takes place. “Few are fishing the lower Rogue as winter steelhead is over and Springer catches have been far and few” Troy said after spending a few days in Gold Beach last week.

Local Grants Pass guide Riley Wallace of Wallace Guide Service 541-761-2386

Riley is on sabbatical this week

Fly fishing forecast:

Josh from Rogue Fly Shop in Grants Pass 541-476-0552

Josh reports that fly fishing for steelhead has been mediocre up in the “Holy water” (which is the short section between the Dam and the hatchery) is the best bet for late winter steelhead until trout season opens May 22nd. Reports of a big mayfly hatch going on will induce bites using mayfly patterns casted upon pocket water. Also suggested was to try some of the small lakes and ponds for stocked trout and bass with black leech and streamer patterns.

Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082

Andy reports that wind kept his fleet off the ocean this week and looks like the same for the weekend so not much to report on as far as ocean fishing. Monday might be the first chance in which bottom fish and halibut will be the target. Andy said that surf perch up towards Charleston has been great along with trout and bass fishing in the local lakes.

Surf Perch – Red-tail surf perch fishing has curtailed anglers due to the high winds and surf conditions. When the winds die down, it should puck right up again soon. Andy said that areas along Harris Beach, Lone Ranch and the boarder visitor center beach areas are all great access to fish. Raw shrimp, and Gulp 2” camo sand worms are baits of choice for surf perch.

Just for the Halibut– all depth halibut season opened May 1st.

See Pacific halibut sport regulations for more information.
 
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Josh reports that the salmon fly hatch is underway and fly fishing for late Winter steelhead and this coming trout opener would be the best bet. Fishing the “Holy water” (which is the short section between the Dam and the hatchery) and down to Shad Cove using any stone fly pattern. “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.

He suggested to try some of the small lakes and ponds for stocked trout and bass with black leech and streamer patterns.

He also mentioned that Diamond Lake should be good for big trout casting and retrieving leech patterns and using a “balanced leech” (a wooly bugger type tied on a jig hook- photos coming) along rocky shoreline and shoals after it warms up again after this last snow.

Any angler on the Rogue at this time will need to have in possession a valid combined angling tag, in addition to their fishing license.

Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082

Andy reports that wind will still be an issue for this weekend, however getting out early before the major wind picks up has produced limits of rock fish and lingcod. Halibut season that opened May 1st, finally saw 6 “Butts” at the dock this last Tuesday when the wind was calmer.

Salmon Season- The season out of Brookings runs June 12-Aug. 28. Hatchery Coho may be kept the entire season. Chinook (wild or hatchery) may be kept June 19-Aug 15. The daily limit is two salmon.

The season out of Crescent City and Eureka runs June 29-Aug. 1.

Bottom Fishing- Bottom fishing for lingcod and rock fish is still good when winds calmed down. If one wants to get out early morning before the winds pick up, there’s lots of opportunity for bottom fish. The weekend weather looks better for fishing the lakes and ponds inland than getting out on the ocean.
 
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SW Oregon Fishing Report - Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

Trout season if fully open in lakes, streams, and rivers. Weather is going to be warm and Memorial Day weekend is coming up… all great prospects for getting some fishing time in along with BBQs with family and friends. Thank you to all who have served and are serving now!

This report might be a little brief than others since I’m heading out Thursday for a 4 night/ 5-day raft trip on the John Day. It’s my first time floating there and is out of my normal realm of the Rogue River in which I don’t usually camp, for I usually have more people instead of gear in my raft!

Reports of a few die-hard Springer fishermen are catching a few… very few. Fat trout are biting at various lakes, warm water in lakes and ponds are bringing on bass, and rock fish and surf perch are still going strong if winds allow to get on the ocean. Enjoy!

Tight lines! Romer

From the Guides Mouth:

Grants Pass guide Troy Whitaker of Troy’s Guide Service (541-761-0015) – Springer action at least on the middle Rogue is still slow. Reports of some fish caught at Rainey Falls lately. Flow has been sporadic and therefore throws of any bite that could have happened. Most fish are swimming to spawn up river and are "tight lipped". Troy recommends using a spawn sac (mesh) to enclose the precious roe to keep the squawfish from bait sucking them off. KILL ALL SQUAWFISH!

He mentioned if one is trying for Springers on the mid to upper Rogue to fish higher up towards Shady Cove to Casey Park. The water is much cooler and closer to their spawning grounds. Mid Rogue best bet is to take the hike to Rainey Falls as fish tend to “stack up”. Troy warns “the hills have eyes” and to report snaggers.



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Andy reports that this week was excellent for bottom fishing trips and a few early season halibut were caught too. The Miss Brooke and Nauti-Lady made it to the lighthouse, where there was steady action for lingcod and a great variety of rockfish. Lots of tigers, vermilion, coppers and canaries. A large halibut escaped at the surface after hitting one of the rockfish rigs. Closer to the harbor, the Dash ran a halibut trip, with a keeper and lots of petrale sole and sanddabs, and limits of rockfish on the way in. The Papa B and Bout Time ran up to Arch Rock, where the rockfish action was wide open. The fish are on the surface feasting on crab spawn.

Surf Perch - Red-tail surf perch fishing is still good. When the winds die down, it should puck right up again soon. Andy said that areas along Harris Beach, Lone Ranch and the boarder visitor center beach areas are all great access to fish. Raw shrimp, and Gulp 2” camo sand worms are baits of choice for surf perch. Don’t forget to enter the surf perch derby at Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon!

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Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

Free Fishing Weekend June 5-6 is a great time to introduce friends or family members to your favorite fishing adventures – no license, tag or validation needed to fish anywhere in Oregon.

This week’s weather has been in the 100’s here in the Rogue Valley. Recent increased flow out of Lost Creek Dam has provided Rogue River flow to just under 3000 cfs and keeping temps under 60 degrees to help aid what Spring Chinook there are, to make it up to the hatchery spawning grounds. With the few anglers who get up early, most fishing pressure has been in the upper river above Shady Cove where some catches have taken place… not good by any means, but sporadic at best.

Most people are in the river and not fishing it! My personal best bet for upcoming fishing opportunity is to head to the lakes and ponds, or even to the coast for some excellent bottom and perch fishing. It is FREE FISHING WEEKEND!

Grants Pass guide Troy Whitaker of Troy’s Guide Service (541-761-0015) – Troy’s been fishing the local lakes recently. Applegate lake has been producing trout limits (5) trolling wedding rings about 30’ down tipped with Pautzke Shoepeg corn or worms. Lost Creek is still getting nice trout trolling the same.

Local Grants Pass guide Riley Wallace of Wallace Guide Service 541-761-2386

Riley also have been hitting the lakes more so lately since the Springer action has been slow. He got some nice kokanee and browns Memorial weekend over at Paulina Lake. He suggests Lost Creek, Applegate, or Selmac best bets for trout and bass fishing. If wanting to try your luck for Springers you better go early and up around Shady Cove.
 
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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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Grants Pass Pro-guide Troy Whitaker of Troy’s Guide Service (541-761-0015) – Troy has been fishing the Rogue Bay in Gold Beach lately as the weather has been hot in the valley. Rogue River flows have reduced dramatically the last 2 days and the water temp is 70+ degrees making the current Summer/ Fall Chinook that are starting to come into the bay will hold. Boat trolling pressure has picked up a bit , but is still fairly light. Troy got 2 nice Chinook trolling Rogue spinner bait with anchovy brined over night in Pautzke clear/ blue bait brine

SW Oregon Guides Forecast, Josh from Rogue Fly Shop in Grants Pass 541-476-0552

Josh reports that the salmon fly hatch is winding down from Shady Cove on up to Lost Creek. Some summer are showing up but expect the bite to slow for a week or so to acclimate to newer low water conditions. July should be pretty good Josh expects.

Marine Forecast – Hot valley temperatures will most likely produce coastal fog and stir up some winds, but the weekend forecast look pretty good to get out in the cooler coast and try some salmon fishing. Coho and Chinook (2 salmon/day limit) prospects are good out of Brookings, Gold Beach, Port Orford, Coos Bay, Charleston, Winchester and Umpqua ports.

Minus tides are also forecasted for the weekend and could lead to some nice clamming as well. Reports of Coho limits earlier this week when boats could get out indicates a decent salmon season.

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.

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. There is still about 80% of the quota remaining. The next All-Depth Halibut open days are July 1-3. Anglers have been picking up nearshore halibut in the Coos Bay/Bandon area.

Check out Jeff’s detailed report and forecast in this week’s paid version for Chinook and Steelhead Members both!
 
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Contributor Jeff Rome reports: Ocean Salmon fishing decent, Rogue Bay heats up

Hot valley
temperatures will continue throughout the 4th of July weekend into the upper 90’s and 100’s in the Rogue valley. The marine forecast is looking windy again this weekend after a mixed bag of windy days earlier this week out of Brookings. Chinook as well as abundant Coho can be had out of most Southern Ports from Newport to Brookings. If you’re wanting to treat your 4th of July bbq guests to some fresh salmon, now is the time!

The Rogue Bay out of Gold Beach is starting to heat up along with the valley temps and will be a good bet if you can’t get out on the ocean. Trout fishing at the larger lakes like Lost Creek and Applegate are still good and bass
fishing in the ponds are good in the mornings and late afternoons. Again, 100 degree weather for the upcoming weekend in the valley may inspire a trip to the coast, so my best bet would be to book a charter trip (if you don’t have a boat of your own) and/ or try for some Sea-run Cutthroat trout or surf Perch fishing.

Salmon fishing the Rogue will now be limited until 2 pm.
 
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Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

It was a hot 4th of July weekend as many people headed to the coast to beat the heat and were treated to some good catches on the Rogue Bay in Gold beach. As mentioned in my last report, Troy Whittaker of Troy’s Guide Service fished the bay with good success and thought it was only going to get better….and it did! If salmon anglers got on one of the boats from Brookings Fishing Charters (Brookings), Limits of Chinook and or Coho were had this week also. Well, look to be summer salmon fishing is in full swing… go get em!

Grants Pass Pro-guide Troy Whitaker of Troy’s Guide Service (541-761-0015) – Troy has been fishing the Rogue Bay in Gold Beach lately as the weather has been hot in the valley. Rogue River flows have reduced dramatically the last week and the water temp is 70+ degrees making the current Summer/ Fall Chinook that are starting to come into the bay will hold.

Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters (541-813-1082)

Hatchery coho may be kept the entire season. Chinook (wild or hatchery) may be kept June 19-Aug 15. The daily limit is two salmon.

The season out of Crescent City and Eureka runs June 29-Aug. 1.

Andy reports that the salmon bite was “good” this week and is disappointing that the winds will be a big factor of whether or not his fleet will be able to get out this weekend. Chinook catches were at least 1 fish per rod with some Coho mixed in fishing in the 12′-20′ top zone with anchovy near the buoys in 100′ of water trolling anchovy. Consistent limits and coming in early was the norm to several of his boats this week.

The Coho bite that had slowed some as Andy suspects the schools of fish have migrated north towards Coos Bay had picked up. Wind chop could keep halibut and bottom fish anglers closer to shore

Surf Perch – Red-tail surf perch fishing is great along the Rogue sand bar using small sand crabs and or rock shrimp. If you’re wanting some great action and table fare, Andy recommends fishing for these can be very rewarding.

Tony from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon- 541-347-2875

Tony said that Coho fishing out of Winchester Bay was “off the hook” earlier this week with one charter boat kept 8 fish out of 22 caught within 2 hours!

Speaking of crabbing, people crabbing in Winchester, Charleston, Coos and Bandon systems are getting some keepers and are still hard shells.

Galesville Reservoir– Is providing some good early morning catches before all the boat traffic. Fish are down deeper toward the dam.

Diamond Lake-Trout fishing has been good in the mornings and late evenings which has been producing some very nice 16″-24″trout this year. Try switching between bait and lures if one method isn’t producing.

CHETCO RIVER-Trout fishing is open, but with low and warming water conditions, anglers will want to look for cooler water in deeper pools and near tributary mouths.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN-Boat anglers are still catching a few shad on the mainstem Coquille River near the town of Coquille. Anglers have been catching striped bass in the upper end of tidewater all the way downstream to Riverton and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark.

Springer fishing in the Rogue Bay produced a decent bite among the boats targeting Chinook earlier this week.

Be sure to CHECK the regulations!

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Contributor Jeff Rome reports: Be sure to CHECK the regulations! Summer is here to stay along with the winds at most Southern ports leaving trips out of Brookings and Crescent City CA. an iffy situation. The Rogue Bay is on one day and off the other, so it’s a “crap shoot”, but fish are being caught. Ports from Charleston north to Yaquina bay look promising for abundant Coho and Chinook opportunities this weekend.

Halibut fishing out of Winchester is actually gunna happen as well for the first time this season! If you’re looking to “beat the heat” head over to the Mid-coast and get on a charter for some great fishing action whether it be for salmon or bottom fish.

want to stay inland, then hit some of the higher lakes where trout and bass fishing is good too. There’s all kinds of angling opportunities… check out my latest contact for fly fishing the Umpqua for small mouth bass with Gary Lewis Guide service.

Troy from Troy’s Guide Service (541-761-0015) reports the salmon angling on the Rogue Bay has been “on and off” with fishing boat pressure medium. He did hear of a 35#ish whopper Chinook taken earlier this week!

Windy conditions due to the hot valley temperatures will continue into the weekend out of Brookings and Crescent City CA ports. Conditions improve further North especially up towards Charleston and Winchester Bay. Coho and Chinook (2 salmon/day limit) prospects are good out of ports like Bandon, Coos Bay, Charleston, Winchester, Newport and Depot Bays. Windy conditions will continue to plague salmon anglers in both the ocean and Rogue bay and should fish early before the winds pick up and makes trolling difficult.

Bottom fishing is now restricted to inside the 40-fathom line unless you choose to fish in the offshore longleader fishery. 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.

Nearshore halibut season is currently open seven days a week inside the 40-fathom line. As of July 4th, there is still 72 percent of the quota remaining. The next All-Depth Halibut open days are July 15-19 and 29-31. Anglers have been picking up nearshore halibut in the Coos Bay/ Winchester bay area.

First Tuna reports out of Garibaldi and north have started to get some fish 100 miles out but anticipates them closer in within a few weeks.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN-Boat anglers are still catching a few shad on the mainstem Coquille River near the town of Coquille.

Fly fishing for small mouth bass on the main Umpqua is “fantastic” now says Gary of Gary’s Guide Service, 541-430-5828.

Salmon fishing in the Rogue Bay has produced sporadic “hot” days. There’s been about 20 fish /day caught this past week where it’s been 35-40 the past week.

Currently only hatchery steelhead and hatchery trout may be harvested in the Rogue. Summer Steelhead are starting to show. According to guide Troy Whittaker, tossing black with gold blade spinner types or fly fishing in the seams and faster water will produce some fun catching (and tasty) steelhead.

With hot valley temps, this cooler reach of river between Prospect, Union Creek, and Minnehaha creek will again receive 3,500 trout this week and will again through Labor Day. This area is cooler and a reprieve from the valley heat, however smoke from the local wildfires can be bad.

New to TGF is Anna Alisa from Salmon Harbor Tackle & Winchester Bay Charters 541-271-2010 – Anna Alisa reports that the Coho fishing is excellent, and the upcoming weekend looks awesome to get out and catch limits of Coho and occasional Chinook. Since the ocean is looking so promising, they also expect to book some halibut trips which haven’t been since the opener due to wind. She reports that even some 20-30 pound Chinook have been taken near Osprey Point! Trolling the bay with locally made Nautical Creations spinners with a squid skirt and a small piece of squid is what’s on the salmon menu.

Diamond Lake-Trout fishing has slowed a bit but has been producing some very nice 16″-24″trout this year. Try switching between bait and lures if one method isn’t producing. Small frog flatfish and silver spoons may be the change they’re looking for.

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Contributor Jeff Rome reports

Be sure to CHECK the regulations! Latest reports from Winchester to Coos Bay ports are saying the Coho bite is on and limits within 2 hours have been the norm lately. Apparently these fish are the ones that are migrating north to the Columbia that were previously producing a good bite at Brookings.

The Rogue Bay has been on and off for Chinook. Winds for the upcoming weekend are going to make any ocean fishing challenging.

Andy from Brookings Fishing Charters (541-813-1082) reports that the salmon bite has slowed some as the first bunch of fish are making their way North and are currently biting well out of ports from Coos Bay up to Yaquina Bay. Winds have made the ocean a bit rough, but fishable and this weekend’s outlook isn’t good with some gale warnings out of Brookings.. Rock fish angling has been decent and salmon fishing has been okay close to the buoys when able to get out. Earlier this week Andy heard of a nice halibut caught out of Brookings, but still not much pressure due to the winds.

Tony from Tony from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon (541-347-2875) said that Coho fishing out of Winchester Bay is continuing to be awesome!

Bradley Lake – Largemouth bass can be found in shallower water near weed lines or submerged trees during low light periods of the day. On bright, sunny days most largemouth bass will move to deeper water or in shadows of cover.

Tenmile Lakes– The lake water temperatures has increased to lower 70s where most largemouth bass have moved to their summer locations.

Surf perch- Perch fishing is still decent in the mouths and jetties of the Umpqua, Coquille! Boats targeting these delicious and fun to catch fish are anchoring on the inside of a jetty.

Applegate reservoir– early birds will catch trout before noon in at least 30′ of water. Power bait just off the bottom or trolling worms will catch fish. With increased pressure, fish early to avoid late day crowds and wind.

Diamond Lake-Trout fishing has slowed a bit but has been producing some very nice 16″-24″trout this year.

CHETCO RIVER – Trout fishing is open, but with low and warming water conditions, anglers will want to look for cooler water in deeper pools and near tributary mouths.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN – Boat anglers are still catching a few shad on the mainstem Coquille River near the town of Coquille. Anglers have been catching striped bass in the upper end of tidewater all the way downstream to Riverton and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark.

Salmon fishing in the Rogue Bay has produced sporadic “hot then not” days. Catches lately have reduced to 18-23 fish/ day.

UMPQUA RIVER System– Shad on the Coquille is winding down now. Shad darts (jigs) and flicker spinner spoons are the ticket for great catching on light outfits.
 

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